Sunday, 30 June 2013

Down time...

After work chill out time ...

The superyacht Gloria Teresa was lit up like a Christmas tree, this evening. Its guests arriving by private jet. Then whisked along the paralia in two black mercedes.

Usual rumours swept the harbour, its the Beckhams, Tom Cruise etc. Who cares ? But whoever the lady was with the children, the kids were clearly enjoying running around the top deck, and having fun. After all that's what family holidays are all about.

Hope they have a great time whoever they are ...

Not only were they sheltered away from the fierce wind, within the confines of the boat, but so was I later -  for an enjoyable hour at Taverna Alexandros. In fact it's absolutely buzzing here this evening. Great music and holidaymakers dancing under the Mulberry tree.

Alex the "most famous waiter" in Skiathos, sends his best wishes to his friends, across the world. Now for yoghurt with cherries and a glass of red ...

This mornings Superyacht ...

Is Illusion of Valletta ...

Illusion of Valletta
The Illusion, which costs in the region of €24 million, is a 47-metre composite steel and aluminium construction and the latest design from Benetti's FB series.

Details here should you feel the urge to book ...

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Saturday, 29 June 2013

Saturday's Superyacht ...

Is Gloria Teressa ...

Gloria Teressa 

Gloria Teressa 
Apparently this yacht was attracting the attention of the camera man with the long lens. It seems whoever was on board sailed off on a luxury yacht that was moored alongside ...

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Details of the boat specifications here ...


Island news ...

It has now been confirmed by News Skiathos that a British tourist in 'medical distress' stole the Skiathos ambulance on Wednesday. In the process causing damage to a number of nearby parked vehicles.

The man has been taken to Volos hospital for further assessment and treatment.

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There have been a spate of vehicle accidents involving quad bikes, and motorbikes here on the island. These are keeping the medical centre here, and the hospital in Volos busy.

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The weather is expected to break tonight, with a band of thunderstorms passing through the region. Sunday and Monday are expected to be rather windy again.

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Kurt Russell & Goldie Hawn left the island on Wednesday, after their annual holiday here on the island. Good to see them enjoying their time here again, and as relaxed as ever amongst island friends.

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Friday, 28 June 2013

New ferry - Artemis - and timetable ...

Hellenic Artemis just docked here in Skiathos ...


This is the additional boat that Hellenic have added to the route, to challenge ANES lines competition, seen arriving at Skiathos last night ...




Update: Saturday 07:27am

Skopelos News report that the new ferry encountered a few problems on its maiden voyage, here in the Sporades. You can read about it here

The new timetable for the Express Skiathos and Artemis valid, from 28/06/2013 to 08/09/2013 can be found here

Another Superyacht ...

Today's Superyacht - Is Paris ...

Paris
Paris is a regular visitor to the Island in Summer, and has moored next to Barbie. Photo posted here earlier this week. Both Yachts are registered in George Town in the Cayman islands. Clearly other than Grand Cayman, Palio Limani is the place to be ...

I wonder if anyone popped next door to borrow some sugar ...

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English Friday ...

... at the airport


Yes this excellent photo by Benjamin Schutz, from Airliners.net just about sums it up nicely ...

The first flights this morning were battling into a fierce headwind, their air brakes, and flaps screaming as they passed by over the harbour.


The wind has now dropped, and it's a lovely warm afternoon ...

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Hello to ...

Janet and John from Sevenoaks ...

Friends of the blog who I was lucky to meet this morning, on a very draughty harbour. Pleased to say I was a fan of your books at a tender age :)

Hope you keep enjoying the blog ...

Anemos (Take 2) and a request for an Amazon airlift ...

Another very windy morning here on the island ...

Whatever is going on with the weather, its another very breezy start to the day. Looks like another day to start another project with a paintbrush ...

Any Skiathian friends heading down here in the next week or so?

If so then perhaps if you have room, in your bag - would you be able to bring a pair of sandals from Amazon? SWMBO insists that I consign the trusty timberlands to 'shoe heaven' after many KM's faithfull use here on the rock. Where they have been tested to destruction, just like my trusty cap.

If you can assist please get in touch via the comments facility, twitter feed, FB or the good old Skiathos Bulletin board - back online in all its glory ...

Skiathos Bulletin Board ...

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ANNOUNCEMENT - 7th January 2014
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The Skiathos Bulletin Board, has been offline since Christmas day.


We are awaiting an update from the hosting company Iqeal, in Atlanta USA, on the resumption of service. The software company PHPP indicate it is a server related issue at Iqeal.com which is offline ...

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ANNOUNCEMENT - 28th June 2013
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28th June 2013

Delighted to see the return of the Skiathos Bulletin Board overnight.



The famous information forum, home of the 'Boomerang Club' is hosted by a company in the USA. It has been offline with what appears to have been a major IT issue.

It will be nice to see if the Boomerangers support the forum once again ...

You can access the Skiathos Bulletin Board, and many 'member only forums' within it - if you log in to it on the link here ...

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Mr Steve ...

Its been my pleasure these last few weeks to share some time with Steve ...



A gentleman and new friend, Originating from Canada - he is a traveller. A former tour guide, he is still travelling the world, and tells me he is 86 years young.

We have shared coffee, on a number of occasions, this last month or so. A laugh, a joke and a few life experiences.

His Mother back on the prairies of Canada, at the time of the great depression, said 'she did not know what to do with him, as he had fancy ideas of travelling the world'. Someone said, to her 'if you did not want him to have big ideas, then you should never have brought him a radio' ...

Just goes to show how something we now take for granted, can change your life forever. I will miss Steve when he departs tomorrow, with his partner over the harbour via London to pastures new.

Kalo Taxedi to a gentleman and friend, who I am lucky to say, crossed my path here 'on a green island in the aegean' ...

Hello to ...

Jack & Michelle who know me from another place.

Lovely to meet you this afternoon ...

Its arrived ...

My last ever free super saver delivery from Amazon.co.uk


Probably the last business they get from me too. However it also affects the charities here on the island, that use Amazon for much needed supplies, to support their activities ...

There is an e-petition on the subject, you can sign it here if you wish to support their cause ...

Friends ...

Feeling like we are in an episode of Friends this evening ...

There we were minding our business, but we looked up. Only to be then watching 'ugly naked guy' hanging out his washing, over the street - many floors above.

This left my colleague speechless ...

It all happens here on a green island in the aegean ...


Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Anemos & a Superyacht ...

The wind she blow ...

The old boys down the harbour this morning shouted to me this morning - Painting day.

In other words find something else to do. At 5:30am it was calm, at 6:00 you heard a breeze. At 7:00 when I went to the bakers its was blowing hard, and now shutters are banging. Plant pots are being  blown over in the street.

Wonder what I will do ...

Later update:

Here is what I did next - well somewhat later anyway ...


Here is the latest super yacht to visit port

                           Barbie of George Town ...
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Patience is a virtue ...

Apostolis waits for a bite ...



The cat waits for a bite to eat too ...

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Tuesday, 25 June 2013

A Frappe on the Express ...

Clearly trying to make up lost revenue, the cost of a Frappe on the Express Pegasus/Skiathos has reached a new seasonal high ...


Photo - Dr Mylo
Made from 50cl water (50 cents a bottle) and a spoon full of cheap coffee powder. It comes with a short straw and a paper cup. A compulsory donation of 23% is offered to the Greek Govenment on your behalf ...



Cross town diplomacy ...

Up early for my latest session off cross town diplomacy ...

SWMBO is unwell, so after the school run it was off across town on a very warm morning. Carrying a water bottle as its very humid. Dehydration a problem now as we head head into the summer heat. Let alone that reflecting off the cobblestone streets.

It's still amazing me even to this day how much bureaucracy, is involved in getting a five digit number. Six trips to one office, three to another, and four more to yorgos for photocopying.

I have here a five digit number ...
Much to my surprise, I was successful in my objective. (It has taken over a week) Returning clutching a piece of paper, and "declaring peace in our time" in my war against bureaucracy ~ well at least for this week ...

Nice to see summer fruits swelling and ripening. Cherries, greengauges, grapes, quince  and figs. Still some lemons available too if you know where to look ...

Beautiful flowers everywhere now, pink and white oleander in full bloom. Geraniums and Petunias tumbling from baskets and window boxes.

Town is strangely quiet after the weekend invasion, and exodus yesterday. The port busy with arriving ferries, and the Apostolis fuel tanker making a delivery between ferry movements ...

I am a mainland Greek get me out of here ...
Next objective, the next school run and perhaps, a well earned glass of chilled FIX beer ...

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Monday, 24 June 2013

Latest Superyachts ...

Latest visitors to the island ...

The one below reminds me of a global communications centre. Well they are the Royal family of Morocco so they need to keep in touch ...

The Royal family of Morocco In Aghia Pareskevi ...
The one below reminds me of something from Stingray, but doesn't everyone need a helicopter support vessel ...

Art deco lines ...

One of the boats sent some guests into town, this evening to do some shopping. Must say the speedboat they sent them in was something art deco, and had great lines. A beautiful boat for beautiful people.

Very impressed ...

Later: This is what a launch from a superyacht looks like ...




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Stathis and the Skiathos Super moon ...

Here is Stathis arriving for work ...


As mentioned before here on the blog, giving the good lady wife a lift into town ...

For Jeremy some photos of last nights Skiathos Supermoon, as it rose over the Pounta ...



Jeremy was enjoying dinner last night, with friends - so missed the moon rise ...

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Sunday, 23 June 2013

Scorching day ...

Its 28 degrees and everyone is on the beach ...

Well except two ...

Hello to Graham & Caroline, Nice to see you this morning ...

Tonight its the Super moon the midsummer solstice moonrise, that gets transposed on to all different locations for postcards from Greece. Last night the moonrise looked fantastic, lets hope its the same this evening.

Watch this space ...

Saturday, 22 June 2013

Something different ...

But I like it ...

Set in a wall, and sadly stained with asvesti, but a thoughtful addition to someone's town-house ...


There must be a story behind it, a captains house perhaps. Otherwise, its a strange place to hide part of the family dinner service.

On the subject of boats, this boat has taken my eye. Its lovely and has been moored here for a few days. It's clearly much loved by its lucky owner ...


Its the Pentecost holiday weekend, last night Greeks descended on the island from the mainland. The ferries resembling landing craft, as the doors opened and the passengers stormed down the ramps.

At the airport quite a few aircraft were late arriving from the UK. One aircraft landing here after midnight. Olympic Air have even been using a jet on the Athens - Island Hopper - evening service a few times this week.

Must be summer - ah yes thats why it is so hot here on the rock ...

1pm update:

The invasion continues. Express Skiathos, Proteus, Flying Cat 5 and Express Pegasus have disgorged hundreds of weekend visitors from the mainland. The port completely blocked by cars, trucks and motorcycles darting in between ...

Summer has arrived on Skiathos ...

Another interesting arrival, the Adina, clearing customs here on Skiathos.


Now its not every day that a boat sails in under the red ensign, fitted with a B&Q garden umbrella. However that is what happened today.

Likewise clearing customs here is a little strange too, the crew will be spending the weekend here - waiting for someone to unlock the drawer with the papers and stamps ...

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Friday, 21 June 2013

Lobster itis ...

Would you like a glass of wine ?

"Yes please" ...

Blood curdling scream ...

There is a lobster in the fridge !

"No actually I think there are three or four" ...

Our Lobster friends, residents of the fridge ...
You had to be here, and know about my colleagues fish & shellfish phobia ...

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`Silent surfers of the blog` ...


Hello to David, and Janet

`Silent surfers of the blog`

Nice to meet you this evening ...

Thursday, 20 June 2013

New friends from South Africa ...

Hello to David, Marice, Andrea and Katherine
Friends of the blog from Cape Town

Nice to meet you this evening ...

Superyacht in Koukounaries ...

The yacht AL MIRQAB owned by Sheik Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani - Qatar's Prime Minister and Foreign Minister - which has been moored at Koukounaries since Monday ...

© Lo & La Skiathos
© Lo & La Skiathos
© Victoria Sandels Skiathosbooks Skiathos
Not as announced by an excited holiday company representative, as being part of the Roman Abramovich fleet at a welcome meeting this morning. Neither has John Terry, been spotted dining with him at the famous fish restaurant in town ...

Which makes a change from the other myth, that they still peddle. That the sand in Koukounaries is imported from Saudia Arabia - unless this of course is a sand transporter.

Two other celebrities have been enjoying their annual visit to the island. They are as relaxed and charming as ever, and enjoying their holiday here on the rock ...


Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Note for friends on the island ...

Amazon.co.uk have stopped FREE Super Saver Delivery to Greece

FREE Super Saver Delivery to Italy, Spain, Andorra, Greece, Liechtenstein, Norway, San Marino and the Vatican City on eligible orders over £25 was available on orders placed up to and including June 11, 2013 (GMT).

Thats a kick in the teeth for friendly efficient imports to the island. It also affects the charities here on the island that use Amazon for much needed supplies, to support their activities ...

Monday, 17 June 2013

More Island friends ...

The two horsemen of the Paralia ...


Its Giannis and Stathis, Giannis one of the nicest people that I have met here on Skiathos. A warm friendly character, loved by tourists and locals alike.

Stathis favourite past time is marshaling traffic, he get cars moved and generally tidies up the paralia through force of personality. A great friend who greets me whenever he see's me with a big hug. Usually after dropping his wife into town for some shopping. How may ladies can say they pop into town by horse and cart - His other great summer speciality is supplying wonderful tomatoes, to people like me.

If you are visiting this summer, Giannis white horse is rather partial to Polo mints. Stathis horse is a bit more feisty, just like his owner ...

Today's lunch ...

A gift from Theo, our friendly fisherman ...


... and as for the lobster, very nice it was too. Boiled and served as a salad with spicy sausage and sun dried tomatoes.

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Sunday, 16 June 2013

Skiathos Airport expansion update (1) ...

Here is a Google translation, on the latest plans for the expansion of the Skiathos airport ...

Source: http://www.ypodomes.com

As reported in the technical description of the project by the Ministry of Development, Infrastructure, Transport and Networks, provides, inter alia expansion of apron and runway extension towards the north by 110 meters. When completed, probably by the summer of 2014 - the project is expected to solve basic problems after previously planes bound for Skiathos lands on ... Thessaloniki due to failure of landing at Tessalia. [B]VREGMENOS CORRIDOR[/B] The big problem is when the runway is wet, which means that aircraft need more meters until you stop completely. The extension of the runway to north by 110-m, of which 80 are substantially in-use would partly solve the problem, but not completely. When the length of the runway is insufficient due to slipperiness, pilots notified that they either land in Athens and Thessaloniki, or take the risk of landing. According to the representative of the Commission Skiathos club competition which claimed this project, Despina Symiakakis, 80% of pilots do not take the risk. As a result, passengers started for example from London bound for Skiathos landing in Thessaloniki and to come to the island by car or by boat after they have undergone a first class hassle. [B]DUAL APOGEIOSEIS[/B] Another phenomenon observed in the National Airport " Papadiamantis' (who in 2011 had more than 200,000 arrivals and departures) is that due to the short length of the runway, the aircraft can not take off when they are full of fuel and passengers that weight. This is especially true for flights 180 passengers, he said the "E" Mrs Symiakakis, "representing about 65% of the total flight." So, the plane goes from Skiathos with marginal fuel (so you do not have a weight and ... 'prevent' take off), make a stop in Thessaloniki and Athens to refuel and take off again from there. According to Ms Symiakakis, dual take-offs and landings of aircraft burden by 40% the cost of the flight . Also, according to the recent new EU legislation on emissions, which exceed the limits set pays a fine. As understood, dual takeoffs and landings lead to higher emissions of pollutants and, therefore, to possible fines. [B]PARKING[/B] addition, the task given to the "Quarries Tirnavou SA" will be expanding the apron. For Airport Skiathos, this practically means that parking increases by two to six. During the summer months, when the traffic is greater, the two positions are not sufficient. Sometimes planes strolling in the air waiting for a seat while other times necessarily stationed in the corridor, causing hazards. With the increase of parking spaces, airport Skiathos will be safer and will allow for a higher level of tourism, since most will be able to come to the island and smaller aircraft charter. Please note that due to the lack of parking spaces Aeroclub Skiathos not working summers while one of the two positions considered position necessary (fire or transport emergency health) so that they should in fact be permanently leave, something which he said the Mr. Symiakakis "never happens." Among other things, Mr. Symiakakis stressed the "E" that "because of all these reasons, Skiathos airport loses much in terms of competitiveness." The project has been awarded to the company and remains the signature of the contract, which should be done within one month. After signing will start projects and completion date of the project has been designated by the Ministry to 700 calendar days from contract signing . Ef. Freedom

Saturday, 15 June 2013

Island friends ...

Here are a couple of island friends, who you may know ...

This is Kostas ...
Kostas ...
He is in my opinion an excellent Barrista, you can see his 'art in a coffee cup' at Slip Inn - or enjoy a cocktail crafted by his own hand ...

This is Dimitris ...

Dimitris ...
He is in the process of saying what the **** are you going to do to me now.

His specialist skill is making people cross the road, whilst trying to get you to visit a restaurant. He is very good at volunteering me to get involved in things, that do not interest me at all. He gets me in to all kinds of trouble - especially during the winter ...

However he is a very good friend. One of the funniest people that I have met on Skiathos - If you want a laugh, ask him how he lost his appendix ...

Now if you know anyone with an interest in 'die cast model toy cars' Please get in touch with me via the comment facility on the blog. We have something that may be of great interest to you ...

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Busy in the port ...

Surrounded by water, boats bring our supplies ...

This morning the 'Jet XV' has been blocking the view as the tanks are restocked at the airport. However once the Jet fuel had been delivered, I was able to record what was going on ...

Here the Ioanna Chrisoula had sneaked in, and was being unloaded ...


On closer inspection, it was beer for thirsty holidaymakers ...

Beer !
Well it was a hot day for a change - Then Express Pegasus arrived, here reversing into the port, on its daily run from Agios Konstantinos.


Having stirred the sediment up, and re-oxygenated the the bottom of the harbour, for the marine life, then it departed. Just as a Scandanavian SAS Boeing 737 arrived overhead ...


Just as the beer boat departed, just a little higher in the water ...

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Thursday, 13 June 2013

Hello to ..

Robert and Margaret.
Fan's of the blog. Nice to meet you earlier today ...

Leigh and Steve
Look forward to seeing you back here soon ...

'Too much rain' ...

The rain came last night just after 9pm

It started with heavy raindrops that sent people running for cover, and me pulling electrical plugs as swiftly as I could. However the shower was shortlived, rather than short circuited.

Skiathos was surrounded by thunderstorms, however none made contact with the island. The sky was lit from the mainland, from the north towards Halkidiki, to the west in the direction of Skyros, and a great view to the south of forked lightning over Evia.

The forecast said that the worst would be with us in the early hours. A storm passed by at 4am, it was the 'ants on the roof' clearly wearing hobnail boots that woke me, not the distant thunder.

Rain showers have continued ever since, mainly shortlived and light. Its 8am, as I write, and the rain has started to be torrential. Just as I was about to leave on the school run.

For the uninitiated, this is what the Skiathos rain does to the street. No that is not the fire brigade washing the steps. That is the raging torrent, making its way down the street ...


It's a little too much for Junior's umbrella, and the house is resounding not only to the tremendous crack of thunder overhead, that shook the window panes. But to a chorus of junior saying, over and over again 'too much rain'

So school run postponed until after the tide has turned - which may be some time ...

Later News:

Papadamatis Street floods, after the storm this morning ...

Photo - by kind permission and © Nikos Paschalis
Photo - by kind permission and © Nikos Paschalis
Too much rain for the storm drains so it returned to being what it used to be - a river ...

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Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Blue above - Breezy below ...

The view this morning is of blue sky ...

That is despite the dire warnings of Poseidon - which again suggests we will be wet later this afternoon. Windfinder who have revised up, and then down their predictions, in the last hour - so who knows what will happen.

Here is another site for thunderstorm radar, based in Kifissia its quite good.

Last night we had a rain shower around 9pm, and a lightning show over the mainland as the storms tracked by. After that the body shut down again. Feeling a little better after 40 hours in bed shaking like a leaf.

Its very windy here this morning, despite the blue skies. Pappa Giorgos was 15 minutes late with the church bells. Seems the strange weather is affecting us all ...

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Rain coming ...

Well it is a green island ...

Strange as it may seem, but it is June - However the weather forecasts say rain and thunderstorms for the next few days.

The view from my sick bed is of blue sky, however Poseidon say we will be wet later this afternoon. Windfinder who have revised down their predictions, but say the Thursday will be a day for a bar of chocolate, and a glass of red ...

What is certain is we are in for a wet and windy few days, as are the rest of Greece ...

Umbrellas, and pacamacs to the ready - well, I did warn you the rainmaker is here ...


Monday, 10 June 2013

Fresh Fish ...

Tonight's offering from Taverna Alexandros ...

Photo - Magda Mavrogiali
Taverna Alexandros
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Sick note ...

No work tonight - Have had to call in sick, who brought these germs to the island ...

Its not just me, SWMBO is feeling under the weather, yesterday my colleague Leanne was feeling the effects of it too. Clearly there is a bug doing the rounds.

Earlier before I reached for a cold airconditioned, dark room and medication, after crossing town in the heat. I took these photos. Hope they cheer you and me both ...

Note for my learned friend  Sifnos man - Week three of sleeping on the bed with no covers ...

Yellow Oleander - a new one for me ...
The town garden has really come on ...
The garlic sellers are in town ...
Beautiful Bouganvillia
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Express Skiathos ...

Announcement by the Port Authority of Volos

'Scheduled maintenance will be done between now and next Thursday, June 13, the passenger - ferry Express Skiathos, and will be replaced by the Express Pegasus

The Express Pegasus will sail from the port of Volos on islands Sporades on Monday at 12 noon tomorrow, Tuesday, at 7.45 am, Wednesday at 12 noon and next Thursday at 7.45 in the morning'

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Tourist boom ...

... What tourist boom ?

Saturday evening at 8pm ...
A people free zone ...
Nobody at all ...
Rather worrying, and its just so quiet, rather like May ...

Elsewhere its been quiet of an evening for a week. 11 aircraft landed here on Friday from the UK, around eight on Saturday from Scandanavia. Wherever the people are, they are not in town. Sunday evening a few more people around but for long periods, the paralia was empty except for locals, enjoying a volta.

Friends who have businesses in PapaD are saying they have never known anything like it. No-one is buying anything. Others down the island are saying its quiet there too. Seems the supermarkets and quality time on the balcony rule at the moment this year.

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