One Year Back In UK

Back in September 2018 I posted about our decision to base ourselves back in the UK, a decision we had made earlier that summer, but held off telling anyone until …

Our Christmas Traditions

As we head towards our first Christmas in our new home, and the first in the UK since 1999, we will be introducing some new “traditions” to our established ones, …

Six Months Back In The UK

Six (6) months today we walked through the doors of The Cottage. I wrote before about the reasons for basing ourselves back in the UK so I wont repeat them …

Expat: Adjusting To Life Back In UK

In March my wife, Sandra, and I along with our three (3) dogs and eight (8) cats moved back to Staffordshire after fifteen (15) years of ‘expat life’ in Almerimar, …

2019: The Year Ahead

As we leave 2018 behind: our 18th consecutive Christmas and New Year in Almerimar, Spain, and start to look forward to 2019, in what at least must be described as …

Stop the sale of fur

Real fur can still be bought in many shops throughout the UK. The irony is that it’s illegal to farm fur in this country because it is so horrendously cruel. …

Stop Putting Our Dogs in Danger

The recent amendments to the Dangerous Dog Act put animals — and their humans — in unnecessary peril. Even the world’s most good-natured dog might react snappishly if he thought …

UK is not European

I am interested as to how European the ‘typical Brit’ feels, because as far as I can tell the UK is remarkably un-European. Most months our ALStrays Pet Transport business …

UK unemployment total reaches 17-year high

Really is hard to see how this ‘United Europe’ vision will work when patently individual countries would be better off concentrating on their own issues first. UK unemployment rose by …

Hard To Find Any Sympathy

So 18 million Brits aren’t able to afford a holiday this year and I have to say I find it hard to get too excited about the fact, or to …

O2 to start unlocking iPhones

Apple’s original UK iPhone partner O2 will start to unlock customers’ phones. Rival provider Orange started selling the iPhone Tuesday, while Vodafone is expected to offer the iPhone from the …

Unlocked iPhones in the UK

I was wondering if anybody had taken advantage of the play.com offer of LEGALLY unlocked iPhones in the UK. I am sort of thinking that my parents may like one, …

Quick Trip To The UK

I am off to the UK tomorrow for a meeting. I will be catching the 1015 flight out of Almeria that gets into Gatwick at 1200. I have a meeting …

MI6 seeks Mac-using spook

What a great job!!! Just picked this up off Macworld UK MI6 is searching for a Mac user to help the secret service in its work. The UK spy agency …

Mobile Broadband

Last time I was in the UK I got fed up with having no WiFi, or having to pay stupid prices (£5 an hour in the hotel), or waiting for …