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« Reply #15 on: Feb 17th, 2004, 8:44pm »

It's a new town, I guess roughly fifteen miles wide (probably substancially more these days, I'm just going from measurements I had to make in my school days). I live pretty much in the centre, though surprisngly it's like being in the middle of nowhere. Our corner shop is a large shopping centre (I don't know if Australians call them malls, but at least you know now) and two retail parks (if you don't have them, they're several 'warehouses' (pretty much) retrofitted with huge stores)... but there are fields surrounding our housing estate. Every morning at 5am, you're guarenteed to here a cockrel... but there's no friggin' farm anywhere near here, so I don't know where it comes from.
And the roads are good. You may have heard rumours (accurate, in most cases) about British traffic problems, especially on motorways. But Telford's a new town, with a well-planned road network (and no, it doesn't go for America's grid layout, instead winding roads, with tons of roundabouts), and I've never actually been in a queue on a road that doesnt' have roadworks.
And there's a huge town park. I cycle down a pedestrian-only 'highway', so to speak, quite regularly. You can go for a an hour without coming across anything remotely resembling a town that's applied for city-status. The 'nature' is obviously man-made, but it's not made of bricks, which is OK.
And there's a place inventively called 'Ironbridge' down the south end. Shockingly enough it has an iron bridge that goes over the River Severn, supposedly the first iron one ever built. So every signpost leading into Telford bills it as the 'Birthplace of the Industrial Revolution'...
Oh, and there're Roman ruins in a place called Wroxeter, quite important ones, you'd probably find something about them on a web search.

And of course you've got the bad areas, boarded up houses with squatters, places filled with criminals and prostitutes, places you or I would avoid for our own sakes. But every town has those places. Though fortunately the area I live in hasn't had any crime for years... I remember it well, a few years back, someone's house was burgled. Everyone was shocked, and standing around outside for a half hour talking about it. Though to this day no-one knows the name of the person who lives there, so it's not exactly a tight-nit community either. Which is just the way I like it, really.

Although, it's not in Belgium, so I don't know why I'm using up so much space talking about it, lol. In fact, if you do a search on the net, you'd probably find a heap of tourist sites... they've started advertising everywhere... 'come to Telford, come to life' is their slogan. So they show a field on the TV adverts huh, with no signs of life anywhere...
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« Reply #16 on: Feb 18th, 2004, 12:37am »

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it's not in Belgium, so I don't know why I'm using up so much space talking about it

That was really quite intersting and amusing(not in a bad way) Thoth. 'We' learnt alot about that part of English culture.

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We call them shopping centres to. smiley


Is there a university in Telford, can you get good education?
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« Reply #17 on: Feb 21st, 2004, 10:03pm »

Yes, there's a university in Telford. Though it's not 'Telford University', it's a sort-of overspill from Wolverhampton University. So essentially, you're attending a university that stretches over thirty miles huh. As for good, I'm not sure... it certainly isn't an Oxford or a Cambridge though, lol.

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« Reply #18 on: Feb 22nd, 2004, 01:37am »

Australia I believe has one university, Sydney University, which will get you a job in another country[or just has global recognition].

Are you at uni, what are you doing job-wise? I'm inerested because I'm thinking about my career and stuff.



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« Reply #19 on: Feb 22nd, 2004, 4:23pm »

No, I'm not at university. And job-wise, I'm taking what I can get. Which is little. I had a temporary contract a couple of weeks ago which refuelled my ailing bank accounts somewhat. But that's about all. My qualifications are computer orientated, so my best chance is with an office job of some sort, but my interests aren't particularly computer orientated, so it's a bit of an annoyance, lol.

Only one university?! Do you mean in total, or just one major one?
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« Reply #20 on: Feb 23rd, 2004, 04:22am »

Australisn universties are apparently very poor compared to other universities aorund the world. Like Torrich said, we haven't got a single uni in the top 100 in the world. And I believe I heard somewhere that Sydney Uni is the only one to 'qualify' in other countries.(whatever that means)
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« Reply #21 on: Feb 23rd, 2004, 10:10pm »

Probably means internationally recognised... y'know, if you were going to be an academic, they'd take you seriously if you'd gone to Sydney rather than one that doesn't 'qualify'. Or perhaps to do with jobs. Or both.
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« Reply #22 on: Feb 29th, 2004, 5:03pm »

Yeah, I think "internationally recognised" is the phrase.
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« Reply #23 on: Mar 1st, 2004, 02:32am »

Yeh probably. Not something like "they don't cut it"(which they probably don't)
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« Reply #24 on: Mar 1st, 2004, 8:18pm »

They're probably OK vocationally, within Australia. Just if you were going to be an academic abroad that you might encounter problems.
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« Reply #25 on: Mar 2nd, 2004, 12:11am »

Yes, I always thought that Australia was quite a well-educated nation. I mean America has a number of great universities, and so many over there are quite poorly educated. You do, also have to take into the account that there are so many people there, and thus many who are well educated. I don't know what percentage of students are foreigners at US unis like Yale and Harvard, but perhaps Australia is a good 'all rounder'(hahah, what a pathetic self-justification).
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« Reply #26 on: Mar 2nd, 2004, 8:14pm »

Yeah, maybe the population of Australia just isn't big enough to warrant more than one 'qualified' university. I'm fairly sure that my local uni isn't 'qualified', if it does mean internationally recognised.
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« Reply #27 on: Mar 7th, 2004, 10:13pm »

I have my hopes pinned on studying law at Oxford or Cambridge, but that's obviously incredibly doubtful.
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« Reply #28 on: Mar 8th, 2004, 03:20am »

Your own doubt makes it doubtful.
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« Reply #29 on: Mar 14th, 2004, 9:12pm »

Yes. If a man believes he will fail, he will ultimately find a way to do so. Wow. Want to swap forum roles for a while Tim tongue?

I was under the impression that there were better places in the world to study law in particular, anyway. Some American university is supposed to be the best in that field, isn't it?
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