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24 Jan 2007 01:58 by JeansSis Star rating. 2376 posts Send private message

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24 Jan 2007 02:18 by patman Star rating in Chester and Los Alca.... 84 posts Send private message

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I've been reading this thread for a while now and I have so far resisted the urge to reply, but I can't resist any longer. I have had an apartment for almost two years now in Los Alcazares. On day one I had security grills fitted to all windows and doors, and although I didn't feel totally secure I felt that as long as I and my guests locked up properly when we left the apartment then I would hopefully be ok. WRONG... My place was broken into on Dec 16th and I didn't find out until Jan 6th as I live in the UK and my key holder was at that time also on holiday in the UK. I should correct myself. The thieves didn't actually get into the apartment, they just popped the security grill door at the top and forced open the shutters by about two - three feet and smashed the glass in both of the patio doors. (Unfortunately the local cats did get in and I am sure you can imagine what they have done to my furniture and fittings). So they didn't get in but they have caused about €800 of damage and because I don't live there and have spent more than the last 60 days out of the apartment I may not be insured. I had arranged  to fly out last Thursday to meet a builder to pay up front before he would fix the damage. Also, I had arranged to meet with a translator to go to the police station €40.00 per hour to get my crime reference just in case I could claim from the insurance. I had also bought three hefty chains and padlocks for the security grills, oh and I had also arranged to call in at the bank to discuss my insurance policy... Then we had the worst weather in the UK for many a year and to cut a long painful story short, my flight was cancelled and because I had booked just for the weekend, it was not feasible to book another outward bound flight. Well that's the bad news, the good news is my key holder is now back and between us we have contacted another builder who is a mutual acquaintance and he wil repair the damage for less than my original quote. This guy also laid my garden at a reasonable price so I trust him. For my part I sat down and designed a lock that will present a challenge shall we say to any would be burglars and I have commissioned an engineer in the UK to make some prototypes for me which I will be taking out in March and attaching to my  "security" grills. We are still committed to enjoying our holiday home in Spain and hope to spend many months each year there when we retire, even though this experience has been a stressfull one, we have met so many good people out there who are also determined to win through, I still feel optimistic. So TinaSolero and others who have doubts, I can't say that I blame you. You have to weigh up the pros and cons and make your own decisions. Good Luck to you all.

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24 Jan 2007 02:44 by JeansSis Star rating. 2376 posts Send private message

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24 Jan 2007 19:33 by tinasolera Star rating in Murcia. 801 posts Send private message

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Hi Pat

Sorry to hear of your experience, how stressful for you!! And dont resist your urges to reply... get it all out. Those alley cats.. yes i can imagine the damage and smell!

To Smiley..... Rolex, Porsche??... the only expensive thing I own is a pair of jeans (thank goodness for ebay). Maybe I could put a sign on my front door

'I have one pair of expensive jeans and thats it so unless you like dressing in womens clothes sling your hook!


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24 Jan 2007 22:59 by Roberto Star rating in Torremolinos. 4534 posts Send private message

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Tina, I reckon you're on the right track there. Some years ago, while we were out with our next door neighbours, a burglar climbed onto our terrace from the adjoining building, forced open the terrace door, walked right through our living room, hallway and bedroom, out through the back terrace door, climbed over onto our neighbour's terrace, forced open their door, and ransacked the place. They left a trail of muddy footprints right through our home, but other than that, touched nothing, whereas our neighbours lost a lot of jewellery and other personal stuff. We actually felt quite offended that the burglar clearly thought we weren't worth robbing - apparently our home looked like that of a pauper. Maybe they even felt sorry for us!

As for those alley cats, I usually find they lose their nerve when confronted with a leathal weapon.........

 

And to keep any more intruders out, we now keep a particularly viscious and fearsome critter, always alert and ready to pounce.......

 

 

These are for you , Janice!



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24 Jan 2007 23:24 by JeansSis Star rating. 2376 posts Send private message

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24 Jan 2007 23:32 by Roberto Star rating in Torremolinos. 4534 posts Send private message

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That's funny, I can see them below your message here. Julian.....help!

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24 Jan 2007 23:35 by JeansSis Star rating. 2376 posts Send private message

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25 Jan 2007 00:37 by Smiley Star rating in San Pedro de Alcanta.... 2502 posts Send private message

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Tina its nice to detect a little more positivity (is that a word) in your tone after we had all filled you with doom and gloom - as for the womens clothes if you have any size 14 can I borrow them on Saturday nights please - preferably black, red and the lacier the better - promise I will return them to you by Monday morning - if you have size 10 feet then any stilletos greatly welcomed too - I can only find size 9s and they pinch my toes

Roberto you cant be a pauper - everyone who lives in Marbella is filthy stinking - all my friends in the UK tell me so


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25 Jan 2007 00:44 by Roberto Star rating in Torremolinos. 4534 posts Send private message

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Interesting, Smiley - what makes you think I live in Marbella? The incident I mentioned actually happened in Mallorca, but I'm now in Torremolinos. Sounds like with your taste in clothes, so should you be....if you know what I mean? Not a word to your wife about all this....

In case the photos on my last post weren't visible, here they are again using the JeanSis method.....

Alley cat caving in when confronted with a leathal weapon:

 

And our latest security measure on his nightly patrol:


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25 Jan 2007 01:13 by JeansSis Star rating. 2376 posts Send private message

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25 Jan 2007 01:17 by Smiley Star rating in San Pedro de Alcanta.... 2502 posts Send private message

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You seem to know a great deal about the area and I knew you were somehwhere down here and thought with your knowledge of the Town Hall thing must be in the area - not that Torremolinos is that far away. My grandparents bought a house there in 1959 - remember a man with a donkey and cart delivering the bread and the most godawful taste of the milk - very few roads and we had to walk along the railway line to get to their house - it was barren - no airport at Malaga - had to fly to Gib and they picked us up - took 7 hours to drive. Those were the days. 

If you read the small ads in the back of the Sur you will find that I am in exactly the right place - didnt know it was like that in Torremolinos too - oh she's all right just takes an aspirin and goes to bed, she knows all about it - sometimes borrow a top or two 


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25 Jan 2007 01:24 by Roberto Star rating in Torremolinos. 4534 posts Send private message

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Blimey, Smiley, it's changed a bit since '59. I think you should put your best frock on and pop up for a night on the town one weekend. Let me know when, so I can tip off the local paparazzi - we wouldn't want our forum members to miss out!

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25 Jan 2007 01:32 by Smiley Star rating in San Pedro de Alcanta.... 2502 posts Send private message

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Oh I know only too well - have watched it change over the years if truth be told with a tinge of sadness - nothing against it but I just remember it how it was - its where I first learned to swim and have many happy memories - very fearful of Guardia - used to walk round carrying sub machine guns in the streets -  Malaga Golf Club had a tournament vs Madrid every year and had never won until my grandparents joined.-

Let me know the best bars for my frock nights and I will pop down - gotta go battery dying 


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25 Jan 2007 01:34 by JeansSis Star rating. 2376 posts Send private message

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25 Jan 2007 22:47 by ellemum Star rating in Bolton Lancs / Costa.... 122 posts Send private message

This thread has certainly been lightened up.  Good work everyone.  Tina, just keep your jeans on - always!

It is positively airy fairy now - thanks to Smiley - getting very worried about him now.  Ladies be warned.  Dont leave your washing out at night if you live in the Marbella area.   There again I suspect  that it is all dry cleaned in that part of Spain.

As for the CATS - the word burgler comes to mind (cat-burgler),  Janice what are you on - can I have some!!!  It seems that you have already shared whatever it is with Roberto.

Have fun!!!!

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25 Jan 2007 23:56 by Roberto Star rating in Torremolinos. 4534 posts Send private message

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A while ago in another thread someone (Fibby?) asked:

Why do we have Biography, interests and occupation on our profiles then? What's the point if no-one can see that info!

Who needs to see profiles when you can compile your own from information leaked elsewhere:

Middle-aged (although prefers not to mention it) half-Irish, cross dressing professional male. Likes to think of himself as a bit of a ladies man (but would prefer the wife not to know), and wants to get in to their knickers - literally, at any given opportunity. Likes to peruse the personal ads column, and spends an inordinate amount of time in late night chat rooms. Fond of a drink or three, and may be seen stepping out to enjoy the "scene" in Torremolinos on a Saturday night.

Any one recognise him??????????????????????


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26 Jan 2007 00:04 by Smiley Star rating in San Pedro de Alcanta.... 2502 posts Send private message

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I switcjhed to this thread and thought I was looking in a mirror. Blimey I look so sexy ..... think I might go that route 24/7.

GOOD ONE


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