Friday, 28 July 2017

Strange weather ...

Continues, on Skiathos and just about everywhere else ...

Greece had some 'very intense' local thundertorms yesterday, and that put the dampers on a few peoples last day on the rock.

Photo from video by - Lyndsay Aspinall

There was a weather alert for Thessaloniki, Kavala and the Sporades yesterday, as the storms tracked across the mainland from the Ionian - and Italy the day before.

This is whats known as a 'Whales mouth' cloud, over Skiathos. and has been shared on the 'Severe weather Greece' site - So its special!

From a different perspective more dramatic skies ...

Photo - Despina Vassiliadu
Rada Seaside Restaurant - Vasilias Beach

If you think, just another dark cloud, and a bit of rain, look up on Mr Google, what happened when they made it over to Istanbul and Turkey yesterday evening ...

Thursday, 27 July 2017

A quick question ...

"I am a terrible flyer and" ...

What do they mean refuel?
(All planes refuel somewhere)

I have never landed anywhere!
(Obviously only takes one way trips)

'I hear' that the runway is so short
(No its not, even a B767 landed there once - It took off too)

Whats best for nerves Diazepam or a pint of Peroni in departures?
(Buy some false nails and chew them)

Whats the best Mossie repellent?
(Staying in the UK)

'I hear' the buses are packed, and I cant stand confined spaces
(If you fly here, and use the bus to the terminal, its no worse than that)

Apparently there is a mob mentality at the bus stops
(Only the Brits queue for anything)

I waited two hours to get to town, not one bus stopped!
(Throttle back on the Jungle formula, you are taking the colour out of the bus seats)

'I hear' its full of young 'Larger' louts
(Actually they are drinking Greek Champagne - Must be Italians)

There are hundreds of young Greeks just walking up and down
(They are waiting for the clubs to open after you have stumbled home)

Can you tell me where to get cheap (Beer/Car Hire/Cocktail/three course meal and honeymoon table)
(In peak season - Nowhere)

Will I need a cardi?
(Only to look hip, and use as a bandana, its forty degrees)

What is the exchange rate in Skiathos, at the moment? Its lousy in the UK!
(What makes you think it will be better there, to unload your UK currency)

Can you tell me the price of Booze and fags in Duty Free? and whats in stock?
(Its a shop - Duty Free was abolished years ago)

"My friend is on the island, they just texted and said" ...

I paid for a five star and got this ...
(Its Greek five stars, like that on the brandy)

The taxi driver would not take my dollars/yen/last years turkish lira !
(Did he have 'mobile bureau of exchange' written on the side of his Mercedes?)

There were drunk people singing on the bus and shouting outside the hotel
(Its Thursday night, they go home tomorrow)

The queues at the airport are outrageous, making us stand outside in the heat!
(No other way to funnel thousands of people into the building, & through 'the scanner' into departures)

"Thanks you have put my mind at rest, I don't go for another seven weeks, cant wait to get back to paradise" ...

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Al Mirqab has arrived ...

The Emir of Qatar has arrived, with all the boys toys, in Koukounaries ...

Al Mirqab ...

Arriving in Skiathos the royal family of Qatar will spend part of their summer holiday on the island. The famous yacht "Al Mirqab", belonging to the sheikh of Qatar, Bin Jaseem Bin Al Thani, anchored off Koukounaries for their annual visit on Monday morning.

The Luxurious Yacht (with its distinctive blue colouring) which according to "Forbes" is the Sheik's vessel, was built in 2008 in Germany. It then cost 300.000.000 euros. It is the sixth largest in the world, the 3rd most expensive ever built and was described as the best of the year. 

It is 133-foot length, and has 51 crew, equipped with 12 suites, two swimming pools, heliport, gym, jacuzzi and cinema ...

I wonder if they will be sending out for a take away, again like last year ...

Later update: Seems they did Mr Koziakis once again summoned to provide the grill. 

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Bravo the bus drivers ...

A bus driver in Skiathos found a wallet with 600 euros and handed it over ...

A bus driver in Skiathos found and handed over to her owner her wallet, which contained a large sum of money. The incident took place this afternoon last Friday, when a young Voliotissa, which operates business on the island of Northern Sporades, used the bus on the line Skiathos-Koukounaries. 

But reaching her destination she lost her wallet. As soon as he discovered his loss, he contacted the bus owner, Mr. Yiannis Tsiflidis. The latter, after receiving the phone call, contacted his driver, Yiannis Kariofyli, and asked him to check the bus seats. After checking, he actually found the missing wallet, which just opened it in front of the coach of the bus, Christos Makris,

The owner of the bus Yannis Tsiflidis

The honesty of the driver gave a good end to Voliotissa's adventure, which soon received the wallet with the money. "Giannis has been in my job for many years now. It is a diamond character. He comes from Skiathos, where he marries and is a great family man. His move to return the wallet, not even thinking about keeping the foreign money, has moved me, but reminds us that we must start thinking again more human if we want to hope for better days, "he commented Mr. Tsiflidis, with 70-year-old Skiatitis then referring to a similar incident that he experienced during his active driver: 

"Just 15 years ago, I found in my bus a leather bag. It contained 500. 000 drachmas and belonged to a Greek-American tourist. I kept her and when we spotted who was her owner, he came and took her from the collector I had at that time. But instead of saying "thank you," she was content to say that she would not mind if she did not find her again. On the contrary, now our girl said a thousand thanks when we told her how we found her wallet. "


Saturday, 22 July 2017

One year on ...

I have been patiently watching and waiting ...

Yesterday was a very special day, it marked one year since SWMBO was having major surgery. Its a date, probably ingrained on the rear of my eyelids. One that has affected us both for a year.

It was also juniors last day at school for this term, and school year. They went out with friends after school, mums had fun, the children had ice cream, then a party in a friends garden.

Junior came home, and said 'Daddy I have very important news, sit down' I thought 'ah this is it' ...

'Daddy I am star of the year' at school' and there was the certificate, presented at assembly that morning. That was a very nice surprise, and certainly not the one I was expecting ...

SWMBO had had a great time, with friends, a couple of glasses of Pimms with the mums.

.... and forgotten, all about what happened just one year ago.

Friday, 21 July 2017

Skiathos - Eyes wide open ...

Skiathos - Eyes wide open by Andre Eckhart ...

Who I owe a coffee to.


Amazing skills, with an eye for the detail and nature ...

Situation in Kos

'An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.7 occurred off the coast of Kos on 21 July 2017. If you’re in the affected area and it is safe to do so, contact your friends and family to tell them you are safe. You should be aware of the possibility of aftershocks, and follow the advice of the local authorities and/or your tour operator' 

Source: British Embassy in Athens 

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Horror Flight Over Skiathos While He Was "In The Eye Of Medusa" ...

Do read and enjoy this translation of yesterdays BA flight story ...

Terror in the air over Skiathos.

Tempting the 45 passengers of BA 2225 flight of British Airways, which last performed in the morning London - Skiathos route. Lightning struck the aircraft in flight, minutes before the landing process started on the island of Papadiamantis, which at that time was "the eye of Medusa."

From one moment to another, carefree flight had started from London at 7.10 am (local time) and was expected to Skiathos airport at 12.15 noon, carrying British tourists and Greeks evolved into a thriller.
The flash and the click of lightning hitting the 'frozen' crew and passengers, who began to ask each other what happened. Some who were at the window of the brilliance that saw "tears" the dense clouds, they realized that the plane was hit by lightning.

At the same time, heavy rain "whip" the sky Skiathos, complicating the situation.
They followed great moments of suspense, with the pilot of British Airways to communicate with the control tower of the airport of Skiathos, and indicate that the aircraft was struck by lightning and that has a problem.

The pilot may not have, unsurprisingly, accurate picture that moment, that if the aircraft has undergone significant external damage or not, but it seems he did not want to take chances.
Having followed the protocol for similar cases, checking all systems, the pilot of British Airways Skiathos informed that it will land and return required in Athens.

According to cross information of TT, the pilot, after consultation with the Skiathos control tower and in order not to create greater panic, rushed to reassure them by saying microphone from the cockpit: "We struck lightning. No need to worry. The hull of the plane is robust and the aircraft tested and certified. We will land in the airport of Athens. " Passengers pulled an exclamation of relief and calmed down for a moment, as the voice of the pilot sounded calm and determined.
Their agony was however finally end when the aircraft descended and immobilized safely airstrip.
The plane at 13:00 local time, landed at the airport "Eleftherios Venizelos" in Athens, with passengers praised the pilot for his temper and effectiveness. The landing was accompanied by warm and prolonged applause passengers as little token of gratitude for the experienced pilot who got them safe on the ground.

British Airways is sure to provide accommodation and catering for all passengers who were yesterday in Athens to travel on other flights to Skiathos morning.

According to reports, the aircraft was struck by lightning damaged in need of repair. Moreover, before taking off again you must pass a technical inspection ...


Monday, 17 July 2017

Wet and stormy night ...

Not out of the woods yet ...

Plenty of bad weather near the islands, as Storm Medussa continues across Greece.

OK so far the mainland copped it big style as the system passed south last night.

Plenty of comments about 'Damp squib' etc by the folks on holiday, but if it had hit the island badly overnight,it would be a very different story.

The tour ops moved people out of accommodation, in areas which were liable to flood, good planning by them.

Still plenty of bad weather around, for quite a few hours to come ...

Stom Medussa - See Greek Reporter

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Batten down the hatches ...

Bad Weather imminent ...

Extreme bad weather expected with a rapid deterioration, in the weather from this afternoon (Sunday 16th July).

The Hellenic Metreological Service has issued a Red warning for affected areas and especially the Sporades islands.

Hellenic Metreological Service warning (In Greek)

'Take precautionary measure, be vigilant and act according to the advice of the competent authorities. Get the weather forecasts and expect a significant impact on your daily activities'

Expect violent storms from tonight (Sunday 16th July). with high winds, waterspouts over the sea, and probability of local flooding, through Monday and into Tuesday ...

Not good news, but if you are on the island, best to take care, stay indoors, and stay safe until it passes ...

Information supplied and circulated by Axilleas Sotiropoulos local amateur weather forecaster

(A) Overall Rating: 
Change will present the weather from Sunday 16/07 to Tuesday 18/07 because of the cold air cut off from the general circulation which transports cold air masses which combined with high sea temperatures create tremendous instability that will be converted into strong storms accompanied by gusty winds, temperature drop and extremely large rainfall in many parts of Greece and mainly regions of eastern Thessaly, South Chalkida Treaty, Sporades Port Plan and Evia.

(B) Local Assessment: 
With chance of precipitation Sunday 16/07 and strengthening winds will begin changes in the weather on the island of Papadiamantis (Skiathos) which will continue without potential effects on the rest of the day but with rapid deterioration due to instability by the evening hours (after 02:00) which has as its main characteristic northern direction winds, which would bring down the temperature of almost 12 degrees and the extremely large rainfall 

Monday 17/07 with Thunderstorms until the morning Tuesday 18.07. Take care from noon Monday until late in the evening of the same day, due to the extreme nature of the expected event. Great potential also exists for waterspouts in the wider maritime region of Sporades. 

If the predictive models become reality, the weather change translates into a violent summer storm then attention to people and property, because of possible flooding, especially in the affected area.

The official information is always carried out by NMS and Civil Protection emergency bulletins that citizens should take note of ...

Friday, 14 July 2017

The Champion returns ...

Tonight at the Bourtzi at 21:00hrs ...

Giorgos Angelopulos, nick name DANOS, from Skiathos is welcomed back to Skiathos

Its going to be quite a party ...