Is it unhelpful and unnecessary to point out that property prices in New Zealand are absurdly high? And that lots of NZ teachers are going on strike because their salaries are so poor, MyOrchid? It was the TES Moderators that decided to label me as a "lead commentator" and "Community helper". Neither of these titles was my idea. No, T0nyGT, Bulgaria is not an oppressive state. For example, Internet and mobile phone access is not restricted. BG has to follow the EU rules on lots of things, otherwise they will not get any more EU cash. Yes, China has a lot more state control of just about everything, but it is an interesting place to live. We made some great Chinese friends and enjoyed our time in the Middle Kingdom.