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Grapevine / News Briefs / Re: 03/10/23
« Last Post by Maik on Tuesday, 03 October, 2023 @ 03:21:09 »
Body of a 72 y-o Greek female recovered midday yesterday from the sea at Aktaiou, Rio
Grapevine / News Briefs / 03/10/23
« Last Post by Maik on Tuesday, 03 October, 2023 @ 03:10:21 »
Kef fire risk 03/10/23: Low

Today’s bank rates:
1 €UR = £0.8923 GBP
1 €UR = $1.0846 USD
£1 GBP = 1.1207 €UR
$1 USD = 0.9220 €UR

Based on Alpha Bank exchange rates, these are widely used by exchange agencies in Greece.
Other banks likely to offer a different rate which may be marginally higher or lower.
Banks and foreign exchange offices normally charge standard 2% commission.
You may get a better rate changing your holiday money in advance at e.g the
Post Office.
NB: some f-ex agencies advertise "No Commission".
Invariably, they deduct commission before they (don't) advertise the rate.
Foreign exchange offices are businesses, not charities.

Ten day weather forecast for Kefalonia:
This is an overall forecast, due to the mountainous terrain the weather can be very localised.
Updated forecast @

Day, Date   Hi°/Lo°   Wind sp   Wet   Forecast
Tue 03/10   27°/18°   11 km/h   08%   Sunny
Wed 04/10   27°/18°   14 km/h   08%   Sunny
Thu 05/10   27°/19°   15 km/h   24%   Sunny
Fri 06/10   27°/19°   18 km/h   10%   Sunny
Sat 07/10   27°/18°   10 km/h   14%   Sunny
Sun 08/10   27°/18°   13 km/h   07%   Sunny
Mon 09/10   27°/18°   12 km/h   05%   Sunny
Tue 10/10   26°/17°   14 km/h   05%   Sunny
Wed 11/10   26°/17°   12 km/h   16%   Mostly sunny
Thu 12/10   25°/19°   16 km/h   33%   Isolated thunderstorms possible

Grapevine / News Briefs / Re: 02/10/23
« Last Post by Maik on Monday, 02 October, 2023 @ 22:15:19 »
Not all renters smoke weed or are in gangs, minister says

Not all renters are "bad people" who smoke weed or are in gangs, the housing minister has said as she defended plans to strengthen renters' rights.

Rachel Maclean said the government was committed to the Renters Reform Bill and she hoped it would make progress in Parliament soon.

The bill would ban landlords in England from evicting tenants with no justification.
Grapevine / News Briefs / Re: 02/10/23
« Last Post by Maik on Monday, 02 October, 2023 @ 22:04:16 »
Apparently the price of olive oil has reached record a high and theft of olives is now a serious concern for growers.
Grapevine / News Briefs / Re: 02/10/23
« Last Post by Maik on Monday, 02 October, 2023 @ 21:59:29 »
According to the mayor of Sami the municipality submitted to the Ministry of Culture's Ephorate of Speleology - Paleoanthropology required safety studies relating to Melissani and Drogarati caves in September 2022. These were passed to the responsible body, the Central Archaeological Council (KAS), for approval but as yet have not been placed on the KAS agenda for discussion.

The municipality over the past few years have installed electronic ticketing connected to the tax system and visitor control and counting cameras and safety / security gates. Before the start of this season the gates were damaged during theft of the cameras, upgraded security is underway.

Greek History & Culture / Re: Books about Greece
« Last Post by Maik on Monday, 02 October, 2023 @ 21:36:51 »
A Newly Translated Novel Captures the Tragedy of Greek Communism

Greece’s communists began the mid-twentieth century on the battlefield, moved from there to the prisons and then, if they were lucky, exile. The less fortunate found themselves in front of firing squads.

During World War II, the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) led the resistance against the Nazis, and at the end of the war, it controlled most of the country. Yet when the British-backed government in exile returned, it launched an anti-communist purge, imprisoning almost fifty thousand partisans and empowering right-wing death squads to act as police.

By 1946, when the communists revolted against this White Terror, the Cold War had begun. They thus found themselves facing not just the king’s government, but also the United Kingdom and the United States, in the West’s first test of the Truman Doctrine. After the communists’ defeat in 1949, the government passed Emergency Law 509, outlawing the KKE. Then, on April 21, 1967 — after two long decades of anti-communist collaboration between the CIA and the Greek state — a group of far-right military officers staged the coup that installed the Regime of the Colonels, which would exile the last fragments of the Greek left to remote islands in the Aegean.

The Commune is a difficult text, admirable as a novel yet in some ways richer as a historical document.
UK & World News / Re: Weather warning
« Last Post by Maik on Monday, 02 October, 2023 @ 19:44:51 »
Thunderstorms set to batter Britain TONIGHT: Met Office issues yellow warning for swathes of the country including London, with downpours set to last the rest of the week

Thunderstorms are set to batter Britain tonight, with the Met Office issuing a yellow warning for swathes of the country including London.

Downpours are expected for the rest of the week, with yellow storm warnings over parts of the UK in place until Friday.

The forecast for storms today and tomorrow covers a large section of the south east, including parts of London, Cambs and East Anglia.

It will move north later in the week, with storms expected to hit Glasgow before moving up the coast to north west Scotland.
Grapevine / News Briefs / Re: 02/10/23
« Last Post by Maik on Monday, 02 October, 2023 @ 19:43:18 »
Greece forced into ‘painful’ shutdown of country’s biggest stadium due to safety concerns
The Olympic Stadium in Athens faces questions over the stability of its steel dome and has been closed indefinitely

Greek authorities have shut the country's biggest sports stadium amid concerns over the stability of its steel dome, an architectural landmark built for the Athens 2004 Olympic Games.

The 70,000-seat Olympic Stadium hosts major sporting events throughout the year, including football’s Champions League as well as sold-out concerts, most recently Guns N' Roses in the summer.

Stadium officials said on Friday all activities would be halted indefinitely after a study found the stadium's roof – as well as that of the country's sole cycling track nearby – "did not meet the legally permitted levels of static adequacy."

Grapevine / News Briefs / Re: 02/10/23
« Last Post by Maik on Monday, 02 October, 2023 @ 19:38:14 »
Greece has second highest unemployment rate in the EU, reports Eurostat

The unemployment rate in the EU, and in Greece, has dropped from last year, according to a Eurostat report released on Monday. At the same time, Greece recorded the second-highest unemployment rate in the EU (10.9%) followed by Spain (11.5%).
Grapevine / News Briefs / Re: 02/10/23
« Last Post by Maik on Monday, 02 October, 2023 @ 19:21:51 »
Huge crowd for Truss conference speech as ministers struggle with attendance

Former prime minister Liz Truss has attracted a huge crowd for her speech at the Conservative Party Conference while Cabinet ministers have been struggling to fill auditoriums.

Senior Tories had urged Ms Truss to stay away from the Manchester conference amid concerns she could cause difficulties for Rishi Sunak but it appears party members are still keen to hear from the UK's shortest serving PM.

She was asked, "are you just here to cause trouble?" by reporters as she arrived in Manchester ahead of her speech at a fringe event where former home secretary Priti Patel and former business secretary Jacob Rees-Mogg also spoke.

Ms Truss told a so-called growth rally her party needs to “make the case for Conservatism again” and “do more to revive Conservative values and show that they deliver”.

Rishi Sunak’s Commons majority in peril as 60 Tories join Liz Truss group

Growth Group now same size as government’s majority, as it urges PM to cut taxes and resume fracking

Short memories in the Tory party? Are those Conservative party values the ones that saw selected a lying, serial shagging, egotist as PM and then followed that up by selecting an idiot who delivered a wrecked economy in record time? 

The Tory party looks to be intent on publicly tearing itself apart.

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