OK so I kind of did this thread on Monday but didn't really do it, it was kind of about something else and things have moved on since then. I want more from you Glasgwegians this time round.
I've lived in Exeter for just over 2 years, and I'm not particularly enamoured with it. I love the access to the countryside and I kind of like the size of it (compared to previously living in London) but on the whole this part of the world is too parochial, too conservative and too unimaginative for me. I've kind of realised that I basically won't feel at home somewhere that is so middle England. I want somewhere that satisfies my cultural desires while also having good access to countryside and being a good place to raise a family, while also not being so stultifyingly small c conservative. I'm thinking my preferences are basically Cornwall, Wales, Bristol, Brighton or anywhere north from about Sheffield.
An opportunity has arisen in Glasgow for us (wife's applying for a job) and it fits the bill in many ways, apart from it being massively far away from pretty much everyone I know. Leaving that aside, tell me this Glasgwegians:
Do you think from what I've said above Glasgow is a good fit?
Where is a good place to live? I've never even visited, so if you could give me a general run down? To give you an idea, if you know London I'm thinking something like Clapton or if you know Manchester, Chorlton. Vibrant but down to earth basically. With a garden! Instinctively I don't want to be too far out of town but also don't want to be in the middle of the city.
What's the music scene like? I know everyone says it's good, but what is it really like? Loads of really varied stuff going on? One or two particularly big "scenes"? Don't know if I've ever mentioned it but I play the banjo and am really into american folk and bluegrass. I'd be thrilled if you told me there was a massive old time scene.
What about culture more generally, and people? Say stuff about that if you like.
How much do you travel to London/southern England compared to how much you would like to? (obvs you may have no desire to). Buses are really fucking long, trains less expensive than I thought but still expensive and as for flying, well I'm not pnickers. But what about travelling to Europe? Is that any more difficult/expensive?
Finally, this is a long shot, but what do you know about the environment and renewable energy sector in Glasgow or western Scotland? Particularly community energy? And, now this is a ridiculously long shot, do you know anyone working on projects that combine the arts, sustainability and community issues? Haha.
tl;dr she might not get the job anyway