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Famous Greek Folk Singer Domna Samiou Died at 84

One of the most famous Greek folk singers, Domna Samiou, passed away in an Athens hospital last Saturday at the age of 84. For over half a century, the “Grande Dame of the Greek folk music” had been collecting, recording and performing traditional songs of Greece. Her death leavs an irreplaceable …

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Anagnostakis: “Old Streets I Loved and Hated Endlessly…”

The previous post about Athenians and migrants searching for food in the garbage bins reminded me of this powerful poem by Greek existential poet Manolis Anagnostakis. It is called “Old Streets” (Δρόμοι Παλιοί). Pain and despair. And lost souls in the anonymity in a city that is dead… Anagnostakis may …

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Pericles: “I’m Greek and I Wanna Go Home” (video)

 “I am Greek and Wanna Go Home” is the title of a video that goes around the internet. With reference to the stolen marbles of Acropolis, music-composer and photographer Ares Kalogeropoulos created a visual appeal for the return of the priceless marbles currently in the British Museum in London. “You …

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Italian Song-Writer Lucio Dalla Dies During Concert Tour

One of my favorite singers passed away this morning. Italian song-writer Lucio Dalla. He died in the morning of March 1st, just three days before his 69th birthday, right after having had breakfast. His death was due to a heart attack. He was in Montreux (Switzerland) for his new tournée. He performed …

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The Prism GR2011: The Greek Crisis in 3′ and 15″ (video)

The lenses of 14 photojournalists made it possible to capture the agony of Greeks living deep in the economic crisis. From Evros in north-eastern Greece down to Crete in the south, and from Macedonia to Dodecanese, the reporters gave their own view of the Greek crisis. 27 multimedia stories explore …

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International ‘Theo Angelopoulos’ Prize to Be Established in Honor of Greek Filmmaker

The Greek Ministry of Culture and Tourism, in collaboration with the Film Festival of Thessaloniki, decided to establish an International ‘Theo Angelopoulos’ Prize to honor the Greek filmmaker Theo Angelopoulos, who passed away on Tuesday night. According to the announcement by the Greek Ministry, the prize will be given within …

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Filmmaker Theo Angelopoulos’ Tragic Death Curcumstances

 Greece’s most famous film director Thodoros Angelopoulos passed away during a surgery after he was  hit and seriously injured  by a motorcycle on Tuesday evening. He had severe head injuries and multiple fractures all over his body. Theodoros Angelopoulos   made his first short film in 1968 and in the 1970s he …

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When Greeks Make Fun of Political Leaders…

It’s all over the Greek internet. The Steve-Jobs (God rest him in peace) photo parody with Greek politicians. It started with PM Papandreou and “No Jobs”.  PM George Papandreou Today there is a whole series with the majority of Greek political party leaders. Enjoy! Major opposition Nea Dimokratia & Antonis …

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Athens: New Acropolis Museum Events Free of Charge, Sept 23

The New Acropolis Museum celebrates the European Days of Cultural Heritage today, Friday, September 23rd 2001. It will be open from 8 am until midnight.  At 8 pm,  Monsieur Minimal Full Band and Marietta Fafouti Band will entertain the visitors with live music. Museum visit and event are free of charge. …

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Athens: Nice Things to Do on Friday, Sept 16

I’ve been thinking to start today’s posts with something pleasant, because the rest of the news is really crap in terms of economy, austerity, price hikes and public outrage is growing. So we definitely need something to distract us from the tax office orders and our empty wallets. Something nice to …

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Jean Tabary: Iznogoud’s Father passed away…

Small in a oversized red robe, poison-tipped and over-ambitious with a sole life mission: to become Caliph in the place of the Caliph! That’s Iznogoud,  the Grand Vizier, ….during the reign of the happy-go-lucky and simple-minded Caliph of Badgad Haroun El Poussah,  a pun of the historical Caliph Harun al-Rashid.  …

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Sharing a moment…with Nabucco

I think I fell into a stupor with open eyes. Or rather,  I think I have fallen into a doze state like a cat in laying under a sun beam on a cold winter day.  The body relaxed, the spirit lazy. A rare moment of nihilism in a noisy city. I lowered the bar …

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Greek Politicians After the Austerity Package II (pcts)

A huge tsunami wave with taxes and income cuts has left Brussels, Frankfurt and Washington and is about to hit Greece. This is the first part of  a series of tsunamis that will keep hitting the Greeks for the next two decades. Sociologists have started already to figure out how the …

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