A job has come up in Manchester and I am in two minds to apply. I likely have a job in the north east for up to the next 3 years but permanent academic jobs dont come up very often and it might be worth a shot. However, leaving the north east will be hard - I've lived here over 10 years and the husband is a born and bred Geordie. Whats it like over the other side of the Pennines (apart from wet!)? We aren't city people so would be looking to live in the nearby countryside. How easy is it to commute in? I know these are a bit early questions seeing I've not even applied, but its a lot of work putting an application together and I want to make sure it is potentially worthwhile for both my work and personal/social life.