I was really quite shocked in this time of bad financial news to hear about how our pensioners who decide to move abroad are treated by the UK government. Take if you will, the situation of a couple who reach pensionable age and decide to move to Australia to be with their children. Apart from the wrench of leaving all you know and the financial penalties you may incur when entering the country, you expect the pension you have paid for all your working life to go with you. Well, you'd be wrong.
Writers Abroad, a virtual expat group of mixed professional and amateur writers have produced an anthology of their work to be sold to provide books for kids in poor countries. The aim is to raise the level of education and support them out of poverty through knowledge. If you'd like to get your copy for under 10 euros please visit their site http://www.writersabroad.com and get yours today. Perfect Christmas present and if you are not sure what you will be getting, go to the programme on our site and have a listen to a sample.
Our blog is running a bit behind this week as the team work their way through the new programming and your responses. Thank you very much for talking to us and making such good suggestions! As you know, we are not, and don't want to be, a music station because there are so many out there already which are available to you all day every day. However, we are frequently asked to make feature programmes on specific artists and newcomers.
Olympic hopeful Nicola Boniface, will be speaking to us here on expats radio later today to tell us more about her ambitions and search for sponsorship to make the Rio 2016 games her next stop. She has already made a huge impression on sailing and means to keep our UK team at the top of the tree. Still only 19, she has recently been crowned Dart 18 National Champion and Formula 16 European Champion sailing with new sailing partner Tom Phipps, from Cornwall.
Well November is upon us and it seems the weather is going to get colder and wetter. Just when you were starting to feel downhearted, along came Penny with a terrific recipe for Broccoli/cauliflower soup. We've made it and it is unbelievably tasty and warming. It's so good it might even get us out of doors to watch the firework display knowing we'll come back to a big bowl of it!!! Stay warm and have a listen to the programmes that are waiting for you on Expatsradio.com
We've been asked if we would be able to make a monthly classical music programme. We'd love to but need a presenter. Is that you? You don't need loads of equipment but you do need a good knowledge and passion for the music! Drop us a line if you are interested via the Contact link on every page of the website wherever you are.
Now you probably think this is a mistake in the date but it isn't! There has been a lot of chat about supporting athletes and getting them properly financed for the next Olympics...so we are taking this to heart. Our colleagues from e the magazine have found a young lady sailor who has the promise of winning gold but needs a sponsor. We will make a programme with her shortly so you can hear all about her. If you have a business that might be able to help let us know via the contact link and we'll put you in touch.
You will have noticed that things are still changing on Expats Radio sometimes every few minutes! We've just added some rolling news about travel and issues that might interest you. If you have things you'd like us to cover you can reach us via the contact link on every page of the Expats Radio site. We're also bringing in more of the organisations you like to speak to and asking them to make regular features with us so that you will have a voice not only in blogs but also on our station.
Just talking about beer in Germany on Twitter and someone asked me where did all those beers go that we used to enjoy in the past? Anyone remember the party can or Watney's Red Barrel? Jagermeister cocktails are in but what about a glass of shandy? Spritzer or cocktails maybe but shandy..... and does anyone care?
I can't quite believe that we are in the weekend again. It seems especially odd because the sun is shining here on Dartmoor and an Indian Summer is in prospect! You will have seen Penny's new recipe this week and she will be with us again every Thursday with another delicious recipe for you to try. We have added a Clear Blues show from Terry Clear and the new property shows are also going to appear with the offer of a 5% discount on estate agency fees for featured houses if you register for our newsletter.
Expats radio was started at the end of 2005 as a small test website to see if anybody would actually be interested in talking to us or listening to what we had to say. The answer? A resounding yes! Since then through a number of exciting developments and collaborations we have become even better. Read more