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San Stefanos news and views / Re: Webcam 4/3
« on: August 22, 2018, 03:49:00 PM »
It's permanently dark, because the webcam's stuck again.

San Stefanos news and views / Re: Donut Man on Beach Warning
« on: August 06, 2018, 03:27:18 PM »
We been warning for years here and on Facebook about the dirty, thieving antics of the doughnut man.

He is, according to several locals, allegedly part of an Albanian quasi-mafioso gang, works Arrilas, Sidari and Agios Stefanos, is allegedly frequently arrested and just pays the fine and goes straight back. I heard that he may make 200-300 euros a day tax free. He has been seen relieving himself in the sea and not washing his hands.

He takes a wide circle around me if he sees me. Pick up your mobile and say "asteenohMEEah" - the Greek word for police. Or wave him away aggressively. He is strongly disliked by the local people, because he creates a bad impression of the area.

I have used the word "allegedly" above because, as a retired journalist, we must recognise that he may, in fact, be a saintly gentleman of impeccable sanitary habits, whose prices are entirely fair. Your testimony, however, suggests that the allegations are correct.   

Out and About / Re: Nude end of beach!
« on: July 21, 2018, 12:52:37 AM »
Funny that you found it hot. I reckon we had about 5 days out of 20 that were hot. The temperatures were several degrees Celsius below average, and it was too breezy for me to enjoy the beach very much - though I'm always happy sitting in Mistral with a book and a beer. Never made it past Mango on the beach towards the nudy end.

San Stefanos news and views / Re: Webcam 4/3
« on: June 25, 2018, 01:42:01 AM »
Send a PM to Dimitris...

San Stefanos news and views / Re: Whats happenin'
« on: June 22, 2018, 12:30:46 AM »
Unusually high typo-count for you, George. Been at the sauce?

San Stefanos news and views / Re: Whats happenin'
« on: June 21, 2018, 02:00:18 AM »
There's a lot of activity in the Facebook groups. What's goin' on is: (1) people taking pictures of cats; (2) people taking pictures of their food. Off camera, the cats are probably nicking the food as well - so we can surmise that Brits and cats are getting fatter. Things are being spit-roasted, boiled and grilled at Manthos and other places. The webcam (above) reveals people lounging about on the beach outside Waves from about 11am until 6pm, with a thinning-out around 1pm as people go to Waves to take pictures of their food, watched by salivating cats. Given the, in my opinion rather strange, love some people have for cats I suspect it won't be long before somebody starts a fund to give all the stray cats in the village a mobile phone so they can post selfies to Facebook of their dinners. I recently bought a 170 degree sports video camera so I'll be able to take wide-angle mp4s of everybody's dinner, with a good chance of a photo-bomb by a moggie or two.

So I reckon that with a lack of murders, volcanoes, tsunamis, alien invasions or other interruptions, it's pretty much the kind of languid inertia you'd expect in a Greek holiday village in the summer. For more exciting fare, buy my fabulous collection of novellas "Fragments of tomorrow" in paper or Kindle versions on Amazon and read Digital Rites - there's a murder in Little Prince.

Information and help please / Re: Welcome packs
« on: June 19, 2018, 03:40:02 PM »
Sure - but if you're up at Tsaros the prospect of going a long way down and a long way up (ooer) is a bit daunting compared to munch sandwich and just go to Tsaros pool bar for a bevy, and leave the long haul until tomorrow. Maybe I'm just a lazy old fart.

Out and About / Re: Nude end of beach!
« on: June 19, 2018, 12:46:13 AM »
I would do - but I fear my surgical scar is now the most impressive feature of my lower abdomen!

Information and help please / Re: Welcome packs
« on: June 18, 2018, 05:53:29 PM »
How late is "late"? If we're on a late arrival we buy sandwiches at the airport on the way out. But there are places to eat open until very late.

San Stefanos news and views / Re: Webcam 4/3
« on: May 04, 2018, 10:51:31 AM »
I much prefer them. Cloth brollies are usually too small, so you're moving often.

San Stefanos news and views / Re: Webcam 4/3
« on: May 03, 2018, 09:09:10 PM »
Nice grassy brollies, I think.

San Stefanos news and views / Re: Pound-Euro 2016
« on: May 02, 2018, 12:13:14 PM »
That's interesting. They're showing 1.11 on their web site.

San Stefanos news and views / Re: Pound-Euro 2016
« on: May 01, 2018, 02:15:13 PM »
After a little surge a week ago, the pound has settled back at a low rate. According to the IMX daily news, this is because UK economic performance remains poor. Fortunately for the UK, the Eurozone performance is below expectation, or it would be worse.

It looks like we can expect a TravelFX rate of about 1.12x for the foreseeable future, because continuing uncertainty about the path of Brexit is keeping downward pressure on sterling. The Interbank rate (which credit cards use) is 1.1379 as I write, and the TravelFX rate is 1.1260. This translates to: the cost of a 30 euro meal being: cash bought today £26.64 and on a no-fee credit card, such as the Halifax Clarity Card, £26.36. Not a huge difference, but it adds up.

Footnote: before the announcement of the referendum the meal cost would have been £21.58. That is a big difference!

San Stefanos news and views / Re: Webcam 4/3
« on: April 30, 2018, 05:56:43 PM »
Live is working now.

San Stefanos news and views / Re: How Hilly
« on: April 26, 2018, 01:15:11 AM »
Most of all, Tubbs, we want you to have the best time possible. Ask whatever you want, and we'll be happy to give you the truth!

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