In­sider’s tip is to get out­side

Scott Pod­more con­nects on­line with Ar­den Han­ley, an ex­pa­tri­ate work­ing in and lov­ing London

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - Escape - - CHATROOM LONDON -

SP: Hello Ar­den, tell us a lit­tle about your back­ground and what you were up to be­fore mov­ing to London. AH: I grew up in the Latrobe Val­ley, about two hours out of Mel­bourne. Straight out of school, I started work­ing in ra­dio and that took me to a bunch of dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions around Aus­tralia, work­ing my way up through the ranks. The last Aus­tralian city I lived in was Mel­bourne. I spent al­most five years there work­ing for Nova 100. And London came call­ing? AH: In 2006, Alice ( my wife) and I de­cided that, at 27, if we wanted to see the world we’d bet­ter get on with it be­fore we couldn’t get work­ing hol­i­day visas any more, had chil­dren or other bits of life got in the way. The UK’s a pretty safe choice for Aus­tralian trav­ellers, with some good visa op­tions avail­able, and it helps that Alice had Bri­tish her­itage, so I got to ride on her coat tails. I was lucky enough to get work fairly soon af­ter we ar­rived, with 95.8 Cap­i­tal FM in London. Cap­i­tal’s based in Le­ices­ter Square, so I get to go to work right in the heart of London. What do you miss most about home? AH: Apart from all our friends and fam­i­lies ( Face­book is a vi­tal con­nec­tion in mak­ing sure they get to see what we’re up to and our son Ru­pert, 1, grow up), the things we miss most are brunch in a Mel­bourne cafe, de­cent beaches and Vegemite in proper-sized jars. We live about 40 min­utes’ drive from the wa­ter, but Southend-on-Sea’s not a patch on Aus­tralian beaches. Tell us a bit about what makes London so spe­cial. AH: Hav­ing lived in close to London and now fur­ther out, we’ve ex­pe­ri­enced two sides to the city. It’s with­out a doubt one of the most in­ter­est­ing cities in the world, full of his­tory, dif­fer­ent styles of ar­chi­tec­ture, dif­fer­ent cul­tures and lots to ex­pe­ri­ence. Once you get past the stan­dard tourist at­trac­tions, it’s also a bril­liant city to dis­cover things in. There are lots of lit­tle lanes and al­leys that hide a lit­tle pub or quirky shop that you’d never know about un­less you went ex­plor­ing, and the style and char­ac­ter can change in the space of streets rather than sub­urbs be­cause

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