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Saturday, 2 May 2015

Greece: Epirus, "The Best-Kept Secret of the Greeks"

From The Telegraph - Epirus: the best-kept secret in Greece?

This little-known region of the Greek mainland has the world’s deepest gorge, a landscape like Scotland’s and mountain villages to rival those of Provence, says Caroline Shearing.


There are many issues concerning Greece that cause a measure of disagreement these days.

One thing with which I agree, wholeheartedly, is that Epirus (especially the Zagori region) is the best-kept secret of the Greeks - and in Greece.

Bur please don't tell anyone I told you. Do read my book - if you want to know what I really think about this wonderful part of the world, its rich and fascinating culture, landscape and history.

US Edition (OUP)

Dorset: Stinsford: Poets' Graves (Thomas Hardy, Cecil Day Lewis); St Michael's, Stinsford; After "The Madding Crowd"; Blossom and Hourglass

"Thomas Hardy's heart is buried here, and his tombstone which also contains the remains of his two wives, together with other family tombstones are on the left of the path leading to the Church. The Church is the 'Mellstock Church' so lovingly described in 'Under the Greenwood Tree'. The tombstone of the former Poet Laureate, Cecil Day Lewis stands in the same line".

Past postings:

Greece: Costas Lapavitsas; The SYRIZA Strategy Compared to "Flogging a Dead Horse"; A Consensual and Orderly Exit?

Viewpoints that are still attracting media attention and comment:

Costas Lapavitsas 18 March 2015

"In a joint interview with German daily Der Tagesspiegel and ThePressProject International, Syriza MP and economist Costas Lapavitsas says that the time has come for Greece and its partners to understand that “they are flogging a dead horse”. Instead, they should work together on 'an exit that will be negotiated and consensual'."

So what should the Greek government do in your opinion?

"Greece needs to consider the true alternative path which is to leave this failed monetary union. It is clearly the only way that was there from the beginning – which is basically exit. If you are going to apply such a programme, as Syriza has proclaimed, which is not radical – Syriza’s programme is just moderate Keynesianism -, you need to think seriously of how you are going to get out of the confines of the Eurozone....In my judgement, the best strategy right now is what I call a consensual and orderly exit. Not a contested exit".

"Syriza is a big organization which has grown very rapidly. It reflects society. It isn’t some kind of traditional party of the left, and therefore there is a variety of opinions and of political conscience".

Guardian article, 2 March 2015

More from The Guardian, on Finance Minister Varoufakis - "Varoufakis has achieved one thing – uniting resentment from poorer nations".

The Minister disagrees - Ο κ. Βαρουφάκης διαψεύδει κατηγορηματικά ότι στο Eurogroup δέχθηκε επίθεση από τους ομολόγους του και μάλιστα εμφανίζεται δυσαρεστημένος από το γεγονός ότι ο κ. Ντέισελμπλουμ δεν έσπευσε να διαψεύσει το γεγονός.

Voice of America - It was "one thing to say we shouldn't have joined the euro and it is another to say that we have to leave," said Varoufakis

Songwriting: The Great Pretender

The Great Pretender lyrics (The Platters) - the lyrics of one of the most impressive 1950s rock/RnB ballads, written by Buck Ram (he said that he wrote the lyrics in Las Vegas, in the Flamingo Hotel washroom!)

John Gilliland talks about The Platters; interview with Buck Ram (November 21, 1907 – January 1, 1991).


The Great Pretender (from the film "Rock Around the Clock")

YouTube, Live on TV

Only You

Berklee/Coursera Songwriting Course

Dorset Knob Throwing; Cattistock; Cattistock Church; William Morris; Stained-Glass Windows

Fun and games, Sunday 3rd May, at Cattistock

"The Festival will run from 10am until 4.00pm and besides Knob Throwing there will be additional fun knob attractions including Knob Eating, Knob Painting, a Knob & Spoon Race, Guess the weight of the Big Knob, Knob Darts and a Knob Pyramid. and other more traditional entertainment will be laid on to make this a really enjoyable day out with a difference".

Admission £2.50 – Under 12’s free

Free Car Parking

"The Frome Valley Food Fest will run along side the Knob Throwing. There will be a the opportunity to sample, taste and purchase a fine range of foods including breads, cheeses, ciders, meats game & poultry, pies, preserves, and puddings in addition to chocolate, coffee and wine supplied by well respected local businesses".

High hopes of new record (BBC)

When you tire of know-throwing, why not visit Cattistock Church to see the wonderful stained-glass windows of William Morris and Edward Burne Jones?

Friday, 1 May 2015