Re:NW *England*? You sure about that? (4 CrazyOldCatMan)
No, you have to replace that first comma with an exclamation mark. That first clause is responding to someone else who works in NW England. Our Scots commentator is one-upping the sassenach who dared suggest he (the sassenach) had it hard.
Re: North of Watford syndrome: When I worked in New Malden my native colleagues were astounded that I, coming from Coventry, didn't nip up to Scotland of a Saturday afternoon for some R+R.