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by Guy M
Tue Oct 22, 2019 12:36 pm
Forum: Brexit and Living in Greece
Topic: I smelled a rat, and I found a rat
Replies: 512
Views: 32249

Re: I smelled a rat, and I found a rat

Yes we do sell a lot more to Europe than they do to us, helped by the fact that most business people in Europe speak English and few English people speak a foreign language to the extent they can hold a technical conversation. Example: in 2001 for a European regulator I had to discuss the breakdown ...
by Guy M
Tue Oct 22, 2019 7:50 am
Forum: Brexit and Living in Greece
Topic: I smelled a rat, and I found a rat
Replies: 512
Views: 32249

Re: I smelled a rat, and I found a rat

...Czechia, Austria and Slovakia in 48 hours. In all three countries CEOs of big companies wanted to talk about doing business so maybe we’ll be ok...’. When I last looked these countries are all in the EU. They can certainly "trade" with the UK after Brexit but they can't do "indepe...
by Guy M
Mon Oct 21, 2019 8:27 pm
Forum: Brexit and Living in Greece
Topic: I smelled a rat, and I found a rat
Replies: 512
Views: 32249

Re: I smelled a rat, and I found a rat

Hi Maud. How are you? I did a whistle stop tour of Europe last week - Czechia, Austria and Slovakia in 48 hours. In all three countries CEOs of big companies wanted to talk about doing business so maybe we’ll be ok... The report you refer to was by Danny Dorling, Professor of Geography at Oxford. Th...
by Guy M
Mon Oct 21, 2019 6:37 pm
Forum: Brexit and Living in Greece
Topic: I smelled a rat, and I found a rat
Replies: 512
Views: 32249

Re: I smelled a rat, and I found a rat

This is how I see this Well said, needs said, but the conclusion I cannot agree with as it totally ignores that the UK is made up of 4 countries and only 2 voted for Brexit. English exeptionalism, despite the 85% majority vote share, cannot be allowed to walk over the democratic process otherwise w...
by Guy M
Mon Oct 21, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: Brexit and Living in Greece
Topic: I smelled a rat, and I found a rat
Replies: 512
Views: 32249

Re: I smelled a rat, and I found a rat

This is how I see this and the many threads all over social media on the Brexit topic. May, or more probably may not, help. An important, little articulated, facet of U.K. politics is the switch from evidence-based argument to emotions-based argument since around 2015. Those stuck in the former way ...
by Guy M
Mon Oct 14, 2019 12:41 am
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Hotels for Christmas.
Replies: 5
Views: 438

Re: Hotels for Christmas.

Case Leone is very highly recommended.
by Guy M
Fri Oct 11, 2019 1:12 pm
Forum: Brexit and Living in Greece
Topic: Progress in negotiations?
Replies: 0
Views: 189

Progress in negotiations?

Lots of excitement following the Johnson-Varadkar meeting yesterday..... But remember the old Jewish joke: Man from Moscow knocks on the door of peasant’s hovel in a village in Russia; asks ‘Would your son marry the Czar’s daughter’? Peasant ‘why would she marry him?’ Man: ‘Yes, but would your son m...
by Guy M
Sat Oct 05, 2019 12:03 pm
Forum: Brexit and Living in Greece
Topic: State pension inequality
Replies: 16
Views: 696

Re: State pension inequality

The (justified) protests against this change to the pension age will be nothing if Iain’s Duncan Smith gets his way. https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/pension-ageiain-duncan-smith-75_uk_5d5978fce4b0eb875f256f57?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvLnVrLw&guce_referrer_...
by Guy M
Thu Sep 26, 2019 8:37 pm
Forum: Brexit and Living in Greece
Topic: I smelled a rat, and I found a rat
Replies: 512
Views: 32249

Re: I smelled a rat, and I found a rat

There's a fairly hefty part of the country which is now unwittingly in favour of a profound increase in State power While I do enjoy your tales, do you have any evidence of this other than having a chat with your mates. I suspect it is not true and people are looking in horror at the actions of the...
by Guy M
Tue Sep 17, 2019 4:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Driving
Replies: 32
Views: 2559

Re: Driving

It’s not so bad in Crete - I cycle here and it’s much less scary than in the UK, provides you avoid the highway. The mountains are another matter...
by Guy M
Tue Sep 17, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: Brexit and Living in Greece
Topic: I smelled a rat, and I found a rat
Replies: 512
Views: 32249

Re: I smelled a rat, and I found a rat

Johnson, Patel etc have seen the unedited reports on the impact of a No Deal Brexit. They want a deal - through Labour MPs or whoever. They look scared. And they are right right to be scared.
by Guy M
Sun Sep 15, 2019 8:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Driving
Replies: 32
Views: 2559

Re: Driving

My father said something similar 45 years ago: 'Always assume every other driver on the road is an idiot'. Good advice, as it turned out he was right. Tim Those were the exact words my father used. Unfortunately he forgot to add “and you’re an idiot too”. After 4 weeks in a coma, 2 months in a whee...
by Guy M
Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Driving
Replies: 32
Views: 2559

Re: Driving

We live down an empty lane on the edge of a quiet village. My daughter started to drive 100 yards down the lane this summer (she’s 14). Our next door neighbour (in the only house near us) said: go to the car park in town - that’s where all our children and grandchildren learned how to drive when the...
by Guy M
Thu Sep 12, 2019 7:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: UK Food in Supermarkets
Replies: 36
Views: 2481

Re: UK Food in Supermarkets

If you wait a couple of months, you’ll be able to replicate a U.K. Supermarket easily by renting a shop with shelves that have no foreign products on them. Then you can remind people what a sensible move it was not to live in Post Brexit Britain.
by Guy M
Thu Sep 12, 2019 4:05 pm
Forum: Brexit and Living in Greece
Topic: I smelled a rat, and I found a rat
Replies: 512
Views: 32249

Re: I smelled a rat, and I found a rat

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features ... -the-crash

This is the stuff people find boring, but it goes on - it’s not fantastical to think the government has been captured given the huge amounts of money involved.

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