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 […]

Wonderful Book Launch in Thessaloniki

Just before Christmas, I went with my husband to attend the launch of The Long Shadow which is now published by Okeanida.gr in Greek.  It’s new title is O Iskios tou Polemou or The Shadow of War.  I wish I had given the English version this title too as suddenly several books called The Long Shadow […]

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 […]

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 […]

What is Wrong with Angela Merkel?

Another of Richard Devereux’s great poems!!  Richard recently won a first prize at the Dead Poets Slam held at the Bristol Poetry Festival with his take on the great Greek poet Yiannis Ritsos.  He explored some of Ritsos famous poems as well as reading out some of his own.  I love them all but wanted […]

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 […]