Jobs, fancy shops, better coffee - but don't expect an easy time on return home
A daft property market report in January 2009 strived to make the best of a desperately unravelling situation.
Things had "got a lot worse with bank bailouts, Budget debacles, job losses and public sector cuts" it stated.
But: "Ultimately, with the resolve to put right what needs to be fixed . . . we have to be confident about our prospects for the future."