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Greek News / Re: Don't mention the war
« Last Post by Maik on Thursday, 20 September, 2018 @ 20:02:36 »
Greece renews battle for war reparations
Now free of its debt crisis aid package, Greece's government is again pressing Berlin to pay billions in compensation for the death and destruction it suffered under German occupation in WWII.

In recent years, Germany has been the bogeyman in Greece. Europe’s most powerful country was viewed as the driving force behind the austerity measures forced on the bankrupt Mediterranean minnow after its debt crisis, a source of misery for its hapless citizens.

Germany hoped that the end of the Greek aid program last month might help reset relations. But where Berlin saw a chance for reconciliation, a newly confident Athens saw an opportunity: The Greek government is putting the issue of German war reparations back on the agenda.
Kefalonia News / EasyJet Flights 2019 Available
« Last Post by BeeTee on Thursday, 20 September, 2018 @ 10:09:18 »
Flights available to book up to end of June 2019.
Greek News / Re: KTEL baggage tracking
« Last Post by TonyKath on Tuesday, 18 September, 2018 @ 22:18:18 »
My  concern is people walking off with my suitcase in the free for all when the bus stops. :unsure: I try to get seat No 5, two back from the driver, near enough to the front door, and put my bag under the window. Dunno how baggage tags will stop Greeks grabbing their bags direct from the luggage space. Might stop the English, though.

Greek News / Re: KTEL baggage tracking
« Last Post by HiFi on Tuesday, 18 September, 2018 @ 14:29:52 »
Has always been of concern to me that you can turn up at the bus station, put a suitcase on the bus full of anything you want before it boards a ferry, without having to show a ticket or even get on the bus yourself........
Greek News / KTEL baggage tracking
« Last Post by Maik on Tuesday, 18 September, 2018 @ 12:50:12 »
KTEL Intercity Bus Service to Get Baggage Tracking System

Greece’s intercity bus service – known as KTEL – is set to get a much-needed overhaul including a new luggage tracking system after the infrastructure ministry decided to allocate funds in this direction.

This new system, which includes airport-style bar-code tagging and identification of luggage (via sticker tags), is set to be installed at 63 KTEL ticket outlets and is expected to effectively route checked luggage to its final destination, simplify baggage claim, ensure security and provide info for the bus service provider to identify and trace bags that have gone missing.

Quite possibly includes Kef as it's one of 62 KTEL companies listed. Presumably the Argostoli ticket outlet, so maybe not so much help if you board the bus at e.g. Poros port. Although "Users booking tickets online will be able to print luggage tags."
UK & World News / Re: UK weather warning
« Last Post by Maik on Tuesday, 18 September, 2018 @ 12:21:58 »
UK weather forecast: Storm Ali to bring winds up to 80mph as Storm Helene moves away from Britain
Alert warns of danger to life from flying debris

Storm Ali is set to bring gusts of up to 80mph across parts of the UK as the remnants of Storm Helene move on.

The Met Office has issued a warning for windy weather across Northern Ireland, Scotland, the north of England and Wales for Wednesday.

Forecasters cancelled a wind warning for Tuesday after gusts from Storm Helene failed to meet the threshold to merit a warning.

However, the alert for Wednesday warns of injuries and danger to life from flying debris and will remain in place from 6am to 10pm.

The Met Office also warned that damage to buildings, power cuts, road closures and transport cancellations are possible.
UK & World News / Re: UK weather warning
« Last Post by Maik on Tuesday, 18 September, 2018 @ 03:16:10 »
UK heatwave caused hundreds of extra deaths this summer, figures suggest
Total of 625 extra deaths recorded during two periods of higher-than-normal temperatures in spring and early summer

Hundreds of extra deaths were recorded in England as a result of a heatwave during spring and early summer, official statistics show.

In the last week of June, when temperatures rose above 30C, 382 more deaths occurred than the average.

During an earlier period of unseasonably warm spring temperatures in April, 243 more deaths were observed than the five-year average.

Experts said many of the deaths could have been prevented if the public had been made aware “about the increasing risks of heatwaves due to climate change”.
Greek History & Culture / Re: Hadrian's Reservoir
« Last Post by Bryan-in-Kilkis on Monday, 17 September, 2018 @ 20:06:25 »
Coming to this cinema this week: Steven Spielberg's "Jaws" (1975).
Greek History & Culture / Hadrian's Reservoir
« Last Post by Maik on Monday, 17 September, 2018 @ 19:48:42 »
Hadrian's Reservoir

One of Roman Athens’ most amazing engineering feats now lies below a modern outdoor movie theater. Fans of the silver screen can gather beneath the night air to watch their favorite films, all while perched atop a nearly 2,000-year-old reservoir.
Greek History & Culture / Re: Ancient Greek 'Hi Tech'
« Last Post by Maik on Monday, 17 September, 2018 @ 16:01:32 »
Grand Opening for Ancient Greek Technology Museum Kostas Kotsanas

An Athens museum casting the spotlight on ancient Greek technology, featuring over 300 exhibits or copies of ancient Greek devices and inventions, was inaugurated this week in the presence of government officials, academics, diplomats, artists and entrepreneurs.

The Museum of Ancient Greek Technology is located on 8 Pindarou St, and is open daily and on weekends from 9am to 5 pm, and 9am-8pm in June-September.

The museum is a non-profit organization and has never received state or private subsidies.
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