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by Kilkis
Wed Aug 22, 2007 3:08 pm
Forum: Computers, TV, Telephone and Internet
Topic: Telecoms Surge Protection/UPS
Replies: 14
Views: 12885

quick note just to add that "brown outs" are all too common which means your electrical equipment is maybe working but on a lot less power than it should have therefore putting it under strain. A UPS will make up the shortfall during brownout periods thus eliminating the strain. The main ...
by Kilkis
Wed Aug 22, 2007 2:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Living costs etc.
Replies: 33
Views: 18871

If you have a Greek mortgage it is compulsory to insure your property so house insurance is much more common in Greece nowadays. But if the house is owned outright (which many are) then very few insure, and contents insurance is even more rare. You can also use a Greek insurance company (one of the...
by Kilkis
Wed Aug 22, 2007 11:37 am
Forum: Computers, TV, Telephone and Internet
Topic: Telecoms Surge Protection/UPS
Replies: 14
Views: 12885

Thanks for your reply, Fillipos. Adaptors or UK Extension Leads You suggest that since we have UK plugs there will be a need to buy adaptors to fit continental sockets. Maybe there is something here I don't understand about how the adaptor leads you mention work. Wouldn't each British plug we have ...
by Kilkis
Wed Aug 22, 2007 10:41 am
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Living costs etc.
Replies: 33
Views: 18871

I take it Car Insurance is supposed to be compulsory? Yes. Car insurance is compulsory but “compulsory” is a very vague term in Greece. House Insurance seems a bit high suggesting more risk than one thinks. Do you own you premises or are you insuring the building and contents on behalf of the owner...
by Kilkis
Tue Aug 21, 2007 11:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Living costs etc.
Replies: 33
Views: 18871

If you work and contribute to IKA, or one of the other schemes depending on the type of work, then you would become eligible for a Greek pension, probably at 65. There is provision for making very limited voluntary contributions in Greece if you are unemployed but I think the maximum is one year. Th...
by Kilkis
Tue Aug 21, 2007 7:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Living costs etc.
Replies: 33
Views: 18871

If you are working in Greece remember that IKA take around 16 % of ALL your gross salary before the tax bands in the referenced thread kick in, i.e. no threshold and no maximum. Greek people usually talk in terms of net salary, i.e. what they take home in their pockets after all stoppages. They are ...
by Kilkis
Tue Aug 21, 2007 11:15 am
Forum: Computers, TV, Telephone and Internet
Topic: External Hard Drives
Replies: 8
Views: 6595

If she can speak some Greek, or get someone to help her, she could try http://www.plaisio.gr/ I've not bought from them on the Internet but the shops are pretty good and their prices aren't bad. The exact page for disk drives is http://www.plaisio.gr/productlist.aspx?catalog=1&category=826 for U...
by Kilkis
Tue Aug 21, 2007 10:53 am
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Canadian needing work permit for Crete
Replies: 9
Views: 5838

A little bit off topic but a nice example of lateral thinking. Many years ago Canada also had a policy that a company could only bring in a worker from outside Canada if they could prove that there was nobody in Canada capable of doing the job. Not an easy thing to do. One company, requiring several...
by Kilkis
Sun Aug 19, 2007 11:09 am
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Greek Music
Replies: 17
Views: 14387

It might not be easy to capture the true spirit of a Greek song in a translation but it does tend to illustrate how cheerful they usually are.

Warwick
by Kilkis
Sat Aug 18, 2007 7:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Canadian needing work permit for Crete
Replies: 9
Views: 5838

Most arrangements like this are bi-lateral ones between countries. The fact that someone from the USA can do something doesn't necessarily mean that someone from Canada can. The Greek embassy in Canada or the Canadian embassy in Greece should be able to tell you what the regulations are. Don't misun...
by Kilkis
Sat Aug 18, 2007 12:17 pm
Forum: Computers, TV, Telephone and Internet
Topic: UK Broadband Problem
Replies: 15
Views: 12222

WLan is bad for your health. Discuss. "...The Health Protection Agency points out that a person sitting in a wi-fi hotspot for a year would be exposed to only the same amount of radiation from a 20-minute mobile phone call.... ...So is wi-fi 100% safe? Scientists distinguish between a current ...
by Kilkis
Fri Aug 17, 2007 4:35 pm
Forum: Chatter
Topic: Attempted Burglary
Replies: 26
Views: 13406

Hope whoever it is decides to stay down on the coast and not move inland. Agia Marina is a bit too close for comfort. I don't mean that to sound unsympathetic, Nita.

Warwick
by Kilkis
Fri Aug 17, 2007 1:08 pm
Forum: Archive
Topic: Cretan Adventure Part 2 - 21 days to go
Replies: 8
Views: 7241

Ten years ago when we told Jean's father and my mother that we were thinking of moving to Greece they both said "Go for it".

Warwick
by Kilkis
Fri Aug 17, 2007 12:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Bringing cats to Crete?
Replies: 5
Views: 4344

We know two couples who have brought three cats each to Greece. In one case it was northern Greece but that gets just as hot as Crete in the Summer. Both lots of cats were quite old. All of them seem to have settled well.

Warwick
by Kilkis
Thu Aug 16, 2007 11:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: HELP ! Removals
Replies: 6
Views: 4489

You could try

George Tsinaris
Transportation Dpt
KMF International
28210 70604

Warwick

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