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Greece privatization plans: Investors are most welcome!

No, sorry! We don’t sell Greek islands or the Acropolis!  But other goodies that can be profitable under a competent management. Greece seems to have finally prepared a thorough privatization program on how to get rid of  money devouring state-owned assets and semi-civil servants, who have spend our taxes together with politicians for their own …

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Greek e-Smart Card: the wonder that makes me wonder

Greek Finance Minister Giorgos Papaconstantinou may have proudly announced his plans for an electronic transactions card but the European Commission has already identified gaps for the protection of personal data.                          my virtual  reality   According to the grand plans of Greek FinMin or his technocrats, most probably aliens from outer space, …

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Real Estate Scandal: They are among us…

Not the aliens! But lawyers, judges, a priest and an unknown number of civil servants forming a gang were more than they seemed to be. The story? As chilling as the film “They are among us”. At least seven lawyers, six judges,  tax officials, notaries, bank officials and bailiffs,  two policemen, a labor …

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Greece-Turkey: There is a … thing about historical ships

Do you remember the scandal wedding party  with the sexy models  on the Greek historical armored cruiser Averof? Yeah… that party that caused an uproar in the Greek society? Now it’s time of our neighbouring Turkey to get upset about a similar, if not worst scandal.                                          It’s not a …

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Turkish Corvette Beykoz: where do you go to, my lovely….

Challenging, proud and apparently deaf the Turkish corvette “Beykoz” sailed away from Turkish Aksaz Naval Base ( AksazDeniz Üssü)  on the south-east coast of  Turkey in Marmaris and came to Greece to upset us. Beykoz has been seen off Rhodes, Crete, Cape Sounion, Kythnos, Kea and Andros. Some times in international, sometimes …

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Attica: Some sink in the sh**

Many complain that truck owners’ strikes have caused shortages of products. In contrast, other complain about a rising surplus. A surplus in sh**! No kidding! Quite some areas outside Athens are not connected to public sewer system. Now that septic tank drivers and owners are on strike, inhabitants of several villages in …

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Man bites Policeman (Video)

The first thing you learn at a journalistic school  is to differentiate between “News” and “news“.  A famous quotation says that “When a dog bites a man, that is not news, because it happens so often. But if a man bites a dog, that is news.” How about Man bites Policeman? Is …

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Greek politician admits that he eats money!

“Where did the state money go?” That is a central question burning the lips of millions of debt-driven Greeks. Finally a government official  showed courage and nonchalance and admitted that he ate them! Funny? You think, that’s funny? Deputy Prime Minister Theodoros Pangalos gave a serious answer to a serious question. “We …

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Greek Politicians: Always Ready for a Good Laugh … or Cry!

I am clueless! I can’t decide whether  some Greek politicians are too funny or too pathetic.  Or whether they are simply too old and they should slowly step back from governing  instead of  insulting  and exhausting both their own and this country’s citizens’ mental capacities. Only recently an literally XXXL-government official …

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Athens: Pamela Anderson eats a bread roll!

WOW! I thought that’s THE news of the day! Baywatch star Pamela Anderson bought a bread roll froma street baker and ate it! According to exclusive information floating the Greek internet, the bread roll was stuffed with chocolate! Devoted photographers and  Greek bread roll “koulouri“- promoters immortilized the historical moments of Pamela …

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Greek Ministries spend 19 million euros on …rubbers!

In times of modern technologies the “rubber” is a species that dies out. Hardly someone who is over 15 and is not working at certain professions uses a rubber to erase wrong lines, orthography mistakes and false arithmetic results. The rubber is dying out!!!!!!!!!!!!!   Thank God, Greek Ministers are …

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Marfin Bank-Victims: Deficiencies in Fire Protection System

Significant deficiencies in the fire protection system of the Marfin Bank contributed to the tragic death of three bank employees during clashes in Athens, report the Inspectorate of the Greek Ministry of Labour . Investigating the circumstances of  employees’ deaths and the fire the inspectors indicate that the only emergency exit …

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Qatar’s Greece Investment: Mediterranean Dubai or Balkan Las Vegas?

A Memorandum of  Understand, targeting Economic Cooperation and Investment, was signed last night in New York between the Greek and the Qatar governments. Billionaire Emir of Qatar, H.H Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, God bless him, will invest 5 billion euros in Greece in real estate, infrastructure and tourism.                        Even thought …

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Anastacia cancels performance in Athens Arena (Video)

That’s a fiasco! Great Anastaciacould not perform in “Athens Arena” because the Russian organisers insisted to put into action a device filling the stage with smoke to make the music competition EUROVOICE 2010 more impressive. As the dispute could not be solved, nobody could persude the famous star to go …

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Country runs in circles…. mad world!

Weird days, weird weather. I have been so busy with  ‘issues’ I find no time to post on the site. And what should I post about? About truckers ‘strikes , impertinent politicians, economical misery or people walking around with hanging faces? It’s a country running in circles, it’s a real mad world…

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Greeks still resist smoking ban

I got on a taxi recently. We had just drove a couple of meters when the driver asked my permission to smoke: “May I?” he asked, while he had already pulled a cigarette out of the box showing it to me. “Ehrrr.. I am a smoker, too”, I replied, “but …

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Tomatoes vs. Energy: Greek farmers to grow … solar panels!

Greek farmers seem to have lost their faith in farming. 12.000 professional farmers have applied to get licences and start “growing” solar energy instead of vegetables, fruits and grains. A government law on solar energy/photovoltaic panels gives to professional farmers not only the possibility to produce electricity by means of …

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Greece Truckers’ Strike: Tension Escalates (Video)

Tension is running high and trucker’s blood is boiling with anger as the government does not step back from its plan to liberalise their sector. On the 8th day of truckers’ protests, tension escalated earlier today on the highway Athens-Corinth. Strikers attempted to start a protest convoy that was blocked by …

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Greek Banks: Stress Tests postponed; state banks mergers

Greece will postpone stress tests in its banks for later in the autumn reports Reuters quoting an anonymous central bank source. Very likely the stress tests will take place in October, the source said. Reuters recalls that as part of the 110 billion euro bailout  of IMF, Greece agreed on …

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Athens International Radio silenced on FM

The Athens International Radio 104,4 FM, the foreign language radio of Athens municipality, went off  air as the National Telecommunications Commission  and a public prosecutor seized the transmitter, after a complaint. The radio station was operating with temporary permission,  issued on the occasion of  the Olympic Games in 2004. It broadcasted in 16 …

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