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Re: Greater London Schools
« Reply #15 on: April 24, 2019, 06:53:17 PM »
I  agree with all of the above.

I regularly talk to people who commute more than 2 hours each way every day.  Even though that sounds nuts, you get used to it.  Actually, you just stop caring as it grinds you down and kills you.

Oof.  You and Aquila are killing me here! I've been using Google Maps to estimate walking and travel time for specific times of day as I find potential homes.  It may be giving me a false sense of hope. And the point about possibly having multiple trains go by is a good one.

We are hoping to stay on a direct tube line or fairly direct rail to tube route (minimize transfers) and within a decent walking distance from the station.

Here is what Google Maps tells me about a potential place in Earlsfield (sorry I don't know how to hyperlink yet!). 
https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Magdalen+Rd,+London,+UK/OakNorth,+Broadwick+Street,+London,+UK/@51.4787678,-0.1902198,13z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m18!4m17!1m5!1m1!1s0x487605f16aa0cba3:0xfb4cd79f475afe0c!2m2!1d-0.1803657!2d51.4454196!1m5!1m1!1s0x487bb1c244a51309:0x33e1a0265cd7b52b!2m2!1d-0.1373418!2d51.5130211!2m3!6e1!7e2!8j1556010000!3e3 [nofollow]

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Re: Greater London Schools
« Reply #16 on: April 24, 2019, 07:42:53 PM »
That's exactly what everyone else wants!  How much money you can spend will determine who gets it.

Don't worry too much, your budget seems pretty healthy to me. 

Sorry I don't know much about commutes other than Richmond.

Don't get overwhelmed, you can only do so much house hunting from over there.  Everything will be a compromise on something so don't get discouraged.

Did I mention that it's really great to live in London?  I have driven to France and back in a day, Ireland, Germany and the Czech Republic. 


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Re: Greater London Schools
« Reply #17 on: April 24, 2019, 08:05:46 PM »
Don't get overwhelmed, you can only do so much house hunting from over there.  Everything will be a compromise on something so don't get discouraged.

Did I mention that it's really great to live in London?  I have driven to France and back in a day, Ireland, Germany and the Czech Republic.

Thanks, Jim.  I needed a little pep talk after all that.  We are motivated to keep a positive attitude, roll with the punches, and make the most of things.  I will need an appropriately UK version of those phrases, BTW!

Did I mention it's been less than 3 weeks from first point of recruitment to job interview to job offer for us?  I need to slow things down in my head and just take it one step at a time.  My Type AAA personality is working against me here!

Also, sorry for hijacking a school thread (which I'm still freaked out about figuring out) into a commuting thread!


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Re: Greater London Schools
« Reply #18 on: April 24, 2019, 08:38:43 PM »
Thanks, Jim.  I needed a little pep talk after all that.  We are motivated to keep a positive attitude, roll with the punches, and make the most of things.  I will need an appropriately UK version of those phrases, BTW!

Did I mention it's been less than 3 weeks from first point of recruitment to job interview to job offer for us?  I need to slow things down in my head and just take it one step at a time.  My Type AAA personality is working against me here!

Also, sorry for hijacking a school thread (which I'm still freaked out about figuring out) into a commuting thread!

Hmmm...  positive attitudes don’t exist here.  Land of the Grumps.  ;D  I guess “fingers crossed” is as close as I can get.

Roll with the punches would translate to sort it out.

Make the most of thing - Brits would probably say look on the bright side. 

Girl, you need a spa day.

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Re: Greater London Schools
« Reply #19 on: April 24, 2019, 09:04:24 PM »

Richmond and Chiswick are high on our list.

Any thoughts on Willesden Green, Hampstead, or Crouch End in North London? 

As the others have said, Richmond & Chiswick will be a stretch. I often go to that area for work, and from Gunnersbury to King's Cross takes between 45 to 60 minutes depending on luck.

When we first moved to London we were in Finsbury Park, which is slightly south of Crouch End. That area is very nice, but you should double check the public transportation links. If I recall correctly it's a long way from the tube.


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Re: Greater London Schools
« Reply #20 on: April 24, 2019, 10:08:09 PM »
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Oh and all we do is drive posts off cliffs.  You’ll fit right in.

I want to disagree but I can’t hahahah


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Re: Greater London Schools
« Reply #21 on: April 25, 2019, 08:25:35 AM »
Oh and all we do is drive posts off cliffs.  You’ll fit right in.

Yeah. I can contribute literally nothing to this thread. And yet I feel compelled to talk about cats. 
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Re: Greater London Schools
« Reply #22 on: April 25, 2019, 08:40:23 AM »
Yeah. I can contribute literally nothing to this thread. And yet I feel compelled to talk about cats. 

YESSSSSSS!!!!  FormanFive, tell us you have a cat (or twenty) moving with you!

Though some very odd people on this forum are anti-cat.


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Re: Greater London Schools
« Reply #23 on: April 25, 2019, 08:54:02 AM »
Did someone mention cats?



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Re: Greater London Schools
« Reply #24 on: April 25, 2019, 08:56:24 AM »
Time for kitty pictures!  :D
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Re: Greater London Schools
« Reply #25 on: April 25, 2019, 09:35:14 AM »
I  agree with all of the above.

I regularly talk to people who commute more than 2 hours each way every day.  Even though that sounds nuts, you get used to it.  Actually, you just stop caring as it grinds you down and kills you.

2 hours each way is LONG. That has to be so shitty!

Our office basically has just forced us all to relocate to Newbury unless you had specific roles that allowed you to stay at your current location if a campus would still be there. We were given the option to either more or don't. Everybody besides us in Bracknell were offered redundancy for the "or don't" and were offering relocation packages for those outside Bracknell if they'd like to move closer. We are getting disturbance allowances for 18 months, etc....HOWEVER, they told people in London (after the fact) that they couldn't relocate to Newbury via disturbance allowances. They would either have to up and move closer and take the relocation package, take redundancy, or do the commute without a disturbance allowance because it violated the businesses "health and safety" rules due to the commute times (2.5 hours each way from door to door).
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Re: Greater London Schools
« Reply #26 on: April 25, 2019, 09:36:50 AM »
Time for kitty pictures!  :D

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Re: Greater London Schools
« Reply #27 on: April 25, 2019, 11:37:32 AM »
YESSSSSSS!!!!  FormanFive, tell us you have a cat (or twenty) moving with you!

We have two cats! We are debating the trauma of a move vs finding them a good home here with family. If they stay here, we will likely be getting a new kitty at some point because my younger daughter LOVES cats.

I’m gonna have to figure out how to do image links, but maybe this instagram will work. It’s mostly cat pictures.  :D [nofollow]


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Re: Greater London Schools
« Reply #28 on: April 25, 2019, 11:38:32 AM »
Yeap, successfully turned into a cat thread  ;D
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Re: Greater London Schools
« Reply #29 on: April 25, 2019, 11:42:20 AM »
We have two cats! We are debating the trauma of a move vs finding them a good home here with family. If they stay here, we will likely be getting a new kitty at some point because my younger daughter LOVES cats.

I’m gonna have to figure out how to do image links, but maybe this instagram will work. It’s mostly cat pictures.  :D

If it helps, many of us have successfully and without feline trauma (I found the paperwork a little traumatic!) managed to bring our cats here from the US. Although understandably for some, it works better for them to stay with family.  :)
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