I wonder if the Turks are gripped by the same sort of panic that is currently causing certain columnists back home to foam at the mouth.
If they’re not, then perhaps they should be.
I’ve just met a soon-to-be expat couple from a mining town not a million miles away from where I live.
They’re selling ONE of their rental properties and coming to live here full time
One of reasons ,apparently, is that there are too many immigrants in their home town
“It’s full of ’em, it’s ridiculous ,” the wife told me.
“Yeah, but YOU’LL be an immigrant when you move here,” I gently tried to point out.
I met them in a bar watching an English football match while wearing English football shirts.
The low cost of living here allied to a bank savings rate of 10 per cent makes this a tempting retirement destination for a certain type of Brit.
This couple told me they liked to blend in – although they railed against a Turkish kid who tried to “rip them off” by 4 lira over a t shirt.
Four lira is approx £1.43.
“Well they are all corrupt here,” opined the lady
Bit of a sweeping generalisation I thought. And wondered if they’d ever tried to get into a late night cab in a strange city back home after getting drunk.
In my experience you’d get ripped off for a lot more than £1.43
Which probably represents a quarter of that kid’s daily profit.
Non sequitur alert: this is Antalya harbour…