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by Guy M
Wed Aug 07, 2013 10:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Interesting Statistics
Replies: 44
Views: 10719

Re the original point of encouraging different types of tourism from that which is here. You can't force tourists to come here - proper planning can create a good environment, but if there aren't millions of people who want walking holidays and a cultural experience but would rather be on the beach,...
by Guy M
Tue Aug 06, 2013 12:04 pm
Forum: Chatter
Topic: The new age Gym
Replies: 9
Views: 2728

This really worked for me, hard as it is to believe when you see how easy it is. And I was tested by a neuropsychologist afterwards....
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/1933241152
by Guy M
Sun Aug 04, 2013 5:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Heraklion Archaeological Museum
Replies: 7
Views: 2228

This is one of the best museums i have been to anywhere in the World in terms of the quality of what is shown. The last time we were there (when the main floor was hardly open and most of the displays were downstairs round the corner from the main entrance) we were there alone - in March - and I aud...
by Guy M
Tue Jul 30, 2013 6:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Buying a car on Crete
Replies: 16
Views: 5666

We bought a car this year on moving, without a resident's permit - we were driving it within four days of arrival as soon as we had the car insurance papers faxed to the dealer. We got a photocopy of my passport signed by the town hall (at no charge, in 5 minutes) and explained we were in the proces...
by Guy M
Thu Jul 25, 2013 5:11 pm
Forum: Chatter
Topic: Insect repellent
Replies: 19
Views: 8348

http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/science ... an-others/

14 years in malarial countries, never bitten. Solution: sleep next to someone with tastier blood.
by Guy M
Mon Jul 22, 2013 7:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Good to see everybody doing their bit?
Replies: 28
Views: 6520

The dilemma of the 'rich tax dodgers versus the general population' is a question of morality versus practicality. It's much easier to get 10 million people to pay €100 more tax (that's €1billion) than it is to get 1,000 people to pay €1million (the same amount). The tax code of every country I've l...
by Guy M
Wed Jul 17, 2013 9:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Economic failure
Replies: 4
Views: 2129

Economic failure

Two signs of the times this evening. A hawker in a taverna selling rubbishy plastic toys. A mad man with a deformed face rummaging through rubbish bins. Perfect evidence of economic failure, not just of Greece, but of the whole interconnected Europe. A man selling useless things for which there isn'...
by Guy M
Mon Jul 08, 2013 1:27 am
Forum: Chatter
Topic: Dearth of 0% fat milk
Replies: 15
Views: 4971

'Processed' and mucked about with are pretty interchangeable eg thin ham or cheese slices, pizza, fizzy drinks. And actually, for the great majority of human existence, tearing vegetables out of the ground and many centuries later, regularly cultivating animals, is exactly what humans did. After tho...
by Guy M
Sun Jul 07, 2013 8:29 am
Forum: Chatter
Topic: Dearth of 0% fat milk
Replies: 15
Views: 4971

At work we were advised by a nutritionist to minimise eating anything processed on the basis that humans have been around for 10,000 years whereas processed food only came about in the last century and so humans aren't made to eat processed foods. This included skimmed and semi skimmed milk - it doe...
by Guy M
Tue Jul 02, 2013 8:49 am
Forum: Chatter
Topic: Tourist numbers
Replies: 17
Views: 4774

Thanks Filippos - maybe I shouldn't write posts at 6 in the morning in the cold UK....
by Guy M
Tue Jul 02, 2013 7:27 am
Forum: Chatter
Topic: Tourist numbers
Replies: 17
Views: 4774

I don't feel comfortable with this: I'm not an all-in, cheap holiday person, I'm scared of Russians (if I admit it - and have only just thought of the Chinese who will be here in larger numbers eventually) and I'd rather, at first thought, Crete was visited by middle class graduate teachers with ear...
by Guy M
Mon Jul 01, 2013 9:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Hospital closures
Replies: 12
Views: 3593

Is that proposed re the UK expats? Certainly sounds plausible. Everyone will have to come to terms with a very painful new reality: the days of guaranteed state support have gone - perhaps it will be every person for themselves, in which case: I'm frightened for how humans will end up given our natu...
by Guy M
Mon Jul 01, 2013 6:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Hospital closures
Replies: 12
Views: 3593

Staggeringly, not as worthy of a reply as the fact that proposed tax changes mean that a thermometer will determine whether some people get around €120 a year from the government of a country they have chosen not to I've in. There seems to be a very large separation from reality going on. If I had n...
by Guy M
Sun Jun 30, 2013 1:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Meanwhile Back In Greece....
Replies: 11
Views: 3609

There are two types of answers given to the question 'how does Greece/Ireland/Spain/Portugal... get out of the economic hole they are in. The, definitely wrong, answer include a solution that involves one section of society and can be achieved in anywhere between one and five years. Choose examples ...
by Guy M
Thu Jun 27, 2013 8:30 am
Forum: Chatter
Topic: winter fuel payment for expats to be abolished
Replies: 106
Views: 20720

This is what i am teaching my children: Outside of the family, expect nothing to be given, expect promises to be broken, do everything independently for yourself, stand on your own two feet, expect not to be picked up when you fall over. The age of entitlement and a 'social contract' has gone foreve...

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