It is no secret that here at Brits in Crete we are one of the most popular websites covering Greece for ex-pats seeking information on settling down in the country. They share first hand experiences of those already living here through livelihood articles and professional advice. BritsinCrete.Net has dedicated pages on living on Crete. We guide you with a checklist of things you need to know when you plan to settle in Crete and the Islands of Greece, or plan a long stay. These include:
On Thursday January 17th during the day the BritsinCrete Forum experienced an outage. The cause looked suspicious. In the meantime, we were testing a new stand alone server for our Crete Forum under our own security control. We decided that in view of the situation happening to the live website, we immediately moved to a brand new VPS (Virtual private Server) web hosting environment which we had been testing for several weeks already. In any move of this kind, the time it takes for propagation - moving across all the Internet services, country by country takes between 48 and 72 hours to completely happen. The move is to take security to an even higher level while securing our valuable resource and its members and visitors.
Visitors and members may see during the switch over between servers our 'wotsupnow!' announcement or find everything is back to normal. If your area has not yet been propagated to, please be patient. In any event please "refresh" your browser for the page you use to enter the website normally, just in case propagation has happened and you are not benefitting from it. All files and folders are as they were in place at the time of the outage.
Please feel free to access britsincrete.co.uk. The new "location" of our web hosting server is in Manchester in the UK. British to the core.
I offer my apologies for any inconvenience you may have experienced.
Just to mention that our main web site (www.britsincrete.net) is already on a VPS server and has not experienced this outage.
Thank you for your support of the Brits in Crete websites.
webmaster at BritsinCrete
Brits in Crete is proud to announce the development of a new section in our website devoted to all the fans of Greek and Cretan cuisine and cooking. We have kicked off with the Brits and Irish favourite of Moussaka (μουσακάς) a traditional Greek casserole dish that allegedly no Greek maiden is allowed through to marriage unless she can prepare it correctly.
Some heartening news from Greece for a change in this BBC report by about the tiny island of Ikaria where life expectancy is 10 years ABOVE the European average
The inhabitants of a small Greek island live on average 10 years longer than the rest of western Europe. So what's the secret to long life in Ikaria?
In a recent op-ed Ekathimerini (one of favourite sources) opines
The revelation that the amount owed by taxpayers to the state in unpaid dues increased by 1 billion euros in just a month is an illustration of just how deep the recession has become.
Of course this is only one side of the coin.
The English edition of Ekathimerini reports today
The Finance and Interior ministries on Wednesday disbursed 7.72 million euros in funding to Greece’s political parties for the year 2012, in tranches based on the percentage of the vote they garnered in the 2009 general election.
The Guardian in the UK reports as the title suggests 'Euros discarded as impoverished Greeks resort to bartering'.
It's been a busy day at the market in downtown Volos. Angeliki Ioanitou has sold a decent quantity of olive oil and soap, while her friend Maria has done good business with her fresh pies.
But not a single euro has changed hands – none of the customers on this drizzly Saturday morning has bothered carrying money at all. For many, browsing through the racks of second-hand clothes, electrical appliances and homemade jams, the need to survive means money has been usurped.
"It's all about exchange and solidarity, helping one another out in these very hard times," enthused Ioanitou, her hair tucked under a floppy felt cap. "You could say a lot of us have dreams of a utopia without the euro."