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by ScotinCrete
Tue Aug 11, 2015 9:33 pm
Forum: Chatter
Topic: Poison alert - Chania area
Replies: 16
Views: 3935

Re: Poison alert - Chania area

One of our worries about moving to Crete was the issue of animal cruelty. It has been pleasing to find that attitudes are, slowly, changing. Apokoronas is one of the very few who has faced up to this issue with the neutering program they are funding. House pets are now common BUT 'working' animals a...
by ScotinCrete
Thu Aug 06, 2015 12:11 am
Forum: Chatter
Topic: What is this plant?
Replies: 8
Views: 2182

Re: What is this plant?

Many thanks for the replies. Personally I think Dracunculus vulgaris sounds like something from a Hogwarts spell book but .... :D
by ScotinCrete
Sun Aug 02, 2015 5:23 pm
Forum: Chatter
Topic: What is this plant?
Replies: 8
Views: 2182

What is this plant?

Seen it quite a lot by the Madamas river when walking the dog.
by ScotinCrete
Sat Aug 01, 2015 1:13 am
Forum: Chatter
Topic: TROIKA RULES
Replies: 17
Views: 2408

Re: TROIKA RULES

Yes Martin I am unaware, as, it appears, are external investors and the Greek government. My view is that Geece can only succeed via an SME driven economy and the lack of bureaucracy and low tax culture that goes with it. Ireland is probably the closest example? My main point was that with the curre...
by ScotinCrete
Fri Jul 31, 2015 1:26 am
Forum: Chatter
Topic: TROIKA RULES
Replies: 17
Views: 2408

Re: TROIKA RULES

The Telegraph is far from a traditional supporter of leftist governments and I think the article was very much anti European rather than pro Syriza. Dara O'Brien said that politicians no longer answer questions about what they will do, they say what they wont do. The "economic hit man" was...
by ScotinCrete
Thu Jul 30, 2015 1:05 am
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Income Tax Payment
Replies: 24
Views: 3806

Re: Income Tax Payment

In the UK the tax year ends on the 4th April and - vauge memories tell me - payment must be made by December of the same year. So 8months gap seems normal. This ignores the question of why the #$#%# the tax year ends in April in the UK!! Having said that m0st income tax is taken at source via PAYE -...
by ScotinCrete
Tue Jul 28, 2015 12:27 am
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Tax Confusion
Replies: 9
Views: 1921

Re: Tax Confusion

More details from others but Electric and Water will be as you say billed direct "Council Tax" will be paid via you Electric bill Property Tax will be via ENFIA - personally our accountant gets the assesment and we then pay via the bank. If your not going to be resident then payment via di...
by ScotinCrete
Tue Jul 28, 2015 12:18 am
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: PLAN B
Replies: 16
Views: 3463

Re: PLAN B

I admit to always having been risk averse myself so Grexit does worry me. But I agree that the current austerity measures are, at best, unlikely to turn around the Greek economy. But Plan B seems to have been an enabler of moving to a new/old currency and then ???? As for Varoufakis, I do not doubt ...
by ScotinCrete
Sun Jul 19, 2015 9:00 pm
Forum: Computers, TV, Telephone and Internet
Topic: Sky HD Box
Replies: 2
Views: 872

Sky HD Box

I have to keep 'rebooting' - i.e. turn it off and on again - my Sky box to get most channels. For example - I get a no signal being received on Sky News HD but checking the signal and quality it should be fine! I had this problem since moving to our new house and replaced my box so It's only a few m...
by ScotinCrete
Fri Jul 17, 2015 7:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: After The End Game
Replies: 19
Views: 3903

Re: After The End Game

Does anyone think that Greece will make the deep structural reforms needed. Smile sweetly and prepare a Plan B for 2 or 3 years time with an economy which has some chance of survival so that a 'Velvet Grexit' with continued EU membership [and funds] could be a Greek rather than a German option? Gree...
by ScotinCrete
Wed Jul 15, 2015 7:51 pm
Forum: Shops, Doctors, Professionals, Suppliers & Services
Topic: Garden Shed
Replies: 8
Views: 2000

Re: Garden Shed

Premier Fencing on the East of the island will deliver and install. Good quality.
Alternatively ask at the wood yard in Kalyves - behind Inka - he did say to me he would construct a shed for less than Premier's price. Be advised though his english is non-existent.
by ScotinCrete
Sun Jul 12, 2015 9:09 pm
Forum: Chatter
Topic: Not The Best Timing
Replies: 35
Views: 11046

Re: Not The Best Timing

Yes, we are living in interesting times just now :? Very sensible to wait for awhile before deciding anything but keep in mind that the situation in Crete is different from Athens and the situation in the villages in Crete is different from in the cities. In any ways if I ignored the news/internet I...
by ScotinCrete
Sat Jul 04, 2015 9:53 pm
Forum: Chatter
Topic: Greek newspapers
Replies: 7
Views: 1717

Re: Greek newspapers

Our Greek teacher is a KKE member and gave us some links to newspapers "telling the truth" as she said :) We agreed some time ago that I am too old to have ideals anymore and she is too young to be pragmatic so we talk about food, drink and music instead :D No different here than any other...
by ScotinCrete
Thu Jul 02, 2015 12:21 am
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: There's going to be another fudge tomorrow
Replies: 118
Views: 16308

Re: There's going to be another fudge tomorrow

I am willing to support a Oxi vote in the referendum if there was any sign of a plan from the current government that they had and were capable of implementing a Plan B when we left the Euro. To pretend that a No vote means anything else then exit is optimistic at the least. I admire the idealism bu...
by ScotinCrete
Sun May 31, 2015 9:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Moving to Crete,Advise needed
Replies: 6
Views: 1539

Re: Moving to Crete,Advise needed

Assume you have been here on holiday etc for awhile? Having said that we came here 3 times before deciding it was the place for us. Depends on your personality and situation but I would suggest renting in an ex pat area first and using it as a base to explore. I would also suggest trying to learn Gr...

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