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 […]

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 […]

Some hilarious anecdotes: Metaxas makes a big mistake

  General Ioannis Metaxas became Prime Minister and dictator in Greece during 1936-1941.  It was an upsurge of dictators at that time much as now. At various periods of history it seems that an energy arises which tries to restrain a liberal period of letting go and relaxing, morals degenerating perhaps but having some fun […]

War Tales at Mother’s Knee: Sales and Princes

My mother, Diana, managed to escape from Greece literally as the Nazi forces were marching down from Thessaloniki in April 1941 and fled with my father to Cairo, Egypt.  So she never experienced all the pain and misery of occupation – in fact these were the happiest years of her life!  The war didn’t touch […]