In our nomadic existence, we sometimes tell the locals we’re American or Australian – that stops them categorizing us as insular snobs.
Here’s a development in the tragic case of the Brit toddler kidnapped in Portugal:
Expat Des Taylor, 78, a retired architect, said he tried to call police twice when he saw on television that Murat had been detained to warn them of special features in the house which may go undetected.
However when he called police headquarters…he says he was told to ring back later because they could not understand English
He tried again to no avail, and finally had to ask his house maid to call two more stations before anyone took his details last night – 48 hours after the search began.
Mr Taylor said today: “The Portuguese police are useless.”
We lack experience of Portuguese cops, but surely people who relocate to a foreign country and decline to learn its language are “useless”.