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Greek News / Re: Re-test for old drivers
« Last Post by Jolly Roger on Tuesday, 25 September, 2018 @ 08:45:40 »
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Meanwhile foreigners are not exempt. Anyone above 74 years of age will be required to sit for the test.

Surely they do not intend to test every visitor?
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Greek News / Re-test for old drivers
« Last Post by Maik on Monday, 24 September, 2018 @ 18:25:12 »
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All drivers, in Greece, above 74 urged to update their license
Drivers will need to repeat the procedure every three years

A new highway code that was introduced last week by Greek Minister of Transport Christos Spirtzis dictates that anyone above the age of 74 will have to renew their driver’s license.

They will be required to sit for an exam once every three years according to the new law, while those who are above the age of 80 will need to prove their driving skills once every two years.

Those required to sit the examination will be tested on road signs, and the driving test will only be focused on the basics.

Meanwhile foreigners are not exempt. Anyone above 74 years of age will be required to sit for the test.
https://neoskosmos.com/en/121742/all-drivers-in-greece-above-74-urged-to-update-their-license/


"the driving test will only be focused on the basics". Can the driving test get any more basic than nine minutes?  Could be 'interesting' for older Brits as some techniques are definitely different in Greece.
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Kef 'quakes / Re: Kef 'quakes: wobble watch
« Last Post by Maik on Monday, 24 September, 2018 @ 17:07:12 »
Magnitude   ML 2.3
Region   GREECE
Date time   2018-09-24 06:37:55.1 UTC
Location   38.14 N ; 20.61 E
Depth   16 km
Distances   273 km W of Athens, Greece / pop: 730,000 / local time: 09:37:55.1 2018-09-24
99 km W of Pátra, Greece / pop: 164,000 / local time: 09:37:55.1 2018-09-24
12 km SE of Argostólion, Greece / pop: 9,900 / local time: 09:37:55.1 2018-09-24
3 km S of Valsamáta, Greece / pop: 1,100 / local time: 09:37:55.1 2018-09-24
https://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=714521
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Greek News / Heating oil price hike
« Last Post by Maik on Monday, 24 September, 2018 @ 13:07:18 »
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Heating oil seen 16-17 percent dearer than last year

Heating oil, which will go on sale on October 15, will be more expensive this winter season compared to last, sellers have said.

In an announcement on Monday, the association of gas suppliers in the northern port city of Thessaloniki warned consumers to brace for a sizable increase that is seen in the area of 15 to 16 percent, barring unexpected international developments.

The price per liter is seen starting at 1.11 euros at least in cities and 1.25 euros in remote parts of the country and on the islands.
http://www.ekathimerini.com/232894/article/ekathimerini/business/heating-oil-seen-16-17-percent-dearer-than-last-year

Ah, winter in rural Greece. The air is filled with the sweet sound of chainsaws buzzing like angry bees.
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Greek News / Re: Greece: Landslide at famed 'shipwreck' beach; 1 injured
« Last Post by Maik on Saturday, 22 September, 2018 @ 21:51:02 »
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Iconic Greek Beach Reopens After Landslide

The Navagio beach in the Greek island of Zakynthos reopened on Saturday to visitors after a landslide earlier in the month that caused light injuries to three tourists.

Local authority officials say that the beach is now safe despite warnings by experts that further landslides could occur.

A team of scientists from the University of Athens have recommended that the beach should be closed completely to the public.

Following a visit to the beach last week, a team from the university’s Department of Geology opined that more landslides can be expected in the area.
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/09/22/iconic-greek-beach-reopens-after-landslide/

 :dunno:
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Greek History & Culture / The Kefalonia massacre
« Last Post by Maik on Saturday, 22 September, 2018 @ 21:42:00 »
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Kefalonia massacre: Revisiting a Nazi war crime in Greece
In September 1943, German Wehrmacht troops slaughtered some 5,200 Italian soldiers on the Greek isle. The massacre was a turning point in Greece and Italy's relationship, but the bloody event was downplayed for years.
https://www.dw.com/en/kefalonia-massacre-revisiting-a-nazi-war-crime-in-greece/a-45602579
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UK & World News / Supermarket surprise?
« Last Post by Maik on Saturday, 22 September, 2018 @ 17:23:25 »
A price comparison from supermarkets' own websites comparing like for like, e.g. Nescafe 200 gram jar. Although why would you buy a 200 gram jar of Nescafe at Sainsbury's for £5.80 when you could buy, at Sainsbury's, a 300 gram jar for £4.50?




Supermarket pricing isn't straightforward. Morrisons would charge you £8 to buy that 300 gram jar of Nescafe but, being smart, you'd buy a 200 gram jar for £4 and a 100 gram jar for £3.27, making a total of £7.27, a saving of 73p. Or you could buy not 300 but 400 grams (2x 200 gram jars) for your eight quid.




Comparing like for like isn't easy as not all the supermarkets sell their items in the same sizes as their competitors. Taking Fairy Liquid as an example, I found eleven different sizes across the five supermarkets but only two sizes were sold by all five, I compared 625ml prices as these were the better value of the two.


Prices in GBP per litre


Not only is there a bewildering range of sizes, here's the bewildering range of Fairy washing up liquids available:

Fairy Original
Fairy Original with LiftAction
Fairy Apple
Fairy Lemon
Fairy Citrus Grove
Fairy Pomegranate
Fairy Pomegranate And Honeysuckle
Fairy Platinum
Fairy Platinum Lemon
Fairy Platinum With 3X Action
Fairy Antibacterial Eucalyptus
Fairy Antibacterial Lime & Lemongrass
Fairy Pure & Clean
Fairy Clean & Care Rose & Satin
Fairy Clean & Care Aloe Vera & Cucumber

See if I've missed any at:
Waitrose
Sainsbury's
Tesco
Morrisons
Asda

When I buy washing up liquid I just want the best value for money, I don't give a fig (or an apple, or lemon, or pomegranite... ) about whether it's green, lime green, lemon or pink and I suspect most people have the same selection criteria.

Moving on... In a few cases where there wasn't a common size I've used price per kilo/litre to make the comparison as accurate as possible.

At the start I tried to compare Aldi and Lidl prices as well but it soon became apparent it wasn't possible to include those two as they don't have the same breadth of items.

All comparisons were in the same 24 hour period and are compared at the prices listed. However, in some cases, especially at Tesco and Morrisons, there were 'special offers' which were better value but couldn't be compared as they were unique to that supermarket.

The total price for Morrisons looks worse due to two items in particular, both of which most folk probably don't buy regularly, if at all. Morrisons were charging £27.50 for Courvoisier 70 cl when the price at Sainsbury's, Tesco and Asda was about £7 less. Also, Morrisons don't offer one litre of own brand virgin olive oil, so I priced it as 2x0.5 ltr. As most folk won't buy these you could knock a tenner off the Morrisons total and then there's little total price difference between Sainsbury's, Tesco and Morrisons.

If you want to check out the comparisons here's a spreadsheet, composed in LibreOffice but saved in MS .xlsx format so it should open OK.

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Kefalonia News / Re: Kef airport soon sold?
« Last Post by Maik on Saturday, 22 September, 2018 @ 12:02:38 »
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Fraport Greece announces fee hikes next year at 3 airports whose upgrades will finish by end of 2018

Fraport Greece this week announced that it will increase fees at three airports whose upgrades will be completed by the end of the year, namely, at Hania, Kavala and Zakynthos. The hikes will take effect as of April 1, 2019.

Based on a concession agreement signed between Fraport Greece and the Greek state, the company can increase per passenger fee from 13 euros to 18.5 euros once agreed to upgrades are completed.

Pending hikes in the same fee is expected for the other 11 regional airports that the German-Greek company manages around the east Mediterranean country.
https://www.naftemporiki.gr/story/1394232/fraport-greece-announces-fee-hikes-next-year-at-3-airports-whose-upgrades-will-finish-by-end-of-2018
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Going Geek info / Who reads your Gmail?
« Last Post by Maik on Saturday, 22 September, 2018 @ 02:51:30 »
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Google admits giving hundreds of firms access to your Gmail inbox

Hundreds of apps are able to scan and share data from the email inboxes of Gmail accounts, Google has revealed.

In a letter to US lawmakers, which was made public on Thursday, Google explained that third-party developers are able to both access and share data from Gmail accounts – though the company said it thoroughly vets any third parties that are granted access.
https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/google-gmail-data-sharing-email-inbox-privacy-scandal-a8548941.html
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UK & World News / Re: UK weather warning
« Last Post by Maik on Friday, 21 September, 2018 @ 09:39:01 »
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Warning as Storm Bronagh brings strong winds and heavy rain

Blustery winds and heavy rain will continue to pose a risk of disruption into Friday after Storm Bronagh blew in overnight with gales that reached 76mph.

Coming hot on the heels of Storm Ali, the second named storm of the year threatens to cause more travel misery with fallen trees and flooding blocking roads and rail routes.
http://www.itv.com/news/2018-09-21/warning-as-storm-bronagh-brings-strong-winds-and-heavy-rain/
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