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 […]

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 […]

Lost smiles and happiness in Greece?

I met up the other day with a teacher friend from Thessaloniki.  She was here in the UK to take part in a talk at Newman College so we met up briefly in Birmingham New Street station for a coffee.  I had warned her the weather here was like something out of Genesis and that […]

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 […]