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Grapevine / News Briefs / Re: 01/04/23
« Last Post by Maik on Saturday, 01 April, 2023 @ 03:56:56 »
At a marathon, sometimes acrimonious, sitting last night the EU Committee on Regional Development, in the early hours of this morning, approved a proposal from the Ionian Islands Regional Council to fund a feasibility study into a tunnel linking Antipata, near Fiskardo, with Vasiliki on neighbouring Levkas.

Supporters of the proposal argued that, along with the already proposed Levkas-mainland tunnel, it will reduce journey times to destinations in Greece and mainland Europe by up to four hours compared to current ferry crossing times via Patras or Kyllini, thus increasing tourism volume and reducing costs in the shops.

Environmentalists and ferry companies objected citing the cost, danger of landslides above Myrtos and the effect of increased trafic on the Fiskardo-Argostoli road when the Argostoli-Poros ferry port road is being improved at enormous expense. They also claim the tunnel will not be toll-free.

If constructed it would be possible to drive from Kefalonia to the UK, via Preveza, without a ferry crossing. However, this may not be the case as it was revealed that secret talks with leading Brexiteers have taken place in London regarding dismantling the Channel Tunnel section by section and selling it to the Greek government, albeit at a substantial loss on the original construction costs.

Grapevine / News Briefs / Re: 01/04/23
« Last Post by Maik on Saturday, 01 April, 2023 @ 03:52:22 »
Train passengers forced to alight after driver spots broken track

More than a month after a deadly train collision in northern Greece, passengers aboard a suburban rail service in Patra had to alight from the train after the driver spotted a broken piece of track.
Grapevine / News Briefs / Re: 01/04/23
« Last Post by Maik on Saturday, 01 April, 2023 @ 03:34:44 »
As of yesterday the price of heating oil in Greece increased by 15% as the winter subsidy ended.
Grapevine / News Briefs / 01/04/23
« Last Post by Maik on Saturday, 01 April, 2023 @ 03:30:46 »
Καλό μήνα

Today’s bank rates:
1 €UR = £0.9081 GBP
1 €UR = $1.1213 USD
£1 GBP = 1.1012 €UR
$1 USD = 0.8918 €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
Sat 01/04   18°/12°   20 km/h   10%   Sun & cloud
Thu 02/04   16°/12°   13 km/h   72%   Showers probable
Fri 03/04   15°/10°   26 km/h   99%   Rain and/or thunder probable
Sat 04/04   15°/09°   30 km/h   79%   Showers & winds probable
Sun 05/04   14°/08°   21 km/h   45%   Showers possible
Mon 06/04   14°/09°   21 km/h   22%   Sun & cloud
Tue 07/04   15°/10°   17 km/h   21%   Sun & cloud
Wed 08/04   17°/10°   17 km/h   24%   Sun & cloud
Thu 09/04   16°/10°   20 km/h   20%   Sun & cloud
Fri 10/04   17°/10°   20 km/h   09%   Sun & cloud
No risk of frost
UK & World News / Re: Weather warning
« Last Post by Maik on Friday, 31 March, 2023 @ 21:16:55 »
Wettest March in over 40 years for England

England has had its wettest March since 1981, with Wales and Northern Ireland also seeing one of their wettest Marches on record.

According to early provisional Met Office statistics including data up to 30 March, England, Wales and Northern Ireland have all so far had one of their respective top ten wettest Marches on records which go back to 1836.
Grapevine / News Briefs / Re: 31/03/23
« Last Post by Maik on Friday, 31 March, 2023 @ 20:15:11 »
Not just the dogs! If you want to poo on the path you'll need a poo bag, too  ;)

Grapevine / News Briefs / Re: 31/03/23
« Last Post by HiFi on Friday, 31 March, 2023 @ 17:08:34 »
Municipality of Argostoli is reminding citizens of the requirement to use a poo bag when exercising dogs.

For the dogs I presume?
Grapevine / News Briefs / Re: 31/03/23
« Last Post by Maik on Friday, 31 March, 2023 @ 16:38:38 »
Tesco makes major change to online orders that will hit shoppers’ pockets

Tesco has announced an increase to the minimum spend customers must reach to qualify for delivery.

The basket charge put on online orders that do not meet the minimum spend for delivery will also be increased.

The minimum spend for deliveries will increase from £40 to £50, while the basket charge will rise from £4 to £5.

The changes will come into force from May 2, the supermarket said. The minimum spend on click and collect orders will remain unchanged at £25.

The changes come weeks after Tesco announced two changes to its Clubcards.
Grapevine / News Briefs / Re: 31/03/23
« Last Post by Maik on Friday, 31 March, 2023 @ 16:33:56 »
Manchester’s £1-a-night tourist tax comes into force

From tomorrow (1 April) tourists will have to pay a £1 tax to stay in Manchester – the first city in the UK to impose a tourist tax on visitors.

Overnight guests in city centre hotels or holiday apartments will be charged £1 a night, per room, as part of a new scheme which officials hope will raise £3m a year.
Grapevine / News Briefs / Re: 31/03/23
« Last Post by Maik on Friday, 31 March, 2023 @ 16:31:57 »
Carmakers to ration petrol and diesel car sales until 2030 ban

Car manufacturers will be forced to ration the number of petrol and diesel cars it sells from next year until 2030 when these sales will face an outright ban.

The Government’s Zero Emissions Vehicle mandate (ZEV) will put yearly restrictions on car manufacturers on the proportion of petrol cars they can sell, in a bid to drive up electric vehicle use and hit net zero targets.

With the need for an increased proportion of electric car sales, this will inevitably lead to the production of fewer petrol and diesel cars as manufacturers switch focus.

The much-anticipated ZEV mandate, which is now being consulted on, will require manufacturers to ensure 22 per cent of all new cars sold are electric by the start of next year, with this growing to 80 per cent in 2030.

Carmakers who do not hit their targets, will face fines of £15,000 per car under the target.
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