@AC and @Dave
AC: I live in Belfast now having come from Cambridge and realising how bloody miserable Belfast is compared to where I was brought up, but even so on the occasions I've been in liverpool it's mad Belfast look like heaven.
BUT, I base this on the city, not on the people. I think it's a horrible city, but the people I don't know well enough to make an opinion, apparently unlike most commenters here
Dave: A well written rebuttal, and good job for doing it. Unfortunately, it only takes a few to build a bad reputation for a place. Case in point: not all Northern Irish are bombers, and English poeple aren't shot on site, but after 4 years here I am still asked how often I get attacked (the answer being not once in 4 years).