Hmm - I'm not sure I'd move down here without kids. I never go out in the evenings anyway so it makes no odds really. I've not found that difficult. What I have found is that coming back to London, I really, really find the sheer volume of people quite a headfuck now which seems to me to be an indication that it's quite hard to live in such a crush and you develop (and lose) a carapace quite quickly to deal with it. Whatever the rights and wrongs of rising property prices, we (and Hastings) need people moving in. We need their money and their enthusiasm. Because propping up the local economy by housing all London's asylum seekers and foster children here is a disaster waiting to happen.