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19/12/21
« on: Sunday, 19 December, 2021 @ 03:39:01 »
Two new cases of coronavirus confirmed on Kefalonia yesterday by EODY.

Today's bank rate:
1 GBP = € 1.1444
1 USD = € 0.8565

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 19/12   10°/08°   18 km/h   00%   Sunny
Mon 20/12   15°/11°   22 km/h   24%   Mostly sunny
Tue 21/12   14°/08°   14 km/h   14%   Sunny
Wed 22/12   13°/09°    6 km/h   12%   Sun & cloud
Thu 23/12   14°/10°    8 km/h   22%   Sun & cloud
Fri 24/12   15°/13°   14 km/h   61%   Showers probable
Sat 25/12   17°/14°   17 km/h   54%   Showers probable
Sun 26/12   18°/14°   26 km/h   60%   Thundershowers probable
Mon 27/12   17°/13°   29 km/h   60%   Showers probable
Tue 28/12   16°/13°   19 km/h   57%   Showers probable



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Re: 19/12/21
« Reply #1 on: Sunday, 19 December, 2021 @ 03:45:26 »
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Omicron circuit-breaker lockdown? Sage says 'more stringent' restrictions needed 'very soon'

Boris Johnson, keen for this Christmas to be better than last, has so far resisted calls to tighten Covid restrictions but his scientific advisers have told him further intervention is needed to keep hospital admissions down.
https://www.itv.com/news/2021-12-18/circuit-breaker-lockdown-sage-says-more-stringent-measures-needed-very-soon

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Re: 19/12/21
« Reply #2 on: Sunday, 19 December, 2021 @ 03:51:12 »
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Highway Code changes that give cyclists priority over drivers could cause 'confusion' among unaware motorists, warns AA
Polling by AA finds two thirds of motorists are unaware of new rules, set for January, which prioritise 'vulnerable road users' over cars

Highway Code changes giving cyclists priority over drivers could cause "confusion and dangerous situations", the AA has warned as polling found two thirds of drivers were not aware of the incoming rules.

The new code is set to come into force on January 29 and means motorists will have to give way to cyclists and pedestrians at junctions.
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/12/16/highway-code-change-cyclists-priority-drivers-confusion/


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Re: 19/12/21
« Reply #3 on: Sunday, 19 December, 2021 @ 10:12:57 »
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Highway Code changes that give cyclists priority over drivers could cause 'confusion' among unaware motorists, warns AA
Polling by AA finds two thirds of motorists are unaware of new rules, set for January, which prioritise 'vulnerable road users' over cars

Highway Code changes giving cyclists priority over drivers could cause "confusion and dangerous situations", the AA has warned as polling found two thirds of drivers were not aware of the incoming rules.

The new code is set to come into force on January 29 and means motorists will have to give way to cyclists and pedestrians at junctions.
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/12/16/highway-code-change-cyclists-priority-drivers-confusion/



As a cyclist, I would feel a lot safer within a metre of the kerb. Suggesting we ride in the centre of a lane will not only agrivate motorists, but will inevitably lead to more accidents.

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Re: 19/12/21
« Reply #4 on: Sunday, 19 December, 2021 @ 10:20:49 »
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Omicron circuit-breaker lockdown? Sage says 'more stringent' restrictions needed 'very soon'

Boris Johnson, keen for this Christmas to be better than last, has so far resisted calls to tighten Covid restrictions but his scientific advisers have told him further intervention is needed to keep hospital admissions down.
https://www.itv.com/news/2021-12-18/circuit-breaker-lockdown-sage-says-more-stringent-measures-needed-very-soon

I was under the impression that Boris Johnson had a marvellous fun Christmas last year????

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Re: 19/12/21
« Reply #5 on: Sunday, 19 December, 2021 @ 12:39:20 »
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Highway Code changes that give cyclists priority over drivers could cause 'confusion' among unaware motorists, warns AA
Absolute stupidity! cyclists are already a law unto themselves, they ride on the pavement illegally, they also ignore Red lights, they ride 3 abreast on country lanes, i dented my alloys mounting the pavement to try and knock one off! 

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Re: 19/12/21
« Reply #6 on: Sunday, 19 December, 2021 @ 13:14:45 »
As a cyclist, I would feel a lot safer within a metre of the kerb. Suggesting we ride in the centre of a lane will not only agrivate motorists, but will inevitably lead to more accidents.

Agreed, this will lead to more accidents, surely. And clog the roads up even more as traffic is reduced to the pace of which ever cyclist is ahead of the queue.

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Re: 19/12/21
« Reply #7 on: Sunday, 19 December, 2021 @ 13:17:28 »
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Greece journalists denounce press freedom backslide

A  reporter's murder, the prime minister publicly scolding a foreign journalist, and alleged state surveillance. It's been a bad year for media rights in Greece.

The southern European country fell five spots in the 2021 World Press Freedom Index compiled by media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF), and now ranks 70th out of 180 countries, behind Poland and Mongolia.
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20211219-greece-journalists-denounce-press-freedom-backslide

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Re: 19/12/21
« Reply #8 on: Sunday, 19 December, 2021 @ 13:18:40 »
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Greece plans more relief for homes and businesses hit by energy costs

Greece will provide further financial relief to households, businesses and farmers facing higher outgoings due to surging energy prices, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Saturday.
https://www.reuters.com/markets/commodities/greece-plans-more-relief-homes-businesses-hit-by-energy-costs-2021-12-18/

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Re: 19/12/21
« Reply #9 on: Sunday, 19 December, 2021 @ 13:24:21 »
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Five ice-age mammoths unearthed in Cotswolds after 220,000 years
David Attenborough will tell of ‘pristine’ skeletons found with other extinct species

Five ice-age mammoths in an extraordinary state of preservation have been discovered in the Cotswolds, to the astonishment of archaeologists and palaeontologists.

The extensive remains of two adults, two juveniles and an infant that roamed 200,000 years ago have been unearthed near Swindon, along with tools used by Neanderthals, who are likely to have hunted these 10-tonne beasts. More are expected to be found because only a fraction of the vast site, a gravel quarry, has been excavated.
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/dec/19/five-ice-age-mammoths-unearthed-in-cotswolds-after-220000-years

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Re: 19/12/21
« Reply #10 on: Sunday, 19 December, 2021 @ 14:44:35 »
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Highway Code changes that give cyclists priority over drivers could cause 'confusion' among unaware motorists, warns AA
Absolute stupidity! cyclists are already a law unto themselves, they ride on the pavement illegally, they also ignore Red lights, they ride 3 abreast on country lanes, i dented my alloys mounting the pavement to try and knock one off!

My personal recommendation is that pedestrians crossing the road should walk as slowly as possible. After all, the longer they are in the road, the more visible they will be.

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Re: 19/12/21
« Reply #11 on: Sunday, 19 December, 2021 @ 17:42:05 »
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New scooper aircraft to be delivered in next few months

Greece is expected to take delivery within the next few months of two out of seven new firefighting aircraft, whose acquisition is outlined in an agreement signed earlier this month between its Civil Protection Ministry and the European Commission.

The two new aircraft are amphibious Canadair scoopers. Being paid for exclusively with EU funds, they will belong to the RescEU civil protection mechanism but will be based permanently in Greece.
https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1174101/new-scooper-aircraft-to-be-delivered-in-next-few-months/

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Re: 19/12/21
« Reply #12 on: Sunday, 19 December, 2021 @ 17:47:12 »
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Cripes! Spotty becomes Scotty as the Beano reflects modern thought

Almost 70 years after his first appearance as one of the Bash Street Kids in the Beano, the character Spotty has been renamed in the comic’s December issue as its publishers seek to reflect more sensitive modern-day thinking.

Spotty has become Scotty, following in the footsteps of Fatty, who was renamed Freddy in May, with both changes made over fears the nicknames could be seen as offensive.
https://www.theguardian.com/media/2021/dec/19/cripes-spotty-becomes-scotty-as-the-beano-reflects-modern-thought

Quite comic, really.

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Re: 19/12/21
« Reply #13 on: Sunday, 19 December, 2021 @ 18:06:52 »
Fairly Anxious Dan?

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Re: 19/12/21
« Reply #14 on: Sunday, 19 December, 2021 @ 19:34:40 »
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Piers Corbyn tells anti-vax crowd to ‘burn down MPs’ offices’ as Priti Patel urges police ‘to take action’
‘We’ve got to hammer to death those scum’ he says

Home Secretary Priti Patel has urged police to “take the strongest possible action”against anti-lockdown protester and conspiracy theorist Piers Corbyn after he was filmed publicly calling on supporters to burn down the offices of MPs who voted for Plan B Covid rules.

"We’ve got to get a bit more physical,” Mr Corbyn told a crowd during protests in London against public health restrictions.

He suggested supporters take action against MPs who backed the government’s plans to limit access to large events and to require more indoor mask-wearing.

"We’ve got to hammer to death those scum, those scum who have decided to go ahead with introducing new fascism,” he is seen saying in a video shared on Twitter.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/piers-corbyn-antivax-mps-priti-patel-b1978809.html

You can choose your friends but not your family. Scary thing is, some people choose to associate with this idiot. Got to be a case there for inciting violence.

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Re: 19/12/21
« Reply #15 on: Sunday, 19 December, 2021 @ 19:43:45 »
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Party tapes: Could there be more clips from Allegra Stratton’s mock press conference?

More clips could emerge from the mock press conference that showed Downing Street staff joking about a Christmas party and led to the resignation of Boris Johnson’s former spokesperson Allegra Stratton, according to The Mail on Sunday.

A source told the paper that other questions put to Ms Stratton during the conference included references to the “mistresses” and “love children” of Mr Johnson.

And they added that “they are just waiting like sitting ducks,” before saying: “No 10 will need to brace themselves. They are absolutely s******* themselves about what else is around – and Allegra is too.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/party-tapes-allegra-stratton-press-conference-b1978898.html


I was under the impression that Boris Johnson had a marvellous fun Christmas last year????

I suspect Boris is an attention seeker, I hope he enjoys the publicity. It it materialises it will certainly sparkle up what could be a dull Christmas. Perhaps we could do a poll on just how many kids Boris has begot.

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