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Greek History & Culture / Re: Greek Christmas
« Last Post by TonyKath on Monday, 17 December, 2018 @ 20:42:56 »
Thanks Maik

Greece has so many customs and tradtions!

Kefalonia News / Re: Weather warning
« Last Post by Maik on Monday, 17 December, 2018 @ 04:27:04 »
Weather warnings: Ionion Islands

valid from 17.12.2018 19:00 CET Until 17.12.2018 23:59 CET
Thunderstorms  Awareness Level: Yellow
Local thunderstorms

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Greek History & Culture / Greek Christmas
« Last Post by Maik on Sunday, 16 December, 2018 @ 21:34:08 »
Uniquely Greek Christmas Customs

Christmas holiday customs have become globalized in the past few decades, with Santa Claus or the Christmas tree appearing in unusual places, and even in countries which are not Christian.

The Christmas tree, the lights, the manger, the wrapped presents under the tree, the stockings next to the fireplace, the Christmas-themed movies on TV have become Greek customs as well, just as they appear in the United States, Europe and other countries across the globe.

Yet Greece has some Christmas traditions which are uniquely Greek, and most of them come from the rich folklore of the countryside.
Holidays in Hellas / Times: "don't go on hols after 29 March"
« Last Post by Maik on Sunday, 16 December, 2018 @ 03:44:51 »

Families will be advised not to book holidays after next March, according to contingency plans being drawn up to prepare for a no-deal Brexit.

Downing Street rubbishes claims no deal Brexit could hit holiday plans

Downing Street has dismissed reports that people will be advised not to book holidays after March next year according to contingency plans being drawn-up for a no deal Brexit.

The move came after the Sunday Times said senior officials have explored the idea and that the proposed guidance was expected to be discussed at last week’s cancelled Cabinet meeting.

However, Downing Street poured cold water on the claims with a spokesman telling the Press Association: “This is categorically untrue.”
Holidays in Hellas / Re: Visa / ETIAS to visit Greece
« Last Post by Jolly Roger on Saturday, 15 December, 2018 @ 08:56:05 »
With reciprocal arrangements, perhaps EU citizens will pay to come to the UK?
Kefalonia News / Re: Weather warning
« Last Post by Maik on Saturday, 15 December, 2018 @ 01:02:11 »
Thunderstorms predicted by EMY for the Eptanisa Saturday and Sunday, according to meteoalarm.eu

Looking like Kef might not escape thunderstorms on Saturday.
Kefalonia News / New Condor flight to Kef
« Last Post by Maik on Friday, 14 December, 2018 @ 22:44:56 »
Condor Adds New Routes to Greece for Summer 2019

In summer 2019, German airline Condor will take off from Dusseldorf, Hamburg and Hanover for new routes in Greece, the carrier announced recently.

The airline will add five new destinations from Dusseldorf next summer, offering... departures to the new destinations... Kefalonia and Volos in Greece.

Flights will be on Thursdays. Condor started flying Munich - Kef last year, if I recall.
UK & World News / Re: UK weather warning
« Last Post by Colleywobble on Friday, 14 December, 2018 @ 22:29:41 »
I AM READY MIKE.!!!Thermal vest and long johns at the ready.  NOT A PRETTY SIGHT!!! :wacko:
UK & World News / Re: UK weather warning
« Last Post by Maik on Friday, 14 December, 2018 @ 20:57:58 »
Amber weather warning issued as snow and freezing rain forecast in UK

A rash of weather warnings have been issued across the UK for the start of the weekend as a collection of rain-bearing frontal systems sweep in from the Atlantic and meet the very cold air that has sat across us for the end of the working week.

This meeting of air masses will create some hazardous winter conditions over the next 48 hours - giving, most notably, a period of snow, mainly over higher ground, with the greatest accumulations and impacts in Northern Scotland.

Perhaps more significantly, however, there is also the likelihood of a period of widespread freezing rain, particularly for upland areas between Central Scotland and the north Midlands with the main risks being from Saturday afternoon. Amber warnings have been issued.

These warnings sit within a broader Yellow warning for snow and ice which covers most of Scotland and Northern England, extending into East Wales, the South Midlands and East Anglia and lasting into Sunday morning.

Freezing rain is rare in the UK, and this event being so widespread is more unusual still. Those on the roads can be particularly badly affected with black ice, falling branches (through sheer weight of accumulated ice) and damage to power lines.

UK area-by-area weather warnings on meteoalarm.eu
Holidays in Hellas / Re: Visa / ETIAS to visit Greece
« Last Post by Bryan-in-Kilkis on Friday, 14 December, 2018 @ 17:14:03 »
Britons will have to pay €7 to visit the EU post-Brexit

Britons visiting EU countries from 2021 will have to pay a €7 fee for visa-free travel for three years, it has been confirmed.

The EU Commission said British nationals will have to complete an European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) application before they travel.

This will allow them to travel for a three-year period.

The charge will come into effect from 2021, when the UK's two-year transition period with the EU ends and Britain officially leaves the bloc.

Draft regulations say the system will apply to UK nationals "once Union law on free movement of Union citizens ceases to apply to them, as to other visa-free third country nationals".

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, a prominent opponent of Brexit, said the issue was "not so much the amount of money" but "the principle".

She tweeted: "Automatic VISA free travel across Europe will no longer be a right we can take for granted if Brexit goes ahead. What a sad, retrograde step."

It's called "taking back control".   :oki:  I couldn't vote as I have lived in Greece for 33 years (there was a 15-year cut-off in voting rights).  That's hardly a democratic referendum.  My utter FURY at the 2016 referendum and the subsequent debacle is indescribable.
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