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by markwilding
Tue Aug 09, 2022 12:04 pm
Forum: Travel, Tourism & Destinations
Topic: Entry into Spain from UK
Replies: 102
Views: 9511

Re: Entry into Spain from UK

That’s because they are not interested in tourists but Spain has the right to stop people whose intention is to live and work under the radar. It’s no different when you enter the UK, especially if as I do, you enter through a London airport. There are always hundreds of tourists. However, hardly an...
by markwilding
Sat Aug 06, 2022 9:54 am
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: Banks
Replies: 32
Views: 659

Re: Banks

Obviously, I have sympathy with the way life is changing and older people are being left behind. Actually, I have strongly criticised the banks and telephone companies, which all too often take advantage of older people’s lack of willingness to change which results in them on more expensive tariffs ...
by markwilding
Fri Aug 05, 2022 9:05 pm
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: Banks
Replies: 32
Views: 659

Re: Banks

In this part of Spain it’s typical to use the phone or cards to pay for everything. My son hardly ever takes money out from the cash point.
At supermarkets older people still spend about 5 minutes to get their money out of their purse or wallet though, I’d much rather be behind someone using a card.
by markwilding
Thu Aug 04, 2022 7:25 pm
Forum: Travel, Tourism & Destinations
Topic: Car hire - big changes coming
Replies: 23
Views: 952

Re: Car hire - big changes coming

I wouldn’t say it’s that easy. My first car I bought when I came to Spain, which I passed on to my son, failed 4 times even after doing the work on it so in the end we gave up and bought a new one. We got more than it was worth from the government scheme to get old cars off the road.
by markwilding
Sat Jul 30, 2022 7:53 pm
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: Tax Recovery
Replies: 34
Views: 755

Re: Tax Recovery

Yes, Now I think about it, it is possible to do it online but when I looked into it, it was more hassle than it's worth, so we made the decision to send it by paper. As you say, you have to get special software or pay an accountant to do it.
by markwilding
Sat Jul 30, 2022 6:43 pm
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: Tax Recovery
Replies: 34
Views: 755

Re: Tax Recovery

It also depends how much income is received from renting the flat as it is still liable to UK taxes. My wife and I both own our rented property so can spit the income, so we are well below the yearly tax allowance. The first time we did it, I called my tax office back in the UK and a very helpful pe...
by markwilding
Sat Jul 23, 2022 5:38 pm
Forum: Travel, Tourism & Destinations
Topic: E-Gates
Replies: 23
Views: 812

Re: E-Gates

I bring serious money into Spain as do my family.Im sure you do too......Visit at least 6 times a year..The cost of maintainence is not to be laughed at, we must have spent thousands over the years on machinery and plumber/ electrical costs but even if we hadn't we spend out in the bars/shops/suppe...
by markwilding
Fri Jul 22, 2022 1:31 pm
Forum: Travel, Tourism & Destinations
Topic: E-Gates
Replies: 23
Views: 812

Re: E-Gates

I don't think you need to justify yourself. I agree that It's a forum mainly about Andalucia and the south of Spain, but some threads have a Spanish wide focus and opinions and knowledge regarding areas which affect anyone living in Spain can be useful as well, The Basque Country has a very small En...
by markwilding
Thu Jul 21, 2022 11:04 pm
Forum: Travel, Tourism & Destinations
Topic: E-Gates
Replies: 23
Views: 812

Re: E-Gates

The rules are reciprocal. Maybe if the UK allowed Spanish citizens to stay in the UK as long as they want, then Spain will do the same. Spain is not stopping tourists and are still encouraging the Brits to come so there is no risk to Benidorm. This is to stop people entering for other reasons such a...
by markwilding
Fri Jul 15, 2022 1:16 pm
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: does anyone buy wine online ?
Replies: 6
Views: 430

Re: does anyone buy wine online ?

I have bought wine online but I usually buy it as a thank you to friends and family back in the UK for a favour they have done me.
I have used various supermarkets but the last lot I got from Amazon UK. I find it very handy.
by markwilding
Thu Jul 14, 2022 9:37 pm
Forum: Computers, Internet, Telephony, TV & Electronics
Topic: ITV Hub on Samsung TV
Replies: 2
Views: 159

Re: ITV Hub on Samsung TV

I've just checked and I have the same problem. It used to be that live TV was not possible if the TV was noT set to UK time but now it works on both Spanish and UK time. I actually get 2 hours difference so not even UK time. I rarely watch live TV so it hasn't been an issue. I usually tune in to ITV...
by markwilding
Wed Jul 13, 2022 4:09 pm
Forum: Cars, Bikes & Motoring
Topic: Car Paint
Replies: 12
Views: 2081

Re: Car Paint

spanish_lad wrote: Mon Jul 04, 2022 2:37 pm You can buy a spray bottle (not an aerosol) in carrefour or norauto for 3.50 - spray onto a small sponge or cloth and rub it on.


That's what I do. Most places sell the sprays, which aren't very expensive. I usually spray a couple of times a summer, maybe after I've washed the car.
by markwilding
Sun Jul 10, 2022 6:50 pm
Forum: Cars, Bikes & Motoring
Topic: Fuel coming down 20 cents
Replies: 11
Views: 1796

Re: Fuel coming down 20 cents

I don't fill up much but I've noticed since the last time I did it around 6 weeks ago, unleaded 95 rising from around 1.89 to 2.15 but since last week it has gone down again and is now 2.02 in my local petrol station.
by markwilding
Sun Jul 10, 2022 8:48 am
Forum: Moving to Andalucia
Topic: Moving to Spain to work for UK company, post-Brexit
Replies: 28
Views: 946

Re: Moving to Spain to work for UK company, post-Brexit

I met a young guy this week who had come over for work. I did ask him how he got the visa and he was doing exactly the situation you describe, working from home for British company, using the three month visa for the moment. Not exactly the same but there must be some sort of working visa available ...
by markwilding
Sun Jul 03, 2022 8:22 am
Forum: Computers, Internet, Telephony, TV & Electronics
Topic: Can't load apps on Firestick
Replies: 10
Views: 4589

Re: Can't load apps on Firestick

Try from here https://www.amazon.co.uk/s?k=spotify+for+firestick&i=mobile-apps&crid=QTZ5R5292Z45&sprefix=spotify+for+firestick%2Cmobile-apps%2C81&ref=nb_sb_noss There is more than one version of some Apps. If you are signed in to the UK store, on the right of the page you will see yo...
by markwilding
Thu Jun 30, 2022 4:07 pm
Forum: Travel, Tourism & Destinations
Topic: British Passports
Replies: 20
Views: 4225

Re: British Passports

I remember that too. It would have been in the mid to late 70s. I had never travelled abroad before and a group of us decided to cross over to France. I can't remember what documents I needed or if any were needed. I think they gave us some sort of temporary passport lasting a couple of days I too w...
by markwilding
Wed Jun 29, 2022 10:12 pm
Forum: Travel, Tourism & Destinations
Topic: British Passports
Replies: 20
Views: 4225

Re: British Passports

My first one was that type. It was only valid for a year and made from paper.
by markwilding
Tue Jun 28, 2022 11:54 pm
Forum: Travel, Tourism & Destinations
Topic: Easyjet flight to Paris
Replies: 8
Views: 1643

Re: Easyjet flight to Paris

Flew to Gatwick and back with Vueling. No long queues at either airport. i too am avoiding Easyjet until they sort themselves out. I flew in on one of the days of the rail strike and to our luck the companies which run through Gatwick were all running normally but with hardly anyone travelling which...
by markwilding
Tue Jun 28, 2022 3:15 pm
Forum: Computers, Internet, Telephony, TV & Electronics
Topic: Kaspersky
Replies: 10
Views: 1569

Re: Kaspersky

I ditched third party AV some time ago In favour of Windows AV Don’t take just mine or Enrique’s word for it, the magazine Computer Active had a feature on it recently and advised their readers to do the same. Completely agree with Olive, even though Kaspersky denies anything untoward, I definitely ...
by markwilding
Mon Jun 27, 2022 5:36 pm
Forum: Travel, Tourism & Destinations
Topic: British Passports
Replies: 20
Views: 4225

Re: British Passports

Some are being caught out if the passport expires after the normal 10 years as in Spain it’s only valid for 10 years even if the expiry date goes over that.