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Weird Wild Wacky / Cat owner, 53, is left confused after being bitten by his moggy
« Last Post by BeeTee on Tuesday, 06 March, 2018 @ 18:08:12 »
A 53-year-old man was left confused and struggling to speak after being bitten by his cat, a bizarre new case report reveals.

Doctors assumed the Greek patient, who was displaying some hallmark signs of a brain injury, had suffered a stroke.

But medical tests revealed the unnamed man's neurological problems stemmed from when he was bitten by his feline on his leg.

He developed 'cat-scratch disease' - caused by bacteria called Bartonella henselae found in the mouth and claws of cats. 

It causes fever, fatigue, headaches, and swollen lymph nodes. In extreme cases it can even cause deadly brain swelling and heart infections.
Greek History & Culture / Peasants' Uprising
« Last Post by Maik on Tuesday, 06 March, 2018 @ 09:52:57 »
Flashback to the Greek Peasants’ Uprising

The statue of the unknown farmer marks the place in Thessaly, central Greece, when more than a century ago poor farmers started a revolt against the powerful landed gentry and demanded the redistribution of land.

March 6 is the anniversary of the 1910 peasants’ uprising at the small town of Kileler in the prefecture of Larissa.

The anniversary is still celebrated by Greek farmers as a turning point in their struggle against the extended privileges of landowners and the limitation of their own rights.
Holidays in Hellas / Re: Holidays on Skorpios
« Last Post by Maik on Tuesday, 06 March, 2018 @ 09:49:35 »
Russian Tycoon Dmitry Rybolovlev Starts €120Μ Project on Skorpios Island

Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev received the “green light” from the Greek State for a multi-million-euro investment project on Skorpios island in the Ionian Sea.

The project that will raise the prestige of nearby Lefkada and the rest of the Ionian islands is estimated to cost €120 million and works will commence at the end of the summer 2018.

According to the Athens Macedonian News Agency, the project will include the construction of 12 or more luxury villas, each with a total area of ​​500 to 1,200 sqm, with a total capacity of 48 beds and other accompanying facilities such as spas, restaurants and a marina.

Sports facilities such as golf, tennis and basketball courts and football fields will also be built on Skorpios.

The aim of the Rybolovlev family is to create the first luxury accommodation complex in Greece, located on a private island that is one of the few around the world.

The island of Skorpios, which was acquired about five years ago from the heir of shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis, Athena, has been designated as Natura.  This means that no more than 5 percent of the island can be built, therefore its development takes place in very careful steps, and as the host has stated, in full harmony with the environment.
Holidays in Hellas / Jet2 BHX-Greece
« Last Post by Maik on Monday, 05 March, 2018 @ 21:02:40 »
Jet2 are adding more flights from Birmingham to Corfu, Crete, Rhodes and Zakynthos - more info
UK & World News / Re: UK weather warning
« Last Post by Colleywobble on Monday, 05 March, 2018 @ 15:14:04 »
Think i'll go for the Caribbean idea! Our neighbour had to go away ,a family emergency and was away longer than anticipated .Came home and though heating had been on his bathroom waste and wc had all frozen up. His boiler is in the Bathroom so the condensing pipe was plumbed into the sink waste pipe as a result that was frozen up. We live in a bungalow so ours goes out through the wall into a drain and soak away. Why the British Gas engineers couldn't have plumbed ours into the waste for the washer as it is in the laundry room i'll never know think it was the cheapest option as we have had problem after problem with the system since they fitted a new boiler. I might add they were contractors working for them. The boiler has been fine except for this freezing problem, so maybe if you can have the drain fitted internally it is the better option. Think again it depends where your boiler is situated. Something to bare in mind if you are having a new boiler. Thank goodness the thaw has set in!!
UK & World News / Re: UK water shortage
« Last Post by TonyKath on Monday, 05 March, 2018 @ 14:06:09 »

Michael Gove has called for a crackdown on excessive executive pay and offshore financial arrangements within water companies, warning that concern about corporate behaviour could grow if customers face a hosepipe ban later this year. In a letter to Jonson Cox, chairman of Ofwat, the environment secretary said the government was prepared to hand more power to the industry regulator to help it tackle such practices.“The use by some water companies of opaque financial structures based in tax havens and high gearing is deeply concerning. I also share your concern that some water companies have for many years been making excessive profits,” wrote Gove. “Concern about water companies’ behaviour will only deepen if the dry weather experienced in the autumn means that some water companies bring in hosepipe bans or other restrictions on customer use.”   

Gove said Ofwat had a key role to play and thanked the water industry regulator for pressing companies to change behaviour. But he said more could be done and listed particular activities that undermined consumer trust, including offshore arrangements, securitisation, highly geared structures, excessive salaries and dividend payments.In his response Cox described it as an “immense privilege” for any company to hold a monopoly public service licence and said that must not be taken lightly. “It is entirely reasonable, when companies adopt more aggressive structures than customers are paying for, that Ofwat and customers want companies to be transparent about their financing and returns and explain them clearly.”

He said Ofwat was pushing companies on a number of fronts, and engaging intensively with the most highly leveraged, pointing to action taken with Thames Water. Thames, Britain’s largest water and waste water services company, has taken steps to close its controversial Cayman Islands subsidiaries, accepting that it “just looks wrong”. He promised to report on whether further help was needed by April. Gove’s intervention comes as Water UK releases information on average household water and sewerage bill increases in England and Wales for 2018-19. The organisation representing the industry said the new average bill would be £405, a rise of £9, which it stressed was 2%, so below inflation. A breakdown of expected increases finds a range across the country with some firms slightly reducing prices while others are opting for 3% or 4% hikes.Water UK said that £8bn extra would be invested in the industry this year as part of a £44bn commitment from 2015-20. It said the funding would help prevent 370m litres a day leaking from pipes and ensure nearly 5,000 fewer properties would be flooded with sewer water.  A spokesman for Water UK suggested it believed any investigations would give the industry a clean bill of health: “Water companies have been busy investing £8bn a year delivering world class services and addressing concerns raised by the regulator. So we look forward to the work by Ofwat bringing some sorely needed facts and balance to the debate.”

Guardian 01/02/18

UK & World News / Re: UK weather warning
« Last Post by TonyKath on Monday, 05 March, 2018 @ 13:47:38 »
The subject of condensing boilers has just been been on our local news. Apparently its affecting LOADS of people and some are asking, "which ----ing genius designed a boiler that won't work in freezing cold weather?"

Advice was to defrost with warm (not boiling) water and then lag the pipe, wrap the lagging in plastic sheeting. Makes me wonder... as it's a known problem, why aren't the pipes sufficiently protected during installation? 


Our old boiler needs replacing so have been looking into it - the problem, not the boiler.  Apparently condensing boilers came out in in 2005 - great idea, fuel efficient and save loadsa dosh on gas, oodles of them sold.  Don't think you can buy any other type now.  Manufacturers happy, customers happy...  until the winter of 2010 - I remember it being -12 at midday.  Condensing boilers conking out left right and centre.  The manufacturers said they had no idea this would happen, global warming, better winters etc.

"Solutions" =

    Lag outlet pipe conventionally - see Colleywobble above.  (BTW sorry to hear how you got caught with this)
    Have special condensate internally lagged pipe fitted.  Presumably if it still freezes up the kettle of hot water doesn't work!
    Have special electrically heated condensate pipe fitted - someone said about £250.  Thermostatically controlled so apparently relatively low running cost.
    Move to Caribbean.

UK & World News / UK water shortage
« Last Post by Maik on Monday, 05 March, 2018 @ 10:19:47 »
People across the UK asked to save water due to supply concerns

Bad weather has been blamed for problems with mains water supply to homes throughout the UK, with people urged to use as little water as possible.

A thaw in temperatures has caused a number of burst pipes and leaks, leaving tens of thousands of households without any water.

Water supply problems hit London and many parts of UK

Homes across the UK are facing water supply problems - with thousands of people in Wales and south-east England urged to use as little as possible.

Water companies say a weather thaw has resulted in low pressure issues, and a number of burst water mains and leaks.

About 5,000 homes are without water in Kent, thousands of properties are affected in Wales, while about 12,000 homes in London lost water overnight.

The Midlands, Wales and Scotland are also affected by intermittent supply.

Increased demand on Monday morning has put pressure on many water networks, with suppliers warning of poor water pressure and intermittent supplies as they try to refill pipes.
Kef 'quakes / Re: Kef 'quakes: wobble watch
« Last Post by Maik on Sunday, 04 March, 2018 @ 15:33:21 »
Magnitude   ML 2.3
Region   GREECE
Date time   2018-03-04 05:25:33.8 UTC
Location   38.31 N ; 20.42 E
Depth   12 km
Distances   291 km W of Athens, Greece / pop: 730,000 / local time: 07:25:33.8 2018-03-04
115 km W of Pátra, Greece / pop: 164,000 / local time: 07:25:33.8 2018-03-04
16 km NW of Argostólion, Greece / pop: 9,900 / local time: 07:25:33.8 2018-03-04
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