Fisher Maclean Family Wanted Down Under


Fisher Maclean Family

Simon moved to the UK from Australia almost 50 years ago and has spent most of his adult life longing to return. Can he persuade his fiancee to move to Perth?


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You've spent decades dreaming of living

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on the other side of the world,

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but when the new love in your life isn't convinced

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the grass is greener elsewhere, how do you go about persuading them

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to uproot everything in the UK and follow your dream?

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Simon McLean is a man with a mission.

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Going to Australia is the thing I most want to do in my life.

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For fiancee Jane, that's a big ask.

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He loves me and he wants to be with me forever,

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but it doesn't mean that I have to go.

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A trial week down under proves tempting...

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I have had one of the best days of my life.

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But when the reality of leaving loved ones

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brings her back to Earth...

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That was awful.

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..Jane's faced with an unbearable choice.

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I'm going to break my mum's heart if I come here.

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If I don't come here...

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..I'm potentially stopping Simon living his dream.

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With breathtaking coastlines and a relaxed outdoors lifestyle,

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Australia's a popular destination for those

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looking to start a new life.

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And with more kangaroos than people,

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there's plenty of room for the 34,000 Brits

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that make the country their new home every year.

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Having moved to the UK from Australia almost half a century ago,

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Simon McLean has spent most of his adult life longing to return to the

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country he once called home.

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Now with his sons from a previous marriage all grown up,

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he believes the time is right to make the move,

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but first he needs to convince partner Jane to give up everything

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she loves in the UK and stand by her man

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on the other side of the world.

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The journey from the UK to Perth takes the couple

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nearly 9,000 miles from home, but, despite spending 20 hours

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in the air, they agree it was a relatively smooth ride.

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The flight was good.

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Well, I don't particularly like flying and, actually,

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I quite enjoyed this flight.

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Maybe it's cos I was looking forward to getting to Australia.

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Simon can hardly believe his feet are finally back on Australian soil.

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I've been thinking of coming back to Australia ever since I was a kid

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and I just can't wait to see what it's like for real.

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But it's going to take more than nostalgia to win Jane round.

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I've got to put Mum out of my head and Simon out of my head and see how

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I'm going to feel about coming here forever.

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She's got to make her own decision.

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I'm never going to force her, but I'm hoping she'll love it enough

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to want to come.

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Things will need to live up to Simon's expectations

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in the week ahead if he's to persuade Jane their future lies

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on the other side of the world.

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Simon McLean and Jane Fisher live in Chester,

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with their dog Harry. They've been together for three years.

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We are just best friends.

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-Yes.

-Absolutely best friends.

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I can tell him anything.

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-That's true.

-You know,

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I trust him, I love him to bits.

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Even though he's a quirky old devil,

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I love him so much, I really do.

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-Ditto.

-You can't just say, "Ditto"!

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Life is good in the UK, but having spent his early childhood living

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in Australia, mature-student Simon dreams of moving back

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to the other side of the world.

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I do regret that I didn't go when I was young.

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But life gets in the way.

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I got married, I had children, I don't regret either of those.

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But it did prevent me going to Australia.

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The subject has been a constant threat to the couples' relationship.

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I think the pressure started almost immediately when we met.

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You could say literally from the first conversation,

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when I put my coffee down, I noticed the place mats were Australia.

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And it was automatically, "Oh, have you been to Australia?"

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And it spiralled from there.

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Going to Australia's the thing I most want to do in my life,

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in our lives, but it would be like starting afresh,

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completely afresh,

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in a new country and a new life and that's something

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I find very exciting.

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Though banker Jane's not opposed to emigrating,

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it's not something she envisaged doing any time soon.

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I'm looking at sort of ten, 15 years' time.

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I don't really want to work in Australia,

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I want to lie in the garden and drink gin.

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When Simon recently popped the question,

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Jane happily said yes, but not necessarily to living down under.

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I actually said to him,

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"You do know this doesn't mean that I'm definitely going to Australia?"

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Cos it doesn't, you know. It means that he loves me

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and he wants to be with me forever, but it doesn't mean

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that I have to go.

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With his children from a previous marriage now grown up,

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for Simon it's now or never.

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Yes, I'm no spring chicken, but I still feel fit enough

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and young enough to go to another country and start again.

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If I leave it too long, I'll never get there.

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For Jane, though, an imminent move would mean breaking close bonds

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in the UK. Her best friend Sam is more like a sister.

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I'm of a certain age and it's taken me a long time to find my Sam...

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..and I might never ever be able to have a friend like that again

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because you don't get two Sams in this life, you really don't.

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She's absolutely brilliant.

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And as an only child,

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Jane can barely conceive of the idea of leaving her elderly mum.

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She's just my mum.

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You know, I love her to bits.

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Leaving her forever...

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I don't know.

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Ultimately, she's torn between the people she loves most.

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I really can't imagine my mum...

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..potentially saying goodbye to me, cos it

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could be a goodbye,

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and, then again, I can't imagine waving Simon off on a plane

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to start a life without me.

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Whichever way I turn, it's wrong for somebody.

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The week ahead will be Simon's long-awaited chance

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to see if Australia really can be his future and whether he can

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convince the love of his life to buy into the dream.

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I want Jane to be happy.

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I want us both to be happy.

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I think we can be happy in Australia, but there's no getting

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away from the fact that you're asking somebody to give up

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an awful lot.

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I am really looking forward to getting out there and seeing if it

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can be my dream. It's just...

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..can I do it? When push comes to shove, can I do it?

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Yeah.

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Simon and Jane will be spending their trial week in Perth,

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capital of Western Australia, and Simon's boyhood home.

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The last leg of their journey brings them to Rockingham,

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the sought-after suburb on the city centre's outskirts.

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This two-bedroom house will be their base for the week.

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As they arrive, Simon's already feeling at ease.

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Oh, my Aussie home.

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Ladies first.

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Oh, wow.

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-Bigger than you thought?

-Yeah, I thought it was going

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to be really small.

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That's a big sofa, isn't it?

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Right, get the kettle on, love.

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Not sure that's quite the way to play it, Simon.

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There's loads of wine glasses, though, so that's a good start.

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-That's a good start.

-As the couple explore further,

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first impressions prove true.

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-This is quite small.

-I would not want to buy something like this,

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-it's too small.

-Yeah, it's too small.

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Outdoors is more what Simon dreams of.

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-Now this is more like it.

-This is... Yeah.

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This is lovely.

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Simon's already making plans.

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-French doors.

-I like the lemon tree, though.

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-I love that.

-Is that a lemon tree?

-I think so.

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Aren't those yellow things lemons?

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Can I point out these large, green,

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apple-shaped lemons on the tree up there?

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Really, Simon?

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I think you might be the lemon here.

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Joking aside, this isn't the kind of property to make Jane

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move half a world away.

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I don't think I'd be rushing to leave my little cottage

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to move into this.

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No, no, I agree.

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Nice place to stay for the week, though.

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Good place to stay for the week.

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Back in the UK, the couple live in Jane's two-bedroom home

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in the village of Clutton just outside Chester.

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I love my little house to bits.

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It's gorgeous.

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Yes, small, but it's cosy-small.

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But I would love a place that's our house...

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-We buy together.

-..that we buy together and choose together.

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I understand that.

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If they move, their budget for a home down under is £300,000

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and they know exactly what they want.

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Modern, open-plan.

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We like that sort of inside-outside living.

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Yeah, I'd like something...

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I'd like a decent sized garden.

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If we couldn't find our dream home...

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..I don't know whether I would even contemplate going because surely the

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home is the first place where you would start and build your new life.

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Why leave something that you love to go and live in something that's OK?

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-Yeah, I agree.

-Yeah.

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Finding the perfect home in Australia will be crucial

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if Simon's ever to get Jane on board with the move.

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To give the couple an idea of what's available on the Perth

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property market, we've arranged for them to view three properties -

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two close to their budget and a third,

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which should be everything they're looking for in a dream home.

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The search begins in the suburb of Waikiki,

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30 miles south of Perth city.

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Will this modern three-bedroom home hit the mark?

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Look at that beautiful...

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-Wow.

-That looks stunning.

-Wow.

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Oh, wow.

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Looks like it.

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OK, we'll take it.

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I love it. All right.

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In you go.

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Ooh.

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-Oh, now you're talking.

-Oh, my goodness.

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-Look at that view.

-God!

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-Open-plan.

-Oh, wow.

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Jane's dumbstruck.

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I...

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It's not often this happens, there are no words coming out.

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Simon seizes the opportunity.

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Would this do?

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Yeah.

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Things are off to a good start.

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Oh...

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Think of the teddies I could get in here.

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Oh, wow.

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-SHE GASPS

-A walk-in wardrobe!

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The en suite's got one drawback.

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-Only one sink.

-Only one sink.

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An adjoining outside space gives food for thought.

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I'm just thinking -

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breakfast. Little outside bit.

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Oh, nice, I like this.

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Might have my coffee here in the morning without everybody

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-looking at me in my dressing down.

-Yeah.

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Back indoors, the perky mood continues.

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Ah!

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Family bathroom.

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-I like the shower head.

-Oh, I like the shower head.

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-That's nice, isn't it?

-Yeah.

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Nice.

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I love the idea of having a laundry room.

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-Completely separate.

-Yes.

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That's interesting, isn't it?

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It's a tap.

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It's an interesting shape of tap!

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The garden has another quirky water feature.

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SHE GASPS

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Love it!

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Oh, Simon.

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Look at that.

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It's a great entertaining space, isn't it?

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The pair seem tickled pink with this property, but with a budget of

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£300,000, will the price be a hit or miss?

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-It's over.

-Over?

-Yeah, yeah.

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-You think so?

-Yes, I do.

-I'm going to guess a little bit under.

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-Really?

-Yeah, because it's three bedrooms.

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I know it's only three bedrooms, but look at that.

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-So what do you think?

-325, I reckon.

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I'm going to go 275.

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-Really?

-Yes. Do you want to turn it over?

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No.

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-Go on, then.

-No, you do it.

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-No, you do it.

-Ladies first.

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All right, then.

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Wow.

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298,971, nearly bang on the money.

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It's affordable and Jane's almost moved to tears.

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I can't believe we could...

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Oh, wow.

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We could live here.

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Oh, my goodness.

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Wow.

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Oh, come on, let's have it.

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Simon's day couldn't have started any better

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and there's still two more properties to view.

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The next is in Warnbro,

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a popular suburb 40 miles south of central Perth.

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Will this three-bedroom property impress as much?

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I'm scared.

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-I think we're going to have a view.

-We're going to have a view!

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We're going to have a view.

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Simon's already so smitten, he's forgotten to stop.

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Have you just driven past it?

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Yes.

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After a quick U-turn, it's time to see what's in store.

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Oh, straight in.

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Straight in.

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OK.

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First impression - nowhere near as nice.

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-Not as nice. Yeah, I agree.

-Nowhere near as nice.

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Smells a bit musty. Or is that me?

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Let's hope their reaction to the kitchen's less stale.

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-OK.

-Kitchen area.

-Open-plan.

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-This one hasn't got that wow factor for me.

-No.

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Simon could have his work cut out with this one.

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Here we go.

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OK.

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-Oh, I like the wood.

-I like the wood.

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Oh, it's small.

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Oh, sorry.

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-Totally overlooked.

-Overlooked, yeah.

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I know.

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Are they plastic, those tiles?

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I have no idea. It looks like someone's been sick out the window.

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It does a bit.

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Back indoors...

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This feels like...

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a hotel.

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..things take on a more positive vibe in the master bedroom.

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Ah, now, this is nice.

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I like this.

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-Ah.

-En suite.

-A bit cramped.

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Yeah, it's a bit old, isn't it?

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They're very small people that live here.

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It's got the balcony, but would you actually sit out there

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right on the front?

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No, I'm afraid it's still not...

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-Not selling itself?

-No.

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This property has fallen far short of the wow factor of the first one.

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But if the price falls below their £300,000 budget,

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could it bring them round?

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OK, I'm going to say...

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-I'm going to say 250.

-I'm going to have to agree with you,

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I think you're about 250.

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-Ready?

-Come on, then.

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-You're kidding me?

-No way!

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£287,566.

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Nope.

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It's nearly £13,000 under budget but...

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I am actually quite shocked at that.

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Compared to the other one, it doesn't even come close.

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I'm working on the principle we've been shown a lovely one,

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a not-so-nice one and now...

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-Yeah, the mansion's next.

-The mansion is next.

-The mansion's next, yeah.

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With expectations running high,

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let's hope the final property can deliver.

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It is in Baldivis. Just a half-hour drive from Perth,

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this suburb's got a semi-rural feel,

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alongside plenty of amenities for modern living.

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But will this stylish four-bedroom house be Jane's dream property?

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Oh, I like this.

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It's looking promising.

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Thumbs up so far.

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Oh, hello.

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Oh! Now you're talking!

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Oh, wow.

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I thought I loved the other one till I saw this.

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Oh, wow.

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Sounds like things are back on track.

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Oh, this is lovely.

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-Now...entertaining?

-Yeah.

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The stone-top kitchen island overlooks the living and dining areas.

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This is what we're talking about, isn't it?

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-Beautifully modern, beautifully open-plan and it's just what we want.

-It is, yeah.

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And the cinema room's also a hit.

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JANE GASPS

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A theatre room!

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Jane's lost for words again in the master bedroom.

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Here we go, here we go, here we go.

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Wow.

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Oh, look at that! Oh...

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(Look at the floor. Look at the floor. Oh, my goodness.)

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-(What's round the corner?

-I don't know, why are we whispering?)

0:17:070:17:10

I don't know. Awed silence, I think.

0:17:100:17:13

It's like being in a church.

0:17:130:17:14

-Look.

-Oh...

0:17:150:17:18

Oh, it gets better. This is just amazing.

0:17:180:17:21

The luxury ensuite's right up her street.

0:17:210:17:25

This is like film stars have.

0:17:250:17:27

-And his and hers sinks.

-Yeah.

0:17:290:17:32

-It's nice, isn't it?

-So there's no fighting over who's dribbled in the sink.

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Nice(!)

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So would you move to Australia for a house like this?

0:17:370:17:41

-Yes.

-You would.

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-I would.

-Good.

-Sorry, Mum.

0:17:430:17:44

I'm dying to see this bit.

0:17:440:17:46

Outdoors is a winner, too.

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OK.

0:17:490:17:51

Oh, nice.

0:17:510:17:52

It's perfect. I love the fire pit.

0:17:520:17:54

I'm not quite sure if it's animal friendly but I love that.

0:17:540:17:57

Pretendy grass.

0:17:570:17:59

The pair can definitely picture themselves living here.

0:17:590:18:02

I can imagine pushing the doors right back.

0:18:020:18:06

You know, you're sitting out here...

0:18:060:18:07

No, hang on.

0:18:070:18:09

I'm sitting out here...

0:18:090:18:10

-And I'm cooking.

-..and you're cooking in there, yeah.

0:18:100:18:13

Yeah. You could just feed me.

0:18:130:18:14

But is it somewhere they could afford to call home with their £300,000 budget?

0:18:160:18:21

Here we go again.

0:18:230:18:24

I'm going to say this is £365,000.

0:18:250:18:28

I think it might surprise you.

0:18:290:18:31

I think I'm going to say 325.

0:18:310:18:34

You think it's only 25,000 over budget?

0:18:340:18:36

-Really?

-Shall we turn this one together?

0:18:360:18:38

-Yeah.

-Yay.

0:18:380:18:40

-Yeah.

-Go on, then.

0:18:400:18:41

-Ready?

-Go for it.

0:18:450:18:47

And...

0:18:470:18:48

-There you go.

-Wow.

0:18:510:18:53

£323,433.

0:18:540:18:59

It's £23,000 over budget.

0:18:590:19:01

-Wow.

-But it's a lot less than Jane was expecting.

0:19:010:19:04

That makes it a bit more tempting - doesn't it? - for you.

0:19:040:19:06

It does, yeah, it does.

0:19:060:19:08

It's sort of like dangling the carrot a little bit.

0:19:080:19:12

Their day house-hunting has got Simon's battle to persuade Jane to

0:19:120:19:15

make the move off to a decent start.

0:19:150:19:17

Property one's location had them both swayed and was well within

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the couple's budget.

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They had a very different point of view about the second property,

0:19:230:19:26

though, and the price shocked.

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Finally, property three was the dream home and, though over budget,

0:19:280:19:33

Jane felt she could be tempted.

0:19:330:19:35

So when it comes to houses in Australia,

0:19:350:19:37

will Jane and Simon choose home or away?

0:19:370:19:40

Based on the properties that we've seen today, our vote goes to...

0:19:400:19:44

Whoops!

0:19:530:19:54

BOTH: Australia.

0:20:010:20:02

You know, those properties that we saw today were amazing.

0:20:030:20:06

I'd be mad to vote anything but Australia.

0:20:060:20:09

Well done, right decision.

0:20:090:20:12

Sorry, Mum.

0:20:130:20:14

Jane's first vote for Australia means Simon's dream is a step closer

0:20:200:20:24

to becoming a reality but affording the Australian lifestyle he pines

0:20:240:20:29

for will depend on the couple securing the right jobs down under.

0:20:290:20:32

Simon's an ex-fireman.

0:20:330:20:35

So I've always had an interest in fire - not starting them,

0:20:350:20:39

putting them out.

0:20:390:20:40

He's spent the last three years studying fire-safety engineering

0:20:400:20:43

with a view to launching a new career down under and

0:20:430:20:47

he's already done some research.

0:20:470:20:48

I would like to feel I can earn

0:20:500:20:52

a salary of around about 50,000 sterling.

0:20:520:20:55

Whether I walk into that sort of job on day one,

0:20:550:20:58

I don't know.

0:20:580:21:00

Jane works in a bank where she's part of a bereavement team.

0:21:000:21:03

And that sounds quite morbid but what I do is,

0:21:030:21:06

when someone passes away,

0:21:060:21:08

I help the next of kin and executors deal with their estates and sort out

0:21:080:21:15

their finances.

0:21:150:21:16

Unsure if a similar role exists down under,

0:21:160:21:19

Jane would consider retraining but...

0:21:190:21:21

If I can't get a salary that I'm expecting and if Simon can't get

0:21:210:21:25

the salary that he's expecting, the move's off.

0:21:250:21:28

The last thing I want to do is to travel all the way across to

0:21:280:21:31

the other side of the world to struggle.

0:21:310:21:34

Simon's dream of a fresh start hinges on today as the couple set out to

0:21:340:21:38

explore what opportunities might exist for them in the Perth job market.

0:21:380:21:42

First up, Simon meets with expat Andy who's been in the fire-safety

0:21:430:21:48

industry ever since he arrived down under 26 years ago.

0:21:480:21:52

Straight away, Simon's keen to know if there's plenty of work.

0:21:520:21:55

It's steady.

0:21:550:21:57

The industry in WA's very regulated.

0:21:570:21:59

In our business now, we've taken on a new person just to do the auditing,

0:21:590:22:03

it's that big and much of a job.

0:22:030:22:05

Sounds like just the sort of role Simon's degree could lead to.

0:22:050:22:08

Are there opportunities for people like me?

0:22:080:22:11

Certainly. I mean, not only in the consultancy side.

0:22:110:22:15

There's... The fire engineering is part of near enough every building that

0:22:150:22:19

we tender on now, so, yes, opportunities there definitely.

0:22:190:22:22

Just what Simon was hoping to hear.

0:22:220:22:25

Looks like the past three years have paid off.

0:22:250:22:27

Do those sort of qualifications work in Australia for me?

0:22:270:22:31

Oh, yes, certainly they would and especially in WA because there is no

0:22:310:22:35

licensing system in WA, whereas there is in Victoria and Queensland.

0:22:350:22:40

We are trying to get that licensing system into WA but not as yet.

0:22:400:22:44

Probably a couple of years away.

0:22:440:22:45

So the best thing for me, by the sound of it -

0:22:450:22:47

get in before the licensing comes,

0:22:470:22:49

then I can be grandfathered into the licensing scheme.

0:22:490:22:52

I think, with the qualifications you've got there,

0:22:520:22:54

you would get the license anyway.

0:22:540:22:56

That's great news.

0:22:560:22:58

So would the money be what he was hoping for?

0:22:580:23:01

Between 90,000 and 100,000, so £45,000 to £50,000,

0:23:020:23:08

and the more you go up the management scale,

0:23:080:23:11

you could be anywhere up to maybe 140,000, maybe 170,000.

0:23:110:23:17

Fantastic. Andy, thank you very much,

0:23:170:23:19

really appreciate that useful information.

0:23:190:23:21

No problem and good luck, mate.

0:23:210:23:23

It's been a positive morning for Simon.

0:23:230:23:25

This is the area I want to concentrate on,

0:23:250:23:27

it's the degree I've done and I'm excited about the potential of

0:23:270:23:30

working in Australia, doing what I love doing.

0:23:300:23:33

Meanwhile, across town,

0:23:330:23:34

Jane's visiting a local recruitment agency

0:23:340:23:36

who specialise in the financial sector. She's met by Chris.

0:23:360:23:41

-Hi, Jane.

-Hi.

-How are you going?

0:23:410:23:42

-Nice to meet you.

-Nice to meet you. Come through.

-OK.

0:23:420:23:45

Jane's keen to know if her role as a bereavement specialist could

0:23:450:23:48

transfer to Australia.

0:23:480:23:50

I made some enquiries.

0:23:500:23:51

The bereavement role,

0:23:510:23:54

if it exists at all, it would be in head offices in Sydney or Melbourne.

0:23:540:23:58

Disappointing news for Jane and there's worse to come.

0:23:580:24:02

At the moment, the staff numbers within branches

0:24:020:24:05

isn't a high area of need in terms of recruitment.

0:24:050:24:09

I think you're telling me it would be hard for you to find me a job.

0:24:090:24:12

It just depends how flexible you are in your seeking of a job.

0:24:130:24:17

I mean, in a quick search this morning,

0:24:170:24:19

there was about three roles at sort of call-centre team leader or manager

0:24:190:24:23

position available in Perth.

0:24:230:24:26

Jane might have to take a step back in Australia but if the money was

0:24:260:24:29

right, could it be worth the sacrifice?

0:24:290:24:32

What would the salary be?

0:24:320:24:34

I think the salary for those lower-level customer-service positions would

0:24:340:24:38

-be around 60,000 to 80,000 or 30,000 to 40,000 in pounds.

-Really?

0:24:380:24:41

That's almost double what Jane earns at the moment in the UK and

0:24:410:24:46

she could up her salary even more.

0:24:460:24:48

I think there would be opportunities to grow from there...

0:24:480:24:52

-Yup.

-..by demonstrating your experience once in the role,

0:24:520:24:55

being able to incorporate the skills you did learn in the bereavement

0:24:550:24:58

process. Thanks, Jane, it was lovely to meet you.

0:24:580:25:01

We will certainly do our very best and good luck with your search.

0:25:010:25:04

Today's been a mixed bag for Jane.

0:25:040:25:07

Salary-wise, brilliant,

0:25:070:25:09

very pleased about that but it doesn't sound like I'm going to

0:25:090:25:13

walk into a role easily.

0:25:130:25:14

Perhaps Simon's news can sweeten the blow.

0:25:140:25:16

So how was your day?

0:25:180:25:20

It was actually quite positive, there's plenty of opportunities.

0:25:200:25:23

The salary was quite encouraging, £70,000 sterling.

0:25:230:25:27

-Wow.

-So very nice to start with.

0:25:270:25:30

In some of the states in Australia you have to be licensed to do this

0:25:300:25:34

kind of thing but not in Western Australia at the moment.

0:25:340:25:37

-Oh, right.

-So it means we need to be here within two years before

0:25:370:25:41

-the licensing comes into place.

-OK.

0:25:410:25:43

Is that true or have you just made it up?

0:25:430:25:45

No, no, absolutely true.

0:25:450:25:46

Oh, no pressure(!) Oh, well, good news for one of us.

0:25:460:25:49

So will Simon's buoyancy have put Jane's mind at ease?

0:25:510:25:55

Today we have been having job interviews and now we're going to

0:25:550:25:59

decide - is it England or Australia?

0:25:590:26:01

-Australia.

-UK.

0:26:150:26:16

I'm not too surprised.

0:26:180:26:20

-Sorry, but...

-I'm not too surprised.

0:26:200:26:22

Just... It's not going to be as easy as I thought.

0:26:230:26:26

Right now, I feel I'd be absolutely stupid to leave a job that I love

0:26:260:26:31

and I'm secure in for...

0:26:310:26:32

Well, for nothing.

0:26:320:26:34

It had to be Australia for me.

0:26:340:26:36

You'll just have to keep me.

0:26:360:26:37

I will. I'll keep you.

0:26:370:26:39

Simon's taken Jane's vote for the UK in his stride but there's clearly

0:26:460:26:51

more effort required if he's to convince her to follow him halfway

0:26:510:26:56

around the world. So will a day experiencing

0:26:560:26:59

the lifestyle Perth has to offer be

0:26:590:27:02

enough to help Simon turn things around

0:27:020:27:05

and get Jane more excited about a move?

0:27:050:27:08

Their day starts with a trip to Caversham Wildlife Park.

0:27:080:27:12

Jane's mad about animals,

0:27:120:27:14

so getting up close with some of Australia's wildlife could edge her closer to Simon's dream.

0:27:140:27:19

-Which is your favourite? Which animal do you most want...?

-Koalas!

0:27:190:27:22

-Koalas.

-Absolutely.

0:27:220:27:24

First up, though, it's the albino kangaroos.

0:27:240:27:27

We could have one of these in the back garden.

0:27:270:27:29

Hello, baby. He's loving that.

0:27:310:27:34

Is he...? Is he?

0:27:340:27:36

Ay, ay, ay! Oh!

0:27:360:27:38

It's good that they've got the little area so you don't disturb them,

0:27:400:27:43

-isn't it?

-Everybody needs a break.

0:27:430:27:45

Yeah. Let's have a go at feeding them.

0:27:450:27:48

It's not just the joeys feeling peckish.

0:27:480:27:50

-Is it nice? Have you tried it?

-Have a try, you try.

0:27:500:27:53

See, get some. Who can we feed?

0:27:530:27:54

JANE LAUGHS

0:27:540:27:56

It's all right.

0:27:560:27:57

It looks like cat litter.

0:27:580:27:59

Not the slightest bit interested.

0:28:020:28:04

-Have a sniff, have a sniff.

-Jane force-feeding kangaroos.

0:28:040:28:07

Me mum would just love this.

0:28:070:28:09

Jane's in her element.

0:28:090:28:11

And Karen the koala rekindles fond memories.

0:28:110:28:15

Have you been named yet or not?

0:28:150:28:17

She's lovely.

0:28:170:28:18

I've wanted to do this since I was tiny.

0:28:190:28:22

Me dad used to tell me about koalas,

0:28:220:28:24

not that he knew anything about koalas.

0:28:240:28:26

But when you're a little girl you believe everything, don't you?

0:28:260:28:29

Worth moving to Australia for this, then?

0:28:290:28:31

-You just never miss an opportunity.

-Never.

0:28:310:28:34

That is the best thing I've ever done, I think.

0:28:360:28:39

That was absolutely unbelievable.

0:28:390:28:42

That's just the kind of thing Simon wanted to hear.

0:28:420:28:45

Next, a visit to one of Australia's oldest and largest wineries.

0:28:450:28:50

Would you like a wine-taster day?

0:28:500:28:51

-Yes, please.

-Yeah.

0:28:510:28:53

So this is the Chardonnay Pinot Noir.

0:28:530:28:55

There's water there if you need it and also a spittoon.

0:28:550:28:57

I won't be needing that.

0:28:570:28:59

-Cheers.

-Cheers.

0:28:590:29:01

I could drink that forever.

0:29:040:29:05

Today's been Jane's idea of heaven.

0:29:050:29:08

You would be absolutely crazy not to love this, this is just perfect.

0:29:080:29:12

But it's not all rose-tinted glasses.

0:29:120:29:15

I have to remember that, yes, this is amazing, this is wonderful,

0:29:150:29:19

but I can't do this every day.

0:29:190:29:20

I have to get a job so I can have the dream house that I want,

0:29:200:29:24

so it's a circle and, at the minute, there's a little bit of the circle

0:29:240:29:28

missing for me.

0:29:280:29:30

When it comes to voting on lifestyle down under, though,

0:29:300:29:32

what's the verdict?

0:29:320:29:34

Based on our lifestyle day, we are going to choose...

0:29:340:29:37

BOTH: Australia.

0:29:470:29:48

Hey!

0:29:500:29:52

I have had one of the best days of my life.

0:29:520:29:55

I got to tick boxes I never thought I would tick.

0:29:550:29:58

I loved every single minute of it.

0:29:580:30:01

I couldn't go any other way.

0:30:010:30:03

-What a perfect day, what a perfect day.

-It was great. Do it again?

-Yeah, yeah.

0:30:030:30:07

It's been a red-letter day for Jane

0:30:160:30:18

and it looks like she could be coming round

0:30:180:30:21

to Simon's vision of a future in Australia.

0:30:210:30:24

But achieving the ideal life down under won't come cheap,

0:30:240:30:27

so getting the right price for Jane's house in the UK

0:30:270:30:30

will be crucial for a move to happen.

0:30:300:30:33

The couple think it's worth 155,000.

0:30:330:30:36

Will two local estate agents agree?

0:30:360:30:38

As long as it's worth at least a million.

0:30:390:30:41

Yeah. I just hope there's no dust.

0:30:410:30:43

OK, so this is the main living area of the property.

0:30:570:31:00

They've had it very neutrally decorated, which is nice,

0:31:000:31:03

very light and airy.

0:31:030:31:04

Oh, it's a really nice kitchen.

0:31:060:31:08

Country-style cottage, which goes really well with the bungalow.

0:31:080:31:12

I think there would be probably just some upgrading that would need doing

0:31:120:31:15

with the tiling, maybe the worktops but overall I think it's really,

0:31:150:31:20

-really lovely.

-"Upgrading?"

0:31:200:31:21

Oh, it's a lovely double bedroom.

0:31:230:31:24

Really spacious.

0:31:240:31:26

The feature bay window is really nice,

0:31:260:31:28

it lets all the light into the property.

0:31:280:31:30

OK, so this is the second bedroom to the property.

0:31:300:31:32

Very comfortable sized single bedroom.

0:31:320:31:34

You might struggle to fit a double bed in here but not too bad of an

0:31:340:31:38

issue, I don't think, considering the extra trade off for living space

0:31:380:31:42

-that you have.

-In today's market,

0:31:420:31:44

I'd value the property at £170,000.

0:31:440:31:47

But for quick sale, I'd say £160,000.

0:31:470:31:50

I value this property in today's market at £180,000.

0:31:500:31:54

For a quick sale, I'd place this property on the market at £165,000.

0:31:540:31:58

Higher valuations are a great start.

0:31:580:32:02

That's more than we thought.

0:32:020:32:03

That is actually £25,000 more than I thought.

0:32:030:32:06

It's now time to tackle the everyday cost of living.

0:32:090:32:12

-All right.

-OK.

0:32:130:32:15

Crunch time.

0:32:150:32:16

We've provided a comparison of living costs

0:32:170:32:20

in Australia and the UK.

0:32:200:32:21

First up, the weekly supermarket shop.

0:32:210:32:25

So you've got your milk in the UK...

0:32:250:32:27

So it's £1.50.

0:32:280:32:30

Oz, £1.08, so it's less.

0:32:300:32:31

-Cheaper, yeah.

-That's quite nice.

0:32:310:32:33

Wine's the same. Good, good.

0:32:330:32:36

Very important, wine.

0:32:360:32:38

Tomatoes, what's going on with this?

0:32:380:32:41

99p to £2.06.

0:32:410:32:43

-Yeah.

-So it's £1.07 more expensive.

0:32:430:32:45

They just want us to be fat.

0:32:450:32:47

Minus £73.52 equals £17.09 a week.

0:32:470:32:53

That's not actually as bad as I thought.

0:32:530:32:58

An extra £74 per month hasn't fazed them but what about the bigger

0:32:580:33:02

-outgoings?

-Here's the one, here's the killer.

0:33:020:33:04

Basing their sums on the first property,

0:33:040:33:06

their monthly mortgage would increase by over a third.

0:33:060:33:09

..point 41 equals £142.59

0:33:090:33:15

more expensive in Oz.

0:33:150:33:18

Electricity.

0:33:180:33:19

-Cheaper.

-That's a shock.

0:33:200:33:22

-Minus seven.

-That is a shock.

0:33:220:33:24

You thought it'd be more expensive?

0:33:240:33:26

I thought it was going to be double.

0:33:260:33:28

-What?!

-Hair.

0:33:280:33:29

Sorry, babe.

0:33:310:33:33

What?!

0:33:330:33:35

You're going to have to shave your hair off.

0:33:350:33:37

Point 59...

0:33:370:33:39

That's £22.94 more.

0:33:390:33:41

Their sums show overall they'd spend more than £250 extra per

0:33:430:33:48

month in Australia. Just over £3,000 every year.

0:33:480:33:52

Unhappy face.

0:33:520:33:53

SHE TUTS

0:33:530:33:55

-Yeah.

-The figures are disappointing but, as a student,

0:33:560:34:00

Simon doesn't have any income in the UK,

0:34:000:34:03

so factoring in his wage in Australia and Jane's potential increase in earnings,

0:34:030:34:07

the couple discover they could actually be staggeringly better off

0:34:070:34:11

in Oz.

0:34:110:34:13

£31,461.24

0:34:150:34:23

per year better off in Australia.

0:34:230:34:25

That deserves a big smiley on the paper, I think.

0:34:270:34:29

With that kind of money, they wouldn't need to scrimp on anything.

0:34:300:34:34

You can get your hair done after all.

0:34:340:34:37

You can fly home as often as you want.

0:34:370:34:39

Chuffed?

0:34:410:34:43

Is this right?

0:34:430:34:45

-Wow.

-It's right.

0:34:450:34:47

No prizes for guessing how this vote turns out.

0:34:470:34:50

BOTH: Australia.

0:34:540:34:55

Yay. Couldn't be anything else, really, could it?

0:34:570:34:59

-No.

-And I was amazed by how much the difference was.

0:34:590:35:02

Yeah. I bet that's made your day, hasn't it?

0:35:020:35:04

It has. Four down, 3-1 at the moment, if you're keeping score,

0:35:040:35:08

which I obviously am.

0:35:080:35:09

With Jane's third vote for Australia,

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Simon's half-century dream is tantalisingly close.

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But moving would mean breaking bonds with loved ones in the UK.

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And he knows for Jane that could still prove too much to bear.

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We've prepared a DVD of messages from friends and family back home.

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I think it's going to be hard for me...

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..to see this bit.

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It might be you that's crying like a girl and I'm sitting looking at

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-you, you never know.

-You know I'm far too hard to do that.

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Yeah!

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-Tell me when you're ready, babe.

-Just press it.

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Hello, darling, I hope everything is just as you dreamed it would be.

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Hi, Dad. Hi, Jane.

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Hi, Simon. Hi, Jane.

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I hope you're having a lovely, lovely time.

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Hi, guys.

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Jane and Simon are a perfect match.

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They've...

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They're opposites to each other, in my opinion.

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Simon calms Jane down a lot...

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..because Jane is very, er...

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..full-on, shall we say?

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I'll kill her.

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I think Simon can be a little bit shy at times,

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a little bit quiet, and Jane counteracts that

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because she's very, very gregarious.

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She's always right.

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When we have arguments and what have you, she always is right.

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-They bounce off each other well.

-Yeah, good banter.

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They've got a similar sense of humour.

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They've got similar interests.

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His politics to my mind are sometimes a little bit dubious...

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Oh, I love her!

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She takes me shopping because I'm housebound otherwise,

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so she does that and that's wonderful.

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Six, seven years or so he's wanted to go to Australia,

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it's no surprise to me, it's been a long time coming.

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I think Jane's going to have a struggle because of her mum,

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who she's very, very close to,

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and of course Simon's leaving the boys behind, Daniel and Connor,

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and that's going to be very hard.

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I don't want my dad to feel like he can't do what he wants to do because

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of sort of me and my little brother.

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I will miss him, of course I'll miss him.

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I think with regards to her mum, you know,

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that's a huge wrench and is going to be a big influence

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on whether or not they actually decide to go or not.

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It's a big shock because I am all of a sudden going to be all on my own.

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Without any hopes at all of ever going to see them.

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So we'll just pray that while I'm still here

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they'll be able to come and see me again.

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We will. We will.

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It will be like losing a limb if they do go because she is just...

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She is just part of me, she is...

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..my life.

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I'm 83 and I've had a wonderful life,

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so it's only fair that she should follow her dream too.

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-Bless her.

-I'd much rather they came home but that's probably not going

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-to happen.

-The last thing you want is to wake up in 20 years' time

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and think, "Damn, I wish I'd done it then."

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-Yes.

-You go for it, mate. You've got our blessing.

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We really don't want you to go because we're going to miss you but...

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be happy, make the right decision for you.

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We will miss you...

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But, hey, that's life.

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-Go for it.

-Thank you.

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I am behind you 100% in whatever decision you do make but you do know

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that I love you so much and I'm going to miss you like crazy if you decide to

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-go to Australia.

-Please, please, please,

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just do whatever makes you guys happy.

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You've wanted to do it for ages.

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Love you both loads.

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Be very sure, dear, be very, very sure

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and I don't really want you to go, you know that.

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I'll miss her.

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Mam.

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Oh, God.

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Was it as hard as you expected

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-or harder?

-It was worse.

-Worse.

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I just want a magic button that I can press

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-and everybody comes, too.

-They all come with us.

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That would be nice, wouldn't it?

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JANE EXHALES DEEPLY

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The prospect of leaving family and friends has always been a stumbling

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block for Jane and hearing heartfelt

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messages from home has only magnified her concerns,

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so as their final vote edges closer,

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will Jane's strong emotional ties be what ultimately prevents Simon from

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securing the life he's dreamt of for so long?

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For Simon, the week down under has been the culmination of decades of dreaming.

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For me, Australia has been everything I expected and more

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and I want to live here

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but I want Jane with me.

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But the trial week's also reinforced for Jane

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what she would be sacrificing in the UK.

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Seeing the friends and family

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was quite simply horrendous for me.

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I feel that whichever way I go now, I'm letting somebody down.

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Simon knows Jane's feeling torn.

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Yesterday, I would have put money on it,

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today, not so certain and I understand why.

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I know time is ticking and, you know, but...

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There's just so much whizzing round my head at the minute.

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It's a 50-50, I really...

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I really don't know... I really don't know.

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I'm not coming out to Australia without her, so it will be the UK,

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we stay in the UK.

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Whichever decision I make,

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I'm going to stick with it.

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It's been a make-or-break week for Simon and

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it's now time to vote.

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His dream rests on the final turn of the cards.

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It's been a big week,

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we've had a lot of fun and now we need to vote on where we're going to live.

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BOTH: Australia!

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JANE LAUGHS

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I love you.

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I just thought,

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"Where do you want to be when you grow old...er?"

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And, erm...

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I want to be here, I want to do this.

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I'm going to break me mum and Sam's heart...

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..but it was always going to hurt somebody and I did it for me.

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Relieved. I'm delighted.

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And, gosh, I love you so much.

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There's a heck of a lot to sort out and I'm not

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coming here until it's done

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but it's doable and we can sort it

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-and it's where I want to be.

-Yup.

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We'll make sure everything is right, we'll do it.

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# Bring me sunshine... #

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Kick your heels up.

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Look at the sun, look at the sun, how appropriate is that?

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Gorgeous, isn't it?

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It may have been touch and go right to the final turn of the cards but

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having witnessed everything Australia offers,

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Jane's ready to take the plunge and make Simon's dream of returning to

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the land he left almost 50 years ago finally come true.

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It'll be an emotional journey for everyone but we wish the couple

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a long and happy future together down under.

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Simon MacLean moved to the UK from Australia as a child, almost 50 years ago, and has spent most of his adult life longing to return. With his sons from a previous marriage grown up, now on the cusp of a new career he believes the time could finally be right to make his dream a reality. The only thing standing in his way is fiancee Jane. An only child, Jane fears leaving her elderly mum in the UK on her own and is torn at the prospect of saying goodbye to the best friend who is more like a sister.

A trial week in Perth could be Simon's one and only chance to show Jane what their life could be like down under. Will it prove good enough to persuade her to put thousands of miles between her and the people she adores in the UK in order to stand by her man on the other side of the world? Or will Simon be forced to put his Australian dream to bed once and for all?