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20/11/23
« on: Monday, 20 November, 2023 @ 02:57:32 »
Today’s bank rates:   
1 €UR = £ 0.9002 GBP   £1 GBP = 1.1108 €UR
1 €UR = $ 1.1198 USD   $1 USD = 0.8930 €UR
1 €UR = $ 1.7210 AUD   $1 AUD = 0.5810 €UR
1 €UR = R20.9217 ZAR   R1 ZAR = 0.0477 €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   
Mon 20/11   19°/12°   12 km/h   04%   Mostly sunny    
Tue 21/11   20°/16°   15 km/h   88%   Thundershowers probable   
Wed 22/11   20°/16°   18 km/h   99%   Thunderstorms probable   
Thu 23/11   20°/14°   23 km/h   84%   Thundershowers probable   
Fri 24/11   19°/13°   14 km/h   88%   Thunderstorms probable   
Sat 25/11   20°/14°   17 km/h   70%   Light rain probable   
Sun 26/11   19°/14°   24 km/h   70%   Showers probable   
Mon 27/11   19°/13°   18 km/h   62%   Light rain probable   
Tue 28/11   18°/14°   19 km/h   55%   Showers probable   
Wed 29/11   19°/15°   20 km/h   49%   Showers possible   
   

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Re: 20/11/23
« Reply #1 on: Monday, 20 November, 2023 @ 03:08:04 »
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Nasa astronauts’ lost tool bag to be visible from Britain this week

A stray tool bag dropped by astronauts on an International Space Station (ISS) space walk will be visible from the ground as it flies over Britain on Tuesday.

The kit bag was lost by Nasa astronauts Jasmin Moghbeli and Loral O’Hara as they fixed a solar panel on the ISS, 250 miles above Earth earlier this month.

Experts say the bag is surprisingly bright and although it is shining slightly below the limit of naked-eye visibility, amateurs should be able to spot it using binoculars or a telescope.

Weather permitting, Britons in the south will have a good chance of seeing the bag between 6.24pm and 6.34pm on Tuesday evening. The best time to see it will be on November 24 between 5.30pm and 5.41pm.
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2023/11/19/nasa-iss-stray-tool-bag-visible-earth/

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Re: 20/11/23
« Reply #2 on: Monday, 20 November, 2023 @ 11:31:44 »
Accountant offices on Kef closed this Wednesday due to strike action.

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Re: 20/11/23
« Reply #3 on: Monday, 20 November, 2023 @ 13:34:01 »
National Day of Resistance, commemorating the demolition of the Gorgopotomos bridge by British Special Operations Executive commandos, the Greek People’s Liberation Army (ELAS) and the National Republican Greek League (EDES) on 25 November, 1942, will be held on Sunday, 26 November, details as follows:

08:00: Flags raised
10:30: Doxology at the Metropolitan Church of Evangelistria.
11:15: Memorial Mass and wreath laying at the Monument to National Resistance in Xenia
Sunset: Flags lowered, municipality offices and banks illuminated

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Re: 20/11/23
« Reply #4 on: Monday, 20 November, 2023 @ 15:09:47 »
Mains power down between 08:30-14:30 tomorrow from Konidarata to Fiskardo due to essential maintenance work.
 
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Re: 20/11/23
« Reply #5 on: Monday, 20 November, 2023 @ 15:13:52 »
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Red-wine headache explained - and it is not about volume

US researchers say they may have discovered why some people get a headache after just one small glass of red wine, even though they are fine drinking other types of alcohol.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-67449509

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Re: 20/11/23
« Reply #6 on: Monday, 20 November, 2023 @ 15:21:35 »
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Fears for Wallace and Gromit after clay-manufacturer shuts up shop
Aardman Animations left with enough material for just one more film after Newclay Products winds down

With innovative animation films featuring characters such as Wallace, Gromit and Shaun the Sheep, it was the production company that turned humble modelling clay into cinematic art.

But the closure of Aardman Animations’ only supplier of modelling clay has raised question marks over the future of the studio’s output, prompting drastic measures.

When Newclay Products announced it was closing its factory in Newton Abbot, near Torquay, in March this year, Aardman’s staff moved quickly to buy up all remaining stock of the clay, a specific type that is not made elsewhere, ensuring they could finish work in the studio’s production pipeline.

The Daily Telegraph understands that the last remaining stock of “Newplast” clay was enough to allow Aardman’s animators to create one more film, a new Wallace and Gromit animation due to hit the screens next year.
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2023/11/17/wallace-gromit-aardman-newplast-clay-animation-closure/


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Re: 20/11/23
« Reply #7 on: Monday, 20 November, 2023 @ 15:39:13 »
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Tesco’s new ‘magic tills’ use cameras and sensors to calculate shopping without scanning

Tesco has introduced new ‘magic’ tills that scan your items while you shop to save time at the checkout.

Customers at the Tesco Express Fulham Reach – known as ‘GetGo’ – will be able to just walk up to the scan-free checkout and it will automatically present them with a list of the products they have picked up.

The supermarket giant says this will save customers the hassle of scanning items at a self-service, or going through a regular checkout.

The cutting-edge technology involves the use of sensors and cameras dotted around the store to ‘see’ what people are buying.

Shoppers will then be asked to check the list of store products presented to them at the till to see if it matches what they have, and then they can pay for the goods.
https://metro.co.uk/2023/11/20/fulham-tesco-store-gets-magic-till-self-scan-shopping-19848482/

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Supermarket chain Booths is UK first to ditch self-service tills and go back to staffed checkouts

Booths, known as the “Waitrose of the North”, has returned to fully-staffed checkouts in all but two of its 28 stores in the UK - saying its decision to do so has been based on customer feedback
https://www.mirror.co.uk/money/supermarket-becomes-uk-first-ditch-31407176


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Re: 20/11/23
« Reply #8 on: Monday, 20 November, 2023 @ 22:04:11 »
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Seven out of 10 Greeks aged 18-34 live with their parents

It seems that the “dream” of many young Greeks aged 18-34 to leave their parental home and be able to build their own home remains unfulfilled.

The average age at which someone in Greece manages to leave their children’s room is estimated at 30.7 years, while the European figure is 26.5 years.

7 out of 10 Greeks aged 18-34, mostly men, according to a recent Eurostat survey, live with their parents when the corresponding average in the list of 26 EU countries does not exceed 49.4%.

The difficult equation for young women and men who want to but can’t spread their wings includes high rents and fixed costs, expensive goods and low wages.
https://greekcitytimes.com/2023/11/20/seven-out-of-10-greeks-live-parents/

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Re: 20/11/23
« Reply #9 on: Tuesday, 21 November, 2023 @ 00:25:19 »
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Self-checkouts to blame for middle-class shoplifting, says M&S chairman

Faulty technology encouraging shoppers to walk out without paying amid rise in thefts
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2023/11/20/self-checkouts-middle-class-shoplifting-marks-spencer/

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Re: 20/11/23
« Reply #10 on: Tuesday, 21 November, 2023 @ 09:56:36 »
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Self-checkouts to blame for middle-class shoplifting, says M&S chairman

Faulty technology encouraging shoppers to walk out without paying amid rise in thefts
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2023/11/20/self-checkouts-middle-class-shoplifting-marks-spencer/

Part of the reason for this might be M&S's self checkout scanners, it takes longer for the item to register than at any
other supermarkets self checkout in my experience, quite often I have had to have several goes before the item appears on the screen.
Could be that some people don't even realise that items have not been included, I don't remember hearing the
delightful "unexpected item" notification from their tills either.
Percy Pig anyone  ;)