It depends upon your viewpoint

I was reminded, by this story in the Mail about nude sunbathing in your own garden, of a time many years ago when I was living in South Africa. I was told, by a neighbour who was a member of the Traffic Police; that this elderly Afrikaans lady, living on the top floor of a posh, pricey block of flats in Cape Town, called the police and complained that she could distinctly see men bathing nude on the beach. As the beach in front of her apartment was occupied by the famous (or infamous, depending upon your viewpoint) Sir De Villiers Graaf nude swimming pool, the cops arrived and interviewed the lady after looking out at the pool area which was fully protected by a six-foot high concrete wall on three sides.


“I’m sorry, Madam but the bathers are hidden behind the wall; how are you disconcerted and worried?” asked the young policeman.


“Ah’, came the reply, “if you stand here on the table; and place one foot there on the windowsill……”


All in accord with the health declarations as listed….

So, your husband, Ballymena man Patrick Faith, who sometimes uses a wheelchair, , goes on holiday with you, his wife, on a trip to Bulgaria.

“I woke up that morning and he was dead,” she said, fighting back tears. “Callum and I had been at a restaurant the night before but Pat, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease five years ago, wasn’t feeling well so he stayed in the hotel.

“Our friend Leonard, who hadn’t gone out either, gave him his medicine at 10pm and when we got back later, Callum went up to the room and everything was fine.“Before I went to bed I heard him snoring. He was definitely alive.”

The Faiths, who set off on holiday on August 14, were due to return home on August 29, but Julie spent over £900 to get her and Callum home three days earlier so that they could be with her oldest son Patrick. But, as she revealed through tears, the anguish surrounding the former Michelin worker’s death, is continuing. Although a post-mortem was carried out on Pat last Friday, the family weren’t told the results – “he had a massive heart attack” – until Monday evening, two days after they returned.

But; No Worries; because the Travel Insurance, bought before commencing the holiday, would cover everything?


“They’re saying we didn’t disclose Pat’s full medical condition, but that’s not true,” she said. “Pat was always looking for a bargain; he actually asked the salesperson to knock some money off the premium, but he was told that the only way to make it cheaper was not to disclose his ailments and I was horrified.”

It has now been one week since Julie lost “a brilliant man, father and husband” and one “who worked tirelessly to provide everything for our family”.

She still doesn’t know how long she has to wait before she can arrange his funeral but she hopes it will be within the next 10 days now that the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust has vowed to help her bring him home.

So, despite admitting that the family lied to get a cheaper quotation for the holiday, she is still ‘aggrieved’ about her dead husband’s treatment.

Julie added: “Before we went to Bulgaria, our son Callum warned him that he’d better not be sick while we were away because the medical treatment wouldn’t be up to Northern Ireland’s high standards. Little did we know what lay ahead.“

Well, if the Kevin Bell Trust is as good as its word, Mr. Faith’s remains will be transported in a seemly and respectful manner back to his family and friends.
Which wasn’t quite the case as with the remains of two murdered British Soldiers, killed by cold-blooded Irish Republican terrorists as they waited, unarmed, for delivery of a late-evening snack.