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by George
Fri Mar 08, 2013 1:24 pm
Forum: Chatter
Topic: Italian elections
Replies: 14
Views: 3561

Russia has always yearned for a military base in the med and Mr Obama is gravely concerned that should/when/if the euro fails then the Greeks will make their dreams come true. I thought that Russia would have moved on since embracing capitalism/corruption, but apparently they're rebuilding their for...
by George
Fri Mar 08, 2013 12:00 am
Forum: Chatter
Topic: Italian elections
Replies: 14
Views: 3561

We musn't forget of course the pressure from Uncle Sam who are paranoid about the Greeks selling along term lease to the Russians for a naval base in the med. I agree though, the madness of persisting in something that cannot ever work is mindless. How can you marry the industrial economies of north...
by George
Thu Mar 07, 2013 3:45 pm
Forum: Chatter
Topic: Italian elections
Replies: 14
Views: 3561

I think the Germans might be starting to see the error of putting all the eggs in one basket, in this case the Euro. The economy in France is looking slightly dodgy now, if the Italians can't form a stable government then the Germans could be in for a very rough time of it. I think they'll all try t...
by George
Thu Feb 28, 2013 11:49 pm
Forum: Chatter
Topic: Italian elections
Replies: 14
Views: 3561

Italian elections

Given the meteoric rise of the 5 star movement in Italy's election, will Italy become the new focus for the Euro skeptics instead of Greece?
And more to the point, what do the Greeks themselves think of this?
by George
Thu Feb 28, 2013 11:29 pm
Forum: Chatter
Topic: A Glimpse of the Future?
Replies: 16
Views: 5033

Last year in Rhodes there were Golden Dawn logos all over the place. The logo consisted of the wreath and writing in stencil form. This being the case it's hard to work out if there's a lot of support or just one guy with a car and a big tin of paint. It was also written on walls in Lindos, although...
by George
Fri Feb 22, 2013 3:28 pm
Forum: Chatter
Topic: Greece is facing a humane crisis
Replies: 20
Views: 5853

Trying to marry the economies of northern Europe with their southern partners was always doomed to failure. Our failure stems from embracing the American "instant gratification" , and pure greed. Greece would have had some problems if they had never joined the Euro as corruption has always...
by George
Thu Feb 21, 2013 2:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Plakias to Elofonissi
Replies: 26
Views: 8376

The ferry sounds like a good idea as I have driven on many goat tracks over the years due to my wife's incredible map reading skills. Remember passing a stuck jimny in a clapped out fiat punto with our daughter throwing up with either dizziness or altitude sickness due to the goat track we climbed. ...
by George
Wed Feb 20, 2013 10:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Beginning of the end . . . .
Replies: 49
Views: 13422

The forecasts for China's need for petrol alone in the coming decade is staggering, and when the production of an average car is 20 metric tonnes of carbon then the figures start going exponential. If we all switch to electric cars then we must have nuclear - nothing else could cope with the demand....
by George
Wed Feb 20, 2013 6:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Plakias to Elofonissi
Replies: 26
Views: 8376

It tends to be vertical drops that set it off. I'm fine with, say, castle ramparts where you look over at an angle. If however I climb on the rampart and look straight down, then I tend to fall over. Looking down steep hills is alright, but looking over cliffs is a no no.
by George
Wed Feb 20, 2013 12:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Plakias to Elofonissi
Replies: 26
Views: 8376

Plenty to think about there, thanks for all the info. As I suffer from a form of vertigo, I'll maybe give the coastal path a miss although my wife seems very keen about that bit! I've always wanted to do a gorge or two as we've been to Crete many times but always got sidetracked as there's so much t...
by George
Sat Feb 16, 2013 11:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Plakias to Elofonissi
Replies: 26
Views: 8376

Plakias to Elofonissi

Is it possible to drive along the south coast from Plakias to Elofonissi? I know there will have to be quite a detour round because of Samaria, and where would be a good place to stay over for a couple of nights down that neck of the woods? We haven't visited the south west coast and would like to k...
by George
Mon Feb 04, 2013 6:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Beginning of the end . . . .
Replies: 49
Views: 13422

Re efficiency of wind power. Scottish power released figures today that on the top week last year, wind farms accounted for 70% of domestic electricity in Scotland, and so are going to build another 20 wind farms. Meanwhile it turns out the cost of decommissioning Sellafield now stands at 67.5 billi...
by George
Sun Feb 03, 2013 4:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Beginning of the end . . . .
Replies: 49
Views: 13422

Nowadays the up and coming middle classes can pay extra for more children, and of course running a policy like this will never be perfect given the sheer size of the country, but surely the fact that they actually tried is worth a mention?
by George
Sun Feb 03, 2013 1:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Beginning of the end . . . .
Replies: 49
Views: 13422

Here in Britain, we look across the "pond" with a superior smugness at the role of lobbyists in American politics, but it is exactly what we have all over the world now. everything we read is someones agenda. Trying to sort the wheat from the chaff becomes increasingly complex. The only co...
by George
Sat Feb 02, 2013 12:58 am
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Beginning of the end . . . .
Replies: 49
Views: 13422

There's a lot of negative press concerning windfarms, but what else is there? Do we just start building new nuclear reactors everywhere and to hell with the consequences? Wind farms are a temporary, ongoing system, much improved over the past few years. Continued investment will make them better til...

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