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Grapevine / News Briefs / Re: 08/12/22
« Last Post by Maik on Thursday, 08 December, 2022 @ 04:02:40 »


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First King Charles 50p coins enter circulation

Millions of 50p coins bearing the image of King Charles III will enter circulation from Thursday via post offices across the country.

They are the first mass-produced coins carrying the new King's image, and will be given out in change to customers.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-63888781
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Grapevine / News Briefs / 08/12/22
« Last Post by Maik on Thursday, 08 December, 2022 @ 00:30:29 »
Today’s bank rates:
1 €UR = £ 0.8900 GBP
1 €UR = $ 1.0845 USD
£1 GBP = 1.1236 €UR
$1 USD = 0.9221 €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
Thu 08/12   19°/15°   16 km/h   81%   Thunderstorms probable
Fri 09/12   19°/16°   13 km/h   22%   Mostly cloudy
Sat 10/12   20°/15°   24 km/h   88%   Light rain probable
Sun 11/12   18°/14°   30 km/h   99%   Thunderstorms & winds probable
Mon 12/12   16°/12°   21 km/h   72%   Showers probable
Tue 13/12   15°/12°   18 km/h   64%   Showers probable
Wed 14/12   17°/15°   25 km/h   72%   Rain probable
Thu 15/12   19°/15°   17 km/h   60%   Showers probable
Fri 16/12   19°/16°   25 km/h   60%   Scattered  thunderstorms probable
Sat 17/12   20°/14°   25 km/h   57%   Scattered thunderstorms probable

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Grapevine / News Briefs / Re: 07/12/22
« Last Post by Maik on Wednesday, 07 December, 2022 @ 19:42:39 »
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Border Force staff at airports to strike over Christmas

Border Force staff are going on strike for eight days over Christmas at Heathrow, Gatwick and several other airports, the PCS union has announced.

About 75% of passport control staff are PCS members - and Heathrow has warned checks may take longer on strike days.

Thousands of other civil servants - including driving test examiners - will also be taking industrial action.

PCS boss Mark Serwotka said the strikes would "escalate" unless the government "put money on the table now".

Strikes at the Department for Work and Pensions and the Highways Agency have already been announced.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-63893115
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Grapevine / News Briefs / Re: 07/12/22
« Last Post by Maik on Wednesday, 07 December, 2022 @ 19:33:49 »
The pavements are so shot to bits by cars parking on them and the weight breaking the slabs that if you walk on them after rain you repeatedly get a jet of muddy water up your trousers/skirt as far as your crotch...  Either that or you trip over and fracture your arm, as my ex-wife did.

Not just a problem in Kilkis, vigilantes targetted pavement parked cars in a Manchester suburb:

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A mum and her son have been left 'traumatised' after vandals spray painted the word 'MOVE' across her car and smashed the windows in a parking row.

The Nissan Pixo also had its tyres deflated while it was parked near to her Leigh home in the early hours of Monday morning.

A Ford Fiesta was also targeted by the rampaging thugs who damaged windows, let down tyres and daubed the word 'MOVE' across three vehicles in bright yellow paint.
https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/mum-son-traumatised-after-nissan-25679422

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Kef 'quakes / Re: Kef 'quakes: wobble watch
« Last Post by Maik on Wednesday, 07 December, 2022 @ 19:25:35 »
Magnitude   ML 2.2
Region   GREECE
Date time   2022-12-07 12:53:49.6 UTC
Location   38.39 N ; 20.39 E
Depth   8 km
Distances   118 km W of Pátra, Greece / pop: 168,000 / local time: 14:53:49.6 2022-12-07
25 km NNW of Argostólion, Greece / pop: 9,800 / local time: 14:53:49.6 2022-12-07
https://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=1197513
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Grapevine / News Briefs / Re: 07/12/22
« Last Post by Maik on Wednesday, 07 December, 2022 @ 19:21:49 »


A Greek airforce C130 Hercules transporter was unable to land at Kef airport last night due to adverse weather conditions, a replacement aircraft around midday today picked up an intubated patient of Argostoli hospital and transferred him to Corfu for treatment.
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Grapevine / News Briefs / Re: 07/12/22
« Last Post by expat on Wednesday, 07 December, 2022 @ 16:15:29 »
Raheem Sterling: Arrests made after England star's break-in
Never believe anything the biased broadcasting company says! :oki:
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Grapevine / News Briefs / Re: 07/12/22
« Last Post by Bryan-in-Kilkis on Wednesday, 07 December, 2022 @ 15:56:05 »
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The Craziest Conspiracy Theory In Greece: "Does The City Of Kilkis Really Exist?"

Hm, I've never actually met Bryan.....  :hmm:

I am just a figment of my own imagination, Maik...!!  I can confirm that Kilkis does indeed exist.  And I know hundreds of people from here.  What the youngsters in the video say about the Mayor of Kilkis speaks volumes about the abysmal quality of the mayors we have had here for decades, and what they say about the standard of the streets is also true.  The pavements are so shot to bits by cars parking on them and the weight breaking the slabs that if you walk on them after rain you repeatedly get a jet of muddy water up your trousers/skirt as far as your crotch...  Either that or you trip over and fracture your arm, as my ex-wife did.  Heigh-ho.  But, yessirree, Kilkis does exist!!!  :lol:


Edit: BBC (code) amended ... don't get excited, expat, nowt to do with your favourite TV & radio station.
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Grapevine / News Briefs / Re: 07/12/22
« Last Post by Maik on Wednesday, 07 December, 2022 @ 14:03:09 »
Rural doctor service available between10:00-13:00 tomorrow, Thursday, 08 December, in Keramies.
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Grapevine / News Briefs / Re: 07/12/22
« Last Post by Maik on Wednesday, 07 December, 2022 @ 13:59:03 »
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Return of Elgin Marbles to Greece would be a ‘dangerous and slippery road’, warns Culture Secretary
Michelle Donelan says Britain has acted as a ‘custodian’ of disputed objects and ‘once you start giving one back, where does that end?’

She added that in some cases it was “very difficult to know who to give these things back to”.
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/12/06/return-elgin-marbles-greece-would-dangerous-slippery-road-warns/


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