Monday, 27 January 2020

Its coming back ...

Express Pegasus

During the mid-summer season, the Express Pegasus will be back on its old familiar route, from Agios Konstantinos to Skiathos - Skopelos - Alonnisos ...


It's as near as you can get to arriving on a cruise liner, and the huge propellers, have been known to send a tidal wave back up the storm drains in Papadiamanti street ...

It also gives the harbour a clean and circulates the water where the posh boats flush.

Be careful where you tread, around 12:30 - 1pm, or you may get your feet wet, or worse ...

Previous Blog: One week to go ...

Friday, 24 January 2020

One week to go ...

So the EU Withdrawal Agreement Bill has been signed, by the European Commission.

In a somewhat low-key ceremony, Ursula von der Leyen, the President of the European Commission, and Charles Michel, President of the European Council, signed the WAB in Brussels on Friday morning.

After signing the agreement, Mr Michel said that "things will inevitably change but our friendship will remain".

"We start a new chapter as partners and allies," he said.

The treaty will now be taken to London for signing by Boris Johnson before it is returned to Brussels, where MEPs will vote on the deal this Wednesday.


Yesterday, it was granted royal assent by the Queen,  having cleared all stages in Parliament ...

Wouldnt it be funny if the MEP's all voted against it next Wednesday. Would they be sent off to vote again, and again until they came back with the right answer ...

Whats the weather like?

My guide to weather and events in Skiathos, gathered from posts in the forums, as its that time of year when everyone is asking 'that' question ...

May: Too cold/buses infrequent/rain/sea cold
June: Too unreliable, "The worst June in years" never again
July: Too hot, Too many Greeks/Italians/loud music/beaches & buses packed
August: Too hot, Too many Greeks/Italians/loud music/beaches & buses packed
September: Too unreliable, Storms, closing up
October: Too unreliable, no one told us everything closed.

Which as regulars will know all the above could be true, but is not always the case ...

Have had the flu (Ten days worth), not the latest Chinese version, but the cough has recorded 5.5 on the richter scale, around midnight last night ...

Previous Blog: Sea jets - Mega Jet ferry from Volos ...

Thursday, 16 January 2020

Sea jets - Mega Jet ferry from Volos ...

Mega Jet moving to Volos - Northern Sporades - Mantoudi routes ...

It was unanimously accepted by the Coastal Communications Council the Seajets company's request for deployment of Mega Jet in lines Volos - Sporades - Mantoudi from 01/06/2020 up to 30/09/2020.



The 9th issue of the SAS meeting as follows:

9. A) Modification of the "MEGA JET" E-C / C-T / H routing period from 01-06-2020 to 30-09-2020 instead of 16-04-2020 to 21-04-2020 and from 16-05-2020 to 07-10-2020.

B) Modification of the "MEGA JET" F / O / C / T / H routes on Volos - Northern Sporades - Mantoudi, instead of Rafina-Andros-Tinos-Mykonos and Piraeus-Mykonos-Naxos-Thira .

The Mega Jet can handle up to 33 knots and carries 150 vehicles and 845 passengers.

Source: https://www.efimerida-sporades.com/

Previous blog: Proteus returns ...

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Proteus returns ...

On Friday 17th January ...

Increases in Sporades ferry tickets are in place caused by the burden, to the ferry companies the cost of marine fuel, which has been in use since 1 January 2020 pursuant to the relevant International Maritime Organization regulation.

Ticket price hikes have been in effect since all week, and Sporades are considered one of the most expensive ferry destinations in the country, with shipping costs rising.

If a passenger wishes to travel by Express Skiathos from Volos to Skiathos, you now pay 26 euros instead of 25 euros and 31.5 euros from 30 euros for Skopelos and Alonissos.

For a car the price rose from 79 to € 84 to Skiathos and from € 85 to € 89.5 to Skopelos and Alonissos.

Proteus is apparently ready after the established maintenance, at the shipyards of Salamis, in Piraeus where the boat has been in dry dock ...

After the coordinated actions of Captain C. Antoniou, the technical control of the ship was completed and the maintenance provided to continue throughout the year his travels serving the inhabitants of the islands ...




Which hopefully means they have banged out the dents and tightened the nut on the steering wheel ready to return to the islands ...

Skiathian is struggling to return to service, after contracting his annual 'new year' bronchial experience. Having started dry January in style but falling off the wagon, retiring to bed with a bottle of brandy ...

Woken this morning by Sophie Lou from Indonesia, who wanted to chat about my recent car accident. We had quite a chat, and very concerned that as I was driver for Mr Trump, she had only just heard of it,  before she called me what must be the Indonesian version of the Greek M word ...

Previous Blog: Catch of the day ...


Saturday, 11 January 2020

Catch of the day ...

But not for the fish market ...

Caught "beast" 400 kilos between Skiathos and Platanias ...



A shark, with a length that exceeded 5 meters and a weight of 400 kilos, was the trophy "of yesterday's excursion of the trawler" Matoula and Dimitrios, which surprised those who faced it.

The icon was immediately posted online by the owner of Skiathikis trawler Vasilis Giouraraki, who said that the fish was caught alive and the diameter of the head reaches 80 cm. 

With fast, careful movements, it was liberated by the workers and returned alive to its natural environment, the sea.

The shark, according to Mr. Giourourakis, was recovered in the area between Skiathos, Evia and Pelion, openly of Platanias and as it was in the rota of the trawler and caught in the nets of seabed.

The particular species is not marketable on the market, as it is forbidden (like all carcharoids). For this reason, a concerted effort was made directly to return to the marine environment ...

Source: Skiathostv

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Friday, 10 January 2020

Old post ...

From last April ...

If you work, in the City of London.


Can you nip down to King William street, at lunchtime and see if 'M' is still working there ...

Previous blog: Seaplanes to Skopelos and Alonissos ...

Tuesday, 7 January 2020

Seaplanes to Skopelos and Alonissos ...

Link between Skopelos and Alonissos perhaps ...

The representatives of the company that will launch the seaplane and build the Skopelos and Alonissos waterways met in Athens with Skopelos Mayor Stamatis Perissis and Alonissos Mayor Petros Vafinis.

Representatives of the Seaplane Company have informed the Mayors of the two islands that there is already a ten-year concession of the Skopelos and Alonissos waterfront, which expires in approximately one and a half years. All these years it has not been possible to launch seaplanes and now the appropriate legislative framework has been adopted to allow them to be launched.


They pointed out that their interest in Sporades is shifting to Skopelos and Alonissos, since Skiathos has an airport and announced that the company's plans are that if all goes well, in the summer of 2020 it will begin to launch seaplane routes to other destinations. such as the Cyclades, the Dodecanese, the Ionian Islands and the Sporades.

It was promised that very soon the company representatives would submit a complete proposal to the Municipal Council of Skopelos and once the decision was made within three months they would be able to construct the waterway. The Skopelos aqueduct is located within the Master Plan of the port and will essentially consist of a floating platform and a small hostel (as shown in the photo).

The company will also undertake the issuance of licenses, studies and necessary permits so that they are all ready for this summer.

The innovation of this particular company is that their own planes have wheels. So their planes will start at Athens El. Venizelos, they will travel, then they will be stranded at the Skopelos and Alonissos waterways and their final destination will be El. Venizelos

Previous Blog: Proteus clunks the rock ...

Sunday, 5 January 2020

Proteus clunks the rock ...

The proteus ferry has struck the Daskalio islet near the harbour this evening.

Apparently after suffering a mechanical issue with the steering ...


All on board are reported, as being safe, and the Kalypso has departed, from the old harbour, to bring the passengers ashore ...


Ferries tomorrow  are already cancelled, due to the storm.


It's going to be a rough night ...

Updated: Kalypso rescuing passengers from the Proteus





Skiathos TV reporting

The 48 passengers and crew will remain in Skiathos tonight, and were informed by the mayor of Skiathos Thodoris Tzouma, who has undertaken their hospitality.

In the meantime, a tugboat from Volos has already started with the destination of Skiathos, in order to be able to tow the ship of Proteus that has damage to the steering wheel.

As expected there is a great mobilization of port Authority and the municipal authority of Skiathos, energy completely anticipated

Morning view:


The Proteus has been towed off the rock and has berthed at the harbour, and been unloaded. After the underwater inspection carried out by Panagiotis Dioletas in collaboration with a company of classification societies, no problems were found with the hull ...

Previously Blog: Veganuary ...

Saturday, 4 January 2020

Veganuary ...

It's not for everyone ...

I can do a vegetarian version, no problem. However can you give up dairy? I struggle with that, being a fan of milk cheese, and of course chocolate ...

The only way is if it's not in the fridge, you can't be tempted by it ...

I like beans at this time of the year, the Greek ones in a can at your supermarket are almost impossible to replicate. However if you are up for it, this recipe is quite good.

In fact you may find you can't leave it alone, and eat the lot ...

Gigantes Plaki - Giant Beans with Tomato Sauce
By: Greek Cooking Made Easy
Serves 3-4

“Gigantes Beans”, meaning “Giant beans" are similar to elephant, lima or butter beans. If you can find Greek giant beans from Kastoria or Kozani these are the best beans for this recipe. Also the word Plaki is used to describe any dish that is usually cooked with tomatoes, olive oil and vegetables in the oven. This vegan dish is baked till the beans absorb all juices and flavors, so it only improves with time.  Giant Beans Plaki can also be served cold as an appetizer (meze). Suitable for vegans and fasting!

Ingredients:

250 gr. / 9 oz Giant butter Beans (best are Kastoria or Kozani variety)
120 ml. or ½ cup virgin Olive oil
250 gr. / 9 oz Celery (stems and leaves)                         
1 bunch Parsley               
Optional: 1 tbsp. Sugar (not shown)
Salt, ground Pepper to taste
400 gr. / 14 oz tin chopped Tomatoes or fresh ripe tomatoes cut in cubes
1 big fresh Tomato
1 medium Onion
7-8 small Carrots                          
1 Garlic clove

See the YouTube video here

I have mine with feta on top, so it's vegetarian not vegan ...


New years resolutions ...

“2020 Is definitely going to be my year”

1st January: Can you die from a hangover?
2nd January: Australia is on fire.
3rd January: World war 3 is threatened.

Who knows what today may bring 🤔 ...

Previous blog: New Year’s traditions ...

Wednesday, 1 January 2020

New Year’s traditions ...

Καλή χρονιά με υγεία αγάπη ευτυχία χαμόγελα, καλό μήνα ...

Smashing pomegranates ...

The Pomegranate has been the symbol of fertility, prosperity and regeneration for thousands of years in Greece and in Greek mythology. During Christmas time in Greece you see pomegranates everywhere as most Greek households hang this rich fruit above the main entrance door of their house- some people also get the fruit blessed at Church before doing so.

A little before the clock strikes twelve- marking the advent of the New Year- it is custom to turn off all lights and for family members to step outside their home, symbolising the old year that has passed.

The family members then step in again with their right foot first after midnight. The person who enters immediately after the first footer holds the pomegranate in their right hand and forces it against the door to smash it open.

It is said that the number of seeds that scatter around is proportional to the amount of good luck the family will receive within the upcoming year.  It is also believed that someone who gets a red spot on them by the fruit’s juice will be extremely lucky that year.

Hanging An Onion at Home

For Greeks, it is so important to be sure to hang an onion at home.

Usually, the family attends the New Year’s Day church service. Once the service is done, they find an onion to bring home. At that point, they find a place inside the house to hang an onion. It is very important to wait until after the service is over because this is part of the ritual.

Onions were chosen for New Year’s because they are a symbol of good health, fertility, and longevity. This is one of the many New Year’s rituals that people do in order to make sure the new year is filled with many blessings.

New Year’s is thought to be a time to bring luck, and the Greek people believe that these rituals help.

Happy new decade ...

Now if like me, you put away a few glasses of the bubbly stuff last night, you know how I feel, this morning #tattinger ...

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