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by altohb
Sat May 03, 2008 1:01 pm
Forum: Computers, TV, Telephone and Internet
Topic: adsl connection problems
Replies: 11
Views: 4409

Following earlier correspondence about ADSL/Forthnet problems I can report that in general it is running reasonably well in the Sitia area, but that the speed seems to collapse during the day, and that there are often periods during the afternoon when there is no connection. As we are out of town, t...
by altohb
Fri May 02, 2008 4:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Over 65 Greek Driving License
Replies: 17
Views: 6704

Bank accounts for non-residents

The banks are very inconsistent and basically lie. I have one current account with a UK bank that I have held for over 30 years. It pays no interest. I also have a credit card with the same bank. They know that I am permanently resident in Greece and have been for eleven years. They have been sendi...
by altohb
Wed Apr 30, 2008 2:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: electricity bills
Replies: 4
Views: 2749

Just remember that as DEH bills are estimated at least every other bill you could end up under/over paying and potentially get a nasty surprise at the end of the year. This is what puts us off doing a direct debit, as it would only debit the bill total, not a regular monthly amount as in the UK. Our...
by altohb
Tue Apr 29, 2008 5:30 pm
Forum: Chatter
Topic: Neighbours
Replies: 21
Views: 6795

I'm actually perfectly sociable, but just prefer not to have other people barging into my life the whole time and telling me what they think I should be doing/thinking! Don't know about the G & T Brigade, but this sounds exactly like life in a Cretan village :lol: Precisely why we live in the m...
by altohb
Mon Apr 28, 2008 5:22 pm
Forum: Chatter
Topic: Neighbours
Replies: 21
Views: 6795

Thanks for the support, Filippos, and I agree about the shaven headed louts appearing in certain areas of Crete. It is a real shame. They have taken over too many parts of the UK already - one of the things that people like us are glad to see the back of. I know that there is crime here, and bad beh...
by altohb
Mon Apr 28, 2008 11:05 am
Forum: Chatter
Topic: Neighbours
Replies: 21
Views: 6795

The thought of living in an area full of the Gin & Tonic brigade makes me feel ill. OK, at the moment you are blissfully away from them. But do you have any fears that they and their pools might start coming nearer? Once upon a time (and not very long ago at all) there were no pools (and no Bri...
by altohb
Mon Apr 28, 2008 10:27 am
Forum: Chatter
Topic: Neighbours
Replies: 21
Views: 6795

Don't think we have different senses of humour at all! I think Hudson was referring to the British "expat" culture prevalent in many areas - not only in Crete, of course. Some of us came here partly to get away from the awful nosiness prevalent in the UK today, where one can get no peace, ...
by altohb
Mon Apr 28, 2008 7:45 am
Forum: Chatter
Topic: Neighbours
Replies: 21
Views: 6795

Filippos, I understand about the generosity of your Greek neighbours, but we are literally too far away from anyone else for that to happen. However, I'm often given vegetables & fruit of various kinds by an elderly Greek man to whom I give a lift into town whenever I see him trudging along. His...
by altohb
Sun Apr 27, 2008 8:05 pm
Forum: Chatter
Topic: Neighbours
Replies: 21
Views: 6795

We have NO neighbours and, coming from the crowded South East of the UK, it is wonderful . We hear people working in the adjoining olive groves, sparrows & other birds twittering under our windows, bees buzzing and that is it! If someone on the other side of the valley has a party we hear a bit ...
by altohb
Mon Apr 07, 2008 8:18 am
Forum: Archive
Topic: The Scottish Invasion -The story so far...well almost
Replies: 15
Views: 13524

Just an idle thought when driving home through the rain and watching the suicidal locals overake me on blind bends !! Jon Does this imply that overuse of raki is what helps Greeks to see round corners! For those of us suffering Greek Grammar lessons, this could be a useful verb to learn.... overrak...
by altohb
Fri Apr 04, 2008 4:04 pm
Forum: Computers, TV, Telephone and Internet
Topic: Otenet upgrading ADSL speeds
Replies: 13
Views: 4660

Forthnet

Hurrah - finally we have ADSL again, and now with 2mbs speed. This is 2 weeks since I got the first text message confirming that our 2play application was under way, and also 2 weeks we've been without ADSL. We'd been told several times (by Forthnet) that OTE was causing the problem - can't tell, of...
by altohb
Wed Apr 02, 2008 9:57 am
Forum: Computers, TV, Telephone and Internet
Topic: Otenet upgrading ADSL speeds
Replies: 13
Views: 4660

Thanks, Paul. Yes, we're in the east, in Sitia. I've just been into the shop, and the man in there spoke to the technical people, who will ring us this afternoon. We'll see what that generates - I've already had one long session with them, and changed modem drivers to see if that would work, and cha...
by altohb
Wed Apr 02, 2008 7:56 am
Forum: Computers, TV, Telephone and Internet
Topic: Otenet upgrading ADSL speeds
Replies: 13
Views: 4660

ADSL connection (again)

We've now been without an ADSL connection for 12 days. I've read all that has been said about upgrading, which makes perfect sense. However, this seems to be a long time to have no connection whatever. Forthnet are saying that the problem lies with OTE - our modem is fine, and the lights are on, so ...
by altohb
Tue Apr 01, 2008 8:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Winter Fuel Payments
Replies: 34
Views: 7451

Healthcare costs - was re: winter fuel payments

"....but we still keep the majority of our NHS benefits". Explain this, please. Despite still paying NI (to make sure that I get a pension) I am l unable to claim any NHS benefits to set against healthcare costs here in Crete, and have to pay for private insurance as I'm not working. Admit...
by altohb
Sat Mar 29, 2008 5:57 pm
Forum: Computers, TV, Telephone and Internet
Topic: Otenet upgrading ADSL speeds
Replies: 13
Views: 4660

Definitely some upgrade going on. My local ADSL speed has been abysmal for 5 days now. Response time to the first stop (generally athe10ke-l1.otenet.net) is between 500 and 2000ms. Remember how bad it was when OTE decided to upgrade everybody from 384 to 768 Kbps? We've had no ADSL at all for more ...

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