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by altohb
Fri Sep 16, 2016 5:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Greek driving licence application
Replies: 18
Views: 3260

Re: Greek driving licence application

Here is the latest information - updated quite recently. They were certainly asking for proof of residence earlier - ie utility bills.

https://www.gov.uk/renew-driving-licence#before-you-start

There is also https://www.gov.uk/change-address-driving-licence
by altohb
Fri Sep 16, 2016 2:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Greek driving licence application
Replies: 18
Views: 3260

Re: Greek driving licence application

4 A legal translation of my UK driving licence. This was quite long since it was the old green paper licence*. I am not sure if this will still be necessary if you have a modern laminated plastic UK licence since they are all to an EU format. 5 My English licence which they kept and returned to DVL...
by altohb
Fri Sep 16, 2016 2:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Greek driving licence application
Replies: 18
Views: 3260

Re: Greek driving licence application

Jeff - it is worth chasing up. We got our Greek licences from the Sitia office earlier this year. It took about 3 months in total, including getting translations done by our lawyer. I know of someone else whose application had to be re-sent to Swansea via fax, and I think that is where the problems ...
by altohb
Wed Sep 14, 2016 4:41 pm
Forum: Chatter
Topic: swimming in January?
Replies: 12
Views: 2227

Re: swimming in January?

There are certainly people here in Sitia who swim all year round.
by altohb
Thu Sep 08, 2016 10:53 am
Forum: Shops, Doctors, Professionals, Suppliers & Services
Topic: Peanuts
Replies: 9
Views: 2237

Re: Peanuts

Just a thought. Have you asked Jayne at the British Shop in Ag Nik? She might just have them - if you were going there for other things anyway. There are also a couple of quite large pet shops in Ag Nik which are a possibility. If you go into the town on the "old" road, turn right at the l...
by altohb
Thu Sep 08, 2016 9:08 am
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: ENFIA
Replies: 79
Views: 14246

Re: ENFIA

I'm with you, Warwick. While I actually would be very concerned if my property tax quadrupled the principle you state is correct. Those at the bottom of the heap are always the ones on whom increases bear the hardest. The basics of shelter, water and food should not be subject to tax - ever, in my o...
by altohb
Sat Sep 03, 2016 8:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: E-tickets for National Bank queues
Replies: 7
Views: 1634

Re: E-tickets for National Bank queues

Kilkis wrote:Does the app convert your smart phone into a taser to counteract all those who ignore the numbers and push in?

Warwick


Love it, Warwick - wish this forum had a "like" option! :)
by altohb
Sat Sep 03, 2016 8:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: E-tickets for National Bank queues
Replies: 7
Views: 1634

Re: E-tickets for National Bank queues

However, the Piraeus bank in Sitia has a queueing system and it does work fairly well. The agricultural union has one too, thank goodness. The first few years we were here the annual registration of olive plots was a total nightmare, but nowadays it is pretty efficient - as long as you ask someone h...
by altohb
Fri Sep 02, 2016 12:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Hotel near University Hospital Iraklion
Replies: 10
Views: 2061

Re: Hotel near University Hospital Iraklion

I know someone who stayed at the Lato Boutique Hotel while she was having chemo at the University Hospital and found it very good - should imagine it was relatively easy to get to/from as she stayed there several times.
by altohb
Wed Aug 24, 2016 12:19 pm
Forum: Computers, TV, Telephone and Internet
Topic: Tooway satellite broadband
Replies: 34
Views: 6946

Re: Tooway satellite broadband

Forthnet have a satellite service - no idea how good it is, but it was suggested to us a while ago - we are pretty remote as well.
by altohb
Tue Aug 16, 2016 3:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Recycling Blue Bins
Replies: 19
Views: 3154

Re: Recycling Blue Bins

Couldn't agree more about shopping bags. I'm still using my Sainsburys bags for life which I bought about 12 years ago - the big heavy duty ones. One of the staff at our local Ariadne supermarket commented on them a while ago. I explained that we now, in the UK, have to pay for bags - she thought th...
by altohb
Fri Aug 12, 2016 5:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Recycling Blue Bins
Replies: 19
Views: 3154

Re: Recycling Blue Bins

I gather there is a recycling plant at the "other" end, Mixos. We always separate out recycling stuff as well - being well trained Brits who, fortunately, left the UK before the dafter elements of the recycling mafia took over - the six different container scenario! Being realistic - I'm n...
by altohb
Fri Aug 12, 2016 2:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Electric Bill
Replies: 75
Views: 12296

Re: Electric Bill

I think this may be a "local" problem. We live in a pretty remote area, and there seems only to be one person who does the meter readings. Up until last year we had the ΕΝΑΝΤΙ bills alternated with the ΕΚΚΑΘΑΡΙΣΤΙΚΟΣ bills as you describe, but there have been periods when we have had two, ...
by altohb
Fri Aug 12, 2016 12:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Electric Bill
Replies: 75
Views: 12296

Re: Electric Bill

We are getting more estimated bills these days - the latest one, which arrived earlier this week, had the "bumf" about the discount on it.
by altohb
Thu Aug 11, 2016 3:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: New Bank Accounts
Replies: 8
Views: 1817

Re: New Bank Accounts

We were told about the requirement to bring in a minimum of 10,000€ some time ago by the Bank of Xania. This corroborated the experience of Greek friends who are trying to set up a charity account - they can only do so with that amount transferred in from outside Greece.

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