Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Last minute planning ...

Anyone remember before the internet, when you just paid up and went ? Now the groups and forums are alive with questions that need answering.

These are the things you need to worry about before you jet off on holiday, as you do your last minute packing  (July list) ...

#Aircon
Aircon - How much is it?
Aircon - Why is it not included?
#Airport
Airport - Please tell me its not going to be too busy on Friday 11th August?
Airport - Its packed and too hot and far too many people (Its an airport in Greece)
Airport - Its about time they modernised it (They did in the early 90's - This is Greece)
Airport - The loos are disgusting and all broken and huge queues (Try Turkey)
Airport - We had to walk in that heat from the new apron, they should provide a bus (2016)
Airport - They put us on a bus we could have walked (2017)
#Arachnids
Arachnids - Please tell me there wont be any Scorpions?
Arachnids - Please tell me there wont be any Spiders?
#ATM's
ATM's - Anyone know what the exchange rate is ?
ATM's - Anyone know which button to press ?
ATM's - Anyone know which one to use ?
#ATV's
ATV's  - Anyone know where to hire one ?
ATV's - Anyone know where to get insurance?
ATV's - Anyone know why everyone tells me to get a jeep?
#Bees
#Benidorm
Benidorm - Nothing to do with Skiathos but so many people link to it
Benidorm - Do people there link conversations to Skiathos?
Bees - Are there any?
#Bus
Bus - Its packed and you are pressed up against a sweaty stranger
Bus - Its packed, I am hiring a car! (See Parking)
Bus - Its packed, Its the only way to travel and saved me €80
#Cashponts (See ATM's)
#Countdown
Countdown - I am on countdown ...
Countdown - Countdown clock
Countdown - Why didn't anyone tell me my countdown clock was out of date once i posted it?
#Exchange rates
Exchange rates - Anyone know what the exchange rate is at (the ATM machine)
Exchange rates - Anyone know what the exchange rate is (Atm = At the moment)
Exchange rates - Anyone know what the exchange rate is at (the bank)
Exchange rates - Anyone know what the exchange rate is at (the ferry office)
#Facebook Groups
Facebook Groups - Its all kicking off again in Boommers
#Ferries
Ferries - What time are the ferries to Skopelos?
Ferries - What do you mean the next ferry is tomorrow
Ferries - My flight arrives at am/pm I need to get there straight away
Ferries - Typical Greece arrange the ferries to be going the other way when our flight arrives!
#Flights
Flights - I wish someone flew from (Insert airport here)
Flights -  We need extra flights to break the monopoly and cheaper tickets (2016)
Flights -  We dont want cheap tickets and extra flights (2016) See #Our secret hidden island
Flights -  BA to fly from LCY scheduled (2017) See I wish they flew from (Insert airport here)
Flights -  BA to fly from LCY £69 each way (2017) See - We need extra flights and cheap tickets
Fridges  - Anyone know if (Insert property) has them in the room
Fridges - Why should I pay extra
#Full English
Full English - Question often asked -Where can I find the best one?
Full English - Answer often given -Back where you came from
#Hair Dryers
Hair Dryers - Anyone know if (Insert property) has them
Hair Dryers - Anyone know if (Insert property) lends them
#Insects
Insects - Please tell me there wont be any Bees?
Insects - Please tell me there wont be any Butterflies?
Insects - Please tell me there wont be any Moths?
Insects - Please tell me there wont be any Mosquitos? (See Mossies)
Insects - Please tell me there wont be any Sand flies?
Insects - Please tell me there wont be any Wasps? (See Wasps)
#Insect repellent
Insect repellent - Which one is best?
Insect repellent - Avon - (Skin stinks like Hell)
Insect repellent - Mossie Milk (Who milks Mossies?)
Insect repellent - Jungle Formula (Best paint stripper ever)
#Irons
Irons - Anyone know if (Insert property) has them in the room
Irons - Anyone know if (Insert property) lends them
#I wish someone flew from ...
I wish someone flew from (Insert airport here) - See #Flights
#Jellyfish
Jellyfish- Please tell me there wont be any Jellyfish
#Linen
Linen - Change my towels sheets
#Kettles
Kettles- Anyone know if (Insert property) has them in the room
Kettles- Anyone know where I can buy one?
#Loos
Loos - What is the fixation with taking a photo of them ?
Loos - What do you mean use a bin ?
Loos - Nappy Sacks - Really ?
#Loo Rolls
Loo Rolls - Are they supplied?
Loo Rolls - 1st One only - Why ?
Loo Rolls - Have to buy my own - Outrageous
Loo Rolls - Leave the hair straighteners behind, and pack a loo roll just in case
#Mossies
Mossies - Are there any?
Mossies - Bitten to death
Mossies - Not bitten to death
Mosquitos (See Mossies)
#Open Air Cinema
Open Air Cinema - Please tell me whats on - Click 'here'
Open Air Cinema - Mamma Mia - Must see event
Open Air Cinema - It does not have a roof
Open Air Cinema - It does not have a roof - See Rain
Open Air Cinema - It does not have a roof - See September
Open Air Cinema - It does not have a roof - See Thunderstorm
Open Air Cinema - Why don't they fit a roof - See Thunderstorm
#Our secret hidden island
Our secret hidden island - Don't tell anyone
Our secret hidden island - Has been discovered
Our secret hidden island - Is getting too busy
Our secret hidden island - Is considered to be more popular with higher quality Italian tourists
Our secret hidden island - You should not bring children here, nothing to do (On the aircraft)
Our secret hidden island - Well we live here so enjoy your holiday (Insert cheesy grin)
#Parking
Parking - Where can I park?
Parking - You can park anywhere
Parking -What do you mean you got an €80 ticket
Parking - Where can I pay my parking ticket?
Parking - Just got back, can I pay my parking ticket online?
#Prices
Prices - Too expensive
Prices - All fine not too expensive (Answer to those who say its too expensive)
Prices - Cocktails index
Prices - Mythos index
Prices - Taverna meals
#Quads (See ATV's)
Quads - Get a 4x4 instead
#Rain
Rain - My app says rain
Rain - BBC weather says rain
Rain - Please tell me it wont rain
Rain - Please tell me it wont rain next week
Rain - Please tell me it wont rain all next week
Rain - Please tell me it wont rain, I can stay at home for that
Rain - 'never skiathos again'
#Ribbon
Ribbon - Fashion accessory to get spotted, by another ribbon wearer
#September
September - See Rain
#Snakes
Snakes - Are there any?
Snakes - Don't worry they are not poisonous?
Snakes - Do worry they are poisonous.
Snakes - I saw one two feet long
Snakes - I saw one three feet long
Snakes - I saw one four feet long
Snakes - Please tell me there wont be any?
#Sunbeds
Sunbeds - Are there any?
Sunbeds - How much are they?
Sunbeds - Thats expensive!
Sunbeds - They are not expensive 'prices have not risen for very many years'
#Taxis
Taxi Drivers
Taxi - Cost of transfers - How much is it by taxi to ?
Taxi - Cost of transfers (Prebooked)
Taxi - Why are we paying the same when we are sharing it with someone else?
Taxi - Why are we paying for a private transfer when they put us in a taxi anyway?
Taxi - Why did I pay for a private transfer when I could have taken a taxi?
#Thunderstorms
Thunderstorms - See Rain
Thunderstorms - See September
#Wasps
Wasps - Nobody told me there would be Wasps
Wasps - Please tell me there wont be any Wasps?
#Water taxi
Water taxi - I need to get to Skiathos town, where is the taxi?
Water taxi - Can you call him for me?
Water taxi - What do you mean he is on the mainland his business is waiting here!
Water taxi - How much !!!
Water taxi - What time did you say the ferry was and can you look after my bags
#Weather
Weather - Too Hot for me (Well it is July)
Weather - Lucky you, its tipping down here in Bradford/Leeds/Manchester (Nobody cares)
Weather - Whats it going to be like on (Insert date here)
Weather - Whats it going to be like on (Insert date and exact time here)
Weather - Whats it like in (Insert Month here)

Feel free to add to the list, but after the last few days reading, I think you have it covered ...

16 comments:

  1. Most of these questions are serious meant; even if some of us find them stupid.
    I'm more annoyed by:
    # Things were better in the 70's/80's/90's
    # Hah, I've been there more than 10/20/30 times
    # I never travel in season and I wear pink shorts
    # Cats deserve more attention than dogs
    # Dogs deserve more attention than cats
    # What? Never arrived by ferry?
    # What? Never travelled via Athens?
    # Never eat/drink ...... when you are in Greece
    # Mythos is a Danish beer (fun fact: Fix is as well)

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    1. Bravo Stig - Always to be relied upon :)

      PS Mythos looks and tastes like the 'Indian restaurant distress purchase' Carlsberg. Whereas the latest addition to the family FIX does not ...

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  2. Absolutely brilliant Ian, come of the forums for this exact reason,
    I remember only page was Sunny banana when Richard was self made Mayor on the beach ��

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    1. Alan, now you are giving your age away :) Sunny Banana was a lovely forum, a shame it went. Full of friendly people who were associated with the beach.
      Kriandos often mentioned being christened, by Richard the Mayor of Banana.
      Panagiotis who they only know as being a bus conductor, and Elton on Banana beach and the best tuna salads and sunsets ever ...

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    2. Ha Ha we all grow old together.
      But we still love the charm and quaintness of Skiathos before all the negative thoughts on Boomerangers forum.

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    3. Strangely enough, Just watching the latest fall outs and resignations as 'its all kicking off in Boomers again' this morning.

      Bring back the Bulletin Board :)

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    4. Like yourself over the years we have made so many friends, you don't need a reunion as walking about or in a taverna , you see people from years ago to spend a few hours with an Ouzo and chatting even the locals.

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    5. I started off the Boomerang club, we had a great time but since the FB thing took over its become something very different. I was walking across Tries Hieraches, and a very strange woman pointed and said 'hes a boomeranger'
      I thought she had sunstroke! Daft as a brush.
      There is an island joke about the ribbons, but I cant post it here :)

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  3. You forgot #food Ian - is there a McDonalds on the island? Where can I get a good english breakfast? Whats the best restaurant on the island? Etc

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    1. Yes you are right 'The one season McDonalds' comes up in so many conversations. Did you see the guy loose his rag about a full english :) #NIMS

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  4. I left Boomers because it became a save a pussy cat and guzzle a half litre of wine club, best thing I ever did. I saw them one night on the harbour what an embarrassment. Walked on by

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  5. Akela - Do they have any Scout Groups on Skiathos I could visit? Bet nobody has asked that before. Akela's husband, forget it your on holiday. :-)

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    1. Yes we did that before, I gave you the details remember?

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    2. I can say the Skiathos Scout group did a splendid job marshalling the Skiathos Trail 10k race I took part in last year

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  6. Aaah I remember now. Ian I think you have too much time on your hands you need to help me refurbish the Scout hall that was the old Quilters school built in 1838 :-)

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