Making Your Summer Holidays In Crete Unforgettable

By Kostandinos Papahatzis

I must have travelled to Crete a hundred times; I go more frequently nowadays. Eventually I started to believe strongly that people like myself who love the place, deserve to look for a more permanent residence to stay for longer periods of time. At least getting a quality holiday house in Crete has become so inexpensive that can hardly be considered as financial risk.

I still haven’t managed to see even half of Crete – it is a remarkable and complex combination of places, landscapes, people, customs, smells – what can I say? I have more than enough in me to share with others, and this is why I decided to write about it. All I ask from you is to keep an open mind, get a fully insured car, and decide to expand your eating and drinking habits (after all you will be visiting the World’s capital of what is known as ‘Mediterranean Diet’).

Firstly, think seriously before packing your bags: do you deserve a good holiday? If yes, then: one, switch off your blackberry; two, don’t sit next to a hotels swimming pool for two weeks pretending you are enjoying yourself with a drink in one hand and a paperback on the other. You didn’t work hard for a year to deserve just this.

After landing, unpacking and taking a good sleep, prepare to expose yourself to the place and get the most out of it. Remember: you are safe, locals can help you anytime, thieves are practically non-existent, and you are an arm’s length away from an English speaker.

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Hit the road with your family on a daily basis leaving around 9am; make every day an excursion somewhere on the island, no matter where your location. Your hotel is for breakfast and sleep, for at least one week of your stay.

I recommend places like Vai in Sitia, Agia Fotia in Ierapetra, Ledas outside Heraklion, Falasserna outside Chania, Fodele and Panormo which are both close to Rethymno, and Skala village in Elounda. They all have beaches so take your umbrella, towels suntan lotions and plenty of water with you on every journey. Sunbathing on a beach is more effective than swimming pools: you get a glorious tan to keep for months to come. To be on the safe side, ask for the existence of jelly fish and wear plastic shoes when you walk inside the sea.

The other way of doing excursions is to join a safari group; ask your hotel for details. You will have a wonderful time, and you will be in a safer, more controlled environment with people guiding you, and people from your own group joining you. You will still see lots of places off the beaten track, and keep it all on a daily excursion mode.

You should eat at the local tavernas; aim for the one that attracts most of the crowd. Open yourself to local food: try Dakos (wet rusk) small dolmadakia, fresh fish, oven food (like stuffed tomatoes and peppers), local pastries, and meat on the barbeque. Always have a salad on your table; ask for the local specialty. And always try the local sweets with honey and white sugar.

Except excursions, try and mix with the locals getting the most out of your journey. The unbeatable way of doing this is by sneaking into a local wedding; the best weddings take place on Saturdays at nearby villages. If you don’t manage to get invited, just head for one uninvited in one evening of your first days, leaving it to pot luck. People will invite you on the spot, and it will be a unique opportunity to get acquainted, eat fantastic wedding food and get lots of tips for your stay. If you have thoughts about a more permanent stay, it will be good for you to start making contacts anyway; in Crete people are very social and you will soon discover the snowball effect that this will have on you.

Keep the last couple of days to ease off; it’s time for swimming pool rest with plenty of reading, drinking and socializing with people from your group. Try to compare your experiences with theirs and see what difference this will make. I can definitely guarantee you that when you go back home you will talk about your holiday for the rest of the year. And maybe think of coming to stay in Crete for longer periods of time.

About the Author: Kostandinos Papahatzis works full time

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BBC spends £3.4m on sell-off

Friday, June 27, 2008

Newspaper The Guardian reports today that the sale of the BBC subsidiary BBC Resources Ltd., has cost £3.4m in consultancy fees — over £1m more than the £2.3m trading profit the commercial division is estimated to have made for the last financial year. Details of the failed privatisation were released by the BBC following a freedom of information request, and prior to publication of its annual report on July 8.

Fourteen months after advisers were appointed to try to sell BBC Resources Ltd., only one of the three main business units has been sold — its Outside Broadcast division to Satellite Information Services Limited (SIS), for an estimated £20m. On March 7, 2008 it was also announced that the studios operation would remain in BBC ownership and in early June, the fate of the third business was put on hold with the BBC stating that “like Studios, Post Production will remain within BBC Resources, which will continue to operate as a wholly-owned commercial subsidiary of the BBC.”

BBC Resources Ltd. made an operating profit of £6.1m for 2005-06, down from £7.4m the year before, with the BBC accounting for 83.3% of its turnover, down from 87.4% for 2004-05. Last year’s published figure for 2006-07 was £5.2 million — with BBC business at 80% of turnover.

BECTU Assistant General Secretary Luke Crawley is quoted as saying: “It’s fairly outrageous that around half the profit of the company [announced last year] has been spent trying to sell it. It’s an inordinate amount of money. The BBC was promised big returns if it sold BBC Resources but it’s only managed to sell outside broadcasts and we do not know how much it made out of that. We think the £3.4m is a poor investment.”


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Ontario Votes 2007: Interview with Progressive Conservative candidate Dan McCreary, Brant

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Dan McCreary is running for the Progressive Conservative in the Ontario provincial election, in the Brant riding. Wikinews’ Nick Moreau interviewed him regarding his values, his experience, and his campaign.

Stay tuned for further interviews; every candidate from every party is eligible, and will be contacted. Expect interviews from Liberals, Progressive Conservatives, New Democratic Party members, Ontario Greens, as well as members from the Family Coalition, Freedom, Communist, Libertarian, and Confederation of Regions parties, as well as independents.

I.R.Shankar, An Author Of Modern Times Gets Candid About His Two Novels

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Author I.R.Shankar has been an inspiration for budding writers to follow their passion for writing. He asserts that the people should always follow their true passion and make a living out of it. Currently residing in US, he talks about his inspiration in life which encouraged him into becoming a writer.

His first novel \\’An adolescent mind\\’ was highly successful. The esscence of the story and the

intensity of characters in this novel was beautifully captured by the author. It stirs the emotions in the reader\\’s mind through its simplicity in narration. Talking about his journey as a writer , he said

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In my childhood I discovered the pleasure of reading. I read Treasure Island and Sherlock Holmes and the classics in English Literature. In my teens I read Alexander Dumas \\’s novels. Later when I read \\”Great Expectations \\” and \\”David Copperfield\\” by Charles Dickens I found the inspiration to write novels.Reading is my real and true passion. Reading stimulates my imagination and writing exercises my imagination. This is ecstasy!

Everyone cannot be a writer. Only few have that ability to master this art. Every writer has his or her own writing style. Speaking about the method of writing, he asserts, I do not have any method to writing. There is no process. In many ways writing a novel is a mystery.Something inexplicable happens. And thoughts flow in the form of words. And my fingers tap on my computer keyboard. I believe divine inspiration comes into play. I am just a medium. The ideas and the thoughts come from a higher agency, the Almighty. A novel is a miracle.

About the Author:

I.R.Shankar, born and raised in India, came to the United States.He is an Electronics and Communication Engineer by training and a Software Consultant by profession. He has tremendous passion for writing novels. He is the author of two of highly successful novels \\’An adolescent mind \\’ and \\’True colors of love \\’.

An Adolescent Mind:

The book deals with the transitional stage of a young boy and his journey to his adulthood. His curiosity is satiated through many ways that he had never imagined before. An enchanting tale of passion and imagination, this debutant novel deals with the relationship between the boy and his grandfather. \\’An adolescent mind\\’ is his attempt at a literary performance for all lovers of fiction

True Colors of Love:

True Colors of love is an intriguing account of a young man in love, splendidly written.Written in the second person, marked for its narrative drive, it is a first-class reconstruction of a youthful dalliance with the fairer sex, a fascinating story of first love with all it s amusing digressions and abstract matters merged in the form of a story.Suggestive and self-revealing, it dwells on the psychological motivations of his fanciful exploits and the surprising outcome of life. This is a book which should be of interest to the reader who loves fiction.

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Pritesh Bagwe is a Mumbai based blogger and actor. He writes occasionally for different portals from time to time. He is equally passionate about books and bringing solution for social issues.

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Tour de France: Alexandre Vinokourov wins stage 15

Monday, July 23, 2007 

Alexandre Vinokourov of Kazakhstan has won stage 15 of the 2007 Tour de France in a time of 5h 34′ 28″.

Michael Rasmussen of Denmark kept his overall lead by 2′ 23′ over Alberto Contador of Spain. The two extend their lead on Cadel Evans of Australia by 1′ 37″, and more on the rest of the contenders.

Today’s 196 km stage is one of the major stages of the Tour, with no fewer than five major mountain passes – including the Col de Port, the Col de Portet d’Aspet (5.7 km climb at 6.9%), the Col de Menté (7.0 km climb at 8.1%), the Port de Balès (19.5 km at 6.2%), (the first time this climb has featured in the Tour), and finally the Col de Peyresourde (9.7 km climb at 7.8%) with a downhill finish in Loudenvielle.

Tomorrow is a rest day for the Tour.

Caribou plays the Bowery Ballroom

Tuesday, November 6, 2007 

Daniel Snaith, better known as Caribou, formerly known as Manitoba until a lawsuit by musician Richard “Handsome Dick” Manitoba, recently played New York City’s Bowery Ballroom. Below is Wikinews reporter David Shankbone’s conversation with the electronica pioneer.

David Shankbone: How is the tour going?

DS: How do European and American audiences compare to each other?

DS: But they are more electronic in Europe than they are here, right?

DS: You reach the same fans in each place?

DS: Do you play to larger audiences over there or here?

DS: Do you have a favorite venue?

DS: What would be a dream venue to play?

DS: Is there a continent you haven’t played where you would like to?

DS: Rio or São Paulo?

DS: How has the Iraq War affected you as an artist?

DS: Has it affected you as a person?

DS: Do you find you’re more inspired by manmade things or things in nature?

DS: What sort of ideas inspire you?

DS: Would you consider your music to be mathematical?

DS: Do you have a favorite mathematician or unsolved mathematical problem?

DS: What’s a trait you deplore in other people?

DS: What’s a trait you deplore in yourself?

DS: You think that might be a negative?

DS: That’s a challenge for any human of whether or not to pursue something you think is a greater good or indulge yourself. How do you wrestle with that question?

DS: Well, we need music in this world and if people are responding to it, you’re giving something to them.

DS: Maybe. [Laughs] Hillary or Barack?

DS: What do you think of Gordon Brown?

DS: What would be a bigger turn-off for you in bed, someone who was overly flatulent, or someone who spoke in a baby voice?

DS: Do you have a favorite curse word?

DS: Favorite euphemism for breasts?

DS: If you had to choose between the destruction of the entire continent of Africa or the entire continent of Asia, which would you choose?

DS: What are traits you respect in a woman?

DS: It doesn’t differ in men?

DS: What’s your most treasured possession?

DS: Any favorite films?

DS: What difficult question in an interview do you anticipate but are never asked?

DS: What question are you tired of answering?

DS: In the last year, where have you drawn most of your influence, and you can’t have been listening to them beyond a year ago.

Tour de France: Michael Rasmussen wins stage 16

Wednesday, July 25, 2007 

Michael Rasmussen of Denmark has won stage 16 of the 2007 Tour de France in a time of 6h 23′ 21″.

Rasmussen increased his overall lead by 35″ over Alberto Contador of Spain, who finished third.

After a rest day, the riders faced the third-longest, 218.5 km, and arguably the Tour’s hardest, stage. The first challenge was the brutal Port de Larrau (14.7 km climb at 8.1%), which is just 79km into the stage. The race dips into Spain for some 50 kilometres at the summit, the fourth country visited in this year’s Tour. From there, there was little reprieve for the riders, hitting the Alto Laza and the Col de la Pierre St Martin (14.2 km climb at 5.2%) before descending to the start of the difficult, and very steep, first-category Col de Marie-Blanque (9.3 km climb at 7.4%). The riders then climb the infamous Col d’Aubisque (16.7 km climb at 7%), which will reward out-and-out climbing ability and punish the legs of all the major contenders.

The entire Astana Team withdrew from the Tour prior to this stage due to Alexander Vinokourov testing positive for blood doping. Some riders staged a protest against doping at the start.

Another doping scandal hit the Tour today. Cristian Moreni of Italy tested positive for testosterone in a test conducted after Thursday’s stage 11. Moreni was questioned by police. Cofidis team manager Eric Boyer told Reuters: “He accepted his wrongdoing and did not ask for a B-sample.”

Like Astana did, Cofidis has withdrawn its entire team from the Tour. François Migraine, the team president and CEO of the sponsoring insurance company, Cofidis, said: “It’s the only thing to do in such circumstances.”

Mobile Alloy Wheel Repair St Albans Bring Alloy Wheels Back To Their Original Condition

Mobile Alloy Wheel Repair St Albans bring alloy wheels back to their original condition


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Our staff will carefully do almost any Alloy Wheel Repairs Potters Herts so that you will never have problems with bubbled or corroded wheels. To prevent this thing from happening you need to come to Alloy Wheel Repairs Potters Herts when you see small scratches on your wheels. When you cannot come to us, we can come to your home or work thanks to our Mobile Alloy Wheel Repair St Albans services. The quality of our services will be the same no matter where we work, so don t hesitate to let us know when you cannot come to us, but you need our services.

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You just need to call us and let us know that you would like to have your alloy wheels repaired at home or at your office. Give us your address and we will come to your place to repair your wheels. The Mobile Alloy Wheel Repair St Albans services are the best because our staff can bring back your alloy wheels to their original condition at your own home. You don t have to waste time coming to us because now we can come to you offering the best services at home.

Don t let corrosion set along your wheels, come to us and forget about the damaged scratched wheels that you used to have. We do Alloy Wheel Repairs Potters Herts to almost any kind of alloy wheels, but they don t have to be already corroded or cracked. It is dangerous to travel with corroded and bubbled wheels so don t let this thing happen and come to us to fix your minor problems because they may get major in a short period of time if you let your alloy wheels in a bad condition.

Because we work only with the best materials and have the best technology, we can fix your wheels in no time. Our mobile service is the best when you have serious problems with your wheels or with your car and cannot come to us. The best solution then is to call us. We will do a great job no matter where we work because we have only highly trained people that can fix your alloy wheels even at your home, you just need to be in our covering area.

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Fire burns at Barangaroo construction site, Sydney, Australia

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 

A large fire has started at the Barangaroo construction site overlooking Sydney Harbour, New South Wales, Australia. The construction company said fire broke out at about 2:10pm local time (0310 UTC) and appeared to have been caused by a welding accident in the basement of a building.

All site workers were evacuated without injury, according to Fire and Rescue NSW Superintendent Ian Krimmer. Large clouds of smoke were continuing to pour out of the building, casting a thick pall of smoke over the city skyline. Some nearby buildings have also been evacuated, including the KPMG building and offices of the Macquarie Bank.

Firefighters reported concern about a tower crane overhanging the building basement site. There were fears that the crane could buckle due to the heat and collapse. Firefighters were working to keep the base of the crane cool, and the stability of the structure was being monitored with lasers.

The Western Distributor motorway was closed to traffic, and Sydney Harbour Bridge partly closed. There had been major disruptions in traffic and multiple roads in the Sydney CBD (Central Business District) were gridlocked. People catching buses were advised to expect long delays.

US unemployment rate reaches 8.1%

Friday, March 6, 2009 

The official unemployment rate in the United States increased to 8.1% (seasonally adjusted), the highest level in over 25 years, after the Labor Department reported that 651,000 jobs were lost in February. The U-6 unemployment rate, an alternative measure also published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics that includes other categories of unemployed and underemployed workers, was reported to be 16%.

The US economy has now shed 4.4 million jobs since the recession began in December 2007. Half of the job losses have come in the last four months, and the unemployment rate has jumped by 3.3% in the past year.

The Federal Reserve says that it doesn’t expect the jobless rate to fall below seven percent until 2011.

The professional and business service sector lost 180,000 jobs last month, while manufacturing shed 168,000. The construction industry has lost 1.1 million jobs since January 2007 and 104,000 jobs last month. At the same time, the financial sector lost 44,000 jobs, bringing the total to 448,000 lost jobs since a peak in December 2007.

“The construction industry is in a near depression,” said the General President of LIUNA, Terry O’Sullivan.

“We are staring into the abyss. The recession is intensifying and the economy is rapidly shrinking,” said Steven Wood of Insight Economics.

US stock markets opened higher after the report.