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  • in reply to: #Greece: New #Airport tax in support of the #Handicapped #47049
    Eleni13
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        5B7C6F6974731D0 wrote: I think the answer is in the word "committed". They have (in my limited experience of taking a disabled person to and from the airport) always managed to pull someone from another job to look after the person, as necessary. However, there was no member of staff dedicated to this job. Also the wheelchairs are "in need of slight attention".

        This is true of Chania, though the service is helpful and willing wherever they take staff from. In Athens the service is excellent. They just can’t do enough, and are insistent on delivering one to the departure gate, however much shopping is done en-route. Brilliant!

        in reply to: Flying when Drunk, #Crete to UK #45736
        Eleni13
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            Most aircraft have smoke alarms in the toilets. They work on the same principle as the domestic ones. Reading the report it does appear that no smoke detector had operated, so maybe the cigarette was not being smoked very actively. Good for the crew, the situation could have been serious. Good to see that she is locked away, though not for long enough in my view.

            in reply to: DIRECT WINTER Flights to Crete #46116
            Eleni13
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                654E42464A6D4A4A5B2F0 wrote: Try using a different browser, or if on a mobile or ipad device, try on a pc.

                I tried all of the above with no success. Give your details to Carolina and she will add you to the list.

                in reply to: Thinking of starting a new build, any comments? #43913
                Eleni13
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                    The most important consideration in building, is to build in a 20% contingency fund. That applies anywhere, not just Crete. Unless you take Titch’s route and get a guaranteed delivery price, you will need the extra. If you do take this route, watch carefully that the delivered house conforms to specification.
                    Believe me.

                    in reply to: EU Lunacy – It Will Get You Hopping Mad!!! #43731
                    Eleni13
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                        Except fill in their expense claims. That must take some time.

                        in reply to: Request From Accountant #42673
                        Eleni13
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                            We started this saga in February before we departed for six weeks in Crete, hoping the forms would be completed by the time we returned. They were the forms from the Greek website, not the UK one. When we returned the forms had been sent back to us by someone who clearly did not understand the problem. My husband tried ringing HMRC and could not get to speak to a human being. As I spent 32 years in the Civil Service, I decided to apply some CS logic to the exercise, eventually got to speak to a VERY helpful girl, who referred the query to a Technical Officer (key phrase, I think). We received all eight forms back last week, scanned them, emailed them to our helpful Greek accountant (Chania based), added our five P60s, and all is now underway. Three months of effort, and all to be repeated next year. Oh joy! 

                            in reply to: Ghost town? #44715
                            Eleni13
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                                "I’m still here…Hello"

                                Hello from me too. :)

                                in reply to: Accommodation in Plaka wanted #43855
                                Eleni13
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                                    Kalo taxidi!

                                    in reply to: Pool Eot #44753
                                    Eleni13
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                                        And mine.

                                        in reply to: Kokkino horio this march #44008
                                        Eleni13
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                                            Clicking on the link would certainly show you mine, Jo & Stuart, but not the one that will be empty. That belongs to someone else. We shall be fully occupied at villa eleni, painting, scrubbing, pruning……..

                                            I was trying to help, not advertising.

                                            in reply to: Kokkino horio this march #43659
                                            Eleni13
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                                                I know of two villas in Douliana with central heating, air conditioning and open fires. One will be unoccupied. PM for details if you are interested. Douliana is about 15 mins. from Plaka.

                                                in reply to: Enlarging a picture #44226
                                                Eleni13
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                                                    I agree that the best thing is to produce a decent size image in the first place.The minimum you should choose would be jpeg fine, saved always at maximum. Tiff or Raw would be better, but the latter is only for serious users who don’t mind spending hours on the computer.
                                                    If you are needing to upsize on a regular basis, it would be worth investing in a specialist upsizing programme. They do, in fact, produce amazing results.
                                                    http://www.velocityreviews.com/forums/t805533-re-best-image-upsizing-software.html

                                                    in reply to: Enlarging a picture #44127
                                                    Eleni13
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                                                        I agree that the best thing is to produce a decent size image in the first place.The minimum you should choose would be jpeg fine, saved always at maximum. Tiff or Raw would be better, but the latter is only for serious users who don’t mind spending hours on the computer.
                                                        If you are needing to upsize on a regular basis, it would be worth investing in a specialist upsizing programme. They do, in fact, produce amazing results.
                                                        http://www.velocityreviews.com/forums/t805533-re-best-image-upsizing-software.html

                                                        in reply to: Can't Find a Thread! #44488
                                                        Eleni13
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                                                            The way Ryanair is taking over the world, be patient. They might yet be running flights from Newcastle to Crete.
                                                            Probably Sitia, but…… ::) better than nothing Kate.

                                                            in reply to: Can't Find a Thread! #44373
                                                            Eleni13
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                                                                561B45435A2E0 wrote:

                                                                So, in connection with the refund on leaving Athens for London, BA would be liable to make a refund and they would need to be contacted and on the returning journey Aegean would be liable for the refund from Athens and this can be sorted, before checking in on the return trip from Athens to Heraklion?

                                                                Not sure if I’ve got it!  Hope so.  Thanks

                                                                You have it right Fowles. You will need to contact BA and write to their Customer Services for the refund with a covering letter and your booking details, boarding passes for the Aegean sector in respect of  your outbound trip.

                                                                You claim from Aegean on your return trip at their ticket desk, before you check in. They will refund to the card you used on booking and re print your E ticket.

                                                                I shall be attempting to get a refund out of KLM again when I am over in March.

                                                                Good Luck!
                                                                Kathleen

                                                                BA would be liable but although Aegean always refunds promply and without discussion, BA have never done so. Not in my experience, though I would be delighted to hear that someone succeeded. As Kate says, good luck! I tend to use Aegean all the way now. Even Terminal 5 is no attraction when the aircraft parks in the middle of nowhere because it is early, then the coaches to the terminal take ages.

                                                                in reply to: The Greek Island of Old Age #44532
                                                                Eleni13
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                                                                    ‘Im indoors says that the trouble with extending your lifespan is that it’s always at the wrong end.

                                                                    He had a lot of side effects from statins, but takes a daily aspirin. And drinks rather too much red wine.

                                                                    in reply to: Pool Eot #44702
                                                                    Eleni13
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                                                                        "in theory"

                                                                        Very relevant phrase. In fact, the lifeguard is likely to be the owner in many properties, who would be frequently be on the spot, in other properties in practice he/she will only be there at times displayed. This could be, for instance, Tuesday morning at 11-11.30. This is Greece.
                                                                        Don’t take rules too literally Ganesh. I have never seen a constant lifeguard presence except on beaches and in large hotels. Constant meaning they are not on coffee break or chatting up the customers. Relax and just have sympathy with those of us who have chosen to obtain the EOT to make the house legal, and paid the price. :-?

                                                                        in reply to: Pool Eot #44645
                                                                        Eleni13
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                                                                            Pay up for the pool legalisation, i.e. the licence.
                                                                            Yes, a Nelson eye, but with the necessary caveat notice if they are not Greek.
                                                                            Absurd yes, if you disregard the tax raising element, and the hiving off of responsibility to owners.
                                                                            We hope for sanity in 2013, but in the light of ten year’s experience……….

                                                                            in reply to: Pool Eot #44589
                                                                            Eleni13
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                                                                                Yes, there is something wrong somewhere. We are suffering from typical Greek inconsistency and illogicality. We were told about pool depths too, and heard that someone had laid cement in the pool to reduce the depth to that "not requiring a lifeguard". Sadly, to no avail. The EOT professional agent in Chania, well respected and used by GREEK AND FOREIGN owners, has explained all the rules to us fully. Yes, you would be upset to find a lifeguard sitting by your private pool, but that fact did not occur to the EOT rule-makers, or they ignored it in favour of income. In practice, it just means that the times of lifeguard supervision are displayed, and the onus of responsibility is hived off to someone other than the Greek legal system. And there is a fiscal bonus for the Greek government. Your lawyer, Ganesh, I would respectfully suggest, is less in touch with the EOT organisation than our agent is. She is pretty hacked off with the rules that change with the sunrise too. Believe me, we were as angry as you are two years ago or so when this plan was hatched, and we wrote, along with other Brit owners, to the Greek Minister of Tourism. The reply was a deafening silence. We do believe, however, that 2013, or avrio, whichever is the sooner, may bring some unusually Greek logic and common sense into the system. Meanwhile, we pay up and shut up. In public, at least.

                                                                                in reply to: Pool Eot #44412
                                                                                Eleni13
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                                                                                    "Is it any wonder no-one bothers with the licence".

                                                                                    Not correct. To date, the pool and house licence has cost us over 10,000 euros since starting in 2006. We are using a competent professional. This includes all ancillary work to bring a house buuilt in 2003 up to the later EU standards regarding railing heights, plus safety equiment such as a fire hose, extinguishers, certificates and renewals, lifeguard training (pool depth is irrelevant) health checks for me as owner…the list goes on. Currently the pool licence is awaiting a final (pigs flying past window) inspection, after which I will put an itemised list on the forum. Not all of the expenditure will be generally incurred, as some of the forms had to be duplicated when the originals were lost in Heraklion. Nevertheless, you should take EOT seriously, as the fines will be extortionate if you are discovered to be renting out unlicenced property.
                                                                                    If you can’t play by the rules, however illogical and unfair, don’t think about joining the club.

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