People in southern England enjoy a higher quality of life than those in northern regions of the UK according to new research.
Areas in southern England scored strongly in the Halifax survey with 28 out of the top 30 local authorities that offer the best quality of life being in southern England.
Places in the South East accounted for 19 of the top 30 local authorities for quality of life, while there were six in the east of England, two in London and one in the South West.
No local authorities in Scotland made it into the top 100, with Aberdeenshire the highest-ranked area at 153rd.
Having lived all over England I wouldn't return to live in many parts unless it was a matter of life or death. Why would I want to go back to a pace of life which induces high stress levels, sitting in endless traffic jams, having my car clamped, dirty streets, police who never appear when called, neighbours who never say hello, doctors who don't do home visits and few hills to break the flat landscape. The list goes on.
Yes I know many small communities are not like that but the way of life in the south east of England isn't my cup of tea. It's a delight to visit friends there but always more delightful to return to my geriatric paradise here in Scotland. Don't dare say I'm getting old!