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Friday, 21 July 2017

The Cultural and Creative Industries in Greece; Μελέτη για την χαρτογράφηση της Πολιτιστικής- Δημιουργικής Βιομηχανίας στην Ελλάδα

Mapping the Cultural and Creative Industries in Greece, Greek News Agenda

Executive summary in English (pdf)

Μελέτη για την χαρτογράφηση της Πολιτιστικής- Δημιουργικής Βιομηχανίας στην Ελλάδα (pdf)

Talking to Arnold Schwarzenegger

David Rennie, The Economist's 1843 Magazine

Dorset: Jo Draper Tributes

Tributes paid to writer and Lyme Regis Museum researcher Jo Draper, Bridport and Lyme Regis News

"Jo Draper died on Friday, June 23, at the age of 68 and was famous in Dorset for having written a number of books and articles on the county, a place she developed a lifelong passion for.

Perhaps her most lauded work was Dorset the Complete Guide, the first edition of which took her more than three years to write, with the author visiting every place she mentioned in the work".

Britons in Europe and the right to live in another EU country; Healthcare Insurance implications and other drawbacks

From The Guardian via MSN - Britons living in Europe could lose right to live in another EU country

"British people living in the European Union could lose the right to live in another EU member state after Brexit, it emerged at the end of talks in Brussels. British officials raised the issue with their European counterparts during three-and-a-half days of intense technical talks on Brexit. The EU made clear it would not move without a reciprocal offer for European nationals living in Britain that would allow them to move to another EU country and return to the UK".

EU's Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier highlights split on expats' rights. Deutsche Welle

Britons face losing healthcare in Europe as EU toughens Brexit stance, Telegraph

"British tourists and business travellers will lose free healthcare in Europe, under hardline proposals put forward by the European Union during Brexit negotiations in Brussels. European Commission officials told their British counterparts that the UK will be thrown out of the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) system after the 29 March 2019 withdrawal date".

Britain faces up to Brexit - As long as the government stays in denial about Brexit’s drawbacks, the country is on course for disaster, The Economist

See the cartoon...

"Britain is having a very public nervous breakdown".

What Germans think about the Brexit negotiations, DW

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Το Πέτρινο Δάσος στην θέση Οξυά; The Stone Forest at Risk of Destruction; Oxias, above Monodendri, Zagori

From zagoristas, Facebook,

Παρατηρητήριο Ζαγορίου

"Το Πέτρινο Δάσος στην θέση Οξυά, κοντά στο Μονοδένδρι Ζαγορίου. Ασβεστολιθικοί σχηματισμοί, σπάνιο θέαμα και σημαντικός πόλος έλξης επισκεπτών. Χρειάστηκαν εκατομμύρια χρόνια για να σχηματιστούν και μερικές μέρες για να καταστραφούν από παράνομες εξορύξεις! Πρόσκαιρο οικονομικό κέρδος για ολίγους έναντι διατήρησης της φυσικής κληρονομιάς του τόπου μας, για όλους και για πάντα. Αξίζει?"

About The Stone Forest, from GeoZagori

Two Great Cooks; with Jamie Oliver

Jamie Oliver and Maria: comparing recipes!

Vitsa in the Early 1980's; Vitsa, Zagori

The old kalderimi; Maria and Kiria Anna Vasdeki

Maria and Fantina with Kiria Anna Vasdeki

BBC Press Office Bar Chart/Graph on Stars' Pay; Salary Revelations

From Guido Fawkes

"There is no scale on the axis, accentuating the difference between the years. It makes it look like the Beeb has halved stars’ pay in two years…Worse than that, the graph leaves off 2013/14 when the total talent bill was £194 million".

Backstabbing, jealousy and rage - how pay revelations sent BBC into a tailspin, The Telegraph

BBC pay report: Chris Evans and Gary Lineker top list amid glaring gender gap, The Telegraph


Government attacks BBC for star salaries and says sums should be 'halved'

BBC pay list: the hidden names the corporation does not want you to see

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Lefkada, with Rory and Ophelia Allardice; Lefkas, Greece

The view from their Lefkada house (between Lygia and Nikiana):

"Rory Allardice has lived and worked in France, Italy, then in Georgia, Armenia and Russia (at the time of the Soviet Union), The People's Republic of China, Czechoslovakia (as was), Poland, the U.A.E. and Greece. He has a passion for learning languages and speaks several foreign languages.

He has travelled mostly in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa and has written a series of highly personal travelogues, which are illustrated by his photographs. The books are of places which are less frequented but which have a deep fascination for the author".

We first met in Prague, Czechoslovakia (as was), in 1986.

A postcard to Prague, 1989.

Down the road at Nikiana:

Greece: Limited Appeal for Property Investors

Greece still unattractive for property sector investors, eKathimerini

"The Global Property Guide report stresses that the high taxation of rental incomes and the high cost of transactions (transfer tax, various stamps etc) are strong counter-incentives for investors".

Greece’s house prices on cusp of rising, as its economy begins to recover, Global Property Guide, May, 2017


Dramatic surge in UK's housing market caused by stamp duty increase - but central London may be at tipping point, Global Property Guide, June 2016

Already well out-of-date

Other Views on Greece: Greek Debt Issues

The EU: Negotiating Positions on Brexit


Monday, 17 July 2017

The Mediterranean Sea: Plastic Pollution

From Greek Reporter - Greenpeace: Mediterranean in Grave Danger From Plastic Pollution

"Greece produces between 180,000-300,000 tonnes of plastic packaging a year, while the total annual demand for plastic is estimated to be around 500,000 tonnes. Only a very small percentage of this amount is recycled, while the Institute for Retail Consumer Goods Research (IELKA) estimates that Greeks use 363 plastic bags per person each year".

We tried to do something ten years ago:

The Guardian, February 2015: Coastal communities dumping 8m tonnes of plastic in oceans every year

Out of the Nest, Day Three: Waiting for Lunch, and an Accompanied Trial Flight (?)

And then there was one...

And there there were two....

Let's hope all four made it back to what remains of their nest:

Margo Durrell - More on "Whatever Happened To Margo" — And Her Children; from Durrelliana; The Durrells

Interesting blog posting from Durrelliana

Musicians: Anoushka Shankar on sitar and Kasiva Mutua on drums

From BBC World Service, The Conversation

"Music is not a joke: it puts food on the table and it heals people".

About the programme:

"Anoushka Shankar on sitar and Kasiva Mutua on drums...two celebrated female musicians talk to Kim Chakanetsa about their paths to mastering instruments more traditionally played by men.

Anoushka Shankar's father, the legendary Indian sitar player Ravi Shankar taught her to play the instrument from the age of 9. She first performed in public with her father at 13 and got a recording contract as soon as she finished school. She says growing up surrounded by music actually meant she had a complicated relationship with it, involving both love and fear. Despite that she decided to embrace the sitar on her own terms and is now heralded as probably the best female player in the world, making nine solo albums and receiving six Grammy nominations for her work. Anoushka says she's now experimenting with her music in ways she wished she had done 20 years ago.

Kasiva Mutua is a Kenyan percussionist who discovered her love for drums at a young age, finding rhythms in her grandmother's stories and in the everyday sounds around her. She pursued drumming in secret throughout her teenage years before deciding to make a career of it - much to the dismay of her family and the wider community; female drumming in Kenya is considered taboo. Determined to follow her passion Kasiva is now an internationally touring drummer and part of the African music initiative The Nile Project. She says she had to fight to play - but it's all been worth it".

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Police Dismantle Criminal Group Trading Horsemeat in Europe - unfit for human consumption.


"66 people are said to have been arrested (or investigated) – all but one of them in Spain". Euronews.

"A wide network was allegedly identified; police operations were carried out in several countries including the UK".

Greece: Storms and Extreme Weather Conditions

From Kathimerini - Ακραία καιρικά φαινόμενα σε περιοχές ανά την Ελλάδα - Που θα «χτυπήσει» πιο έντονα η κακοκαιρία

Torrential rains flood Chalkidiki, thunder kills shepherd in Western Greece. KTG

«Μικρό φθινόπωρο» μέσα στο καλοκαίρι, Kathimerini

Heavy rainfall causes problems in Thessaloniki, Halkidiki, eKathimerini

"Sudden and heavy rainfall in Thessaloniki and other parts of northern Greece caused major traffic disruption and other problems on Monday. Due to the hours of rainfall, many regional roads were flooded, blocking motorists and leading to several road accidents though no injuries had been reported by late afternoon".

Decided to postpone visit to Lefkada by one day. Sensible decision.

UK Tuition Fees U-Turn? "Writing off student debts is an ambition, not a promise, says McDonnell" – video

From The Guardian (video)

John McDonnell insists Jeremy Corbyn's election pledge to wipe student debt 'was not a promise', Telegraph

McDonnell says Labour will 'try to' write off £100bn in student debt as well as abolishing tuition fees, MailOnline

Not possible t keep promise, Guido Fawkes

The Appeal of the Violin: Το βιoλί - Zagori Folk-Song, To Πουλάκι, "To Poulaki"

From P. Aravantinos, Dimotika Tragoudia tis Ipeirou, 1880

Three talented violin players

"You enliven with your violin all the valour in the world;
There within your violin the flame of Greekness lives" * 

A pity I gave up the instrument when I was only twelve!

See also, posting of July 2013: Greek Violin, Kostis Palamas, O Batarias

*In Praise of Batarias, the Fiddler of Romiosyni

-freely adapted by JP from a Greek poem by Kostis Palamas

"Here's to you, Bataria, master of the bow and bossman of the violin!
Greetings to you, Bataria, my sense of yearning's plain to see
And a deeper pain, like pining, is what your playing gives.
You enliven with your violin all the valour in the world;
There within your violin the flame of Greekness lives".

From my book, Corfu Blues, Ars Interpres, Stockholm, 2006


Kostis Palamas

Γεια σου καημενε Μπαταρια
της δοξαριας τεχνιτη
γεια σου καημενε Μπαταρια
και αφεντη του βολιου

Γεια σου καημενε Μπαταρια
με το βιολι σου ξυπνησες
την λεβεντια του κοσμου
η ρωμιοσυνη μια φωτια
μες το βιολι σου ζει

Γεια σου καημενε Μπαταρια
τρανος ειναι ο καημος μου
γεια σου καημενε μπαταρια
και ποιος τρανος εσυ

Γεια σου καημενε Μπαταρια
με το βιολι σου ξυπνησες
την λεβεντια του κοσμου
η ρωμιοσυνη μια φωτια
μες το βιολι σου ζει

Πουλια της λιμνοθαλασσας
μποριασματα μαιστραλια
τετοια φωνη δοξαστε την
και τετοια δοξαρια

Pina Shell (Pinna carnea, amber pen shell), Corfu; Mongonisi Rock, Paxos

Η πίννα (Pinna) (γράφεται και πίνα) - the pen shell

What shall I write?

Μαρία Θεριανή (Μαρία Βάθη): Maria Theriani, Singer-Songwriter

Last night, while watching a wedding in Vitsa, Zagori, we met Rita, the mother of Maria Theriani (Μαρία Θεριανή), a talented young singer-guitarist, whose singing we were able to hear via YouTube on an iPad in the square.

Maria sings beautifully in Greek, French and English. She should find great success as a singer.

Μαρία Θεριανή - Πρωινό Τσιγάρο (cover)

Μαρία Θεριανή - Σε ψάχνω ακόμα

The Greek Village (a folk-poem dedicated to the village priest); Zagori, Epirus; Τα Ζαγοροχώρια

From P. Aravantinos, Dimotika Tragoudia tis Ipeirou, Athens, 1880

Photo 24 May, 2012