Fearon Family Wanted Down Under


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Fearon Family

British families explore the idea of moving to Australia or New Zealand. Sheldon feels a move to Australia will help his family enjoy a better pace of life.


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Sheldon Fearon feels a move to Australia will help his family enjoy

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a better pace of life.

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I would like to see us sit down as a proper family, enjoy life,

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tone it down a bit. There is too much rushing around, you know?

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But his wife Shelly Ann

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is struggling with leaving her life in the UK behind.

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Change is good but sometimes it can be devastating.

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At the moment, I'm devastated.

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A trial week sees the family get a vision of how they might live...

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It said, "Fearon family! Come to me!"

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..before being brought back down to Earth by the close-knit family they

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have back home.

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It is not easy to just walk away and start over again.

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-It is not easy.

-So, do we have to?

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Covering a landmass of almost three million square miles,

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Australia has been hailed as a land of opportunity.

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Promising sunshine, beaches and a strong economy,

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the attraction shows little sign of easing up, with latest figures

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showing over 28% of the country's population is born overseas.

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The Fearon family from Dagenham has reached a dilemma that needs to be

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settled once and for all.

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To stay in the UK, where they have a happy, settled and prosperous life,

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or risk it all on a move across the world to Australia.

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Over one trial week, they'll get to see where they might live,

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what they can afford and the jobs they could get if they emigrated.

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At the end, they'll come to a final decision and vote.

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After a journey lasting around 20 hours, the Fearons have landed in Perth.

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So what are Shelly Ann's thoughts on the journey?

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I'm totally shattered.

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I didn't get any sleep at all because I was watching.

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Expected him to be hopping like a kangaroo.

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And then they're saying, "Oh, my God, are we doing the right thing?"

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And thoughts going through my mind, because it's now decision time.

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Dad Sheldon knows that he's his work cut out for him.

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I'm excited but I'm a bit cautious, I guess.

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I'll prove to everybody, by end of the week, this is the place to be.

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You'll try to prove to me by the end of the week.

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The heat is on.

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Let's go.

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Let's hope this week isn't too hot to handle.

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Welcome to Australia!

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Meet the Fearon family.

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-They are dad Sheldon, mum Shelly Ann...

-Hello!

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..Shelletha, aged 11, and Shellomi, who's six. That's a lot of Sh's!

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Originally from Jamaica, it's fair to say, in their case,

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opposites attract.

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We are two totally different people.

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She is more of the fiery type, she is more outspoken woman.

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Me, I'm just more reserved. I'm a person who chills and takes it easy.

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Totally the opposite of me.

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He's very gentle.

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He's not romantic at all and it's a good thing

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that I don't like flowers because, you know, we'd have domestics.

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Now, to add to their differences,

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Sheldon wants to make the move to Australia.

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Welcome to Australia!

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It's much warmer there!

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I'd stop moaning about the cold.

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I'll stop aching so much.

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We'll get to spend more quality time as a family together.

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I believe, the more time we spend together,

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the stronger the unit becomes.

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Shelly Ann is less hot on the idea,

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but in some ways she feels responsible.

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I initiated it, about ten years ago, but he wasn't interested at all.

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And then we took a family holiday, two years ago, to Australia,

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and from the day we landed, that was it.

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He was dead set to move to Australia.

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But I still firmly believe he's seen the skin of things.

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Nothing is that easy.

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Nothing is that perfect.

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Do I want to start over at this stage in my life?

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Yeah, nobody wants to start over at this stage

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-cos, I mean, we're not particularly young.

-Ah! Speak for yourself.

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Yes, we're getting on.

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And how do the girls feel about a possible move?

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I think I would like to go and find out a bit more. Yeah.

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-If you start crying, I will laugh. If you start.

-I'm not going to cry.

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For Shelly Ann, however,

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a move would mean separating from her beloved family.

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I've got five brothers.

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I'm the eldest. I'm like a second mum.

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I love them to bits.

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I was left with a charge by my dad, three days before he passed away,

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that, as you're the oldest one, I'm leaving my responsibility to you.

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Look after your brothers.

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I promised I would.

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I was 17.

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My youngest brother was four.

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Leaving them now, I know they're grown,

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but they still come to me, you know?

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Will I be letting my dad down?

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I know he's not here, but I made a promise

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and I don't break promises.

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I did it...

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..because he was a good man.

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One of them said, "You're abandoning the family."

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It's not my choice, it's not my choice. Erm...

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In addition to the family dynamics,

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there's one other concern that Shelly Ann has on her mind.

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We're a minority group.

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We don't know whether we'll be accepted.

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We don't know.

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And if they're not open-minded, I will be able to defend myself, but

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should I put my children in that situation?

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That they feel less of a person because of their race...

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Because of the colour of their skin,

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when there's beauty in difference but not everybody sees that.

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For Sheldon, though, it's something they can do together.

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Nobody said it's going to be easing. We know it's challenging,

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but we're a strong team.

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We've had many fights.

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We're not going to give up on this one. We'll fight to the end.

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We can make it. As long as we're together, we can make it.

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The family's base for the week is a rental property in the suburb of

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Belmont, a few miles east of Perth city centre.

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It's time to check out their temporary home.

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I think everyone's pleased.

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Especially when they see what's outside.

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A swimming pool!

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Despite the excitement, though, the reality of now being in Australia

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is starting to hit home for Shelly Ann as she unpacks.

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Because I know the reason why we're here is to feed Sheldon's

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obsession, so to speak, it's decision-making time.

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So there is that added pressure.

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This is our life. It's not a holiday, it's our life.

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As the girls battle over their room, Sheldon is taking it easy,

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as Sheldon does.

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We're here for real now,

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and I need to prove to Shelly Ann

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and the girls that this is the place for us to be.

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But he knows it won't be an open and shut case.

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Shelly Ann, she's a bit unpredictable.

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I'm not exactly sure.

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I'm hoping by the end of this week that she'll be fully persuaded.

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I believe she'll come around.

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Back in the UK, the Fearons live in a three-bedroom house in Dagenham

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outside London and it's fair to say that the place they call home has

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been the house that Sheldon built.

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We moved in, it was Sheldon's sweat, time, effort and skills

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and it's a nice home for us.

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It's a comfortable place to be, a happy place to be.

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As much as the bricks and mortar, however, it's the location

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of where they live that matters most to the Fearons.

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Where we live at the moment is a very secluded area

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because it's classed as the village of where we live,

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with the parish church just up the road.

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So what would they want from Australia?

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Well, Sheldon knows.

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The girls finding the right school

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and...a nice dream house.

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Perfect place as well,

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where the sun is shining.

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Find a nice church as well, where we can have fellowship.

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Yes. That would be a dream come true for us.

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They have a budget of £400,000 to spend.

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Tidy.

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To find out what kind of home their money could get them in Perth,

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we'll show them three properties -

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two based on budget and a third, which could be their dream home.

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Their search begins in Gooseberry Hill.

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Popular with families, it's close to schools, parks and

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reserves and straightaway the vibes are good.

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Love it. Outside.

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Yeah, this is exactly what we want, baby.

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This will do for us.

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Yeah, outside...

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Inside, the front opens up to the kitchen,

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which causes a bit of confusion.

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So you come straight in and then you're in the kitchen.

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Small and dated but it's not bad.

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Outside one point, inside zero!

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Let's have a look around and see.

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Round the corner, however, is the sitting area,

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although I'm not sure it's enough to win over Shelly Ann over.

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-I like this.

-That's a bit better. It's all right. And the view.

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-Look.

-I like.

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The outside is more appealing to me still, at this stage.

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Well, thankfully, the outside isn't too far away.

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What have we got here now?

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I've got no idea.

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But it's nice outside.

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This could be a nice barbecue area. We could do a barbecue over there,

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bring the food over here and everybody sit round the table.

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I don't see it! Not as a barbecue area, no.

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All right, let's have a look at the gym.

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-Did he say gym?

-I like this.

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-Yes, he did.

-That's all right.

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You get your belly down, love.

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Do some weights, do some squats.

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Get back my six-pack.

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You never had a six-pack.

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Poor Sheldon! Let's hope the first bedroom is up to standard.

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I hope this is not the master bedroom.

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If it is... If it is, Mum, I'm taking it.

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Good. You'd have the sleep out there.

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The walk-in wardrobe, however, has given Sheldon a plan.

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What we should do, baby, we knock this wardrobe out,

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and extend the master bedroom.

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And lose the walk-in wardrobe.

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We're not doing that.

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Half a point because I like the wardrobe,

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but zero points for your idea.

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-Yeah?

-But it's a good try.

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But the discovery of an en-suite could get him that extra point.

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Whoo! Ensuite.

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The bathroom is a bit dated, though.

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You're a plumber, mate.

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That, we can overcome!

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I'm here to rest, not to work!

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Best move on while you're ahead, Shel.

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Into one of the children's rooms.

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You'd have to declutter,

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you'd have to get rid of some of your toys.

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How can we get rid of toys?

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Because the room is smaller than what you have now.

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The master room is mine!

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LAUGHTER

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-OK, then.

-If this house is to get Shelly Ann onside,

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then the outside space is going to have to seriously impress.

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And luckily, it does.

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-Is it a swimming pool?

-I love this.

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Fantastic.

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This is beautiful. So that's two for me now.

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I love it. I love it.

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So what are the overall thoughts about property one?

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You got a point for the curb appeal, and a point for the pool

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-and the surrounding areas.

-Thank you very much.

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But none for the house.

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But could they afford it on their £400,000 budget?

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-Cool.

-Wait, so it's not a lot of money?

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-It's overpriced.

-426,000.

-Yeah, it's overpriced.

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I wouldn't pay that. Sorry.

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The family move swiftly on to property number two.

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It's in Maddington, 12 and a half miles from Perth and, with plenty

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of family amenities close by, this four-bedroom home sits in a

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rare half acre in a former orchard.

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How will this place go down?

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I'm reserving judgment.

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Inside is...a bit of a let down.

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Oh, dear!

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This is quirky, I don't do quirky.

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It's bordering on being depressing.

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-It's not that bad!

-Yeah, it is that bad.

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Thank you.

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Dated. You'd have to rip everything out.

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Oh, dear.

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This is the dining room.

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Living. Yeah, it's a bit dated.

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Two strikes, then.

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Will the bedrooms finish this place off once and for all?

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Yeah, it's a nice big room.

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Yeah, but...

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Any rooms for improvement?

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This is very bright.

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One side is seriously dark and depressing, and the other two is,

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you know, light and elating, but small.

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It looks like outside is going to have to save things again.

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Ah! I see a swimming pool!

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This is nice.

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This is beautiful. It's a nice family area.

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Oh, look at this! So maybe, then, this could be the barbecue area.

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There's even a man cave for Sheldon.

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-Wow!

-Wow!

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-This is cool.

-How does the family feel now about this quirky house?

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Whether we can afford it or not, I don't think I would want this house.

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Their budget is £400,000.

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That's the same one as the other one.

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That's a lot less than they thought.

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-We could actually get this one, but...

-We don't want it.

-Yeah.

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Hopefully, property three can turn things around for Sheldon.

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Situated in Kelmscott, with shops and schools close by,

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will this modern four-bedroom home impress the family?

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When they arrive, their reactions are not hard to read.

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SHE SCREAMS

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-Yes! Yes!

-This is cool, this is cool.

-Five points.

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Five points.

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I want to get out!

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Inside, the excitement continues.

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Oh, my God!

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Fantastic.

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-This is beautiful.

-Yeah, this is it.

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That's fine. It cries family.

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"Come and sit in me."

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Sheldon's like the cat that got the cream.

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-Wow!

-Nice dining area.

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Couldn't ask for more.

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I love the surface - feel that.

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What's that, Sheldon?

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-Marble.

-It's marble? I don't think we can afford this house.

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This is beautiful.

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It takes my breath away.

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And it's even got an infinity pool.

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Oh, wow!

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-One for you.

-Back inside, the family check out the sleeping arrangements.

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Cool.

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Ah! Master bedroom.

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This is absolutely fantastic.

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-Look at this.

-You've got two showers.

-My goodness.

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It's amazing.

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SHE GASPS

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Walk-in wardrobe.

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Yeah, if we can afford something like this, baby.

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I'd follow you to Australia.

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-Straight away?

-I'd follow you to Australia.

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That's a major breakthrough.

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I guess the children will need somewhere to sleep, too.

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Bedroom.

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Yeah, baby, this looks nice. See?

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It's fair to say that this place has blown everyone away.

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I believe that this is it, this has got everything we've ever dreamt of.

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I love it. I can't fault it.

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It's just waiting for us, whether we can afford it.

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Remember, their budget is £400,000.

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All right, shall we have a look then?

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-Ah!

-Wow!

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-539!

-This house is worth it. We can go back and recalculate.

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We're willing to make some compromises.

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I'm feeling over the moon now because I've actually proven to you

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that the houses over here are just right for us.

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Property one didn't impress on the inside,

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but the outside made up for it.

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At £426,000, it was slightly over budget but still doable.

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House number two had a quirky interior, but they loved the outside

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and it was the same price at £426,000.

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But property three was perfect.

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At £539,000, it was over budget but that didn't put the couple off.

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So when it comes to property in Perth, will the family vote

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for the UK or down under?

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-Australia.

-UK.

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Mum!

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What? Why the UK?

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We found that property that's ideal for us,

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but now I'm thinking about my brothers.

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We would need more space.

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If they are to afford an even bigger dream house,

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the pressure is on to secure the best jobs they can.

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Back home, Sheldon works as a plumber,

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a job that suits his personality.

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I love solving problems.

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I'm really happy when I fix a customer's leak or their boiler.

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I feel really satisfied, just to see that smile on their face.

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The only problem he can't solve, however,

0:20:500:20:53

is just how long he's working.

0:20:530:20:55

I'm on-call 24 hours per day, seven days a week, so when I'm coming in,

0:20:550:21:00

Shelly Ann is going out. When she's coming in, I'm going out,

0:21:000:21:05

so we don't really get to spend much time together as a family.

0:21:050:21:08

Shelly Ann works for the police in the communications department and

0:21:100:21:14

it's a hugely responsible job.

0:21:140:21:16

We deal with every aspects of call, and I manage a group of 150 people,

0:21:170:21:25

who deals with day-to-day running of London, basically.

0:21:250:21:28

She has worked hard to get where she is and fears a move to Australia

0:21:280:21:33

could put her career into reverse.

0:21:330:21:35

Going to Australia,

0:21:350:21:37

I might have to come back down the rankings that I am.

0:21:370:21:40

There's no assurance that I'm going to get a job,

0:21:400:21:43

so it is a massive risk and it is playing on my mind.

0:21:430:21:49

Today, the couple get to explore their chances of finding work down under.

0:21:500:21:55

First up, Sheldon is visiting one of the biggest commercial plumbing

0:21:560:21:59

companies in Western Australia,

0:21:590:22:01

where he's introduced to site manager expat, Bret Glover,

0:22:010:22:05

for a tour of the huge project at Perth Stadium.

0:22:050:22:08

They've got food and beverage, so, overall,

0:22:090:22:12

there's 100 food and beverage outlets in this stadium.

0:22:120:22:16

As Sheldon goes with the flow, we catch up with Shelly Ann,

0:22:170:22:22

who's at the nerve centre for the WA Police Emergency Response.

0:22:220:22:26

She's meeting with expat police staffer, Joanne Clarke,

0:22:270:22:31

and, first up, she's keen to find out

0:22:310:22:33

if she could get the same management role in Australia.

0:22:330:22:37

In the UK, I'm in a senior position

0:22:370:22:39

and worked very hard to get to that role.

0:22:390:22:42

Is there any way or any equivalent I could come into that role?

0:22:420:22:47

With that experience, I'd say you'd probably fit in to the role that I

0:22:470:22:50

do at the moment, which is team leading,

0:22:500:22:51

which is probably equivalent of supervising, where we're responsible

0:22:510:22:55

for a team of between ten and 12 members of staff each.

0:22:550:22:58

There's 14 teams, so day-to-day we're part of the operational

0:22:580:23:01

running, quality assuring of their calls,

0:23:010:23:04

plugging in and assisting them.

0:23:040:23:06

Not quite the level of responsibility Shelly Ann's used to

0:23:060:23:10

but will the wages match up?

0:23:100:23:12

You're looking at about 80,000 Australian dollars,

0:23:120:23:15

which, for you, would be the equivalent of about £46,000.

0:23:150:23:20

That would be more money for less responsibilities.

0:23:200:23:24

-Oh. Fantastic.

-Have I sold it to you?

-Partially, yes!

0:23:240:23:28

Lovely. That's good.

0:23:280:23:30

Back at the stadium, Sheldon is talking qualifications with Brett.

0:23:300:23:34

One thing I did find difficult when I first came out here was trying to

0:23:340:23:38

get all the qualifications.

0:23:380:23:40

Plumbing's licensed, so you've got two licences over here.

0:23:400:23:43

You've got a trade's license and a contractor's license.

0:23:430:23:46

So you give the plumbing licensing board all your qualifications and

0:23:460:23:49

then you do, it's called a migrant's course, which is three weeks,

0:23:490:23:52

and there's no way round that.

0:23:520:23:54

You have to do that license.

0:23:540:23:56

Once I've got my qualifications,

0:23:560:23:58

what sort of salary would I be expecting?

0:23:580:23:59

It is long hours, but a typical plumber here would be earning above

0:24:010:24:07

100,000 take home after tax.

0:24:070:24:11

Job-hunting over,

0:24:110:24:13

it's time for Sheldon and Shelly Ann to discuss their day.

0:24:130:24:16

After tax, I'd be getting approximately 100,000,

0:24:180:24:22

which is approximately £70,000 after tax.

0:24:220:24:26

That's an improvement.

0:24:260:24:28

The shift is a bit longer than some shifts over in the UK,

0:24:280:24:33

but in time we can get that fixed.

0:24:330:24:36

So how did your day went?

0:24:370:24:39

What do you mean, the shifts are a bit longer? Like, how?

0:24:390:24:43

-What are your hours?

-So we start at six o'clock in the morning and

0:24:430:24:47

-finish at four o'clock.

-Right.

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So that takes away family time, doesn't it?

0:24:490:24:51

Well, my day was informative and I could easily fit in, easy.

0:24:530:25:00

Standing on my head!

0:25:000:25:01

Well, you know! My worry is a bit like self demotion,

0:25:010:25:06

so, at this moment in time, I don't know where I'm going...

0:25:060:25:10

Or what I'm going to do.

0:25:110:25:13

Right, time to vote and I'm not sure how this one is going to go.

0:25:130:25:17

-Australia.

-Australia.

0:25:200:25:22

Wow! You surprised me there.

0:25:240:25:27

Yeah, I'm unpredictable.

0:25:270:25:29

Where do I strike the balance?

0:25:340:25:35

Where do I draw the line?

0:25:350:25:37

Because, for every achievement, there has to be a compromise.

0:25:370:25:40

Indeed, absolutely.

0:25:400:25:41

Halfway through their trial week and Sheldon's mission to convince

0:25:470:25:51

Shelly Ann is hanging by a thread.

0:25:510:25:54

And with the all-important financial reality check

0:25:540:25:58

and messages from home still to come,

0:25:580:26:00

something tells me he has a lot more work to do.

0:26:000:26:04

First though, a day sampling the sort of lifestyle the family might

0:26:040:26:09

be able to enjoy in Perth gives the couple a chance to gather their

0:26:090:26:13

thoughts before moving forward to the second part of the week.

0:26:130:26:16

One of Shelly Ann's biggest concerns about a move to Australia

0:26:190:26:23

is whether it offers the sort of diverse community

0:26:230:26:26

the family has enjoyed in the UK,

0:26:260:26:27

so they're off to meet some people who might set her mind at ease.

0:26:270:26:32

And as the Fearons arrive at Perth Caribbean Society,

0:26:320:26:35

Nadine and Cass greet them with hugs and the family are soon at ease.

0:26:350:26:40

Everyone is relaxed and enjoying this vibrant group of new friends.

0:26:410:26:46

All in all, it's been the perfect way to spend some time.

0:26:470:26:50

Fantastic bunch of people.

0:26:520:26:53

Fantastic place to be.

0:26:530:26:55

Sometime, change is good.

0:26:560:26:57

It can be a breath of fresh air and I think I've got a

0:26:570:27:01

breath of fresh air today. And I had jerk pork, which I love.

0:27:010:27:06

So, yeah, it was good.

0:27:060:27:08

Lunch over, it's time to work off a few of those calories,

0:27:110:27:15

and what better way to do that than to get out on the water?

0:27:150:27:18

But Sheldon might need some persuading.

0:27:180:27:22

Are you going in?

0:27:220:27:23

I don't want to.

0:27:230:27:24

If you don't go in, you don't get a vote.

0:27:250:27:28

SHE LAUGHS

0:27:280:27:31

I believe I was blackmailed.

0:27:310:27:32

-Off you go.

-All right.

0:27:350:27:38

-Why are you breathing so heavily? Stop panting.

-I'm alive.

0:27:380:27:43

Sheldon, you're letting me down. Come on.

0:27:430:27:46

Look at Shelletha.

0:27:470:27:50

I knew he wouldn't be able to do it, that's why I wanted him to go in.

0:27:500:27:53

He doesn't like cold water.

0:27:540:27:55

SHE LAUGHS

0:27:570:27:59

To see the girls embarking on this experience

0:28:040:28:08

is elating and they're happy.

0:28:080:28:11

And it even looks like Sheldon has got the hang of it...or not.

0:28:120:28:18

As Mum and Dad take a break, they reflect on the day's events.

0:28:180:28:21

Coming to Australia and coming in this environment where the people

0:28:230:28:27

are friendly and nice and welcoming,

0:28:270:28:29

this is what we've always hoped for.

0:28:290:28:32

We feel like we're with a family -

0:28:320:28:34

a family away from our families.

0:28:340:28:36

Let's hope Shelly Ann will buy into the idea.

0:28:370:28:39

Yay! Today has surpassed some of my expectations.

0:28:420:28:47

It has been totally, totally relaxed and just about the four of us,

0:28:470:28:52

so that's what's important...

0:28:520:28:54

Family.

0:28:550:28:56

But Sheldon knows it's not always cut and dry with Shelly Ann.

0:28:570:29:01

I don't want to get my hopes too high and then I'm...

0:29:020:29:05

I just get dropped in it. I'm hoping she'll make the move.

0:29:050:29:08

I'm hoping and I'm trusting and I'm praying. Yeah.

0:29:090:29:14

So, after a day of lunch, laughs and larking about on the water,

0:29:160:29:21

what way will the family vote?

0:29:210:29:23

-Australia.

-UK.

0:29:270:29:29

Joking. Australia.

0:29:290:29:30

-Mum!

-I got you!

0:29:330:29:34

Back in the UK, the Fearons are mortgage-free,

0:29:410:29:44

but to find out how much they would have to spend on their dream home in

0:29:440:29:48

Australia, we sent two estate agents to value their home in Dagenham.

0:29:480:29:51

-OK.

-I'm excited about this.

0:29:510:29:54

Oh, wow. This is really nice living room.

0:29:540:29:57

And the kitchen. This is a really good size.

0:29:580:30:00

We need to do some modernisation, but apart from that it's very good.

0:30:000:30:04

OK. So, yeah, the family bathroom has been extended,

0:30:070:30:10

so a better size than we would expect it to be.

0:30:100:30:13

And this is the master bedroom.

0:30:130:30:15

Good size. Again, it needs a bit of refurbishment and, wow,

0:30:150:30:20

that's an interesting view.

0:30:200:30:21

Thanks for that.

0:30:210:30:22

Best neighbours.

0:30:240:30:26

So this is the third bedroom, which is a much better size

0:30:260:30:28

than we might expect. So a good room.

0:30:280:30:30

I hope he took his shoes off.

0:30:300:30:32

In the current market conditions,

0:30:340:30:36

I would resell this house at a price

0:30:360:30:38

between £320,000, up to £340,000.

0:30:380:30:43

-Oh, please.

-For a quick sale, this house could achieve between

0:30:430:30:48

£290,000 and £310,000.

0:30:480:30:50

On your bike, missy.

0:30:500:30:52

I would value the property at £370,000 to £375,000.

0:30:520:30:57

-Now you're talking.

-For a quick sale, £350,000.

0:30:570:31:00

-The second evaluation is more realistic.

-Yeah.

0:31:000:31:04

Now it's time to see how the finances compare between Australia

0:31:040:31:08

and the UK. First up, it's the food shop.

0:31:080:31:11

Yorkshire tea bag. Oh, my God!

0:31:110:31:16

£3.50 in the UK.

0:31:160:31:18

£6.88.

0:31:180:31:21

Yes, it's like double the price.

0:31:210:31:23

Salmon, OK, you buy a lot of that.

0:31:250:31:28

That's a bit more expensive.

0:31:280:31:30

Doubled in price. £9.59 UK, £19.35.

0:31:300:31:34

If we cut the salmon out, we save loads of money.

0:31:340:31:38

-Are you joking?

-We wouldn't be in minus.

0:31:380:31:41

No.

0:31:410:31:42

I think we'll get rid of the tea.

0:31:420:31:44

You can't get rid of the tea.

0:31:450:31:47

-Why not?

-You have to drink tea.

0:31:470:31:48

And when they add it up...

0:31:500:31:52

That will be £85 per month worse off in Australia than in the UK on

0:31:520:31:58

-our weekly shop.

-Worse off isn't good, but it's not too bad.

0:31:580:32:01

-It's not too bad.

-It's manageable.

0:32:010:32:05

-All right.

-Sheldon can't believe his ears.

0:32:050:32:09

But how will the bigger bills go down?

0:32:090:32:11

So we go from no mortgage to 567.

0:32:140:32:17

Oh. Water.

0:32:190:32:21

Water is expensive here.

0:32:210:32:22

Everything is more expensive.

0:32:230:32:25

So our total outgoings in Australia is £852 per month worse off.

0:32:280:32:35

-Yeah, that's a lot of money.

-It's a lot worse off.

0:32:370:32:40

The figures have come as a blow, but they still need to take into

0:32:400:32:43

account their potential income.

0:32:430:32:45

If we minus that from 161...

0:32:450:32:48

So we'll be £912.84 better off per year in Australia.

0:32:500:32:56

-It's a bit daunting.

-Of course it is.

0:33:010:33:03

We were expecting a bit more, but...

0:33:030:33:05

It is what it is.

0:33:080:33:11

Yeah, we're going to have to tighten some belts again.

0:33:110:33:15

Isn't it? Which wasn't MY plan...

0:33:160:33:19

..at this stage in my life.

0:33:220:33:24

I'm not trying to burst your bubble, I'm just saying this is real.

0:33:280:33:31

With Sheldon and Shelly Ann both feeling deflated by their

0:33:360:33:40

calculations, which way will this vote go?

0:33:400:33:42

-Australia.

-Australia...

0:33:490:33:52

With a little bit of doubt.

0:33:520:33:53

I know it's not going to be easy, but together we can.

0:33:550:33:58

OK.

0:34:000:34:01

That's a nice come back from you saying I'm toxic to your dreams.

0:34:020:34:06

One of the biggest issues for the Fearons is leaving Shelly Ann's

0:34:100:34:15

five brothers and a huge social group behind.

0:34:150:34:18

So how will the family feel once they've watched messages from their

0:34:180:34:21

loved ones back home?

0:34:210:34:23

Greetings to my family, Shelly, Sheldon, Shellomi and Shelletha.

0:34:240:34:28

What's happening?

0:34:280:34:31

Can they see you, Mum?

0:34:310:34:32

Let's hope you're enjoying your stay in Australia.

0:34:320:34:35

-Hi, guys.

-Miss you loads.

0:34:350:34:38

Shelly Ann is a strong, vibrant, outspoken woman.

0:34:380:34:45

We love her to bits, but sometimes she's very annoying.

0:34:450:34:47

She can defend herself and she defends her brothers.

0:34:500:34:54

Sheldon is a brother that anybody would be happy to have.

0:34:540:34:59

He's a dream brother, you know what I mean? He's easy going.

0:34:590:35:02

He's always there when I need him.

0:35:020:35:04

He's more like a brother than actually a brother-in-law, if you

0:35:040:35:07

-understand what I mean.

-Shellomi is like mum.

0:35:070:35:10

Very bubbly, very cheeky.

0:35:110:35:15

Shelletha is just like her dad...

0:35:150:35:16

Very calm. Very respectful, very lovely.

0:35:180:35:22

A couple of years ago, he was saying to me that he was thinking of

0:35:220:35:27

moving to Australia.

0:35:270:35:28

I thought he was having a laugh. I said, "OK, move to Australia."

0:35:280:35:33

-I kind of accepted it very quickly anyway.

-No, you didn't.

0:35:330:35:38

Better environment for your family to grow.

0:35:380:35:40

It's always good.

0:35:400:35:42

I think that they should, you know, try to do it, even if it means that

0:35:420:35:48

my heart is going to be broken.

0:35:480:35:50

We've always had a strong bond and so, yeah,

0:35:500:35:54

this is a challenge for all of us.

0:35:540:35:56

-It is. It will be a tough one.

-So, yeah.

0:35:560:36:00

-It'll be a tough one.

-And people don't realise how much somebody's,

0:36:000:36:04

somebody means to you until they're not actually there, so I don't think

0:36:040:36:08

they actually realise at this stage how much they're going to be missed,

0:36:080:36:11

but I know they're going to be missed.

0:36:110:36:13

She made a promise to our dad that she will look after us.

0:36:130:36:17

Even though I'm a big man now.

0:36:170:36:18

Because she made that promise to our dad...

0:36:200:36:22

She still holds to it, up to this day, she still does.

0:36:240:36:27

22 years later, she's still holding.

0:36:270:36:30

They're big men now.

0:36:300:36:32

They'll miss her, but they're big men.

0:36:320:36:34

But I still...need my food every Sunday.

0:36:360:36:40

I've been thinking about that. It's a big move.

0:36:420:36:44

It's your decision, if you want to stay there, but let's hope you think

0:36:450:36:50

about it quite well before you make that decision.

0:36:500:36:54

Follow your heart.

0:36:540:36:56

It's going to hurt like hell, but if it makes you happy,

0:36:560:37:01

if it makes the family happy, then we'll support you 100%.

0:37:010:37:05

Just pray and I trust that God will just make the way, you know,

0:37:060:37:12

and the decision that you want to make, that it will be the right

0:37:120:37:16

decision that you're making and everything will be well.

0:37:160:37:19

Do what makes you happy and I'll be happy.

0:37:210:37:24

I really want what's best for you and I know that, whatever choice you

0:37:240:37:29

make, it will be for the betterment of yourself and your family.

0:37:290:37:33

So, go for it. Good luck. And whatever your decision is,

0:37:330:37:36

you've got my blessings.

0:37:360:37:38

I mean, sometimes we don't say to each other that we love,

0:37:420:37:45

I love you or you mean a lot to me, but when you're not there...

0:37:450:37:50

..looking at this now, it really makes you appreciate your family

0:37:520:37:58

and your friends, you know?

0:37:580:38:00

How do you feel?

0:38:000:38:01

She doesn't want to answer.

0:38:040:38:07

It's not easy to just walk away and start over again.

0:38:090:38:14

It's not easy.

0:38:140:38:15

So, do we have to?

0:38:150:38:17

At the start of the week, the Fearon family were split between

0:38:210:38:25

Dad Sheldon's view of where their future lay and mum Shelly Ann's.

0:38:250:38:31

The question now, has Perth done enough to get them both singing from

0:38:310:38:36

the same hymn sheet?

0:38:360:38:38

What would you do?

0:38:380:38:40

It's time for the final vote.

0:38:400:38:42

I think that's far enough, Mr Man.

0:38:430:38:46

Has Sheldon been convinced a move is right for the family or has he been

0:38:460:38:50

barking up the wrong tree?

0:38:500:38:53

There's a future for us in Australia.

0:38:530:38:55

We can achieve what we really want if we put our heart to it.

0:38:550:38:59

With God, all things are possible

0:39:020:39:04

and I firmly believe that we can make it here.

0:39:040:39:08

However, Shelly Ann is still torn.

0:39:110:39:13

I'm not shy from having a change, but do I need this change?

0:39:140:39:20

That's the definitive question.

0:39:210:39:23

In particular, she's struggling with the promise she made to her daddy.

0:39:250:39:29

I can't go to Daddy and say, "Daddy, what's your opinion?"

0:39:300:39:32

He's no longer there.

0:39:340:39:36

I was left with a charge and...

0:39:370:39:40

..I made a promise...

0:39:420:39:43

..and now, in my mind-set, I'm breaking it.

0:39:460:39:50

How I'm going to cope with that, I know it not.

0:39:520:39:55

And what do the girls think about a move to Oz?

0:40:020:40:06

I think Australia is better than England.

0:40:060:40:09

The weather is better, definitely,

0:40:100:40:13

and there is like more things to do around here.

0:40:130:40:16

I don't want to leave my family,

0:40:160:40:19

but I want to live in Australia.

0:40:190:40:21

I don't know.

0:40:230:40:24

I think my mum, I don't know if she wants to come.

0:40:260:40:30

Sheldon is well aware that Shelly Ann is yet to be totally persuaded.

0:40:310:40:35

I don't know if she has made up her mind,

0:40:380:40:40

so I'm really wondering what she's thinking.

0:40:400:40:46

It's crunch time.

0:40:470:40:48

I've not yet made my mind up.

0:40:540:40:56

I'm all over the shop.

0:40:570:40:59

But hopefully, when it comes down to it...

0:41:010:41:03

..with the help of God, I will make the right decision.

0:41:050:41:09

And now it's time for the final vote.

0:41:140:41:17

After everything that we've seen in Australia, our vote goes to...

0:41:200:41:25

Whoohoo!

0:41:270:41:28

MUSIC PLAYS

0:41:310:41:33

-ALL:

-Australia.

-Yay!

0:41:440:41:48

Go on, then.

0:41:480:41:49

Wow, baby.

0:41:490:41:51

Are you happy, Mum?

0:41:520:41:53

-Thank you.

-You're welcome.

-Mummy, are you happy?

0:41:570:42:02

I'm overjoyed that you've actually decided to vote for Australia

0:42:020:42:07

and give it a fair chance.

0:42:070:42:08

-We'll make it.

-We'll make it.

0:42:080:42:10

-By the Grace of God.

-By the Grace of God.

0:42:100:42:12

You're a fantastic husband, a brilliant dad.

0:42:130:42:16

You always look out for the family.

0:42:170:42:19

You've never made me cry.

0:42:190:42:21

You're the love of my life, so you worth taking this chance on.

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You know what I mean? What's up with you?

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-Thank you.

-You're more than welcome. Any time, babes.

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SHE SINGS

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# We do it again for you

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# You'll do it again... #

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Yes.

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# Hasn't he always come true for you? #

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Well, who could have seen that result coming?

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Certainly not me.

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But in the end, Shelly Ann proved that the lady was for turning.

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We wish this wonderful family all the very best of luck in the future

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and we'll be following their next move closely.

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The Fearon family from Dagenham, east London, have reached a dilemma that needs to be settled once and for all - to stay in the UK, where they have a happy, settled and prosperous life, or risk it all on a move across the world to Australia.

Meet the Fearon family - dad Sheldon, mum Shelly Ann, Shelletha, aged 11, and Shellomi, who is 6. Originally both Sheldon and Shelly Ann are from Jamaica but it is fair to say that in their case, opposites attract. Sheldon is loving life with his laid-back attitude, while Shelly Ann is high powered and driven - but together it just works!

Now, to add to their differences, Sheldon wants to make a move to Australia. He yearns for the warmth he remembers from growing up in Jamaica. In the UK, Sheldon works as a plumber. It is a job that suits his personality. But Shelly Ann is less hot on the idea. She in some ways feel responsible, as she was the one who originally wanted to emigrate. But recently she has been promoted to a hugely responsible job in the police communications department and loves her senior position.

Across a trial week, they get to see where they might live, what they can afford and the jobs they could get if they emigrated. At the end, they come to a final decision and vote on where the family should spend the rest of their lives. Sheldon knows he has got his work cut out to persuade Shelly Ann to go. So the heat is definitely on - let's hope the week doesn't prove to be too hot for them to handle.