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Kefalonia News / Re: Items to be carried in your car
« Last Post by Jolly Roger on Sunday, 11 March, 2018 @ 08:14:18 »
It will be interesting to note if all the hire cars are so equipped.
Greek News / Highway Code revision
« Last Post by Maik on Friday, 09 March, 2018 @ 22:08:14 »
Government regulates private taxi firms, revises Highway Code

The revised Highway Code will slash fines by 40 percent overall, but will also in some instances triple the existing fines, based on the driver’s annual income.

Stiff penalties are planned for some of the most frequent violations, such as using a cell phone while at the wheel, motorcyclists not wearing a safety helmet, blocking handicapped ramps, and using the emergency highway lane when not necessary. The specific fines will be set by ministerial decision.
Kefalonia News / Items to be carried in your car
« Last Post by HiFi on Friday, 09 March, 2018 @ 14:28:10 »
Sifitas have just taken delivery of car first aid kits, warning triangles and fluorescent sleeveless tops after the police have been fining motorists in recent days for non possession.
UK & World News / Strange story
« Last Post by Maik on Friday, 09 March, 2018 @ 09:03:18 »
Strange story about Eammonn Donnellan, an Irish lorry driver sent by his employer to Greece to collect 23 pallets of olive oil. On the way back he was stopped and a search revealed numerous undeclared packages of cigarettes hidden among the olive oil pallets.

Donnellan was tried and convicted but soon released on appeal. End of story?

No. Six and a half years later he was fined €1,097,505 by Greek Customs & Excise. No-one actually told Donnellan. So the 'debt' accumulated to €1,507,971.

EU Magistrate Backs Irishman’s Protest of Greek Fine
Weird Wild Wacky / Re: Vintage news
« Last Post by BeeTee on Thursday, 08 March, 2018 @ 14:38:37 »
Quite interesting the couple of articles that I read. Have bookmarked it to dip into later on.
Weird Wild Wacky / Vintage news
« Last Post by Maik on Thursday, 08 March, 2018 @ 14:21:17 »
This article on caught my eye:

In Ancient Greece, prostitutes wore special sandals that printed a message in the ground reading, “Follow me”

It's credited to Vintage News, where there's quite a lot to read, such as

In 16th century Constantinople, not providing your wife with enough coffee was grounds for divorce


People used magic to get out of Roman toilets alive and other revelations about daily life in ancient world

Might come across as a 'satirical' (i.e. fake news) site but seems the stories are basically factual. Possibly worth a look if you've got some time on your hands:
Greek History & Culture / Re: The Twelve Islands
« Last Post by TonyKath on Wednesday, 07 March, 2018 @ 20:24:17 »
Thanks Maik. Hadn't actually realised that.

Greek History & Culture / The Twelve Islands
« Last Post by Maik on Wednesday, 07 March, 2018 @ 10:49:30 »
The Greek Islands Which Didn’t Join Greece Until 1947

The Dodecanese — the island chain furthest from the Greek mainland which includes Rhodes, Kos as well as other touristic gems — attracts thousands of visitors every year.

However, many sipping their ouzo or Greek coffee would not be aware that their sunny island paradise did not actually become part of the Greek state until halfway through the 20th century.

It was only in 1947, after having endured centuries of occupation by different powers and a campaign to strip them of their Greek identity, that the islanders joined their fellow Greeks.
Kefalonia News / Re: Kef airport soon sold?
« Last Post by Maik on Wednesday, 07 March, 2018 @ 10:34:24 »
And Ryanair aren't happy...

Ryanair unhappy with expected rate hikes at 14 Fraport-managed airports around Greece

Ryanair's displeasure with looming rate hikes at 14 regional airports managed by a Fraport-led consortium came this week from official lips, with the low-cost airliner's chief commercial officer, David O’Brien, complaining that the hikes impede growth in Greece's air travel sector, especially during off-season months.

Higher rates at the 14 regional airports around Greece are reportedly expected as of April 1, 2018.

Among others, O’Brien claimed that a 90-euro fee charged for the presence of a fire engine during a plane's refueling, and when the boarding of passengers is taking place simultaneously, does not exist anywhere else except Greece.

Low-cost carriers, he said, regularly board passengers when refueling.
Weird Wild Wacky / Re: Cat owner, 53, is left confused after being bitten by his moggy
« Last Post by Maik on Wednesday, 07 March, 2018 @ 00:46:06 »
The really scary bit - from the same article:

The new case follows the tale of a 23-year-old Belgian man who was left unable to get an erection after being scratched by a cat last September.
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