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Please convince me why I should move back to UK!

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Tanzie Wed 22-Jun-05 20:33:26

DH wants to move back. I don't. I moved overseas when I was 21 (nearly 20 years ago) and have no urge to go back to the land of my birth. I'd be happy to stay here or to go back to Eastern Europe, but not back to UK. It doesn't "do it" for me. The lousy schools, NHS, teenage pregnancies, gun crime etc (we would prob be moving back to SE London as we have a house there) put me off. I know this is huge generalisation, but can someone give me some positive reasons to go back. Please!

expatinscotland Wed 22-Jun-05 20:38:15

Sorry I can't do that. I'd jump ship to France in a heartbeat if I got the chance.

QueenOfQuotes Wed 22-Jun-05 20:41:18

Afraid I can't help either..........British born and bred, but 2 1/2yrs abroad before being 'forced' back were enough for me to know that long term I'd love to move back out there.

Although it must be said that the area we're in is lovely, DS1 is just finishing at an excellent nursery, and will be going to an equally excellent school in September, low crime and friendly people.

motherinferior Wed 22-Jun-05 20:42:00

Tanzie, if SE London can't lure you back, with its classy neighbourhoods, nothing can

motherinferior Wed 22-Jun-05 20:42:51

Neighbours, I mean. You're offered proximity to the Inferiority Complex and you're turning us down ?

Tanzie Wed 22-Jun-05 20:43:14

Oh no! Someone must like it there, surely? All those asylum seekers can't be wrong..

And before anyone slates me for that, some members of my family sought asylum in UK. And were very grateful.

Tanzie Wed 22-Jun-05 20:44:10

Ooh, MI, if you're going to be near me, I might come back. We will be in Lambeth, are you close?

QueenOfQuotes Wed 22-Jun-05 20:44:30

we're not being very helpful are we LOL

Tanzie Wed 22-Jun-05 20:49:33

QoQ - no, you're not!!

Someone must like the bloody place and be able to sell it to me!

expatinscotland Wed 22-Jun-05 20:50:47

Um. I'm trying really hard here Tanzie. And trying. And trying. And trying.

motherinferior Wed 22-Jun-05 20:50:56

I myself am further downmarket, in Catford, but many very lovely MNers would be near you.

I rather like London, I'll admit.

Davros Wed 22-Jun-05 20:50:57

Yes, come, I love it here. Is that enough?

QueenOfQuotes Wed 22-Jun-05 20:51:35

I could probably convince you to come back to 'some' part s of the UK - but not to London I'm afraid

QueenOfQuotes Wed 22-Jun-05 20:51:50

can't you sell the house in London and move somewhere else???

expatinscotland Wed 22-Jun-05 20:52:37

Just saying the word 'house' is reason enough to make me consider emigrating quite seriously.

weesaidie Wed 22-Jun-05 20:57:29

Well I am in Scotland and very happy here! I would move abroad but probably only because of the weather!

I am a sad homebody though and love the city I live in, the people, the places, etc.

A more academic positive? High employment and good economy at the moment??

The fact I am a single mum and still managing to live without a struggle, that I am able to go back to Uni and build a good life for my daughter and I? That may just me though!

bambi06 Wed 22-Jun-05 20:57:36

stay where you are!!!

SenoraPostrophe Wed 22-Jun-05 20:57:45

ahh Tanzie - dh and I are in exactly the opposite position (I want to go home in a few years, he doesn't)

anyway:

pubs
newspapers
fish and chips (mmm fish and chips)
pork pies
living in place where you understand the culture
PG tips
countryside
....


I don't really know about london, but from where I stand (Spain) the NHS is fantastic - it does suffer a bit from silly targets and patient expectations, but is generally fantastic compared to Spain, which is often described as having "one of the most modern health systems in europe". Also teenage preganancy rates are well down on 20 years ago - they may be higher than most of Europe, but they're not actually much higher (I was reading about this the other day). Primary schools in the UK are great (Spain: 25 3 year olds in sit down lesson with one teacher, no classroom assistant). Some secondaries are a bit crap but you couls always sell up and move back to somewhere else surely?

SenoraPostrophe Wed 22-Jun-05 20:58:36

As it goes I never really wanted to move abroad permanently in the first place, and it's too bleeding hot to do anything here now.

ScrewballMuppet Wed 22-Jun-05 20:59:19

Ok, a challenge (cogs turning)

ScrewballMuppet Wed 22-Jun-05 21:01:43

I'm trying......will think of something in a minute

ScrewballMuppet Wed 22-Jun-05 21:02:27

Why does your husband want to move back?

SenoraPostrophe Wed 22-Jun-05 21:03:07

dry humour
a variety of weather
the north norfolk coast
the telly (some of it anyway)
indian restaurants
thai restaurants (...etc - I think the UK has one of the best selctions of international food in the world - both in supermarkets and in restaurants)
being able to see family without getting on a plane

Tanzie Wed 22-Jun-05 21:04:16

Mmmm. Senora P, I can be in London in 2 1/2 hours on Eurostar and can go for the day for my fish and chip fix and to stock up on Tetleys.

Health care here is fantastic compared to NHS.
Schools are also good. Standard of living much better.

Yes, I suppose we could sell the sodding house and move out, but one of us (at least) would prob end up commuting. The local school in London is apparently the one Oliver Letwin (who?) said he'd rather beg than send his kids to.

I was on the verge of applying for a job in Russia but DH went ballistic. He really does want to go home, poor lamb.

expatinscotland Wed 22-Jun-05 21:05:20

In your situation, Tanzie, I wouldn't come back. Just my opinion, however.

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