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Expats more tech-savvy than other British over-50s

Author: Ian Clover  |  November 7th, 2014

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Living abroad prompts the older generation to embrace the possibilities of technology

A study by NatWest International Personal Banking (IPB) has found that three out of four British expats aged 50 and over are regular ‘online junkies’ confident when paying bills, conducting Skype phone calls and generally surfing the web…

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VIVA's travelling bags

Author: Holly Purnell  |  November 6th, 2014

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Our recent trip to the ‘A Place in the Sun’ property exhibition in Birmingham at the beginning of October 2014 proved to be an enormous success.

The VIVA bags were a particularly big hit and with the huge number of visitors who stopped by at our stand, we completely ran out…

…but now it appears they’re travelling…

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Bonfire Night and two other customs you’ll have to import to Spain

Author: Ian Clover  |  November 5th, 2014

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Bonfire Night may be a centuries-old UK tradition, but it is not marked in Spain

Remember, remember, the fifth of November. Today’s festivities have been part of the British calendar since 1605 when Guy Fawkes failed in his attempt to blow up Parliament during the infamous Gunpowder Plot…

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Slimming yourself: sunshine aids weight loss, study finds

Author: Ian Clover  |  November 4th, 2014

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Spending time in the sunshine can have a slimming effect, scientists claim

Anecdotal evidence suggests it is so; as does one’s own trusty eyes, but now scientists at a British university have claimed that moderate exposure to UV rays can help keep humans slim.

Life in sun-drenched Spain is healthy enough. The warmth beckons you outside, keeping you active and rarely bestowing upon you those days where all you want to do is snuggle up on the sofa with a bar of chocolate and something weepy on the TV… Continue Reading

Hen-picked: Marbella top destination for hen parties

Author: Ian Clover  |  November 3rd, 2014

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'Marbs' is the most popular hen party destination for British brides-to-be

Brides-to-be have a reputation – and an excuse – for acting selfishly. As the biggest day of their lives looms into view, finer details become crises; minor hiccups seismic events that could threaten to derail all of humanity, and mere flower arrangement decisions adopt the importance of a national referendum… Continue Reading

Should rest of Europe adopt Spain’s economic reforms?

Author: Ian Clover  |  October 31st, 2014

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Spain's economy is returning to health thanks to recent reforms

A report this week by the Bank of Spain has revealed that the country’s economy grew 0.5 per cent in the third quarter of the year, setting Spain on track to exceed its projected 1.3 per cent growth for 2014 and prompting economists to ponder – should other European countries follow the Spanish example?

For the past six or seven painful years, Spain’s economy was harshly viewed as the template of ‘what not to do’: unemployment was high, job creation was low, labour laws were inflexible and the stench of immovable nepotism hung in the air…

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Strong pound sends Spain mortgage enquiries soaring

Author: Ian Clover  |  October 30th, 2014

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Spanish mortgage enquiries from Brits have almost doubled in the past year

Demand from Brits for Spanish mortgages has increased 95 per cent over this year’s January-September period compared to the same period in 2013, finds UK-based mortgage specialists Conti…

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The Irish love affair with Spain

Author: Ian Clover  |  October 29th, 2014

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More than a million Irish people have visited Spain this year

One only has to walk Marbella’s Old Town, Fuengirola’s promenade or Puerto Banús’ second-line-gauntlet to quickly establish that the Irish love Spain.

That unmistakeable lilt can be heard from Torremolinos to Tarifa, and the prevalence of Irish bars – although popular with most nationalities – suggests that the Costa del Sol has long been a happy holiday spot for our Irish cousins.

But new data released last week by the Spanish Statistical Institute and the Spanish Tourism Office reveals just how much the Irish love Spain. And the answer? A helluva lot

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Expat Explorer survey lifts lid on why people move

Author: Ian Clover  |  October 28th, 2014

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Why do we move? A recent expat survey revealed some interesting answers to that question

For Brits who move to Spain, the answer to the question “Why did you move?” often appears simple: for the weather, beaches, food and lifestyle.

But in most instances, people who consider themselves expats left their country of birth for a multitude of reasons, and a recent survey by HSBC Bank has revealed some interesting statistics into what lights a fire under the world’s expats…

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Spaniards worked fewer hours than Brits last year… but more than the Germans

Author: Ian Clover  |  October 24th, 2014

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Putting in a shift: Spaniards worked more hours than many other Europeans in 2013

Toss aside any notion that the Spanish are lazy – Spaniards worked far more hours than the Germans, Dutch, Swiss and Swedes in 2013, according to recent data published by the Organization for Economic Development (OECD)…

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