Tuesday, 31 December 2019

Last post ...

Of 2019 and the decade ...

How about a game of flight roulette?

You put your chips on a number, pay the cashier and you loose out in the long run around two weeks before you fly ...

Luton and Stansted flights ...

If you are booked with Jet2 from Stansted on a Saturday - Apparently they have changed the departure time from 7.30 am until 13.30 pm ...

If you 'are flying' with TUI from Stansted, be prepared you may well be bumped, and fly instead from London Gatwick.

If you 'were flying' with TUI from Luton, you may well be flying from Stansted if you are lucky, or from Gatwick instead.

TUI are not contacting customers, to advise them of the change. If you call them, then you will be offered an alternative date/airport/cancellation.

Top tip: Don't invest in the airport car parking just yet ...

Ryanair ...

Flying from Vienna to Skiathos, twice weekly from 2nd May to 30th September 2020. It was the Lauda flight but now upgraded to the full Ryanair version. Well done Mayor Tzoumas ...

Prices from €60 return ...

Thessaloniki ferry ...

Rumours of a new summer ferry, appear to gave foundation. Tenders are to be invited, for a ferry from Thessaloniki to the islands,  this summer ...

Weather ...

If you are on the mainland stay there Its forecast from tonight the bad weather, will get worse. Storms and strong winds followed by snow, sent 'from Russia with love' ...

Need to buy some onions and pomegranates, See you next year ...

PS: New years party - Mint tonight doors open at 1am

Previous Blog: So that was Christmas ...

Saturday, 28 December 2019

So that was Christmas ...

How's it going?

If you are in the UK, you will be delighted to have heard the UK is going to be a lot warmer, than Athens.

Apparently its snowing on Evia and the Pilion, and a few hailstones 'on the rock' ...

Dec 27-30: Every day feels like a Sunday, proof that time is a social construct.

It’s that strange time between Christmas and New Year where you don't know what day it is, what time it is, who you are, what you’re supposed to be doing, and you can't stop eating 5,000+ calories a day.

Norwegians have a name for the hiatus between Christmas and New Year: Romjul. With “Jul” meaning Christmas, it’s something to do with having “room” to reflect and clear out your life, making “room” for the new year.

What's coming next?

Dec 31: New Year's Eve
Jan 1: New Year's Day

Before you return it, as an unwanted gift, ask Alexa, Is it possible to expire, from a hangover?

Isn't it a shame the accepted time of the year, to have a Quality Street or After Eights for breakfast with a small Bailey’s while the kettle is boiling is coming to a close.

Jan 2: Reality hits ...

Mince pie anyone? ...

Previous Blog: Boxing Day ...

Thursday, 26 December 2019

Boxing Day ...

A day to relax ...

Happy Boxing Day to all my friends in the UK, Canada, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia.

Happy “What’s Boxing Day?” day to my friends everywhere else...

After all the fun of the last few days, and what fun it has been.

I went to church on Christmas eve, and was serenaded by a famous Soprano. Petted a sheep and met two of Basils relations. Miniature donkeys, who were part of the service.

It's fun in the church all us tourists, a packed house, standing room only and families down for the holidays, acknowledging each other across the pews, with those strange waves.

You know, no extended arms, just the one that starts from the elbow  so it looks like they are cleaning small windows ...

But after church, soul cleansed went to worship at a more familiar altar, and cleanse the palate before dinner ...

                  

Christmas eve dinner.

I got through nine courses, that was enough for me, on Christmas eve. The Oak Wodka is pretty good stuff ...

Out for a stroll on Christmas morning,  and somehow ended up in the pub, and my third beer of Christmas 'as my true love reminded me'

I cooked the Christmas dinner, not because I am in the doghouse, but because I always do.

Followed Gordon Ramsey's turkey method, after retiring  Delia. It worked well, it was moist not dry. You also have to swear at it when you baste it every 30 minutes or so ...

I was told off by SWMBO Because I bought a large gammon, the same one who could not stop sampling it, when it came out of the oven.

The annual turkey ham and Leek pie is in some doubt, unless I can secure the fridge ...

So here we are on Boxing day, fancy a swim ?


Luckily, they did not need my help today.

Top tip: You can save an absolute fortune in the sales today, just like me by not going shopping at all. Give the retail workers a day off ...

Have a great one wherever you are ...

Previous Blog: Christmas Day in the morning ...

Wednesday, 25 December 2019

Christmas Day in the morning ...

OK peeps, let’s do this ...

Have a lovely Christmas day.

May your roasts be perfectly timed, your sprouts unsoggy and your festive fizz flow.

I am going to bang the turkey in the oven, once the gammon comes out, and go for a stroll in the sunshine.

I am going outside, I may be some time ...

See you on the other side ...

Previous Blog: Christmas Eve & Christmas dinner tips ...

Tuesday, 24 December 2019

Christmas Eve & Christmas dinner tips ...

Happy Christmas Eve ...

Why happy?

Well as some of you, head out to start your Christmas shopping. Others will have been marooned In the supermarket car park, unable to escape, and will be  getting a new year gift of a £100 fine from a parking company, for overstaying your welcome. Read those signs carefully, if it happens take plenty of photos as evidence.

It's that last push, rather like the Battle of the Bulge, as the Panzer trolleys head towards the checkouts, and the checkout ladies look on, at the invaders like they are on the ramparts, in El-Cid ...

Christmas eve is the Christmas day for many people, in europe. Tonight I have a 13 course special to look forward to. However this year no carp, but there will be herrings a plenty, and a bottle of Oak Wodka, i relocated back from Poland ...

Good luck to the island ex-pats, as today it's the annual stroll round the bars and cafes, to wish our island friends and neighbours Happy Christmas.  The King and Queen, should be lively later ...

This has been doing the rounds, worth a read whilst Matron, hits the Harvey's Bristol Cream in the kitchen. Mines a pint of Adnams, if you are offering ...

Christmas Dinner ...

I have concluded that the inevitable stress of Christmas dinner is created by adverts, supermarkets and TV chefs...

It's a Sunday dinner !!! We do it quite happily 51 weeks of the year but can we the consumers be trusted to manage by ourselves on one day of the year...apparently not!

Here goes...

1. Turkey... It's a big chicken that's all, 20 minutes per lb plus 20 minutes at 180 degrees - jobs a good un! Get yourselves a meat thermometer £3 off the Internet poke it in the offending bird if it says 75 degrees or over its cooked!

2. Stuffing - regardless of what Jamie Oliver says you do NOT need 2lbs of shoulder of pork, onions breadcrumbs,pine nuts and a load of fresh herbs to make stuffing....( no wonder he's bankrupt if thats what he spends to make stuffing!)

What you need is Paxo and a kettle!! If you wanna liven it up squeeze 3 sausages out of their skins and mix that in with your Paxo before cooking 😉.

3. Gravy - Jamie Oliver is copping for this one as well....

Bisto Jamie.... All you need is Bisto!

I ( nor anyone else I know) has got time on Christmas Eve to muck about roasting chicken wings and vegetables, adding stock and flour, cooking it for another half hour, mashing it all up with a potato masher and then straining the whole sorry mess to make gravy 😠😠😠

4. Vegetables... Never mind faffing round shredding sprouts and frying them with bacon and chestnuts to make them more palatable... If you don't like them don't buy and cook the things!! If your family only eats frozen peas then that's good enough!

5. Roast potatoes... Yes I par boil mine then roast them in goose fat but Aunt Bessie also does the same 😉.

6. Trimmings /Christmas pudding and the like.... Aldi or Lidl!

(oh and while we're on the subject of pudding- if Birds custard is what your family likes on the wretched thing then that's fine - you do not need brandy butter, rum sauce etc or anything else that costs a fortune and takes 2 hours to make!)

7. Family....

Children.. Feed the little blighters first separately, if they only want turkey with tomato sauce - fine leave em to it, it doesn't matter. Once they are fed let them off to play with their Christmas presents so that YOU can enjoy your dinner in Peace!

Adults... Anyone that can manage to get to your dinner table is also capable of helping to serve up/ sort the kids out, clear the table /wash up /dry up etc.

And Finally.....

NO ONE.... And I mean no one APART FROM THE COOK IS ALLOWED TO GET PISSED AND FALL ASLEEP BEFORE THE WASHING UP IS DONE!!!

Rant over 😂

Merry Christmas!

Everybody have a good one! 😁😁

Monday, 23 December 2019

Christmas thoughts ...

When I read this, I thought how lucky we are.

Christmas is a time, that can be a very difficult time for many. We have two families, who are in our thoughts, right now ...

What a letter.

Such brave, beautiful, lyrical writing ...

Stop press ...

Today is the 23rd December, which is the day before Christmas Eve (24th)
Now, remember the shops are shut, for a few hours on Wednesday (25th)
Don't forget to prepare the sandwiches for the Next sale queue (26th) at 4am.
Make sure you have enough food in, to last until the 31st January just in case.

Be careful out there ...

Previous Blog: Χρόνια πολλά για μένα ...

Saturday, 21 December 2019

Χρόνια πολλά για μένα ...

Kalimera ...

Yes its that wonderful time of the year ...

Happy Birthday to me ...
In accordance with my own time-honoured tradition, I am having a day off. So will be off for a nice cup of mint tea, and a slice of cake, with SWMBO & Junior some time later.

Once again, I have a few crazy days planned ahead, but more about that later. Well it will soon be Christmas, so I had better pace myself and the liver accordingly.

Happy winter solstice, which reminds me,  Shortest day = Longest night.

Its also the Feast of Juul, when Thor, and my mate Stig have probably both been celebrating the shortest day of the year. Which is just as well, if I have a few glasses of the bubbly stuff later tonight (Snapped up a bargain from Duty free)

The solstice occurs tomorrow morning at 04:19 GMT, marking the start of astronomical winter, and the shortest day of the year. So Stig - if you are dancing naked to celebrate, Its probably a bit nippy over there, be careful ...

The sun will soon start climbing in the sky again. So it will soon be downhill to summer again.

Remember "A birthday is just the first day of another 365-day journey around the sun" - (Other newspapers are available) Morning Star if it still exists for some of you ...

Enjoy the trip, and especially your 7 hours 48 minutes of northern hemisphere daylight, wherever you are, I certainly will be ...

Later update:




Well, why not ...

Sunday: Still celebrating: 

The best birthday present ever ...
Blue is the colour - London is 💙 #CFC

Previous Blog: This afternoons rattler ...

Friday, 20 December 2019

This afternoons rattler ...

Time to straighten the picture frames ...

Local time:  20-12-2019 15:36


Size:  2.5 R
Focus:  3 km Northwest of Skiathos
Focal depth:  10 km

Did the earth, move for you?

A friend said ...

Move to Greece they say ...
It's always sunny they say ...

They never mentioned

The forest fires
The earthquakes
The floods

And they never ever mentioned that - as soon as the wind rises above a gentle breeze - your electricity vanishes and your internet for a week or so etc and that, that, THAT is the moment when you remember that your torch needs new batteries!!!

Previous Blog: From the Greek word for ...

Thursday, 19 December 2019

From the Greek word for ...

At this time of the year, you may feel Nostalgic ...

The Greek word nostalgia is from νόστος (nóstos), meaning "homecoming", and ἄλγος (álgos), meaning "pain" or "ache"

You may also place a Christmas wreath on your door ...

A Christmas wreath is a symbol of both festivity and welcome. But the unknown part of the story is that the whole history of the wreath begins in ancient Greece.


In those days people used to decorate olive branches, and later laurel branches with sheep’s wool.

It was customary to carry these branches from house to house. On the way they sung songs about the happiness and the good luck of the master of the house.

At the end of the procession, they would bend the branch into a circle, and then hang it on the front door. This is why we now decorate the door, with wreaths.

So now you know, the Greeks seemingly not only invented Christmas, the carols and the wreaths, and no doubt soon will claim the Christmas lights too ...

I admit, I am feeling rather nostalgic too, with Christmas, and the winter solstice is just a few days away. Its time to have some fun ...

Previous Blog: Bin day ...

Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Bin day ...

I can’t believe it ...

The sheer volume of people on Facebook who can’t work out when their bin is being collected over Christmas and New Year.

If your normal day is Monday, then your rubbish will be collected on Wednesday.

If your normal day is Tuesday, then your rubbish will be collected on Thursday.

If your normal day is Wednesday, then your rubbish will be collected in April.

If your normal day is Thursday, then your rubbish will be collected on Friday divided by the number that you first thought of.

If your normal day is Friday, then your rubbish will be collected in a newfound void in the Space-Time Continuum nestling between Monday and Tuesday that can only be accessed by driving a bin lorry at precisely 127 mph with a flux capacitor wired into the hazard lights.

Simple ...

Meanwhile  on Skiathos, no collection on Christmas day or the Synaxis of the mother of god (26th)

Those on the island, are on the beach, enjoying the unseasonably warm weather, with a beer after an often pointless visit to the post office  ...

Happy Birthday, to friend of the blog, subu57 🎂 🍾 🥂 ...

Previous Blog: Island News ...

Saturday, 14 December 2019

Island news ...

Children's Party

Giannoula advises the Christmas event at the Bourtzi lasts five hours.

The schedule of the event as follows:

12:00-14:00: * Stilts welcomes the children the program begins with animator in the role of the most powerful elf who will raise young and old with toys and lots of dancing
* Elves will make ornaments with children and help our little friends write the letter they will send to Santa
* Rudolph will be in town for just a few hours!! Come and meet it in person and take Commemorative Photos.
* Elves will brush children's faces with their magic brushes!



Colors for everyone! Free admission ...

8.6 % increase for Skiathos airport

Passenger traffic recorded at the 14 regional airports managed by Fraport Greece in November 2019, according to the data presented by the company.

All passengers in November are 2018. Vs 726.200 in November 727.043

The biggest losses were the airports of Mykonos (-23,3 %) and Aktion (-31,6 %), while the increased increases were observed at the airports of Kefalonia (10,2 %), Skiathos (8,6 %) and Corfu (8 %)

New route to Athens

Aegean Airlines is to resume a Birmingham to Athens service from June 2020, as part of its expansion of services.

Weather

Wet and breezy until Tuesday, and it will get colder ...

Proteus Ferry

The 'chuggy chuggy' ferry is back from tomorrow Sunday 15th December. The ship will execute itineraries from Volos, to the Sporades until Friday 10th January 2020

Late News: Express Skiathos

The right anchor was lost this afternoon by the Express Skiathos passenger ferry on its route from the port of Skiathos to the port of Volos.
The ship sailed safely to the port of Volos, and sailed using the left anchor, and after the passengers and vehicles disembarked, its departure was banned.

Currency alert - Did anyone else get €1.19:40 yesterday?

Previous Blog: How did you vote? ...

Friday, 13 December 2019

How did you vote? ...

5am, and the results are in ...


In other news, its Boris by an innings, and eighty'ish seats ...

Sterling has climbed to a 19-month high against the dollar and reached a three-and-a-half year peak versus the euro ...


As Jim Callaghan once said:

'The sky is darkening with the wings of chickens coming home to roost'

Breakfast Newsflash ...



“Well, they said they wanted a People’s Vote they certainly got one. Now they are protesting against the election result. So Gina and the gang, have five years now to try and get a re-run of it"

Wonder how many Labour MPs are regretting not voting for Theresa May's deal, or second referendum backers, not voting for a Norway style/customs union deal during the indicative votes ...

Previous Blog: UK Election Day ...

Thursday, 12 December 2019

UK Election Day ...

Politicians are servants of the people ...

Today thousands of them across the UK, are asking for your vote. Your vote is precious; it grants power and it removes it.

Use it wisely and remind them never to take it, or you, for granted ...


Good choice eh? ...

Previous Blog: The day before ...

Wednesday, 11 December 2019

The day before ...

The UK General Election ...

We’re still a bit undecided about our vote direction this coming Thursday.

We’ve obviously taken into consideration what we consider to be the following swaying points on the two main parties ...

On the one hand the Conservative candidate Mr Boris Johnson is a bit buffoon like and has been known to be a rascal with the ladies, and can sometimes be a tad economical with the truth  He’s also a bit posh and doesn’t comb his hair often enough. 


Dodges Piers Morgan and Andrew Neil and has threatening to lie down in front of a bulldozer, at Heathrow ...

But then on the other hand ...

Labour's candidate Mr Jeremy Corbyn, Invited two IRA members to parliament two weeks after the Brighton bombing.

  • Attended Bloody Sunday commemoration with bomber Brendan McKenna.
  • Attended meeting with Provisional IRA member Raymond McCartney.
  • Hosted IRA linked Mitchell McLaughlin in parliament.
  • Spoke alongside IRA terrorist Martina Anderson.
  • Attended Sinn Fein dinner with IRA bomber Gerry Kelly.
  • Chaired Irish republican event with IRA bomber Brendan MacFarlane.
  • Attended Bobby Sands commemoration honouring IRA terrorists.
  • Stood in minute’s silence for IRA gunmen shot dead by the SAS.
  • Refused to condemn the IRA in Sky News interview.
  • Refused to condemn the IRA on Question Time.
  • Refused to condemn IRA violence in BBC radio interview.
  • Signed EDM after IRA Poppy massacre massacre blaming Britain for the deaths.
  • Arrested while protesting in support of Brighton bomber’s co-defendants.
  • Lobbied government to improve visiting conditions for IRA killers.
  • Attended Irish republican event calling for armed conflict against Britain.
  • Hired suspected IRA man Ronan Bennett as a parliamentary assistant.
  • Hired another aide closely linked to several convicted IRA terrorists.
  • Heavily involved with IRA sympathising newspaper London Labour Briefing.
  • Put up £20,000 bail money for IRA terror suspect Roisin McAliskey.
  • Didn’t support IRA ceasefire.
  • Said Hamas and Hezbollah are his “friends“.
  • Called for Hamas to be removed from terror banned list.
  • Called Hamas “serious and hard-working“.
  • Attended wreath-laying at grave of Munich massacre terrorist.
  • Attended conference with Hamas and PFLP.
  • Photographed smiling with Hezbollah flag.
  • Attended rally with Hezbollah and Al-Muhajiroun.
  • Repeatedly shared platforms with PFLP plane hijacker.
  • Hired aide who praised Hamas’ “spirit of resistance“.
  • Accepted £20,000 for state TV channel of terror-sponsoring Iranian regime.
  • Opposed banning Britons from travelling to Syria to fight for ISIS.
  • Defended rights of fighters returning from Syria.
  • Said ISIS supporters should not be prosecuted.
  • Compared fighters returning from Syria to Nelson Mandela.
  • Said the death of Osama Bin Laden was a “tragedy“.
  • Wouldn’t sanction drone strike to kill ISIS leader.
  • Voted to allow ISIS fighters to return from Syria.
  • Opposed shoot to kill.
  • Attended event organised by terrorist sympathising IHRC.
  • Signed letter defending Lockerbie bombing suspects.
  • Wrote letter in support of conman accused of fundraising for ISIS.
  • Spoke of “friendship” with Mo Kozbar, who called for destruction of Israel.
  • Attended event with Abdullah Djaballah, who called for holy war against UK.
  • Called drone strikes against terrorists “obscene”.
  • Boasted about “opposing anti-terror legislation”.
  • Said laws banning jihadis from returning to Britain are “strange”.
  • Accepted £5,000 donation from terror supporter Ted Honderich.
  • Accepted £2,800 trip to Gaza from banned Islamist organisation Interpal.
  • Called Ibrahim Hewitt, extremist and chair of Interpal, a “very good friend”.
  • Accepted two more trips from the pro-Hamas group PRC.
  • Speaker at conference hosted by pro-Hamas group MEMO.
  • Met Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh several times.
  • Hosted meeting with Mousa Abu Maria of banned group Islamic Jihad.
  • Patron of Palestine Solidarity Campaign – marches attended by Hezbollah.
  • Compared Israel to ISIS, Hamas, Hezbollah and al-Qaeda.
  • Said we should not make “value judgements” about Britons who fight for ISIS.
  • Received endorsement from Hamas.
  • Attended event with Islamic extremist Suliman Gani.
  • Chaired Stop the War, who praised “internationalism and solidarity” of ISIS.
  • Praised Raed Salah, who was jailed for inciting violence in Israel.
  • Signed letter defending jihadist advocacy group Cage.
  • Met Dyab Jahjah, who praised the killing of British soldiers.
  • Shared platform with representative of extremist cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.
  • Compared ISIS to US military in interview on Russia Today.
  • Opposed proscription of Hizb ut-Tahrir.
  • Attended conference which called on Iraqis to kill British soldiers.
  • Attended Al-Quds Day demonstration in support of destruction of Israel.
  • Supported Hamas and ISIS-linked Viva Palestina group.
  • Attended protest with Islamic extremist Moazzam Begg.
  • Made the “case for Iran” at event hosted by Khomeinist group. 
  • Photographed smiling with Azzam Tamimi, who backed suicide bombings.
  • Photographed with Abdel Atwan, who sympathised with attacks on US troops.
  • Said Hamas should “have tea with the Queen”.
  • Attended ‘Meet the Resistance’ event with Hezbollah MP Hussein El Haj.
  • Attended event with Haifa Zangana, who praised Palestinian “mujahideen”.
  • Defended the infamous anti-Semitic Hamas supporter Stephen Sizer.
  • Attended event with pro-Hamas and Hezbollah group Naturei Karta.
  • Backed Holocaust denying anti-Zionist extremist Paul Eisen.
  • Photographed with Abdul Raoof Al Shayeb, later jailed for terror offences.
  • Mocked “anti-terror hysteria” while opposing powers for security services.
  • Named on speakers list for conference with Hamas sympathiser Ismail Patel.
  • Criticised drone strike that killed Jihadi John.
  • Said the 7/7 bombers had been denied “hope and opportunity”.
  • Said 9/11 was “manipulated” to make it look like bin Laden was responsible.
  • Failed to unequivocally condemn the 9/11 attacks.
  • Called Columbian terror group M-19 “comrades”.
  • Blamed beheading of Alan Henning on Britain.
  • Gave speech in support of Gaddafi regime.
  • Signed EDM spinning for Slobodan Milosevic.
  • Blamed Tunisia terror attack on “austerity”.
  • Voted against banning support for the IRA.
  • Voted against the Prevention of Terrorism Act three times during the Troubles.
  • Voted against emergency counter-terror laws after 9/11.
  • Voted against stricter punishments for being a member of a terror group.
  • Voted against criminalising the encouragement of terrorism.
  • Voted against banning al-Qaeda.
  • Voted against outlawing the glorification of terror.
  • Voted against control orders.
  • Voted against increased funding for the security services to combat terrorism.
So as you can see it’s a tricky one really, will have to sleep on it ...

Previous Blog: Anna ...



Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Anna ...

At 10.30am this morning, at Tries Hierarchies ...

Agnieszka (Anna) Panderas ...
It will be the last goodbye to Anna ...

Previous Blog: Back Soon ...


Sunday, 8 December 2019

Back soon ...

Apologies for the quiet period ...

A very busy week and learned today a dear friend has passed away. Quite a shock for those on Skiathos who knew this lovely lady.

Heck of a shock for SWMBO, as this lady rescued us, when we were in dire straights with Junior, and SWMBO was in intensive care.

This Angel, is with the Angels. Our thoughts are with their lovely, decent hard working Skiathos family ...

Truly gutted by the news ...

Later update from Skiathoslife  ...

Skiathos suddenly lost a young woman who was generously sharing her smile. Anna Panderas, 48, did not wake up this morning while in Volos with her husband Stefanos Panderas (City Clerk) for cardiac examinations. 

Anna has been receiving treatment for arrhythmias in her heart lately while going to Volos for examinations.



Anna with her husband Stefanos Panderas Municipal employee
Unfortunately this morning, however, her husband found that she was not waking up. She called EKAB Volos where doctors found her dead.

Anna, 48, together with Stefanos, had 4 children: Dimitris, Sebastian, Jacob and Sonia.

The funeral of Agneska Koulanga (Anna) Panderas will take place on Tuesday after 11 (the hour will be announced shortly) from the Metropolitan Church of the Three Hierarchs of Skiathos where it will be transported directly after the ship arrives from Volos

Update: At 10.30 on Tuesday morning, will be the last goodbye to Anna



Previous Blog: Lovely weather ...

Thursday, 5 December 2019

Christmas is coming ...

The new Christmas decorations are being installed ...

The switch on should be tonight, its St Nicholas night



So is the woodburner in the Gerani ...


Essential heating for human customers, and the resident cats ...

Previous Blog: Went to Bakaliko ...

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Went to Bakaliko ...

The story continues ...

On the first day of Christmas Basil shared with me, seventeen bottles of tsipouro ...

 

You get a general idea ...

Impressive???
and quite a few mezes ...




Even a desert ...


Most of the tables were prebooked by local families, and a good time was had by all ...


There was music, dancing and retrieving lost hats, from the street. Fond memories of a Polish lady, who brought on a severe touch of palpitations in an island friend ...

Followed by a gentle stroll home ...


The second, third and fourth days of Christmas etc are, and remain rather a mystery ...

Previous Blog: Kalo Mina - Δεκέμβριος ...

Sunday, 1 December 2019

Kalo Mina - Δεκέμβριος ...

Kαλό μήνα σε όλους - Good Month - December ...

Yes it's December - the official month of acceptable daytime drinking. (Yes I meant coffee)  It is the season to be jolly, even if its a bit nippy and the island is being blasted by a gale ...

As you know, December is the month of acceptable excess ...

- Christmas enters its 4th month in the shops
- Chocolate for breakfast, for the sugar hit, and feel good factor
- Fridge visits triple until you learn the chocolate is on the top shelf, of the adjacent cupboard
- Scissors/sellotape vanish almost and as if by magic
- Mulled everything - Yes why not, you say regardless 'Chin Chin' ...

Got it ?

OK today also sees the last day for Bakaliko, as they close for their winter break, a splash of paint and its a good time to empty the fridges.

TTFN - off out to lunch ...

Previous Blog: Lovely weather ...

Saturday, 30 November 2019

Lovely weather ...

At least for now ...


Skiathos weather are advising, 'Expecting a gradual strengthening of the winds this evening, with intensities of up to 7 beaufort from a north-west direction for the island.

Big drop in temperature to about 10 degrees (maybe even the first winter single digits) for tomorrow morning.

Slight deterioration with rain from Tuesday night' ...

Happy St Andrew's Day, to the Scots readers ...

Previous Blog: Ryanair update from the Mayor ...

Friday, 29 November 2019

Ryanair update from the Mayor ...

'Connecting with low-cost airlines is a priority for the Municipal Authority, as it will make it easier to open up to new markets, so that the burden of initiatives will be shifted in this direction.

After many months of communication, the Mayor of Skiathos, Theodoris Tzoumas, was in Dublin today (28.11.2019) for a meeting on the part of the Municipality to include Skiathos in our country's destinations where Ryanair has a flight schedule. . The Mayor met with Aisling Fitzpatrick, Ryanair's Route Manager Developer, according to whom now is the right time to work together on the 2021. Flight schedule. 



The proposal of the Municipal Authority is to link Dublin and Brussels, but also destinations from traditional markets of Skiathos, from cities with no flights.

To achieve this, there is a need to work with the Hoteliers Association and the Fraport administration. In this regard, the Municipal Authority will trigger this synergy in order to speed up the procedures leading to the launch of the new air link.Ryanair is Europe's largest airline, serving over 153 million visitors a year on more than 2,400 daily flights from 86 routes, with Greece having 2 bases and 13 destinations, up 6% by 2020.

At the same time, the Municipality is cooperating with the company Easy Jet, following the meeting held at the London WTM 2019 exhibition, with the Mayor, Paul Bixby Strategic Planning Director of easyJet and the President of the Alexander Eustachian Hoteliers Association. 

The announcement of Skiathos' direct connection to Paris for the summer of 2020 by transavia is expected by the end of December, as emerged from a meeting with representatives of Tourism Minister Haris Theocharis, the Mayor, and the Deputy Mayor and Tourism Relations, at the IFTM Top Resa 2019 Paris Exhibition, in which the Municipality participated in cooperation with EOT'

Dublin flight to return, I called that one on the previous blog. If anyone wants to share EuroMillions tonight - Get in touch ...

Previous Blog: Wet Wet Wet ...

Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Wet Wet Wet ...

It tipped down last night ...

The streets awash and thousands of ants, with hobnail boots hammering on the roof. Very wet indeed and this morning, the streets are very damp and its very slippery on the cobbles...

At least if they dry out today, they will be clean ...

Ryanair update ...

The mayor of Skiathos, Thodoris Tzoumas, will travel to Dublin, today to meet with Ryanair's CEO Michael O'Leary. The two men will discuss the company operating flights to Skiathos. (We live in hope) ...

Could this see the return of the long lost Dublin flight? ...

Hustings ...

I always thought Andrew Neil was a Scotsman, clearly not. He is Greek, he has well and truly skewered, Nicola Kranky, and Jeremy Catweazle last couple of days.

Prince Andrew are you free for a chat about souvelaki? ...

Very sad news, just hearing that Gary Rhodes has passed away at just 59 RIP ...

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Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Flight Prices ...

I stumbled across a bargain last night ...

Look at these prices ...


These prices include a 'No surcharge guarantee' a hot meal on board, and your luggage of 20kg, is included. Along with a basic accommodation voucher, just in case you have nowhere to stay ...

Last departure 'back from the rock' was on Wednesday 23rd October ...

Yes that's right, I said the 23rd October ...

That's when we still had hot weather this year, and were frying in the sun at the Bamboon bar. Only the planes had gone home and Skiathos had gone to bed - Oops the mainland ...

When you think the last inbound to London Gatwick next year, is on the 24th of September in 2020. The season is now one month shorter unless, you fly from the other side of the M25 ...

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Monday, 25 November 2019

Bad weather. ...

Seems to be on its it's way ...


It's been forecast but like anything else, it's best to look out of the window, to check ...

It's Cyclone Geryon that would have been, another medicine, if it had been warmer

Storms and strong southern winds are its characteristics initially with rain and north winds thereafter.

We have had rain showers, overnight. This is how its expected to be after 06:00am ...


Expecting a rough day, but it could always go somewhere else ...

06:30am: Thunderstorm to the south of the island, rumbling away ...


07:00am: Rain and a window rattler ...

Due to the bad weather, the "Express Skiathos" route scheduled for 8am from Volos has been cancelled. No Dolphin until tomorrow as it's broken ...

Weather seems to have passed by ...

Later Update

Popped out after the storm, wearing long trousers for a spot of bureacracy. Yes of course, it brought the sun out, and I was sweating like a so and so, in an office where they had the heating cranked up, to 'mid july' in direct sunlight ...

I went into a shop for some spare parts, and some good old fashioned customer service ...

I see you have these can I buy some? No, they are just for show ...
Can I order some? No
Do you know where I can get some? No
Is the boss in? No
Why are you here ??? No answer ...

In the end, she dragged herself away from Facebook, and called the boss in Athens ...

Yes I have the parts the set will cost €30 x 3 = €90
I need two small items from each set and 95% of the kit they can keep
Or I can buy a whole new door with the parts I need attached, and throw the rest away ...

Look out B&Q I have a challenge for you ...

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Thursday, 21 November 2019

Panagia Kounistra - (2)

Following on from yesterdays post (Link at foot of the page) ...

14:00 Church bells were ringing out over town, as the procession started, and I was ready and waiting, with the camera and trusty Merrils for a stroll across the hills ...

14:15 The icon arrived at Acropolis with the Mayor and the Pappas


Danos was all ready to go - Barefoot ...


14:30 At Ftelia you climb up the cement road by Villa Ella

14:45 Summit of the 1st climb from bus stop 5 above Ftelia through the Olive groves ...


14:50 On to the 2nd climb up the goat path towards Katsarou, near Kivos suites ...


15:05 After Katsarou head down the valley, and on to the red road ...


15:20 The beehives at the junction above Platanias valley. Bees still busy ...


1555 Summit of the 3rd climb up and after the zig zags above Aghia Pareskevi What a sunset good to watch as the ears are thumping with the sound of your own heartbeat ...


16:00 Arrival at Kounistria monastery after being serenaded again by shotguns ...


You chat and exchange Xronia Polla's with friends and neighbours as they arrive ...


Never has a Greek coffee tasted so good as it does here, after the 12km hike across the hills from town. The cookie they give you is also very welcome along with the pat on the back from friendly locals ...

17:00  I took the bus to town - Packed as normal and non stop to Acropolis ...


18:00 Well after the hike, I certainly think I deserved this, and the calf muscles were a little tight ...


Thursday 21st November ...

This morning from 5am the Icon returned across the hills with the villagers, with those who stayed overnight at the monastery. Some went back on the bus at 04:45am.

All the cafes stop what they are doing and stand as the icon returns, from Kounistria, and is paraded around town back to Tries Hieraches ...


Vagelis Katsouras (L) ...

Panagia Kounistra

Congratulations to Angela who crossed the hills, for the first time, about an hour behind me with Alex and Nina ...
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