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  • Free coach trips on the Costa Blanca

    Published August 8th, 2012 by Sandra Piddock
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    As part of the Green Tour trip, you must attend a ‘short bedding demonstration.’ I was wary of this, as we’d been on the Blanket Factory Tour, and their idea of ‘short’ was one and a half hours or more, and there’s only so much information about bedding you can take without losing the will to live. However, the Green Tour’s demonstration is advertised at 30 minutes, which is more sensible.

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  • Grand Parades From Around the World

    Published August 8th, 2012 by Gavin Harvey
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    If there’s been anything proved by the celebrations over the Jubilee this year, it’s that we British are good at doing parades. Damn good! Pageants, processions, call them what you will – we are world leaders in organising people to stand in a long row and walk along, whilst singing, playing a drum, marching, or whatever else we fancy.

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  • 6 Things to Consider Before Retiring Abroad

    Published July 24th, 2012 by Gavin Harvey
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    Retiring abroad is a dream of many – after decades of hard slog to build up a successful career and a healthy savings account, you deserve to spend the next few decades eating tapas and sipping cocktails under the hot Mediterranean sun don’t you?

    Well, of course you deserve it, but do you want it? That is the real question here. Holidays abroad are fun but they’re no match for the real thing, and the reality of living abroad can be very different to your expectations.

    Here’s my list of the top 6 things everyone needs to consider before retiring abroad…

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  • Why don't they do their research - or look at a map?

    Published June 13th, 2012 by Sandra Piddock
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    Any schoolkid with a basic understanding of European geography could have told that writer that the Picos de Europa are one of northern Spain’s most well known features, bordering the Bay of Biscay, while the Pyrenees form a natural border between France and Spain.

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  • Grow your own oranges and lemons

    Published May 19th, 2012 by Sandra Piddock
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    How much water should you give your tree? The leaves will give you a clue, as they react a little like your skin does in the sun. If the leaves are smooth, shiny and plump, the moisture levels are just about right. However, dry, leathery leaves indicate too much exposure to heat and not enough hydration.

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  • Letting the train take the strain

    Published May 10th, 2012 by Sandra Piddock
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    It’s a good idea to travel into big cities by train, as it saves you the stress of driving in an unfamiliar place and the hassle of finding a parking space. Train stations are usually pretty central as well, so it cuts down on walking.

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  • Disadvantages of life on an urbanisation

    Published April 26th, 2012 by Sandra Piddock
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    There are disadvantages to life on an urbanisation, and the estate agents are not likely to tell you about them, because it may jeopardise the sale.

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  • What a difference a letter makes!

    Published April 18th, 2012 by Sandra Piddock
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    When you’re learning a new language, one letter makes a great difference. I introduced myself to the owner of our local tapas bar thus: ‘Tengo casa nueve en Algorfa.’ I wondered why he looked so surprised, until our new neighbour informed me I had just told him I had 9 homes in Algorfa!

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  • Five Great Holiday Home Destinations for Brits

    Published April 11th, 2012 by jamesh
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    Despite the stagnant state of the British housing market, an increasing number of Brits are looking into the prospect of buying a second home abroad. Needless to say, the predictably dull British weather and hectic lifestyle drives the desire for a warmer climate and more laid back approach to day-to-day living.

    But if you’re looking to buy a holiday home abroad, where do you start? There’s a whole world out there to choose from. To help towards making that difficult choice, here are five great places you could buy a holiday home and why:

    1. France


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  • Visitors guide to Orihuela, Costa Blanca

    Published April 1st, 2012 by Sandra Piddock
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    Orihuela is one of the Costa Blanca’s best kept secrets. This lively town is a pleasing mix of old and new Spain, and easily accessible from all over the Costa Blanca.

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