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by altohb
Thu May 17, 2018 11:32 am
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Taxisnet up?
Replies: 6
Views: 870

Re: Taxisnet up?

It must be, because our accountant has already done ours!
by altohb
Sun Apr 22, 2018 8:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Car hire in UK
Replies: 26
Views: 1467

Re: Car hire in UK

I also have annual excess insurance through icarhire - haven't had to make a claim so far, but it is good to have. Annual policy around 40 euros. Nb - I have a Greek licence, and have only ever been asked to produce the credit card I booked with, and my passport. I normally use Budget (as above), bu...
by altohb
Sun Apr 22, 2018 1:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Car hire in UK
Replies: 26
Views: 1467

Re: Car hire in UK

https://www.budget.co.uk/TermsAndCondition is the link for Budget - I selected the option for Gatwick, as that's where I hire from normally. I imagine most car hire companies are pretty similar.
by altohb
Sun Apr 15, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Ryanair
Replies: 16
Views: 1382

Re: Ryanair

I hope you can make the Sitia routing work for you, Tim. The dates & times of the Sitia/Athens/Heathrow link have never worked out for us! I've always assumed the return leg is quite tricky. I imagine you can't get to Athens early enough to catch the morning flight down to Sitia, which means an...
by altohb
Sun Apr 15, 2018 3:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Ryanair
Replies: 16
Views: 1382

Re: Ryanair

I just hope they get the work finished at Heraklion before the majority of tourists arrive. It has been going on all winter, and has been moderately chaotic on the Aegean/Athens leg because of the limited space. Not wonderful over the last couple of weeks on EJ flights in and out. I'm curious as to ...
by altohb
Sat Apr 14, 2018 8:30 am
Forum: Chatter
Topic: DRM and e-books
Replies: 12
Views: 746

Re: DRM and e-books

Speaking as someone who has published ebooks I think it is fair enough that it isn't possible to download/copy them, as filippos says. Authors work hard to produce their work and, from experience, setting up for digital purposes can be a pain, as the formatting required is completely different from ...
by altohb
Tue Apr 03, 2018 7:50 am
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Where are the cats?
Replies: 3
Views: 628

Re: Where are the cats?

Hope it's just a coincidence but around 12 of the bin cats in Xirosterni seem to have disappeared in the last few days. Having driven through everyday since Friday, I've only seen a couple each day. There has been food put out on the wall by the bins but no sign of the usual throng of hungry feline...
by altohb
Fri Mar 30, 2018 6:14 am
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Greek Driving Licence
Replies: 34
Views: 3102

Re: Greek Driving Licence

Just the plastic bit. NB it is worth remembering, too, that the plastic type British licence is only valid for 10 years, so if anyone has gone past that date the procedure is a little different, though not impossible!
by altohb
Sun Mar 25, 2018 11:44 am
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: New Animal Welfare Law
Replies: 4
Views: 570

Re: New Animal Welfare Law

...and in the meantime, those of us who work hard, alongside the municipalities, to help the strays, will just carry on doing so. This appears to be only "draft" legislation, so who knows what will actually find its way into law.
by altohb
Sat Mar 24, 2018 8:57 am
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Uk/Crete Postal Service
Replies: 14
Views: 1150

Re: Uk/Crete Postal Service

In this neck of the woods (Sitia) it seems to take 2-3 days going to the UK, and about a week coming back. The Sitia post office has 2 collections, one at 9.30 and one at 14.00, and it seems that if you catch the early one it helps! This all applies to "normal" post. Registered post to the...
by altohb
Mon Mar 12, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Greek Driving Licence
Replies: 34
Views: 3102

Re: Greek Driving Licence

On point 4 - yes, you do have to have an official translation if you have a plastic licence. Our lawyer did ours and the price certainly wasn't unreasonable.
by altohb
Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: IKA Renewal Heads Up
Replies: 80
Views: 6246

Re: IKA Renewal Heads Up

Renewed our IKA books in the IKA office in Sitia this morning. No form to fill in, not interested in passports/residence permits. Did my husband's renewal ok - he's the State Pensioner; I'm classed as his "dependant" for IKA. Got our file out and checked our S1 forms; wanted evidence of ta...
by altohb
Sat Jan 06, 2018 9:06 pm
Forum: Chatter
Topic: Carry-On Counting
Replies: 14
Views: 1423

Re: Carry-On Counting

Dream on, Mixos! I have no idea where they think they are going. Just amuses me when there is a scramble to get off, everyone is heading towards the front and they suddenly realise that the door at the back is open.
by altohb
Fri Jan 05, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: Chatter
Topic: Carry-On Counting
Replies: 14
Views: 1423

Re: Carry-On Counting

Same at Heathrow.

Hand baggage of correct dimensions was weighed - just got under the 8kg limit! They seemed to be being pretty strict about it, though there was the usual scrum at the gate and I'm sure some people got away with it.
by altohb
Sat Nov 11, 2017 10:36 am
Forum: Chatter
Topic: Earth Tremor
Replies: 7
Views: 983

Re: Earth Tremor

Yes, felt it here as well, though as Mixos said, only one tremor in this area.

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