Archive October 2017

Renovation of Patrick Leigh Fermor's House

PLF house

 In late September 2017, the Benaki museum carried out an extraordinary publicity drive in London in an attempt to counter the ongoing criticism of its tenure of the house and progress with renovations. After a long period of silence, the Benaki came out with all guns blazing in an attempt to explain how things were now really moving with the house project.

Ms Geroulanou,  a member of the Executive Board of the Benaki, explained the details of the bequest & went on to show glimpses of plans. The intention is to create five independent “units” including a work area and en-suite facilities to foster privacy, focus and creativity. A Common area will be centred on the “world’s room”. Winter will be a maintenance period; in the spring there will follow two months of academic residence; there will be two periods in the late spring and early autumn for “Honorary fellows” to use the house as the writers’ retreat that Paddy foresaw; in the summer, three months will be set-aside for holiday rentals, this forming the main part of the annual income.

The house will become known as The Patrick and Joan Leigh Fermor Centre, and the Benaki plans to start a charity in the UK to create a dedicated endowment fund.  (CP26-10-17)

The House of Patrick and Joan Leigh Fermor - Trip Advisor           For more background on the restoration see August Archive

Old bikes needed for an environmental project!

shredder bike

We are a Swedish association called R.D.I.Kal.A (Recycling, Awareness, Design, Innovation KALamata, Assoc) working with innovational design for the protection of environment.,  :   radikalaproject. We need old bikes to turn into plastic shredders for the schools of Kalamata. Please read about our project and save your bikes forf our project!  Thanks

This shredder gym bike is planned to be used in our events and recycling projects where school children will shred their own water bottles to be used in making optimist sailing dinghys!

Encouraged and inspired by the curiosity shown by kids during the 10th Kalamata Street Festival and 6th Kalamata Agricultural Fair, Radikala has now improved the shredder- bike design. A 1:25 reducer has replaced the chain-gear mechanism and the shredder is now totally child-safe!

If you have an old bike to offer, please contact Radikala :   


Launching Radikala project in Kalamata schools: A consensus to launch Radikala project in schools of Kalamata has been reached during a meeting on October 6th attended by representatives from R.A.D.I.Kal.A, Kentro Neon Kalamata/K.A.N.E,  Recycling Department of the Municipality of Kalamata (Τμήμα Ανακύκλωσης Δήμου Καλαμάτας), and Activities Office of Primary Schools for the Perfecture of Messinia (Γραφείο Σχολικών Δραστηριοτήτων Πρωτοβάθμιας Εκπαίδευσης Ν. Μεσσηνίας), represented by Ms Kokkonia Giannopoulou, Ms Eleni Kofterou, and Mr Dimitris Sarris.

The shredder-bike designed by Radikala will be used by students for awareness raising about environmental protection and physical activity while shredding plastic bottles collected locally by in schools and by students and their parents.    (CP23-10-17)


Can olive oil be produced in space? The first attempt to produce olive oil in space it is being done by a group of youngsters attending the 4th and 6th Gymnasium of Kalamata, in collaboration with the US-based Blue Space aerospace company. They will ship Messinian olives to space to see how oil production evolves in zero gravity conditions. The important experiment besides its educational nature is expected to provide scientists with useful conclusions about the chemical reaction of olive oil in these conditions, but also important information on whether it could remain there for a long time to become part of the diet of astronauts.tanea  (CP27-10-17)

Kalamata Market on October Friday 27th: Due to the National Holiday on October 28th, the Kalamata Municipa Market will take place on Friday 27 October. Tharros (CP25-10-17)

Drought threatens olive harvest: With the data so far, about olive cultivation, it appears that in regions of the Peloponnese geographical districts, visual checks suggest a possible problem for olive oil and edible olives, with symptoms of small fruit formation, fruit dehydration and, in extreme cases, the appearance of tanning instead of of the normal green color for the season.The severity of the problem depends also on local soil and climatic conditions and is found in non-irrigated olive groves.
The phenomenon is based on evolving climate change and directly affects olive cultivation, which is a dominant part of economic life in the Region, and olive olive farmers affected by the drought during this olive oil period, are seeking compensation from the Government, based on comparison with production in the last 3 years . kalamatajournal (CP25-10-17)

Confusion about the tax on income from short-term rentals such as Airbnb : Back in July, the legislation to tax incomes from short-term rentals via online platforms like Airbnb was published in a circular issued by the General Secretary for Public Revenues. The legislation  imposed tax rates for incomes coming from short-term rentals via the online platform Airbnb. A 15% tax to be charged from the first euro, while there are cases where the state can grab half of the Airbnb income with a tax of 45%.Keeptalking greece. However, according to recent news, there is considerable uncertainty about the details! It is not clear when the new laws come into effect, what short-term real estate leases are included, what rental periods are included etc What IS clear is that the Greek Finance Ministry aims to raise some 48 million euros in 2018 from the Airbnb revenues. Tharros (23-10-17)

Return of Greek Capital Gains Tax: Capital gains tax, which was suspended for the years 2015, 2016 and 2017, will come back from the new year (2018) on the basis of the updated Memorandum agreed. This was stated by the economist Kostas Kraniotis, who explained that  those who own property and want to sell houses, plots etc. will, from 2018, find in front of them the burden of Capital gains tax. The capital gains tax will be charged at a rate of 15% on the profit that arises between the acquisition price and the sale price of each property. The tax will be charged to the seller of the property while the buyer will owe a transfer tax of 3% on the fair value of the property Note:  the amount of the capital gain to be taxed, will depend on length of ownership Tharros  (CP23-10-17)

WARNING - A new and dangerous on line game"48-Hour Challenge" has become increasingly popular with children and adolescents.
This is a shocking new game that began on Facebook and encourages children to 'disappear' for as long as possible. The game has begun to take on dangerous dimensions and has spread across all social media, causing great concern to parents and educators. Particularly worrying, if the youngster’s family members make desperate posts online in an attempt to find them, the player will get a higher score. Tharros  (CP22-10-17)

New direct flights from Belgium to Kalamata in 2018 : Flights by Brussels Airline from Zaventem Airport to Kalamata will start on April 28 and continue to October 6, 2018. The air link will take place once a week, every Saturday, directly from Zaventem Airport in Brussels.The Peloponnese regional governor, Petros Tatoulis, stressed that the air link is the result of the Region's strategy for the continuous development of the International Airport "Captain Vassilis Konstantakopoulos" in Kalamata and the cooperation of the Region of Peloponnese with TEMES SA Tharros (CP22-10-17)

Air Mediterraneanair med lunches new flights: Air Mediterranean has recently announced the launch of seven new international flights out of Athens that will be flying to, London, Stockholm, Jeddah, Casablanca, Khartoum and Iraq (Baghdad and Erbil), starting November 1, 2017 with flights to London & Stockholm. All its flights will be scheduled and take place throughout the year.  Ticket prices for all European destinations will start from 85 euros, including airport taxes and other fees. Greek Reporter  (CP13-10-17)

E-Fresh on-line supermarket : A reliable and modern solution for online grocery in Greece has finally arrived -   It is the largest and most comprehensive online supermarket serving Attica and also most of rural cities. This constitutes a major change in the field of supermarkets in the country, as until e-Fresh arrived, there hadn’t been a trustworthy and quality online service for home delivery of supermarket goods. Customers can place orders from just 25€, while free deliveries are offered for orders above 55€. For more about the service see XpatAthens. The website is in English & Greek and they offer a 'chat' service about orders E-Fresh ordering  (CP 6-10-17)

Collapse of Monarch :The airline and tour operator Monarch went into administration on 2 October 2017. All flights & Future bookings have been cancelled, but the Civil Aviation Authority is arranging for replacement flights to repatriate the 100,000 passengers currently abroad. Information on the MONARCH website. You can also find information and advice on flights, accommodation and reimbursement for expenses incurred by calling the hotline on 0300 303 2800 (if calling from the UK) or +44 1753 330 330 (if calling from outside the UK).  GOV UK.   (CP 2-10-17)

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