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Down big smoke bah't flat

Kevin Poulter heads south this winter

17 January 2011

By ‘eck, what’s a lad to do? City firms are rejecting candidates because of their regional accents? Well, that’s great timing, just as I pack up my belongings in a gingham sack, throw them over my shoulder and head down to London in search of my fortune amid the streets paved in gold.

That’s right, this ‘northern light’ is moving south with a mix of trepidation, excitement and most likely not enough money in his back pocket to buy a pint of London Pride. We’ll come on to the property prices later.

To an outsider, London can be a daunting prospect. The banking towers of Canary Wharf plunge the City into a darkness dominated by bonuses, class A drugs, back-stabbing and scandal. The tube ferries non-speaking drones from tower block to office block – when Bob Crow isn’t crowing (or appearing on TV). Lunch hours are taken at your desk and are rarely an hour, and your friends, when you see them, don’t recognise you as it’s been so long since you were last...

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