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by GlennB
Tue Oct 16, 2018 12:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Polecats
Replies: 11
Views: 766

Re: Polecats

We have kounavia (beech martens) round here. Not really a problem except that they're known to get under cars and chew the wiring. It seems some manufacturers (Japan? Korea?) use oil of a vegetable origin in the manufacture of the plastic coating for the wires. A few people I know stick a few mothba...
by GlennB
Tue Oct 02, 2018 8:58 am
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Property nerves
Replies: 13
Views: 1053

Re: Property nerves

My understanding is that a house sale cannot proceed unless the house is certified as legal. Whether this is observed in practice is, however, another matter, as is whether the officials concerned even know the law. This is Greece But correcting a dodgy sale after the event is certain to be a nightm...
by GlennB
Wed Aug 29, 2018 11:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: May or October best for good weather?
Replies: 5
Views: 649

Re: May or October best for good weather?

Take your pick, in my view. But the sea is likely to be warmer in Oct, if you have swimming in mind. Then there's the flowers and general greenery, which will probably be nicer in May. I like both of those months here, but right now I'm sick of the relentless heat. Maybe it's just me, but although t...
by GlennB
Thu Aug 23, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Santander Debit Card
Replies: 32
Views: 2646

Re: Santander Debit Card

How do you get round the UK address problem without utility bills in your name etc? Bob. My wife just received a letter re the suspension (soon) of her Barclay's credit card. To avoid that she would need to provide what you describe - not just a UK address but proof that she's resident there. It's ...
by GlennB
Sun Jul 29, 2018 8:28 pm
Forum: Brexit and Living in Greece
Topic: Storm Clouds.
Replies: 98
Views: 8777

Re: Storm Clouds.

I blame the whole thing on bad grammar, in particular the misuse of a single conjunction. Every part of the leave campaign said that if the UK left the EU it could: 1 Stop paying into the EU budget 2 Stop implementing EU laws 3 Stop being under ECJ jurisdiction 4 Stop free movement of people 5 Ente...
by GlennB
Fri Jul 27, 2018 10:06 am
Forum: Brexit and Living in Greece
Topic: Storm Clouds.
Replies: 98
Views: 8777

Re: Storm Clouds.

O for goodness sake, what is everyone worried about. Do you really think that Greece is going to kick out the UK expats. In general most of us spend more than the locals do as our income is greater. We have the better spending power. Does the Greek Government want to lose that?. How many have their...
by GlennB
Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:09 pm
Forum: Brexit and Living in Greece
Topic: Storm Clouds.
Replies: 98
Views: 8777

Re: Storm Clouds.

^ Thank you for that. I wish I could quote it on 'another forum', but it's too long 8) Can I quote bits of it? It strikes me that 'panic mode' is setting in in UK govt. circles (May taking over from Raab, for example, and being willing to mention the stockpiling of food), so is it just possible the...
by GlennB
Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:08 pm
Forum: Brexit and Living in Greece
Topic: Storm Clouds.
Replies: 98
Views: 8777

Re: Storm Clouds.

^ Thank you for that. I wish I could quote it on 'another forum', but it's too long 8) Can I quote bits of it? It strikes me that 'panic mode' is setting in UK govt. circles (May taking over from Raab, for example, and being willing to mention the stockpiling of food), so is it just possible they'll...
by GlennB
Tue Jul 24, 2018 3:20 pm
Forum: Brexit and Living in Greece
Topic: Storm Clouds.
Replies: 98
Views: 8777

Re: Storm Clouds.

Nobody knew the detail of what they were voting for, but for expats to vote leave does amaze me. Some of these 'worst case' complications were pretty predictable.
by GlennB
Thu Jul 19, 2018 3:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Cataract Operation
Replies: 9
Views: 756

Re: Cataract Operation

Hi All Are cataract operations carried out under IKA or are they, as I suspect, all carried out in a private/paid basis? I've had both eyes done here in Greece, and in both cases it was IKA. Each one took 4 appointments - diagnosis, health checks, the op, then final checkup. Compared to the NHS wai...
by GlennB
Thu Jul 19, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Santander Debit Card
Replies: 32
Views: 2646

Re: Santander Debit Card

How do you get round the UK address problem without utility bills in your name etc? Bob. My wife just received a letter re the suspension (soon) of her Barclay's credit card. To avoid that she would need to provide what you describe - not just a UK address but proof that she's resident there. It's ...
by GlennB
Tue Jul 17, 2018 5:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Coolair
Replies: 6
Views: 837

Re: Coolair

That particular product is being targeted at us wherever our internet setup fails to block ads. Kind of annoying that it's being trumpeted as a tech breakthrough, as those things have been around for a long time. We already had an 'evaporative cooler' for a small bedroom and it's OK. The other day i...
by GlennB
Sun Jul 01, 2018 11:50 am
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Taxisnet up?
Replies: 6
Views: 1151

Re: Taxisnet up?

Thanks for that news. We were in Blighty for a while and hadn't had time to complete the submission, so no panic now.

Blighty, incidentally, was wall-to-wall sunshine and 30°C temperatures. I'd been looking forward to feeling a bit chilly.
by GlennB
Sat Jun 09, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: The house is finally legal
Replies: 1
Views: 555

The house is finally legal

We bought this old house in 2007. It was in a sorry state so it was reduced to a shell and rebuilt. The large open area of the downstairs (stabling, storage, the usual) was converted into bedrooms, which was the main source of its illegality. Our builder had assured us that as all the work was happe...
by GlennB
Sat Jun 09, 2018 2:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Cicadas-love em or hate em?
Replies: 11
Views: 1311

Re: Cicadas-love em or hate em?

Love 'em. Unfortunately my advancing years have reduced my high frequency hearing range, so they have to be damn loud for me to notice them much.

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