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    Have you ever wanted to buy an island?

    There is a great website at www.vladiprivateislands.de where you can buy, sell or rent islands all over the globe.

    The price to buy the freehold of some of these islands is as low as $10,000, (for some miniscule, arctic island in northern Canada). Other islands run to tens of millions of dollars.

    When I had money (before I married my Thai wives ha-ha!), on 2 occasions, I had this mad idea to buy an island.

    The first occasion was when I had just sold my UK mobile software business to Psion. I and my ex-boss at Psion had this idea to open a 'team-building' centre on a remote (ish) Scottish island, and offer expensive and gruelling training courses to fat wimps from the City.

    This island The World of Private Islands
    was for sale at the time, and I just happened to have 110,000 GBP in my back pocket.

    I came very close to buying the island, but pulled out at the last moment when the local council told me that they would not give planning permission to build anything on the island, (miserable groats).

    The second occasion was not long after, when I was living in Bangkok. On Vladi's website I saw the Provati Island group for sale, located in the Greek Ionian Sea.

    I have a soft spot for Greece, because I spent many months of my childhood in Corfu, imitating Gerald Durrell and killing and bottling any innocent insect that came my way.

    The island group was for sale for about $5 million, (which I did not have), but one could also buy each island separately. Gravari Island, at 2.4 acres, was for sale at the pricely sum of $20,000, which I did have!

    http://web.archive.org/web/200306152..._prov_map3.gif

    So I contacted Vladi and told them I wanted to buy Gravari. I flew to Athens, hired a car, and then drove for hours across Greece until I reached the nearest port on the mainland, about 14km from Gravari.

    Not knowing any Greek apart from 'kalispera' (Good Evening), I managed to persuade a local boatman to take me out to view Gravari Island.

    The island was approximately round, with no trees but plenty of scrub and rocks. As island go, it's location was like paradise, floating in the deep blue Ionian Sea.

    I was able to go ashore and wander about the island, (which didn't take long due to it's small size).

    I had this idea to build a house on the island and to rent it out to rock-stars...

    Anyway, I returned to Athens, stopping overnight in a posh hotel where the massage woman was shocked at my invitation to gobble, (nothing like Bangers).

    A few weeks after my return to Bangkok, I learnt that some rich b'stard had bought the complete island group for $5 mil

    Had I bought that island, and relocated to Greece, I would never had married my Thai wives, (but would probably have got hitched to some fat Greek mama instead).
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    Google Skopios in Greece.
    Now there's an island.
    Ex Onassis. Helicop pad and all.

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    I saw someone bought a defunct thames channel fort the other day.
    400k pounds.
    Quite a bargain I thought.

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    Plan B

    Dutch Dykes ,make a moat charge thais double and make exes swim

    The Ocala dog cathcher assured me an Arab who had tigers worth knicking flled his with alligators of Pains Prarie
    At Uni in Florida often see gators on the lawn and one cheeky sod had a gobble .
    Sadly of our canoe on Suwanee,Ian a scouse had left the lids of meat cans carelessly,Id decide to cross the fairly swift flow.At the time theMicanopy madness made it all seem a hoot< I suppose tofday I'd be arrested for being an irresponsible parent or alligator abuser,a solid tap on the hrad with the paddle and the not massive 4-5 foot creature slithered off.

    Somewhere near Otter/manatee Springs about 10clicks from the sea a wonderful swampland with wraiths curled around the trees with bases in the brackish water.No place for redneck after dark even in yellow attire.

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    You know....as romantic as it might sound, I believe the negatives would certainly overwhelm any benefits of "owning" an island of any size - regardless of locale and/or secured for simple living, escaping, expanding commercial possibilities, etc.

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    Nope, never wanted an island, problem with islands is you're stuck there.

    I'd rather have an airplane, a mountain bike and a motorcycle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Earl View Post
    Nope, never wanted an island, problem with islands is you're stuck there.

    I'd rather have an airplane, a mountain bike and a motorcycle.
    and a bottle of piss

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    As I remember an island in Thailand bought $10000 is now sold $30 Millions ? But which one ?

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    ^No, no...Not BE an island...BUY an island...


    However, that is one of my favourite poems...

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