It's not all doom and gloom
Each week we take a GP's-eye view of an area of the UK if you would like to contribute, see the red panel below
Where? Darlington, or Darlo, is in the North-East, not far from Middlesbrough.
Sum it up in four words? 'Short breaks, long memories' visitdarlington.net
Work? Some 55 GP posts in 11 surgeries within the Darlington PCT area.
Homes? A three/four bedroom Georgian town house with garden, backing on to a park in a 'prime West End location'? £345,000
Schools? Best A-level results are achieved at the independent girls Polam Hall School. Hurworth House School, also independent, is the best for boys' A-levels.
Leisure? New Dolphin leisure centre, the usual complement of cinemas, the Tees Forest, Yorkshire and Durham moors and dales and the North-East coast.
From the local press:
'Claims by developers of a Southern port that there is not a traffic problem in the South have been dismissed as ''barmy'' by Teesport owner PD Ports.'
TV comedian Vic Reeves of Reeves and Mortimer fame.
Anything else? Alan Milburn (who some of you may remember as Health Secretary) is the local MP.