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05/02/23
« on: Sunday, 05 February, 2023 @ 01:31:02 »
Today’s bank rates:
1 €UR = £0.9197 GBP
1 €UR = $1.1318 USD
£1 GBP = 1.0873 €UR
$1 USD = 0.8835 €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
Sat 04/02   09°/04°   31 km/h   24%   Mostly sunny, winds probable
Sun 05/02   08°/04°   12 km/h   24%   Sun & cloud
Mon 06/02   09°/04°   18 km/h   05%   Sun & cloud
Tue 07/02   09°/05°   24 km/h   12%   Mostly cloudy
Wed 08/02   10°/06°   28 km/h   31%   Showers possible
Thu 09/02   11°/07°   21 km/h   63%   Showers probable
Fri 10/02   11°/07°   18 km/h   70%   Light rain probable
Sat 11/02   12°/07°   17 km/h   62%   Showers probable
Sun 12/02   12°/08°   18 km/h   21%   Sun & cloud
Mon 13/02   14°/09°   15 km/h   42%   Showers possible

frost.getmap.gr

Low risk of near freezing temperatures (2°C – 0°C)

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Re: 05/02/23
« Reply #1 on: Sunday, 05 February, 2023 @ 01:34:08 »
Body of an unidentified male estimated age 70 y-o recovered yesterday morning from the sea at the central port of Piraeus.

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Re: 05/02/23
« Reply #2 on: Sunday, 05 February, 2023 @ 01:43:00 »
Power outages yesterday afternoon in Faraklata, Razata` and Troianata caused by lightning strikes blowing mains fuses.

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Re: 05/02/23
« Reply #3 on: Sunday, 05 February, 2023 @ 01:53:43 »
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Government's fur and foie gras ban to be dropped

Therese Coffey said in her first interview since being appointed to role that she wants to be the 'voice of the countryside'
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2023/02/04/therese-coffey-drops-import-ban-fur-foie-gras/

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Re: 05/02/23
« Reply #4 on: Sunday, 05 February, 2023 @ 01:57:35 »
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Revealed: only 10 of Boris Johnson’s promised 40 new hospital projects have planning permission

Conservatives on course to break flagship NHS pledge as cost of replacing crumbling wards and operating theatres soars
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2023/feb/04/only-10-of-boris-johnson-promised-40-new-hospitals-have-full-planning-permission

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Re: 05/02/23
« Reply #5 on: Sunday, 05 February, 2023 @ 02:02:59 »
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UK, Greece to sign defense cooperation declaration

The defense ministers of the UK and Greece, Ben Wallace and Nikos Panagiotopoulos, will sign a declaration of defense cooperation between the two countries on a British Royal Navy cruiser on Tuesday morning.

The signing ceremony will take place at the Portsmouth Naval Base, effectively concluding an outstanding issue that will allow the two countries’ armed forces to collaborate more closely.

The declaration will set out practical issues such as the holding of joint exercises. In recent years, in the wake of Brexit, the UK has shown a willingness to return to the region and to Greece.
https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1203913/uk-greece-to-sign-defense-cooperation-declaration/

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Re: 05/02/23
« Reply #6 on: Sunday, 05 February, 2023 @ 02:05:33 »
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Blackpool hit by earthquake as residents report ‘noise like train’ caused by tremor
Blackpool experienced 135 tremors in 2019 when home to UK’s only active fracking site

Blackpool has been struck by a 1.5 magnitude earthquake, the British Geological Survey (BGS) has said. The tremor, which was at a depth of 2km, hit the Lancashire town at 7.36pm on Friday.

Residents described “a noise like a train coming near” and “cabinets shaking” during the quake, according to the BGS.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/blackpool-earthquake-tremor-richter-scale-b2275822.html

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Re: 05/02/23
« Reply #7 on: Sunday, 05 February, 2023 @ 13:25:25 »
Two patients airlifted from hospital on Kef to Rio by helicopter earlier this morning.

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Re: 05/02/23
« Reply #8 on: Sunday, 05 February, 2023 @ 13:34:57 »
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Zenhaeusern wins Chamonix slalom, Ginnis grabs first podium for Greece

Switzerland's Ramon Zenhaeusern won the men's World Cup slalom in Chamonix on Saturday as AJ Ginnis made history by snatching second for a first-ever podium for Greece.

Ginnis, who moved to the US at the age of 15 and raced for his adopted country before switching allegiance, laid down the fastest second run to bag second place, at 1.02sec, and a historic result for Greece.
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20230204-zenhaeusern-wins-chamonix-slalom-ginnis-grabs-first-podium-for-greece

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Re: 05/02/23
« Reply #9 on: Sunday, 05 February, 2023 @ 13:38:06 »
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Two out of three emigrants won’t return
Those who left Greece for economic reasons in the 2010s don’t see any incentives for repatriation

Most of the Greeks who left their homeland during the financial crisis  in the 2010s do not want to return, according to a study titled “Attitude of Greek Emigrants of the Economic Crisis toward Greece.”

Two in three (67%) said there was no likelihood of them returning within the next five years, one in four (24%) said this was fairly likely, and only 5% said they planned to return within this timeframe.
https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1203903/two-out-of-three-emigrants-wont-return/

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Re: 05/02/23
« Reply #10 on: Sunday, 05 February, 2023 @ 17:21:08 »
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Return rail tickets to be scrapped
Major reform set as Transport Secretary also commits to Boris Johnson's Great British Railways, a new public body

Mark Harper, the Transport Secretary, will next week announce plans for new ticketing arrangements as he outlines how the Government will address a crisis on the railways.

The rollout of "single-leg pricing" will be unveiled, The Sunday Telegraph has been told.

It means that two singles will equal a return – making return tickets redundant – having proved a success during trials with passengers. 

Mr Harper will also commit to Great British Railways (GBR), a new public body that will bring the operation of track and trains under the same place for the first time. GBR was first unveiled by Boris Johnson and Grant Shapps in May 2021, but progress has stalled amid criticism that the body was tantamount to “nationalisation through the back door”.
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2023/02/05/transport-secretary-scrap-return-rail-tickets/

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Re: 05/02/23
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Re: 05/02/23
« Reply #12 on: Sunday, 05 February, 2023 @ 17:52:02 »
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Ghosts of Moria: living in the ashes of Europe's largest migrant camp – documentary

As Europe’s most infamous migrant camp burned to the ground on the island of Lesbos in 2020, two Syrians evaded police to stay. Living in a post-apocalyptic graveyard, the friends Ayham and Khalil, now race local scrap metal collectors to find what they can, which they are forced to sell at a reduced price. With what little money they make they buy food and cook together, dreaming of Aleppo before the civil war forced them to leave and waiting for an end to their bureaucratic limbo. From their shared tent their friendship endures, despite their impossible circumstances.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/ng-interactive/2023/jan/30/ghosts-of-moria-living-in-the-ashes-of-europes-largest-migrant-camp-documentary

Twenty five minute video report.

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Re: 05/02/23
« Reply #13 on: Sunday, 05 February, 2023 @ 18:00:23 »
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Amber Rudd: Boris really did try to get me in back of his car - but I refused
The ex-Cabinet Minister recalled how the former PM’s security howled with laughter when she doubled down on her ‘don’t trust him to drive you home’ jibe

Boris Johnson tried to get Amber Rudd into the back of his car after her famous TV jibe that she would not trust him to drive her home, she has revealed.

Former Home Secretary Ms Rudd said she rejected an invitation to join him in his official chauffeur-driven limousine when they left a Cabinet meeting.

She said police who witnessed the incident ‘howled with laughter’ at her rebuff to Mr Johnson, who was Foreign Secretary at the time.

To add insult to injury she told him she had meant it the first time she made the comment in 2016. In a wide ranging interview Ms Rudd, who opposed leaving the EU, also said:

*    Senior Conservatives who backed Brexit privately admit - ‘after a drink or two’ - it is a ‘disaster’
*    It was ‘impossible’ for her to be an active Tory because you ‘have to say Brexit is a success’

Ms Rudd sparked uproar in a TV debate in June 2016 before the EU referendum when she told Mr Johnson he was ‘the life and soul of the party… but he’s not the man you want driving you home at the end of the evening’.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/amber-rudd-boris-johnson-taxi-b2275229.html