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  • in reply to: cost of living 2013 #43872
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        This thread usually has a good responce, but this year very little ? never mind I willbe over in a few days to see for myself ..and for the first time ever I am looking forward to spending some time on the north west coast.

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        in reply to: cost of living 2013 #43682
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            hi Moggy :)
            info comming in that my internet phone figure is a bit high as there are a lot of deals going about that are more competitive than they have been ..adjusted from 600 euro down to 400

            in reply to: table lamps #44318
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                yeh your right Martin, my "most" covered lamps etc and most product that even we buy with a 2 wire system. ..if in doubt check it out.

                my understanding has been that Crete has very little earth (3rd wire) system …..is this something that is being introduced in newer housing ?.

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                    apols, above was ment for delboy

                    in reply to: table lamps #44019
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                        Martin ..oops apols
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                        I used to be an electrician many years ago and my interpritation is .. in Britain we use a 3 wire system including an earth wire which tends not to be used on the continent (as you are aware). The earth wire here is an ADDITIONAL safety feature.
                        To add an earth sytem to a house or the manufacturer to add it to their product is additional expense.

                        Not all, but most products if being used in Greece you can cut the earth off or as I would prefer to do is insulate it with tape in case I wanted to use it on a 3 pin plug in the future.
                        also most products manufactured for europe allow for the 2 wire system by having all possible parts insulated.
                        I have added a quote below from an electrical forum which describes the difference between a 2 pin/wire system and a 3 pin one ..p.s. The uk only went 3 wire system around about the second world war time prior to that we were 2 wire.   
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                        Important note: no Earth or Ground pin on a plug is necessary to allow a fuse or conventional "main panel circuit breaker" to operate. In the old days many circuits consisted only of two wires – a live and a neutral – protected by a fuse on the main supply panel.

                        The problem with such a 2-wire system (having no third pin on the plug) was that certain fault conditions often occur which are not actually "shorts" inside appliances yet their metal parts/housings can still become dangerously "live". Because such a fault condition does not cause sufficient "fault current" to flow to "blow" the fuse or "trip" the breaker, the current remains flowing!

                        So helping to make a fuse "blow" or a circuit breaker to "trip" is one purpose of providing that third pin on a plug. It is known as an "Earth" or "Ground" pin because it is connected to the Earth via a separate conducting wire in the supply circuit’s wiring cable called the "Earth" or "Ground" wire.

                        The second purpose for providing the third – "Earth" or "Ground" – pin is to help to protect users of an appliance from getting dangerous electrical shocks. It works in this way: the Earth pin is connected to any metal body parts – and, if there is one, any metal housing – which an appliance may have.

                        in reply to: The humble lemon #39924
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                            funnily enoughI thought the same as Martin ….you learn something new every day :)

                            in reply to: Local Papers In English #43854
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                                heres a couple I use ..hope they are of some use to you

                                the ko go cronicles seems to have disappeared which was a good local paper based around gouves area

                                http://www.athensnews.gr/category/1

                                http://www.ekathimerini.com/

                                in reply to: Internet dilemna #44538
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                                    Ive learned 3 points on this thread already, the MB and mb big and small thing, where possible use the original cable installer, and be aware of poor efficiency at the end of a line … how much can one brain absorb in a day ?

                                    p.s. nice baby photo …its sleeping leave it alone!!!

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                                        Topdriller, what kind of download speed do you get ??
                                        I have been (mistakenly?) under the impression that broadband speeds on Crete are pretty average at 10 to 30mb.

                                        p.s. nice to see you back :)

                                        in reply to: The economy, Greek politics, and everything….. #44673
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                                            yeh I agree with that Jon and the same applies to nearly every other country in the world including Britain .. who is worth my vote ??
                                            The ideal would be as you suggest the 30 somethings with little or no baggage/history to form decent parties but then the corrupt local authorities would bend them … a complete full clean out and start again is whats required and as Herby might suggest a firing squad for some of them …. in more countries than Greece. Self interest and greed are whats governing us all at the moment.

                                            in reply to: Merry Christmas #43977
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                                                yup and a Merry Christmas from a very wet Scotland.
                                                already booked for late May but could well see Crete before that as I believe there are direct flights from Manchester in April. (4hr drive each way tends to put us off till we are desperate)

                                                and when it comes HAPPY NEW YEAR to all!!

                                                in reply to: A sign of the times #43809
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                                                    I dont know much about Syria Latsida, and I do have a number of friends from Asia who love living in Scotland, but as I said "we are lead to believe" if you trust everything in the media the opinion you form is they dont like us. So is it a case of the authorities, religeous bodies, politicians of these countries that dont like us, but the general population would happily leave them behind and move to Europe/America.
                                                    no matter the above debate, that is a horrible incident in the posted article.

                                                    in reply to: A sign of the times #43325
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                                                        This is just one of these stories that I find perplexing. We are lead to believe that north African and Asian countries, mostly Muslim, hate Europe and the western world, so why do they all seem to want to come here, and of all places at the moment Greece who again we are led to believe, are in financial meltdown.
                                                        As for the article in Latsida’s post, it just shows the value of human life these days ..there are a lot of really bad people out there.
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                                                        in reply to: Cost of Living #19282
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                                                            In answer to Mele’s question “has anyone noticed a difference in the standard of tourist” ..yes!
                                                            As a tourist myself rather than a resident.
                                                            We all want different things from a holiday, personally I like to hire a car get a nice hotel half board and get out and about during the day visiting villages, have lunch do a bit of site seeing (camera in hand) and back to my hotel for a late evening meal, a few drinks and a chat with fellow travellers.
                                                            Only once many years ago taking my family to Spain we booked an all inclusive hotel … which was for us a big mistake not to be repeated, but I can appreciate that  the type of tourist who takes 2 or 3 kids with them who only want soft drinks, ice cream and a pool all day, or they themselves consume a lot of alcohol, that the all inclusive packages are a good deal, but in all honesty I don’t want to spend my holiday in the company of that type of tourist. (or even travel on a plane with them)  …do I sound a bit like victor meldrew??
                                                            For our last 15 or so trips to Crete we have booked the same hotel in Agios Nikolaos because they offer us what we want ..service, good food and the right location, and just a few weeks ago we came back from a rare trip to the Canaries where we were fortunate and booked a very good hotel  (half board)..by the standards we want. However both of these hotels have, or are just about to start offering all inclusive packages because they need the business. Now are they trying to cater for what is now the mass tourist trade or are they being pressured by the travel companies who are trying to offer cheaper and cheaper holidays??.
                                                            In both hotels chatting with the staff, they were not happy with the change to all inclusive as they don’t get tips and they feel the standard of tourist drops. And as we all know local businesses don’t get much trade.
                                                            Jings when I start I forget to stop!!   In answer to your question Mele.   Yes I have noticed a drop in standards and the few hotels I’ve been to recently the staff notice as well.

                                                            Is that the future of tourism and is that the market the hotels have to cater for???  It would appear so.

                                                            Drinking out of plastic beakers is not for me.

                                                            p.s. I also notice that a lot of the nice touches in hotels disappear when they switch to the all inclusive client, i.e in the Hermes in Agios Nikolaos the shoe shine machine and the small hand towels in the public rest rooms disappeared to be replaced by paper dispensers.

                                                            in reply to: Moving back to England #44095
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                                                                best of luck sokin, always enjoy your posts on here.

                                                                My brother is in Cornwall and he tells me it is bad for work down there, and I am in Scotland and have just been made redundant so I can confirm it aint any better up here.
                                                                p.s. the redundancy combined with a few other hiccups(interest rates) has made me take a long hard look at my move to Crete and has basically set me back a couple of years.
                                                                tough times we are living in.

                                                                once again "best of luck sokin.

                                                                in reply to: Greek journalist on trial for revealing tax evasion names #42034
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                                                                    It may only take one high profile country like Britain or Greece to jail the fraudsters to start the ball rolling worldwide and put an end to the corruption we all know is going on ….its just getting the proof and the right people to get it started.

                                                                    in reply to: Autumn picture in UK 2012 #41191
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                                                                        The photos really are impressive Moggy but the weather prediction is a myth …..its getting colder.

                                                                        in reply to: The humble lemon #39802
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                                                                            A new use for the humble lemon.
                                                                            We recently bought a german shephard puppy and it took to chewing anything it could reach, i.e. the legs of our dining chairs.
                                                                            When we had her at the vets for booster jags etc he told me to rub anything I didn’t want the dog to chew with a lemon ….and low and behold it works a treat …dogs obviously dont like lemon …so I bought a bottle of lemon juice filled a garden sprayer and lightly sprayed all the furniture and the dog has stopped chewing.

                                                                            in reply to: Whoop Whoop !! #41795
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                                                                                Come on Scooby and Fowles ;D …yes cooler by the standards you are used to over there …… according to google its still 24 deg at night over there …..sure beats a not uncomfortable 14 deg here in not so sunny Scotland.
                                                                                p.s. We will be over on the 13th :) cant wait 8-)

                                                                                in reply to: Children safety – pools beaches – Balconies adults #41391
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                                                                                    I agree Herby, and without meaning to sound cold about any previous accidents of which I know no details, adults need to be responsible for their own kids …as most are, but not all.
                                                                                    keep your eyes on them and keep them safe.

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