From time to time I like to use this blog to solve problems collectively. In the past we’ve provided career advice, consoled someone on losing their job, clubbed together to produce the most comprehensive review guide in existence, and so on. Today we are going to help veteran blog reader Sarah with the question: where in Britain should she live? Below a recent post, she wrote this:
I’ve all but made up my mind that I should move to the UK after my stay at the Edinburgh festival this year. So basically, starting Aug 29th I am looking for somewhere to live and a job. If any watsonians work in the health/life sciences, or know someone who does, I’d love to have a chance to pick their brains about what they do, where they work, and what their jobs are like.
Also, if anyone is looking for a flatshare in September, that would be great. And a question for all the UK-based watsonians, what is great about your city? I more or less have my pick of the litter in terms of where to live, my decision will likely be job-related, but I’d love to hear what you guys have to say about where you are.Oh, and one more thing. Anyone who’s moved between countries have any advice for me? I have lived in the same house my whole life (apart from moving a 2 hour drive away to uni), so any tips on adjusting to a new country would also be great.
I know this sounds like a lot to ask, but Watsonians are a delightful bunch of smart people, and I need all the help I can get to prevent me from imploding with stress about these decisions.
So, I’d like your nominations for cities/towns (either your own, or just one you think is nice). Why should someone move there? Although Sarah doesn’t know it yet, I’m going to make sure she does move to whichever town has the best case made for it. So this poll has potential legal ramifications.
Personally – to start the ball rolling – I’d like to make a case for Bristol. Loads of green space, a manageably-sized city centre, good nightlife without being intimidating, some handsome architecture, and quite an endearing accent. But I’m possibly biased, since just yesterday I was named in Bristol Zoo’s 50 Prominent Bristolians for the Walk of Fame. You might remember I tried to canvas your votes a couple of months ago, and it seems to have worked, getting me ahead of some much more prominent people. So thank you very much, if you;re one of those who bothered to do that. I hope my little engraved name isn’t in the reptile house or anywhere like that.
Anyway – enough about me being a Bristol legend – if you have advice for Sarah, post it for her or send it to me on Twitter and I’ll pass it on. Let’s try and make sure she ends up somwhere nice, shall we? She’s our guest.