Message posted by Gill B on 12áNovemberá2011 at 10:44pm - IP Logged
I did not say my post above was my personal opinion, simply something that was originally on ionionnews.gr written in Greek.
I watched the Channel 4 programme and although, sadly, some of the details were true it did not give a true picture of life for the majority of Greek people I know. We, like you, have travelled extensively in Greece and have many friends who work very hard for very little money and are having a tough time at present.
I think Greece has a tough time ahead and we should support our friends as much as we can.
As for rubbishing the UK, I know we are not perfect either. I'm sure my life on the edge of the Lake District is very different to that experienced by many people in the inner cities.
Message posted by Viv D on 13áNovemberá2011 at 9:55am - IP Logged
I think Windmill too many people in the UK are too bone idle to work perhaps they should go Greek for a week, if you dont work you dont get.. UK has it too easy for the likes of contestants of the Jeremy Kyle show, generations never worked and happy to live off the state, or tax payers. And as for pensions, you only have to live in the UK to qualify for a full pension so whos to say you cannot retire early, or you have to work an extra 2-3 years to qualify for a full pension, we live in a benefit state where its too easy to shy from work because its not worth getting out of bed to collect the same money off the state, and like the GREEKS I too work very hard long hours and ALL year long. I think the programme brought to light things others never knew about.
Message posted by tully on 13áNovemberá2011 at 2:23pm - IP Logged
I think it doesn't matter where in the world you live, there will always be unscrupulous people.
In UK we are too soft I agree with Suffolk Steve.
As for pensions, you have to work for 30 years to claim the full pension, if you are a woman you will be allocated so many years for raising children in that 30 years.
If you have never worked my understanding is that you get a reduced pension.
Trouble is people with private pensions are now finding out that they won't get as much as anticipated, so are having to work longer.
Which means less jobs available, and so the vicous circle goes on.
It's just a shame that the Media are kicking Greece at the moment, still it will probably be Italy's turn next.
Message posted by Wynne on 13áNovemberá2011 at 4:11pm - IP Logged
Showing young people misbehaving in Kavos is hardly a new idea. They'll probably have to stand in line with all the British cameramen producing footage for Sky or Channel 4. They could probably save money by buying an off the shelf programme either about tourist behaviour or of Saturday night in a major UK city. There are a large number of programmes purportedly highlighting problems but actually being used as a form of entertainment. Yes there are a lot of problems in the UK and there are also problems of a different kind in Greece. These programme makers will look for the worst in any society.
Message posted by kathy3 on 13áNovemberá2011 at 6:17pm - IP Logged
Whatever posts are about on this forum I find people rubbishing the UK ...so for those that did not like the programme "Greek for a week" that is how many of us feel when we read the posts putting the UK down!! I am fed up with it. I am not saying the UK is perfect, but for goodness sake whenever there is a "debate" on here, people always say well the UK this or the UK that
I love my country and yes I am proud of who I am ...
It takes an awful lot for me to retaliate, because I am of the mind we all have opinions, but in this instance I feel I ought to speak out
To me the Greek people are lovely welcoming people, I have had so many beautiful holidays in Greece, in many different places, and I do feel for the way they are suffering now.
Not a lot of members reply to my posts anyway, no idea why.
But there I have said it now and I am not going to finish on a lighthearted quip, because this is something I feel strongly about.
Message posted by Wynne on 13áNovemberá2011 at 7:02pm - IP Logged
All societies have faults. A Greek friend of ours who recently spent time in the UK said how much he prefered the 'British lifestyle'. Now what was that song - 'The other man's grass is always greener'? There is always room for improvement. I would be quite happy to live in a Britain with Corfu's climate (but only in the summer as I prefer the cold weather to rain!)
Message posted by Graham T-A on 13áNovemberá2011 at 9:18pm - IP Logged
We have a house in the UK and also a house in Greece and if I had to give up one it would be no contest. The one in Greece would have to go. The corruption and beurocracy in Greece just sends me crazy sometimes!!
Message posted by julesx2 on 13áNovemberá2011 at 10:12pm - IP Logged
I agree with you kathy3, too many people on here cant wait to jump in and rubbish the UK. Theres good and bad in each country and sadly the "poke" at the UK on here is always the bad bits. Yes sure the "Jeremy Kyle brigade" do exist fortunatley in the minority .I was in Tesco yesterday and happened to witness the most disgusting scene of two ladies with three small children under five, WELL what can I say the children were running riot for the entire duration on my weekly shop, chucking stuff on the ground, breaking open multipacks of food and eating and drinking items and throwing the rubbish on the floor. When they got to the tills all the items the children where still eating were chucked into a basket under the tills and not paid for..needless to say they wernt English!! All countrys have undesirables. One thing I do agree with though is our benefits system is rubbish, it should be for people to fall back on during hard times not for people to sit on backsides doing nothing.
Message posted by Lavinia on 14áNovemberá2011 at 12:15am - IP Logged
I agree too. Surely this forum is not a comparison site to compare life in the UK and life in Greece, it is mainly about life in Greece. After all, not all members are British? However, when someone is thinking of moving here from the UK and asks questions about education or health care, for example, it is hard for us not to compare the two cultures.
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