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A shield bug for Carol G!

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This is for the princess of bugs who can't participate at the moment. I have disabled voting as I 'd like you to think for a moment of her!
She is, unfortunately, trapped in a terrible situation of domestic violence and exploitation. Her alcoholic partner has destroyed her computer and her phone line including the internet will soon be cut off as he has generated an astronomic invoice that she can't pay.

No I am NOT asking for donations. I'd like anyone who speaks greek and knows the Greek legal system to come forward with a bit of advice. Or who knows a charity. Or a possibility to help stranded Brits abroad. I have been in a similar situation what seems an eternity ago but the difference is that I spoke the language and I know how to earn money with cars anywhere. So after somebody gave me the right advice for the French legal system I got rid of the problem within 6 months.

I spoke to Carol yesterday she is aware that many of you know of her situation and she is so glad that she gets some encouragement.

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D3x Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Micro Nikkor 200mm f/4 D (IF) Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:29 Apr 2013 - 12:44 PM
Focal Length:200mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.9
Aperture:f/16.0
Shutter Speed:1/800sec
Exposure Comp:-2/3
ISO:800
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:A shield bug for Carol G!
Username:annettep38 annettep38
Uploaded:3 May 2013 - 5:49 PM
Tags:Insect, Shield bug, Wildlife / nature
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gary_d
gary_d e2 Member 6519 forum postsgary_d vcard Wales12 Constructive Critique Points
3 May 2013 - 6:04 PM

I feel like you have just thumped me in the stomach, this is awful news, the poor lady must be going through hell, I feel so helpless not being able to help her, please let her know my thoughts are with her not that that will do any good.

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gary_d
gary_d e2 Member 6519 forum postsgary_d vcard Wales12 Constructive Critique Points
3 May 2013 - 6:05 PM

Sorry Annette I forgot to tell you what a wonderful macro image this is.

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lonely_oryx
lonely_oryx e2 Member 661 forum postslonely_oryx vcard England54 Constructive Critique Points
3 May 2013 - 6:09 PM

I have been greatly sadden by Carol's situation

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Philip_H
Philip_H  2 United Kingdom
3 May 2013 - 6:10 PM

A perfect image for Carol, Annette. Hope she can get some help from someone quickly.

P.

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richmowil
richmowil e2 Member 5240 forum postsrichmowil vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
3 May 2013 - 6:11 PM

Stunning Images!! (Very appropriate!!) Great detail and clarity in all three of them. I trust your efforts will be rewarded!!

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41029 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England133 Constructive Critique Points
3 May 2013 - 6:27 PM

Sorry Annette, I have no idea where you would start, the English legal system is a nightmare and expensive, I can't imagine the Greek system will be any better.

Dave

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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
3 May 2013 - 6:30 PM

I just pray for her safety in this whole ordeal !! Please tell her we think of her a lot ! Excellent photos Annette Smile

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achieverswales

Excellent macro capture Annette, it is sad for Carol but last year I thought she was leaving this man, I use the word man perhaps coward would be more appropriate. sorry no help with the legalities.

Regards

Trev.

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gajewski
gajewski e2 Member 9gajewski vcard United States9 Constructive Critique Points
3 May 2013 - 6:39 PM

Yes, she does need to get help. I knew about some of this but her situation is worse than I imagined.

One member suggested that she go to the British consul's office in Greece.
From what little I know about situations like this, it will only get worse for her.

Regarding the image -- a fitting tribute to our bug mentor. V3 is my favorite.
-=\Walter

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Niknut
Niknut e2 Member 4523 forum postsNiknut vcard United Kingdom60 Constructive Critique Points
3 May 2013 - 6:45 PM

Lovely shot !!.....impressive detail !

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johnke
johnke  154 forum posts South Africa9 Constructive Critique Points
3 May 2013 - 6:54 PM

I am sorry and embaressed to say that I cant help her Annette. I think some Greek people are on E{Z George Platis and Effossini to name but two. Maybe you can contact them directly and see if they can help. Maybe you have..John

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BarbaraR
BarbaraR  8 England1 Constructive Critique Points
3 May 2013 - 6:59 PM

A perfect set to bring Carol to mind.
Like everyone, I do feel for her and hope she can get the help needed.

B.

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
3 May 2013 - 7:03 PM

Fantastic macro of the Shield Bug Annette. Wonderfully detailed. I am saddend to hear of Carols predicament. Except to wish her all the luck in the world I can think of nothing more to say or do to help.SadSadBlushBlush
Ron

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ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2162 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
3 May 2013 - 7:06 PM

So glad you have dedicated this to CarolG....It is extremely sad that a person as sweet as her should be going through this alone. My thoughts are with her and lets put our heads together and come up with a plan. Good on you AnnetteGrinGrinGrinGrin........an excellent capture

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland110 Constructive Critique Points
3 May 2013 - 7:12 PM

Some wonderful detail in this set of bug shots, Annette.
And I has heard of Carol's plight which sounds absolutely awful, and I keep her in my thoughts and prayers.
Ronnie.

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Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 3Chinga vcard United Kingdom
3 May 2013 - 7:35 PM

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is responsible for British Embassies and High Commissions worldwide, and is well known for being the best place to find information.
When you are actually abroad, though, the FCO can provide invaluable help in disaster and emergency situations.Hopefully you won't need their help, but if you do, it's good to know in advance what the FCO can and can't do in an emergency.

Who Can The FCO Help?
The FCO can provide support and assistance to British nationals when they are outside of the UK. It doesn't actually matter if they usually live in the UK; the protection is there wherever they currently reside. Sometimes, if you have a dual nationality you may also be able to ask for help from the FCO, and in very limited circumstances they will help European Union or Commonwealth nationals who come from a country with no local diplomatic or consular office.

Another organisation: http://ec.europa.eu/consularprotection/. providing assistance to Brits abroad.

This is as far as I know, but they may be local associations because Crete has a very large ammount of Brits living there. I will be in Crete next week from the 11th of May for one week. I had arranged to meet up with Carol for lunch and a chat, if there is something I can do whilst I will be there I hope I can do so... She has my full support and she's in my prayers...Missing her presence in EPZ very much. Please pass on my warmest regards and good wishes for a solution to such a difficult situation. Thank you, Isabel

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Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 3Chinga vcard United Kingdom
3 May 2013 - 7:38 PM

PS - You lovely green bugs tribute to Carol are gorgeous and I'm sure she'll appreciate the images...
Let's all upload some insects tomorrow on her honour for a bit of moral support!
IB

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boov
boov  1 United Kingdom
3 May 2013 - 8:14 PM

Brilliant macros

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johnke
johnke  154 forum posts South Africa9 Constructive Critique Points
3 May 2013 - 8:22 PM

Reading Isabel's advice , I did follow the link to see what it says. Firstly the emergency numbers are never answered and are a waste of time, the phone just rings. The address given Has closed and you are not allowed past the security by the gate. I have been nine times since Christmas to the correct place and they have given me really bad advice and just wasted my time sending me on a wild goose chase for three months. That's in SA of course but I imagine it to be a world wide problem. My advice would be as follows Annette. Take her belongings to the closest British Embassy and once inside the gate you are on British soil. Just refuse to leave until they help, they must help and cant throw you out of so called England and back into Greece. The worst thing you can do is take advice as they will not tell you what to do. In my case they say if they help it will cause an international incident, but that is just rubbish, should they have wanted to help they could have done so three months ago. Better tell Carol to pack her things and go to the Embassy and whatever you do just don't listen to advice from them as they will lie and be diplomatic until you leave, as they don't care about you. I say this from experience as the advice given by these so called diplomats has caused my problems form the start. Had they told me the truth I would not be in my situation.

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 942 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
3 May 2013 - 8:28 PM

Ir I was in trouble, you are the person I would want on my side-- Thanks for all the news-- a bug tomorrow for CarolG

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Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 3Irishkate vcard United Kingdom73 Constructive Critique Points
3 May 2013 - 9:38 PM

Let's hope Isobel (Chinga) can be of some use to Carol.
Who owns the property? Has she family in Great Britain?
Good to highlight the problem Annette in case somebody can help.
KateGrinGrinGrin

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EAS
EAS e2 Member 5EAS vcard Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
3 May 2013 - 9:45 PM

A beautifully detailed macro of which I am sure CarolG herself would be proud. Sadly, absolutely no idea where to start re Carol. Sounds as though she's in a desperate situation. I had thought she'd left him or the other way around a while back.

Ann

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
3 May 2013 - 9:48 PM

This is not the first time that Carol has had a really difficult time, and although I have no helpful advice, I'm glad that you have raised her difficulties through this upload Annette - I hope things soon improve for her and that some of the advice here is helpful
Helen

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 54231 forum postsSlowSong vcard England28 Constructive Critique Points
3 May 2013 - 10:19 PM

It's good to know she's got lots of really good friends. We all wish her well and out of her awful situation.
A lovely little bug and good to see you carry on her work while she's, hopefully, temporary out of action.
x

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Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States51 Constructive Critique Points
3 May 2013 - 11:42 PM

Having been in a similar situation myself, I would say to her....get out of there immediately. Go to a friend's, go to another city or even another country. If she has a friend, of which I am sure she does, stay with them....but most importantly...leave! I hope she can find a way to get back to Britain. In the meantime, prayers and good thoughts for strength from this side of the ocean.

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8231 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
4 May 2013 - 12:50 AM

So sorry to hear of Carol's desparate predicament, after last years troubles I thought things were sorted and she was on the upSad I hope matters get resolved quickly and she is back on here again soon. She will gain great strength no doubt when she sees the touching messages left by members of the epz community

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debu
debu  4 India
4 May 2013 - 1:21 AM

Excellent set of images.
debu

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Deep_Bhatia
4 May 2013 - 4:35 AM

Beautiful set of images.

Deep

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AnnChown
AnnChown e2 Member 4183 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
4 May 2013 - 8:23 AM

Excellent little bugs Annette. I do hope Carol can escape from this nightmare.
Ann

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Caziwinkles
4 May 2013 - 9:56 AM

This is a lovely thing to do for Carol Annette - your image is fab and am sure Carol will be proud and pleased.
What an awful situation for her. Have found this ec.europa.eu/consularprotection/‎ online which offers some form of protection to citizens.
Please send her our love and support. SadSmile

Carol

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hasslebladuk
hasslebladuk e2 Member 4hasslebladuk vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
4 May 2013 - 12:25 PM

Stunning images lovely detail and sharpness
mike

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Mrsbass
Mrsbass  1 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
4 May 2013 - 2:50 PM


Quote: Excellent little bugs Annette. I do hope Carol can escape from this nightmare.
Ann

Seconded.

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myrab
myrab e2 Member 8myrab vcard United Kingdom
4 May 2013 - 9:03 PM

All best wishes and love to carol.

Myra

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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8752 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1578 Constructive Critique Points
4 May 2013 - 9:31 PM

Unbelievable! I knew there was a problem, but was unaware of the facts.
There are so many bug pictures today, it's a wonderful message from Carol's EPZ friends, supporting her at this difficult time.

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accipiter
accipiter e2 Member 4accipiter vcard England57 Constructive Critique Points
5 May 2013 - 12:52 PM

A great macro image. So sorry to hear about Carols problem. There is really only one option if this is an ongoing situation and that is to leave. I hope she can get this issue sorted soon.
Thanks for the UA on my upload - it is greatly appreciated. A

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digital_boi
5 May 2013 - 1:14 PM

ooops now I see what the problem is I hope all can be sorted and soonest

Graham

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