We had to undergo medical tests, and we waited. And waited. Then one day in early 1992 I took a phone call from the Australian Embassy asking if our "circumstances had changed". The woman said that our visas were in the post. We couldn't believe it. We'd actually got in because of my wife's secretarial qualifications, nothing to do with our TV and radio work.
We could never repay this debt. We spent the first few weeks exploring, but as the bank balance started to drop, it was time for work.
I produced the morning news and current affairs program on the metro radio station, and my wife produced the breakfast show. This was interesting to say the least; it meant having a babysitter come in at 4a.m. to get the children up and take them to school.
I did this for a couple of years and then moved into TV as chief-of-staff and then executive producer of the 7-30 Report.
The benefits of growing up in the sun are immeasurable. There were sports, drama classes, and the time spent outdoors is way better than being stuck inside all the time. That would probably have been the case if we'd stayed in the UK.
It looks like the phoenix rising, and that's a reasonable analogy I guess. I've not always been the happiest of people, but I'm pretty happy now. I came out of retirement to work at The Cairns Post, the local paper, where I edit the education supplement which comes out once a week. I get to gig a couple of times a week, and when time allows, I tour. Life is good, and that's how it'll stay.