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A shield bug for Carol G!

By annettep38  
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.

Tags: Insect Shield bug Wildlife and nature

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gary_d Plus
10 576 13 Wales
3 May 2013 6:04PM
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 Plus
10 576 13 Wales
3 May 2013 6:05PM
Sorry Annette I forgot to tell you what a wonderful macro image this is.
lonely_oryx Plus
10 61 55 England
3 May 2013 6:09PM
I have been greatly sadden by Carol's situation
A perfect image for Carol, Annette. Hope she can get some help from someone quickly.

richmowil Plus
9 334 2 England
3 May 2013 6:11PM
Stunning Images!! (Very appropriate!!) Great detail and clarity in all three of them. I trust your efforts will be rewarded!!
Jasper87 Plus
7 1.9k 150 England
3 May 2013 6:27PM
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.

3 May 2013 6:30PM
I just pray for her safety in this whole ordeal !! Please tell her we think of her a lot ! Excellent photos Annette Smile
achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
3 May 2013 6:38PM
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.


gajewski Plus
13 10 9 United States
3 May 2013 6:39PM
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.
Niknut Plus
7 1.7k 76 United Kingdom
3 May 2013 6:45PM
Lovely shot !!.....impressive detail !
johnke Plus
5 223 15
3 May 2013 6:54PM
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
BarbaraR Plus
11 17 1 England
3 May 2013 6:59PM
A perfect set to bring Carol to mind.
Like everyone, I do feel for her and hope she can get the help needed.

Maiwand Plus
11 3 73 England
3 May 2013 7:03PM
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
ColleenA Plus
5 350 5 Australia
3 May 2013 7:06PM
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 excellent capture
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
3 May 2013 7:12PM
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.
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
3 May 2013 7:35PM
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: 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
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
3 May 2013 7:38PM
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!
boov Plus
5 2 United Kingdom
3 May 2013 8:14PM
Brilliant macros
johnke Plus
5 223 15
3 May 2013 8:22PM
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.
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
3 May 2013 8:28PM
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
Irishkate Plus
7 41 111 United Kingdom
3 May 2013 9:38PM
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.
EAS Plus
8 1 13 Scotland
3 May 2013 9:45PM
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.

helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
3 May 2013 9:48PM
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
SlowSong Plus
9 7.2k 30 England
3 May 2013 10:19PM
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.
Joline Plus
11 29 53 United States
3 May 2013 11:42PM
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.
Glostopcat Plus
11 255 2 England
4 May 2013 12:50AM
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
4 May 2013 1:21AM
Excellent set of images.
Beautiful set of images.

AnnChown Plus
8 203 1 United Kingdom
4 May 2013 8:23AM
Excellent little bugs Annette. I do hope Carol can escape from this nightmare.
4 May 2013 9:56AM
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 online which offers some form of protection to citizens.
Please send her our love and support. SadSmile

4 May 2013 12:25PM
Stunning images lovely detail and sharpness
Mrsbass 5 2 1 United Kingdom
4 May 2013 2:50PM

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

4 May 2013 9:03PM
All best wishes and love to carol.

pamelajean Plus
11 1.0k 1984 United Kingdom
4 May 2013 9:31PM
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.
5 May 2013 12:52PM
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
5 May 2013 1:14PM
ooops now I see what the problem is I hope all can be sorted and soonest


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