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by Kilkis
Wed May 23, 2007 5:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Transporting bones
Replies: 12
Views: 5919

A few other points regarding funerals etc: If the person dies in the morning the funeral may be on the same day. If not, the following day would be more typical than after two days. It is usual for people to visit the house of the deceased and sit in vigil for a time between the death and the funera...
by Kilkis
Wed May 23, 2007 4:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Water.How will Crete cope ?
Replies: 52
Views: 20979

A few minor points concerning the water situation: It is true that the amount of rainfall decreases as you move from west to east along the island and between the north and south sides. This is largely due to prevailing wind conditions, i.e. the wind is predominantly from the west/north west in wint...
by Kilkis
Tue May 22, 2007 11:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Water.How will Crete cope ?
Replies: 52
Views: 20979

...Cavo Sidero, 10sq mile complex, 7000 beds (and thats only the most obvious one). If it includes the planned golfing facilities (and thats what Minoan Group are all about) then other nearby areas will certainly be developed to give homes with an access to local golf... I am sure you must have got...
by Kilkis
Thu May 17, 2007 11:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Using UK electrical equipment in Crete
Replies: 17
Views: 9094

Re: Power cuts

You can of course put a surge suppressor plug before the ups too (meaning in addition to your solution Warwick) then the cheapest item to replace gets hit first Sort of belt & braces & bit of string Yes there are many possible solutions. You can buy surge suppressors built into a DIN rail m...
by Kilkis
Thu May 17, 2007 7:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Using UK electrical equipment in Crete
Replies: 17
Views: 9094

If you are buying a UPS, check its specification. A UPS will not necessarily protect you against lightening induced surges. Most UPS consist of a battery, a battery charger, an AC inverter, a relay and some control circuitry. Under normal conditions the charger is float charging the battery, the mai...
by Kilkis
Wed May 16, 2007 12:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Dogs on the ferry
Replies: 6
Views: 4017

I cannot comment on a particular ferry line or a particular route but many of the ferries we have used have kennels on the top deck. They are certainly not left in the car. I believe the owners can visit the kennels and take the dogs out onto the deck. Dogs are usually allowed in public areas so the...
by Kilkis
Tue May 15, 2007 8:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Will I have a problem buying a cheap car?
Replies: 9
Views: 4646

I agree with you completely Paul, as I said in my post BUT I think it is worth checking because the consequences if he is not exempt from any of these taxes is quite serious. I also thought the information might be useful for people who are not likely to be exempt through government employment, mili...
by Kilkis
Tue May 15, 2007 2:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Will I have a problem buying a cheap car?
Replies: 9
Views: 4646

Hi New Guy. There are two things that you might also consider: Firstly, while you say that your government will pay to transport the vehicle, will they pay the charges to register it in Greece? If the vehicle is going to stay in Greece for more than six months then this is a legal requirement. Typic...
by Kilkis
Mon May 14, 2007 10:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Will I have a problem buying a cheap car?
Replies: 9
Views: 4646

…I drive a lifted 4 wheel drive truck here in California, is there an abundance of cheap vehicles for sale in Crete? I have already decided not to bring my truck since I should be on the island a little over a year… Depending exactly what you mean by “truck”, it may not be possible for you to own a...
by Kilkis
Sun May 13, 2007 9:54 am
Forum: Chatter
Topic: Another lurker
Replies: 6
Views: 3660

Warwick, I hope my main concern will be how to find a really good Retsina to share with my new "neighbors" :lol: Mmmmmmmmmmm! I do have a problem there. I have lived in northern Greece for about 10 years where the favourite brand is Malamatina. The Cretan brands taste completely different and I hav...
by Kilkis
Sun May 13, 2007 9:35 am
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Using banks in East Crete
Replies: 8
Views: 4101

Re: Curious

Warwick, I notice that you recommend Alpha Bank and say that their web banking is in English so I must ask, has that changed since last summer? I opened an account late September last year and had "some" trouble making it work on my PC only to find that my personal pages where all written in Greek ...
by Kilkis
Sat May 12, 2007 11:22 pm
Forum: Chatter
Topic: Another lurker
Replies: 6
Views: 3660

We're close to Chania, Kikh, so if you need any help, e.g. where to find ..., get in touch. Good luck with your move.

Warwick
by Kilkis
Sat May 12, 2007 11:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Using banks in East Crete
Replies: 8
Views: 4101

It's certainly worth deciding which ATM will be most convenient and then joining that bank since you get charged if you use the ATM of another bank. If you need pink slips you also have to get them from the branch where your account is. You cannot transfer accounts in Greece. We've used Alpha bank a...
by Kilkis
Sat May 12, 2007 11:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Prefab homes
Replies: 14
Views: 8326

When we first came to look at houses in Crete we visited Casa Procat near Heraklion. Their office is on the slip road coming off the national highway as you are travelling east at the turn off for the power station. Their construction method is a wooden frame filled with insulation, rather like UK f...
by Kilkis
Sat May 12, 2007 5:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Is it hard to resell a house in Crete?
Replies: 19
Views: 9849

...Now virtually every hospital is infected with MRSA and I would rather die at home than be in one of those... The last European statistics I saw showed the MRSA infection rate in Greece was about the same as the UK, Ray, so that cannot really be used as a distinguishing factor. I am not sure abou...

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