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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Greece: National Day of Resistance; Gorgopotamos Bridge

From To Vima

On the Harling Mission

Video (YouTube)

Greece: Debt Repayments in 100 Instalments; Troika, Paris Negotiations

Debtors signing up fast

Troika/Government Paris negotations

Sherborne Castle Wines

Where to obtain these excellent English wines

"The tradition of wine making on the Sherborne Castle Estates started in the Middle Ages when Bishop Roger, who built the Old Castle planted a vineyard on the northern side of the lake. By 1146 this was sufficiently mature to be mentioned in the bull of Eugenius II.

In 1982, the tradition was revived on the estate by John Wingfield Digby at Wake Court in Bishops Caundle. The vineyard has three hectares of vines on a south facing slope with soil types of limestone loam over clay. The vines are planted on a wide high wire system known as Geneva Double Curtain that gives a smaller number of vines per hectare. This gives a better exposure to the light which is very important to fruiting.

The Wake Court Vineyard is a perfect example of an English vineyard producing fine wines. The Special Reserve is a blend of four grape varieties. In addition two traditional method sparkling wines are made and matured, a white and a rosé. There is also a wine Brandy aged in oak produced from the wine of the Seyval grape.

On average 15,000 bottles are produced each year. The varieties grown are Bacchus, Leon Millot, Pinot Noir, Regner, Reichensteiner, Schonburger and Seyval Blanc.

Once the grapes have been harvested the wine is produced by a contract wine maker, Steve Brooksbank, of the Bagborough Vineyard, Pylle, Shepton Mallet who uses the latest technology and equipment, including stainless steel vats that ensure a clean fruity wine".

Dorset: Lower Bockhampton Housing Plans

From BBC News

Greece: New Regional Airport Management; 40 Year Operating Concession, Fourteen Airports; Airport Privatization Tender; Corfu, Kefalonia, Zakynthos, Thessaloniki, etc

Including Corfu

Fraport-Copelouzos to Manage Concession for 40 Years - 14 Airports Including Thessaloniki, Chania (Crete), Kerkyra (Corfu), Kos, Rhodes and Others - Some 19 Million Passengers Annually

"Fraport AG Frankfurt Airport Services Worldwide and its partner Copelouzos Group have been selected as preferred investor for a 40-year operating concession by the Hellenic Republic Assets Development Fund (HRADF) for 14 regional airports inGreece, including Aktio, Chania (Crete), Kavala, Kefalonia, Kerkyra (Corfu), Kos, Mitilini, Mykonos, Rhodes, Samos, Santorini, Skiathos, Thessaloniki - Greece's second largest city - and Zakynthos.

Combined, these airports served a total of about 19.1 million passengers in 2013. The total purchase price of 1,234 million euros will be paid by the time of closing, expected in the autumn of 2015. Fraport AG will hold a majority share in the consortium.

Against strong international competition, Fraport and Copelouzos delivered a convincing bid to win the privatization tender for these Greek airports. Fraport AG's executive board chairman Dr. Stefan Schulte expressed satisfaction with this latest new expansion of the company's international portfolio: "The Greek regional airports add another airport investment with dynamic development potential. The choice for Fraport underscores our position as a leading global airport manager. Our extensive know-how gained over many decades will contribute to expanding and strengthening the competitive position of the Greek regional airports."

As new owner, the Fraport/Copelouzos consortium will be responsible for maintaining, operating, managing, upgrading and developing the 14 gateways of international tourism until 2055. The mainland airports include Aktio (PVK), Kavala (KVA) and Thessaloniki (SKG). The remaining eleven are located on the Greek islands of Corfu/Kerkyra (CFU), Crete/Chania (CHQ), Kefalonia (EFL), Kos (KGS), Mitilini (MJT), Mykonos (JMK), Rhodes (RHO), Samos (KGS), Santorini (JTR), Skiathos (JSI) and Zakynthos (ZTH).

The founder and chairman of Copelouzos Group, Dimitris Copelouzos, stressed the project's importance at the local, national and international level: "Modernization of the airports will allow us, via reliable and safer transportation services, to further enhance Greek tourism continuously - thus empowering competitiveness of the local and national economies and generating new jobs. Our goal is to create airport gateways that meet the growing needs and expectations of the Greek people as well as visitors from around the globe."


Kathimerini (Greek)

Kathimerini (English)

Airport tender exceeds expectations

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Wessex: Hidden Villages (Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire); UK Channel 4

Yarlington, West Bay, Poundbury, Chideock, Milton Abbas etc, with Penelope Keith on Channel 4

"Penelope follows her guidebook through Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire, including a visit to Castle Combe, voted Britain's prettiest village. Penelope Keith takes to the road to explore our changing relationship with that most quintessential of British institutions, the village".

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Thatched Roofs, video clip

Channel 4 (4oD Service) does not like Adblocker software, and will not provide access if you are running it on your computer.

I prefer to block the ads. Channel 4's loss.