This mass experiment in home operating could mean young people no longer have to move to the south-east for jobs

My grandma, who lives in Derry, had never been to England until last year, so it was a great honour when she made the journey to London to visit me and my sister, “whos been” both lives on the mainland( in one city or another) for the best part of a decade. We had “great craic” during her bide. We came to the large-scale artwork galleries and museums, which everyone in the UK helps fund through their taxes, but many never get to visit; she accidentally attended a pro-Brexit demonstration; and she allured the waiter of a pizza restaurant with what she calls her “Derry eyes”, striking because of their unusual blue-blooded and orange-yellow irises, which she has passed down to my mum, my siblings and me. She wore a lime light-green clothing for the duration of her stay, like a very elegant leprechaun.

That was almost a year ago and I haven’t seen her in person since. I’m ever a little jealous of people for whom household get-togethers like these aren’t a rarity. As they are for many youth in the UK who grew up outside of the economic hub of the south-east, the job prospects in the region where I’m from are, shall “theyre saying” , not great. So, like many young person, I moved away for university, then to London for operate, and now “peoples lives” feels awkwardly spread across several versions of home. I don’t envision most of my family as much as I’d like and I feel like I move every few years for reasons not totally within my self-control. Now that a pandemic has inspired this mass experimentation in working from residence, I have been thinking more about whether it has to be this way.

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