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14 July 2015

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Yvonne Payne

Hi, like you I watch the news unfold from a distance. I live half of each year on Crete, Greece and go back 'home' to Crete in two weeks time. As we are not involved on a full time basis, so don't have a vote, all we can do is keep our fingers crossed that in the end some sort of solution enables ordinary folk to live a decent life. X

Stavros

Yvonne, I lived in Greece back during the days of the drachma. The quality of life was much better for ordinary folks back then even though they were not able to buy all manner of consumer goods. Even then we had to deal with the Greek "reality" but I loved every minute of it. The victims are always ordinary folks such at aging pensioners and families who are just trying to make ends meet as best they can. Unfortunately these emerging problems are not limited to Greece.

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