10 Reasons Why I Want To Live Back in Britain

People think I’m crazy – most I know would jump at the chance to exit Blighty.

Sunset On The Norfolk BraodsAbout 300,000 British citizens a year are emigrating for more money and a better life. Adding to the 4.7 million Brits already living abroad.

I’ve been in China for over 25-years. Now I’m trying to move back to the UK. There’s many personal reasons:


  1. Great real ale pubs
  2. Quaint countryside, architecture & seaside
  3. Still have lots of friends in the UK – but where I live, many are leaving
  4. Clean air & blue skies (a lot of the time!)
  5. I love driving to a slightly different culture in just a few hours
  6. Outdoor music and other festivals
  7. Cruising my boat on the Norfolk Broads
  8. Bigger rooms and a garden
  9. Almost everyone speaks English. Not anymore in Hong Kong
  10. I believe I can make more money. This one ain’t easy compared to a land of near-zero tax, but I’ll give it a go!

Middlewich Folk & Boat FestivalSome say I’ve developed rose tinted glasses. However, last year I spent 6-months in the UK, and although I haven’t experienced an entire winter, I’m not naive. I quite like the weather. It’s improved with global warming – whereas blues skies in Hong Kong and Guangdong are now a rarity. If you think feeling warm is good, read my Living In a Tropical Country blog.


Nigel  & Friends on RoseyOf course, I’m familiar with exorbitant travel costs with restricted public transport, bad food, limited mobile phone reception, early closing, and darkness most of winter. None of which are common in the Far East. But the UK feels comfortable and after all I am British! I’m even thinking of buying a TV license.

Despite my wife of 12-years having a hard time obtaining a UK residency visa, even after 20 trips to Britain. I’m voting UKIP because they don’t discriminate against non-Europeans!

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Tough in the UK!

Tough this autumn in the UK!

This trip was a rush – 33-days were not enough.  Although we did only four bead shows over two weekends, I was working every day we weren’t on the boat, and we only took Rosey out twice.  Too cold, despite extra bedding – 6-degrees on the water!

I’ve found the time and inspiration to write this on the early-evening Emirates flight to Dubai, with the help of L’ostal Cazes.  There is something about travel that inspires creativity.  And so refreshing to use Gatwick rather than Heathrow – more airlines should take advantage of cheaper fees and better customer access.

The second leg of this trip, from Dubai (where a can of beer is almost US$10 in the airport) to Hong Kong is on an A380 with wifi for all at just US$5 for 30MB.  Bargain, but I guess this will be on all airlines in the near future. If it wasn’t in the middle of the night I’d snap it up. 

I’ve been reading on a new toy: Kindle Touch, just £115 in Tesco.  Fantastic, I wish I brought earlier.  But you never know with gadgets – many don’t last longer than unwrapping.  I’m amazed at the ease to find, pay, and download writing to the device.  Thousands of books are free, the battery lasts a month, and you can even e-mail documents to it. Plus I’ve found a new income stream, by uploading content to sell.

My four bead shows were at Luton, Uxbridge, Sandown, and Norwich.  Edinburgh and Lakeland were cancelled because, I assume, the Government got the better and drive the organizers out of business.  Pity, because I love it up North. Thanks to all those who visited us, it’s so appreciated. 

Luton was a little quiet, although a couple of wholesale orders made up. Uxbridge was bad again – buyers were thrifty, and being in the “shed” didn’t help.  However, despite the £400 expense, Sandown was brilliant.  Not as good as it used to be, but it kept us flat out.  As usual, our best show was Norwich – with a queue 45-minutes in advance and non-stop until 3pm.  I apologize to those who couldn’t push through the crowds, and hope that more tables next year will give better access.

I was impressed by how many at the bead shows were following my tweets at MrBead@UKMrBead, and my personal tweets on Nigel@NigelMckay.  Thanks for your commitment – I’m really in the dark at this end.  If you have any requests or comments, just click the “Leave a Reply” link at the blog’s end.  All feedback is much appreciated!

On that note, could you guide me on how you would like me to write:

  • More personal content?
  • More business content?
  • More pictures?

I’m off to Cambodia on Sunday 4th November – so that trip will be the next blog.

See a video of these bead shows here
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