There are very few places in the world I could actually comfortably say I could easily live.

I already live in, well, near, one of them: London. The UK’s capital and one of my favourite cities of all time – I’ve made loads of friends here and settled in straight away.

The other UK place I could easily up-roots and move to is Manchester. I have no idea why – I only visited it in 2006 for the first time, but it was such an important part of my life. You see, I was working on the new series of The Price Is Right which was being filmed in Manchester. I had just started in TV and most of the production team were female or gay. For some reason I had kept up the pretence that I was straight – and quite successfully I might add – but then it dawned on me that when the team went out after work, the gays would go out in a group, the girls would go out in a group and I would be left on my own!

So, because of this, I decided to come out, and it was the best decision I ever made. The first person I told was Tim, the floor manager on the show (my TV Dad) and I’ll never forget the first words he said to me: “Welcome to the Fold”. I suddenly felt accepted, a very strange feeling.

Anyway, it led me to spend my summer in the gay village in Manchester and I have to say it was probably one of the best times in my life.

…and the third and final place is New York City. Only discovered this September, and I cannot wait to return and explore more and more of this amazing city. 5 days was just not long enough. I fell in love with the place so much I could easily move there tomorrow and not miss the UK at all. Well, not for a few weeks anyway.

I will probably feel this way about other places I visit as I grow older, but these 3 places will always have that special place in my heart.


Written by Jay

I'm a 31 year old PR Exec, married to my husband after 10 years together and dad to a staffie called Loui. Nottingham born and bred.


  1. I love Cardiff and South Wales in general. Dr Who has brought back how much I miss it. I used to go on holiday there when I was younger, and loved it. Cycling round the countryside and playing on the beaches – both rocky and sandy. 🙂

    I also like where I live now – Norfolk. I was born here. Extremes eh? Mountains of Wales or the big skies of Norfolk. Hard choice.

    You do find tastes change as you get older. Experiences make and shape your choices I think. I like mystery and magic and both places have their wild places where that still holds true. So I know where you’re coming from. Heck you got me thinking about all again. Who knows what 2010 will hold?


  2. Couldn’t agree more. London is my #1 place to be, and I don’t think I’ll ever get bored and leave! Quite recently I realised I could probably survive in Manchester, though I’d be worried it’s not quite big enough for me 😉 I bump into people I know and exes often enough as it is in a huge place like London, I can only imagine it would be 100 times worse in Manchester!

    New York is a place I absolutely love, I knew I would before I got there and instantly felt at home when I visited a couple of years ago. Sadly it was a trip tainted with the knowledge my partner of 5 years was in love with a guy who lived over there and that was why he had willingly paid for the tickets for us both! But despite the hostile emotions while there and the months afterwards, I still love the place and hope to return soon.


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