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You got that phone call: It’s time to pack up and move to London. And while you may have talked about this adventure for a long time, it still comes as a bit of a shock – a couple of months (or maybe just weeks!) to sort out all your belongings and find a new […]

Well done SW!

OMG, I have just found a London school data & maps geek’s dream – check this one out: https://www.schooldash.com/maps.html . Fascinating insights, from average test results at different school stages, to ethnicity and proportion of pupils with English not as first language, to average teacher salary. Now, just please nobody tell the teachers in my kids’ […]

I came across this fabulous site, developed by a team of researchers at University College London (UCL) – mapping the UK along all the different axes of the 2011 Census. Highly recommended, check it out, play around!  http://datashine.org.uk  If I had time, I’d write a summary of some of the most amazing bits of information […]

Dear Readers, My blog doesn’t get inundated with attention – but from the stats, I can see that a few of you read almost every single one of my posts (today, a reader from Ireland is high on the list of views, a couple of days ago it was someone from Brazil – will we see […]

There are various levels of comfort / discomfort when riding a train to work. If all goes well, you find a seat and use the time to read, type away on your laptop, or snooze for a few more minutes. If things go awry, there is standing space only (very limited at that), and you are crammed in […]

Styooped

Well, that’s an excellent question. Not terribly informative but fun. The first year we were here, we were wondering if our daughter would ever sound less American. Not that there’s a problem with that, but in a household of mixed languages (American/German), with her spending the better part of the day surrounded by British English, […]

Dear Readers, Well, there’s a surprise! I had no idea anyone was reading my posts – and after returning to the world of paid work earlier this year, while continuing in the unpaid but no less challenging world of parenthood, I stopped checking my blog altogether. So, my sincere apologies to those of you who have sent me […]

No eggs from this chicken.

Find the perfect home, get your kids into the perfect school. This is what you (could) do. At least it’s what I found to be the most useful strategy: a)    Go to Rightmove, look up a property in an area you are interested in, and click on the Map & Schools tab (easier on a […]

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