From big smoke to big skies

Undeterred by recent earthquakes in Christchurch, Clare Murray, Oxford University music graduate and former senior lawyer at global law firm Clifford Chance, is happy she waved goodbye to London and said hello to New Zealand.

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Unrest and opportunity

Why does anyone choose to live abroad? Marc Hagelauer exchanged Paris for Bangkok. He now lives in the heart of the Thai capital and runs high-end delivery firm Food by Phone, a graphics design company and Le Smash Club and Tennis Academy.

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From grotty to glorious

Technology and telecoms consultant Stefan Zehle, who runs London-based Coleago Consulting, swapped safe, suburban Bavaria for edgy Notting Hill in the 1970s. “London was very different back then, very drab. But it was also hugely exciting for an ambitious 19-year-old,” he says.

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Your slice of the Tuscan sun

If you can’t afford a villa, buy a share instead. David Cameron had to head home early from his £9,700-a-week villa holiday in Tuscany. It’s tough at the top – but the Prime Minister is sure to return to so-called Chiantishire.

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