Tuesday, 22 January 2019

The Hospital appointment ...

Hospital appointment day has arrived ...

Sadly it was on Blue Monday which apparently is the most depressing day of the year :)

I arrived early (Silly mistake, must be to do with the full moon) and the only place you can get a coffee, is the inappropriately named 'friends cafe' Seems you have to be aged mid to high 70's to work here. Despite working in a hospital, they don't seem keen to use the facilities. Happy to discuss their ailments, whilst thinking about serving you though ...

Drink coffee (Medium foul) and after the discussion about frozen hips, go to the third floor ...

Thought I was in orthapedics, so much additional walking furniture, assembled in one place. If I trip over it, must mean I am in the ophthalmology after all. Can always blame being dazzled by the unrestricted sunlight, pouring through the windows, that have no blinds ...

Incumbents of waiting room have ...
  • 2 x crutches single type
  • 3 with walking sticks
  • 1 x zimmer (In aisle)
  • 1 x crutches double type
  • No-one with white sticks or guide dogs
1 x coughing sputtering germ spreader, with walking stick, and not using a tissue ...

Getting to a vacant chair, require the skills of being a show jumper at the 'Horse of the year show'

Waiting room (Former or standby three bed room with all sockets/points) has four types of furniture, can't be that difficult to move the chairs around the hospital, to make the waiting rooms uniform in appearance ...

Biased Broadcasting Corporation news is available on the telly box.

First call and test over, return to the waiting room ...

Old dear in a wheelchair is wheeled in, and now blocking the doorway, no room in the waiting room.
Its Doris, they have written her name on the back of the chair.

As the waiting room is blocked, by dear old Doris, and all the walking aids, they shout your name from the corridor ...

Name, address, date of birth, telephone number. Appointment letter.
Yet for some reason they can't get it right,  insist on calling me by my grandfather's name.

He passed away in 1974 ......

New chair, this time its a wooden type, no padding, now seated out of direct sunlight.

The waiting room, on my third return to wait, seems now to be clear of numerous walking aids, and incumbent owners ...

Three tests and one consultant chat later, Now in a new department, in a different block, in area 7.

No sign of any aliens, however opposite is someone using a 'slump on trike' as a walking aid, could be a Martian from 'War of the Worlds' ...

I am patient 46. No 45 is next to me - seems friendly enough, we discuss where to go for lunch, as now been here three hours ...

Off for a walk to the dispensary. I may be some time, and I was. Takes around 12 minutes to advance a number in the queue. Worth the wait as the pharmacist was excellent ...

Home Ioannis, and try not to loose the prescription on the way ...

Later:

Not ever having use for prescriptions lasting more than the packet, they arrive in. I have just registered to order repeat prescriptions online. Seems the receptionists have around a 1000 things they do not do, on the surgery web site.

'your registration is nearly complete. In order to access any services you must verify your email address by clicking the link we have sent to your inbox. Once you have verified your email you can then log in' 

Presumably sending the verification email to complete the process is another one of them ...

Just read my first 'what are the wasps like' post of the forthcoming season ...

Previous Blog: Super Wolf Moon ...

Monday, 21 January 2019

Super Wolf Moon ...

If you cannot see it - Howl now ...

Pictures from the Royal Observatory telescope at Greenwich in London ...

04:10 am ...
04:35am ...


Native Americans named each full moon-Jan-after the howling of hungry wolves ...

My effort - The red wolf moon, with a few stars in the sky ...

05:35am
Off to the hospital, wish me luck ...

Previous Blog: Up early then look up ...

Sunday, 20 January 2019

Up early then look up ...

 A super wolf blood moon ...


Amateur astronomers will be able to witness a total eclipse, and a super wolf blood moon, The total Lunar eclipse will be visible in the morning skies from Europe early on Monday morning.

This will be the last total Lunar eclipse until 2021, (This is due to the EU insisting on a two year transition period) 

The Moon will pass deep through the Earth’s shadow in the morning of January 21. Total eclipse will last for 62 minutes, with mid-eclipse at 5:16 UT (5:16 GMT, 6:16 CET). Observing conditions will be progressively better further west, as the Moon will be higher, in a darker sky.

The best views – provided the sky is clear – will be from western Europe (United Kingdom, Ireland, Iceland, Scandinavia, Canary Islands), where the Moon will still be quite high in the western sky during the total phase of the eclipse.

If you are up for it, you can find the timetable here ...

Previous Blog: Is it a bird ...


Friday, 18 January 2019

Is it a bird ...

Is it a plane? ...

No it's Russian diesel engines ...


The flying dolphin is back ..

The timetable up to 30th April can be found here ...

Previous Blog: A Flying Dolphin Friday ...

Thursday, 17 January 2019

A Flying Dolphin Friday ...

From tomorrow ...

Perhaps?

Maybe?

Just in case you forgot what it looks like ...


Rumours that the Lidl spanners did the trick, and services are 'set to return' on the route to Volos on Friday 18th January ...

Brexit:

That went well didn't it ...


Tsipras wins confidence vote, May survives no-confidence vote.. Europe is rescued. What? I know, I'm at the wrong movies. (@keeptalkingGR)

Its not that hard is it ?


Dear Theresa May Suggest a good initial position would be to tell the EU they’re getting absolutely no more money from the UK. Work from there. The phone will ring on March 30th around 8am, and you will hear a slightly hungover Luxembourger, who will be on the eurostar, suggesting lunch ...

Last nights news:

Apparently a 58 year old man, fell in the old harbour last night. Perhaps a late entrant for Theofania - ΘΕΟΦΑΝΕΙΑ 2019 ...

Its reported that he recovered, and was well at the health centre, as he was 'well insulated by alcohol'. Once again the amazing effects of tsipouro, have saved the day ...

Previous Blog: No Ferry Tuesday ...

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

No Ferry Tuesday ...

The Proteus is ready, the weather is not ...

Proteus ...
Due to heavy winds, the Volos Port Authority has issued a detention order, (Remain in port) for this mornings departure of the Proteus. That would have departed today at 08:00, to the islands of Northern Sporades ...

#Brexit 

Passenger: "I want to fly to Australia"
Travel Agent: "We are experts. Our staff in the office will decide the options we think are best and book it for March 29th"

--- 2 years later----

Travel Agent: "We can't agree. It's too difficult. We recommend you stay at home" ...

Previous Blog: Municipal elections and registration for voting ...

Monday, 14 January 2019

Municipal elections and registration for voting ...

A message from Geof Baldry ...

Island Residents:

'If you wish to vote in the Municipal elections of this year (to be held sometime in May is the rumour), you must go to the Town Council Office with your passport, and Residence Permit, and complete a registration form. 

Those that have already registered in previous years, do not have to re-register. 

Whatever the outcome of Brexit (as things stand now) Brits will be able to vote this time round. I would encourage everyone to register and exercise their vote. 

Skiathos is a relatively small community, and a few votes CAN make a difference. Please share this if you think it is important' (obviously, I do!).

If anyone needs transport, to vote on the day ...


I will see what we can do ...

Previous Blog: Last Ferry to Volos is ...

Sunday, 13 January 2019

Last Ferry to Volos is ...

This evening, departing at 17:10pm ...

No route will take place on Monday from the islands of the Northern Sporades to the port of Volos.

The Skiathos Express will take its last trip from Volos on Monday at 8:00 to Skiathos, Skopelos and Alonissos, and from there it will depart for Lavrion, to begin its annual check-up.

Photo: Skiathos O.E.
On Tuesday, 15 January, the ANES Proteas begins its services, departing Volos at 8am ...

Talking of late departures ...

Strange noise in the kitchen, a taping noise, coming from the fridge.  Found the 'Pre Christmas M&S Cromwell Bishop' trying to escape. Having been to Poland and back, its well traveled and rather mature. Glass of red and sweet dreams are going to be made of this ...

Previous Blog: Dry January ...

Saturday, 12 January 2019

Dry January ...

Or Veganuary if you prefer ...

Vegan conception: How vegans are made ...
After the season of excess, the lack of alcohol, and the pressure to diet, and desire to complete up to 10000 steps a day, at this time of year, does things to the mind ...

I have just read someone wants to know the directions to the SPAR supermarket ...

It seems they are not on the island, and starving after the winter snowstorm. It seems they are planning for their trip in May - Yes in just five months time ...

They have been given many directions to the location of the store, but not one mentions going to a major airport, and boarding a plane, or asked where they are staying, as an island starting point ...

Now I am not sure, what delights are in store, or will be in five months time. (I am having difficulty planning my shopping trip in just a couple of hours time). Apart from the butchery counter, or the wine aisle, or a lump of feta. I tend to struggle to find anything, of great desire in there. But cant help wondering what it could be.

The butchery counter will still be enjoying life, hopefully for quite a few months yet. The wine is in a warehouse somewhere, waiting for the price to go up. What can it be ...

Perhaps they are giving Green Shield stamps again, like my local one did when I was a kid ...

Calendar update:

The last one has departed for its new home, we raised over €100 for Captain Yannis, and the Retired Seamens Association of Skiathos ...

Travel update:

Six days ago the Flying Dolphin was meant to return to service. Naturally it didn't, and no one knows when it will do so. Perhaps Lidl on Volos have the wrong type of spanners.
However on Tuesday 15th, the chuggy chuggy ferry, ANES Proteus returns.
Beware of the wet paint on the guard rails, with a cloud of black smoke, puffing from the funnels, and a refershing clunk of the ramp as it lands on the harbour concrete ...

Friday, 11 January 2019

Skiathos airport numbers ...

December airport traffic:

An increase of 1.6% passenger traffic at Skiathos airport was recorded in December 2018, compared to December 2017. In 2018, passengers traveling from Skiathos Airport reached a total of 1083 people, compared with 1066 in 2017. (Did my bit, one of them was me)

Annual airport traffic:

According to Fraport in 2018, , Skiathos Airport recorded an increase in traffic of 3.3% to 437,916 passengers, compared with 424,106 in 2017 (Did my bit there too, quite a few of them were me) ...

Source: e-thessalia.gr

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