Thanks for the good wishes.
Yes, I'm afraid London has been changing for the worse. It still has the history, some nice parks, and so on, but every time I go back there it seems to be even more congested. It's now noisy, dirty, horrendously expensive, and in many areas has a very high crime rate. The same goes for most of the big cities and towns.
Out here in the boondocks it's much better, but still getting expensive.
I'm planning on heading over to France to find somewhere to live. Homes there are much better value, and life in the French countryside is slower paced and more relaxed.