1. Sue Sharpe
    September 21, 2015 @ 5:33 pm

    Well written, Alan – This type of behaviour(?!?) is exactly why I have very little to do with expat groups (gangs??)


  2. Chris Gamble
    September 21, 2015 @ 7:06 pm

    Does Expatizone Facebook reflect real life Expatizone? I think it does so I choose to reside outside of the main Expatizones. Well done AG.


    • Alan Gandy
      September 21, 2015 @ 7:13 pm

      I think it very much a reflection. Sadly. But I also think there are still plenty of good people out there living quietly and staying out of it.


  3. carol
    September 21, 2015 @ 7:43 pm

    Oh Alan you do make us larf. Having been sent to Coventry here many years ago I sympathise and agree. Take heart, my life is all the richer for following a simple rule of thumb:
    Question: Would I ask those folk to dinner back in the YouKay?
    Answer: Not on your nelly.
    Solution: Take 2 steps back and in another direction.
    If it’s not too long, a little story. Our dogsitter and friend (not on duty that night) was here when my dog unfortunately suffered a proptosis and it resulted in his eye been removed. The dog not the dogsitter. (horrible situation that turned out ok and the dog is fine if a tad more needy and making the most of it) When said friend arrived at the local expat bar the story was there before him. There were tales of him holding the eye “and it moved in his hand and looked at the other one….” I rest my case.
    Sure you’re not swingers? Ah well, we can’t come and see you then. Sorry.


  4. Mark Holden
    September 21, 2015 @ 9:08 pm

    The expat *clique club scene in Lanzarote is equally if not more ferocious. I put it down to a lot of desperate people (especially with kids) trying to survive and cling on to the sunny lifestyle. They will do anything, rob you their granny-mothers even to suck another few months extra outa of the rock. Throw in the retired expats with their pensions that just about in most cases able them to also stay and you have a toxic cocktail mixed with all the barfly chatter and it isnt pretty.

    Answer to the problem? Dont get sucked into their World.

    If under attack from them? Take LEGAL ACTION :)

    Denounce for harassment and hate and in some cases stalking.

    Be careful out there. Them sunny locations are not that sunny in some corners :o


  5. Joanna
    September 22, 2015 @ 3:36 pm

    Great article Alan and very true. Nothing worse than a group of people at a loose end, ie expats in Spain who haven’t bothered to learn Spanish and integrate into their adopted country. Probably has something to do with their preferred newspapers too and voting tendencies.


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