Thomson Holiday Weather was forecasting a storm on Wednesday/Thursday in Corfu (last Sunday) but BBC is not showing anything tonight
Maybe it will pass you by but as has been said, winds from the South usually end up with storms somewhere on Corfu, but spare a thought for us back home now in the UK as the forecast here is very wet and very windy again this weekend with a high of 16c (apparently I missed the 8.5c high of last Sunday as I was in Corfu thankfully)
Message posted by Elliemay on 15áJuneá2011 at 10:36pm - IP Logged
Well it has certainly passed me by at the moment.
I have been here since mid April and have only had a couple of showers overnight, and one for about 5 minutes during the day. Definitely a lot drier up here on the NW coast.
Hope the unrest in Corfu was not too tortuous for businesses, as I would have thought Corfu needed all the tourism it can get, and the last thing Greece needs I would have thought is bad publicity again with news of riots.
Maybe I am wrong, as I don't live, there, but am sure somebody on this site will put me right if I am wrong
Message posted by weeprincess on 16áJuneá2011 at 7:27am - IP Logged
I think you are right lymmbo. The trouble is that when people's livelihoods are threatened, they lash out. It is a very difficult time for many people here and people are angry with what has gone on in the past with corrupt politicians so they react. My own Greek pension has been cut considerably (by nearly 20%) but I am fortunate in that I also have a small UK pension and a garden in which I can grow vegetables. I have several good Corfiot friends however, who, through no fault of their own and no tax-dodging, are on the brink of bankruptcy, at risk of losing both homes and businesses. I was behind a lady in the queue at the Post Office last month who told me she had five children, lived off her late husband's pension which was 200 euros every other month. How on earth can anyone live on that, let alone six people? It really is shocking.
Greece needs the tourism to boost the economy, rising holiday prices will drive people away.
Unfortunately the Greek people have had an easy time with taxes in the past and the government has borrowed EU money without thinking about the consequences of paying it back.
Message posted by Lavinia on 17áJuneá2011 at 11:42pm - IP Logged
I don't think it is quite as simplistic as that. I have no wish to enter into an economic discussion as I am not an economist. Having said that, I believe that this is a cultural matter of progression. There is little structure in Greece and certainly no Welfare State so it has always been a matter of looking out for yourself.
Very low employment, few opportunities, university places virtually impossible to gain - this was the story in the 1970s. Survival of the fittest in a very poor country. "Meson" (connections to high ranking people) was all important. Unfortunately this permeated the ranks of elected politicians and this is what has brought Greece to her knees. This is the generation now in power.
Historically, Greece was screwed over after WW2 by the Yalta Agreement signed by Churchill, Stalin and Roosevelt. This is where it all stems from.
The pathos of Churchill's remark that "Greeks do not fight like heroes, but heroes fight like Greeks" is something we should all respect.
We have to remember the hundreds of thousands of Greeks who died of starvation in WW2 and the wonderful resistance force they had. They were a decimated nation at the end of it all and then were plunged into a bloody Civil War. Then in 1967 the Colonels took over and another very dark part of Greek History emerged. It was at this point that I became involved. Greece is a very fractured nation in a very precarious position, poised between Europe and the Balkans. This is one of the most ancient civilisations in the world and needs and indeed should have, the respect and support of modern civilisations who must have their origins in the Agoras of Athinai, Mycenae and Knossos. Certainly Kerkyra deserves respect and support for her amazing history and beauty as well as for her connections with so many "host" occupiers.
My late Corfiot husband once said to my lawyer brother (British) "I don't think you understand what it is like to have had your homeland constantly occupied."
This is why we have to support Kerkyra. I hope and pray the wonderfully hospitable, polyglot Corfiots and their beautiful island will flourish.
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