Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Cyclades ...

I thought that was the Greek word, for riding a bike ...

But as many of you know, its some more rocks in the Aegean. Well apparently the lights are off, and so is the electric. Keep talking Greece has an update on the outrage here ...

I did laugh at the bit where 'Greek PPC asks for the residents’ understanding' has customer service arrived in Greece :)

I cant help thinking its Barty, our corespondent on Paros, who has been up the pole, with the crocodile clips ...

This made me laugh too ...


But I am having a little battle over customer service myself, with a retailer at the moment ...

A well known retailer wants to remove an appliance tomorrow. They have not told me when the new one is coming yet. Its the Chicken and Egg situation ...

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

No change, Short change and the sales ...

In the news ...

The Sky Express flight yesterday, returned back to Athens, as it was unable to land at Skiathos. This was  due to the poor visibility, and inclement weather conditions. In addition the Skopelos radar is offline. It will try again later today, Fingers crossed, the pilot can see the runway, but the weather forecast is not good ...

Update: The Sky Express made it before the bad weather arrived ...

Flying Dolphin: Reports that the F/D Erato fare to Volos, is being increased from £25 to €30 each way, with no reduction for a pre-booked return trip.

Keep up with the news, and ongoing situation from Alonissos on Dave and Gerrys site here

Greek auditors have approved the sale of railway operator TRAIN OSE to Italian railways - At least the trains will probably now run on time: Source http://reut.rs/2jQ6qQy 

Germania/Sky Express (Code share agreement)

Sky Express and Germania are joining forces after a deal signed on Wednesday, January 11, in Athens The agreement under which the two airlines will offer code-share flights (code share agreement). With this agreement, virtually joined destinations served by Sky Express with those on the Germania, which should give special impetus to tourism destinations served by the Greek company.

Under this agreement, Germania will add new flights from May 4, 2017 from Bremen and from June 12, 2017 from Nuremberg to Athens so that passengers can travel to the Greek islands by Sky Express. The destinations which now gain direct access to and from Germany and who are served by the Greek airline are Heraklion, Santorini, Mykonos, Paros, Naxos, Milos, Syros, Skiathos, Zante, Chios, Karpathos, Kythira, Ikaria, Astipalea and Sitia. Similarly, passengers from those destinations can travel to Germany, closing their ticket to Sky Express.

The offer code share flights will start from February 2017, and is expected to expand by adding additional connections to other German airports.

The CEO of Sky Express, Ms. Niki Karagkoule - Karageorgou said: "The cooperation with Germania is part of our strategy to further develop the company and our network. The codeshare provide an opportunity for passengers from Germany, through customized packages to enjoy their holidays in our beautiful islands, greatly enhancing tourism destinations which serves the Sky Express ».
CEO Germania, Mr. Karsten Balke , said: "The agreement to offer code-share gives an opportunity for both companies to join forces. For many years, our customers enjoy our services to Greece and now the interface with Athens gives the most even more possibilities. "

Saddened to read that Gene Cernan has died. the last man to walk on the moon.


One of the most eloquent astronauts. Remarkable man from a great era, and another of my childhood heroes . RIP ...

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Island life in winter ...

Can be tough ...

You have read about it here, and on the SkopelosNews blog, and probably on the Alonissos one too.

Since SifnosMan returned to blighty, and then fled for winter sun in the canaries, its gone quiet, on that barren treeless rock in the Cyclades.

But when I read this yesterday, I did laugh as I recognise some of the problems. However its worth a read - especially No 24.

100 days of solitude ...

Friday, 13 January 2017

The heroic Captain of the Proteus ...

Report from the TACHYDROMOS newspaper
Original story Click here

More than two decades, from 1992 at sea, taming the roughened waves the captain of the "Proteus", George Anthony, from Glossa, which keeps under adverse weather conditions open the supply line of the Sporades.

Thanks to the heroic efforts of the same, the ship yesterday approached the night port of Alonissos, despite blowing strong intensity winds 9 Beaufort in order to be transported to the island Fire forces, soldiers and equipment to assist the problems recovery efforts caused by the onslaught of snowball.

Speaking in TACHYDROMOS , the always humble captain, said that every possible effort in order to serve the islands. In this context, amended yesterday's route, so that the passenger - ferry "Proteas" to successively reach Skiathos, Language and Alonissos.

The ground forces and machinery are transported to the "Proteus" in the islands to help local forces, despite the snowstorm and high winds that hinder the daily lives of residents of Skopelos and Alonissos.

Describing the image facing the past few days, Mr. Anthony notes that "Skopelos and Alonissos is much worse and the three islands, because they have accepted the hardest hit because of recent days blizzard."

The aim of the heroic captain is covered, even under adverse conditions, increased demand and the supply of the islands, and as he says "try for the best and we need to do more than what we can."

Asked if he has ever felt danger, the captain of the "Proteus" noted that "not reached the point to feel, because before we reach an impasse, stop and turn back and do something different, the permissible, everything within." Meanwhile, the supply of the islands firmly maintained in the same state that it is always on the side of the islanders for their best convenience.

In human terms, the captain points out that the first and main concern is to serve the world, the inhabitants of the islands, in the best possible way "because we are human and mistakes are human," as he points out. In closing, George Antoniou stresses that "the boat serves at any time and ask our mayors, respond immediately."

Video of the Proteus boat in a strong blizzard, between Alonissos and Skopelos ...



Catch up on yesterdays Skiathian post 'Thaw' ... Click the link here

 PS: Its Friday the 13th - 'Lets be careful out there' ...

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Thaw ...

Its all metlting away ...

Islanders are getting their lives back as the snow recedes and turns to slush. Power supplies are being restored and frozen water pipes are defrosting nicely ...

The Athens Aegean flight landed safely this morning, one day late, after the locals were put up in the hotel overnight. The Proteus and its 'heroic crew' are operating normally, and have delivered the army and their equipment to Alonnissos, to assist the islanders there.

Efforts to clear the runway yesterday


The thaw in ice, and relations (Unless you are from Moscow) means the Americans are taking over the TV, as their future president says 'Oh yes they did' whilst others say 'Oh no they didn't' ...

In an island exclusive, we reveal the first photo of the British former secret service agent, who identified the wrong Michael Cohen in Trump allegations dossier ...

The MI6 agent involved, was caught on film at up in the hills with our man 'Adnamsman' at a recent coctail party ...


Word on the cobbles is that the British spy, said to be the source of the 'dirty tricks' is holed up in a cave near Evagelistrias, Using buried kit from WW2 to continue operations. Whilst keeping his powder dry waiting for the Clinton News Network (CNN) to take the heat ...

Late News just in:

It seems Marinopolous and Sklavenites have done the deal in Greek news.
Perhaps some good stuff in the shops soon, perhaps even another ferry to restock the former Carrefour/Marinopolous store on the ring road.

If you were here in summer, and wondered what its like in winter, your visit to Carrefour/Marinopolous should have given you some idea ...

Catch up on yesterdays Skiathian post 'Skiathos in Snow' ... Click the link here

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Skiathos in Snow ...

A video by Nick Stavridis, that shares the chill ...



The Olympic Airways flight from Athens to Skiathos today, has been rescheduled for Thursday 12tn January at 11am. After poor weather conditions, and Ice on the runway, prevented the aircraft from landing.

 It is forecast that the conditions will have improved, and the runway will be cleared for the arrival if this is necessary on Thursday ...


Catch up on yesterdays Skiathian post 'Blizzard Tuesday' ... Click the link here

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Blizzard Tuesday ...

Heavy snowfall overnight ...

Photo: Γιάννης Γιαννίτσης
Its the sting in the tail - More friends reporting frozen water pumps ...

Temperature -0.9 °C
Wind Chill - Minus -7.9 °C

If you are a fan of Accuweather, known locally as Non-Accuweather. They say it is raining ...

Closed Schools of Skiathou Tuesday 10 January
Mayor. Demetrius Prebezános decided schools at all levels to remain closed today Tuesday 10 January due to adverse weather conditions.

***UPDATE*** Closed Schools of Skiathou Until Friday 13th January

Will remain closed schools of all education levels until Friday, January 13, 2017 by decision of the Mayor Skiathos Mr. Dimitri Prevezanos and because of the bad weather conditions prevailing in the island region.

***DOG SHELTER*** Is there anyone out there with a 4 x4 that could help the Dog Shelter by giving them a lift from Town to Troulos junction in the morning where they could then walk up to the Shelter to feed the dogs? Many thanks please call 6947 346537

The council were out all night spraying seawater on the streets ...

Photo: Panos Diolettas

Bravo to them, valiant attempts to keep the island open ...

Latest videos shared by kind permission of Νικος Μπαντιδος at Mythos Bar ...

"Good morning from snowy skiathos. Too much snow" Click here ...

video

The foodie cafe in Papadiamantis street, have shared the following photo, No doubt still doing deliveries about town, whatever the weather, Well done guys ...


Koukounaries beach today view from the Hotel Xenia ...

Photo: Labros Sanidas
Kabourelias is open for lunch - Alkis & Nikos on duty, whatever teh weather...

Photo: Νικος Καραγκουνης
Νικος - Πίνακας για τρεις έξω, τσίπουρο μεζέδες όχι πάγο ...

Meanwhile up at the Evagelistria Monastery, the Monks are keeping us in the picture ...


Alonnisos, reported to be under 2m of snow with supplies being sent by the ferry boat Proteus, following the declaration, of state of emergency.

Photos from around Greece on the Severe Weather Greece site.
Snow Pictures and Videos from around Greece, some points up to 2 meters of snow! Enjoy!
Καταπληκτικές εικόνες από όλη τη χώρα αλλά και βίντεο. Click on the link here

Update from snowed under friends over on Skopelos

Catch up on yesterdays Skiathian post 'No Thaw' ... Click the link here

Monday, 9 January 2017

No Thaw ...

Welcome to all the new visitors to The Skiathian ...

The snow has returned ...

Storm Ariadne keeps on kissing the islands, and it may continue for a while. with more snow expected overnight.





This morning the council turned they attention to reopening transport links. The snowploughs were sent to clear the airport runway. The runway was washed with sea water to prevent it re-icing.



Photos; Skiathos Municipality
This allowed the Olympic flight to make its way up from Athens and islanders to return home, after its passengers having being stuck in Athens since Saturday.

More detail on the Skiathos Landings blog here

Tomorrow (Tuesday) Alonissos will be reconnected by the ferry boat Proteus, who's Captain and crew deserve credit for keeping the route to the Sporades islands open.

Proteus ferry schedule on the SkopelosNews site, click the link here
Hopefully the supplies will arrive if not the thaw. Islanders on Skopelos and Alonissos are reporting shortages of food

Skopelos town remains closed and the ferry will call at Agontas, as well as Glossa.

Iceberg update from Mandraki ...

Photo: Nikos Mavropoulous
Its sea foam whipped up by the storm ...

Update from Anastasia Ghighis ...keeps snowing in Sporades . Technicians managed to arrive today by boat and try to recover the electricity system in Alonissos and Skopelos which is down since Friday . 2m snow in the center of Alonissos . Difficult situation for all 3 islands . Greece is white allover and never ready for such situations .

Update from Skiathos Dog Shelter ... OGGIE OUR HERO! Yesterday morning the roads were too icy for us to drive our little cars to the shelter so Chris, Adrian and myself decided to walk. On their way from Paraskevi to meet me at Troulos Chris & Adrian were stopped by Oggie in his 4x4 who very kindly picked them up then drove to collect me then took us all the way to the shelter, stopping at the cat feeding stations along the way to make sure they all had food and water. We are so thankful to Oggie for his kindess. If you are stopping by the petrol station at Troulos now or during the summer when you are on holiday please take time to go and say "thank you" to him

Andrew Tomes has set up an emergency Just Giving  page for the Dog Shelter. You can access it on the link here


Many islanders suffering problems with water shortages, as boreholes freeze up along with unprotected pipes. Many pipes are run at surface level, so are unprotected.

As mentioned before, Skiathiti houses are rarely insulated. Concrete houses radiate cold like a fridge, Many of the older houses do not have a proper foundation, so your floor tiles are just a few inches away from the subsoil.

Not much point having underfloor heating in the modern ones, if the power is off, and the generator does not support it. Roofs without insulation, or in most places no guttering either, means huge icicles form. Its quite a sight to see an elderly Ya Ya, leaning out of the window, attacking them with a broom.

Trees are being damaged, as the snow breaks limbs, and shallow roots cannot support the weight of the tree.

Best thing to do is melt ice for the loo, drink tsipouro, or that bottle of whisky that someone gave you some time ago. Chuck another log from your shrinking woodpile, on the fire or into the woodburner.

Only another few months and it will be forty degrees again ...

Early/late news just in: Mayor. Demetrius Prebezános decided schools at all levels to remain closed tomorrow Tuesday 10 January due to adverse weather conditions.

Catch up on yesterday's Skiathian post 'Snowflakes here, Snowflakes there' ... Click the
link here

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Snowflakes here, Snowflakes there ...

Snowflakes Snowflakes everywhere ...


Here is a video, recorded this morning. Shared by kind permission of my friend Νικος Μπαντιδος from the Mythos cafe ...

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Now lets hope he nipped inside for a nice hot coffee afterwards ...

Update from SkopelosNews Snow Snow Snow - Click Here

Friends on Alonissos are off line ...

Later update:

Photo: Nikos Pascalis/Skyframe

Photo: Hellena Kantarakia
Skiathos residents advised to stay indoors, and  only leave if their vehicles have snow chains fitted. Many are reporting frozen pipes, and apart from melting the snow no water. Conditions remain icy and temperatures have remained around freezing all day, and below freezing out of town.

The mayor advises all schools on Skiathos will be closed on Monday 9th January


State of emergency declared on both Skopelos and Alonissos islands after 1m of snow blocking roads and the port. The Proteus ferry made it to Glossa, then went on to Agontas to get Skopelites home. They were transfered to Skopelos town by the fire Brigade.

Where conditions, are somewhat more difficult ...




For now it seems Skiathos has had another lucky escape ...

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Message posted by the town council ...


Message posted by the town council



Οι Δημότες που επιθυμούν να μετακινηθούν κατά τις βραδινές ώρες πρέπει να έχουν τοποθετήσει αντιολισθητικές αλυσίδες στα οχήματα τους.

Χρειάζεται ιδιαίτερη προσοχή στις μετακινήσεις

The Citizens wishing to travel at night should have put snow chains on their vehicles.
Particular attention to movements.
  • Apparently the road to Koukounaries will be washed with sea water through the night to prevent ice forming,
  • Residents should leave a tap running on minimal flow, overnight to prevent pipes freezing
  • Attention everyone Where it is not necessary to move around the island. The best move is not to do it, there will be total frost conditions all day Sunday.