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Wish I was at home for Christmas....

Liverpool exiles miss a bit of local lingo, according to poll

Published on December 22nd 2010.

Wish I was at home for Christmas....

WHAT does the festive season in Liverpool mean to you?

Nostalgia around everything from childhood to Charles Dickens? Sayers' mince pies? Or maudlin renditions of Patsy Kline's Crazy at chucking-out time, following an Aussie White Christmas at the Blob Shop?

Perhaps you are you far away and merely sentimental about the place you call home? (If you are stuck in an airport reading this now, then look away and go back to your Andy McNabb novel.).

Anyway, if you are one of the latter, a new survey of Liverpudlians living abroad says you might be spread out but you are not alone.

Some 500 ex-pat Scousers in Europe, the USA, Canada, China and Australia were questioned about why they moved away, what they missed most about Merseyside and for their views of how the Liverpool brand is regarded abroad.

Liverpool's razor sharp humour (37pc) was beaten into second place only by family (39pc) – when it comes to what they actually missed.

Longing to hear a bit of Scouse – everyday sayings such as “boss”, “la” and “babe” – also featured in 15pc of responses ( which may or may not have been triggered by Coleen Rooney's appearance on the X-Factor last week).

Old friends (34pc) came next with football (27pc) and nightlife (13pc) also in the mix.

Who's gone to all this bother? The survey was conducted to mark the second anniversary of the opening of One Park West.

Dan Symonds, development executive at Grosvenor who built it, revealed: “We’ve actually had a number of buyers at One Park West who are, in effect, ex-pat Scousers who have bought property to retain a base and a sense of belonging Liverpool, even though they have a home elsewhere.”

The most powerful symbol of the city is the River Mersey, which came top (40pc) as the landmark most likely to make a Scouser homesick. It was followed by the two cathedrals (24pc), the Albert Dock (23pc) and the Three Graces (18pc)According to the survey, Liverpool’s newer landmarks scored well in terms of profile - Liverpool One shopping district (95pc) and the BT Convention Centre and Echo Arena (84pc) topping the poll of landmarks built in the last five years, while a third (32cp) are aware of the new Museum of Liverpool.

Of Liverpool’s icons, The Beatles remain by far and away the best known international brand associated with the city (61pc), while Steven Gerrard just pipped Wayne Rooney (37-36pc) as the best known Scouse footballer on the world stage.

The majority of respondents said they had moved away for work or study-related reasons (34pc) with others highlighting adventure (14pc), better climate (13pc) and love/relationship (7pc).

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HBDecember 21st 2010.

Having lived all over the UK, Liverpool is the place I miss the most (although born down South). The people, the nightlife, the cafes, the way everyone seems proud of where they come from, I love it.

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