Embarking on a new Greek story is not always easy!

The working title of this new Greek story is Kiki and Despina and as you may gather isn’t actually a new story at all.  It is my memories of all the snippets and tales threaded together from my mother’s own memories while she was alive.  Since childhood, I gathered these tales and images like beads […]

A hospital visit in modern Greece! The English Patient

Mrs Rogers, a member of our Kefi club in Worcester recently wrote this letter in our magazine after her experience in Greece.  She has allowed me to reproduce it.  It gives some idea of the problems faced by this distressed country. But nothing thankfully dims the Greek kindness and hospitality and warmth. God bless them.    […]

Ending Greece’s Nightmare…NYT article

There’s much sense in these NYT articles and the Americans, not being involved with the European Union or Euro, can take a more detached viewpoint on the subject. Let’s hope Syriza can help though no one really knows or can accurately predict, not even my favourite astrologer Margery Orr!  Almost all the Greeks I know […]

Greek crisis may affect us all?

    This is a crisis time for Greece but this often beleagured nation is surely used to this?  Think of what they suffered under the Ottoman rule of 400 years, the Great Catastrophe of 1922 when they were driven out of Smyrna, literally into the sea, the towns burning behind them?  Then look at […]

The Horrors of the Great Famine in Greece 1941-44 O Μεγάλος Λιμός

I went to London recently to a series of short talks at the Hellenic Centre in Paddington Street.  The talks were about Greece in World War Two and the speakers all gave an interesting talk on their specila subject.  But the one that stayed with me most was given by Dr Violetta Hionidou who had […]

Greek Launch Coming Closer!

Okeanida.gr have told me that my book The Long Shadow is ready to go out in Greek on December 4th.   It’s new title will be O Iskios tou Polemou (The Shadow of War) I’m looking forward to the launch which is to take place at Ianos Bookstore in Thessaloniki.  It’s a marvellous place with […]

Horrifying story of Woman in Greece Buried Alive!

It’s truly the stuff of nightmares. A Greek woman is reported to have been accidentally buried alive after ‘dying’ of cancer. A worker at the Peraia cemetery near Thessaloniki told police he heard banging and muffled screams coming from a plot, after the funeral last Thursday. Despite frantically digging up the coffin containing the 49-year-old […]