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1430146486478 Tomorrow, the 1st of May it is a custom on Greece to spend the day outside and gather flowers for a wreath to hang on your front door and car (if you own one) So get those scissors out. Get bread for 2 days because the bakeries will  be closed. Also the banks, post office etc. and most of the supermarkets will be closed. You might find the butcher open in the morning. For the bbq.

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Surgeon coming to town

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We don’t know if he smokes (probably not but you never know around here) but Dr. Pavlos Tsantikos is coming to town. He is equipped to do minor surgery in his new office at Geferaki (next to Geniki Courier and Ourania’s animal care) and make recommendations if more serious “work” needs to be done in a mainland hospital.
Dr. Tsanikos will be in his office today Wednesday 29 April from 5:30pm to 9:00pm. Tomorrow his office is open from 9:00am to 1:30pm.
Here he can relieve abscesses, and take biopsies and other minor intrusions. He will also monitor patients who are having ongoing treatments for cancer or diabetes.

Upon diagnosis Dr. Tsasnikos can recommend and plan further surgery in hospitals in Volos, Thessaloniki or Larissa.
Phone? Sure… Skopelos office 24240-22400 Volos 24210-34152 Kinito 6944776027

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Provias28April15
Skulking around Kambos today we noticed this fine packing job. Recycling packaging may be par for the course for all the larger supermarkets but this batch by the Provias Brothers (AP Market) looks like it is ready to head off for recycling heaven – wherever that is.

Whether it is the law or simply financially worthwhile, it is good to see that those who bring in all that packaging material send a part of it back.

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ATM in Glossa

piraeus An ATM machine from Piraeus bank has been installed in Glossa at the beginning of the village where the bus stop is. It will start working this Friday. Villagers and visitors can now take money out but also start paying bills with the available machine. The photo is of another machine.

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DSCN1123On the branch there you can make out my new friend, or rival as the case may be. The silhouette of the hulking Scops Owl is on the tree branch. These small owls are mating or attempting to mate or searching for a partner with which to mate and, as attractive as my call may be, I ain’t it.

With a body length of 16-20cm these owls appear surprising small when spotted up close at night (usually illuminated by car headlights as the owl sits on a fencepost).

The mating call (hear it here) is unfortunately easy for humans to duplicate which can cause owl confusion. Because of my expert hooting the bird in the photo hung around my house last night for many hours thinking me a rival or, heaven forbid, a mate.

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roadwerk27April15
All should be aware that roller skating through the village will be hazardous for the next few weeks. The long-awaited road repair, promised by Periphery Thessaly, has arrived is full force. From the Demotiko/primary school down to the old OTE/telephone office and then from there to Platanos Square. After a short bit next to Koxilis the job continues out to the Post office and then to the Peripheriako/ringroad.

It is suggested that skaters wear knee and elbow pads, gloves, and a helmet. Also suggested is the proper use of hand signals and observe caution at high speeds. Seat belts are optional. Skating backwards and shaking your booty might be a problem. Otherwise, hang up those skates for a few weeks and wait for the green light.

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Camphill PosterThe board of the newly-formed Camphill Skopelos project is holding an evening of wine, food, music and dance at Nastas restaurant in Skopelos town on the evening of Saturday May 2. Entrance is €10, and food and drink are extra, but you’ll be helping launch a very worthy cause. Although the poster says 9pm, you’re advised to either arrive a little earlier or book a table in advance. We hope the little house in the poster becomes the project’s logo!

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Panormos Apr2015A deserted (apart from us) Panormos beach, Sunday lunchtime, snapped from the newly re-opened Linarakia restaurant. Within a matter of minutes, two more car-loads of eager lunchers arrived, as did a large catamaran, some kayakers, two dogs, a sprinkling of sunbathers… click on the image for full size.

Panormos 70s. Lambros taverna on right - fisherman's hut on left.

Panormos 70s. Lambros taverna on right – fisherman’s hut on left.

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Targeted radiation dosage

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Strange goings on this morning at Panagia Livadia in Livadi. Somebody must’ve been praying or trying to escape in secret after some awful misdeed in the early morning (06:45) gloom. Then again it might be a sign from Asklepios to clean up and prepare his sanctuary for visitors – the sick and unsick alike.

Photo taken yesterday about just about the end of our 48 hour atmospheric weirdness.
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Sitting in the old harbor.

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