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27/05/23
« on: Saturday, 27 May, 2023 @ 01:43:31 »
Kef fire risk 27/05/23: Low

Today’s bank rates:
1 €UR = £0.8940 GBP
1 €UR = $1.1057 USD
£1 GBP = 1.1186 €UR
$1 USD = 0.9044 €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 27/05   25°/17°   16 km/h   21%   Sunny
Sun 28/05   24°/17°   12 km/h   56%   Thunderstorms probable
Mon 29/05   23°/17°   10 km/h   43%   Thunderstorms possible
Tue 30/05   23°/17°   11 km/h   61%   Thunderstorms probable
Wed 31/05   24°/17°   10 km/h   24%   Sun & cloud
Thu 01/06   24°/17°   12 km/h   43%   Scattered thunderstorms possible
Fri 02/06   24°/17°   13 km/h   42%   Thunderstorms possible
Sat 03/06   24°/17°   15 km/h   17%   Mostly sunny
Sun 04/06   24°/17°   15 km/h   09%   Mostly sunny
Mon 05/06   25°/18°   15 km/h   08%   Mostly sunny


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Re: 27/05/23
« Reply #1 on: Saturday, 27 May, 2023 @ 02:03:17 »
Kef fire service have conducted an assessment of fire risk at Kastro / St. George's Castle and advised on fire prevention and evacuation procedures.

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Re: 27/05/23
« Reply #2 on: Saturday, 27 May, 2023 @ 14:36:49 »
Unconfirmed: A suggested solution to the Ainos ponies 'problem' - and it is only a suggestion - has been proposed locally: Municipality of Argostoli take responsibility and contain the herd on the Dimitrakis Millas’ bequest land behind Agia Varvara beach, Katelios. Claimed merits are: safety and security for ponies, people and property; utilisation of land that could otherwise be developed; the ponies become another visitor attraction; job creation. Also proposed that the ponies be put up for 'adoption' by schools and tourists.

May be some merit to the idea but I'm not sure there's enough grazing on that area of land. Additionally, the idea may not be popular as the majority of locals are described as elderly and senile. And... there's the cost to be considered - back in 1989 the land was valued at 1,000,000€.

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Re: 27/05/23
« Reply #3 on: Saturday, 27 May, 2023 @ 15:16:31 »
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Passport e-gates at UK airports not working

Passengers flying into the UK have shared their frustration over delays at passport controls as e-gates across the country are not working.

The issue at airports, including Heathrow, Manchester and Gatwick, began on Friday night.

The Home Office said it was working with airlines and port operators to minimise disruption from the "nationwide border system issue".

All airports across the country using the gates are affected, meaning people flying in are having to get their passports checked manually.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-65731795

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Re: 27/05/23
« Reply #4 on: Saturday, 27 May, 2023 @ 15:28:10 »
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Crocodile farmer torn to pieces by 40 of his own reptiles

The president of the local crocodile association was trying to move one animal out of its cage when it grabbed the stick he was using as a goad with its jaws and pulled him in.

Luan Nam, 72, was set upon by the crocodiles in Siem Reap, Cambodia, where the reptiles are farmed for their eggs, skin and meat.

Nam’s body was recovered from the cage, where the crocodile had laid eggs, but his arm was torn off and eaten by animals.
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/world-news/2023/05/26/farmer-torn-to-pieces-by-40-crocodiles-in-cambodia/

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Re: 27/05/23
« Reply #5 on: Saturday, 27 May, 2023 @ 15:30:38 »
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Indian official suspended after draining reservoir to retrieve phone
More than 2m litres of water pumped from dam on orders of food inspector who said device held sensitive government data.

The drained amount, more than 2m litres of water, was enough to irrigate 1,500 acres of farmland, according to reports.

India is one of the most water-stressed countries, with 18% of the global population and only 4% of its water resources, according to the World Bank.

This March was the hottest in India since records began 122 years ago.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/may/27/india-official-suspended-draining-reservoir-phone

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Re: 27/05/23
« Reply #6 on: Saturday, 27 May, 2023 @ 21:33:54 »
Sky Express are offering discounted prices on flights between 15/09/23-15/12/2023, reservations close 03/06/23. Limited number of seats available and promotion code needed, emailed to you after registering at https://www.skyexpress.gr/en/newsletter/promo-50

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Re: 27/05/23
« Reply #7 on: Saturday, 27 May, 2023 @ 21:45:22 »
Body of a 24 y-o French national recovered earlier today from the seabed off Marathonisi beach, Zakynthos. Autopsy to be arranged.

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Re: 27/05/23
« Reply #8 on: Saturday, 27 May, 2023 @ 21:54:17 »
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22 hedgehogs die in two weeks with garden strimmer warning issued

An animal hospital says 22 hedgehogs have sadly been killed in the last two weeks after being unable to recover from injuries caused by garden strimmers.

The animals, which have a dramatically declining population, are at risk of extinction.

With the weather warming up, the hospital is urging gardeners to look out for hedgehogs.
https://www.itv.com/news/meridian/2023-05-27/22-hedgehogs-die-in-two-weeks-with-gardenr-strimmer-warning-issued

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Re: 27/05/23
« Reply #9 on: Saturday, 27 May, 2023 @ 21:59:59 »
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Britain is expecting wall-to-wall sunshine this summer – here’s where to go
With experts predicting temperatures reaching 30C, make this the year you swap sweltering continental Europe for balmy Britain

More than 19,000 miles of coastline. Temperatures likely to be nudging up to the 30Cs. A supremely rich cultural heritage. No pricey flights, customs queues, passport checks, vaccinations or language lessons required. The top place to go on holiday this year? Right here.

When the weather plays ball, there are few lovelier places to spend summer than Great Britain. Lake breaks, seaside stays, hill romps, river retreats, countryside escapes – all are possible and immensely pleasurable across this endlessly diverse isle, especially when the sun is shining.

Which it probably will be.
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/united-kingdom/uk-holiday-locations-stay-in-britain-this-summer/

Oh dear, it's not just about the weather...


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Re: 27/05/23
« Reply #10 on: Saturday, 27 May, 2023 @ 22:13:26 »
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Mapped: 17 places across the UK you should not swim due to sewage or water quality warnings
The Environment Agency publishes regular updates on areas across the UK where the water isn’t deemed fit to swim in

The Swimfo website has an interactive map highlighting areas where the EA advises against bathing. Annual ratings classify each site as excellent, good, sufficient or poor based on measurements taken over a period of up to four years.

Campaign group Surfers Against Sewage provides a similar map that also flags more recent sewage discharges.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/sewage-map-pollution-water-quality-b2347086.html

Swimfo / Surfers Against Sewage