14 Funerals and a Wedding

March 20th, 2013 - Chris Marshall
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At last a wedding to avoid rather than a funeral!

I say avoid because I steer clear of parties and large gatherings like the plague. Ideally I like 4 people round the meal table, although I have accepted that if you really want to enjoy a meal in Spain you need 6 of you to share a variety of dishes.

Once you reach a ‘certain age’ you are inevitably going to attend more funerals than weddings, or christenings, and if you live an expat lifestyle in or around a retirement community it is only to be expected that there will be a higher than average number of funerals.

But I am not being flippant with the headline to this column: I can recall 14 funerals in the last 6 months, and not one by natural causes aka old age. Again it is to be expected that expats with existing medical conditions opt for the sunshine, but even taking those into account it is staggering how many funerals there have been.

Of course living in a marina with 60+ bars, cafes and restaurants doesn’t help: nor does falling into the marina when drunk!
So the DGT want the Government to raise the speed limit to 130kph on motorways, and reduce it to as low as 20kph on other roads.

How stupid!

120kph is fast enough. I don’t believe that everyone is capable of driving at 130kph for sustained periods. It takes more concentration and requires faster reaction times.

Surely if they are happy to have people drive at 130kph why not leave the speed limit at 120kph rather than tempt/encourage people to drive faster and just have a no fine policy upto 130kph.

And have you ever tried to drive at 20kph? It is virtually impossible to drive that slow and keep yoyr eyes on the road. Try it if you don’t believe me. You are either continually changing gear or watching the speedometer to check your speed.

That can’t be safe?
As for ALStrays February was another busy month. We were fortunate to be able to help 100 cats and dogs get to their new homes.

We have received a number of enquires through the Round Town News, and work with a number of amazing organisations and people from the Costa Blanca.

If you are considering having a rescue animal, or your pet, transported to the UK please ensure that the pet passport is correct. It is amazingly simple and we have examples and information on www.alstrays.com but the Spanish vets tend not to know what needs doing. This month alone 4 dogs been transported by other transport organisations have had to be left in kennels in Calais because of issues with their passports.

If you are considering adopting a rescue dog please only deal with a reputable organisation. There are some dedicated and exceptional people involved in the animal rescue world but my advice is to ensure they are aligned to an orgsnisation that will ensure all dogs are Leishmania tested, that proper adoption contracts are used, that accredited home checkers are used, that there is a Plan B for the animal if the adoption doesn’t work out and that a properly accredited and certified transporter is used.

And finally …… thanks for the emails regarding previous columns. To be honest I spend a lot of time driving through the void that is France so it is refreshing to know I am not writing into a void as well.

Chris runs ALStrays Transport (www.alstrays.com) along with his wife Sandra, transporting re-homed cats and dogs twice a month between Spain, France, Germany, Holland, Belgium and the UK and are the transport service recommended by the Round Town News.

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