Gatwick ‘don’t Buy in Spain’ Poster

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    • #55370
      Anonymous
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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
      Anonymous
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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
      petej
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      Been through Gatwick many many times but don’t recall seeing anything to that effect

    • #95889
      logan
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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
      Anonymous
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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
      logan
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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
      Anonymous
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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
      logan
      Participant

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

    • #95911
      Anonymous
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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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