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by masterob
Sun Feb 07, 2016 7:13 pm
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: How thinking it is clever to not follow the law can cost you
Replies: 80
Views: 4398

Re: How thinking it is clever to not follow the law can cost

ajtg1952 wrote:- I have a couple live near me, both in their 70's, told me they've just bought a load of firewood with their winter fuel allowance which they both get individually as they are not married and use separate family addresses in the UK. If you know for fact then why not report them to H...
by masterob
Tue Feb 02, 2016 11:25 am
Forum: Travel, Tourism & Destinations
Topic: travelling to southern spain without flying from the U.K.
Replies: 15
Views: 7571

Re: travelling to southern spain without flying from the U.K

The 40% discount only applies on certain days, otherwise 25%. I doubt if you could buy one in the UK.
by masterob
Mon Feb 01, 2016 8:12 pm
Forum: Travel, Tourism & Destinations
Topic: travelling to southern spain without flying from the U.K.
Replies: 15
Views: 7571

Re: travelling to southern spain without flying from the U.K

Lavanda, 100% certain. I did the journey at least 10 times during my time living in Spain and, from memory, it ceased in December 2013! Take a look at the website I quoted above or even renfe website. ilovespain, details of times and fares are all in the website I quoted as well as how to book all t...
by masterob
Mon Feb 01, 2016 11:08 am
Forum: Travel, Tourism & Destinations
Topic: travelling to southern spain without flying from the U.K.
Replies: 15
Views: 7571

Re: travelling to southern spain without flying from the U.K

I'm afraid the night sleeper service (Trenhotel) ceased operating over 2 years ago! Instead there is a TGV high speed service between Paris and Barcelona. You travel onwards to Malaga by the AVE. I have done the journey many times and will be doing so again in the next month or so. For detailed info...
by masterob
Wed Dec 02, 2015 8:23 pm
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: Lift required from UK to Andalucia
Replies: 12
Views: 2281

Re: Lift required from UK to Andalucia

As an alternative to the ferry why not take the train - Eurostar to Paris and TGV Paris to Barcelona. Overnight there then AVE to Malaga. A pleasant journey and far less hassle than travelling by car ( or air for that matter).
by masterob
Fri Nov 20, 2015 8:19 pm
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: 65 years young
Replies: 13
Views: 1985

Re: 65 years young

Hardly a fair comparison! The AVE is a high speed long distance service. Southern services in the UK are more or less commuter services akin to the Cercanias services in Spain. That said, I agree that renfe is one of the few admirable organisations in Spain!
by masterob
Thu Nov 19, 2015 10:50 am
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: 65 years young
Replies: 13
Views: 1985

Re: 65 years young

You need to buy a "targeta dorada" which costs €5 (may be slightly more since I last bought one). You get it at the station and they entitle you to discounted fares on all renfe services. Proof of age required (passport will be ideal). Discounts vary depending on the train and, for long di...
by masterob
Sun Oct 25, 2015 12:33 pm
Forum: Cars, Bikes & Motoring
Topic: Changing UK driving license
Replies: 31
Views: 4981

Re: Changing UK driving license

Same happened to me when I exchanged my UK license. When I returned to the UK last year I exchanged the Spanish one back to a UK one and the DVLA automatically reinstated the "lost" classes! Interestingly there was no charge for exchanging the license.
by masterob
Sat Oct 24, 2015 11:43 pm
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: Rent to Buy Contract
Replies: 8
Views: 780

Re: Rent to Buy Contract

Many thanks for all your responses. You have all confirmed my gut reaction when the proposal was put to us! Won't be touching it with an extra long bargepole!
by masterob
Wed Oct 21, 2015 12:19 pm
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: Rent to Buy Contract
Replies: 8
Views: 780

Rent to Buy Contract

Apologies if this is not the right Board! When we left Spain last November, in the absence of any hope of selling our house, we decided to rent it out. The tenants have now approached us with a proposal to buy the house on a Rent to Buy Contract. The sale price is fair were it a conventional sale. T...
by masterob
Thu Oct 08, 2015 11:54 am
Forum: General
Topic: Vulcan's last flights
Replies: 12
Views: 2408

Re: Vulcan's last flights

The Typhoon and Tornado aircraft both have a significant UK content. Surely it makes perfect sense to develop and manufacture such sophisticated aircraft jointly with other European countries.
by masterob
Fri Sep 25, 2015 1:59 pm
Forum: Cars, Bikes & Motoring
Topic: Beam deflectors Spanish car to UK
Replies: 4
Views: 1494

Re: Beam deflectors Spanish car to UK

Just add to Enrique's post.. Brittany Ferries sell stick-on deflectors for both left-hand to right-hand and vice versa. The left-hand ones are in French. For non-French speakers that's not really a problem as the pack contains self evident diagrams for a whole range of cars. You asked about Linea Di...
by masterob
Mon Jul 20, 2015 6:14 am
Forum: Cars, Bikes & Motoring
Topic: stickers for headlights
Replies: 7
Views: 3400

Re: stickers for headlights

Brittany Ferries sell stickers for both left and right hand vehicles identified by either a UK Union flag or a French flag on the packaging. The French ones (for all left hand drive vehicles) have fitting instructions for a whole range with varying headlamps printed in French! If you don't understan...
by masterob
Wed Jul 08, 2015 8:57 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Beer Diet
Replies: 24
Views: 4393

Re: The Beer Diet

Calories and sugar! Do a Google Search for chapter and verse. As many calories in a pint of beer as in a Mars bar!
by masterob
Sun May 10, 2015 11:34 am
Forum: General
Topic: most boring election in the world
Replies: 87
Views: 4961

Re: most boring election in the world

Surely UK taxpayers include the Scots?? Presumably you meant English, Welsh and Northern Irish taxpayers ?
by masterob
Sun May 10, 2015 12:59 am
Forum: General
Topic: Meeting the President
Replies: 35
Views: 2678

Re: Meeting the President

peteroldracer wrote:
I wonder how President of England Dave will manage without his Spanish-speaking deputy!


I think you may have been seduced by the Sturgeon woman! Mr Cameron is actually Prime Minister of the UK not England!
by masterob
Mon Mar 09, 2015 12:43 am
Forum: Travel, Tourism & Destinations
Topic: Alora by train
Replies: 12
Views: 1930

Re: Alora by train

Pizzara probably has less than Alora to offer for a tourist (the station is fairly close to the centre though!). My suggestion would be to take the MD train from Malaga MZ to somewhere like Ronda. It takes the same route as the Cercanias but goes onwards via El Chorro, Bobadilla to Ronda. Departs Ma...
by masterob
Sun Mar 08, 2015 5:17 pm
Forum: Travel, Tourism & Destinations
Topic: Alora by train
Replies: 12
Views: 1930

Re: Alora by train

Hi. The train journey to Alora isn't anything special, the more attractive scenery is beyond Alora on the way to El Chorro but the Cercanias doesn't go that far. The station is located at the bottom of a long steep hill. I wouldn't recommend walking as there is no pavement for the majority of the di...
by masterob
Sat Jan 24, 2015 2:22 pm
Forum: Cars, Bikes & Motoring
Topic: Buying LHD in UK and bring to Spain
Replies: 6
Views: 4229

Re: Buying LHD in UK and bring to Spain

When we moved to Spain in 2004 I bought a new LHD 4x4 in the UK because we had a lot of personal effects we wanted with us for the move. We duly re- registered the car in Spain using a Gestor. It went smoothly and I would do the same again! Having now returned to the UK we brought our latest Spanish...
by masterob
Tue Jan 20, 2015 12:54 am
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: Don't Lose Heart...!
Replies: 21
Views: 2568

Re: Don't Lose Heart...!

Olive wrote: Well by that argument , you could say the UK government could withdraw all payments to anyone who has had the temerity to emigrate. That could include their pension too even though they are the lowest in Europe despite the UK being in the top ten richest countries in the world. Great w...

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