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What would make you move back to the UK?

Old Dec 20th 2006, 4:56 pm
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Originally Posted by Old William
Whats wrong with Kraft Cheese Flavored Plastic Slices?
I like them
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Old Dec 20th 2006, 5:04 pm
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Originally Posted by emmals
I like them
I'm imagining you munching on a mars bar wrapped in a kraft cheese slice wearing nothing but suspenders, high heels and basque....am I sick?
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Old Dec 20th 2006, 5:06 pm
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Originally Posted by Old William
I'm imagining you munching on a mars bar wrapped in a kraft cheese slice wearing nothing but suspenders, high heels and basque....am I sick?

That's funny, same thing with you. Except with a Policeman's hat.
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Originally Posted by Old William
I'm imagining you munching on a mars bar wrapped in a kraft cheese slice wearing nothing but suspenders, high heels and basque....am I sick?
yes......I like to eat my mars and cheese seperatly
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And considers the cost of purchasing a pair of Levi's at a discount tourist store based on the exchange rate between the strong pound and the free falling dollar as opposed to his local Next Store a sound indicator of the relative cost of living in both countries.

Well - I was astonished when I was in England last month. Tesco's has an outstanding range of clothing these days in their 'Florence + Fred' range and it's so inexpensive. The clothes are frequently featured in the UK edition of Marie Claire magazine, amongst the 500 quid dresses.

Tesco's even sell jeans for 3 pounds...

(Getting v. homesick today; been listening to Steve Wright on Radio 2 - all domestic flights from Heathrow grounded today due to heavy fog... and widespread ground frost predicted. I wish I could go and pick up some nice food for Christmas from M&S, Waitrose or Tescos.....even Iceland would do.... )
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Originally Posted by Englishmum
Well - I was astonished when I was in England last month. Tesco's has an outstanding range of clothing these days in their 'Florence + Fred' range and it's so inexpensive. The clothes are frequently featured in the UK edition of Marie Claire magazine, amongst the 500 quid dresses.

Tesco's even sell jeans for 3 pounds...

(Getting v. homesick today; been listening to Steve Wright on Radio 2 - all domestic flights from Heathrow grounded today due to heavy fog... and widespread ground frost predicted. I wish I could go and pick up some nice food for Christmas from M&S, Waitrose or Tescos.....even Iceland would do.... )
Its freezing out there and very foggy. The smell of mince pies from the oven is compensating though...
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Originally Posted by Rompers
Its freezing out there and very foggy. The smell of mince pies from the oven is compensating though...
I miss seeing fog.....hardly ever get it in New Jersey. It's very mild and quite warm here, doesn't feel like Christmas at all.
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Originally Posted by Englishmum
I miss seeing fog.....hardly ever get it in New Jersey. It's very mild and quite warm here, doesn't feel like Christmas at all.
It was the first hard frost of the year last night. Our kids were so amazed they went out to touch the grass...they thought it was covered in sugar.
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Originally Posted by TruBrit
i've not heard of many that can say that either on or off the forum infact quite the opposite...

good for you anyway
thanks!

I think I just got lucky. I've gone from 1 job in england working a 45 hour week 50% based from home to 2.5 jobs and working a 50 hour week, but its 95% from home using the phone and email.

I've also nearly doubled my income and reduced my cost of living.... sharing a mortgage and bills is always good!

Not having a commute and living 3 mins drive from local bars and restaurants and less than 10 mins from downtown is a situational benefit I really enjoy

I've been to pretty much every NFL home game this year in nashville, about 5 or 6 NHL games, a couple of college games at UT - these are all things that I didn't do in england (their equivilents obviously) and my life is definitely fuller.
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Originally Posted by Englishmum
Aha! I've just spotted your post (#22) here:

http://britishexpats.com/forum/showt...t=414360&pp=15

So you're moving back to Blighty next April? After reading about your experience I don't blame you one little bit!

And on another post in the same thread I noticed that Jerseygirl is going to buy a little 'bolthole' back in Blighty too!
I hope my house sells but that's the plan, April, it seems so soon now!

It was two years this weekend since I've been to visit England, but I still keep in close contact with friends and my mum just returned from a visit to the UK- she says it's the same (she's moving back in Spring 08) Like britvic said it's not going to be easy but the difference is I want to make it work whereas I've lost the desire to do that here.

Interesting thoughts in this thread from California dreaming- makes me chuckle how clueless folks can be
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Old Dec 20th 2006, 7:01 pm
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Originally Posted by Rompers
Its freezing out there and very foggy. The smell of mince pies from the oven is compensating though...
Pretty bad at the Airports at the moment. Anyone we know trying to fly? Stupid question really, they're probably in a queue somewhere.
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Pretty bad at the Airports at the moment. Anyone we know trying to fly? Stupid question really, they're probably in a queue somewhere.
Just watched the BBC news (had to get that in for Rushman) and shorthaul has been worst hit. People flying from the US should still be OK, albeit a bit delayed.
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Originally Posted by Englishmum
Well - I was astonished when I was in England last month. Tesco's has an outstanding range of clothing these days in their 'Florence + Fred' range and it's so inexpensive. The clothes are frequently featured in the UK edition of Marie Claire magazine, amongst the 500 quid dresses.

Tesco's even sell jeans for 3 pounds...

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Why did you mention Tesco's!
I have just battled my way round the Giant Eagle in total despair at the lack of nice stuff. I loved being able to buy clothes etc in Tesco's and Asda.

The thing that might draw us back is the lack of vacation time here. OH gets 2 weeks and will get an extra week in 5 years!! It isn't long enough and we underestimated the impact it would have. He used to get 6 weeks.
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Why did you mention Tesco's!
I have just battled my way round the Giant Eagle in total despair at the lack of nice stuff. I loved being able to buy clothes etc in Tesco's and Asda.

The thing that might draw us back is the lack of vacation time here. OH gets 2 weeks and will get an extra week in 5 years!! It isn't long enough and we underestimated the impact it would have. He used to get 6 weeks.

6 weeks!! blimey!
think that would be worth being paid 2p an hour
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Originally Posted by jumping doris
Why did you mention Tesco's!
I have just battled my way round the Giant Eagle in total despair at the lack of nice stuff. I loved being able to buy clothes etc in Tesco's and Asda.

The thing that might draw us back is the lack of vacation time here. OH gets 2 weeks and will get an extra week in 5 years!! It isn't long enough and we underestimated the impact it would have. He used to get 6 weeks.
Asda now sells more clothes in the UK than M and S.

Asda = Wal-Mart.
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