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Ok, I’ll admit it! I’m a Southern softy

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For those who are not familiar with the regional stereotypes in the UK I am about to give you a quick overview. People in Scotland and to some extent the North of England view Southerners (geographically anyone south of Birmingham) as softies.

This perception has been continually reinforced over 2000 years of British history. Why do you think the Roman Empire only got as far as the Scottish border?

Well I am having to concede to the Scots as well, not a rugged army of crazy red-haired Highlanders but the Scottish weather. Yes I have already paid £20 for my train fare but the forecast of torrential rain and gales has blown my course due South.

Yep I am back off to the Alps, this time to the French side to undertake the from Lake Geneva to as far as my little English legs will carry me in a week. The weather forecast looks kinder and it will give me a chance to get close to the highest peak in Europe, Mont Blanc.

By the way, I still have my passport because I have had a change of mind about getting a NZ work visa. I am still planning to go early next year but I have decided not to work there.