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Thursday, 24 July 2014

Greece: No Property Transactions if Property Tax Not Paid

Link from Kathimerini

Prokopis Hatzinikolaou:

"The Finance Ministry is blocking real estate transactions for owners who have not paid their property taxes in the last five years. Any transactions attempted without the ENFIA certificate, whose title comes from the Greek acronym for the Single Property Tax, will be deemed invalid".

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Greek Legends: Were They True?

Link from BBC (Armand d'Angour)

"The culture and legends of ancient Greece have a remarkably long legacy in the modern language of education, politics, philosophy, art and science".

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Greece: Tourist Arrivals, Tourist Spending

Link from Macropolis

Corfu: The Tourist Gaze (after Foucault and Urry); Photographs

"People gaze upon the world through a particular filter of ideas, skills, desires and expectations, framed by social class, gender, nationality, age and education" ( John Urry and Jonas Larsen, The Tourist Gaze 3.0, p 2) .

The romantic gaze? The anthropological gaze? The eye of power or the reverse gaze?

Saint Spyridon

Monday, 21 July 2014

Bruton, Somerset, is apparently the place to be

Exciting new development in Bruton from The Economist (Prospero)

"THE sorts of cities into which Hauser and Wirth, one of the world’s most successful commercial art galleries, might be expected to expand are Hong Kong, Beijing, São Paulo and others in the emerging markets. But instead it is the world of farmers' markets that has seduced Iwan and Manuela Wirth, the company's joint presidents, and they have chosen to locate their latest outpost in Bruton, a small town in the Somerset countryside 120 miles south-west of London...This is no cultural backwater. Close to Glastonbury, Stourhead and Stonehenge, the area has its fair share of artistic sorts."

(It's where I went to school, of course. It wasn't quite so trendy or fashionable back then).

See also, John Steinbeck in Bruton

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