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by altohb
Sat Jan 14, 2017 8:55 am
Forum: Chatter
Topic: Crete driving is appalling !
Replies: 49
Views: 9760

Re: Crete driving is appalling !

y. I actually find it relaxing to drive here and don't get any sort of rage when things happen, opposite in the UK where I find it aggressive, and what with all the speed camera's, speed bumps, a trillion signs everywhere, bus lanes that jump out at you when you haven't had time to see if it's lega...
by altohb
Mon Dec 19, 2016 1:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Hello
Replies: 9
Views: 1894

Re: Hello

Most of the people I know who have returned to the UK for health reasons have been below state pension age, so given the cost of private health insurance I can understand in some cases. The limited exposure we've had to the Greek healthcare system has certainly given us no cause for complaint at all...
by altohb
Mon Dec 19, 2016 9:01 am
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Hello
Replies: 9
Views: 1894

Re: Hello

I would agree with what Warwick is saying about the fallout from Brexit - none of us know what will happen and it may be that different countries approach a new relationship with the UK in totally different ways. Having said that, you obviously have experienced living in another EU country and have ...
by altohb
Thu Dec 01, 2016 5:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Vehicle Tax 2017
Replies: 29
Views: 6130

Re: Vehicle Tax 2017

Our diesel Suzuki SX Cross has exactly the same charge as last year. It was bought new in 2104.
by altohb
Fri Nov 04, 2016 9:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Round and Round We Go
Replies: 74
Views: 9449

Re: Round and Round We Go

Well said, Nigel. The point about the supremacy of Parliament seems to have bypassed both the tabloid rags and the government, sadly.
by altohb
Mon Oct 17, 2016 8:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Bonfires
Replies: 5
Views: 1688

Re: Bonfires

Generally the end of October, though there can be local variations. Best to check with your local fire brigade.
by altohb
Thu Sep 29, 2016 3:14 pm
Forum: Chatter
Topic: Hire Car Excess Insurance
Replies: 7
Views: 2950

Re: Hire Car Excess Insurance

I've found a couple - the second one certainly seems to be valid for Greek residents, but I haven't investigated further yet.

http://www.confused.com/car-hire-excess-insurance

https://www.worldwideinsure.com/car-hir ... urance.php
by altohb
Thu Sep 29, 2016 2:39 pm
Forum: Chatter
Topic: Hire Car Excess Insurance
Replies: 7
Views: 2950

Re: Hire Car Excess Insurance

Just had a reply confirming that my policy is still valid - which is a relief.

Hmm - not encouraging news re the "other" lot.
by altohb
Thu Sep 29, 2016 12:19 pm
Forum: Chatter
Topic: Hire Car Excess Insurance
Replies: 7
Views: 2950

Re: Hire Car Excess Insurance

Thanks for this information, Warwick. I currently have an annual policy with insurance4carhire.com, so have emailed them to establish whether I am still covered or not - I took the policy out in April. I've had a quick look at the other outfit you suggest, and the rates are comparable, so will have ...
by altohb
Sat Sep 24, 2016 10:37 am
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Electric Bill
Replies: 75
Views: 12075

Re: Electric Bill

Jeffstclair wrote:I use the residents permit as ID it works in the bank and post office...jeff


Me too - and I have a Greek driving licence now as well!
by altohb
Fri Sep 16, 2016 6:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Greek driving licence application
Replies: 18
Views: 3154

Re: Greek driving licence application

...They were certainly asking for proof of residence earlier - ie utility bills... When was this? Scooby reported on this forum in 2010 that he had just renewed his UK licence on-line using a UK address and as far as I know he wasn't asked for any proof of address. Also the links don't mention anyt...
by altohb
Fri Sep 16, 2016 5:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Greek driving licence application
Replies: 18
Views: 3154

Re: Greek driving licence application

Here is the latest information - updated quite recently. They were certainly asking for proof of residence earlier - ie utility bills.

https://www.gov.uk/renew-driving-licence#before-you-start

There is also https://www.gov.uk/change-address-driving-licence
by altohb
Fri Sep 16, 2016 2:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Greek driving licence application
Replies: 18
Views: 3154

Re: Greek driving licence application

4 A legal translation of my UK driving licence. This was quite long since it was the old green paper licence*. I am not sure if this will still be necessary if you have a modern laminated plastic UK licence since they are all to an EU format. 5 My English licence which they kept and returned to DVL...
by altohb
Fri Sep 16, 2016 2:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Greek driving licence application
Replies: 18
Views: 3154

Re: Greek driving licence application

Jeff - it is worth chasing up. We got our Greek licences from the Sitia office earlier this year. It took about 3 months in total, including getting translations done by our lawyer. I know of someone else whose application had to be re-sent to Swansea via fax, and I think that is where the problems ...
by altohb
Wed Sep 14, 2016 4:41 pm
Forum: Chatter
Topic: swimming in January?
Replies: 12
Views: 2158

Re: swimming in January?

There are certainly people here in Sitia who swim all year round.

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