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by GlennB
Fri Feb 23, 2018 12:03 am
Forum: Chatter
Topic: Please settle a wager .
Replies: 11
Views: 446

Re: Please settle a wager .

Don't get me started about figs ...
by GlennB
Thu Feb 22, 2018 2:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: IKA Renewal Heads Up
Replies: 79
Views: 3894

Re: IKA Renewal Heads Up

Looks like the memo didn't reach the IKA office in Tripoli, or I misunderstood the whole business and it's different for the retired using S1. We took our books to our local KEP two weeks ago, armed with our dilosis and photocopies of everything, plus worries that we only have the buff residence per...
by GlennB
Sun Feb 11, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: Computers, TV, Telephone and Internet
Topic: Firefox thinks I am Greek
Replies: 9
Views: 394

Re: Firefox thinks I am Greek

We only have this problem in Microsoft Edge where, after any significant update, it starts (I presume) detecting our location via IP address and defaulting to Greek for certain web pages. Our main problem is on a Win10 desktop which has English and Greek fonts installed and the default language set...
by GlennB
Sun Feb 11, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: Computers, TV, Telephone and Internet
Topic: Firefox thinks I am Greek
Replies: 9
Views: 394

Re: Firefox thinks I am Greek

We only have this problem in Microsoft Edge where, after any significant update, it starts (I presume) detecting our location via IP address and defaulting to Greek. Our main problem is on a Win10 desktop which has English and Greek fonts installed and the default language set to British English. Us...
by GlennB
Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: IKA Renewal Heads Up
Replies: 79
Views: 3894

Re: IKA Renewal Heads Up

Nothing at all in Chania. I questioned it the first time it happened in January 2014 and they said I didn't need anything as everything was now done through the computer. Warwick Same here, 'over the way' in Arkadia. There's a website that allows you to check your IKA status by inputting your AFM a...
by GlennB
Wed Feb 07, 2018 11:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: buying a property
Replies: 10
Views: 467

Re: buying a property

Thank you for the replies. Yes, legalization is being checked by the lawyer, and there is one issue with an annex which is now being legalised. My apologies if this comment seems like nagging or interfering, but I wouldn't pay a single cent for a house here until I had the full certificate of legal...
by GlennB
Wed Feb 07, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: buying a property
Replies: 10
Views: 467

Re: buying a property

You should also inquire about the legality of the house. There are many properties around that are illegal owing to inadequate (or zero) planning permissions for extensions, conversions etc. Ours is such a case where the big, open basement was turned into bedrooms without a proper permission for the...
by GlennB
Tue Feb 06, 2018 10:16 am
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: The Greek Ombudsman
Replies: 15
Views: 685

Re: The Greek Ombudsman

paul g wrote:show em your wedding photos.


Hmmm, yes, we could bore them into submission with an enormous presentation of family photos. Start with the marriage, kids when babies, kids growing up, holidays in Greece way back, moving to Greece ... :D
by GlennB
Mon Feb 05, 2018 5:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: The Greek Ombudsman
Replies: 15
Views: 685

Re: The Greek Ombudsman

I had another thought about the Apostille stamp. While the FCO do not verify the content of a document, simply that any stamp or signature is valid, they might be able to state something along the lines that: "The attached document is a valid UK Marriage Certificate. The purpose of the documen...
by GlennB
Mon Feb 05, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: The Greek Ombudsman
Replies: 15
Views: 685

Re: The Greek Ombudsman

Warwick, Clio - thanks for your words of support and advice. It is helpful to hear other such stories, if only to understand that we are not alone and not doing anything particularly wrong. A lawyer it is then! Hire a lawyer who will be paid to insist we be allowed to pay our taxes! ** giggle ** In ...
by GlennB
Mon Feb 05, 2018 2:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: The Greek Ombudsman
Replies: 15
Views: 685

Re: The Greek Ombudsman

Have you tried asking the British Consulate for help? Perhaps a letter from them written in Greek on Embassy headed note paper signed by the Consul. Head the letter UK Marriage Certificate. Then something along the lines of: "To whom it may concern, column 4 on a UK Marriage Certificate is hea...
by GlennB
Mon Feb 05, 2018 11:05 am
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: The Greek Ombudsman
Replies: 15
Views: 685

Re: The Greek Ombudsman

You really do need the help of a Greek.Officialdom is more likely to listen to a native speaker. We changed accountants and the new guy is Greek and more or less bilingual. He was unable to get the tax official to do anything about it. She seems to have dug in her heels and decided it's nothing to ...
by GlennB
Mon Feb 05, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: The Greek Ombudsman
Replies: 15
Views: 685

Re: The Greek Ombudsman

OK cheers. There's a very sleek branch of their website that's entirely in English so I can't think that would be the problem. As for 'the tax man', well, when we took a translation of our marriage certificate to the local office the official noticed that it described us as 'bachelor' and 'spinster'...
by GlennB
Sat Feb 03, 2018 3:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: The Greek Ombudsman
Replies: 15
Views: 685

The Greek Ombudsman

This is likely to yield a resounding 'NO', but has anyone here, or anyone you know, tried to sort out a problem by submitting their story to the Greek Ombudsman? Our efforts to prove that we're married so that we can pay our E1 taxes (now well in arrears) have hit a brick wall of bureaucracy, so we ...
by GlennB
Fri Jan 12, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Official translation - English to Greek
Replies: 17
Views: 1145

Re: Official translation - English to Greek

Update - the couriers won't touch it, as there's an open-ended waiting time at the office on delivery and maybe also on collection. In short, I'm pretty grumpy about the prospect of being 'on the road' for a 14 hour day, twice, to do it in person. But I'm in the S Peloponnese so I guess you good fol...

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