It started when I opened my eyes on Tuesday morning. The familiar depression of back-to-work-in-the-rain Tuesday after a Bank Holiday Monday.
It got worse five minutes later when the radio announced in the news “Australia has been voted the best place to live and work – for the third year running.”
Having lived in Australia for two years and refusing the set foot outside until an hour before the visa expired, I am acutely aware of this. I reluctantly and begrudgingly boarded a plane back to the UK – which, for your information, placed 10th in the ‘Better Life Index’!
It proceeded to get worse still when I trawled through 45 unread messages at my desk to see an email asking: ‘Do You Need a Fresh Start in Australia?’.
Impeccable marketing. How did they know? I’ve been invited to take the eligibility test and hey-presto, start packing for a new life, nine levels greater than my current one.
As far as I can see, there are only three reasonable ways to approach this:
1. Admit defeat and fall in to a major depression on failing to meet the ‘Visa Wizard’ eligibility test. Yes, of course I had a go!
2. Temporarily relocate to a country that spectacularly crashed and burnt on the list, thus fully appreciating the glory of tenth place on my return. Maybe Turkey?
3. Go in search of five reasons why the UK is an amazing alternative to Australia. (Ten is, of course, the natural choice but I’ve deemed this too ambitious!)
Having thoroughly considered my options, I am setting out in earnest to find the top five things that put the Great in Britain.
All help gratefully accepted…
Here’s the article which caused all the unrest! www.guardian.co.uk