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by filippos
Fri Sep 22, 2017 8:24 am
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Mosquitoes
Replies: 40
Views: 3187

Re: Mosquitoes

Of course Big Pharma hasn't completely failed; what a stupid assumption to read into a post but it has done a few dodgy things over the years as well as many good ones. ".... pills and potions that alleviate symptoms and hold out the possibility of prolonging life." The chart seems to demo...
by filippos
Thu Sep 21, 2017 7:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Mosquitoes
Replies: 40
Views: 3187

Re: Mosquitoes

I suspect, by and large, that Big Pharma doesn't really want to find cures for anything. They make far more money with pills and potions that alleviate symptoms and hold out the possibility of prolonging life. Actually cure things and they're reducing their future markets.
by filippos
Thu Sep 21, 2017 6:56 pm
Forum: Flights Crete General & Late Deals
Topic: Flying to Chania at Easter
Replies: 5
Views: 378

Re: Flying to Chania at Easter

Despite all the criticism of Ryanair I've flown with them several times and 'Er Indoors even more frequently and not only because they're the only airline travelling the route. Certainly they were convenient when we needed to go to Bristol, flying direct from Xania but we've flown other routes on wh...
by filippos
Thu Sep 21, 2017 7:03 am
Forum: Shops, Doctors, Professionals, Suppliers & Services
Topic: Salted capers and pomegranate molasses
Replies: 11
Views: 536

Re: Salted capers and pomegranate molasses

Been eating stamnagathi since '96. One of my favourite foods, especially the wild variety.
by filippos
Wed Sep 20, 2017 6:44 pm
Forum: Shops, Doctors, Professionals, Suppliers & Services
Topic: Salted capers and pomegranate molasses
Replies: 11
Views: 536

Re: Salted capers and pomegranate molasses

You'll almost certainly be introduced to yet more obscure ingredients that you've never heard of, many of them tasty.
by filippos
Mon Sep 18, 2017 9:22 pm
Forum: Shops, Doctors, Professionals, Suppliers & Services
Topic: Salted capers and pomegranate molasses
Replies: 11
Views: 536

Re: Salted capers and pomegranate molasses

I will be going to Kalyves later this week and could ask for you? While in Kalyves it might also be worth asking in 1000+1 Flavours, directly opposite Piraeus bank. They have a very wide range of unusual foodstuffs. If Giannis the owner doesn't stock them he may be able to suggest a source. Frankly...
by filippos
Tue Sep 12, 2017 10:58 pm
Forum: Flights Crete General & Late Deals
Topic: How do I get to Chania at Xmas?
Replies: 17
Views: 1790

Re: How do I get to Chania at Xmas?

You may well be right Warwick. It is now within four days of exactly one year since that trip and it was booked about two weeks before travel. Since then I've had no reason to look at Ryanair site.
by filippos
Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:52 pm
Forum: Flights Crete General & Late Deals
Topic: How do I get to Chania at Xmas?
Replies: 17
Views: 1790

Re: How do I get to Chania at Xmas?

Carolina, you're correct and the memory isn't merely old unless you're counting in archaeological time. 'Er Indoors reminded me that we did, indeed, spend longer than three hours in Athens. Left Xania ridiculously early to Athens, dumped bags at airport hotel and spent day in Athens (mainly @ Acropo...
by filippos
Tue Sep 12, 2017 4:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Reading Recomendations for Maud
Replies: 15
Views: 1194

Re: Reading Recomendations for Maud

I never had the questionable pleasure of meeting the author but I remember feeling I''d like to smack him .... Oh, I do wish you had been with us the day that we met him, Clio. I disagree. I'd have felt embarrassed to have landed him on anyone else although embarrassment may have been overcome by r...
by filippos
Mon Sep 11, 2017 9:23 am
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Reading Recomendations for Maud
Replies: 15
Views: 1194

Re: Reading Recomendations for Maud

Warwick, I think you have the wrong book there, The one about the man obsessed with Icarus was called something like 'Flying with Icarus' I've just traced the book referred to by Margarita. It's 'Falling for Icarus' by Rory MacLean, currently on Amazon in paperback at £12.99. We met MacLean while h...
by filippos
Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:43 am
Forum: Flights Crete General & Late Deals
Topic: How do I get to Chania at Xmas?
Replies: 17
Views: 1790

Re: How do I get to Chania at Xmas?

Ryanair have just started a 'flash' sale

"Get 20% off up to 2 million seats. Travel November 2017 to January 2018. Book by midnight Sunday."
by filippos
Sun Sep 10, 2017 5:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Buying a car in Crete
Replies: 12
Views: 1428

Re: Buying a car in Crete

I've been hobbling rather than walking since Feb, Bob, when vertebrae problems were diagnosed but, after umpteen scans and treatments for various possible causes, three months of physio seems to have just about fixed the problem. On Friday the physio released me to start proper 'exercise' walks, enc...
by filippos
Sat Sep 09, 2017 5:36 pm
Forum: Chatter
Topic: Crete photos
Replies: 2
Views: 498

Re: Crete photos

My thanks to Jean. I may have time to organise another set during the next couple of weeks (but can't promise).
by filippos
Sat Sep 09, 2017 4:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Buying a car in Crete
Replies: 12
Views: 1428

Re: Buying a car in Crete

The rental companies can be a good source. A few years ago I dithered for too long and missed out on a very good deal with Auto-Club (also Almyrida & Kalyves). I phoned to confirm yes/no a few days later than promised; Kostas assumed I'd decided against and sold to A. N. Other. Full history, pre...
by filippos
Fri Sep 08, 2017 1:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Buying a car in Crete
Replies: 12
Views: 1428

Re: Buying a car in Crete

We bought a new car eighteen months ago from a main dealership, Xania. Delivery schedule was approx. three months. Dealer asked for nothing until he was given a confirmed delivery date. On that date the dealer phoned. "Your car will be here on xx/month; please pay €1000 deposit next time you ar...

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