There are many things to like about living in the UK but some things I find frustrating.
Several years ago, before we had a family, my wife and I considered emigrating to Australia or New Zealand.
The lifestyle over there appealed to us and it seemed like a good place to bring up a family.
Whilst I don’t want to live in the past, a small part of me wishes we’d had the courage to make the move.
But we didn’t so I’m left feeling grumpy about these five things I can’t change.
The SNP are one thing that’s made me feel grumpy for more than 10 years now.
Just the mention of them makes me feel frustrated and on edge.
Their sole reason for being is to break up the UK and take Scotland into a black hole.
If they had their way I’d no longer be living in the UK and I don’t want to be living in Scotland should they ever succeed.
It’s a shame because we had so many hopes and dreams when we moved up to Scotland in 2005.
They’ve gradually been eroded by the likes of Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon.
Had I known they were ever going to rear their ugly heads, I’d never have persuaded my wife we should move to Edinburgh.
I live on Scotland’s Golf Coast.
For miles along the coast there are wastelands of greens, fairways and bunkers.
They spoil the view and make spaces inaccessible to the general public.
Wherever there’s some really spectacular scenery some idiot has to go and build a golf course there.
And what’s the point of golf in any case?
It’s not really a sport.
It’s just an excuse for blokes to get away from their families, wear some terrible clothes and believe they’re getting some exercise.
You always know something’s not quite right if Donald Trump likes it.
Brexit Makes Living In The UK Harder
Brexit hasn’t made living in the UK any easier.
I feel let down by those who voted us out of the EU, particularly those of an older generation.
They’ve done a disservice to the generation which my kids belong to.
I’m angry that politicians like Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees Mogg are allowed any kind of voice.
They’re rich and will be fine whatever happens in March 2019 but they couldn’t care less about the average family.
We do plan to get our kids Irish passports, thanks to my wife’s nationality, so that they can still enjoy what the EU has to offer.
Being English I’ll just have to put up with whatever happens after we leave the EU.
Wherever you’re living in the UK, you’re always going to get changeable weather.
The lack of a decent summer can be grim sometimes, especially in Scotland.
That’s why so many people escape to the Mediterranean during the summer.
Then the lack of sunlight for days on end during the winter also makes the winter blues quite common.
I’ve considered getting one of those SAD lights to compensate for it.
It’s during the winter months that I feel the most grumpy and irritable.
Partly because it feels so much harder to go out for a run during those months where it gets dark early.
I love dogs but I find it hard to like many of the people who walk them.
It’s worse since I took up running because I notice how many people can’t control their dogs whilst they’re out walking.
Instead of having them on the lead, they let them jump up at you and snap at your heels.
Dogs are unpredictable so it would make sense for their owners to take control where they come across other people.
Another gripe I have with living in the UK is the amount of dog poo around the place.
It’s supposed to be an offence if you don’t pick it up and bin it.
And then there’s those irresponsible dog owners who bag it and then throw it up into a tree.
I hope one day they’re out walking their dog and it falls on their head.
What Makes You Grumpy About The Place You Live In?
Is there anything about the place you live in that particularly irritates you?