Money. Lots and lots of money to pay for gas, registration tax, and insurance. With the right amount of money, you can get around any law, anywhere. So the short answer to "can I do X in location Y" for most values of X or Y is "Yes, if you have money".Then how did that guy get away with it? :lol: Over here, you just have to know someone to pass you on the emissions part and you're good to go. Pretty easy.
You live in Royston Vasey?Here is a picture of the street, the top is from Google Streetview and is a year old, the bottom is from the 1960s.
If you want to have a decent standard of living, I would say yes.So is it pretty much a given that money or a lucrative career is necessary to move into the UK?
It's the in-between regions that I'm most interested in, but which don't really make the newspapers for their lack of sensationalism. Centers of major cities are expensive in the US too, and there are also economically depressed areas with cheap housing (see: Detroit). What few people hear about are the growing cities with not-yet crazy property prices and the suburbs and towns near big cities that are still livable for young professionals. Those kinds of regions are all over the US; surely the UK has its share as well.If you want to have a decent standard of living, I would say yes.
It also depends on which region you decide. Property prices in London and the South East aren't cheap. Most central London properties are beyond the reach of the majority of the British population and mainly sell to high net-worth individuals from Russia and the Middle-East.
In Northern England, Wales and Scotland houses are much cheaper, but by the same token the incomes in those respective regions are lower. A zero-sum game almost.
I wouldn't dream of moving to the UK unless I was financially comfortable, but that's just my opinion.
In which case, that sounds like either Reading (Berkshire) or Guildford (Surrey). Reading is about 35miles South-West of London, with fairly realistic property prices, a buoyant job market and is home to Microsoft, Cisco and and a shed load of other blue chips. Guildford is also nice.What few people hear about are the growing cities with not-yet crazy property prices and the suburbs and towns near big cities that are still livable for young professionals. Those kinds of regions are all over the US; surely the UK has its share as well.
1. Join the Air ForceI'd say it's a fair assumption that a lot of us non-UK posters are Anglophiles. I myself have wracked my brain trying to figure out how to frickin' live there. Anyways, what do you all like about that fair isle? Wales and Scotland are included. Don't give me crap about "Scotland isn't England" blah blah blah I know, "bugger the Queen" yada yada
I can't really explain why I like England so much. I think it's the combination of a rich history and a very vibrant, green landscape. And the amazing sense of humor (humour, there you happy?)