Some very interesting, informative replies there - thank you for your own personal views, it's very much appreciated!
There does seem to be pros and cons to living in either the north or south, and I'm taking on board all comments. A few things that have been pointed out are quite worrying, but I do like a healthy sprinkling of 'warts and all' information - being pre-warned of situations is imperative, I believe.
Weighing up the pros and cons, I'm beginning to wonder if some of the cons weigh more
If the hospitals are not that good, then that is something I need to seriously consider, plus of course, title deed problems, not being able to work or start a business...
The north is definitely quieter and less commercialised, which I really like, but I'm beginning to wonder if the TRNC is better suited to part-time living - a holiday home, for example - rather than moving out there lock, stock and barrel? It does seem that the majority of members who have replied to this post, also have a main home in the UK, and that must give a sense of security...if something goes pear-shaped in TRNC at least you still have your home in the UK. Unfortunately, I wouldn't have that luxury - I would be investing my all into my new home, so this is why I am anxious to find out as much information as I can. My sister is in a much more fortunate situation than I am; she will be keeping her home in the UK, whereas if something were to go wrong for me out there in Cyprus, I would be in trouble. Of course, my sister would always look after me, but I need my own home and independence, and I wouldn't like to be obliged to my sister - or anyone else for that matter.
I have a lot of thinking to do.
Meanwhile, if anyone can think of any other things to tell, or warn me of ( pros and cons), I would so appreciate it.
You have all been so helpful!