A comment on a mailing list I'm on about a measure of non-ruralness being that Dominos delivers there got me thinking.

I live in E1, which is pretty damn central in London, and yet I can't get a delivery from Dominos. I'm stuck in ADSL land (ADSL2+ is available, but it's not worth having as I get no speed gains), and although there are cable TV cabinets around, they are just lumps on the pavement, as the digital cable TV (and therefore Virgin's high-speed cable internet) was never available here.

Don't be daft. There are a million and one other pizza places that deliver, I have three train/tube stations within a five minute walking radius, with a total of two train lines and three tube lines between them. There are a multitude of bus stops, which will take me North, South, East, and West. The buses and the trains are all incredibly frequent, mostly running to an "every X minutes" time-table, where X is somewhere between 4 and 10. There are multiple super markets pretty much on our door step, rather than a 40 minute drive away.

And if we were in a rural backwater, we'd be able to afford an abode with more outside space than a three feet wide balcony, and I'd have a superfast Internet connection at home too ;-)