11:47, Mon 17 Feb
Man living in Dudley labels London a sh*thole.


We are all different pal, it's your opinion.
As long as you're happy
12:18, Mon 17 Feb
Shaun of Brum
Man living in Dudley labels London a sh*thole.


We are all different pal, it's your opinion.
As long as you're happy

I have to agree here, coming from Near Cov all my life. Everywhere has it's good and bad parts ! if it makes you feel better to look down on another city then carry on
12:21, Mon 17 Feb
rocksteddie
Roland_Weary
Lol. Where do you live?

Dudley. Another shithole. But not half as shit as London. People who put butter on a bacon sandwich don't deserve any respect.

You couldn’t make it up.

In all seriousness, where isn’t a shithole in your opinion?
DES
12:38, Mon 17 Feb
Greatest city in the world labelled a shithole by man from Dudley .. I have now heard it all!

Kro
12:44, Mon 17 Feb
DES
Love visiting as a tourist and I am sure if I had the money and didn't need to work it would be a terrific place to live. However I have to commute and work in the City at least a few times a month and hate it. Hate the crowds, the arrogance and the vibe in general. Give me any other city to travel to for work any day
12:46, Mon 17 Feb
The way people talk about London is the way I felt about Paris. I'd have drained my bank account for a one-time teleport out of there, and was only there three nights. Awful, awful place.
12:48, Mon 17 Feb
I absolutely love visiting and staying there for a few days.

Could I live there? If I got paid properly I could.

Is it realistic to live in London on a normal salary? Probably not.

Would I really have a better life living in London than I do right now in Birmingham? I seriously doubt it.

There are actually very few cities in the world I'd consider moving out of Brum for. I'm not sure London is one of them.
12:57, Mon 17 Feb
Sister lives in Wanstead and wouldn't live anywhere else - she works in TV and gets paid a fortune but still moans about the cost of living.

I used to have to visit for work and socialising - hated visiting for work as tended to drive, socialising loved it and seen some interesting things but would never ever live there.

Once HS2 arrives i think a lot of people will look to move upto brum as they will be able to sell there 2 bed flat, buy a big 4 bed detached and still take as long to get to work as it would if they lived down there.
SHA's Resident Estate Agent
13:00, Mon 17 Feb
Been here 7 years now, I understand people hating the tube etc but you get used to it. In reality i'd prefer that now than waiting 30 mins for a bus, or dealing with West Midlands trains, swings and roundabouts.

I've lived in Hackney, Bow, Islington and now Wanstead, got an opportunity to move to North America in the summer but if it wasn't for that, i'd be here for a while longer.
Great thread.

Never lived there, but I'm stunned not one of you lovely people have mentioned the black stuff you get up your nose from spending a single day travelling on the Tube.

Horrendous. Can only imagine long time commuters would get like tar lung or something.

Birmingham for me; London is great for tourism. But to live? No thanks.
13:17, Mon 17 Feb
Having spent 6 months living there for me I would swap Birmingham for Melbourne any day of the week and Sydney would be a close second
13:21, Mon 17 Feb
Relevant and insightful. Marvellous.
Luckily, the amount of heroin I use is harmless. I inject about once a month on a purely recreational basis. Fine. But what about other people less stable, less educated, less middle-class than me? Builders or blacks for example. If you're one of those, my advice to you is leave well alone. Good luck.
13:23, Mon 17 Feb
The Tube is so often cited as the worst reason to live in London. But, as per my previous post, I rarely use it.

A tourist’s view of London versus reality is so different.
13:26, Mon 17 Feb
Roland_Weary
The Tube is so often cited as the worst reason to live in London. But, as per my previous post, I rarely use it.

A tourist’s view of London versus reality is so different.

Yea, apart from the obvious drawbacks, being able to travel 10 miles in 20 minutes on a service that runs every 2 mins, is actually very very good.

The Central line often gets mentioned as the worst one (though i'm sure some Northern Line users would disagree), yet I use it every day from zone 4 to 1, you just get used to it.
13:31, Mon 17 Feb
GBBlue
Having spent 6 months living there for me I would swap Birmingham for Melbourne any day of the week and Sydney would be a close second

Are you sure you’d swap if it was a Monday?

Hang on...is the days-of-the-week sequence opposite Down Under?
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