Gatwick ‘don’t Buy in Spain’ Poster

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  • #55370
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    Does anyone know – is this a folk-tale? I sometimes hear of posters in British airports saying ‘don’t buy a house in Spain’ – but, is it true or a shibboleth?

  • #95883
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    I had seen similar advertisements on British Airports. They were attention grabbing techniques at the height of Spanish property boom.

    If I remember correctly it was by a large estate agents which said.” Dont buy in Spain ……. ” until say you speak to them first etc.

    It was clearly not intended to warn or deter people.

  • #95887
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    Been through Gatwick many many times but don’t recall seeing anything to that effect

  • #95889
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    @lenox wrote:

    Does anyone know – is this a folk-tale? I sometimes hear of posters in British airports saying ‘don’t buy a house in Spain’ – but, is it true or a shibboleth?

    Mmm…interesting use of the word ‘shibboleth’ Lenox. The word is used in freemasonary practices but this is how Wiki describes it’s meaning thus:-

    Shibboleth (pronounced /ˈʃɪbəlɛθ/[1] or /ˈʃɪbələθ/[2]) is any distinguishing practice which is indicative of one’s social or regional origin. It usually refers to features of language, and particularly to a word whose pronunciation identifies its speaker as being a member or not a member of a particular group.

    Regards.

  • #95890
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    Mmm…interesting use of the word ‘shibboleth’ Lenox. The word is used in freemasonary practices

    This says more about you logan than it does Lennox! 😉

    It is also: “old fashioned & generally abandoned doctrine once held essential”

  • #95892
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    @Claire wrote:

    Mmm…interesting use of the word ‘shibboleth’ Lenox. The word is used in freemasonary practices

    This says more about you logan than it does Lennox! 😉

    It is also: “old fashioned & generally abandoned doctrine once held essential”

    Not sure why it says anything about either of us. Words and their usage simply interest me.

  • #95894
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    Well – I found this.
    ‘In the Old Testament, shibboleth was a password used by the Israelites. It was chosen because their enemies could not pronounce it’.
    All together now…
    Also (http://www.dictionary.reference.com):
    ‘a common saying or belief with little current meaning or truth’.
    Anywho – some Spanish journo wants to start his article about the ‘illegal homes, the Brits in Spain blah blah’ with something appropriately provocative. He wanted to start with the posters at the airports warning travellers to watch their wallets in Spain.
    Not true then?

  • #95903
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    It is true Lenox. I had my wallet pinched recently after visiting a Spanish Bank. I know they are in trouble but this seemed a bit extreme. Spread the word
    Shibboleth is still used in Freemason ritual. I thought perhaps you may have been sending a coded message?
    🙂

  • #95908
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    Roll up the legs of my trousers?
    Hold on – I’ll have to go and find them.

  • #95911
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    I’ve never heard the word “Shibboleth” used in our Lodge and as you will understand we don’t wear trousers just skirts tucked up in knickers!

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