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Old May 9th 2011, 10:28 pm
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The noise, the crowds, the thumping of London taxi diesel engines under my window, jostling for a space to walk on Oxford Street, stellar like car insurance premiums, a dodgy coalition government and I am LOVING IT.

It is true I do miss the silence of my Ozzy bedroom which was on the bush and all of the wildlife - I made friends with the sulphur crested cockatoos and rainbow loriketes - but it is good to be home.

I am not saying that the UK is better or anything silly like that. It is different and it suits us better. The car sits outside most of the time because it is cheaper and quicker to nip on a bus. Better still, we can walk to most places. Being in the West End we tend to have friends pop in when "in town" - very different from the suburban isolation we experienced.

Within half an hour we can be in the garden of "ye quaint old world pub" enjoying a pint of real ale, some excellent food while exchanging pleasantries to folks on nearby tables. Who said the English were not friendly? The kids run around the garden playing tag or ball with the other kids and a great evening is had by all.

OK it has only been six weeks back in blighty but so far so good.

Greetings to readers in both hemispheres.
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Originally Posted by Ian12 View Post
The noise, the crowds, the thumping of London taxi diesel engines under my window, jostling for a space to walk on Oxford Street, stellar like car insurance premiums, a dodgy coalition government and I am LOVING IT.

It is true I do miss the silence of my Ozzy bedroom which was on the bush and all of the wildlife - I made friends with the sulphur crested cockatoos and rainbow loriketes - but it is good to be home.

I am not saying that the UK is better or anything silly like that. It is different and it suits us better. The car sits outside most of the time because it is cheaper and quicker to nip on a bus. Better still, we can walk to most places. Being in the West End we tend to have friends pop in when "in town" - very different from the suburban isolation we experienced.

Within half an hour we can be in the garden of "ye quaint old world pub" enjoying a pint of real ale, some excellent food while exchanging pleasantries to folks on nearby tables. Who said the English were not friendly? The kids run around the garden playing tag or ball with the other kids and a great evening is had by all.

OK it has only been six weeks back in blighty but so far so good.

Greetings to readers in both hemispheres.
You went back? I always wondered if you would.....lucky things!! Ive just got back to Aus after a month spent in London and Bristol, and I swear I'm only alive when i'm back there. Your thoughts sound just like mine - I get to Heathrow and I just inhale the atmosphere, the noise, the bustle, the racket, everything. its home
Good luck, hope it works out well and the kids are happy there....give me a job and I'd be over there too
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You went back? I always wondered if you would.....lucky things!! Ive just got back to Aus after a month spent in London and Bristol, and I swear I'm only alive when i'm back there. Your thoughts sound just like mine - I get to Heathrow and I just inhale the atmosphere, the noise, the bustle, the racket, everything. its home
Good luck, hope it works out well and the kids are happy there....give me a job and I'd be over there too
I love it to thank God I am going for a holiday again this year..I feel like a different person when I am in the U.K.
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Brilliant to hear from you again, often wondered how you and yours were getting on. Long may you enjoy living back there. Good luck for the future Ian.
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Originally Posted by Irish Guinness View Post
I love it to thank God I am going for a holiday again this year..I feel like a different person when I am in the U.K.
Me too - it is great to feel whole at least for some time each year. I get two months this year woo hooo!!!
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Oh sounds wonderful. I love London - lived there from 97-01 but we really can't afford to go back there, we're heading further north.

I think I'll feel more alive in the UK than I do here in Australia!
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The noise, the crowds, the thumping of London taxi diesel engines under my window, jostling for a space to walk on Oxford Street, stellar like car insurance premiums, a dodgy coalition government and I am LOVING IT.
I love this... because it encapsulates for me why forums are useful but that it always comes down to you making up your own mind. Most of the discussions on BE are about 'should I move to...' 'will I like it?' 'do you like it?'.
But the thing is... we all like different things! What you've described there, I hate. Noise, crowds, cars outside my window, no space to walk. But for you, it's clearly great!

Each to their own, I'm glad people like different things, that's what makes the world work. I'm glad you've found a place you love... we're still looking for ours and I know it is the opposite of where you are!

Forums like this are great for information gathering, but there's no way to know whether it's right for you except by asking yourself.
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It's the same here in Canada. I live in a metropolois yet it feels...dead. There's no atmosphere. When I walk downtown everyone has their heads down, nobody really talks to one another. Everyone and everything is sterile and disconnected.

Yet back home everywhere feels so alive, the city itself is like one giant living organism. Can't wait to move back home.
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Originally Posted by Ian12 View Post
The noise, the crowds, the thumping of London taxi diesel engines under my window, jostling for a space to walk on Oxford Street, stellar like car insurance premiums, a dodgy coalition government and I am LOVING IT.

It is true I do miss the silence of my Ozzy bedroom which was on the bush and all of the wildlife - I made friends with the sulphur crested cockatoos and rainbow loriketes - but it is good to be home.

I am not saying that the UK is better or anything silly like that. It is different and it suits us better. The car sits outside most of the time because it is cheaper and quicker to nip on a bus. Better still, we can walk to most places. Being in the West End we tend to have friends pop in when "in town" - very different from the suburban isolation we experienced.

Within half an hour we can be in the garden of "ye quaint old world pub" enjoying a pint of real ale, some excellent food while exchanging pleasantries to folks on nearby tables. Who said the English were not friendly? The kids run around the garden playing tag or ball with the other kids and a great evening is had by all.

OK it has only been six weeks back in blighty but so far so good.

Greetings to readers in both hemispheres.
Now you've got me all nostologic for the old town as well. Here am I back in sleepy Perth trying to convince myself that London is not for me any longer, being over fifty,but the truth is I miss it very much.

Must admit always found it far easier to connect with folk than here.Then there is a feeling of being in a place far greater than oneself. While here in Perth it sort of feels that it is all about the self in what one has etc.
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I love it to thank God I am going for a holiday again this year..I feel like a different person when I am in the U.K.
A lot of us can identify with what you mean.
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Yeah...very reassuring to hear this...If i had the money and the job Id be back too All the best to you!
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While here in Perth it sort of feels that it is all about the self in what one has etc.
I couldn't agree more!! People here (Perth area) seem obsessed with what they have (how big their car/boat/4x4 is) or where they live (must be in the "correct" suburb/street). I've never been in a more materialistic place in my life!
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Originally Posted by Ian12 View Post
The noise, the crowds, the thumping of London taxi diesel engines under my window, jostling for a space to walk on Oxford Street, stellar like car insurance premiums, a dodgy coalition government and I am LOVING IT.

It is true I do miss the silence of my Ozzy bedroom which was on the bush and all of the wildlife - I made friends with the sulphur crested cockatoos and rainbow loriketes - but it is good to be home.

I am not saying that the UK is better or anything silly like that. It is different and it suits us better. The car sits outside most of the time because it is cheaper and quicker to nip on a bus. Better still, we can walk to most places. Being in the West End we tend to have friends pop in when "in town" - very different from the suburban isolation we experienced.

Within half an hour we can be in the garden of "ye quaint old world pub" enjoying a pint of real ale, some excellent food while exchanging pleasantries to folks on nearby tables. Who said the English were not friendly? The kids run around the garden playing tag or ball with the other kids and a great evening is had by all.

OK it has only been six weeks back in blighty but so far so good.

Greetings to readers in both hemispheres.
We are 12 weeks away from returning to the UK, we have settled on Croydon initially but will also go and visit Bristol and Brighton since we are looking for something more chilled. Went to uni in London 02-05 and loved it, working there might be a different story though but shall find out soon.


Any further date Ian12?
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Now you've got me all nostologic for the old town as well. Here am I back in sleepy Perth trying to convince myself that London is not for me any longer, being over fifty,but the truth is I miss it very much.

Must admit always found it far easier to connect with folk than here.Then there is a feeling of being in a place far greater than oneself. While here in Perth it sort of feels that it is all about the self in what one has etc.
That is perfectly put. I've always felt in England the history, the old buildings etc give me a sense of where I've come from & my small place in a bigger scheme of things whereas here in Southern California where there is nothing like that it's very soulless & shallow.
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I couldn't agree more!! People here (Perth area) seem obsessed with what they have (how big their car/boat/4x4 is) or where they live (must be in the "correct" suburb/street). I've never been in a more materialistic place in my life!
Indeed it is. There is just too little to Perth for us and finally my OH is coming to the conclusion that it could be time to move on.
After both experiencing some serious 'insular'and close to corrupt working conditions it has brought home in no uncertain terms the fact that we have to look for alternatives.
I do believe the over emphasis on material pursuit is the answer to the lack of other viable alternatives. In my case not a particually healthy way to live.
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