If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

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13/04/2013 at 11:22

the usual broad brush strokes, david

there are some quite legitimate reasons people might have for staying in one place their whole lives: family, friends, employment, quality of life. that does not mean they lack ambition, just that they know a good thing when they see it.

however, I do agree there is no reason for people to stay in a place if they don't like it.

one of the reasons the American economy recovers better is that, generally, they are a far more transient people than in the UK: more willing to travel to find work, rather than sit in poverty and complain for 30 years about a mine being closed.

13/04/2013 at 11:27
I lived in London for a year and a bit and it was brilliant. It's got green spaces and parks, arts and culture, great food (and surprisingly cheap), public transport (it may be creaky but you can get a bus pretty much anywhere at any time) and all sorts of interesting people to meet and things to see and do. I have never lived anywhere else where I've heard Yiddish, Polish, Russian, Bengali, African French and an unrecognised African language on the same bus journey.

Having said that, I now live in Leeds which is BRILLIANT. It's got arts'n'culture, green spaces, public transport, good food and people from all over the world. In addition it's got fantastic countryside a short bike ride away, and house prices are cheaper. So Leeds wins, despite being full of yorkshiremen.

If I was a gazillionaire I'd have a pad in London as well though.
13/04/2013 at 11:31

One problem with your assessment there Vicar. Its the assumption that anyone can achieve anything so long as they work hard enough.

You went to Oxford Uni because you worked hard. You also went because you had the potential to go.

I also went down the same route as you but failed an Engineering Degree despite working my arse off. That was lack of ability not effort.

Fortunately I found out that academic success has bugger all do with making money and acted accordingly.

Oh, New Zealand. Been back ten times since 1993.

Edited: 13/04/2013 at 11:32
13/04/2013 at 12:29

my Bidie-In would live in new zealand too.

her problem is that she is an archaeologist, specialising in anglo-saxon medieval scotland (there was one) so NZ jobs in that area are hard to come by.

i have no skills and am therefore very adaptable

13/04/2013 at 12:31

I once read a magazine article about a woman who was some highly-paid, high-flying manger who basically burnt out.

She went and got a job shelf stacking for a time because it was totally free of responsibility and allowed her to get her life back.

Lots of people have their own reasons for doing "menial" jobs, for some it allows them to study, or spend more time with their family, or work closer to home, or supplement their income, or give them time to pursue their real passion in life, or because the hours are convenient. 

You can't make generalisations.

13/04/2013 at 12:45

there's some truth in that.

i preach a free market hayekian philosophy, but actually most of my life choices have been down the path of minimum money/responsibility and focused my time on other interests.

king of hobbies

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13/04/2013 at 13:07
the dude abides wrote (see)

the usual broad brush strokes, david

there are some quite legitimate reasons people might have for staying in one place their whole lives: family, friends, employment, quality of life. that does not mean they lack ambition, just that they know a good thing when they see it.

however, I do agree there is no reason for people to stay in a place if they don't like it.

one of the reasons the American economy recovers better is that, generally, they are a far more transient people than in the UK: more willing to travel to find work, rather than sit in poverty and complain for 30 years about a mine being closed.

 

hard to move areas from a poor area to where the work is if you have a family and a home......you couldn't buy a shoebox even if you sold your house..

as a youngster now its also hard to leave for the big cities.........withouit a job you can't get anywhere to live and without a home its hard to get into a job..........

so many of the children who leave for the big cities with dreams of getting good jobs and nice homes end up on the streets and into prostitution and drugs........

there is no easy answer............but when the south east already have more people and houses than they can support with water supplies etc..........why on earth do they insist on ahving so many head offices there........and especially government departments.....

13/04/2013 at 13:20

hard, but not impossible.

people who do will get ahead. those that don't, get left behind.

look at the immigrant Polish community. they are go-getters. i'm sure it isn't easy to leave their country, live in a tiny room and work 15 hours a day but they do it, because they ultimately want the best for their family.

 

13/04/2013 at 14:24

The Highlands feels like home to me as that's where I spent the happiest time of childhood (I was able to go out and wander all day AND be out of earshot of my mother - bliss!).  Having just come back from Andalucía, I'd love a little crash pad there to escape to during our more dismal spells of weather but I love the look of Canada and New Zealand.  Once I've passed my degree and become a high flying events manager for some international conglomerate, I may get to actually see them!

13/04/2013 at 14:34

i left home at 16 , i also had my daughter when i was 16 - she is 16 now  - i lived in a bedsit - it was in an awful area 

 i worked , did an NVQ, an access to uni course - i went to uni  - completed my nursing degree  - i now work full time and am doing my 2nd BSc hons in midwifery  - since i left home  i have had 3 homes, the 2nd one i bought, lived in 10 years, then sold , now have a nice 3 bed home in a  lovely area  - i hate moving  - i moved alot as a child and spent time in foster care  - its a big deal for me to have a proper home 

i worked some ridiculous hours  and shift patterns, my husband who i met when i was 17 also worked very hard, long night shifts (this worked with child care well) 

i still work full time while studying , i started with nothing and now have a happy home 

in answer the the OP i'd love to live in  australia , we spent 9 weeks in oz with my girls , i loved it  - travelled from Melbourne to QLD up east coast  - not sure i'd settled there though, i'm a homely girl at heart   - ideally i'd like a home in the street around the corner - i couldn';t quite afford detatched  - so settled with my semi lol 

14/04/2013 at 12:27
I know where Leominster is! Stayed there two nights in the YHA and they have a lovely small injuries unit where you can get patched up.
14/04/2013 at 13:12
kittenkat wrote (see)

I think it's ok for some people to have no ambition and I think that some people are ok with their lot.

I agree, the secret of a happy life is being content with little

14/04/2013 at 21:09

The Highlands of Scotland where I have family.

Fremantle, Australia

14/04/2013 at 21:29
I know plenty of expat Brits and they're generally either miserable gets or complete fisters. May be a coincidence, but i kinda doubt it.
14/04/2013 at 23:08

I always fancied France. Was a time when it looked likely that D could relocate with work. That won't happen now. I'd like to move because it was always our plan but some things are tieing me here and mayhaps will do for a while.

17/04/2013 at 02:27

Would have to be Hawaii - been once and fell in love with the place! Has everything you'd want, amazing everything! 

17/04/2013 at 08:43

Ivory Towers.

 

...I mean that's where you lot live.

17/04/2013 at 08:56

It wasn't a joke.

17/04/2013 at 09:09

If the cap fits.

17/04/2013 at 13:57

not been to enough places in the world to pick just one,
but Melbourne over Sydney any day, New York to visit repeatedly, and the Lakes to have a hideaway in the UK. Could I live there all year? doubtful.
Having worked in London for almost 30 years, its probably a good place to spend some time, but could list countless places I'd rather be.
I think I'd be nomadic

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