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14/08/22
« on: Sunday, 14 August, 2022 @ 02:12:08 »
Kef fire risk 14/08/22: Medium

Today’s bank rates:
1 €UR = £ 0.8711 GBP
1 €UR = $ 1.0648 USD
£1 GBP = 1.1480 €UR
$1 USD = 0.9391 €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 @
weather.com

Day, Date   Hi°/Lo°   Wind sp   Wet   Forecast
Sun 14/08   27°/22°   23 km/h   71%   Thunderstorms probable
Mon 15/08   28°/22°   23 km/h   07%   Sunny
Tue 16/08   30°/23°   16 km/h   08%   Mostly sunny
Wed 17/08   31°/23°   21 km/h   12%   Sunny
Thu 18/08   33°/24°   18 km/h   10%   Sunny
Fri 19/08   32°/23°   17 km/h   07%   Sunny
Sat 20/08   30°/22°   29 km/h   08%   Sunny
Sun 21/08   30°/22°   25 km/h   05%   Sunny
Mon 22/08   30°/22°   20 km/h   06%   Sunny
Tue 23/08   30°/22°   20 km/h   06%   Sunny


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Re: 14/08/22
« Reply #1 on: Sunday, 14 August, 2022 @ 02:18:11 »
Body of an 84 y-o Greek male recovered from the sea yesterday afternoon at Velanidia Koumaiikon beach, Samos.

Body of a 47 y-o Greek male recovered yesterday afternoon from the sea at Kato Sotiritsas beach, Larisa.

Dead loggerhead discovered yesterday afternoon on the beach at Ierissos.

Dead green turtle discovered yesterday afternoon in the sea at Lampi, Kos.

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Re: 14/08/22
« Reply #2 on: Sunday, 14 August, 2022 @ 02:24:30 »
Antonis Samaras, former Prime Minister of Greece, has been spotted in Argostoli. Said to be over here on family business.

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Re: 14/08/22
« Reply #3 on: Sunday, 14 August, 2022 @ 15:51:00 »
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Walrus Freya who became attraction in Norway's Oslo Fjord put down

A walrus that had become a popular attraction in the Oslo Fjord has been put down out of concern for the safety of the public, Norwegian officials say.

The walrus, nicknamed Freya, rose to fame after clambering on to boats to sunbathe - sometimes sinking them.

People refused warnings not to get too close to the 1,300lb (600kg) animal, putting her and themselves at risk.

On one occasion, police blocked off a bathing area after the walrus chased a woman into the water, local media say.

Last week, Norway's fisheries ministry issued a photograph of a large group of people, including children, standing within touching distance of the animal.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-62539485

Pity Freya couldn't have been 're-homed' - or people who ignored the warnings re-homed.

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Re: 14/08/22
« Reply #4 on: Sunday, 14 August, 2022 @ 15:57:19 »
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In Pictures: Giant furnace five times higher than double decker bus travels down M53 in Cheshire

Part of the M53 in Cheshire was closed on Saturday night to accommodate what is thought to be one of the biggest objects to be moved on a UK road.

At 26.5 metres long and five times higher than a double decker bus, the piece of machinery could only travel at walking pace along three miles of the motorway.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lincolnshire-62539863
https://www.itv.com/news/granada/2022-08-14/in-pictures-widest-load-on-british-roads-giant-furnace-creeps-down-motorway
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Re: 14/08/22
« Reply #5 on: Sunday, 14 August, 2022 @ 16:07:24 »
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Ministers admit 34 hospital buildings in England have roofs that could collapse

Thirty-four hospital buildings in England have roofs made of concrete that is so unstable they could fall down at any time, ministers have admitted.

The revelation has prompted renewed fears that ceilings at the hospitals affected might suddenly collapse, injuring staff and patients, and calls for urgent action to tackle the problem.

Maria Caulfield, a health minister, made the disclosure in a written answer to a parliamentary question asked by the Liberal Democrat health spokesperson, Daisy Cooper.

Caulfield said surveys carried out by the NHS found that 34 buildings at 16 different health trusts contained reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RACC), which one hospital boss has likened to a “chocolate Aero bar”. RACC was widely used in building hospitals and schools in the 1960s, 70s and 80s but has a 30-year lifespan and is now causing serious problems.
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2022/aug/14/ministers-admit-hospital-buildings-england-roofs-could-collapse-any-time


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Re: 14/08/22
« Reply #6 on: Sunday, 14 August, 2022 @ 18:05:46 »
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Is it time to end cats’ right to roam?

Pet cats kill songbirds by the million, as well as rodents and other wildlife. But how much of a threat do they really pose, and should they be kept indoors? Expert opinion is divided

There is an elaborate bird rescue mission under way in the town of Walldorf. As one of the last homes of the ground-nesting crested lark in Germany, the local district is eager to protect their three remaining breeding pairs. Consequently, they have ordered residents to lock their cats indoors over the summer for the next three years, or face hefty fines: €500 (£420) if a cat is caught outside; €50,000 if it takes an endangered lark.
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/aug/14/cats-kill-birds-wildlife-keep-indoors

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Re: 14/08/22
« Reply #7 on: Sunday, 14 August, 2022 @ 18:16:44 »
Unconfirmed as yet: body of an elderly swimmer recovered from sea off Ithaka.

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Re: 14/08/22
« Reply #8 on: Sunday, 14 August, 2022 @ 19:32:42 »
Body of a 74 y-o Greek male recovered this morning from the sea off Kadia beach, Argolis.

Body of a 67 y-o Greek male recovered midday today from the sea off A' Plaz Voulas, Attica.

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Re: 14/08/22
« Reply #9 on: Sunday, 14 August, 2022 @ 20:31:41 »
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In Pictures: Giant furnace five times higher than double decker bus travels down M53 in Cheshire

Part of the M53 in Cheshire was closed on Saturday night to accommodate what is thought to be one of the biggest objects to be moved on a UK road.

At 26.5 metres long and five times higher than a double decker bus, the piece of machinery could only travel at walking pace along three miles of the motorway.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lincolnshire-62539863

Er, Maik, that link is about Lincolnshire not Cheshire and the M53.

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Re: 14/08/22
« Reply #10 on: Sunday, 14 August, 2022 @ 20:39:20 »
Thanks, U4ea. It's the heat  :wacko:

Link now corrected, that one (as you know) goes to:

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Skegness: Body of teenage boy recovered from the sea
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lincolnshire-62539863

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Re: 14/08/22
« Reply #11 on: Sunday, 14 August, 2022 @ 21:26:48 »
Female patient at Argostoli hospital suffering with pathological problems and Covid-19 airlifted from Kef to Araxos airport and then by ambulance to hospital in Rio early this afternoon. Said to be a UK national, not clear if tourist or resident.

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Re: 14/08/22
« Reply #12 on: Sunday, 14 August, 2022 @ 21:40:54 »
Beware if planning to head up to Fiskardo on the main west coast road: temporary bridge at Heimonikos ("Winter Bridge") is damaged, a plank is broken and partially missing leaving a pretty substantial gap.

Broken planks replaced with new ones. Problem seems to be caused by lorries using the bridge even though they're banned. Think I might prefer the east coast road up to Fiskardo and miss out the bridge.

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Re: 14/08/22
« Reply #13 on: Sunday, 14 August, 2022 @ 22:59:02 »
Unconfirmed as yet: body of an elderly swimmer recovered from sea off Ithaka.

A 65 y-o local male recovered around midday from the sea at Kourvoulia, Ithaca.


A 61 y-o local male rescued in good health this afternoon from the sea at Lygia, Corinth, after being unable to reach the shore due to adverse weather and waves.

Dead loggerhead discovered yesterday afternoon at Alkyonas beach, Maroneia.

Dead loggerhead discovered this afternoon on Blue Limanaki beach, Salamina.

Dead loggerhead discovered this afternoon in the sea at Skala Marion, Thassos.

Dead leatherback turtle discovered this afternoon in the sea at Agia Paraskevi, Alexandroupoli.