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Forum: Spain
Mar 30th 2011, 11:33 am
Replies: 111
Views: 7,512
Posted By bil

Re: My thoughts on moving back to the UK

No. Usually we lead a better life, we are more aspirational and strive to improve our lot.

Try doing that on the social. Any chance of getting a mortgage?
Forum: Spain
Mar 29th 2011, 5:44 pm
Replies: 111
Views: 7,512
Posted By bil

Re: My thoughts on moving back to the UK

So did I. Very, very clever. A tad wierd tho...... bit like where I was, come to think of it.
Forum: Spain
Mar 29th 2011, 5:43 pm
Replies: 111
Views: 7,512
Posted By bil

Re: My thoughts on moving back to the UK

Oh I think that's unfair. There may well be an honest politician. When we find him or her I plan to make a fortune exhibiting them round Europe in a glass case.

Priests, well I have come to the...
Forum: Spain
Mar 29th 2011, 4:13 pm
Replies: 111
Views: 7,512
Posted By bil

Re: My thoughts on moving back to the UK

I wouldn't say that our welcome here is 'all enveloping. ' I know I'm always going to be a foreigner, no matter how long I live here. However, the people smile more, they are more chatty, and our...
Forum: Spain
Mar 29th 2011, 4:11 pm
Replies: 111
Views: 7,512
Posted By bil

Re: My thoughts on moving back to the UK

My grand mother was born in that village. My mother was born in that village. In all I lived in that village from when I was 9 to when I was about 50.

So, I was no incomer. By comparison, they...
Forum: Spain
Mar 29th 2011, 12:20 pm
Replies: 111
Views: 7,512
Posted By bil

Re: My thoughts on moving back to the UK

Mitz, not all villages are heaven on earth, and not all villagers are decent, caring folk.

When people talk of idyllic village life, it's often because they don't look carefully at what goes on...
Forum: Spain
Mar 29th 2011, 12:18 pm
Replies: 111
Views: 7,512
Posted By bil

Re: My thoughts on moving back to the UK

Out of all the people we thought we knew well, 6 wasn't much, and actually included two we didn't really know that well.

As for the rest, well when you have sold off your land, or have benefited...
Forum: Spain
Mar 29th 2011, 12:15 pm
Replies: 111
Views: 7,512
Posted By bil

Re: My thoughts on moving back to the UK

Yeah, funny that. People tend to describe me as negative and pessimistic. I say it's realism. I was in that village for the best part of 40 years, so I got to know the politics and so on of it. ...
Forum: Spain
Mar 29th 2011, 12:10 pm
Replies: 111
Views: 7,512
Posted By bil

Re: My thoughts on moving back to the UK

Well, the big joke is that they wanted to stop us putting 4 nice houses on there, which at the time would have been a nice little earner, and I could have retired on the spot.

Now the rules have...
Forum: Spain
Mar 29th 2011, 9:54 am
Replies: 111
Views: 7,512
Posted By bil

Re: My thoughts on moving back to the UK

The duck ponds are basically puddles of avian sewage, you'll always be a newcomer, and if you don't fit in.......
Forum: Spain
Mar 29th 2011, 9:52 am
Replies: 111
Views: 7,512
Posted By bil

Re: My thoughts on moving back to the UK

I spent most of my life in a fairly leafy village, and you can have it. The small minded petit bourgeois, the backstabbing neighbours... boy, when you have a problem there, you soon know who your...
Forum: Spain
Mar 29th 2011, 8:51 am
Replies: 111
Views: 7,512
Posted By bil

Re: My thoughts on moving back to the UK

Nowhere is perfect. That's a given. I always look at people who try and tell me a given country is 'perfect', and wonder why the lady doth protest too much.

There are good things about the UK,...
Forum: Spain
Mar 28th 2011, 10:14 pm
Replies: 111
Views: 7,512
Posted By bil

Re: My thoughts on moving back to the UK

With me, it's visit the kids, but I'd far rather they came here. I hate travel at the best of times.
Forum: Spain
Mar 28th 2011, 3:24 pm
Replies: 111
Views: 7,512
Posted By bil

Re: My thoughts on moving back to the UK

Home is where the heart is.

I for one have no desire to go back to the UK under any circumstance.
Forum: Spain
Mar 27th 2011, 9:44 pm
Replies: 111
Views: 7,512
Posted By bil

Re: My thoughts on moving back to the UK

Yeah, I think the same. When have to go back it's with enormous unease, and I can't frigging WAIT to come home.

I look on myself as a citizen of Europe. I happened to be born in the UK, but ...
Forum: Spain
Mar 27th 2011, 8:46 pm
Replies: 111
Views: 7,512
Posted By bil

Re: My thoughts on moving back to the UK

You are bright enough to realise that you can't cross the same river twice.

All to many go back to the UK with the old rose tinteds superglued in place, and I fear that for some of them the place...
Forum: Spain
Mar 27th 2011, 5:16 pm
Replies: 111
Views: 7,512
Posted By bil

Re: My thoughts on moving back to the UK

Well, they do say that of UK expats, 70% return within 3 years. I don't see why Spanish people should transplant any better......
Forum: Spain
Mar 27th 2011, 5:15 pm
Replies: 111
Views: 7,512
Posted By bil

Re: My thoughts on moving back to the UK

You might just as well say that the real Spain died when Franco came in, or whichever era you prefer.
Forum: Spain
Mar 27th 2011, 5:13 pm
Replies: 111
Views: 7,512
Posted By bil

Re: My thoughts on moving back to the UK

I just resent being continually watched over by a government I despise and distrust.
Forum: Spain
Mar 27th 2011, 5:13 pm
Replies: 111
Views: 7,512
Posted By bil

Re: My thoughts on moving back to the UK

My point was that I resented potholes in the Uk because I had to pay so much more there.
Forum: Spain
Mar 27th 2011, 2:29 pm
Replies: 111
Views: 7,512
Posted By bil

Re: My thoughts on moving back to the UK

My heart pumps piss for them.
Forum: Spain
Mar 27th 2011, 11:52 am
Replies: 111
Views: 7,512
Posted By bil

Re: My thoughts on moving back to the UK

I would just love to go around changing the signs so that where it said 'safety camera' it would say 'CASH MACHINE.'
Forum: Spain
Mar 27th 2011, 11:51 am
Replies: 111
Views: 7,512
Posted By bil

Re: My thoughts on moving back to the UK

When comparing what you get, I suppose it's the difference between what you pay here, and what you would pay in the UK.
Forum: Spain
Mar 27th 2011, 10:40 am
Replies: 111
Views: 7,512
Posted By bil

Re: My thoughts on moving back to the UK

One thing you posted did strike a very resonant chord.

"Britain is ok so far although I do get this feeling the country is out for what they can get out of you and leave you with nothing whereas I...
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