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by Mike J
Fri Nov 29, 2019 11:59 am
Forum: General Discussion Area
Topic: No More Trips to the North ?
Replies: 15
Views: 678

No More Trips to the North ?

http://www.startribune.com/cyprus-to-tighten-controls-on-crossings-across-ethnic-divide/565538342/ So a Boris victory might curtail our trips to the Norths though a Corbyn one would mean such a run on the poor old £ sterling as well as a return to the 1970s restriction on taking sterling abroad that...
by Mike J
Mon Apr 01, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion Area
Topic: New Cyprus Driving Licence and UK Car Rental
Replies: 11
Views: 1346

New Cyprus Driving Licence and UK Car Rental

As we all rush to conform to the missive on driving licences from the High Commision a salatory tale from my newly returned neighbour who had been to the UK to visit her mum. She had gone clutching her newly issued Cyprus drivers licence and arrived at Gatwick Airport late in the evening. She found ...
by Mike J
Fri Feb 08, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion Area
Topic: Bottled Water
Replies: 5
Views: 763

Re: Bottled Water

Many thanks for spotting the mistake , yes I meant 28mg/l which as you say is high https://gulfnews.com/going-out/society/bottled-water-is-it-all-the-same-1.2012341 Saint Nicholas here is 21mg/l and the one I was buying in 15 litre bottles was 37mg/l . I shall hot foot it to Lidl next week and stock...
by Mike J
Fri Feb 08, 2019 11:56 am
Forum: General Discussion Area
Topic: Bottled Water
Replies: 5
Views: 763

Re: Bottled Water

Yes, sodium free a bit of an overstatement but much reduced from the 2000+ mg allowance and just looking at things I eat and drink that could take the strain to allow me to enjoy stuff that does contain salt. In Italy where we go each year the bottled water boasts 0.5 mg sodium per litre and I wonde...
by Mike J
Fri Feb 08, 2019 10:58 am
Forum: General Discussion Area
Topic: Bottled Water
Replies: 5
Views: 763

Bottled Water

Does anyone know of a low or zero sodium bottled water brand sold on the island ? Most seem to be from 28Ml per litre or much higher and as part of my new sodium free diet I'm looking for something less to quench the thirst and use in tea etc.
Cheers
Mike
by Mike J
Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: General Discussion Area
Topic: MTN problems
Replies: 2
Views: 532

Re: MTN problems

Flossie, am thinking of switching to them but clearly you aren’t impressed with your husbands choice , why not?
by Mike J
Sun Dec 02, 2018 8:55 am
Forum: General Discussion Area
Topic: Pistachio nuts
Replies: 10
Views: 1164

Re: Pistachio nuts

In case anyone is wondering exactly why they are so expensive .
https://www.plated.com/morsel/pistachios-expensive/
by Mike J
Fri Nov 23, 2018 1:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion Area
Topic: Weather Forecasts - Your opinions please
Replies: 23
Views: 1896

Re: Weather Forecasts - Your opinions please

I don't use the site weather info as like many others I go direct to the weather site. I also have a place in Southern Italy and when there I only use Accuweather as Weather Underground is useless at forecasting Puglia weather. Recently I have noticed that certainly for my area of Cyprus, Weather Un...
by Mike J
Sat Nov 17, 2018 11:20 am
Forum: General Discussion Area
Topic: U.S. A. Steps in to Clean up Cyprus
Replies: 2
Views: 618

U.S. A. Steps in to Clean up Cyprus

Interesting article, clearly the U.S. Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Dept and Terrorist Financing Dept might have more clout than the E.U.seems to have had.
https://euobserver.com/opinion/143390
by Mike J
Fri Nov 16, 2018 10:55 am
Forum: General Discussion Area
Topic: Pay Road Tax for Previous Years How?
Replies: 6
Views: 941

Pay Road Tax for Previous Years How?

My neighbour has returned to Cyprus after an 8 year absence during which time his house has been rented. In the garage he left his Ford Focus Estate. He had no idea that you could SCORN the vehicle here in Cyprus but now wishes to get the car back on the road. The car has now started but how does he...
by Mike J
Fri Nov 09, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: General Discussion Area
Topic: Electricity prices to go up by 3.9% in November
Replies: 16
Views: 1624

Re: Electricity prices to go up by 3.9% in November

To the keen sighted €1 bought US$1.1642 on November 9th last year.
by Mike J
Fri Nov 09, 2018 9:19 am
Forum: General Discussion Area
Topic: Electricity prices to go up by 3.9% in November
Replies: 16
Views: 1624

Re: Electricity prices to go up by 3.9% in November

On November 9th last year €1 bought US$1.642 and a barrel of crude was US$63.93 so it took €54.91 to buy a barrel. today November 9th €1 buys US $1.1404 and the price of a barrel of crude is US$70.98 so it costs €62.25 to buy a barrel a 13% increase . Obviously we buy refined oil but all that needs ...
by Mike J
Thu Nov 01, 2018 8:57 am
Forum: General Discussion Area
Topic: Travel Insurance
Replies: 15
Views: 1264

Re: Travel Insurance

We use these guys: http://ukexpats.com Far far cheaper than any other quotes we have received for motor, travel and home insurance. They have a close relationship with AIG and I asked about the 6 month GP rule . Yes they confirmed almost all have this rule but their Travel Insurance is designed for ...
by Mike J
Fri Oct 26, 2018 7:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion Area
Topic: Advice about getting to Ercan Airport
Replies: 24
Views: 2067

Re: Advice about getting to Ercan Airport

Guess while we are in the maybe, possibly, might, discussion , we might as well consider President Nicos Anastasiades loose Federation idea which is no longer just an unspeakable thought as now he has actually spoken the word loose and furthermore has said that it is doable. What will that mean to E...
by Mike J
Sat Oct 20, 2018 5:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion Area
Topic: State may try to recoup repatriation costs from Cobalt, ex employees slam government (Update)
Replies: 5
Views: 720

Re: State may try to recoup repatriation costs from Cobalt, ex employees slam government (Update)

I did say it is certainly not an exact science, far from it but in a start up staff costs must be kept to a minimum . I had some involvement with Easyjet in it's infancy and we had leased in three aircraft on what is known as a wet lease arrangement where the lessor supplied both the flight and cabi...
by Mike J
Sat Oct 20, 2018 2:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion Area
Topic: State may try to recoup repatriation costs from Cobalt, ex employees slam government (Update)
Replies: 5
Views: 720

Re: State may try to recoup repatriation costs from Cobalt, ex employees slam government (Update)

Interestingly Cobalt " inherited " 2 slot pairs at London Heathrow from Cyprus Airways when they started operations hence their flying them as Cyprus Airways exercising their ( ( Cyprus airways ) grandfather rights to the slots . Scandinavian Airlines sold 2 pairs of slots at Heathrow last year for ...
by Mike J
Fri Oct 19, 2018 8:51 am
Forum: General Discussion Area
Topic: State to pay for repatriation of Cobalt passengers (video of announcement)
Replies: 10
Views: 1282

Re: State to pay for repatriation of Cobalt passengers (video of announcement)

Not sure where the idea that IATA will pay for passengers stranded by airline failure has come from but perhaps it is being confused with the UK ATOL licence which protects against tour operator failure ? The only monies IATA will or might refund are those made through an accredited IATA travel agen...
by Mike J
Thu Aug 23, 2018 11:13 am
Forum: General Discussion Area
Topic: Holiday in the Turkish side
Replies: 14
Views: 2355

Re: Holiday in the Turkish side

I always e mail them
thehideawayclub@gmail.com
Guzin looks after the reservations normally , we book B&B but they will do half board if you don't fancy going into town in the evenings . The breakfasts are good and served either on your balcony or at the roof top restaurant.
Cheers Mike
by Mike J
Thu Aug 23, 2018 9:46 am
Forum: General Discussion Area
Topic: Holiday in the Turkish side
Replies: 14
Views: 2355

Re: Holiday in the Turkish side

Just back from " Up North " , we always stay at The Hideaway which is just outside Kyrenia and taxi in (25-30 lira) nice bungalow hotel with great sea views. Have stayed at The Dome ( super swimming pools tired rooms ) the British Hotel ( no pool v tired rooms) and others. Money changers are giving ...