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Greece’s Annus Horribilis 2010

The year that ends will go into the history of the country as Greece’s Annus Horribilis. How else can we describe the year that brought the country at the edge of a very deep economic cliff? We lost our dignity as a country, we lost our dignity as people. We …

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Greece New Year’s Carols

Yes! Children go around again today and sing the New Year’s Carols. Let them wish you Happy 2011 and give them a tip. Much to my surprise no child has appeared at my door step so far… By the way, Santa visits Greece on the night of New Year’s Eve! …

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Dinner for One: A must see classic on New Year’s Eve (video)

“Dinner for One” also known as “The 90th Birthday”,  is a comedy sketch written by British author Lauri Wylie for the theatre in the 1920s. The sketch presents the 90th birthday of elderly upper-class Englishwoman Miss Sophie , who hosts a dinner every year for her close friends Mr Pommeroy, Mr …

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WordPress Warning: Upgrade to 3.0.4 ASAP!

This morning I found an e-mail in my inbox sent by WordPress founding developer Matt Mullenweg. The e-mail titled ” WordPress 3.0.4. Critical Update” was urging me to upgrade my WordPress page  as soon as possible.   Suspicious about internet viruses I did some research and came to the conclusion that the warning …

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Explosive device outside the Greek Embassy in Buenos Aires

An explosive device went up in the early morning hours outside the Greek embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Greek State television NET reported that the device was a molotov cocktail, while news portal in.gr reports that it was a package left at the entrance of the Greek diplomatic representation. Greek …

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Athens:Powerful bomb blasts outside Court (Video, pcts)

A powerful bomb exploded at 8.20 a.m. Tuesday morning outside a local court building in a central district of Athens causing material damages but no human injuries. The blast in Ambelokipi districtoccured outside the Court of First Instance. Windows shattered and at least ten cars were damaged. There had been …

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Kurdish politician from Turkey requests asylum in Greece

A Kurdish politician whose party was dissolved by Turkey’s Constitutional Court last year has requested asylum in Greece after his arrest at Thessaloniki Airport, local police said Wednesday. Mustafa Sarıkaya, 46, was detained last week after airport police found a fake passport among his belongings and charged him with illegal …

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Beware of the new virus on Facebook & MySpace

 There is a computer virus spreading like wildfire on Facebook and MySpace. It is a Trojan worm called Koobface (anagram of Facebook). It steals your info, invades your system and shuts it down! Do not click a link to “Barack Obama Clinkton Scandal“. Also do not accept to be friends …

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My Perfect Greek… New Year’s Eve Dinner

My Perfect Greek New Year’s Eve Dinner will be an expanded version of the dinner I cooked for friends on December 26. I don’t know how “Greek” the whole thing is except the fact that the ingredients were bought in Greece lol I prefer a bit of a Northern European …

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Italian-Greek anarchists link in Rome parcel bombs?

One day after the parcel bomb sent to Greece’s embassy in Rome, Italian daily “Corriera de la Serra” publishes an excerpt of the proclamation that accompanied the explosive device. According to the  newspaper, the organization “Informal Anarchist Federation (FAI) – Revolutionary Cell Lambros Fountas” that claimed responsibility for the bomb claimed: “We …

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Economist Bofinger: Greece’s austerity plan unbearable – Eurobonds solutions

 ” Greeks will not endure the austerity program” predicts prominent economic advisor to the German government, professor Peter Bofinger, and indicates that  the euro-bonds could be the way to reward countries like Greece that struggle to relieve their debt. Bofinger, one of the 5 ‘wise men’ of the German economy, …

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Writing my New Year’s Resolutions… in Pictures

 I never write down resolutions for the New Year. That I do for one simple reason. I misplace the piece of paper and never find it again. I don’t even make a list in my head, because it is normally “quick thought and quick forgotten”. Of course, above all these tricks …

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Greece: Bailout repayment extension to 2020

There are 10 t0 12 hard years ahead. Greeks will be bound to the  € 110 billion bailout package until 2020-2022. And that only if  things will go smooth and Greek state shows commitment and capability to apply a strict control to its spending. Reading news like this, I prefer we …

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Greece: No flights strikes, Dec 29-30, 2010

There will be no problems with flights within Greece as the Civil Aviation employees have cancelled their 48h strike scheduled for December 29-30, 2010. The strike would have affected inland flights only. What??? You canceled your flight ticket and bought one for a ferry boat trip or a slow train? …

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Athens UPDATES! Public Transport Strikes, Jan 10

The new week starts with new stoppages in the public transport of Athens, driving passengers to a new round of  troubled and disturbed moving around in the Greek capital. Monday, January 10, 2011: Buses, Tram and Trolley will not operate from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Metro and Urban Train-HSAP will no …

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Greece: After Christmas Facts,Dec 28

I find it hard to start posting again after the two days Christmas break. This luck of “working” spirit has to do with the fact that there no breathtaking or even weird news to report from Greece. Ok, there are strikes/stoppages on Public transport again but that’s no new.  Unionists …

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My favorite Christmas song: Adeste Fideles (video)

This is one of my favorite Christmas songs. “Adeste Fideles – laeti triumphantes”- (O Come all ye faithful).  I believe the best version is by Luciano Pavarotti. But  the most powerful version is in film “Joyeux Noel” (2005),  a Christmas film set during WW1. Scottish, French and German soldiers fraternise on Christmas Eve …

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Take the Christmas Spirit Quiz!

In case, you are still wondering what is this “Christmas Spirit”, you can take the Quizz and find out! Just think in terms of   Charles Dickens and his  Christmas Carol story… To take the Quiz click Guardian/Do you have the Christmas spirit?  My score was: Do you have the Christmas spirit? …

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Have you seen any Christmas Spirit around?

Days spent in hectic to prepare for Christmas. Running up and down to buy decorations, food stuff,  few presents, organize things and close “issues”. Stress…  I always have stress before Christmas but the last two weeks were particularly stressful. Normally stress is  gone on the very  Christmas Day, in fact on Christmas …

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