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Valencia: BMW F1 Test Recap - Kubica Drives the F1.08

There are 13 comments on the Paddock Talk story from Jan 25, 2008, titled Valencia: BMW F1 Test Recap - Kubica Drives the F1.08. In it, Paddock Talk reports that:

Weather conditions: Sunny and dry Temperatures: Air: 10-19 C, Track: 11-22 C Number of drivers participating: 17 Fastest lap overall: Heikki Kovalainen, McLaren-Mercedes, 1:11.000 min Nick Heidfeld Chassis / ... via Paddock Talk

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Las Vegas, NV

#1 Jan 26, 2008
Thought I would share this with all
it might be the last time we see a F1 car
un the US for a long time

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#2 Jan 26, 2008
vegasguy wrote:
Thought I would share this with all
it might be the last time we see a F1 car
un the US for a long time =D5QmUEj425AXX
Well that was Graham Rahal not Kubica, you could hear the commentator at the end.
But anyway is this how they go without traction control?


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Kellyville, Australia

#8 Apr 21, 2011

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Kellyville, Australia

#9 Apr 21, 2011
Do you want an au pair? Registration for families is quick and easy and we can usually find you an au pair when needed, depending on your requirements.
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• Pictures from the au pair
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• Medical certificate and police check.
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• You register online, we need the registration form, letter and pictures
• We call you for telephone consultation and deposit
• You interview our shortlisted candidates, with use of our handy 'interview guide'
• You confirm your au pair and pay our placement fee
• We provide your au pair with relevant training & preparation, this may include our 3 day induction on arrival
• Au pair travels and joins your family!
Registration process explained in more detail:
Please register online, follow the instructions on each page and don’t worry, if you are unsure about some things, we go through them together.
As soon as your online registration is complete, we contact you to arrange a telephone consultation to discuss your requirements of what you want from an au pair and answer any questions. We can activate your search after consultation and payment of activation deposit, all in one call.
After the telephone consultation we activate your file and your shortlisted candidates will be viewable online for you. You contact your preferred candidate for an interview; we send you suggested interview questions to make it easy. Many families make use of a webcam for the interview, it is really handy!
All candidates will have been briefed and interviewed by the agency in their country and will be presented to you with informative and complete profiles containing;
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Kellyville, Australia

#10 Apr 21, 2011
You can invite your preferred candidate to be your au pair and if she accepts, we follow up with a template for the agreement for you to confirm the placement.
At this stage our fee becomes payable and then your au pair can book her flight to Australia. Your au pair pays for her own flight to Australia, gap year travel insurance and Working Holiday Visa. There is no need for complicated visa sponsorships!
We continue our service with relevant information at key points in the process, such as just before and just after the arrival of the au pair. We give you and your au pair smart information and preparation material exactly when you need it.
Your au pair travels and joins your family. Your au pair will pay the flight to Australia (nearest international airport) and you collect her from the airport. Depending on your location, the host family may need to pay for connecting flights to your local airport, either from nearest international airport or from orientation in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth or Brisbane.
Give her time to rest and settle and explain all about your family with the use of our training material and your family handbook, prepared from our handy template.
SMART TIPS for the best profile
Step 1 Facts about your family
Where we ask the basic information about you, what you need from an au pair and when.
In this area, we need you to answer each question about your family’s wants and needs. Consider where you may be in a position to compromise and where you can’t.
The dates can make a big difference, if you can be flexible about start date and duration of stay, this will really increase your chances of finding the right au pair quickly!
We will go through this section on the telephone also. Together we can identify your priorities.
Step 2 More about your family
Where we get to know you better, to shortlist the right candidates on your behalf.
Write as much as possible, about yourself, your family, your friends, your job, your pets, your hobbies and interests, likes/dislikes, your home, your town, your region, what sort of work/study you do, how much childcare experience you are looking for.
Describe your expectations of the role that the au pair will play in your family and the accommodation for the au pair.
Is there a special skill, passion or talent that your children have, if so, you may be looking for the au pair to have an interest or a skill in this area too as this gives an instant bond through shared interests, especially with older children.
As a guide, write between 200 and 500 words.
Be friendly, honest and sincere, au pairs will prefer someone where they will be part of the family, this may be the first time they live in a foreign country. You need to show them they can trust you and that you will make them feel welcome as a member of the family.
Show advantages! Make sure you clearly state all the positive selling points of joining your family. This can include the distance to the nearest station, language school or the centre of town, use of the car in their spare time, learning to surf, play tennis/ride a horse/sail a yacht, or simply the fact that there is a lot to do and there are many other young people in your area. Ask your friends and family, they may be able to contribute.
Be realistic. An au pair is unlikely to be a fully qualified nanny, cook or housekeeper. Work out what is most important for your family.

Kellyville, Australia

#11 Apr 21, 2011
Some requirements may be restricting your options or requiring you to pay your au pair more. We can guide you when we speak on the telephone, but for example, a candidate with ample childcare experience, strong language and cooking skills and a driving license will count on being paid more than the minimum.
Consider if your family has specific requirements. A family where sole care is required, especially with more than 2 children, very young children or a child with special needs will benefit from a person with experience. A family with teenage boys may consider a male au pair to connect with the boys through sports and hobbies and a very young mum may wish to consider a mature au pair to help her
We never expect you to compromise on what really matters!
Salary guide, you can give a salary range in step 1 with use of the salary guide, this will help us to qualify boundaries. Step 2 allows you to be more specific if there is a particular preference that you are willing to pay more for.
Provide references. Make it easy for a new candidate to contact your current au pair for example. Alternatively, references can be from baby sitters for example. Although we do not ask families to supply references, au pairs will really appreciate it if you offer.
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Our au pairs always tell us that this is the first thing they look at! We encourage the use of pictures, ideally showing all members of the family and maybe ‘action shots’ of your family in their favorite place or performing their favorite sport. A picture of your home is very re-assuring for an au pair.
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• explain the interview and selection process,
• give details about being a host family
• discuss your profile
• make sure you are happy for us to start your search and know how to contact us if you have any queries
Expect the telephone consultation to take approximately 15-30 minutes, first time host families usually take a little longer as we want to make sure ALL your questions are answered.
Naturally, if you prefer, you may contact our au-pair agency at any time!

Kellyville, Australia

#12 Apr 21, 2011
An au pair provides cultural live-in childcare. It is the most affordable and flexible form of childcare whilst the au pair gets the opportunity to ‘live the language’. Au pair is also often called live-in-carer, nanny, mom’s help, mother’s help or even childminder. Although we can place au pairs throughout Australia, most au pairs are placed in/near the major cities such as Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide.

Family au pairs generally work 25 – 35 hours including 2 evenings babysitting. During school holidays, extra hours can be agreed to suit your family requirements.

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Host families provide full board and pocket money in exchange for the au pair’s help in the family. The au pair pays for their own flights to Australia, travel insurance, visa and language classes but families are expected to provide airport collection on arrival.

Kellyville, Australia

#13 Apr 21, 2011
Family Au Pair (25-35 hours per week including babysitting)

• On duty approx. 5 hours per day, 5 days per week
• Babysitting can be 2-3 evenings per week
• Free time minimum 2 full days, at least every other weekend
• Minimum pocket money $150-$180 = 25hrs +$8 for extra hours (school holidays etc)
• Minimum pocket money for Gold + Diamond candidates $180-$210 = 25 hrs +$10 for extra hours (native speakers or experienced candidates)
• No sole care for children under 2
• Limited light housework

Pocket money varies depending on the number of hours and the level of experience of the au pair.

Candidates with childcare qualifications and/or at least one year of childcare experience are listed in our Diamond category. They are generally willing and able to take on higher levels of responsibility and do substantially longer hours.

As an employer you are required to register with the ATO, even though most au pairs stay below the income tax level. For the purpose of the tax office, they are considered 'residents'.

In all cases, families should provide a comfortable room and full board. Duty hours should allow an au pair free time to meet with friends, go sightseeing and possibly study or attend (language) classes. Two days per week should be free and suitable compensation should be agreed if extra work is required.

During school holidays you may ask your au pair to care for the children all day at extra pay or in exchange for additional days off another week.

Some families, especially in remote areas, will also contribute towards travel expenses or give access to a car.

If you have broadband internet that they can use to keep in touch with home, it will minimize the risk of them being homesick.

An au pair pays for her/his own flights to Australia but should be collected from the airport. If the au pair attends the optional orientation program, the family provides local travel to family home, preferably by collecting her from the hostel or booking onward flights if applicable.

Orientation is now available in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.

It is very important to agree in advance what you expect from each other.


We encourage host families to involve their au pair in family activities from shared meals to sports and days out. It is important that the au pair is given the opportunity to attend language classes.

Kellyville, Australia

#14 Apr 21, 2011
Many host families only require a genuine affection for children from their au pair. Practical experience is an advantage, even if it is only babysitting, as is an outgoing nature for coping and living with new people in a foreign country. We expect an au pair to be honest, mature and responsible.
Au pairs with fluent English and additional childcare experience are very popular. Some have a background in education or have been (summer) au pair before. Expect to pay more pocket money for experienced candidates.
Consider if your family has specific requirements. A family where sole care is required, especially with more than 2 children, very young children or a child with special needs will benefit from a person with some experience. A family with teenage boys may consider a male au pair to connect with the boys through sports and hobbies and a young mum may wish to consider an au pair with some baby experience.(no sole care for the baby!).
Ensure your profile reflects your requirements – we will talk about it in our consultation!
An au pair is not a domestic help, nor a qualified nanny. Helpfulness and enthusiasm is expected, experience is a bonus. They should not be expected to take charge of all household chores or all childcare.
Au Pairs and driving.
Many families need the au pair to drive the children to/from school and activities. If yous au pair has a driving license from the UK or an EEA country, they are permitted to drive in Australia.
However, the fact that the au pair has a driving license does not guarantee suitability to drive in Australia. As driving in Australia is different it is best to consider a driver with some experience AND book a few lessons with a qualified driving instructor to familiarise them with your local area and road rules in Australia. Then give them time to practice before driving your vehicle on their own and transporting your children.
You will need to arrange appropriate insurance for the car that the au pair will be driving.(more info in FAQ section)
Duties will vary by family, but most families expect the following to be part of the au pair’s duties. The balance of the au pair position should always be on childcare, rather than household duties.
• Wake the children in the morning and get them ready
• Help the children to tidy their rooms and make their beds
• Prepare breakfast and lunch for the children
• Clean up breakfast dishes
• Make sure children have books and homework for school
• Drive children to/from school (if needed)
• Tasks while children are at school: some shopping, light housework
• Prepare a healthy afternoon snack
• Assist the children with their homework, initiate and supervise play
• Help the children with their bath routine and help get them ready for bed
We ask the host family to outline their expected duties in the profile. Prior to the arrival of the au pair we also recommend preparing a detailed handbook, for which we provide you with a template. It outlines jobs and basic house rules so that expectations are clear and the au pair has a fair chance of not only meeting but exceeding your expectations.
List of duties considered unsuitable for an au pair:
Window cleaning
Spring cleaning
Cleaning the oven, other than simple wiping out
Washing carpets
Washing the family car (expected if au pair is main user)
Weekly shopping
Pet training
Clearing up after untrained pets
Making parents bed
Ironing for parents *
Cleaning parents’ en-suite bathroom

Kellyville, Australia

#15 Apr 21, 2011
Cooking the family meal, unless the au pair enjoys cooking and has chosen to do this for the family
*these duties can be included where there is less childcare and the children are out of the house for most of the day or optional for extra pay.
Au pairs should not be required to do housework such as cleaning and ironing at the same time as looking after young children.
An au pair should have 2 days off per week and at least 3 evenings per week of free time (2 evening babysitting are included). At least one full weekend per month should be given.

An au pair should have 2 days off per week and at least 3 evenings per week of free time (2 evening babysitting are included). At least one full weekend per month should be given.

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