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Post  lily on Sun Dec 14, 2014 7:04 pm

She's not very worldly is she?  roflroflroflroflroflroflroflrofl
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Post  bb1 on Sun Dec 14, 2014 7:15 pm

Absolutely astounding, Lily. Totally clueless about the kind of people that hang around ports, especially ones that are sometimes used for shipping....contraband.

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Post  lily on Sun Dec 14, 2014 7:25 pm

She probably thinks that contraband is the name of a new boy group.  Rolling Eyes
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Post  Sabot on Sun Dec 14, 2014 7:33 pm

But you can see why they don't want the likes of us on their swanky cess pit.
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Post  lily on Sun Dec 14, 2014 7:35 pm

Do you mean skanky Sabot?  I don't consider anything swanky about that lot. Wink
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Post  bb1 on Sun Dec 14, 2014 7:40 pm

Wonder just how many of them are really smelly Bennett socks? Pcorneater

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Post  Sabot on Sun Dec 14, 2014 7:42 pm

lily wrote:Do you mean skanky Sabot?  I don't consider anything swanky about that lot. Wink

Whoops. That bloody Spell Check again. Yep, I meant Skanky.
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Post  bb1 on Sun Dec 14, 2014 7:45 pm

I read that as you being ironic, Sabot. Though not in a Portuguese way. Pcorneater

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Post  Sabot on Sun Dec 14, 2014 7:50 pm

It amounts to the same thing, Bonny. It's still a cess pit.
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Post  lily on Sun Dec 14, 2014 8:00 pm

rofl rofl rofl rofl rofl rofl rofl rofl rofl rofl rofl rofl rofl
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Post  bb1 on Tue Dec 16, 2014 11:09 am

Nice, quiet, sleepy place is PDL. As a change from the resident rapists and paedophiles, a reminder of this....

http://www.theportugalnews.com/news/massive-praia-da-luz-drug-bust/2131

Massive Praia da Luz drug bust
IN ALGARVE · 30-01-2010 00:00:00 · 0 COMMENTS
The result of an operation carried out by a department of the Judiciary Police ended with a total of 1.5 tonnes of hashish being seized in the village of Praia da Luz, western Algarve, last Saturday.

Judiciary Police and Maritime Authorities surprised the drug smugglers as they were unloading the large packages of hashish from an 8.5 metre speed boat onto a four-wheel-drive jeep in Praia da Luz in the early hours of Saturday morning.
A total of four men, all of Spanish nationality and aged around 20 years old, were arrested, and two vehicles and two speed boats were seized, as well as the drugs.
“It is a vessel [the larger one] that had already been referenced and which left an Algarvean port on 22nd January. Given the knowledge we have of these type of operations, a surveillance operation was set up, waiting for it to return to the Portuguese coast, which eventually happened at dawn on Saturday” explained José Ferreira, coordinator of the Drug Enforcement Agency of the Judiciary Police.
During a press conference, which was held at the Portimão Port, the location where the drug smuggling boats were taken by authorities, José Ferreira said that “three of the detained are from Galicia and the other from Cadiz” and they “were approached by authorities whilst unloading the drugs from the smaller vessel onto the four-wheel-drive vehicle.”
The criminals tried to escape but were completely surrounded by officers on land and sea. “After the arrest, the teams searched the beach and found a further four packs of hashish and two petrol tanks” added the coordinator of the operation.
Questioned on the reason why the criminals used Praia da Luz beach to drop off the drugs, José Ferreira reckoned it was due to its closeness to the main access roads of the Algarve, although he said there were still no certainties as the case is still under investigation.
The men and the drugs were taken to Lisbon as the investigation was initiated by the Investigation Bureau and Penal Action Department of the Judiciary Police, which is based in Lisbon.



I hope the crew remembered to give the bosses their bank account number, so they could get paid. Oh, and check in with the authorities to keep the paperwork correct!

Seriously, I don't think these idiot haters have ANY idea about what goes on in seaports, especially ones with easy access to North Africa.

They don't even seem to know about the human flotsam and jetsam that crews 'yachts' in dodgy areas. They seem to imagine 'yacht' = nice, middle class people sitting on deck sipping gin and tonics.

The reality is more like a cross between pirates and muggers.

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Post  bb1 on Tue Dec 16, 2014 5:55 pm

So, some WUM hounder claims to have been feeding the Express and others information? It isn't the Stud Muffin taking the p*ss, is it? Pcorneater

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Post  Pedro Silva on Tue Dec 16, 2014 7:23 pm

my friends, your words are mine.
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Post  bb1 on Wed Dec 17, 2014 10:15 am

I see the hounders, as well as imagining that casual labourers at seaports get paid into bank accounts, haven't heard of mooring buoys, either.

No wonder they find the world such a strange and puzzling place!

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Post  bb1 on Sat Jan 03, 2015 11:48 pm

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/madeleine-mccann-holiday-firm-pulls-4915169

Madeleine McCann holiday firm pulls out of Portuguese resort where she vanished
Jan 03, 2015 21:00 By Matthew Drake
Mark Warner will no longer operate the Ocean Club in Praia da Luz on the Algarve where Maddie went missing in 2007

The holiday company at the centre of the Madeleine McCann case has quit the Portuguese resort where she vanished.

Mark Warner will no longer operate the Ocean Club in Praia da Luz on the Algarve.

The firm has been struggling to attract bookings there following the three-year-old’s abduction in 2007.

British holidaymakers shunned the complex as worldwide media coverage of the case raised safety concerns and profits dwindled.

A source said: “Mark Warner ended the deal recently after trying to make it work for a few years.

“Now people feel the resort will become deserted. It is a huge blow.

“At the moment the Ocean Club will be run by the trust that owns it. The Mark Warner deal was for them to take over and run it for a few years. Sadly, the year after they moved in tragedy struck.”

Madeleine went missing from her family’s holiday apartment at the Ocean Club in Praia da Luz on 3 May 2007.

Officers from the Metropolitan Police’s Operation Grange, who are investigating her disappearance, flew out to the Algarve early last month to question witnesses.

They are keen to establish if there are any inconsistencies in statements.

The club has now been removed from Mark Warner’s website.

One local said: “This place has never been the same since Madeleine went missing. It is as if a cloud is hanging over the place the whole time.

“Now the British police keep returning and it rakes it all up again.”

Mark Warner took legal action five years ago against its insurers in a bid to recover lost earnings in the aftermath of the case. They filed the writ in the high court in 2009 seeking compensation from US insurance company AIG.

As soon as Madeleine went missing, Mark Warner sought to reassure parents, insisting the incident was a “one-off”.


David Hopkins, the managing director, said at the time: “Our security is terribly robust.” But a company spokesman acknowledged many parents would stay away until the investigation was over.

While some critics focused on security, others questioned why parents Gerry and Kate McCann had chosen not to use a babysitter and instead left their three children in an apartment at the resort while they had dinner nearby, checking them every 30 minutes.

A company spokesman said at the time: “It is a matter of public record that Mark Warner’s bookings to Portugal were affected by events.”

It is unclear how far the company’s profits were hit by the affair, but accounts showed that it made a loss of £2.8million in the year up to October 2007, on a turnover of £46million.

It said then: “The results for the year reflect the difficult trading conditions experienced by certain parts of the tour operating industry.”

Mark Warner built its reputation as a child-friendly holiday company popular with middle-class parents. The firm, founded in 1974, says on its website: “For over 30 years we have led the way in childcare and have kids’ clubs for all ages with free evening creche service.”

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Post  bb1 on Sat Jan 03, 2015 11:50 pm

As soon as Madeleine went missing, Mark Warner sought to reassure parents, insisting the incident was a “one-off”.

But it wasn't, was it? There were all those other holidaying children who had been assaulted in their beds - all those assaults that Gonzo's flying monkeys denied had ever happened.

And then we learned from the PJ themselves that they had had DNA from the assailant all along.

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Post  lily on Sat Jan 03, 2015 11:52 pm

I thought that Thomas Cook had bought it?
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Post  bb1 on Sat Jan 03, 2015 11:54 pm

Ah yes, that's what was stated a few days ago, isn't it?

PS - wonder how long it will be before the hatespam from the 'public' starts on the Mirror?

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Post  Sabot on Sun Jan 04, 2015 12:01 am

No mention of the wretched Exchange Rate. This plummeted around 2007 and until now didn't recover, although things are looking up at the moment.

I have very much felt this with my earnings from the Holiday Property that I manage. My earnings have dropped over the last seven years by nearly 40%, due to a drop in bookings.
And that's before we get around to talking about my Pension. This is the real problem. The terrible state of The Pound.

The chances of anyone getting abducted, sexually assaulted or burgled in Praia da Luz these days are about nil.
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Post  lily on Sun Jan 04, 2015 12:03 am

Wasn't there a global financial crash around then?
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Post  lily on Sun Jan 04, 2015 12:05 am

bb1 wrote:As soon as Madeleine went missing, Mark Warner sought to reassure parents, insisting the incident was a “one-off”.

But it wasn't, was it? There were all those other holidaying children who had been assaulted in their beds - all those assaults that Gonzo's flying monkeys denied had ever happened.

And then we learned from the PJ themselves that they had had DNA from the assailant all along.

Gone did untold damage to that place by not performing honestly and professionally.
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Post  bb1 on Sun Jan 04, 2015 12:07 am

2008 was the big crash, if I recall correctly?

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Post  Sabot on Sun Jan 04, 2015 12:07 am

lily wrote:Wasn't there a global financial crash around then?

I can't remember precisely when, Lily, but around about then. My Pension dropped by about a third. The Exchange Rate has affected the holiday market all over Europe, not just Portugal.
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Post  lily on Sun Jan 04, 2015 12:12 am

Just wanted to make sure that the usual crowd were not going to blame all that on the McCanns......
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Post  bb1 on Sun Jan 04, 2015 12:14 am

Let's not forget the rest of the bad publicity the Algarve has been getting as a holiday destination - tourists being mugged, etc. Or being blamed for their own deaths at the hands of muggers, as happened on a couple of occasions.

And all those headlines about the police raiding people playing bingo. And the hate-filled graffiti scribbled all over PDL.

Sadly, crime happens all over the world, but the Algarve seems to have the peculiar attitude that it's always the holidaymakers' fault if they are robbed, mugged or even murdered by muggers. It really isn't a good image, IMO.

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