Thursday, 28 February 2019

Tsiknopempti - Charred Thursday ...

Today is Tsiknopempti - Charred Thursday ...

Burnt or Charred Thursday in Greece. Its the day when you BBQ as much meat as you can and feast yourself. The name Tsiknopempti refers to the smell of charcoal, and grilled meats, wafting through the air.


Carnival in Greece is a celebration, and a chance to escape everyday monotony, and enter into a world of party, fantasy, jinks and 'kefi'  (high spirits) its a feast of dance, wine and meat before the sacrifices and fasting of Lent.

The Tradition of Apokries / Karnavali
(Apokries may also be spelt Apokreas, Apokrias)

In Greece the Carnival started in Ancient times, believed to be as a worship to Dionysos, the God of Wine and Feast.  In the Orthodox tradition Apokries is the preparation period before Lent. Apokries means literally saying goodbye to meat  -  Apoxh apo kreas -  apo-kreas.  In Latin the roots of the word Carnival has the same meaning - 'carne' is meat and 'vale' goodbye.

Apokries runs for three weeks immediately preceding Lent.

In 2019 Apokries runs from Sunday 17th February to Sunday 10th March, while Clean Monday ('Kathara Deftera' or 'Kathari Deftera') falls on Monday 11th March 2019.

We will instead be observing - Tłusty czwartek, which means Fat Thursday in Polish.


It means you pig out on doughnuts ...

Feeling left out: Well fasting is serious business, you can join in too if you wish


Previous Blog: Greek Foreign Ministry Q&A website for UK nationals ...

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Brexit: Greek Foreign Ministry Q&A website for UK nationals ...

Despite Mrs May being tied up in knots ...

The Greek Foreign Ministry has launched a Q&A website for UK nationals.

The site addresses several crucial issues, like the need for a visa for short-term and long-term visitors, residence and work permit, healthcare, criteria to obtain Greek citizenship and others like elections.

Its aimed at the options of ...

If the Withdrawal Agreement enters into force: 

or

In case of no deal (absence of withdrawal agreement):

So far no option for a delay, peoples vote, or waiting for an election in the UK, to put the cat amongst the feral pigeons.


In the matter of voting until you get the right answer.(EU prefered option) Remember when the Greek people voted against austerity and a bailout, and to ultimately exit the EU with a firm OXI? but it was impossible to exit due to their debt level & being a member of the common currency. So their PM disregarded the referendum results & kept Greece in the EU/EuroArea.

Sounds like a plan ...

Wouldn’t work in the U.K. would it ...


To access the Greek Foreign Ministry website - Click here and use the appropriate drop down menu. It certainly makes for interesting reading ...

Previous Blog: Rain Rain Rain ...

Sunday, 24 February 2019

Rain Rain Rain ...

One year ago I escaped the 'Beast of the East' ...

This time last year the UK was shivering in freezing temperatures when snow was blasted in by the Beast from the East. It was sunny and warm on Skiathos. This year its the opposite as winter bites back, and rattles the roof tiles on 'the rock' ...

The Oceania storm continues, and covers Greece with lots of snow, rain and record breaking high winds ...


The strong wind from the NE will continue at 6 Beaufort with little change, this afternoon and more tomorrow. The power dips will continue for now ...

Gradual improvement as seen from Tuesday with a chance of more rain on Wednesday - Thursday ...

Proteus Ferry:

Sailings cancelled today due to the stormy weather ..

Childrens Apokries party:

The Skiathos schools in cooperation with the Municipality of Skiathos organize a Halloween celebration every year.

A full-fledged circus show will host small and large carnivalists on Sunday, February 24, 2019, at 16:00, at the gymnasium-Lyceum of Skiathos. A celebration enjoyed by children and their adults will again become children ...

Previous Blog: The storm arrives ...

Saturday, 23 February 2019

The storm arrives ...

Winds gusting at Beaufort 9 ...

The Nunki weather station in Xánemos recorded a 86,9 km /h, gust of wind at 07:16 this morning...


Since then it has recorded a new high, with a gust of 101.4 km/hr at 9:04 am.

On days like this the logs, will climb the chimney on their own ...

See the Nunki weather station in Xánemos reports here

Later update:

To a chorus of, 'would rather be there than here' ...


Bit nippy for a dip ...

Previous Blog: Wild weather weekend ...

Friday, 22 February 2019

Wild weather weekend ...

Preliminary forecast  ...


It seems at the least, it will be very wet and windy once again ...

Severe weather e.u. has an update here

Yesterday was the warmest February day ever recorded - 18.3 degrees - In Scotland ...

Previous Blog: Star Clippers - Star Flyer ...

Thursday, 21 February 2019

Star Clippers - Star Flyer ...

Star Clippers - Star Flyer ...

Seems there are seven 'Mamma Mia' cruises on the Star Clippers - 'Star Flyer' lined up for 2019/20. They will be visiting Skiathos on Day 5. and Skopelos on Day 6 of the trip ...

Departures on:

18th May 2019
8th June
29th June
17th August

16th May 2020
27th June
15th August

Have your cameras ready, the boat always looks stunning at night, through the bottom of a glass ...

Previous Blog: Protection of UK Citizens' Rights in Greece ...

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Protection of UK Citizens' Rights in Greece ...

'British Ambassador to Athens Kate Smith on Tuesday hailed a letter sent earlier in the day by Greek Foreign Minister Giorgos Katrougalos to his UK counterpart, Jeremy Hunt, vowing to safeguard the rights of Britons living in Greece after Brexit.

“Delighted that the Greek Government has confirmed that in the event of no deal the rights of UK nationals already living in Greece will be fully recognized and guaranteed, in line with the reciprocity offered by the UK to EU citizens,” Smith said in a post on Twitter on Tuesday.

In the letter, Katrougalos described the UK nationals currently living in Greece as “an important bridge of friendship between our two countries,” stressing that they are always “welcome.”

“Their rights will be fully recognized and safeguarded,” the letter said, adding that fast-track legislation is in the works to ensure that UK citizens residing in Greece “can remain in the country and continue to live, study and work here, as well as to enjoy social security and healthcare benefits” in the event that Britain leaves the European Union on March 29.

Katrougalos added that legislation is also been drafted for UK citizens who settle in Greece after Brexit'

Source: http://www.ekathimerini.com

UK in Greece ...

“Delighted that the Greek Government has confirmed that in the event of no deal the rights of UK nationals already living in Greece will be fully recognized and guaranteed, in line with the reciprocity offered by the UK to EU citizens.”

HM Ambassador Kate Smith CMG

"We are particularly pleased with the Greek government's assurances that if the rights of British citizens already living in Greece are not met, they will be fully recognized and guaranteed on the basis of reciprocity provided by the UK to EU citizens. "

British Ambassador Kate Smith

#UKnationalsinEU

Twitter link: https://twitter.com/KateSmithFCO

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Source: https://www.mfa.gr/
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Dear Colleague,

Thank you for your letter of 23 January 2019 on the Protection of Citizens' Rights following the UK's withdrawal from the EU.
The UK has been a key and precious partner of Greece within the EU family and its absence will really be felt. However, we respect the decision of the British people and we are ready to continue to develop our strategic partnership in all areas of mutual interest. In this context, we welcome the position of the UK government that the UK is leaving the EU but not Europe.

We believe that the Retirement Agreement is the only way to ensure a coordinated and uninterrupted withdrawal, as well as legal security for both public authorities and for citizens and businesses. The Reconciliation Agreement can also fully ensure the protection of our Citizens' Rights, which remains the top priority of our two countries.

For that reason, we strongly advocated, during the negotiations on the Reconciliation Agreement, the adoption of a more generous approach to safeguarding the rights of EU citizens and the UK and their family members. In the UK, there is an important Greek community as well as a large British community in Greece, and we hope that both will continue to enjoy the benefits and privileges they had before leaving. That is why we firmly support the need to ratify the Retirement Agreement before 29 March 2019.

However, ratification remains uncertain and we have to prepare for the possibility of a withdrawal scenario without agreement, in close cooperation with the EU and other Member States. In this case too, Citizens' Rights are the overriding priority and our aim is to ensure that both Greek and British citizens who choose to live, study and work in the UK and Greece respectively will continue to they do it unhindered and enjoy fully, if not the same, rights they enjoy before leaving.

We welcome announcements by the UK Government on the use of the EU Plan for European nationals (acquiring established citizen status) in case of disagreement, and for clarity and legal security provided to all categories of EU citizens.

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Dear Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Jeremy Hunt,

Allow me to assure you that the British citizens already living in Greece are welcomed and enjoyed our appreciation and are a major bridge of friendship between our two countries. Their rights will be recognized and fully safeguarded in accordance with the reciprocity offered by the UK to EU citizens. Our state agencies are working without delay on drafting fast track bills that will be voted in due time before March 29, 2019 and will enable British citizens and members of their families already living in Greece prior to the date of retirement (29 March 2019) to remain in the country and continue to live, study and work, and enjoy take social security benefits and health care.
The aim of our national bills is also to provide for the categories of citizens who will arrive in Greece after the date of departure (29.3.2019). I have already consulted my colleagues, the competent ministers, and I intend to make a public announcement soon. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in close co-ordination with all other government agencies and agencies, remains at the disposal of the British Embassy in Athens and your government departments.

I look forward to continuing and strengthening our excellent cooperation in the various areas that link our two countries and I hope to meet in the near future.

Yours sincerely,

George Katrougalos »

Previous blog, earlier yesterday: Truck ferry coming ... ...
Previous blog, later yesterday: New 5* hotel to be built at Kalamaki ...

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

New 5* hotel to be built at Kalamaki ...

On the blog post from 13th October ...

'Rumours are rife that some new 5* hotels are going to be built, following the success of the Hotel Elivi (formerly the Xenia) at Koukounaries'

19th February 2019

Permission for a 5 star hotel with 212 rooms on the Kalamaki peninsular have just been approved.

The new hotel at Kanapitsa, will be by the same family who own the Kanapitsa Mare Hotel ...

Previous blog, earlier today: Truck ferry coming ...

Truck ferry coming ...

ANES are going to add another boat  ...

The dear old Proteus, our favourite chuggy ferry, often gets delayed by the loading of the trucks, especially in peak season.

So to alleviate the problem, the trucks will come on their own ferry to the islands.


The boats resemble landing craft, and used to be used in the shallow waters of the Ionian, and occasionally to bring the Jet1 fuel to the airport with a mass delivery of tankers ...

Should add to the harbour fun in summer ...

Previous Blog: Mayor Elections - Candidate - Change of plan ...

Monday, 18 February 2019

Mayor Elections - Candidate - Change of plan ...

Manolis Paschalis has indicated the withdrawal of his candidacy ...

It seems he will not be proceeding with his long cherished ambition, to become Mayor of Skiathos


Manolis Paschalis was the first to announce his candidacy for the Municipality of Skiathos, having literally set up 90% of his personal campaign and prospective aldermen. Personal and family reasons were those whch are suggested led him to withdraw his candidacy ...

He will in the coming days will make relevant announcements, where it is believed he will be supporting another candidate in the forthcoming election ...

Register to vote:

Registration must be made at the town hall by February 28th, for any residents who wish to participate. The same day as Tsiknopempti - BBQ day, just right for a 'Bonfire of the vanities' ...

Previous Blog: Mayor Elections - Candidate - Nikolaos Plomaritis ...

Sunday, 17 February 2019

Mayor Elections - Candidate - Nikolaos Plomaritis ...

PRESS RELEASE MUNICIPAL ELECTION "SKIATHOS-PROJECTS-DEVELOPMENT-CONFIDENCE" 

February 17, 2019

The "SKIATHOS-PROJECTS-DEVELOPMENT-CONFIDENCE" Municipal Element, headed by the ten (10) year former Mayor of Skiathos and for five (5) years, the Northern Sporades Representative, Nikolaos Plomaritis, held a meeting on 14/02/2019 with the old and the new members.

In the meeting, after the descent and integration were updated, the new Citizens' Day ballot papers set out the objectives and priorities that will be launched immediately after their election with the vote and confidence of the people of Skiathos.



It was decided that their Municipal Order should be made up of people who have been tested in the local community and proved their worth and belong to various socio-economic groups, inclusive, who express their appetite for work and put themselves at the service of their fellow citizens selflessly 

At the same time, it was taken care of for the elaboration of the program of the Municipal Order, which is expected to be published in the near future, based on the following principles:

1. Citizens of Skiathos to manage their island.
2. Citizens of Skiathos have the right to upgrade and constantly improve their services and services.
3. The citizens of Skiathos have a say about their own tomorrow in all areas, especially health, education, sports and culture.
4. Citizens of Skiathos to move freely (according to the laws) to their place.
5. Citizens of Skiathos can enjoy any beach on their island.
6. The citizens of Skiathos have the possibility to use their lodgings. 
7. Citizens of Skiathos have equal opportunities for career development and having free access to business.

 Also, the "SKIATHOS-PROJECT-DEVELOPMENT-CONFIDENTIAL" Municipal Committee decided that its main objective is "an open and clean Municipality", seeking to resolve all the issues that arise and setting priorities for growth and creation in all sectors and particularly in the further recognition of the island as a Tourist Destination.   

At the close of the gathering, it was decided that the members and friends of the faction would "activate" and inform the compatriots, both for the actions and for the future "lines" and claims, so that the inhabitants of the island could trust , to support and honor with their vote the "SKIATHOS-PROJECT-DEVELOPMENT-CONFIDENCE" Municipal Election in the municipal elections in May, in order to continue its work. 

The leader of the Municipal team: NIKOLAOS PLOMARITIS 
Candidate Municipal Councils:

1. ΑΓΙΟΜΑΜΙΤΟΥ ΚΟΥΛΑ 
2. ΓΙΑΜΑΡΕΛΟΣ ΝΙΚΟΛΑΟΣ 
3. ΔΙΟΛΕΤΤΑΣ ΔΗΜΗΤΡΙΟΣ 
4. ΚΑΝΤΑΡΑΚΗ - ΠΑΣΧΑΛΙΔΗ ΦΙΛΙΤΣΑ 
5. ΚΑΝΤΑΡΑΚΙΑΣ ΘΕΟΔΩΡΟΣ 
6. ΚΑΝΤΑΡΑΚΙΑΣ ΜΑΝΩΛΗΣ 
7. ΚΟΛΛΙΑΣ ΤΑΞΙΑΡΧΗΣ 
8. ΚΟΥΚΟΥΛΑΚΗΣ ΜΑΚΗΣ 
9. ΚΟΥΜΙΩΤΗΣ ΣΤΑΘΗΣ
10. ΜΑΘΗΝΟΣ ΖΑΧΑΡΙΑΣ
11. ΜΑΡΓΑΡΙΤΗ - ΑΦΕΝΤΟΥΛΗ ΑΡΓΥΡΩ
12. ΜΑΣΟΥΡΟΣ ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ 
13. ΞΥΛΟΠΟΔΑΡΟΣ ΔΗΜΗΤΡΙΟΣ
14. ΠΑΣΧΑΛΗΣ ΑΠΟΣΤΟΛΗΣ
15. ΠΑΣΧΑΛΗΣ ΠΑΣΧΑΛΗΣ 
16. ΡΗΓΑ ΕΥΑ 
17. ΤΑΣΙΟΠΟΥΛΟΣ ΠΑΥΛΟΣ 
18. ΧΑΛΚΙΑΣ ΝΙΚΟΛΑΟΣ

1. Agiomamitou Koula 2. Giamarelos Nikolaos 3. Diolettas Dimitrios 4. Kantaraki-Paschalidi Filitsa 5. Kantarakias Theodoros 6. Kantarakias Manolis 7. Kollias Taxiarhis 8. Koukoylakis Makis 9. Koumiotis Stathis 10. Mathinos Zaharias 11. Margarita-Afentouli Argyro 12. Masouros Christos 13. Xylopodaros Dimitrios 14. Pashalis Apostolis 15. Pashalis Pashalis 16. Riga Eva 17.Tasiopoulos Pavlos 18. Chalelas Nikolaos

The other executives, the activities and the program of "SKIATHOS-PROJECTS-DEVELOPMENT-CONFIDENCE" in subsequent press releases.

The Head of the Municipal Brigade and re-candidate Mayor of Skiathos, 
Nicholaos Plomaritis


Previous Blog: Greek Exports ...

Friday, 15 February 2019

Greek Exports ...

I went to Lidl today ...

Its French week, this week ...

Thought I would see if there is a £4.99 bottle of Chateau Neuf de ****. Well much to my surprise, there was a display rack full of unwanted Greek delicacies, leftover from last week. Halva lego bricks, sunflower seeds in chocolate, and packets of balaclava frisbees.

Even a case of Nemea 2016, and a few bottles of drain cleaner disguised as Retsina.

Chateau Gutrot 2016 ...
Now this Nemea has been raved about, so against my better judgement. I went down the coat lining, and amongst the fluff, was enough spare change to treat SWMBO ...

Well it was Friday its five to five ...

All I can say is, there is Nemea, and there is Nemea ...

Like the Italians, the Greeks probably keep the best stuff, and export the rest. Needless to say it does not travel well, like those funny green bottles, that were also left sitting on the wall ...

But if it makes you happy, like taking photos of the loos on Skiathos, good for you ...

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Lousy weather ...

Strong winds and rain ...

Winter bites back as the weather system “Chioni” arrived in Greece today, bringing gale-force northerly winds reaching up to 9-10 on the Beaufort scale, as well as plunging temperatures with many parts of the country falling below zero.

According to the National Observatory of Athens weather service meteo, the lowest temperatures outside of ski resorts were recorded in Agios Pavlos in Imathia (-5.8C), Vlasti in Kozani (-5.6C), Kleisoura in Kastoria (-4.9C) and Pertouli in Trikala (-4.4C).

The low temperatures have been accompanied by rain and snow at higher altitudes, as well as storms in Egio and other coastal areas, especially in Thessaly, Eastern Central Greece, the Peloponnese and Aegean Sea.

The phenomena is expected to become more intense on the eastern mainland, Southeast Aegean and Crete this afternoon.

The rain is expected to continue until Thursday morning before gradually subsiding, but strong winds will continue to blow in the Aegean.

Ferry services were disrupted this morning due to the high winds.

Passengers planning to travel on Wednesday and Thursday are advised to contact local port authorities or their travel agent before setting out, in case of possible cancellations or modifications of scheduled departures.

Source: AMNA

Power cuts being reported throughout Greece as a result of the weather. One friend has reported having to take the garden furniture in, for safety. Its not theirs, as theirs is in the basement, but having arrived as a result of the wind, will come in handy in the summer ...

Previous Blog: Skopelite Ale ...

Sunday, 10 February 2019

Skopelite Ale ...

The beer of Skopelos - Kostas Lechis, the brewery, launches the "Spiro" ...

Kostas Lemonis, 31 years old from Skopelos, is a nomad brewer, a Hellenic nomadic brewery, who since April of the year has launched the first skilful, unfiltered fresh beer called "Spiro". The owner of the homonymous microbrewery, the first in the Northern Sporades, dared to make his dream come true, betting on craft beer.

The islander entrepreneur, who graduated from the Department of Informatics of the University of Piraeus, immediately after completing his military obligations, returned to his hometown, where a "cocktail" bar was set up six years ago. the alleys of Hora in Skopelos. Kostas Leasing's beer was aired about two years ago. "In the beginning I was making amateur beer in my house. As an eco-breeder or home brewer, as it is otherwise. That's how the story started. A little earlier I had visited some small breweries in Greece, such as Atheneo, an experimental microbrewery created by Athenian Brewery. From there I was inspired and in the spring of 2017 I made my first beer alone"

A year later he went on to professionally produce beer craft. Craft is called beer produced in traditional breweries, which are small and independent of large funds. Kostas Lemonis was thus found at the premises of "Microbreweries of Thessaly" by Yannis Riganisis in Palaia Volos, where the first quantities of "Spira" were produced.



The name of the product was derived from a young Skopelite walk in Thessaloniki. "Behind the Rotunda, I spotted one day a small café with the same name. I liked it. He immediately seemed to be making me, how much even since the spiral is a symbol of power and energy, "he said, and then revealed how the beer brand was inspired:" I used to have a t-shirt that depicted a plan with two punches. It comprised the Good and the Bad and had a daisy and a lightning on each side. I thought it would be interesting to put a hops and an ear, so our logo came out. "

In the tasty palette of "Spiro" there are four labels: Golden Ale, IRA, Weiss and Dry Stout, while in the plans of Kostas Leasing there is also a recipe based on a famous product produced in Skopelos: "There is a black beer recipe that will be used for Skopelos plums. It is still at an experimental stage apart from the four labels we are now circulating. "

Then the inspirer of the ambitious venture described the first steps of Spirala: "The Spiral was officially released in early April 2018. The first productions were then found on the market, along with the beginning of the previous summer season. At the same time the operation of the homonymous brewery on the island began. A privately owned space that sells our products exclusively. The four beer styles that one can try from a barrel. At the same time it is a place of education where we strive to bring the world to the craft culture. "

As to whether it is worth it? Kostas Lemission said unequivocally: "It seemed that there was room for us. There were so many people, mostly foreign tourists, who wanted to taste our beer. In 2018 we bottled ten tons of beer and sold almost nine. We also do wholesale sales to other stores that partner in the Northern Sporades Islands, but also to selected locations in Athens. "

Having his love for beer, but mostly working with patience and perseverance, his plans for the future include several things: "In the Sporades we started first, but we hope not to be alone. It is a blessing to have others and bring the world into contact with good beer. For 2019 we are betting on bigger production and similar opening in Skiathos and Alonissos, as well as the beginning of a brewery in downtown Athens from spring onwards. And by 2021 we can "run" a small unit on the island. "

Source: https://e-thessalia.gr/

Previous Blog: Wakey Wakey ...

Friday, 8 February 2019

Wakey Wakey ...

Seismic vibrations shaking Skiathos  at 01:22am ...

Waking the islanders with a thump ....


Originally recorded as a 3.5 but revised as a 3.3 or 3.4 depending on the website ...

Pictures need straightening again ...

Lidl:

Yes by now we all know its 'German - Greek' week in Lidl, But do we all really need to see your distress purchases on social media?

If you are going to be realistic, then crank the central heating up to 30 degrees, pop a glass in the fridge to chill. Strip down to the boxers and sit with a cheesy grin on the sofa. Then the 99p bottle of mythos will cost you the going rate of €3 a go, when the gas bill comes in ...

Now lets see those photos ...

Mayor candidate:

Giannis Patsas will again be a candidate, for Mayor of Skiathos ...



He was runner up in 2014, he should be a good bet again in May 2019 ...

Quote of the day:

'Former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis blasts Donald Tusk, for 'Brexiteer's special place in Hell' comment. and warns there's a similar spot saved for whoever came up with the idea of EU monetary union ' ...

Previous Blog 2 : Don't just book it - Flog it off ...

Previous Blog 1 - Open Letter ...

Thursday, 7 February 2019

Don't just book it - Flog it off ...

THOMAS COOK PUTS IN-HOUSE AIRLINE UP FOR SALE AFTER INCREASED LOSSES
The carrier made a profit of over £6 per passenger in the last financial year

Simon Calder Travel Correspondent
@SimonCalder
27 minutes ago

Thomas Cook, which has just announced increased first-quarter losses, says it will consider all options for its flying business “to enhance value to shareholders and intensify our strategic focus”.

The tour operator stressed that flights will continue as normal and that any deal will require the buyer to provide the same level of carrying capacity for package holidays.

The airline operates in the UK, the Nordic nations and Germany, where it uses the Condor brand. It is a mid-sized carrier with 103 aircraft, flying around 20 million customers a year to 120 destinations – mostly in Europe but with long-haul operations particularly across the Atlantic.

Unlike some other airlines of a similar scale, Thomas Cook Airlines is in reasonably good health. It made a profit per passenger of over £6 in the most recent financial full year.

Just under half of its capacity is currently used by the tour operation arm for providing seats for package holidaymakers. The remainder is sold to other holiday firms or direct to travellers.

A sale would help Thomas Cook to reduce its debt, currently at £1.59bn, and accelerate its strategy of differentiation by opening exclusive hotels. This summer it will open 20 new own-brand hotels.

Thomas Cook's underlying loss for the first quarter, covering October to December, rose by £14 million to £60 million.

Margins were lower, which Thomas Cook said reflected “the highly competitive market conditions in the UK at the end of the summer season, and weaker demand for winter holidays in the Nordics”.
Strong demand for Turkey, Egypt and Tunisia is offsetting weaker demand for Spain.

Peter Fankhauser, Thomas Cook’s chief executive, said: “As expected, the knock-on effect from the prolonged summer heatwave and high prices in the Canaries have impacted customer demand for winter sun.

“Bookings for summer 2019 reflect some consumer uncertainty, particularly in the UK, and our decision to reduce capacity which will both mitigate risk in our tour operator business and help our airline to consolidate the strong growth achieved last year.”

Bookings for the summer of 2019 are 12 per cent down, reflecting a capacity cut aimed at reducing exposure and shoring up prices – which are 4 per cent higher overall.

Mr Fankhauser said: “Some customers appear to be putting off bookings because of concerns about Brexit.” But he told The Independent: “We are really confident we will be able to offer high-quality holidays even in the event of a no-deal Brexit.”

Previous Blog (Today) - Open Letter ...

Open letter ...

Dear Dr Jekyll Mr Tusk ...

You really should play those 'Some mothers do ave em' videos, on YouTube, as you really do not get our sense of humour at all ...


Even back in the 70's when we tried to join the club, we even dressed like a European, to enter into the spirit of things ...

But Really as a 'Good Catholic boy' you really have slipped up by saying

'I've been wondering what that special place in hell looks like, for those who promoted #Brexit, without even a sketch of a plan how to carry it out safely' ...

I know it seemed funny at the time ...


But we find things funny too ...


Did you know, We are fully prepared now HMV has been saved from the administrators, and the disc will be released on vinyl on March 29th ...


Then the dutch bloke, (Normally the nicest of all European people) Verhofstadt -  He is the one named after a tram stop, on a street in Amsterdam. He had a go too ...

'Well, I doubt Lucifer would welcome them, as after what they did to Britain, they would even manage to divide hell' 🙂 ...

Joke is on you and Tusky my friend - We are sending Mrs May over on the Eurostar later, for tea and happy cakes ...

With Germany, France and Italy heading into recession. The UK would be daft not to threaten to withhold the £39 billion in the event of no-deal, and to use tariffs charged on EU cars and other goods as leverage.

Probably not the best time to throw stones in a glass house, with 50 days to go ...

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Our lords and, masters ...

Google write ...

Albeit a day late.

'Following the announcement of Google+ API deprecation scheduled for March 2019, a number of changes will be made to Blogger’s Google+ integration on 4 February 2019. 

Google+ widgets: Support for the '+1 Button', 'Google+ Followers' and 'Google+ Badge' widgets in Layout will no longer be available. All instances of these widgets will be removed from your blog. 


+1 buttons: The +1/G+ buttons and Google+ share links below blog posts and in the navigation bar will be removed. 


Please note that if you have a custom template that includes Google+ features, you may need to update your template. Please contact your template supplier for advice. 


Google+ Comments: Support for Google+ comments will be turned down, and all blogs using Google+ comments will be reverted back to using Blogger comments. Unfortunately, comments posted as Google+ comments cannot be migrated to Blogger and will no longer appear on your blog'


Perhaps its time to go over to Wordpress, or go independent - What do you think ?

Obviously the spammers will have to move somewhere, they still cant get over their Google+ posts don't appear in the comments section. But they keep on trying, every day. The delete button, is a great friend ...

Perhaps we should go members only - so we can chat as friends ...

Its been on my mind, for some time, and a few plans may come to fruition, as a result ...

Weather:

Expected to be absolutely foul today, with torrential rain and high winds. Probably bringing sahara dust ...

'Greece’s National Meteorological Service EMY has issued a Red Alert warning of significant weather deterioration with extreme weather phenomena torrential rainfalls, powerful storms, hail-falls and snow. According to EMY that has issued a weather red alert, the bad weather front will be coming from South-West, with gale-strong winds up to 9 and locally up to 10 Beaufort and will affect the country until Feb 8, 2019'

Opening:

Pasta pizza (new port in front of the taxi station) will open next weekend 15/2/19 after a brief winter rest ...

Previous Blog: Germania airline ...

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Germania airline ...

Germania ceased operations  last night ...

D-AGEP | Germania 737-75B(WL) | Skiathos LGSK/JSI

They used to operate the 05:35am from LGW, and it used to be the first UK flight into Skiathos on a Friday at 11:30am.

It was a great flight, for a bargain hunter as it was chartered by a villa company, so you could always snap up a cheap flight, and be on the port for lunch ...

Package passengers were sometimes transferred onto the flight due to overbooking, of the 09:45am Monarch. They would be grumbling about having to get up four hours earlier, whilst reading the Daily Mail waiting to board.

Catching disgusted looks from the Telegraph reading villa renters opposite, who had paid for the 'senior service'.

Then once on board could never believe their luck, 'Breakfast is served' - 'Drink from the bar' and missed the M23/M25 traffic both ways ...

Another one bites the dust, sorry to see this one go ...

恭喜发财 - Happy Chinese New Year, Its the year of the Pig ...

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Saturday, 2 February 2019

Maria Kavouri ...

From the Ethnos Newspaper ...

A story of someone who we know ...

"Maria was born on the island of Papadiamantis 45 years ago and when she first recovered the light she did not cry. The midwife who caused her to panic, struck her head abruptly, causing her visual nerve to become blind. So she learned that the world is bright through the eyes of her soul. 

From there she saw her green island, the form of her beloved mother - her support in her life so far - her friends, the sea, the sun and the moon. She attended courses in a special school in Volos and with the code Braille managed to study psychology, to learn computers, foreign languages ​​and when she reached the age of maturity she rented a booth on old harbour of Skiathos.



"By the touch I managed to know all the banknotes. From the adjoining stores they come and give me 100 and 500 euro banknotes to see if they are forged. I'm working on the cash register at incredible speed and never, but I've never made a mistake. I never felt disadvantageous and I did not allow anyone to see me like that, "she tells us.

Maternity

Seeing her sister and her girlfriends have had children, she wanted herself to become a mother. With the support of her mother, relatives and friends, she started a fight titanium, as a single parent had to overcome a series of bureaucratic and other processes. Beside her in this effort the doctor, gynecologist-obstetrician of Volos, Giorgos Christodoulou, whom she constantly thanks.

After two unsuccessful attempts at a known IVF in Athens, she managed to get pregnant, and about 4 months ago, on September 25, 2018, she brought a baby boy and a baby girl to the world.


"I had an easy pregnancy, but a very difficult birth. Babies were born underweight and I presented complications. It took a Super Puma helicopter to take us to Volos. I was constantly thinking that I had no right to "go" and I promised I would fight to strengthen the Health Center on our island, "he says.

Today, when the children have grown a little, Maria Kavouri comes in front of the battle of municipal elections and then the "yes" to the head of the association, Thodoris Tzoumas, prepares a program of visits to all houses, all services while envisioning the next day "for a Skiathos that will not have to envy any of the big islands". Its priority is the health sector, because, as it says, "winter is difficult for those who stay here, while in the summer, thousands of tourists come on holiday, there are more deficiencies". Its everyday life is not easy, but it is very pleasant. By mid-day babies are taking care of herself as her mother works as a cleaning lady in the kindergarten. By touch it can respond to everything,

She "sees" and jeers her children and dreams of being strong and good. "I want the children to stand on their feet as I did because I had no choice. I do not want to fear anything. I say my children are my eyes, but I do not mean that I brought them to the world to take care of me. I know how it is and I've never seen it. They are beautiful and cheerful. As I dreamed of them. "

Marvelous designs

She speaks incessantly about her children but also about her plans for the island. "Coastal isolation is a serious problem We are so close to Volos and often in winter we are offline. The airport, which in summer has dozens of flights every day in the winter, only serves access to and from Athens. Skiathos should become a destination all year round. Not to die in the winter, it is not nice to see the beach in Chora where all the shops are closed. Entrepreneurs must come here to invest in tourism, and not only, to respect the environment of the island and its people, she says" ...

Congratulations to Maria and her new family ...

Previous Blog: Kalo Mina - Fevruários ...

Friday, 1 February 2019

Kalo Mina - Fevruários ...

Kαλό μήνα σε ολους - Good Month to all ...

Which means if you were doing 'Dry January' today is Nirvana ...

Today is “Imbolc” in the Celtic calendar - the midpoint between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. 

Try saying that after a glass of the wobbly stuff later ...

Thessaloniki - Skiathos flights ...

Its reported there will be a new direct flight from Thessaloniki to Skiathos, by Olympic Air twice a week. Every Tuesday and Saturday from 22nd June to 7th September.



This route was performed by Olympic Air for a short time before it was purchased by Aegean.  Services are to be operated by a Dash8-Q400 aircraft

The flights are €28.59 each way ...

#Brexit

The EU has agreed to allow UK citizens visa-free travel to the continent - even after a no-deal Brexit.

EU ambassadors agreed on Friday that UK citizens travelling to the bloc's borderless Schengen area - made up of 26 European countries - should be granted visa-free travel for a short stay.

This is defined as 90 days in any 180 days.

A document detailing the proposal states: "Considering the geographical proximity, the link between economies, the level of trade and the extent of short-term movements of persons between the UK and the Union for business, leisure or other purposes, visa-free travel should facilitate tourism and economic activity, thereby bringing benefits to the Union."

The decision will now be passed to the European Parliament, who last month supported visa-free travel even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, to pass into legislation.

The UK government welcomed the news, but a row threatened to blow up after Gibraltar was referred to as "a colony of the British Crown" in a footnote on the same document.



Reportedly inserted at the request of Spain, a footnote states: "Gibraltar is a colony of the British Crown. There is a controversy between Spain and the United Kingdom concerning the sovereignty over Gibraltar, a territory for which a solution has to be reached in light of the relevant resolutions and decisions of the General Assembly of the United Nations."

Negotiations are ongoing ...

A technical glitch during the BBC News at Six appeared to show Theresa May heading off to Brussels in a Second World War era Spitfire aeroplane. A fault the editor blamed on “human error” showed images of the iconic aircraft landing and flying in formation while a presenter talked of Theresa May’s plans to travel to Brussels to renegotiate her Brexit deal.

See video at: https://inews.co.uk/news/brexit/bbc-news-second-world-war-planes-brexit-report-video/


OK Greece, over to you ...

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