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Quiz: where in Britain would you be happiest?

As you know, I’m kind of obsessed with London. However from time to time I wonder if it’s the best place for me to live. Realistically I know I’m going to be here forever, but when I saw a quiz this morning that said it could determine where in Britain I would be happiest living, I had to take it and find out.

According to the quiz I have high levels of openness and extraversion, medium levels of conscientiousness and neuroticism and a low level of agreeableness. Now I’m not sure the quiz really understood me… I’m definitely not an extravert and I’d say I’m rather agreeable! Or perhaps that’s just the neuroticism talking.

With these traits the place I’d be happiest living in Britain is Oxford apparently. Aside from being home to the best tomato soup it’s also a historic and cultural city that I happen to really like. I’d have 72% life satisfaction there which sounds good – but I’d say my life satisfaction in London is even higher right now!

The worst place for me to live in Britain would be Eilean Siar in the Outer Hebrides. However with 58% life satisfaction that’s not too shabby either.

Over to you: where in Britain would you be happiest? Take the quiz here.

Einstein’s riddle – can you solve it?

einstein's riddle

My brother asked me the other day if I fancied trying to solve a riddle. Naturally I said yes so we had a little competition to see who could solve Einstein’s riddle first.

Albert Einstein wrote this riddle and famously said that 98% of the world’s population would not be able to solve it. All I will say is that if I can solve this, you can too! It took me fifteen minutes and my brother twenty minutes to solve (can’t beat a little sibling rivalry) and it’s a really fun puzzle. Anyone can solve it, you just need a little patience.

Let me know how you get on!

Einstein’s riddle

1. In a street there are five houses, painted five different colours.
2. In each house lives a person of different nationality.
3. These five homeowners each drink a different kind of beverage, smoke a different brand of cigar and keep a different pet.

The question: who owns the fish?


1. The Brit lives in a red house.
2. The Swede keeps dogs as pets.
3. The Dane drinks tea.
4. The Green house is next to, and on the left of the White house.
5. The owner of the Green house drinks coffee.
6. The person who smokes Pall Mall rears birds.
7. The owner of the Yellow house smokes Dunhill.
8. The man living in the centre house drinks milk.
9. The Norwegian lives in the first house.
10. The man who smokes Blends lives next to the one who keeps cats.
11. The man who keeps horses lives next to the man who smokes Dunhill.
12. The man who smokes Blue Master drinks beer.
13. The German smokes Prince.
14. The Norwegian lives next to the blue house.
15. The man who smokes Blends has a neighbour who drinks water.

So, who owns the fish?

via The Manbottle Library. You can find the answer here.

Image: Sofi

Notting Hill, London

Competition: Where would you like to live in London?

Notting Hill, London

I have written a bit about property in London before. You can’t really escape the effect it has on the capital – with recent research showing that the average monthly rent across the UK rose for the third year running, you can be certain that London is leading the trend.

According to Endsleigh Insurance, the ‘figures indicate that despite the challenging economic times, the lettings market has remained buoyant’. This is particularly true in London, where demand for rental properties grows as jobs and the London lifestyle continue to bring people to the city. I could bore you all day with the latest property data, but instead I want to take a look at the lighter side of London property!

You may have noticed a new feature on this blog – a weekly (amateur) photo of a place in London that I would rather like to live. I thought it might be nice to hear where you would most like to live in London, so how about a little competition to get you talking?

Please leave a comment below stating where in the capital you would most like to live – and if you can give a reason, all the better. I will collate the comments and we can see where most people would like to call home.

I will pick a winner at random who will win £200 worth of vouchers that you can spend on hotels, theatre tickets or in restaurants – and if you want any suggestions on how to spend them, I’m sure I can help!

Competition ends 4 November at 23:59pm

Everyone says they would have fought against slavery 150 years ago. Now’s your chance.

Each day WordPress and their Freshly Pressed function brings at least one gem to the table. Last Sunday I noticed a post called ‘What choices do I have‘ which I found suitably intriguing.

I’m interested in consumerism and find the internet to be a great source of inspiration, and the blog in question is just another of those posts that remind me to think once again about my lifestyle choices. There are so many more things about my life that I could change, and posts like this provide a nudge and encourage me to take another step.

This blog post led me to Slavery Footprint, a site that evaluates your life choices and suggests the number of slaves that essentially work for you. There are lots of interesting stats dotted throughout and the site is beautifully made. At the very least, taking the short quiz will highlight habits that you probably wish you didn’t have, and it might spur you on to start making the changes you need to make in order to be the person you want to be.