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Corfu, Greece: Plous Bookshop, Tο Βιβλιοπωλείο Πλους φιλοξενεί ενα αφιέρωμα για τον μουσικό, συγγραφέα Raul Scacchi

Παρουσίαση Βιβλίου του Raul Scacchi  Tο Βιβλιοπωλείο Πλους φιλοξενεί ενα αφιέρωμα για τον μουσικό, συγγραφέα Raul Scacchi και το τελευ...

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Saturday, 27 August 2016

Europeans' Attitude to Brexit Vote


From FT - From gloomy to glad, Europeans respond to Brexit vote, Rick Mertens in Brussels


Dorset councils merger plan; NHS Cuts Across England



Plans to reorganise local government in Dorset in a bid to save cash are an "attack against democracy", an MP has claimed (BBC News).
"NHS cuts 'planned across England' (BBC News) - "The BBC has seen draft sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) which propose ward closures, cuts in bed numbers and changes to A&E and GP care in 44 areas. There have been no consultations on the plans so far. NHS England, which needs to find £22bn in efficiency savings by 2020-21, said reorganising local services is essential to improve patient care".


Friday, 26 August 2016

The Ten Happiest Countries In The World



From National Geographic - "Visit the Top 10 Happiest Countries in the World - The most blissful places on Earth definitely are worth a trip".










Island Songs - Nostalgia



"It comes as no surprise that islands (especially the tropical kind) and songs are exquisitely bound in a heavily nuanced, romantic, and bucolic embrace that the marketing industry has sought to capitalize, captured, for example in the exotic nostalgia of Harry Belafonte's "Jamaica Farewell" (1956)". Island Songs, A Global Repertoire, edited by Godfrey Baldacchino, The Scarecrow Press, 2011).

I suppose that Harry Belafonte's "Island in the Sun" could also have been mentioned as an example.

I have recently been suffering from a bout of island nostalgia (islomania?), not always for islands that I have ever visited, but a kind of generalised xeniteia regarding islands everywhere, big or small, tropical or Northern European, in the Mediterranean, Atlantic, Baltic Sea or Pacific Ocean. But I wouldn't call it "exotic nostalgia", and I don't blame the marketing industry...instead let's praise the talented singers, songwriters, musicians, and all the people who created those that are traditional folk-songs.

Some of my favourite island songs (and the interpretations I prefer, not all on YouTube or Spotify):

"L'Isola Blu", Benito Merlino (CD, D'oro E Di Sangue - another great song)

"Island Home", Christine Anu

"Yo te Canto, Puerto Rico", Guillermo Portabales

"Lamento Cubano", Guillermo Portabales

"Petit Pays", Cesaria Evora

"Nha Cancera Ka Tem Medida", Cesaria Evora

"Ξεκινά μια ψαροπούλα", Sotiria Bellou

Κέρκυρα - Όλα σου είναι παραδείσια - Θανασης Σπινουλας

"Γιαλό, γιαλό" - traditional kantada

"Σαμιώτισσα" - traditional

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Writing Software - Apps to Help the Creative Process



Helpful apps suggested by The Writers' Academy, Penguin Random House - "While there will always be a certain romance to good old pen and paper, writers are increasingly making use of online apps and writing software to help them with the creative process".

A useful reminder for writers - an apt aphorism by Don Paterson (from New Writing 9, 2000):

"Every morning the writer should go to the window, look out and remind himself of this fact: aside from his own species, not one thing he sees - not one bird, tree or stone - has in its possession the name he gives it".


BBC 4: Your Money and Your Life, Generational Changes



An alarming radio programme! "Sixties and Beyond"

In a four-part series, Louise Cooper considers the financial and emotional dimensions to the most important decisions we make in our lives.

Life expectancy at birth and at age 65 has been increasing steadily for the past four decades.

This demographic success story brings its dilemmas for today's retirees: how to plan for a retirement that could easily last 20 years, and how to find enough money for expensive care fees.

Louise talks to some of today's over-60s about the pressures and uncertainties of planning for retirement.

Presenter:Louise Cooper
Producer: Ruth Alexander
Editor:Andrew Smith.

"Forty and Fifty-Somethings"

In a four-part series, Louise Cooper considers the financial and emotional dimensions to the most important decisions we make in our lives.

For many, the forties and fifties is a time when you have the greatest number of financial responsibilities, as you're supporting your children and often these days, your ageing parents. The trend has given this generation a new nickname, 'the sandwich generation'.

And that's the simple model. It's in these two decades, that an increasing number of people are starting new relationships, giving rise to another new term, the 'blended family' which brings the complexities of managing money and relationships into sharp focus.

In this episode, Louise speaks to families and experts about the pressure of caring for children and parents, and the delicate balance of blended family finances.

Presenter:Louise Cooper
Producer: Ben Carter
Editor:Andrew Smith.