While the dark and gloom of the UK gets a bit darker and gloomier as the clocks go back, things are just hotting up Down Under as summer peaks its head around the corner.
Summer for Brits means disappointment; summer for Australians means what it says on the tin - it gets hot.
While as a Brit abroad you will undoubtedly be ridiculously underprepared for the temperature gauge straining the 20 degree mark and are definitely about to be sun burnt and dehydrated and just generally looking like a microwaved tomato.
But, that's your own fault, let's look at some stuff you can do in November before you get too hot.
Prob best not to take your dog
Sculpture by the Sea 2012 - Sydney - until the 4th
Bondi Beach is one of the most famous and iconic beaches in the world, probably only rivalled by Rio's Ipanema Beach and we're sure the locals would want it pointing out that the girls in Sydney rival their Brazilian counterparts too.
But what can you do to improve one of the world's best beaches? How about placing a few incredibly strange and incredibly massive sculptures all along the sea line for a couple of weeks each spring?
Sculpture is one of the most under rated art forms, right behind origami and one in front of 'playing the armpit' but the Sculpture by the Sea festival is a chance for some of the best known sculptors (presumably in the sculpting world) to show off their work.
You probably don't need an excuse to get down to Bondi but here's one anyway, so head on down there before the 4th and have a wander along the beach at the world's largest free sculpture exhibition.
Outdoor cinema and ice cream - Brisbane - until the 17th
Spring and summer are not the seasons to be sitting in dark rooms watching films so it's a surprise more companies don't have the required geniuses working for them to realise that simply bringing the screens outside and putting films on in the cool evening breezes.
However, if you’re in Brisbane before the 17th you stand to benefit from one such stroke of genius. The Ben & Jerry's Open Air Cinemas are exactly what they sound like: films - ice cream - outside.
What more could you want?
How about a cinema outside, on a roof?
Photo: Jarrad Seng
Rooftop cinema - Perth - 4th to the 18th
In what could be one of Perth's best kept secrets, the top floor of the City of Perth Roe St car park has been converted into a cinema lover's paradise: Rooftop Movies.
The whole floor has been astro-turfed, bedecked with palm trees and rows upon rows of deck chairs to be served food and drinks in while you enjoy one of the widest varieties of film anywhere on offer, from golden Hollywood classics, to enthralling documentaries to modern day blockbusters.
Not the Muppets - Melbourne - 7th to the 25th
If you grew up counting along with the Count on Sesame St or accusing Miss Piggy of having the same voice as Yoda, you might be interested in one of the world's most acclaimed ventriloquists and his little array of puppets on show in Melbourne.
However, going along and expecting nostalgic memories of the Cookie Monster is a bad idea; David Strassman's routines rely on foul mouthed, narcissistic characters like Chuck Wood and the perpetually bullied Ted E Bare.
It's not all just clever talk without moving your mouth action though either as Strassman's act descends down the rabbit hole of delusional insanity with massive screens, strobe lighting and booming sound effects adding much more to the expected image of a guy with no mates and his hand up a puppet's arse.
Posh nosh in the park - Melbourne - 15th to the 18th
The Taste of Melbourne food festival has moved outside for the first time this year and what could be better than chilling in Australia's coolest city with some of the finest food money can buy.
Spread over four days, Taste of Melbourne features a huge number of individual events demonstrating the virtues of a vast array of culinary styles for you to taste and even try your hand at cooking.
You may want to fast for a few days before going.
BIFF, no pun needed - Brisbane - 12th to the 25th
The Brisbane International Film Festival, or BIFF for short, returns this month for 12 days of some of the biggest names in cinema.
Films such as The Sweeney and Anna Karenina will have premieres at BIFF while countless other independent films desperately battle it out for various prizes and the recognition as the next big things in cinema.
Roller Derby - Sydney - 21st - Melbourne - 23rd - Brisbane - 25th
Sport is one of the few arenas of the 21st century that is still ridiculously dominated by men. While the London Olympics proved that women can produce just as much sporting drama and tension as the fellas, it's a sad fact that tennis remains practically the only sport where some level or parity is achieved.
So if you agree that the fairer sex should have the chance to go at each other in a truly un-gentlemanly fashion, head on down to Roller Derby Xtreme at the Sydney Olympic Park, the Hisense Arena in Melbourne or the Brisbane Exhibition Centre to see some armour clad warrior-esses go head to head on roller skates.
If you have any lingering doubts about the attraction of roller derby, perhaps it's not quite brutal enough for you, check out this video to see the lovely ladies who'll be smashing each other up on the 21st.
Photo: The Color Run
Colour me in - Melbourne - 25th
And lastly, a true world event takes place next month, and one you won't want to miss: the Color Run 2012.
Inspired by the Hindu festival Holi, the Color Run is a 5km race unlike no other. As the pristinely white-clad runners set off round the track, they are bombarded with different colour paints at different points around the track, meaning that win or lose, everyone crosses the line looking like a rainbow threw up on you.
Even if 5km might be a bit far for you and the site of a bag of skittles makes you go cross eyed, head on down to the course anyway and join in with the hurling of paint.
- Dominic Ladden-Powell is the Online Editor with the Australian Visa Bureau, an independent migration consultancy specialising in helping people lodge applications for a Working Holiday Visa to Australia.
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