As usual, the rich and famous are making promises they don't intend to keep, this time they are threatening to move abroad because the Government would prefer to raise the tax on the 2% who earn above £150,000 annually than tax the 98% who don't.
Leading the exodus is Michael Caine who mumbled something about moving back to the United States, the scene of one of his career highlights, starring alongside Kermit in the Muppet Christmas Carol.
As i have yet to hear anyone complain about another of our washed up actors packing up and moving across the Ocean, i suspect that nobody much cares but it does make me wonder if i was a rich actress who didn't want to contribute to my own countries tax pot and preferred to hand it to the American Tax man instead, where in America would i head?
As i was born and raised in the English county of Hampshire, i would probably be drawn towards New Hampshire with the reasoning that its the same place, only newer and full of Americans.
A quick look at google maps shows that New Hampshire is in the top right hand corner of the USA and indeed there is my birthplace, Portsmouth, and it's a port so that's the same.
Looking a bit further a field there is also a place called Portchester, Newport and Milton, obviously all named by the founders after the places in Old Hampshire. Then it starts to go a bit strange.
Unless i am very much mistaken, Exeter, Plaistow, Londonderry, Alton, Manchester, Lancaster, Stratford, Plymouth, Bristol, Peterborough and Enfield are all way outside Old Hampshire but i guess maps were sketchy back then.
Don't know what the excuse could be for placing the likes of Berlin, Lisbon and Bethlehem in New Hampshire though, these places are not even in the same country as the place it took its name from.
I don't know if the inhabitants of New Hampshire, and Portsmouth in particular, ever actually wonder what things are like in the original Hampshire and Portsmouth but i would love to find out. I love the idea that people left here, went there and made a new and improved version of Portsmouth and Hampshire.
The website 'City Guide to Portsmouth, NH and the Seacoast' has some great information about the City and links to media sites in Portsmouth and New Hampshire so i'm going to see if they want to exchange information about similarities between the old place and the new place.
Meanwhile, if you stumble across some elderly British actors wondering around your American cities and looking lost, just ignore them.