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Posts By Sue

Parliament Web Call-Out For Experiences Of Help From UK Embassies Abroad

January 28, 2014 |

Do you have experience of seeking help from a British Embassy, Consulate or High Commission when travelling overseas? Did you get the support you were looking for? The Foreign Affairs Select Committee of the House of Commons would like to hear from you in a two-week web forum on the UK Parliament website. Read More

The Super Cockroach

January 26, 2014 |

I have a great respect for cockroaches. I am not saying that I would want one as a pet, but I do respect them, as well as for their ability to survive in the most unlikely of conditions and treatment by humans.  I certainly agree with the view that if, or when, the World is decimated by nuclear disaster, cockroaches will live on. Read More

CPI Rises 0.1 Percent in December Quarter

January 25, 2014 |

The consumers price index (CPI) rose 0.1 percent in the December 2013 quarter, Statistics New Zealand said this week. Higher international air fares and rising housing and dairy prices were partly countered by lower vegetable prices and cheaper petrol. International air fares rose 12 percent in the December 2013 quarter – the highest quarterly rise since the December 2009 quarter. "International air fares usually rise in December quarters. This quarter's rise reflects seasonally higher air fares to Asia and Europe," Read More

Explore The Hidden Treasures of Mexico City

January 21, 2014 |

Surrounded by crystal clear seas and picturesque mountains of the Valley, Mexico City is known for its vibrant culture, cuisine and history. Once home to the Mayans and Aztecs, Mexico City now represents the largest metropolitan area in the Western hemisphere with around 25 million people living here. With so much to see and do, David Hollins, has put together some top tips to help you make the most of the city. Read More

Food Prices Down Slightly in December, But Up For The Year

January 19, 2014 |

Food prices fell 0.1 percent in December 2013 but were up 1.5 percent on a year earlier, Statistics New Zealand said this week. "Food prices were down slightly in December. Seasonally lower prices for vegetables and more discounting for chocolate and soft drinks were partly countered by higher meat and milk prices," prices manager Chris Pike said. Read More


On the Beat

January 15, 2014 |

I’m often asked about policing in Spain and the Canary Islands and how it compares with that in the UK. I usually avoid writing about policing issues, as much is subjective and depends upon personal experiences and encounters with the law. However, based on my work as a journalist, as well as many reports and comments that I have received from fellow expats, maybe now is the time to deal with the issue. Read More

Why Malaysia

January 13, 2014 |

As a bit of background, although British, I have lived the last 20-odd years in France. General economic mis-management in Europe plus mind-boggling incompetence by its President have created a situation where what was my preferred country of retirement is now a place that people are falling over themselves to leave. I had the good fortune while in Penang last month to receive an email from my solicitor telling me that my house in France had been sold – two days later I signed a lease for an apartment in Batu Ferringhi. Read More

Malta: Retirement Heaven and Investment Haven

January 11, 2014 |

I don’t know if this is a universal phenomenon but when I was younger my friends and I would scheme on plans for our future. It was less about which colleges we planned to apply to or where we hoped to work than it was plans to pool our future funds and buy an island somewhere. We’d set up our own rules and our own laws; anyone we didn’t like we’d kick out. So far that hasn’t come to fruition but I’m still holding out hope. Read More

Apartments Boost New Dwelling Consents

January 8, 2014 |

A boost in new apartment consents led to an 11 percent rise (seasonally adjusted) for new dwellings consented in November 2013, Statistics New Zealand said today. Excluding apartments, the seasonally adjusted number of new houses fell 0.5 percent. In unadjusted terms, 1,775 new houses and 492 apartments were consented in November 2013. Read More

A Nice Cup of Tea

January 5, 2014 |

As all true Brits know, it is impossible to get a decent cup of tea abroad. Many have tried over the years, and failed miserably. Tea is the true Brit’s favourite beverage, closely followed by a large gin and tonic, and is one of the reasons that expat life fails miserably for some people. No one but a true Brit really understands all the fuss over a “Nice Cup of Tea”: It is the stuff that unites as well as steadies the nerves of the nation and, according, to Winston Churchill, wins wars against all the odds. Read More