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by altohb
Thu Mar 20, 2008 3:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: This week's strikes, from Monday 17th March..
Replies: 22
Views: 6210

Google now has a translation tool http://www.google.co.uk/language_tools?hl=en that seems to work a lot better than Babel. I'm still not sure I would trust it for English to Greek for anything important. Use it together with http://www.magenta.gr/en/lexicons/en_en_dictionary.htm and it can be quite...
by altohb
Thu Mar 20, 2008 2:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: This week's strikes, from Monday 17th March..
Replies: 22
Views: 6210

Kilkis wrote:It means "Strike action indefinitely"

Warwick


Thanks for making that clear - I had a horrible feeling that that might be the sub-text. No doubt we will find out more in due course.
by altohb
Thu Mar 20, 2008 10:54 am
Forum: Chatter
Topic: The Scottish Invasion....a dream realised (well almost).
Replies: 26
Views: 7802

My only concern with putting food in our hold luggage is if it manages to go missing and we end up with mouldy, smelly food when we finally get our bags back!! So far we've only had my case go missing once when we came back from Crete one year so it might not happen... There is always that chance, ...
by altohb
Thu Mar 20, 2008 10:50 am
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: This week's strikes, from Monday 17th March..
Replies: 22
Views: 6210

Just had another power cut here tonight.. Don't know about the main DEH office - obviously it was closed today along with everything else - I'd hazard a guess that it will be open tomorrow, but that's not a definite response. Banks are on strike again tomorrow. Eurobank in Sitia was open this morni...
by altohb
Wed Mar 19, 2008 2:45 pm
Forum: Chatter
Topic: The Scottish Invasion....a dream realised (well almost).
Replies: 26
Views: 7802

Put whatever you are bringing in the freezer right up to the point when you depart for the airport. Then wrap it in a few layers of newspaper and put it in your hold baggage. OK it won't stay completely frozen but it will stay cold enough that it won't go off. I think it's helped by the fact that t...
by altohb
Mon Mar 17, 2008 9:20 am
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: IKA Winter payments & Tax Returns
Replies: 19
Views: 7276

Bank account

- Quote "I'll give it a try when we're over in April and take birth and marriage certs, passport, UK NI number, lease for the flat here, utility bill for here, pay slip and any other official piece of paper that we have!! If anyone happens to open an account in the next few weeks, I'd be gratef...
by altohb
Sat Mar 01, 2008 10:14 am
Forum: Chatter
Topic: Anyone for Golf?
Replies: 6
Views: 2675

Please, please no sport - good to know there is one place where I can escape it!

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by altohb
Sat Feb 16, 2008 9:25 am
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Digital Camera Repairs?
Replies: 9
Views: 3325

Hi K Have you tried Electronet in Sitia - we've found them very helpful sorting out glitches with stuff we've bought from them. They may do general repairs, too - worth asking. The chap in the computer section speaks good English, so you could ask him first. The workshop is downstairs in the shop, a...
by altohb
Thu Feb 14, 2008 9:00 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Notebooks
Replies: 6
Views: 6969

We use address books - divided the English way - in an attempt to note Greek words when we can only think of the English ones!

Helen in very cold Sitia
by altohb
Tue Feb 12, 2008 5:48 pm
Forum: Archive
Topic: Cretan Adventure - The best things about Sitia 3
Replies: 11
Views: 9828

They were easy when we knew the answers - only problem was there weren't enough that we knew!

BTW - I had trouble with the Magic Roundabout dweller, but probably because in my mis-spent youth I encountered the rather less clean version and it came straight back into my head!

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by altohb
Tue Feb 12, 2008 5:44 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: "I can't remember any bloody Greek words"
Replies: 37
Views: 22617

Hi Lynn Even though we are living here, we still have this problem. We've just started asking our teacher to provide more, general, phrases, for day to day use, so that once we get past the hello, how are you questions we can say something else without getting hopelessly bogged down. The main proble...
by altohb
Mon Feb 11, 2008 2:10 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: "I can't remember any bloody Greek words"
Replies: 37
Views: 22617

I seem to make quite a lot of Greeks laugh, especially when I can't remember what I'm supposed to be saying! They are VERY patient with us. The man who sells agricultural supplies laughs at and with us a lot, but we end up with the right stuff for our olive trees, so that's what matters, and it is f...
by altohb
Mon Feb 11, 2008 1:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Owl Right?
Replies: 20
Views: 6311

Wildlife

Sat night 11.30pm-the Lesser clothed Common Tart: Call-Geroffimeesmineyouslag. Sat Night 11.55pm-The Spotted Guttersnipe(a whole flock actually):Call-A loud screeching of Pirrelli and Michelins fron Vauxhall Novas and Renault Clios. Some of these do migrate, you know, and can be spotted in Malia &a...
by altohb
Fri Feb 08, 2008 8:54 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: "I can't remember any bloody Greek words"
Replies: 37
Views: 22617

Greek tenses

Yes. I can work out in my head exactly what I want to say, and it sounds good to me. Then........I open my mouth and I go into panic mode and it all turns to rubbish. What a relief - I was beginning to think it was only me! I have all kinds of conversation scenarios in my head, but as soon as someo...
by altohb
Fri Feb 08, 2008 5:11 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: "I can't remember any bloody Greek words"
Replies: 37
Views: 22617

Greek tenses

....make tense Brits! I can follow most of this, but there are times when we want to scream at our teacher, when we get the "exceptions" which seem more numerous than the things which follow the rules. Grammatical terminology makes me want to crawl into a dark place, too. I can readily und...

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