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by Mixos
Tue Feb 20, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: Chatter
Topic: Can anyone ID this night calling bird?
Replies: 1
Views: 160

Can anyone ID this night calling bird?

I'm hoping one of you amateur ornithologists out there can identify a bird -- I assume it's a bird and not a frog or similar -- which has been calling in the evening and after dark. The sound is quite a similar to the "churring" of a nightjar, but higher and softer; a continuous single not...
by Mixos
Thu Feb 15, 2018 2:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: More Questions from the newbies
Replies: 134
Views: 19236

Re: More Questions from the newbies

Warwick is correct. The going rate for a PO box inside Sitia post office, for example, is 56 euros a year. It might seem a bit steep but approx 1 euro a week seems worth it for the reassurance that mail is not left, sometimes for weeks on end, in the local kafenion. And Mackie, I reckon your post sh...
by Mixos
Wed Jan 31, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: IKA INFO FOR THE BUILDERS
Replies: 25
Views: 1209

Re: IKA INFO FOR THE BUILDERS

Please sir .... yes you, with his hand up at the back of the class ... how do you know for certain that all IKA has been paid.. after 14 years with no "pink slips" in my possession, no record of where the builder is now, no formal invoice(s) for work carried out, and the "agent" ...
by Mixos
Sat Jan 06, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: Chatter
Topic: Carry-On Counting
Replies: 14
Views: 921

Re: Carry-On Counting

Maybe I'm just getting grumpy in my old age but I am most certainly NOT entertained by the sight of fellow passengers banging and crashing down the aisle with too many bags, swinging their backpacks into your face, and hogging all the overhead locker space. This anti-social behaviour is probably the...
by Mixos
Wed Dec 20, 2017 6:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: That's all right then
Replies: 44
Views: 3012

Re: That's all right then

Unless I have missed it amid all the sound and fury, I'm not sure that Barnier has been authorised to state that the UK's future relationship with the EU "will be based on one of the existing relationships.." (ie Norway, Canada, Switzerland.) In fact, if the media is to be believed, Barnie...
by Mixos
Sun Nov 26, 2017 2:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Car tax for 2018
Replies: 51
Views: 4714

Re: Car tax for 2018

I think it probably is a Firefox problem, Warwick, as it worked fine for me too using Chrome on Win10.
by Mixos
Fri Nov 24, 2017 10:02 am
Forum: Shops, Doctors, Professionals, Suppliers & Services
Topic: Best places to source DIY products?
Replies: 15
Views: 1015

Re: Best places to source DIY products?

Yes, Warwick is correct about Praktiker. It's got just about everything you could conceivably need and well worth a trip down to Heraklion if you don't mind the drive. Dead easy to find. Take the second exit off the main highway from the west (not into Heraklion centre) but the next one marked for t...
by Mixos
Sat Nov 11, 2017 10:24 am
Forum: Chatter
Topic: Earth Tremor
Replies: 7
Views: 647

Re: Earth Tremor

Yes, we felt it in our village near Sitia, Jeff. it was magnitude 4.4, according to the EMSC website. Quite lively for about 5 to 10 seconds with a noise like a sudden rush of wind. Didn't feel a second shock though.
by Mixos
Fri Nov 10, 2017 7:59 pm
Forum: Chatter
Topic: Wasps still around
Replies: 12
Views: 1081

Re: Wasps still around

Stop Press: Suddenly they have gone! Well, almost. Maybe it was last night's rain or the sudden temperature drop at night, but only a few stragglers remain and they are very sleepy. Warwick is right, Kathleen, they are carnivores alright. They do like a nice juicy brizola, but a tin of cat food will...
by Mixos
Wed Nov 08, 2017 2:30 pm
Forum: Chatter
Topic: Wasps still around
Replies: 12
Views: 1081

Wasps still around

I know we touched on this topic briefly in another post a few weeks ago, but does anyone else agree that wasps have been and continue to be a particular menace this year? Yes I know they can smell cat food at 100 paces and we have only ourselves to blame for that, but I can't remember when there hav...
by Mixos
Wed Nov 01, 2017 10:42 am
Forum: Shops, Doctors, Professionals, Suppliers & Services
Topic: English speaking accountant
Replies: 7
Views: 634

Re: English speaking accountant

No, I wasn't thinking that. Just assumed you hadn't been on the forum for a while. If you'd like me to forewarn him that you might wish to use his services I can pop in to see him next week and tell him another ex-pat will be calling in. Give me any further details - your name? - you might wish me t...
by Mixos
Tue Oct 31, 2017 6:59 pm
Forum: Shops, Doctors, Professionals, Suppliers & Services
Topic: English speaking accountant
Replies: 7
Views: 634

Re: English speaking accountant

Well OK, I'm perfectly happy to do that, but I just thought it would avoid more verbiage on the forum. So far Sinkingslowly hasn't PM'd me anyway, but if anyone else is interested, the accountant is Manolis Psikarakis, Piskokefalou Avenue 4, 72300 Sitia. email: psikarakis@otenet.gr He deals with qui...
by Mixos
Sun Oct 29, 2017 3:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Mobile phone shops (Chania/Kalives)
Replies: 28
Views: 4578

Re: Mobile phone shops (Chania/Kalives)

Hi Tim, Yes I believe you can do this, as I have a cheap PAYG handset with a Greek SIM (though I'm sure you could just buy the SIM without a handset) and I just top it up online after setting up a Vodafone Greece account (no contract needed.) Happy to give you the details over a couple of Alfa beers...
by Mixos
Sun Oct 29, 2017 12:20 pm
Forum: Shops, Doctors, Professionals, Suppliers & Services
Topic: English speaking accountant
Replies: 7
Views: 634

Re: English speaking accountant

Well, as an East End boy I might be able to recommend someone in Sitia (it's only 50 mins or so from your neck of the woods.) If you want to send me a PM I'll give you the details.
by Mixos
Fri Oct 27, 2017 5:53 pm
Forum: Chatter
Topic: Rats
Replies: 18
Views: 2131

Re: Rats

Just beware putting mothballs in your wood pile. Naphthalene is highly flammable ... as I recall from my miss-spent childhood. :lol:

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