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Maik:
Today’s bank rates:   
1 €UR = £ 0.8838 GBP   £1 GBP = 1.1314 €UR
1 €UR = $ 1.1179 USD   $1 USD = 0.8975 €UR
1 €UR = $ 1.7169 AUD   $1 AUD = 0.5824 €UR
   
Based on National Bank of Greece exchange rates.   
Other banks likely to offer rates 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 @ weather.com   
   
Day, Date   Hi°/Lo°   Wind sp   Wet   Forecast   
Sun 03/03   17°/11°   11 km/h   06%   Starting cloudy then turning sunny    
Mon 04/03   17°/10°   30 km/h   93%   Thunderstorms probable, winds possible
Tue 05/03   15°/10°   20 km/h   49%   Showers possible   
Wed 06/03   16°/10°   15 km/h   24%   Sun & cloud    
Thu 07/03   14°/09°   16 km/h   55%   Scattered thunderstorms probable   
Fri 08/03   16°/10°   12 km/h   21%   Mostly sunny    
Sat 09/03   17°/11°   16 km/h   12%   Sun & cloud    
Sun 10/03   17°/12°   23 km/h   35%   Showers possible   
Mon 11/03   18°/12°   23 km/h   24%   Sun & cloud    
Tue 12/03   19°/12°   22 km/h   24%   Sun & cloud    
   

Maik:
Three more little wobbles last night: Kef 'quakes: wobble watch

Maik:
Another 34 little wobbles: Kef 'quakes: wobble watch

Maik:

--- Quote ---Greece witnesses hottest winter on record

This winter has been the hottest in recorded Greek history, according to preliminary data from the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) analyzed by the scientific team of the National Observatory of Athens, meteo.gr.

Specifically, the 2023-2024 winter (December 2023, January, and February 2024) in Greece was marked by extended periods of high temperatures, significantly surpassing seasonal norms.

Meteo reports that the winter of 2023-2024 is recorded as the warmest in Greek history, surpassing the winter of 2015-2016. Notably, of the last 10 years, six have seen the warmest winters on record.
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https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1233169/greece-witnesses-hottest-winter-on-record/

Maik:

--- Quote ---Week in Insights: The Cashless Future Is Coming From Greece

Digital transactions are swiftly catching up to cash exchanges. A cashless future seems inevitable, not just possible. The first move may have already been made by Greece, a country that has struggled with its fair share of economic challenges and tax evasion issues.

Greece’s government has attempted to curb tax evasion by banning cash for transactions exceeding 500 euros. The new policy took effect this year and includes steep fines of up to a doubling of the underlying transaction amount.

Simultaneously, Greece has moved toward a “point of sale everywhere” policy, ensuring that digital transactions generate a receipt for the purchaser and real-time data provided to the Independent Authority for Public Revenue. Assuming compliance and sufficient resources for enforcement, the policy can be expected to significantly enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of tax collection in the country.
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https://news.bloombergtax.com/financial-accounting/week-in-insights-the-cashless-future-is-coming-from-greece

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