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Friday, 24 November 2017

The Art of Warren Curry; Corfu and Australia


"Warren has worked as a full time professional artist for over 30 years. His preferred medium is oil paints on canvas and the following gallery represents his traditional style of painting. Warren spends 3-5 months each year working in his studio in the village of Pelekas,Corfu. Many of his paintings from Corfu are featured in this gallery" -  http://www.warrencurry.com/gallery.html


Warren's two homes - The Weekly times

Limited Edition Fine Art Prints

Abbey104 Radio Interview: Jenny Devitt's "Local World"




I had the great pleasure of being interviewed by Jenny Devitt at the Abbey104 radio studio in Sherborne last night, as her 'special guest' for her Thursday Local World programme, from 5-6pm.

I was much impressed by the professionalism of the station, and by the amount of detailed research carried out by Jenny in the weeks before the interview. I would like to thank her and those kind people who made an input, at her request. Jenny is a tremendous and highly-experienced producer-presenter, who knows how to put interviewees at their ease. Laughing with Sir David:


Jenny interviewing Sir David Attenborough 
at Lyme Regis Museum






Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Save Epirus! Σώστε την ήπειρο, όχι στην χερσαία εξόρυξη πετρελαίων! Say No to Oil Exploration!



Message seen on Facebook:

Την Πέμπτη 23/11/17 και ωρα 18:00, στην Ελεούσα, στο παλιό Δημαρχειο πραγματοποιείται Δημοτικό Συμβούλιο, οπου προ ημερησιάς διάταξης θα τεθει το θέμα των σεισμικών ερευνών και πιθανών εξορυξεων υδρογονανθράκων των εταιρειών Repsol-Energean Oil.. Καλούμε ολους τους δημότες του Δ. Ζίτσας καθώς και ολους τους κατοίκους των Ιωαννίνων και γενικότερα της Ηπείρου, έξω απο το κτίριο, σε συγκέντρωση διαμαρτυρίας.

Οι φωνές μας πρέπει να ακουστούν Πανηπειρωτικά αλλα και Πανελλαδικά!!! Οφείλουμε και πρέπει να προστατέψουμε την ΙΕΡΗ ΓΗ της Ηπείρου και να πουμε ενα ηχηρό ΟΧΙ στα σχέδια εκείνων που αποφασισαν για εμάς χωρίς εμάς!! Το οφείλουμε στον τόπο μας αλλά και στην ίδια μας τη ζωή!

The difference between Greek and Irish writers


By Richard Pine, The Irish Times


Raul Scacchi, Songs on Soundcloud


A really good selection of Raul's songs, concept albums, collaborations and settings

The Good Samaritan and The Nomad written and composed by Jim Potts (vocals here), arrangements and orchestration Raul Scacchi.

Songs from Neuromantics, a collaborative project, Raul Scacchi and Jim Potts.

The World's Her Oyster, from Failed Expectations, lyrics Jim Potts and Raul Scacchi.

Backstage, from Beyond, Necromantics, lyrics Raul Scacchi and Jim Potts



Lyme Regis - Dorset plesiosaur fossil sells for £90k



From BBC News - 'Rare 3D' Dorset plesiosaur fossil fetches £90k at auction


Sidney Nolan: The Greek Series; Hellenic Museum, Melbourne



"61 works currently on loan from the Estate of Lady Nolan, have never before been exhibited in Australia as a single body of work, making Sidney Nolan: The Greek Series a truly unique exhibition".

An article about the exhibition, by Dean Kalimniou, Diatribe.

Hellenic Museum, Melbourne

"In November 1955, two years after leaving Sydney, and hungry for inspiration after finishing the two iconic series, Ned Kelly and Burke and Wills, Sidney Nolan and his wife, writer Cynthia Reed, travelled from London to the Greek island of Hydra. Immersing himself in the timeless beauty of the Greek landscape and culture, Nolan started a new series of works exploring both the contemporary and mythological world. Staying with Australian friends, authors George Johnston and Charmian Clift, who were at the centre of a creative expatriate circle living on the island, Nolan had intended a brief visit before beginning a scholarship in Rome, however remained in Hydra until the following May".

Sidney Nolan: The Greek Series at the Hellenic Museum, Greek Reporter


Google, some of Nolan's Hydra images



From Sidney Nolan, Such is Life, a biography by Brian Adams, 1987

"The Greek language remained a mystery to Nolan and one of the few phrases he managed to master was the New Year greeting kali chronya, which he used incessantly. The locals put up with it until the following Easter, when finally an old sponge diver pointed out that 1956 was well advanced and it sounded foolish to be wishing everyone  'Happy New Year'."

See also, Warren Curry, another Australian artist with a love of Greece








Monday, 20 November 2017

Zagori, Greece: From the Refuge to Drakolimni (Walk); Frances Annear; Exploring Papingo



Sample walk from Frances Annear's Exploring Papingo

The guide-book


Two of my own photos of Drakolomni (Dragon Lake):



Legends of Dragon Lale (Drakolimni) from my own book, The Ionian Islands and Epirus, A Cultural History, Signal Books, Oxford


To Kokoraki, The King's Singers; Traditional Greek Song


Good for Anglo-Greek relations!

Listen here (YouTube) - To Kokoraki - Greek traditional song (arr. Gordon Langford)

This was recorded live on the final night of The King's Singers UK Summer School, July 2017, in a performance for the participants at Royal Holloway, University of London. 

Patrick Dunachie, countertenor
Timothy Wayne-Wright, countertenor 
Julian Gregory, tenor
Christopher Bruerton, baritone
Christopher Gabbitas, baritone
Jonathan Howard, bass




Sunday, 19 November 2017

Alphonse "Bois Sec" Ardoin; Cajun Music



From Dust-to-Digital, Facebook, 15th November 2017 posting - Remembering accordionist Alphonse "Bois Sec" Ardoin, born in 1915 in Duralde, Louisiana

Dorset County Orchestra, Autumn Concert, Conductor and Soloist, Arturo Serna


                         
Inside the music

                             
This was an extraordinarily powerful experience, with the Dorset County Orchestra playing with passion, dynamism and obvious commitment, in the Dorford Centre, Dorchester. Congratulations to all the musicians!

Normally I wouldn’t choose to sit so close to a symphony orchestra - little more than a metre from the leader, Bärbel Glaser, and the soloist/conductor Arturo Serna (cello), but this proximity provided total immersion in multi-phonic surround sound, with close-up views of the brilliant and intense cello-playing in Joseph Haydn’s Cello Concerto No 2 in D major.

The sound was not too loud, the balance and instrumental clarity felt just right (sitting two rows further back would have made little difference, as there were only three semi-circular rows of seating available in this contemporary church hall/auditorium, because of the room’s layout and the space required by the orchestra).

Such a seating position might have diminished the overwhelming impact of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in C minor (Opus 67), but it positively enhanced the excitement and drama of the work. It was an unforgettable participatory musical experience, involving the whole audience, as if we were all playing as members of the orchestra. 

The programme opened with Carl Maria Von Weber’s overture to Der Freischűtz.

An emperor couldn’t have asked for more.






Saturday, 18 November 2017

Bridport Today


Bridport Market Day (and Vinyl Saturday)









Pop Art: Why Britain was first to go Pop (Christie's)



From Christie's - "Once regarded as a wholly American phenomenon, Pop art was first explored in Britain some 20 years earlier — albeit via a very different take on the post-war world".



Greece, Traditional Olive Press, Το Παραδοσιακό Ελαιοτριβείο



From Ζωή Στο Χωριό, Facebook



European Parliament, Draft Report on the inquiry on money laundering, tax avoidance and tax evasion



From the European Parliament (24 page pdf report)

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/cmsdata/122787/2017-06-30%20Draft%20report.pdf

Conclusions 

The Committee of Inquiry into Money Laundering, Tax Evasion and Tax Avoidance -

136. Concludes that the underlying problem embedded in the Panama Papers is the moving of money between different jurisdictions, both offshore and onshore, and that as long as these practices are tolerated all other efforts will have only limited impact; 137. Finds that through the use of trusts, shell companies, tax havens and complex international financial structures, some multinational companies and high net worth individuals have successfully shielded their fortunes from, for example, the tax authorities and others with legitimate financial claims against them, thereby rendering themselves immune by positioning their wealth in a legislative vacuum; 138. Concludes that the lack of cooperation and coordination on different pieces of legislation with regard to tax evasion, tax avoidance and money laundering is a systemic problem; 139. Concludes that some Member States tend not to provide relevant information in the desired quantity and quality and in general do not seem to exert genuine efforts to crack down on tax avoidance and tax evasion; 140. Recalls that transparency and exchange of information are key instruments in fighting tax evasion, tax avoidance and money laundering; 141. Concludes that the EU legislation in force was not sufficient before the Panama Papers revelations and was not always enforced effectively, thus allowing intermediaries to formally fulfil their duties, such as CDD and other reporting obligations, while circumventing the spirit of the rules; notes that since then a number of reviews have been carried out, for example on the DAC and the AMLD, and that new legislative proposals have been presented, such as country-by-country reporting and the regulation of intermediaries; 142. Concludes in particular that there has been a significant gradual improvement in terms of having a register of UBOs with accessibility based on legitimate interest; underlines that the ongoing AMLD revision aims to enhance the powers of the EU FIUs and to facilitate their cooperation, but that the scope is still too limited and that there is a need to share financial information to tackle all economic crime, but also to trace the proceeds from fraud-linked activities; 143. Concludes that proper identification of UBOs remains a key obstacle to stopping illegal tax avoidance schemes and that the international nature of financial flows and company structures uncovered by the PANA Committee exacerbates this problem; 144. Stresses that the creativity of tax avoiders is faster than the formulation of legislation and that intermediaries and enablers tend to stay on the right side of the law through creative compliance; highlights in this regard the use of regulatory mismatches between countries as a key enabler of such practices; 145. Concludes that wealth management remains a largely unregulated profession and that binding international rules and standards should be established to better regulate and define this group; 146. Notes that taxes should be levied at the point and place of profit creation; concludes that the actions and financial constructions revealed in the Panama Papers successfully circumvent this basic principle and that a ded; 147. Concludes that this was made possible by insufficient implementation of legislation by the Member States and insufficient enforcement by the Commission; 148. Notes that the Commission is not sufficiently equipped in terms of resources to ensure full enforcement of EU legislation against money laundering, tax evasion and tax avoidance; 149. Concludes that FIUs are key instruments to fight money laundering; observes, however, the differing structures across the EU and the fact that they are not sufficiently equipped with personnel to cope with their tasks, including examining the increasing number of STRs driven by new legislation, and that they can deal only with a fraction of the problem; 150. Concludes that sanctions are not always applied or deterrent enough in relevant cases; 151. Concludes that on the basis of the PANA Committee findings, several cases of maladministration of EU legislation can be identified, namely regarding the DAC, the AMLD and the list of third countries with strategic deficiencies in their anti-money laundering regimes; 152. Regrets the lack of cooperation of certain EU institutions with the PANA Committee; believes that this constitutes a breach of the principle of sincere cooperation; 153. Concludes that the closed and secretive nature of the Council’s Code of Conduct Group on Business Taxation is detrimental to the effective and expeditious formulation, adoption and implementation of vital anti-tax evasion legislation within the EU; underlines, therefore, the need for improved accountability and transparency regarding the actions, statements and positions of the Member States engaged in the group; 154. Deeply regrets that a high number of stakeholders have refused to meet with PANA delegations, or refused to appear before the PANA Committee, or did not answer questions in a satisfactory manner; PE604.514v01-00 24/24 PR\1124430EN.docx EN 155. Concludes, therefore, that a number of questions remain unanswered in order to fully ascertain the scale of this issue and the methods employed in these schemes.

Friday, 17 November 2017

Mark Allen, A Publishing Life



Mark Allen, chairman of Mark Allen Group, answers questions about his life in publishing, from InPublishing, 9 November 2017.


William Barnes and the Greek Language; Lord Byron's Familiar Greek Dialogues


When reading the Dorset dialect poems of William Barnes, we tend to forget his immense knowledge of philology and foreign languages, including Greek.

From An Outline of English Speech-craft, 1878:



From A philological grammar: grounded upon English, and formed from a comparison of more than sixty languages. Being an introduction to the science of grammar and a help to grammars of all languages, especially English, Latin and Greek, 1854:







Lord Byron had a great interest in the Greek language, Ancient and Modern (Romaic)

From the Appendix to Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, Canto II:


Familiar Dialogues:




Dorchester, Dorset: Archaeological Digs and Excavation Works



What is happening? Statement from West Dorset District Council, Dorset For You

"The Dorchester retail proposals for the town centre is underway, with the masterplan being drafted. Each element of the masterplan is being carefully considered and appraised.

We value and respect Dorchester’s history and heritage. While looking to the future, we would also seek to protect Dorchester’s history.

Following discussions with archaeology experts, West Dorset District Council has commissioned some excavation work on the Fairfield Car park site. This will further explore any archaeological interest that may exist there. The excavations, carried out by archaeological firm ‘Context One’ will involve carrying out excavations to sample the site.
Where will it happen?

The trenches will be located at four sites in the car park. These sites have been chosen with the advice of the County Archaeologist to compliment the previous 7 sites dug in 2009. We have arranged the dig in order to minimise the impact on parking and the Dorchester market.

A mechanical excavator will dig below the surface, and any layer of archaeology underneath will then be hand dug. Any archaeological interest will then be recorded and potentially taken for review. The results of this will inform future work on the site.
When will it happen?

Barriers will be in place from Monday 20 November at the sites, across Fairfield long stay car park. The excavation works will be starting on Tuesday 21 November. We expect the work – including re-surfacing the trenches – to take up to 3 working days per site, over the course of about 3 weeks".

Karine Polwart - A Pocket of Wind Resistance; On Collaboration and Cooperation; Man's Dominion



Wind Resistance No. 1, YouTube

Karine Polwart with Pippa Murphy - Lark in the Clear Air

Karine Polwart at "Blågras" 2015

Now Westlin' Winds

Tyrannic Man's Dominion


BBC The World Tonight, 16 November 2017. from 38.55 point



Now Westlin Winds, Dick Gaughan and others

Thursday, 16 November 2017

America’s global influence



From The Economist

Losing influence? PRI Audio



Review of Dorset NHS hospital shake-up needed



Councillors urge review of Dorset NHS hospital shake-up, BBC News

'Dorset County Council's health scrutiny committee voted to "refer the matter of the Clinical Services Review to the Secretary of State for Health, pending further consideration by the Joint Committee by 15 December".

Committee chairman Bill Pipe said: "The referral is being made as we have concerns about travel times, reductions in hospital bed provision, reduction in Accident and Emergency services at Poole Hospital and that an insufficient Equalities Impact Assessment has been carried out.

"Members also felt that there has been a lack of integration with the ambulance service and there wasn't a clear financial plan in place."'



Campaigners prepare to take Dorset CCG to judicial review over alleged unlawful decisions, Dorset Echo





Toxic Air Pollution Levels Across Europe; European Air Quality Index; Monitoring Stations


From Mailonline - How toxic is YOUR air? Interactive map reveals deadly pollution levels across Europe in real-time

Air Quality Index

A Stile on a Dorset Walk




Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Greece: Deadly floods



The day after we left Athens - Greece: Deadly floods hit Mandra, Nea Peramos and Megara, BBC News


More bad weather forecast as toll rises to 14, eKathimerini


Τραγωδία με 15 νεκρούς στη Δυτ. Αττική - Πλημμύρισαν Μάνδρα, Μαγούλα, Νέα Πέραμος, Kathimerini


Video


Drone footage, Euronews


At least 15 dead in flash floods on Greek coast (Video), Cyprus Mail


More on the tragedy, KathimeriniΤΣ:

«Οι επιστήμονες που ασχολούνται με τα υδατικά συστήματα και τη συμπεριφορά τους θεωρούν ότι η ένταση του φαινομένου εξηγεί μέρος μόνον της χθεσινής καταστροφής. «Οι περιοχές αυτές αντιμετωπίζουν μεγάλο πρόβλημα λόγω της παράνομης, άναρχης αστικοποίησής τους. Ολόκληρες πόλεις έχουν χτιστεί στους πρόποδες των βουνών χωρίς καμία αντιπλημμυρική προστασία», εκτιμά η Μαρία Μιμίκου, ομότιμη καθηγήτρια στο ΕΜΠ και ιδρύτρια του Κέντρου Υδρολογικής Πληροφορίας. «Στη Δυτική Αττική υπάρχουν πάρα πολλά ρέματα, τα οποία έχουν καλυφθεί ή μπαζωθεί στα κατώτερα τμήματά τους και έχουν χτιστεί παράνομα. Μάλιστα, τα τελευταία χρόνια απενοχοποιούμε την πρακτική αυτή, νομιμοποιώντας τα παράνομα κτίσματα. Ετσι, σε συνδυασμό με την αποψίλωση του όρους Πατέρας, σε μια πολύ ισχυρή καταιγίδα κατεβαίνουν οι χείμαρροι και περνούν μέσα από τα σπίτια, όπως συνέβη και στη Νέα Πέραμο. Ακόμα ένα πρόβλημα είναι ο κακός σχεδιασμός των όποιων έργων υποδομής υπάρχουν».



Two Portraits in Athens - An Old Philhellene


Back in Dorset.

My daughter took these two photos in Athens a few days ago. I have already posted them separately, but I still think they say a lot about my love of Greece, Ancient and Modern. I can live with these!

"Portraits of an old Philhellene"
 For the family - thanks Nina



One more for good luck, with George Seferis:






Monday, 13 November 2017

IMF: Regional Economic Outlook, Europe



Read here (click on pdf full file)


Greek Doctors in the NHS, UK



From KTG - 1,700 Greek doctors work in UK’s NHS

"A total of 2,959 Greeks work at NHS. Of them 1,700 work are doctors , 1,259 work as nursing and clinical staff and in administration".


Greek Doctors Working in Britain Doubled since 2009, Greek Reporter






Greece, After the Marathon - George Seferis, B & M Theocharakis Foundation; «Όταν το φως χορεύει, μιλώ δίκαια.» Ο Γιώργος Σεφέρης και η ποίησή του μέσα από τη ζωγραφική και τη φωτογραφία


B. and M. Theocharakis Foundation

«Όταν το φως χορεύει, μιλώ δίκαια.» Ο Γιώργος Σεφέρης και η ποίησή του μέσα από τη ζωγραφική και τη φωτογραφία

Outstanding Tribute Exhibition

Art works inspired by Seferis, and photographs by Seferis





Seferis's mermaids (above)
















Στὴ σφενδόνη, πάλι στὴ σφενδόνη, στὴ σφενδόνη

"On the track, once more on the track, on the track"