How to swim 101

How to swim 101 Whether it’s learning to keep your head above water, keeping afloat or learning to hold that breath in the deep dark depths – by arming yourself with the skills to keep yourself high and dry in uncertain economic waters could undoubtedly keep you from drowning in financial ruin. The captain goes…

A tale of two deficits

A tale of two deficits Who else goes through stages of opening news apps, papers or flicking through news channels – only to feel royally negged out by all the depressing headlines? After all, good news just doesn’t sell like a good old-fashioned crisis. After the boycott love affair dwindles, I find myself habitually returning…

My tax rebate and me

My tax rebate and me Just like the moon landing of ’69, the Japan Vs. South Africa Rugby World Cup match of 2015 and having your wife or girlfriend actually choose where she wants to eat for dinner…rare occasions should be cherished! Tax rebates are few and far between, and because this is a concept…

What the FX?

What the FX? Like most Brits, going to Australia is always on the Bucket List and living in this region, it makes the Scooby Doo shaped beautiful country an accessible flight away! I’ve spoken before about what a lifesaver a multicurrency card is when you’re traveling – and it is, it’s great but human error…

What are weekends for?

What are weekends for? Shall I compare thee to a weekend at home? Thou art more lovely and temperate, rough winds do shake the darling buds of May and summers lease hath all too short a date. If you paid attention during English classes, or indeed just watched the film – you’ll realise I’m loosely…

Where do Expats retire to?

Where do Expats retire to?   Back to the old Country? To a previous posting? To a brand-spanking new posting? Come on guys, where do expats go to retire?! Who else has had that feeling when you go back, after the excitement of seeing family, friends and inhaling every meal you’ve missed – has worn…

Where there’s a will, there’s a way!

Where there’s a will there’s a way We’ve all walked around supermarkets and found discarded grocery lists that have been edited as further ideas have popped into the minds of the writer. I wonder how many of those baskets or trolleys ended up with exactly what was on the list, or whether the store promotions…

That time at University when…

That time at University when… Facebook memories are amazing, “on this day x years ago…”, and it never feels like it was that long ago you were sitting with a particular group of friends, in a particular place, doing a particular thing. Being September, my memories have shown me a lot of my University days…

Can I get tax back with that?

Can I get tax back with that?   There’s no greater feeling than strolling through the airport at the end of a holiday and seeing the “Global Blue” tax refund logo with a stack of receipt purchases and claiming your tax refund, and then topping that euphoria up with a cruise down the Duty-Free aisles…

A British Education

A British Education   All British nationals are entitled to the tuition loan if they decide to go to University in the UK. Back when I applied for University, like most people my age I applied for Student Finance – where our Sixth Form teachers acted as bank tellers, advising us that this is the…