Just watched the BBC 1 programme Real Story, with a report entitled "Pain in Spain" (how do they think them up?).
It detailed some of the all too familiar horror stories that many expats seem to experience after following their dream of moving to Spain.
Illegally built homes, for example: residents on a development built near the popular town of Albox, are pulling their hair out, since - surprise, surprise - the project never had permission from the town hall. Therefore they enjoy no street lighting, no roads, no mains water and the ever present threat of demolition. Not exactly a stress free retirement.
The majority of the residents are UK expats and most used the lawyer that the developer Procoal recommended. So no conflict of interest there then.
The Beeb hack dutifully tracked down the Procoal MD at his offices for a showdown. They couldn't have been in and out faster if the office had a revolving door. A piss poor impression of Roger Cooke and an Adios later they were back on the street.
By the way Procoal are still advertising, so you have been warned!
Healthcare was also on the agenda: retired couples found that they were not entitled to coverage under the Spanish state health service until the age of 65. The rub is, that the UK will not afford them healthcare after 2 years of residency abroad. So that leaves a lot of retirees, stuck between a rock and a hard place, having to cough up for private healthcare. Ouch!
Complaints were also aired about the lack of out-patient and social care. Whilst commonplace services in the UK, Spain sees these more as responsibilities of the family. "But my sons live in Australia" complained one old guy.
Whilst I wouldn't wish the above problems on my worst enemy (OK, maybe my worst enemy) - I am constantly astounded by the incredible lack of judgement people show when making some of the most profound, expensive and life changing decisions.
Where is the healthy dose of skepticism Brits usually reserve for any slick suited salesman?
Where is the fastidious research that normally precedes a weekend in Filey, let alone a lifetime in a foreign clime?
Good sense appears to be wined, dined then royally shafted by an unoriginal mix of naivety and seductive marketing.
I hope this programme (along with the endless similar press stories) shakes those contemplating a move abroad out of their reverie, and forces them to really do their homework.
But then what do I know? I landed here with about 25 quid and wide eyed optimism. So shut up Millsbomb.
Read more here. And if you missed it, keep an eye out on BBC News 24 for a repeat.