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petez


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10/03/2009 19:18

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Hi all,

Would love to get peoples opinions on the British Residents Society, Is it worth joining?

What are the benefits?

Is anyone a member?



Have had a look on their site, am not sure what you get for the money.



Hector


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10/03/2009 19:22

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I joined but never heard any more from them even though they had my email address. I emailed them twice via their website re renewing membership but didn't get a reply. They have unfortunately had 2 tragic deaths of committee members including their Chairman which I surmise has hindered the society activites.



flightholiday


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10/03/2009 20:32

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There are some benefits but the main one is a wealth of experience in the ways of the island / no axe to grind just open help and advice and some excelent contacts - thanks for reminding me to pay my dues



erolz


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They wouldnt have us as Karin is a NZ national !



spider


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understand thats the one place us brits over here can vote who we like in..

nice to know we can put that old X,some place.















spider.. anyone going to Vote.?



PIPIE


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I always think there website is not very informatve .



PIPIE


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I find there website lacks information , does not encourage me to join !!!!1



negativenick


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11/03/2009 08:47

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Group hug anyone ?





Nick



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Erolz says '' They wouldnt have us as Karin is a NZ national ! ''



They let the dutchman join !!



Lilli



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Hi Erol there is now a foriegn residents society here Im sure they would let you join.



spider


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Nick, Its not a group Hug anymore...its Hug an Olive Tree, very theraputic,!!

















spider.



dozza67


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11/03/2009 12:24

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We've been members for 6 years now and find them very helpful. You have to remember that they are purely volutary. They do not get paid for the work they put in. If anyone has website experience, perhaps they could offer to help voluntaryily of course. LOL



flightholiday


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BRS don't look down on them if you join you will great advice when you turly need it but it is local only when you are in TRNC.



As dozza67 says it is a self help group.



Why not help yourselves by helping them?



erolz


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Nastynipper msg 9



"They let the dutchman join !! "



I guess they just didnt like the look of us then and the NZ thing was an excuse ? Who knows.



CJtill


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Joined when we first arrived in 2002 but let our membership lapse in 2008. They do a pretty good job especially organising the blood donor day twice a year and are on hand Saturday morning giving advice to members, but it just seems a tired and needs a bit of fresh impetus.

The money we save in membership fees we NOW donate to KAR.

Michael



RickF64


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BRS AGM is on 28th March 2009, 11:00 at Pia Bella Hotel Girne. Agenda available from 14th March via Pegasus and the Girne Hut. If you want to see a change and to make a difference in your society then be pro-active and make the effort to attend the AGM and vote.



roey65


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I come from Liverpool , i phoned the British residents society and i spoke to a very well spoken lady who couldn't wait to get of the phone . It made me laugh because i had an image of her with her gin and tonic smoking her minted cigarette as she tells her awfully posh friends how the place is going to the dogs because the bloody scouses are coming



Cyprusquest


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roey65 Msg 17



I can understand where you are coming from Scousers talk different to the rest of the Northerners, as do the Scots and have you every tried a Cockney or someone from Somerset?



I ve got to laugh at your picture but it's Cyprus let her have a raki.



A thought or two, maybe she sounded posh but at least she was there for you.



How many others live in North Cyprus who could help (maybe some even from Liverpool) but cant get up from their backsides around a bar somewhere or maybe they are just all complaining; not doing like the "posh" person who you are complaing about



The-Wicks


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roey65 - rightly or wrongly, I found your posting very funny, as that's just how I imagine these ladies to look. I'd have had no chance then, with my cockney/estuary English accent!!



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DutchCrusader



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11/03/2009 22:11

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RE msg 9, NastyNige >>> Erolz says '' They wouldnt have us as Karin is a NZ national ! ''They let the dutchman join !! <<<



===> Yes, because he asked the Committee to reconsider the rules. Which they did. EU-citizens, not being British, can now join as associated members (no vote, not allowed to hold any office). And we don't have to pay 10 GBP per year but only 9 GBP And we are still not welcome on the British cemetery (to be buried I mean)... Well, I can live with the latter... Brits, please join and enforce the voice of us, expats. Do it before its too late.



DutchCrusader



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RE msg 14, erolz >>> I guess they just didnt like the look of us then and the NZ thing was an excuse ? Who knows. <<<



===> An insinuation and wrong, Erolz. (You could have checked with the BRS. See my msg # 20).



spider


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my god DC,what will happen like when,you know what........go.!!



will they just float you home.!..



would sort that one OUT..









spider.x



petez


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12/03/2009 01:51

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Thanks for all the opinions...

I asked the society if anyone wanted to do an interview with my website, to publicise what they do....

After no reply for a month, I asked again and was told the committee have decided against it...



I don't want to offend anyone, but it seems strange behaviour.

I was really disappointed.



I was hoping their experience in North Cyprus could be shared, i don't understand their reluctance to publicise their group, attract new people.

Surely if societies like this are going to survive they have to appeal to the next generation...



They have someone in charge of publicity, i would love to know why they said no.....



Hippo


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12/03/2009 06:37

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Ah the Mad Crusader pokes his head up-we all know he dislikes the British he has made this very plain in a number of instances-but refuses to answer of course.

I do think he should be allowed to be laid to rest in the British cemetary after all a lot of British troops never left Arnhem.









********** PN , you are going off topic , also your remark is likely to cause offence Remember Rule 3 --------- Simbas



scoobydoo


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12/03/2009 06:52

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In my opinion the BRS is worth joining as it is only 10 per annum. We more that recover our 10 by the discounts we get with our insurance for both house and car at Iktisatbank.



It is also up to us as individuals to pass on any new conacts or systems (and we all know that the TRNC like to change things as they go along) that we learn of ie to do with residency, ptp etc so that information is readily available to newcomers.



They are all voluntary workers and I hear it does take up 2 or 3 days of their time some weeks. They do try to negotiate with the government and local business on behalf of the British expats for better prices, discounts, changes in systems in the way that the expats are dealt with.



Wasn't there something in the Cyprus Today about some new people putting their names forward as they also thought that the current committee needed a fresh input of ideas and faces?



For the cost of 10 and they hours they often put in on our behalf, I think they are wort



scoobydoo


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12/03/2009 06:53

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PS Yes they should advertise themselves more and maybe fresh blood is needed.



keithcaley



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12/03/2009 08:15

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scoobydoo,

You'll be putting your name forward then?

I'll vote for you!

Keith.



DutchCrusader



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12/03/2009 09:34

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RE msg 14, "Hoppi" >>> I do think he should be allowed to be laid to rest in the British cemetary after all a lot of British troops never left Arnhem. <<<



===> You have shown your obsession with "British troops and Arnhem" on several boards throughout the years. I suggest you change the tune (Waterloo or Trafalgar or whatever?) or even better: seek medical help. As an ex-corporal second class (after 40 years of service) you probably get psychological help for free?



PS. Every Brit and all qualifying EU-expats should join the BRS.



Hippo


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********* PN , i am deleting this post to it's offending contents if you continue , i will have no other option than to close this thread . And that will be down to you , people are trying to have debate here , dont spoil it for them ---------- Simbas



doddies


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Message Posted:
12/03/2009 10:31

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how many members, are currently in BRS?



DutchCrusader



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RE msg 29, "Hoppi" >>> We didnt see any of yours in Bagdad <<<



===> Right. As far as I know only the USA and UK participate in this illegal war in Iraq (on a probably known, false pretext) and illegal occupation.



The Dutch army participates in the UN sanctioned force in Afghanistan, where (too many) Dutch soldiers were killed in action.



I told you this before. You know it.





********Pn , part of your post deleted due to your personal remarks-------- Simbas



jimm127


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12/03/2009 11:10

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Could I confirm that six members have been nominated to join the committee which will mean that there will be a vote. There have also been a number of resolutions proposed to help move the society forward.

Like many people we believe the society has done a great job in the past, but may now benefit from some new blood, and that the members as a whole may benefit from having the opportunity to be more involved in the society's workings.

Please try and attend and vote for a NEW DIRECTION.



scoobydoo


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12/03/2009 14:08

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Keithcalely, No i won't be putting my name forward, I'm too busy!!!!!!!





Thanks for your vote though



Hippo


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12/03/2009 23:26

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AGAIN THE BOARD POLICE DECIDE WHAT IS APPROPRIATE, IT IS OK FOR THE MAD CRUSADER TO INSULT BUT NOT FOR ME TO HAVE A LIGHT HEARTED JAB AT HIM.

Sorry about the capitals but it seems one rule for one and one for another, and yes I am shouting

What do the other members think?



kenny



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12/03/2009 23:39

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GOOD POINT HIPPO



spider


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well, hi hippo..have beeen reading all threads and posts over the last few days....Debates are often very strong and headeeeeeeeeee,points of wievs etc,

and i am just greatfull they are so silent,becaus all get WORKED up.!!

now i like a lighthearted jab,from time to time, and when the post can go off threat,this always brings it back,with a smile..and more than that a good laugh.!! so dont stop please,i for one enjoyit all..

i remember lots of you gaying ignore, it hi/she will go away..but i will keep on creeping,now if someone is down right rud,,i feel its ok to be down right Rude back,,if your guick at it..just the once..then just leave well alone.!! not worth staying will anger.... regards Spider,x



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****** PN , I am deleting as it goes against board rules , rememember rule 3



erolz


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Jut to get back on topic and to be clear about my previopus posts as some seem to have taken them as a critism of the BRS, which they were not.



About 6 years ago myself and my partner Karin went along to a BRS meeting. I think it was an AGM but not 100% sure. We enquired there about joining but were told that Karin as a NZ national could not join. We did not ask the comittee to 're consider its rules' we just accepted the existing ones and decided not to join. Everyone there was nice and pleasant and it seemed like they were doing good work. We thought Karin might be allowed to join as she had lived the previous 15 years in the UK under a 'grandparent visa entry' thinggy, that gave her pretty much all the rights of a UK citizen in the UK. We asked , were told that she could not join. End of my story.



Hector


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I still have to wonder just why important meetings such as an AGM seem to be held when so many may not be able to attend viz. those that don't permanently reside but visit for extended periods. Would say June or September not be better? Just a thought. Back to lurk mode.



Tiggy


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How does one get an application form to join the BRS ?



Do they have a web site ?



delonghi


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Who are the BRS? That's the question.

They have certainly not taken advantage of technology, (nor indeed if I am lead to believe by one of our members,) the offer of technology, so perhaps new blood is needed if they are to go forward and assist their current members and swell their membership in the future.



As for the obnoxious Hoppi.....

Good for the BB Police. There is nothing whatsoever lighthearted in your attitude whether you profess jibes or banter with DC. It is pure vile venom that spues from your mouth like an erupting volcano.



I am totally fed up with reading your venom, again and agan directed at one person.



Are you a cyber bully?

Why did you join this BB?

Can you not get your kicks over on HU?

Or......

is it not allowed?



"What do the other members think?"



Not a lot of you, and the way you have conducted yourself so far!

TIP: Black coffee and lots of it.

BTW I love the policeman's helmet!

You will feel much much better in the morning.



delonghi


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Spider,

Please fee free to share your particular vice with me as I, for one, admire your brave posts, when clearly you are beyond the realms of posting, and I mean that in the nicest possible way.



So can I have what you are on and maybe, just maybe, I might chill a little?

Cheers.

DEL......BOY



scoobydoo


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Yesterday, I was glancing through the latest edition of the North Cyprus Property magazine and I actually found a 2 page article advertising the benefits of using the BRS. I must admit it is the first and only but it was good and informative. There really should be more of this type of promotion for the society.



Tiggy, you can pick up an application from their hut which is open on Saturdays 10 to 12 or on Fridays at Pegasus Bar in Karaoglanoglu in the mornings 10 to 1'ish



Hippo


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You see Mad Crusader you have to resort to profanitys, were is your wit in the cut and thrust of friendly debate.

That asid to you admit you are Britaphobic?



Woodspeckie


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I went to the Mayors do at the Malpas at Christmas, the majority of people there were British, are these the British Residents Society members or is it a get together of all British owners on North Cyprus. What amazed me was the singing to the Mayor of "He's a jolly good fellow" does he get things done in Girne? does he take any notice of the British owners?



lottie


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Can you wonder if the BRS is not keen on having some of you as members ?

By the way from what I hear some of the Brits at the Mayor's party at the Malpas behaved appalingly.If foreigners behaved like this in the uk you would be the first to complain. Leave DC alone. He is one of the few on the board who speak sense.



petez


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If anyone from the Britsh Residents Commitee wants some help with bringing their website up to date and implementing new features on it please get in touch.



I would be happy to help them with some ideas.

pete@lincguide.com



MsGarnet


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Would someone please post the link to the BRS website



Thank you



petez


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http://www.brstrnc.com/



Macha


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Erolz: "I guess they just didnt like the look of us.."



No way!



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgiMSxAKOrU



Macha


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roey65: "It made me laugh because i had an image of her with her gin and tonic smoking her minted cigarette as she tells her awfully posh friends how the place is going to the dogs because the bloody scouses are coming."



Although to be fair she may have just had her car stolen.



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Hector mess 39;



It`s the British RESIDENTS Society.



MsGarnet


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Thanks for the link



PIPIE


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petez.

What a kind gesture , good luck with it .



DutchCrusader



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RE msg 52, newscoop: >>> Hector mess 39; It`s the British RESIDENTS Society. <<<



===> Not meant to be pedantic, just interested: shouldn't the name be (or maybe even is..?): "the British Residents' Society"?



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