Haha, yes. I think that was the first song I learned to play on both piano, and guitar. It has to have the simplest chord structure of just about any song known to manPrimrose Hill wrote:I like John Denver's version too. I agree. Earn the $$$, fill that pension pot and leave. However, not sure if London is my retirement place either
Retirement in London is not for me either. 'Time and place'. Singapore is urban, noisy and gritty. London (indeed most capital cities) are similar. I grew up in a *very* rural area, but don't kid myself I could return to that. You survive in the countryside by having an entire yet unspoken social support network of friends and contacts. Newbies don't have that. Plus, my wife might romanticise the rural life, but I suspect the reality of it might be a little bit of a surprise
So, we're considering moving to Cambridge. I lived there nigh on 30 years ago, so know it pretty well. It's a city, but of a much slower pace than London. Well positioned to travel the country, and generally pretty civilised. Probably no need for a car to get around. I can't think of anywhere to compete on the same terms...
- Oxford, nice, but ruined by traffic. Plus for me it doesn't have that sense of a walk-able cohesive historic city centre with suburbs scattered around.
- Ipswich/Norwich, no, too 'small-town'
- Brighton. Could work, but geographically quite out on a limb
- Can't think of anywhere else.
So maybe this is why my mind is entering 'exit phase'. As the juggling needed to take this next geographic step is both a big mental and financially complex one. On the latter point I'm suspecting that we might just have to return to London for a year or so, and plan our battle from there. It's complex though considering 'non-resident status' and CGT and all of that... :p
So how about you? Where might you consider living?