Luckydave, my sister lives in Liverpool. Really friendly people, the Scousers are, some of the friendliest she's met--anywhere, ever. Funny though, how when I mention to my British friends that she lives up there, most give a scowl or a look like they're about to offer me condolences. Maybe it has to do with footie (soccer for us Yanks) rivalries? I hope to go visit her sometime this year if I can. It'd be my first time to the UK and i'd like to cram in as much as I can.
Despite her preference for the weather when she lived in Madrid, Spain, her experiences in Northern England have been great, especially with the people around her, and job opportunities are far better, so I've encouraged her to stay put, even though the N UK weather has been somewhat harder on her.
I think it's great to see our English speaking brothers from the UK, OZ even South Africa on this forum, as the variety makes even seemingly mundane mechanical scooter discussions that much more enjoyable. Vive la différence.