Well, we've come to the end of our Christmas schedule on Expats Radio. I think you will agree that we have finished with an explosion of seasonal programming to include everything from the end of the world to igloos and music to food. We'd like to thank all of you who have supported us and entered our competitions. In total almost 6000 people contacted us with the idea of winning one of the fabulous prizes on offer. The Purely Devon Hamper competition was the most popular this year with over 2,300 entries both online and via postcard.
Thank you Expatsradio! I've been living in the UK for longer than I care to
remember but hearing your old Sinterklaas songs has brought back some sweet
childhood memories. Must congratulate you on a fine site, fun and informative
plus those very special touches like today. Marlies
Just had some e-mails in about the end of the world....well....supposed end of the world. One correspondent told us that she thought it was the best reason in the world...as it is still intact...to have a party on 20th with all your friends and family. We wonder if she was waiting for an excuse to do something like this but hey, what is Christmas for? Party ideas please if you have any suggestions such as a green man theme or space soup etc. etc..
Expatsradio has completed an interview with Doug Goldstein for Israel National Radio. We spoke about the start of the station and also about the frozen pension issues that is causing so much heartache for UK expats.
Jane wrote: "I agree Andy at least after 10 years Canada takes us under their wing. They look after their seniors here not like the UK who do not give a rats rear end about them."
Seems a bit unlikely to us but who knows? Bugarach is the place to go if you'd like to be sure you will survive the end on 21st December. Having said that, the Mayor has closed off the mountain so you may already be too late for salvation. Whatever the outcome, Expats Radio will keep you up to speed, and should by any chance the world actually end, you will be able to get all the latest updates here as we all go down together.
Jane wrote: "Canadians who emigrate to the UK get all their annual uprating from Canada, the UK is the only country to treat it's seniors in this disgraceful way. Also one has to be resident in Canada for 10 years before being eligible for any Canadian benefits, a long time to try to survive on a frozen pension. On the other hand the UK pays the basic state pension to those who have not paid a penny into the NI fund yet refuse to uprate the frozen 4% even though they paid into the NI scheme for 40 odd years.
George wrote: "Pension parity worldwide is obviously the answer to this situation and the government really have no moral right or justification to continue to deny any pensioner the pension that they have paid for in the same way as everyone who is receiving the uprated pension."
Jeff wrote: "It was good to hear the view of the frozen pensioner being put across so well by John Markham. As "Andy" pointed out there is a world outside Canada and Australia as far as the "freeze" is concerned. I realise that the majority of frozen pensioners live in those countries but the other countries (of which there are many) should never be forgotten. The UK's pension policy"
George Morley commented on Expats Radio's link.
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