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01/02/22
« on: Tuesday, 01 February, 2022 @ 02:55:46 »
Eighty five new cases of coronavirus confirmed on Kefalonia yesterday by EODY, most are in Argostoli and around 50% are aged under 18. No new cases on Ithaka.

Today's bank rate:
1 GBP = € 1.1675
1 USD = € 0.8702

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 @
weather.com

Day, Date   Hi°/Lo°   Wind sp   Wet   Forecast
Tue 01/02   14°/09°   34 km/h   91%   Rain & winds probable
Wed 02/02   13°/08°   26 km/h   81%   Light rain probable
Thu 03/02   12°/07°   28 km/h   00%   Sunny
Fri 04/02   14°/10°   10 km/h   01%   Mostly sunny
Sat 05/02   17°/10°   13 km/h   24%   Sun & cloud
Sun 06/02   16°/10°   14 km/h   08%   Mostly sunny
Mon 07/02   15°/10°   17 km/h   15%   Mostly sunny
Tue 08/02   15°/09°   19 km/h   05%   Sunny
Wed 09/02   14°/09°   13 km/h   01%   Sunny
Thu 10/02   14°/10°   16 km/h   06%   Mostly sunny




Offline Maik

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Re: 01/02/22
« Reply #1 on: Tuesday, 01 February, 2022 @ 03:16:12 »

https://youtu.be/l32QN4y5RlE?t=1

Pretty simple question. Even I understand it. But BoJo doesn't, we've got to wait for the Met Police to give us the answer as to whether BoJo:
a) didn't bother to read the rules
b) was too stupid to understand the rules
c) thought he was above the law
d) all three above

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Re: 01/02/22
« Reply #2 on: Tuesday, 01 February, 2022 @ 08:17:11 »
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Gamekeeper filmed ‘brutally’ killing buzzards avoids jail
Existing punishments are no deterrent, RSPB warns after John Orrey pleads guilty to illegal killing of birds of prey

A gamekeeper has escaped jail after pleading guilty to killing two buzzards to protect pheasants for shooting in Nottinghamshire.

John Orrey was caught on camera “brutally” killing the birds of prey with a “slash hook”, a bladed tool with a long wooden handle, after the RSPB placed a hidden camera close to the trap.

Orrey received a prison sentence of 20 weeks, suspended for one year, and a £1,000 fine.
https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/gamekeeper-killing-buzzards-pheasants-jail-b2004214.html

Brief video clip in link

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Re: 01/02/22
« Reply #3 on: Tuesday, 01 February, 2022 @ 08:28:02 »
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Mystery as human skeleton found in mountains on Greek island Rhodes two years after Brit expat went missing

AN investigation is underway as a human skeleton was found in the mountains of Rhodes nearly two years after a British expat went missing.

The grim discovery was made by a hunter in an inaccessible mountainous area of the Greek island.
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/17493942/mystery-human-skeleton-rhodes-brit-expat-missing/

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Re: 01/02/22
« Reply #4 on: Tuesday, 01 February, 2022 @ 09:03:38 »

https://youtu.be/l32QN4y5RlE?t=1

Pretty simple question. Even I understand it. But BoJo doesn't, we've got to wait for the Met Police to give us the answer as to whether BoJo:
a) didn't bother to read the rules
b) was too stupid to understand the rules
c) thought he was above the law
d) all three above

My answer would be d.

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Re: 01/02/22
« Reply #5 on: Tuesday, 01 February, 2022 @ 12:15:18 »
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Greece has the 3rd Highest wage in South-East Europe

In January 2022, 13 Member States, located in the east and south of the EU, had minimum wages below EUR 1 000 per month, and Romania was among them. The list includes Bulgaria (EUR 332), Latvia (EUR 500), Romania (EUR 515), Hungary (EUR 542), Croatia (EUR 624), Slovakia (EUR 646), Czech (EUR 652), Estonia (EUR 654), Poland (EUR 655), Lithuania (EUR 730), Greece (EUR 774), Malta (EUR 792) and Portugal (EUR 823).

In Slovenia (EUR 1,074) and Spain (EUR 1,126), minimum wages ranged just over EUR 1,000 per month, while in the remaining six Member States, minimum wages were above EUR 1,500 per month: France (EUR 1,603), Germany (EUR 1,621), Belgium (EUR 1,658), the Netherlands (EUR 1,725), Ireland (EUR 1,775) and Luxembourg (EUR 2,257).
https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/02/01/greece-has-the-3rd-highest-wage-in-south-east-europe/


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Re: 01/02/22
« Reply #6 on: Tuesday, 01 February, 2022 @ 12:21:44 »
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Royal Mail adds barcodes to stamps allowing people to watch videos or see messages from senders
Those who receive a letter with one of the new stamps will be able to view content chosen by the sender, such as a birthday message or other greeting, after scanning the barcode using the Royal Mail app.

Royal Mail has added special barcodes to stamps, making it possible for people to watch videos, read messages and view other information from senders.

The move, which starts on Tuesday, follows a successful trial, with the aim of connecting a letter with the digital world.

Customers can scan the barcodes while using the Royal Mail app and will eventually be able to watch videos, information about services, or even birthday messages and other greetings from senders.

At the moment, a video featuring Shaun the Sheep, created exclusively for Royal Mail by animation studio Aardman, is available to view.
https://news.sky.com/story/royal-mail-adds-barcodes-to-stamps-allowing-people-to-watch-videos-or-see-messages-from-senders-12530063

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Re: 01/02/22
« Reply #7 on: Tuesday, 01 February, 2022 @ 15:58:33 »
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Swedish firm deploys crows to pick up cigarette butts
Clever corvids become newest weapon in Södertälje’s war against street litter

Crows are being recruited to pick up discarded cigarette butts from the streets and squares of a Swedish city as part of a cost-cutting drive.

The wild birds carry out the task as they receive a little food for every butt that they deposit in a bespoke machine designed by a startup in Södertälje, near Stockholm.

“They are wild birds taking part on a voluntary basis,” said Christian Günther-Hanssen, the founder of Corvid Cleaning, the company behind the method.
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/feb/01/swedish-crows-pick-up-cigarette-butts-litter


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Re: 01/02/22
« Reply #8 on: Tuesday, 01 February, 2022 @ 17:15:24 »
Average temperature for December 2021 on Kef was 11.4°C average temp fpor December 2020 was 13.4°C.

Average temp in January this year was 9.7°C, in Jan 2021 it was 11.7°C.

242.3 mm of rain fell in December 2021 compared to 290 in December 2020. Both months were above average.

Rainfall in January this year was 150.1 mm, in January 2021 it was 218.4 mm.

Total rainfall for 2021 was 1335 mm, making it the wettest of the past ten years.

Info from Kefalonia Weather, Faraklata.

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Re: 01/02/22
« Reply #9 on: Tuesday, 01 February, 2022 @ 17:22:23 »
Possibility of a new 'phone scam in Greece: the call is in English and asks the recipient to press '1' on the 'phone key pad. Avoid!

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Re: 01/02/22
« Reply #10 on: Tuesday, 01 February, 2022 @ 17:32:09 »
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People vaccinated abroad can register online for Greek certification

Foreign and Greek nationals who have been vaccinated for Covid-19 in any of 60 countries that are part of the European Certificate program can now sign up on the online Greek National Vaccination Registry, Deputy Digital Governance Minister George Georgantas told Parliament on Monday.

According to Georgantas, people who have been administered a single or two doses of a vaccine in one of the European Union’s 27 countries or in another 33 besides those can register on the anagnorisi.emvolio.gov.gr platform (also available in English) to have their certificates recognized. The platform may also be used by those who have received two doses in Greece and a booster shot abroad.
https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1176641/people-vaccinated-abroad-can-register-online-for-greek-certification/

I had a bit of a problem getting on to the anagnorisi.emvolio.gov.gr website, when I did there's this message:

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Digital COVID-19 Certificate recognition

You will need:
your personal codes in order to log in to Taxisnet
your social security number (AMKA)
your greek passport number or your greek national identity card number
your Digital Covid Certificate
https://anagnorisi.emvolio.gov.gr/#/




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Re: 01/02/22
« Reply #11 on: Tuesday, 01 February, 2022 @ 17:34:49 »
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Covid: ITV News reveals £8.7 billion of losses on PPE in government accounts

Buried on page 199 of the Department of Health and Social Care’s annual report published yesterday is the shocking disclosure that it has incurred £8.7 billion of losses - £8.7 billion! - on £12.1 billion of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) bought in 2020/21.

Think about how that money could have been deployed in hospitals. Surely there needs to be a statement from Sajid Javid to Parliament about this.
https://www.itv.com/news/2022-02-01/covid-government-discloses-87-billion-of-losses-on-ppe


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Re: 01/02/22
« Reply #12 on: Tuesday, 01 February, 2022 @ 17:40:13 »
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Woman says she ‘spiritually and psychologically’ identifies as a wolf

An online investigator told This Morning's hosts she spiritually identifies as a wolf.

27-year-old Naia Ōkami told Phillip Schofield and Rochelle Humes she acknowledges that her body is human but psychologically believes she is a British Columbian wolf.

The Seattle native said: “I don’t physically believe I am a wolf,”

“It’s more a spiritual and psychological identification as a wolf-like I’m totally aware I’m human ... but by the same token, spiritually I am a wolf.”

Ms Ōkami also identifies as otherkin, meaning she does not identify entirely as human.
https://www.independent.co.uk/tv/lifestyle/woman-spiritually-wolf-this-morning-v671d21a2

At one time she'd have been a candidate for the loony bin.

Oops, probably un-pc!


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Re: 01/02/22
« Reply #13 on: Tuesday, 01 February, 2022 @ 17:44:50 »
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Megaflash: World record lightning bolt stretches 477 miles across three US states

A 'megaflash' bolt of lightning that spanned nearly 500 miles across three US states has set the record for the most far-reaching ever.

The lightning occurred in the southern US in April 2020, extending 477.2 miles through Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi  - around the distance between London and Hamburg.
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/world-news/2022/02/01/megaflash-world-record-477-mile-long-lightning-bolt-stretches/


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Re: 01/02/22
« Reply #14 on: Tuesday, 01 February, 2022 @ 17:48:03 »
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Customers can scan the barcodes while using the Royal Mail app and will eventually be able to watch videos, information about services, or even birthday messages and other greetings from senders.
Wonder if Royal Mail management signing off these wondrous capabilities know you can do all that already.

Without a Royal Mail App. And without spending a penny on a stamp.

Potty.
« Last Edit: Tuesday, 01 February, 2022 @ 17:50:20 by TonyD »

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Re: 01/02/22
« Reply #15 on: Tuesday, 01 February, 2022 @ 17:49:22 »
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Metropolitan Police officers 'joked about rape and killing African children', watchdog finds

Shared messages reveal evidence of violent misogyny, racism and bullying within the ranks, as Met reels from Sarah Everard case
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/02/01/metropolitan-police-officers-joked-raping-wives-black-babies/

Er, not just the Sarah Everard case, off the top of my head I can think of two or three other cases - in recent months - where the officer committed a criminal act. Hardly reassuring for the public.




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Re: 01/02/22
« Reply #16 on: Tuesday, 01 February, 2022 @ 17:55:39 »
Wonder if any of the Royal Mail management know you can do all that already. Without a Royal Mail App. And without spending a penny on a stamp.

Potty.

I never knew that! Mind you, I don't have a smart phone and I don't really want my stamps to show videos or sing happy birthday. I just want it to cost as little as possible and arrive on time.

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Re: 01/02/22
« Reply #17 on: Tuesday, 01 February, 2022 @ 19:24:48 »
Coronavirus cases today: 91/1

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Re: 01/02/22
« Reply #18 on: Tuesday, 01 February, 2022 @ 19:27:22 »
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Driver arrested over Maida Vale knife killer's death faces no charge

A driver who used his car to try to stop a woman being stabbed by her stalker ex-husband in west London has been released without charge.

He was arrested on suspicion of murder and later bailed after Leon McCaskre, 41, died when he was hit while killing Yasmin Chkaifi, 43, in Maida Vale.

The Met Police said it had been decided the 26-year-old would face no further action after a review of the evidence.

The man said he was grateful and thanked those who had supported him.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-60218733


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Re: 01/02/22
« Reply #19 on: Tuesday, 01 February, 2022 @ 19:32:37 »
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Owner of house with 25ft shark sticking out of roof hits out at calls to give it protected status
Owner’s father installed the statute as a protest against planning laws and censorship
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/owner-of-house-with-25ft-shark-on-roof-fights-with-council-over-listed-status-plans-b2005047.html

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Re: 01/02/22
« Reply #20 on: Tuesday, 01 February, 2022 @ 19:51:43 »
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Royal souvenirs have 'Platinum Jubbly' misprint

A spelling mistake on thousands of pieces of Platinum Jubilee merchandising, calling it the "Platinum Jubbly", is proving a challenge for souvenir sellers.

The cups and plates were meant to mark the Queen's 70-year reign.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-60218573

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Re: 01/02/22
« Reply #21 on: Tuesday, 01 February, 2022 @ 22:19:03 »
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Jimmy Savile victims 'appalled' Boris Johnson is 'trying to weaponise their suffering'
https://www.itv.com/news/2022-02-01/pm-facing-backlash-over-desperate-false-jimmy-savile-attack-on-starmer



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Re: 01/02/22
« Reply #22 on: Wednesday, 02 February, 2022 @ 00:08:10 »
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Jimmy Savile victims 'appalled' Boris Johnson is 'trying to weaponise their suffering'
https://www.itv.com/news/2022-02-01/pm-facing-backlash-over-desperate-false-jimmy-savile-attack-on-starmer
That’s alright he’ll apologise he won’t think he’s done anything wrong

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Re: 01/02/22
« Reply #23 on: Wednesday, 02 February, 2022 @ 13:58:17 »
Not prosecuting JS or the grooming gangs V cake & wine. Press conference in Ukraine what does the BBC reporter ask, cake and wine unbelievable! Never mind a war may be about to happen eh?

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Re: 01/02/22
« Reply #24 on: Wednesday, 02 February, 2022 @ 17:32:06 »
Daily Mail, hardly the Labour Party's biggest ally:

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What is the TRUTH behind PM's Jimmy Savile 'smear' on Keir Starmer? The facts and fiction after Boris Johnson accused the Labour leader of failing to prosecute notorious paedophile when he was DPP
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10467293/What-TRUTH-PMs-Jimmy-Savile-smear-Keir-Starmer.html

The slur has been debunked by the BBC:

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No evidence for Boris Johnson's claim about Keir Starmer and Jimmy Savile

BBC Reality Check has examined Boris Johnson's claim that Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer failed to prosecute Jimmy Savile when he was director of public prosecutions (DPP) and has found no evidence that Sir Keir was involved at any point in the decision not to charge Savile.

The Labour leader called Mr Johnson's comments a "ridiculous slur" and they have been criticised by the Commons Speaker, Sir Lindsay Hoyle.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/60213975

Don't like the BBC? OK, here's what Reuters say:

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VERDICT

False. There is no evidence to suggest Sir Keir Starmer, then DPP of the CPS, was directly involved in the decision not to prosecute Jimmy Savile.

This article was produced by the Reuters Fact Check team.
https://www.reuters.com/article/factcheck-britain-savile-idUSL1N2RP200

This may or may not be of interest:

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Jimmy Savile's victims call on Boris Johnson to withdraw Sir Keir Starmer accusations

The prime minister's spokesman has said he stands by what he said in the Commons on Monday - that the Labour leader failed to prosecute Jimmy Savile.
https://news.sky.com/story/jimmy-saviles-victims-call-on-boris-johnson-to-withdraw-sir-keir-starmer-accusations-12530517

Deputy PM Dominic Raab admitted he can't substantiate BoJo's slur and Conservative MPs who value honesty and integrity, such as Senior Conservative MP Simon Hoare and former chief whip Julian Smith, have called for BoJo to withdraw the comment.

Are you blaming Keir Starmer for the existence of grooming gangs? If we want to get into the absurd: Who's the Prime Minister? Does he not have overall responsibility?

War in Ukraine? I watched a bit of TV news last night, one of the questions posed by a Ukrainian official was, "Is Johnson here for our benefit, or his?" If the Ukrainians believe a word he says they are seriously deluding themselves. BoJo must be quietly hoping for escalation of the situation, a great opportunity to divert attention from his "do what I say, not as I do" pizza and piss ups government.

Johnson is an incompetent, egotistical liar increasingly reliant on dirty tricks. If you're happy with that, fine. I'm not (just in case anyone's wondering  ;)).