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by filippos
Sat May 12, 2007 7:35 am
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Holiday rental problems
Replies: 1
Views: 1814

Holiday rental problems

The following are quotes from an article in today's Telegraph on line. "A fresh crackdown by ... tourism and tax authorities over unlicensed apartments and villas that are let to holidaymakers threatens to trap countless Britons," " .. few realise that they face swingeing fines of up to £20,000 (€30...
by filippos
Thu May 10, 2007 10:54 am
Forum: Chatter
Topic: Just saying.....
Replies: 1
Views: 2022

Καλημέρα, Μπμπ.

filippos.
by filippos
Thu May 10, 2007 12:36 am
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Certificate of Attainment in Greek (CAG)
Replies: 10
Views: 11047

Who cares about exams, anyway. The important thing is being able to communicate. I've always found the local people here very patient, helpful and appreciative of the effort however badly I mangle their language. One phrase I've learned parrot fashion, which usually gets a laugh, is. "Εί&#...
by filippos
Thu May 10, 2007 12:15 am
Forum: Chatter
Topic: what
Replies: 6
Views: 3491

Someone at the company should have spotted the possibility of misinterpretation. A hyphen or underscore in the appropriate place might have helped just like one of their imitators has done. I suppose, though, that if all you see and hear is "Pen Island" you just don't see the alternative. What you s...
by filippos
Wed May 09, 2007 11:58 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Certificate of Attainment in Greek (CAG)
Replies: 10
Views: 11047

And after you've learned Greek ... ... ... ... ... ... You have to learn Cretan. When we first lived here I was told by a neighbour, "Don't go to a language school, they will teach you the Greek they speak in Athens. You should learn in the kafeneio." And I'm still pretty useless having le...
by filippos
Wed May 09, 2007 9:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Is it hard to resell a house in Crete?
Replies: 19
Views: 10620

It can be difficult to move re-sale properties but there are probably differences in different parts of the island. ur own property, in Apokoronas, is on the market now and has been since August 2006. Fortunately, we do not need to sell the property and are, therefore, not too concerned if it takes ...
by filippos
Wed May 09, 2007 7:35 pm
Forum: Chatter
Topic: Identity theft
Replies: 4
Views: 2900

Surely, Ken, you didn't expect Sara to always be honest with you. However, that's none of my business and I intend to remain entirely detached.

filippos.
by filippos
Wed May 09, 2007 5:49 pm
Forum: Chatter
Topic: what
Replies: 6
Views: 3491

The webmaster deletes several new "members" like this ever week, usually almost immediately. Unfortunately, she also works and can't spend every second watching the forum. There was another of these unpleasant people who registered earlier today and I see they've already been deleted. There's no way...
by filippos
Wed May 09, 2007 4:45 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Certificate of Attainment in Greek (CAG)
Replies: 10
Views: 11047

margarita wrote:If I listen to a conversation I catch about one word in fifty and if I am very lucky I know what it means. ... ...

Margarita tells "porkies"; she's better than that.

filippos.
by filippos
Wed May 09, 2007 4:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Newcomers / Renting
Replies: 3
Views: 2788

Hi Page, Can't help with suggestions for rental property but you should be able to get something good for a lot less than €700/month (excluding utilities). Around us, opposite the base across Souda Bay, €300 - €400 is fairly common. That could increase a little before February '08. As for utility co...
by filippos
Tue May 08, 2007 8:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Homes for winter use
Replies: 7
Views: 4164

Wayne d wrote:A handy tip is to open the flu when you light the damn thing then smoke doesn't billow into the newly painted room!! :oops:

And before you light it for the first time in autumn/winter check the top of the flue for birds' nests.

Filippos.
by filippos
Tue May 08, 2007 8:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Homes for winter use
Replies: 7
Views: 4164

It's largely a question of having adequate heating of the right type and appropriate ventilation. As in other places insulation standards vary. Many holiday homes have been built for summer occupation so don't have any form of central heating. Some of the less scrupulous developers assure people the...
by filippos
Tue May 08, 2007 8:12 pm
Forum: Chatter
Topic: Identity theft
Replies: 4
Views: 2900

Identity theft

I wonder who has registered the user name Saravista. It certainly nobody connected with the Saravista who posts on certain other forums. A couple of times Sara used my computer to post and forgot to login so posts "signed" Sara appeared under my user name. I explained a couple of times that Saravist...
by filippos
Tue May 08, 2007 4:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Fishing trips in the Malia area
Replies: 5
Views: 4817

I'm not a fisherman so I haven't investigated this sort of situation but I've never seen organised fishing trips (we're in the west but it may be different around Malia). However, any fishing from a boat, however small, requires a licence and the authorities do check boats and often the catches for ...
by filippos
Tue May 08, 2007 12:05 am
Forum: Chatter
Topic: followers
Replies: 11
Views: 5723

the majority of posters here seem to be from the west of Crete. If anyone has any questions on the east end of the island, I'll be happy to help - if I can. John Good evening John. Perhaps we west enders dominate the forums because your lot (and potentials for your end) seem to ask the questions an...

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