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Grapevine / News Briefs / Re: 29/03/23
« Last Post by Maik on Wednesday, 29 March, 2023 @ 21:45:10 »
Fraud inquiry launched after foreign pork allegedly sold as British

Foreign pork falsely labelled as British appears to have been sold by leading supermarkets, according to a new report released as the Food Standards Agency (FSA) launched an investigation into supply chain fraud.

An investigation by the trade publication Farmers Weekly has found that until at least the end of 2020, one of the UK’s top food manufacturers has been selling mislabelled and sometimes rotten meat to retailers.

Meat produced by the company is reported to have ended up in products such as ready meals, quiches, sandwiches and other produce sold in Tesco, Asda, Co-op, Morrisons and Marks & Spencer.
Grapevine / News Briefs / Re: 29/03/23
« Last Post by Maik on Wednesday, 29 March, 2023 @ 15:48:16 »

Hero's return for astronaut Shaun the Sheep

It was a giant leap for lamb-kind, but now he's baa-ck.

Shaun the Sheep has returned to Britain after taking part in the US space agency's (Nasa) epic mission to the Moon last year.

A model of the animated movie character was a passenger in the capsule that was blasted into orbit by the world's most powerful operational rocket.

Shaun covered almost 1.5 million miles on his lunar travels before splashing down in the Pacific Ocean.
Grapevine / News Briefs / Re: 29/03/23
« Last Post by Maik on Wednesday, 29 March, 2023 @ 15:34:26 »
Kef police have arrested three locals for the theft of externally mounted air conditioning units and plumbing equipment from business premises in Argostoli between midday Friday and Saturday morning last week. Items recovered and returned.
Grapevine / News Briefs / Re: 29/03/23
« Last Post by Maik on Wednesday, 29 March, 2023 @ 15:28:26 »
4th Primary School of Argostoli will be the site of an earthquake and fire scenario exercise starting 09:00 this Friday, 31 March.
Grapevine / News Briefs / Re: 29/03/23
« Last Post by Maik on Wednesday, 29 March, 2023 @ 13:32:55 »
Paul O'Grady: TV presenter and comedian dies aged 67

O'Grady rose to fame in the 1990s with his drag queen persona Lily Savage, going on to present BBC One game show Blankety Blank and other light entertainment programmes.

Later in his career, he went on to host a number of chat shows, and also brought his love of dogs to the screen.

A statement released on behalf of Queen Consort, Camilla, she was "deeply saddened to have learned of the death of Paul O'Grady, with whom she worked closely to support the work of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home and whose warm heart and infectious humour lit up the lives of so many".
Grapevine / News Briefs / Re: 29/03/23
« Last Post by Maik on Wednesday, 29 March, 2023 @ 05:14:38 »
Giant meatball created using woolly mammoth flesh

A mammoth meatball has been created using the resurrected flesh of the long-extinct animal.

It was produced by a cultivated meat company as part of a project trying to demonstrate the potential of growing flesh from cells without slaughtering animals.

Vow, the Australian company behind the innovation, is aiming to use cells from unconventional species to create new kinds of meat, while highlighting the link between large-scale livestock production and the destruction of wildlife and the climate crisis.

But no one has yet tasted the mammoth meatball, as the scientists behind it say they would have “no idea how our immune system would react when we eat it.”

The company has already investigated the potential of more than 50 species, including alpaca, buffalo, crocodile, kangaroo, peacocks and different types of fish.
Grapevine / News Briefs / Re: 29/03/23
« Last Post by Maik on Wednesday, 29 March, 2023 @ 05:12:30 »
Tuesday, 04 April is World Stray Animals Day. Appears to also be World Rat Day and International Carrot Day.
Grapevine / News Briefs / Re: 29/03/23
« Last Post by Maik on Wednesday, 29 March, 2023 @ 05:07:56 »
Monday coming, 03 April, UK postage stamps rise in price. Standard internal 1st class postage up to 100g will cost £1.10, 2nd class 75p.

International  standard delivery to Greece (up to 100g) will cost £2.20
Grapevine / News Briefs / 29/03/23
« Last Post by Maik on Wednesday, 29 March, 2023 @ 04:51:49 »
Today’s bank rates:
1 €UR = £0.9058 GBP
1 €UR = $1.1166 USD
£1 GBP = 1.1040 €UR
$1 USD = 0.8956 €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
Wed 29/03   14°/10°   26 km/h   00%   Sun & cloud
Thu 30/03   17°/11°   14 km/h   07%   Mostly sunny
Fri 31/03   17°/13°   18 km/h   24%   Sun & cloud
Sat 01/04   19°/13°   18 km/h   24%   Sun & cloud
Sun 02/04   17°/12°   17 km/h   54%   Showers probable
Mon 03/04   16°/10°   20 km/h   83%   Thunderstorms probable
Tue 04/04   15°/10°   24 km/h   73%   Thundershowers probable
Wed 05/04   15°/10°   22 km/h   64%   Showers probable
Thu 06/04   16°/10°   19 km/h   24%   Sun & cloud
Fri 07/04   16°/11°   22 km/h   24%   Sun & cloud
No risk of frost
Grapevine / News Briefs / Re: 28/03/23
« Last Post by Maik on Tuesday, 28 March, 2023 @ 20:02:27 »
Greek security forces foil terrorist attack against Jewish Synagogue – Two Pakistanis were arrested

The Greek Police and the National Intelligence Service (NIS) proceeded to dismantle a terrorist network in Athens in coordination with overseas intelligence which was planning strikes against carefully selected targets in Greek territory, including a Jewish synagogue. Based on information collected and processed by the National Intelligence Service, coordinated operations of the EYP and the Anti-Terrorist Service (D.A.E.B.) were carried out in various areas of the territory.

Authorities arrested two Pakistanis, 29 and 27 years old, as accomplices of the terrorist -leader, who was active abroad, as the “mastermind” of the network.

According to what emerged, their aim was not only to harm innocent citizens but also to undermine the sense of security in the country, simultaneously damaging its institutions and threatening its international relations.
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