The smaller company can't overcome their meeting-in-person interviewing practice (meaning, I need to go to Norway for two interviews before they'll truly hire me, but I'm currently a public servant and as such does not have that kind of jet-set budget) and the second company, my old company in fact, haven't replied back to me (nor my chase mails) for a couple of months after proclaiming serious interest. Not sure what happened there, but maybe I jogged their memory to hard? :)
I've also had a few good other leads to jobs elsewhere, but somehow each and every one of them have resulted in interest but not any practical solutions (Some can't pay "enough" [family to feed], some are abroad and there's VISA issues, some have found closer similar skillsets, etc). Maybe I need to address larger companies who can afford me?
I guess I'm stuck in Canberra for now, in a place where 80% of all jobs are inaccessible to me because I'm not an Australian citizen, unless I go contracting ... which I don't feel comfortable doing as I'm the sole provider for my family and my network here is poor (only been here 2 years).
Now, it's not that my current job is so bad, but I feel the time to move on and do great things have come. Yes, there's the option of doing great things in where I'm at, but I've struggled with this places' idea of "innovation" and resource priorities of late. Oh well, I'll bite my teeth harder together and we'll see what happens next.