The Best of British Blogging

This is the British at their best. Tim Worstall noticed that fellow blogger Chris at Devil’s Kitchen was feeling a bit down of late, and issued the following appeal:

[I]s there anyone in the area who can amble round and cheer him up a little? Take him out for lunch?

Even though Tim’s in Portugal and can’t do a lot (other than kindly offer him a place in the sun for a week or two, which he has done) he’s still taken the time to show a little support for somebody that he’s never met. None of this patronising “I feel your pain” stuff, either. None of this intrusive “Tell me all your problems” crap. Just, “A man could do with cheering up, somebody get round there and buy him a pint, eh what!”

Superb. And coming from a capitalist pig, too. Well done Tim, you’re a good bloke.


5 thoughts on “The Best of British Blogging

  1. Oh, my, if I only knew! I just spent 2 weeks in Portugal, often desperately needing explanations from knowledgable local (which Portuguese aren’t exactly eager to provide, what with their familiar socialist distrust of foreigners).
    Example – scores of gorgeous decaing old buildings in Lisboa and Porto, in prime real estate locations, and nobody seems to care to fix them and make some money. What’s the reasons, taxes to new ownership? to construction? estate taxes? And is it true the government prohibit sales of property to non-Portuguese?

  2. Tatiana,
    No, no prohibition on foreign ownership here. Maybe the local or national governments wont sell the “patrimonio” but in general, no lomits.

    No, the problem is twofold. In 1974, a lot of the rich, who had become rich as part of hte Fascist regime, left the country. Quickly. Many of those houses have been falling down ever since and there is no compulsory purchase law of decaying bulidings….or rather, there wasnt until the beginning of this year.

    The second reason is the inheritance laws from the Napoleonic Code. All children (and thus grandchildren etc) get a share in the real property in an estate. So someone who lives into their 80s might have 10-20 people who all get a claim on the house and land at his death. It can take years to get them all to agree on what to do and sometimes they never do.

    Thus the house falls over while they squabble.

  3. Interesting. An acquantance told me her mother-in-law tried to sell the “castle” she inherited to the British buyer and the government cancelled the sale. At the time I suspected the story is not so simple.

    Thanks for the reality check, Tim.
    I’m working on the “travel report” for one of the culture blogs; it would be fantastic if you could comment; as I said, mine are often clueless impression from a first-time visitor.

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