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  • midlifelove 4:30 am on March 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Ballina, Bass Coast, , Bribie Island, Copper Coast, Echuca, Geraldton, Inverloch, Kadina, Mandurah, Moonta, Murray River, New South Wales, Perth, Phillip Island, Port Macquarie, Queensland, South Australia, St Helens, Tamar Valley, Tasmania, Toowoomba, Torquay, Tweed Valley, Victor Harbor, victoria, Wallaroo, Western Australia, Wonthaggi   

    Best Places To Retire in Australia 

    You’re thinking of escaping from the big city for a more peaceful, less polluted life in a country town or beachside community. You want to avoid the known – and unknown hazards – like man-eating koalas and deranged gunmen. So before you sell up and move, it’s a great idea to do investigate your options. And there’s no better guide on how to avoid disaster than Jill and Owens Weeks’s well-researched retirement advice.

    For more than a decade, they’ve investigated Australia from north to south, east to west, for their best-selling publications.

    Here’s their pick of the best places to retire.

    New South Wales

    The state with “by far the greatest number of ideal retirement locations.  North of Sydney, the entire coastline all the way up to Newcastle is popular, particularly as retirement trends change in favour of semi retirement.”

    Port Macquarie – “vibrant and dynamic area which offers many of the services and culture of a large city.”

    Ballina “good for those who want to get away from capital cities and can live without many of the facilities they offer.”

    Tweed Valley “offers most of the good features of the Gold Coast without many of the downsides . .  and close to Coolangatta international airport just across the border in Queensland.”

    Victoria

    Torquay (near Geelong) “There’s a buzz about the place . . . close to Geelong’s facilities. Fastest growing non-metropolitan area in Victoria and a clear favourite with retirees.”

    Bass Coast (Inverloch, Wonthaggi, Phillip Island) or Echuca (on the Murray River) “Cost of housing reasonable and a compelling list of positive features with few if any down sides.”

    Western Australia

    Mandurah (south of Perth)  – “Special appeal because of the number of services focused on retirees,” or Geraldton.

    Queensland

    Toowoomba “affordable housing, good facilities, relaxed pace, and not over-crowded with tourists in holidays. Not as humid as the coast, and Brisbane is accessible.”

    Bribie Island “preferred destination for those who want to get away from the congestion of the Gold coast.”

    South Australia

    Victor Harbor “Outstanding geography, access to Adelaide, vineyards and fine food. Holiday destination for over 100 years, town is full of well-preserved buildings, museums,” or the Copper Coast Yorke Peninsula  (Kadina, Wallaroo, Moonta.)

    Tasmania

    St Helens “Ideal climate on the Sun Coast, an affordable and relaxed lifestyle that few places in Australia can match,” or the Tamar Valley

    Checklist for Retiring

    Jill and Owen Weeks suggest:

    • Consider renting in the location of your choice. House-sit or even caravan-sit before you buy.
    • Subscribe to the local newspaper for at least 12 months before you move. This provides a good source of jobs, real estate and what’s happening in the community.
    • Research the utilities and services. Does the mobile phone work? Is there internet connection and educational services? This is particularly important if you are running a home-based business. Also check local services such as the nearest mechanic or electrician.
    • Will your new home require major renovations? Is it ‘older body friendly?’ Will you eventually need to move because of stairs? What happens if your mobility is impaired?

    See also Where to Retire in Australia for additional advice.

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  • midlifelove 4:28 am on February 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: chinese, , drug manufracturer, hollywood, indiana jones, keanu reeves, la galaxy, , USA Silikon Capsules, viagra style pills, victoria   

    Beckham and Bond Share Impotence Pill Link 

    Japan has always managed to pursue Hollywood or baseball stars to sell their products by making silly television adds in Japanese.

    Now some Chinese marketing gurus have come up with a cost effective way of marketing their products. That is to use existing footage of Hollywood stars or sports personalities and dub them in Chinese.

    English soccer star David Beckham, the “best Bond ever” Sean Connery, Hollywood action man Keanu Reaves have all enjoyed recent dubious celebrity of “endorsing” Viagra style pills to Chinese consumers.

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    Footage of Beckham promotes an impotence pill called USA Selikon with Chinese voices dubbed onto the film to show the LA Galaxy star apparently endorsing the product. It is however unclear if Beckham really does endorse the product or will take legal action against the company using his name.

    In the 30-second video, Beckham appears to say: “Want to know how I can keep being strong and running on the football field? USA Selikon capsules help me a lot. “It’s also the secret weapon with which I can satisfy Victoria.”

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    If you are surprised to hear about Beckham then you will find it extremely entertaining to see Sean Connery praising the USA Selikon capsules in the movie Indiana Jones.

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    However Keanu Reeves takes the prize with the following dialog in an interview “The feelings after my kidneys got washed by USA Selikon capsules are surprising. And my girlfriends were also surprised.”

    A sales manager for the drug manufacturer told Saturday’s South China Morning Post in Hong Kong the advertisements had been approved by authorities and broadcast in cities across China.

    Regardless of what happens to USA Silicon Capsule’s business as a consequence of bogus adverts, Viewers in China appear to have been taken in by these bogus adverts, with people poking fun at the celebrities on online forums for appearing to be reliant on China-made sexual aids.

     
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