A quick beer and lunch time tapas
I wrote yesterday
about the nasty scene created by an angry Brit who confronted me in a bar and screamed, “Keep your fucking ideas to yourself you fucking traitor!”
Presumably it was because he perceived me to be the only person he knows who is actively campaigning to Remain in the EU, this man (I don’t know what the guy’s name is, so let’s call him Pinky) took his anger out on me. I have no idea if he is employed, self-employed or retired.
But I have some interesting information today that explains his angry outburst. The two men – the other I vaguely know but shall not name him, let’s call him Perky – had just been to get their health checks done in order to obtain a Spanish driving licence because of Brexit.
A friend of Perky told me today that he and Pinky had gone to the driving licence centre in Benidorm to start the process of applying for licences, and Pinky had got more and more angry about having to get a Spanish licence. Perky definitely needs one as he is a delivery driver. There were also communication problems as neither men speak Spanish, despite having lived here for years.
By the way, that is exactly the kind of situation I have offered to help out with, as a fluent Spanish speaker: they only had to ask, and I have made it very clear both on my Facebook page and talking to people in the British bar. I said I’d help people with applications for health access, social security, driving licences, etc.
A jaunt to Benidorm
On the way to the Benidorm driving licence centre with his mate Perky, Pinky mouthed off all the way, apparently, and he didn’t see why he should have to lose his British licence and was worried about the consequences when he went back to the UK (would a Spanish licence be accepted to drive in UK? etc.)
By the time he and Perky came into the bar where I was working on my computer, he was seething with rage. (I actually wrote yesterday, I note, that he was giving off “vibes”.)
So this man, who supports Brexit, took out all his anger on me because I am involved in stopping Brexit; when in fact he was angry because he felt totally stupid that his pro-Brexit fantasy was now damaging his own life! Classic.
I have been aware for some time – and wrote about this before – that the British bar in Finestrat has an unusually large number of UK residents who are Leavers. They don’t say much about it, but speak in hushed voices, as we all know that Brexit has cost us a huge amount of worry for two and a half years.
That bar is like the Finestrat equivalent of the Queen Vic in East Enders (the soap opera of which my father Barry Thomas used to be the Script Editor in the 1980s-1990s). I had long given that as my reason for not drinking there, when chatting to my drinking friend in the Bar Cantonet. But the Cantonet was closed for a while in 2018 and we ended up drinking in the British bar instead.
I stopped drinking there back in November, having had a very clear message that my views were not welcome. Yesterday’s entirely unacceptable behaviour by Pinky in the Spanish bar, when I was only answering the questions his friend Perky was asking me, lead me to a definite conclusion: I do not wish to circulate the UK residents of Finestrat any longer with the invitation to use my Facebook information page to help with their Brexit concerns. I shall continue to circulate that invitation around the villages of Orxeta, Relleu and Sella. Those who I already know in Finestrat, of course know where to find me, and where to find my Facebook page.***
Aitana Residents self-help Group :
Brexit information for UK-residents of Relleu, Orxeta, Sella.
Notice to UK residents in Relleu, Orxeta & Sella: last reminder to apply for your Spanish driving licence before the end of February. Same all over Europe now: UK residents are quickly changing their UK licences for locally issued ones. If you don’t do this and UK crashes out with no-deal, you will need to take a driving test again to get a Spanish licence. Last call here for this issue. If you want information about how to do it, contact me.
Pinky & Perky
Some people have no idea of what I am referring to. Indeed, even after watching this, you’ll have no idea why I was referring to them… Or was it a gammon reference? 🙂
*** Update April 2019
This blog post in January referred to my Facebook page. I have since left both Facebook and Twitter and closed down both accounts as they only existed for practical involvement in the Remain campaign. I have now returned to email lobbying work which does not require any use of social media accounts. What a relief! Social media have become so toxic due to Brexit that you need to have a shower after contact with these platforms! Nasty stuff. Bye bye Facebook and Twitter: I will not miss you!