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At the heart of general practice since 1960

Enjoying life as a GP between the Pyrenees and the sea

Where? Margate. Thanet, Kent. It's a quintessential English seaside town. And according to Thanet district council: 'Margate's heart and soul are bound up in history, sand and sea. There are spaces for rest and reflection and places to drink, eat and dance until dawn.'

Why have I never heard of Thanet? Also known as the Isle of Thanet, it's the parson's nose-shaped bit on the tip of Kent that also boasts those other quintessential English seaside towns Broadstairs and Ramsgate.

Work? Six surgeries and a grand total of only 11 GPs.

Homes? A rambling, detached five-bedroom house with gardens is yours for 355,000.

Schools? Limited choice locally but the selective Clarendon House Grammar is a good bet in nearby Ramsgate with average A-level points per pupil of 345.3.

Leisure? The Theatre Royal is the second-oldest theatre in the country while, for intimate nights out, the Tom Thumb Theatre is the smallest in the country. Margate offers the full range of English seaside leisure facilities and sporting opportunities. Canterbury is a short hop away while London is a couple of hours by train.

From the local press: A team of coastal wardens to act as 'eyes and ears' for Thanet will gather information on visits to beaches, marine and bird life statistics, and damage and pollution incidents. BBC Kent, February 6

Famous residents: Britart starlet Tracey Emin and (briefly) poet T. S. Eliot

Anything else? Yes, actually. A bold plan to place Margate on the UK's cultural map by building an awe-inspiring silver sail of an arts centre on the seafront. Snhetta and Spence's simply staggering Turner Contemporary will open in 2007 among the chip shops, amusement arcades and candyfloss outlets.

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