I posted further up and have been interested in your comments....
As Yank, born and bred, but Brit resident for last 15 yrs (with Brit hubby), I am constantly comparing quality/speed/costofliving/ between the two places..
I'm not sure pace of life is so different, but my observation, when I went back to live in NY for 2 yrs, 6 years ago, is that it's the "volume" that seems "turned up" in the US. Media, hype, billboards, 120 tv channels, even the SUNSHINE and weather (real thunderstorms) all seem louder or Turned Up somehow.
I like that; it's fun. But I also appreciate the Lower volume over here-- the watercolour light, beautiful mossy greens and fields and sheep and no billboards, lower buildings in london, footpaths everywhere, uh what else? pubs... anyway, you know what I mean.
I've concluded that different strengths are important at diferent points in life, for me. Just wondering whether Living Wage as a nurse, is going to become Tremendously Important once I'm qualified!!! :chuckle