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by Guy M
Wed Nov 08, 2017 3:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Cost of Living
Replies: 18
Views: 1255

Re: Cost of Living

I wasn't thinking of the "something will turn up" approach, but of this quote: "Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen pounds nineteen shillings and six [pence], result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds nought and six, result mi...
by Guy M
Wed Nov 08, 2017 1:07 am
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Cost of Living
Replies: 18
Views: 1255

Re: Cost of Living

That is an admirably Mr Micawber attitude, Kilkis. We wrestle with money the whole of our lives- so, the obvious answer to the question 'how much do you need to live in Crete? is: 10% more than you've got. In truth, the unhappiest person I know is a chap I was at college with who's now a multimillio...
by Guy M
Mon Oct 09, 2017 1:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Greek Lessons or Books
Replies: 33
Views: 1798

Re: Greek Lessons or Books

I was teasing, I entreat you. It wasn't mean to be inappropriate.
by Guy M
Sun Oct 08, 2017 7:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Greek Lessons or Books
Replies: 33
Views: 1798

Re: Greek Lessons or Books

Clio has enabled you to correct your previous inability to use the correct prefix.
by Guy M
Fri Sep 29, 2017 8:25 am
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Central heating in winter?
Replies: 27
Views: 3637

Re: Central heating in winter?

If you get really cold and the central heating installation man hasn't turned up yet, you can always look at this forum - the amount of heat generated here will keep you warm.
by Guy M
Sat Sep 09, 2017 11:10 pm
Forum: Flights Crete General & Late Deals
Topic: How do I get to Chania at Xmas?
Replies: 17
Views: 1510

Re: How do I get to Chania at Xmas?

I fly through Athens each year and it's fine for security queues. I agree Stansted is horrendous- and coming back in to the UK too. Last Christmas we flew back to the UK (Gatwick - we stayed in the Premier Inn before driving to the Midlands on Jan1) on New Year's Eve via Athens - not a popular day t...
by Guy M
Sun Aug 13, 2017 5:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Future (and current) British expats in Crete
Replies: 15
Views: 1646

Future (and current) British expats in Crete

Exactly the point I made seven weeks ago on this forum.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/20 ... l-advisers
by Guy M
Tue Jul 11, 2017 9:50 am
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Lots of new build skeleton properties?
Replies: 11
Views: 1180

Re: Lots of new build skeleton properties?

I find these buildings incredibly sad- as well as being an obvious metaphor for our times. We bought our (200 year old) house in '99 when the rash of developing was just starting, and each year there were more and more signs in Apokoronos for properties from New Century (one of the main developers o...
by Guy M
Wed Jun 28, 2017 11:02 am
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: New residency rules post Brexit - reciprocity in Greece
Replies: 24
Views: 2336

Re: New residency rules post Brexit - reciprocity in Greece

I didn't phrase it very well, Clio - sorry. I think the wider context is relevant- with the many greater challenges facing the UK government, the issues of Brits living in Crete (or Spain like those featured) will either be ignored or will become, as the headline of the article you posted suggests, ...
by Guy M
Wed Jun 28, 2017 7:23 am
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: New residency rules post Brexit - reciprocity in Greece
Replies: 24
Views: 2336

Re: New residency rules post Brexit - reciprocity in Greece

Nobody knows what the consequences of ending freedom of movement will be, although the best guess seems to be that it will indeed be horrendous - already there are signs of this: NHS applicants from abroad down by 96% etc.Freedom of movement has been a giant social experiment - when I work in London...
by Guy M
Tue Jun 27, 2017 9:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: New residency rules post Brexit - reciprocity in Greece
Replies: 24
Views: 2336

Re: New residency rules post Brexit - reciprocity in Greece

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/jun/27/british-citizens-living-eu-fear-they-will-become-mays-sacrificial-lambs Yes I read this too. A little unclear what the various interest groups' concerns are, beyond wanting to be considered as a priority and for things to remain as they are now. Neit...
by Guy M
Mon Jun 26, 2017 5:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: New residency rules post Brexit - reciprocity in Greece
Replies: 24
Views: 2336

New residency rules post Brexit - reciprocity in Greece

The proposed new residency rules for EU nationals post Brexit have been announced in the U.K. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/safeguarding-the-position-of-eu-citizens-in-the-uk-and-uk-nationals-in-the-eu/the-united-kingdoms-exit-from-the-european-union-safeguarding-the-position-of-eu-citi...
by Guy M
Wed May 31, 2017 11:06 am
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Medical costs
Replies: 17
Views: 2670

Re: Medical costs

Is it on the conservative side? Who knows? Which, like much of the talk since the referendum, illustrates what an incredibly irresponsible act calling the referendum in the first place was: asking people to decide on something which may or may not have immense consequences (particularly for those su...
by Guy M
Sun May 28, 2017 4:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Medical costs
Replies: 17
Views: 2670

Re: Medical costs

Four years ago we took private health insurance as we were living full time in Crete (a family of four with young children, so a different situation for medical costs). We arranged it through the same person who did our car insurance - might be a place to start if you want a fairly accurate estimate...
by Guy M
Sun May 28, 2017 11:45 am
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: property tax
Replies: 4
Views: 1086

Re: property tax

Hi there 1. Crete is a great place - that overrides anything else I might say. 2. I'm like a broken record on this subject, but...the best advice I ever had was to get a decent lawyer in Crete: not just for the property purchase, but for everything from opening a bank account, buying a car, recommen...

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