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I dived with them 3 years ago and they were fine, no probs at all. If you go to the South of Crete, be sure to check out Aqua Creta in Paleochora. I’ve dived just about the whole of the island earlier this year and Aqua Creta are by far the best diving going in Crete.
Re Spearfishing with scuba equipment:
It IS illegal and if you get caught doing it there is a very large fine and all your kit is confiscated. The supplier of the equipment, if hired, or the provider of the compressed air also face large fines. Accordingly, no reputable Dive Centre will hire kit out to anybody they suspect of using for spearfishing.
BTW, it’s possible for a freediving spearfisherman to make it to depths of 20 metres or so; I know ’cause I’ve had them dive below me when I was taking scuba divers out!
Baccybabs wrote: John – You forgot about tradesmen who say they will turn up to do a job and do so five days later,
OTE that connect your fone eventually !
waking up to the noise of dogs , cats, goats etc (personally I love that bit!!)
Re OTE that connect your phone eventually
Our OTE phone was connected within 7 days and our OTE internet connection set up within 30 day (albeit with a rather large number of phone calls to the free OTE helpline)
On the other hand, back in the UK in 2002, it took me three months to get a phone line from a commercial phone company, notwithstanding that the line was in the house and there had been a connection, with the same company, up until the day we moved in.
Then when we moved to Crete, it took me six months and the threat of various forms of legal action to terminate my connection with said well known commercial provider of telephone and internet access.
If in doubt " Don’t Privatise" would be my stance every time.
Just look at the UK; prior to the privatisation mania introduced by thatcher, the main service providers used to be owned and run, at least in theory if not necessarily in practice, for the benefit of the people of the UK; now the main energy, telephone, transport etc etc providers are owned by companies whose sole aim is to make money for their share holders.
They have no interest in the well being or otherwise of their "customers" who in most cases have little or no choice other than to stay with them, and, as any objective look at the UK privatisation programme shows, in reality "competition " goes out the door within a few years of the state selling it’s assets. If you believe prices drop when services are denationalised, have a look at the UK rail system …it’s a wonderful example of the what hapens when you let a public service be run by profiteers. It now cost more for a single ticket from London to Manchester than it does to fly from London to Chania, even by Olympic.
OK, so I may be a bit off the original thread in this post, for which I apologise, but it does rather upset me to read people, in this and many other posts, here, and elsewhere, sneering at and running down state enterprises, and by implication, the employees of those enterprises.
I’ve seen what happens when the enterprises which used to provide the basic services to the people of a country, no longer do so for the benefit of the people of that country; but rather, as now in the UK, do so for the benefit of the shareholders of some international corporation.
According to Ken 1: "The country will soon be over run by aliens who are filling the gaps "
Just like some parts of Crete then, according to some Cretans I know.
We better all stay where we were originally befrore we moved, or thought about moving, and then everybody will be happy. Or maybe we should all go back to where our parents or grandparents or great great grandparents etc.etc. etc came from and all start again.
Everybody back to the Great Rift Valley!
If you want to talk about "bad science" and echinacea, have a look at:
Sorry if my earlier post appeared to be teaching you to suck eggs.
Clearly I’m outnumbered here and I’m happy to accept that my views may not meet with acceptance by all.
However, the only point I was attempting to make in my original post, albeit obviously not very coherently, is that, in my opinion, one would be wise not take much heed of solutions to medical problems put forward by those with no generally recognised medical qualifications. Particularly if those solutions are themselves lacking in any generally recongised scientific basis.
Clearly though, at the end of the day, if anybody thinks that the colour of the veg they eat is a siginficant factor in keeping them well, good luck to them.
I’ve got no opinion or issue with that as long as they don’t imply that such beliefs have any rational or scientific basis.
Off now for my daily (for health reasons only) Raki.
Re my previous post, I should have said:
If you are ill, go and see a Medical Doctor i.e. someone who is properly trained to diagnose and treat ilness in humans and whose training has been carried out to a nationaly/internationaly recognised standard by a nationaly/internationaly recognised body.
Positive feedback? How about: if you are ill go and see a Doctor.
Please, please, please…before you all start eating multicoloured veg. and thinking that this is the answer to life, the universe and everything….think long and hard and have a look at the following concerning " Doctor" Gillian McKeith who, as I understand it does, or did, promote such regimes on British TV:
McKeith’s CV has been the subject of some debate in the press. Her PhD, for instance, was gained via a distance learning programme at a non-accredited college, the American College of Holistic Nutrition, now known as the Clayton College of Natural Health. The fact that this college is non-accredited means that the US secretary for education does not recognise its degrees for the purpose of educational grants. In some states, the holder of a degree from such an establishment would not be allowed to practise as a clinical nutritionist. McKeith has never published any properly evaluated scientific research, not even her PhD thesis. As the journalist Ben Goldacre pointed out in his Bad Science column in the Guardian, McKeith’s much-vaunted certified membership of the American Association of Nutritional Consultants is also a peculiar boast. Ben Goldacre managed to buy the same membership for his dead cat via the internet for the bargain price of $60.
Of course, none of this would matter if all the advice that McKeith was handing out was based on scientific fact. But this is not always the case. Much of what she says is patent nonsense. In the past, she has informed us that a seed contains ‘all of the energy necessary to make a fully grown plant’, that ‘chlorophyll is high in oxygen’ which means eating green leaves will ‘really oxygenate the blood’, and that ‘the colours of foods represent vibrational energies… foods which are orange in colour have similar vibrational energies and even similar nutrient make-up’
For more on this and other non scientific fads have a look at: http://www.badscience.net
There is, I understand, proper scientific evidence to support the idea that the typical diet "enjoyed" by certan Cretans prior to the introduction of fast food to this Island, was in some circumstances beneficial; I doubt very much if any such evidence can be produced for the idea that the colour of a veg is gonig to have any bearing on its health giving properties, or the lack of them.
BTW The answer to life, the universe and everything is, as we all know, 42.
Re model planes etc;
I have been working all this summer as a Dive Master in Paleochora.
A few weeks ago I was surfacing from a dive with some clients when, at about 5 metres, suddenly I heard the sound of motor boat engine apparently circling very close to the Surface Marker Buoy I was towing. We kept low in the water and swam closer to the shore but still the engine was circling us.
I was beginning to get seriously worried because I although I couldn’t see a boat I could clearly hear it and it was apparently very close. I knew that it was unlikely to be a local fishing boat because they are very good at keeping a good 50m from a divers buoy, assuming of course that they see it, and I was worried it might be some tourist just our for a spin. It then dawned on me that we were by now so close to the shore that the "boat " must be travelling overland for part of its circumnavigation of my float.
Signalling my clients to stay low, I surfaced, slowly and carefully, and there was a radio controlled model hellicopter circling the buoy! Oh how they laughed!
From this I can confirm that radio controlled model helicopters are flown in Crete….I have nothing to say about their legality or the parentage of the flyer who nearly caused me to have an accident in my wetsuit!!
RE: Your PC will be fine but you’ll have to teach it Greek.
I can’t understand the d**n thing when it speaks English so if it talks to me in Greek I’m really doomed!
Seriously, thanks for the info.
(Martin, by July I’ll be hanging around/in the Aqua Creta Dive shop in Paleochora and I’ve no doubt we can meet up for a beer or 97!)
Having been accused elsewhere in this forum of being a "liberal" – as a life long Socialist, a charge I vehemently deny – I have to say I’m not bothered about whether or not Salad should be salad or Salad. However, I would dearly love to know the name of the beer being drunk with the Salad, or salad….. particularly since Geoff believed the beer was responsible for the sudden onset of darkness! This is clearly the most imprtant point!
Must have been good stuff!
Homophobic and racist also spring to mind.
Not quite a moving load but I spotted this in the Grauniad the other week. Might be worth checking out, it’s certainly cheaper than Olympic excess baggage and appears to be a lot less hastle.
On the salary they get? Where do I sign up? I’d only have to work with them!
It’s been pointed out to me in "another place" that the foreign warships based in Crete at that time weren’t from the "occupying powers" but were from foreign powers stationed in Crete to guarantee the autonomy agreement.
Of course if you don’t want to pay for tomato seeds……..Get a ripe tomato of the variety you like, eat the flesh but put the seeds out on a sheet of kitchen towel/tissue paper and dry them off. It’s as easy as that and they’ll keep over winter in your freezer! The only snag occurs if you’ve taken a fancy to an F1 hybrid, in which case you may not end up with the variety you thought you would get, always worth a try though!
I’m going to be very cheeky here and jump in on the back of Maureen and Roger’s post…..like them I’m after longish term rental property, 12 to 18 months in the Paleochora area from early 2006.
With apologies to Maureen and Roger!
Apologies for being somewhat late in responding but many thanks for the advice!