Given the comment by Duke of Marlborough about the starting position implying a difficult game, once you get over the mountains to the west, there's plenty of good land. Actually, I don't think the first city (I settled it immediately) is going to be anywhere near my biggest or best. Found a nice river for the SSC on the north west of the continent. Changed my palace to here (expensive, but pays off in the long term). I reckon I can get well over 1000 science per turn out of it if I go for the spaceship. Those Celts are a pain in the arse! Can't keep the peace. They have city walls now, so I'll just wait until I get tactics & cavalry. It was easy to limit their settlement by patrolling south with a horseman.