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Grapevine / News Briefs / Re: 22/05/23
« Last Post by Maik on Monday, 22 May, 2023 @ 14:03:42 »

Political map of Greece 2023
Grapevine / News Briefs / 22/05/23
« Last Post by Maik on Monday, 22 May, 2023 @ 02:13:26 »
Kef fire risk 22/05/23: Low

Today’s bank rates:
1 €UR = £0.8945 GBP
1 €UR = $1.1132 USD
£1 GBP = 1.1179 €UR
$1 USD = 0.8983 €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
Mon 22/05   21°/15°   09 km/h   30%   Cloudy, rain possible
Tue 23/05   22°/15°   13 km/h   10%   Sunny
Wed 24/05   23°/16°   12 km/h   12%   Sunny
Thu 25/05   23°/17°   13 km/h   10%   Mostly sunny
Fri 26/05   24°/17°   14 km/h   24%   Sun & cloud
Sat 27/05   24°/17°   13 km/h   24%   Sun & cloud
Sun 28/05   24°/17°   14 km/h   21%   Sun & cloud
Mon 29/05   24°/17°   13 km/h   24%   Mostly sunny
Tue 30/05   23°/17°   12 km/h   14%   Sun & cloud
Wed 31/05   24°/17°   13 km/h   13%   Sun & cloud

Grapevine / News Briefs / Re: 21/05/23
« Last Post by Maik on Sunday, 21 May, 2023 @ 23:44:08 »
Greek PM Wins Most Votes But Needs New Ballot to Rule Alone

*   Sunday’s vote was the first using a new proportional system
*   The result means there will likely be another election

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is on the verge of securing the highest votes in Greece's upcoming general election on Sunday. However, probably, he will not attain the necessary majority to establish a government independently, thus increasing the likelihood of another election taking place in approximately one month.

Mitsotakis, representing the centre-right New Democracy party, has garnered over 40.8% of the votes, with nearly 90% of the ballots counted. This performance surpasses initial expectations. The leftist Syriza party, led by former Premier Alexis Tsipras, has received approximately 20% of the support.
UK & World News / Re: Weather warning
« Last Post by Maik on Sunday, 21 May, 2023 @ 23:29:05 »
Britain set for mini-heatwave with temperatures up to 25C

Britain is set for a mini-heatwave with above-average temperatures expected to stay until June.

Forecasters say the UK will see the hottest day of the year on Thursday as temperatures soar to 25C (77F) in southwest England.

Meanwhile, medium-range forecasts show that the warmer-than-average temperatures will continue until the end of May and into the first week of next month.

...other parts of the UK will see temperatures in the low 20s as far north as southern Scotland. But the east coast will feel cooler at around 16-18C as winds from the North Sea moderate temperatures.

The forecaster said nights will continue to be chilly throughout May, bringing down the month's overall average temperature, with the potential for frost in rural areas, particularly on Tuesday night.
Grapevine / News Briefs / Re: 21/05/23
« Last Post by Maik on Sunday, 21 May, 2023 @ 12:30:07 »
Army had to hire bearskin caps from film studios and fancy dress shops for Coronation

Eight bearskins were hired from film studios and fancy dress shops as 'contingencies' amid an unprecedented strain on army resources
Grapevine / News Briefs / Re: 21/05/23
« Last Post by Maik on Sunday, 21 May, 2023 @ 12:28:44 »
White theatregoers urged not to attend play aimed at black audiences
A theatre in east London says that one-off performance of race satire Tambo & Bones will be ‘free from the white gaze’

While the theatre’s website stated that “no one is excluded”, promotional material made it clear that white theatregoers are not welcome.

The UK’s first black police and crime commissioner (PCC) condemned the event, warning that it set a “poor and dangerous precedent”.

Festus Akinbusoye, the PCC for Bedfordshire, “strongly urged” the theatre and the play’s director to cancel its Black Out event.

Grapevine / News Briefs / Re: 21/05/23
« Last Post by Maik on Sunday, 21 May, 2023 @ 12:13:38 »
May 21, 1864: The Ionian Islands unite with Greece

Corfu, together with the other Ionian islands, formed an autonomous state with its own flag and parliament (Ionian Parliament) in 1800 after Russia and Turkey agreed to this status.

However, with the outbreak of the Russo-Turkish war, the Ionian State sided with the Russians, who were eventually defeated.

The Ionian Islands were then occupied by the French for eight years.

In 1815, with the founding of the United State of the Ionian Islands, Corfu remained for 49 years under English protection and no longer under the French.

Finally, in 1863 a treaty was signed in London by the Great Powers according to which England renounced the protection of the Ionian Islands.
Grapevine / News Briefs / Re: 21/05/23
« Last Post by Maik on Sunday, 21 May, 2023 @ 11:55:47 »
Toddler run over by father dies

A 2.5-year-old girl who was run over by her father when he put his pickup truck on reverse without noticing she was behind the vehicle died Saturday afternoon.
Grapevine / News Briefs / Re: 21/05/23
« Last Post by Maik on Sunday, 21 May, 2023 @ 11:52:07 »
Indiana Jones in search of the Antikythera Mechanism

In the fifth installment of this beloved swashbuckling series of films, Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) races against time to retrieve a legendary dial, the Antikythera Mechanism, created by ancient Greek scientist Archimedes in the 3rd century BC,... from the hands of a mad Nazi scientist.

Not getting great reviews in the press.
Grapevine / News Briefs / Re: 21/05/23
« Last Post by Maik on Sunday, 21 May, 2023 @ 04:22:09 »
Suella Braverman ‘asked staff to help her dodge speeding fine’

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