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by altohb
Sun Nov 02, 2008 5:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: New to Crete
Replies: 13
Views: 3911

We've often used the Heraklion - Athens - Heathrow route (with Olympic), and found it works pretty well, though sometimes with 5-6 hours overnight in Athens. At least you can book the luggage through, and for us Heathrow is better than Gatwick in many respects. Our other option is Sitia - Athens - H...
by altohb
Fri Oct 31, 2008 9:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: New to Crete
Replies: 13
Views: 3911

I bought a Whirlpool washing machine and other appliances from Electronet in Rethymnon. The instructions are multilingual. It makes sense to have a good look and buy something which won't be too complicated if you are not sure. I was given very basic instructions on operation by the guys who delive...
by altohb
Thu Oct 02, 2008 8:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Translating certificates - is it necessary?
Replies: 7
Views: 2688

We had to produce both Birth and Marriage certificates when we bought our land - there was no need for translations, but make sure you have a full birth cert, rather than the short one that was issued in some cases in the late 50s early 60s, as that wasn't recognised here. You can easily get a full ...
by altohb
Tue Sep 30, 2008 4:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: excess baggage
Replies: 11
Views: 3959

Fly Thomas Cook have a 5kg hand baggage allowance, and they seem to be quite strict about it, especially coming from the UK. Out of Heraklion it seems to depend on the mood of the person on the desk! Hope you have a good trip - could you not pack anything you know you won't need immediately and send...
by altohb
Fri Sep 26, 2008 4:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: More petrol shortages due to customs strike?
Replies: 9
Views: 3781

Petrol stations

We've just driven from Chania back to Sitia, and everything seems to be open now, thank goodness.
by altohb
Tue Sep 23, 2008 10:52 am
Forum: Chatter
Topic: 'The Nice Site'
Replies: 6
Views: 2773

I For me - sitting by the sea, Mochlos, Kato Zakros or Sitia Harbor, sunshine, good friends, good chat, but most of all, having the time to enjoy it. Now that is NICE !!!! Quite agree, Andy - isn't that what we are all here for, really! Oh, of course, and the joy of not having to put up with irrita...
by altohb
Mon Sep 01, 2008 11:21 am
Forum: Chatter
Topic: Now here's a strange thing
Replies: 35
Views: 10034

Oh you could easily know it from the "drat drat and double drat" as used by Dick Dastardly in Wacky Races about 25 years back....which would put me about 30.........yeah Don't we all wish we were still 30, knowing what we know now, and yes, I still use that word sometimes, as well as othe...
by altohb
Sun Aug 31, 2008 2:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: how much per month to.....
Replies: 38
Views: 9538

nobody will post on here soon because every little fault, spelling, opinion, interpretation is dissected, analysed and picked on by people"like us" to a point where it all becomes unproductive and boring. I agree that we shouldn't nit-pick, even if it is tempting. However, it is very plea...
by altohb
Sat Aug 30, 2008 7:51 am
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: how much per month to.....
Replies: 38
Views: 9538

andheath wrote: Think of a number, double it, that's close enough.


Andy - Based on the current state of the pound/euro & factoring in inflation you probably won't be far out if you use this method!

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by altohb
Mon Aug 11, 2008 8:08 am
Forum: Chatter
Topic: intro
Replies: 4
Views: 2179

Re: intro

It always seems to be windy here waste of time spending twenty mins doing your hair but great for drying the washing in record time.Just need a slower pase of life but not frightened of working for it.We are both in our 50s and dont feel safe in the uk anymore so we are leaving it all behind. Good ...
by altohb
Sun Aug 10, 2008 4:53 pm
Forum: Computers, TV, Telephone and Internet
Topic: spell checker
Replies: 9
Views: 3359

of course spelling changes in any language,have any of you tried to read any "old english" manuscripts? :P Yes. I agree that language has to change to keep up with developments in science, technology or anything else, and I have no problem with the principle of incorporating "new&quo...
by altohb
Mon Aug 04, 2008 12:11 pm
Forum: Computers, TV, Telephone and Internet
Topic: spell checker
Replies: 9
Views: 3359

That's great, and obviously an English one! My pet hate is having my English spelling corrected by an American spellchecker. I've set up my PC to do "English" English, but come across the other type if using a public computer, and it drives me nuts. My DTP software will proof-check, and so...
by altohb
Mon May 19, 2008 7:51 am
Forum: Computers, TV, Telephone and Internet
Topic: The Case of The Vanishing Profile
Replies: 4
Views: 2306

We've had this problem too - my profile didn't load a couple of times, (exactly the same thing - just got the default profile which sent me into a total panic to start with) but my husband's has been ok throughout. We use SpyBot as well, so it could well be that. Would be interested to hear what oth...
by altohb
Wed May 14, 2008 3:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: BRITS -in- CRETE-HEALTH Question
Replies: 28
Views: 10317

The crux of the matter with the EHIC card Jon is that it is not a long term solution and we should not be giving the impression that it is. I’m certain that anyone can get away with using the EHIC card for a while but if you should ever need long term or ongoing treatment, operations, expensive dru...
by altohb
Thu May 08, 2008 8:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Bereavement and the memorial services
Replies: 8
Views: 3171

Greek TV's not that bad (as long as you can understand Greek at the speed of lightning)... Especially the news! Debate with six boxes on screen all yelling at once even better!! Warwick PS At least the weather report is quite scenic! On Creta TV (if you can get it) the guy who reads the news at lea...

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