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  1. matthewiandi
    October 30, 2015 @ 1:12 pm

    Great post Tom – it’s not often you see a “why I left x for y” article that’s actually enjoyable and readable 🙂

    I feel your pain on the immigration rules. They prevented me and my (US) wife from moving back for several years.

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  2. Mark Kalch
    October 30, 2015 @ 1:22 pm

    Another great post Tom. I can definitely relate to much of it. Through my own actions I am this weird kind of stateless person myself now. Mostly still an Aussie I suppose but the country itself feels somewhat foreign to me now, I have an Austrian passport but don’t even speak the language, the Brits won’t take me as their own, the kids are born in 3 different countries and after 3 years our time in Argentina is almost at an end. Well you know the surreal situation I find myself in (which I am certainly not complaining about!) but being so close to that government system is strange for me, someone who lives outside that same system. Anyway good writing. Look forward to the next!

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    • Tom Allen
      November 6, 2015 @ 3:56 pm

      Hey Mark 🙂 I really do think you’re in the weirdest set of circumstances of all of us!

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  3. Jennine
    October 30, 2015 @ 2:55 pm

    Great post, Tom! I really love reading your thoughts and experiences about so many issues that I spend a lot of time thinking about too, like what I mean by ‘home’, finding where in the world that might be, and questioning whether I feel at home in the UK, which is the country I was born in and where my family’s roots are, but that I did not grow up in and do not feel bound to, and where I feel increasingly alienated by many of the things you mention and others besides – the anti-immigrant rhetoric and legal systems and practices, the materialistic culture, the high levels of inequality, the attacks on people who are considered ‘poor’ etc. Despite all that I am here and for now it is home, although I am fortunate to have other places elsewhere that are ‘home’ too. I must say I disagree with you when you say that there is “little left to do” in the UK though- I think there is loads to do to make the UK a less unjust and unequal society, precisely because of all the problems there are! That is the main reason why I am still here (at least for now) and why I lead the apparently ‘conventional’ life of a full-time employee, because I believe that through what I do, in a small way, I can make a difference to some individuals, for the better good of our society. (I am an immigration lawyer; I mainly represent asylum seekers, and every day is a fight against the UK government and the inhuman way it treats some human beings). Everyone must find their own path of course, and I can’t wait to hear what your idea for the future is – it certainly sounds exciting! Thanks for sharing and best of luck, Jennine

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    • Tom Allen
      November 6, 2015 @ 3:54 pm

      Yes, you’re right – that was a little bit too rhetorical. Many of my friends work in the public, non-profit and charity sectors in London and elsewhere and the insight they’ve given me into the thoroughly inhuman attitude towards the plight of society’s most vulnerable people is sickening, and seemingly getting worse under the current government. I really do have the utmost respect for people such as yourself who dedicate their energies to fighting these injustices and inequalities – I just have huge difficulty understanding why a society with the capacity to help those who need it instead chooses to prey upon and demonise them.

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      • Hedd Thomas
        November 8, 2015 @ 7:09 pm

        Having lived in the UK most of my life plus a year each in Austria and Poland, I sympathise with the perceived difference of what’s “left to do” in different countries. It really does feel like here it’s about opinions and ideas, and that trying to push against it is futile, thankless and self-defeating work. Elsewhere the work to be done feels more concrete, sometimes literally so. It’s a rolling up of the sleeves to answer the call of “How can I help?” instead of a slump on the sofa to answer, “Why should I care?”

        I’m planning a trans-European cycling tour myself right now so hopefully you’ll still be in Yerevan by the time I pass through, Tom!

        On another note, what typeface are you using for your titles? I love it and its sense of gentle movement.

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  4. Tati Coco
    October 30, 2015 @ 9:40 pm

    Really great post and point of view but also so true.Myself having double nationalities and still didn’t find a place I can call ‘home’.There is a place I really love in Andalucia, Spain but I still don’t know the way to make some decent life.At the moment a world Hobo!
    Keep sharing your post ….love them!

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    • Tom Allen
      November 6, 2015 @ 3:48 pm

      Good for you – I can’t think of a better way to find your way than to be out on the road looking for it!

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  5. Woodleigh Nursery
    November 9, 2015 @ 9:34 am

    Great to visit your new site Tom.

    I like your final words;

    ” I know it. I am sure of it. Because when the right idea comes along, something very strange happens when you open your mouth and tell people about it. The response is magic. People detect, subconsciously, that you are speaking with utter conviction, that the thoughts that drive your words are coming from your heart. And that energy bounces and crackles around you. Suddenly everyone is compelled to encourage, to suggest, to offer assistance, to make connections, or simply just to smile in appreciation. And the world conspires to help you “.

    The experience is familiar to me an no doubt many others. Poignant all the same. We await just what it is you plan to do.

    Cheers

    Quin
    New Plymouth
    NZ

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