Meanwhile : Articles written by Simon Jones

A few weeks ago I was chatting to a friend in London. In the throes of conversation he asked “When are you going to get serious and come to London Simon?” His reasoning behind the comment was that all the big business deals in this country are done in the capital, London.

I laughed the comment off, but later when I reflected on the conversation, as one does, it began to annoy me that I hadn’t shot down such a southern-centric attitude. London is 250 miles away from where I live here between the the historic riverside city of Liverpool and the rolling hills of North Wales. But each one of those miles might as well be ten. London means nothing to me now, like Las Vegas, it’s an exciting and interesting place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there.

I moved ‘up north’ over ten years ago now. After returning from a few life shaping months in the Californian sun, my old stomping ground in the south of England somehow didn’t feel like the place I wanted to return to. I needed something new, something completely different.

The Wirral Peninsula reaches out into the Irish Sea and sits on the North West coast of England. Within 30 minutes of my home I can be in Wales, essentially a different country and a place where one can get as lost as it is possible to be in this Kingdom. In fact… [Click here to continue reading this article at ‘Meanwhile’]