Monday, February 20, 2006

Some reasonably big decisions have come my way, along with a lifeline thrown to me. Does anyone have any opinions about either of these two places to move to?
  1. London

  2. Dublin

Feel like a change for a couple of years...

15 comments:

Katy Newton said...

Depends why you're moving, I suppose.

More shops open on a Sunday in London though.

Soupdragon said...

You cannot move to London. It is the root of all evil.

Haven't been to Dublin, but would prefer it even if there were no running water, telephones or proper beds.

The Pedant-General in Ordinary said...

Ooohhh

London is:
- rubbish
- congested
- run by Ken
- Expensive
- unfriendly
- cramped
- and plagued with very unpleasant tap water - this will be a marked downside when moving from Edinburgh....

Haven't been to Dublin but it really can't be worse. Total population of island of Ireland would fit in LU Zone 1, so Dublin on its own is going to be a damned site smaller - much more like Edinburgh vis-a-vis Stag nights and smoking ban.

Depends how much of a change you want and whether you are prepared to put up with going into Dragon's Lair itself - GASP: THE EURO-ZONE!

Either way, let us all know before you do anything - we'll have to have a blog pissup.

Toodle Pip!
PG

Mr Eugenides said...

Dublin. No question. Mind you, it's congested, expensive and (occasionally) cramped as well, but it's not as... shit as London. But I've never failed to have a good time when I've been there, which is often. Just don't expect to buy a flat.

Mind you, as the Pedant-General points out, everything has to be paid for with Monopoly money. On the other hand, take some Sterling with you, and watch the locals tug their forelocks in awe and offer you their daughters...

Witchibus said...

Dublin - I've already got friends in London that I can stay with for weekends. ;)

Rottweiler Puppy said...

London is in ENGLAND. Dublin, well, isn't. Enough said.

Devil's Kitchen said...

Ah, but for how long, Rottie...?

DK

Nosemonkey said...

Dublin. No question. You avoid all of Blair's illiberal shite and get to be all superior to everyone around you thanks to you being British and them being, well, not.

But could you handle using Euros?

Katherine said...

You can't smoke in the pubs in Dublin.

Devil's Kitchen said...

After March 26th, you won't be able to smoke in the pubs in Edinburgh either...

As for using Monopoly money as a currency, well, I find it quite amusing. Actually, being able to use any currency might be quite fun for it is lack of currency that is partially driving my decision.

DK

My fist of flounce said...

I've been to Dublin once and I came back with the impression that almost everyone has : it's brilliant but I can't remember much about it. But it is brilliant.

Pip said...

It would be Dublin for me, brilliant place and beats the crap out of London any day - great Guinness; good craic; friendly people; Temple Bar (it rocks!); no muslim terrorists (so far and I would expect for a longgggg time); no NuLabour, Princess Toni or Gobblin' King; easy to get around; diddly diddly music (but beware Riverdance!); etc. Also a few years ago, not sure if still available (you would need to check), the Irish Government gave tax breaks to IT and software development companies, so if you reinvent yourself this could help?

Downsides as mentioned by others - expensive (but only a little more than London in reality); Euros (not so much a problem with any you have left over from Meribel and no exchange rate to bother with for future such forays into Europe); for you - no smoking in bars and restaurants (but nowadays there are as many people outside the bars enjoying their smokes, under heaters in winter); Riverdance and all that Michael Flatley shtick; etc.

Wish you luck wherever you choose.

Longrider said...

Not been to Dublin, so can't comment. If I never had to go back to London, I wouldn't miss it. It's an unmitigated shithole; dirty, noisy and crowded. And, as PG points out, you get Ken, to boot...

Devil's Kitchen said...

If only that comma could be removed!

"You get Ken to boot"

It might make a move to London worthwhile...

DK

MatGB said...

Booting Ken? I'll come up to watch that.

As it happens, I've been trying to figure out a way to move to London for ages now, I've got a lot of friends moved up there, and made a lot more through them.

Can't speak for Dublin, again, never been, but London has bookshops that are open at midnight. Oh, and you're close enough to Westminster to go tell them what you think personally.

Either way, good luck with it.

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