Greece

Greek Guides

Greek Guides

Describing the stage and halts, background and conclusions, of journeys through mainland Greece and the islands.

From the countryside to the buildings to the beaches; the customs and the habits; the best bars to have a quiet glass of tsiporou or personal favourite places to gorge on souvlaki. Living momentoes from wanderings around Greece. Hopefully they can be a guide for some other visitors. Or otherwise, just serve as a chance for reflection on the people and place, so as not to forget rambles around the country…

Greece observed.

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Corfu Quartet

Corfu Quartet

Britain is blown out like a candle and the blue really begins as we head towards a new life on the island of Corfu.

But what is lying in store for us on this extraordinary Ionian archipelago? What do the people of Corfu really do here throughout the whole year when the tourists aren’t looking? And can man-made Corfu and the tempestuous Corfiots ever live up to the incredible nature that surrounds them here in the ‘Garden of Greece’?

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On The Greek Election Trail

On The Greek Election Trail

I was asked to write an insider/outsider’s perspective of the Greek election, following my mother-in-law, a Syriza MP, on the campaign trail.
The September 2015 election was a highly charged campaign in Greece and followed right across the world.
So what happens when my mother-in-law goes on the knocker? How does it compare to the time I campaigned for Labour’s Alf Dubbs in Battersea? And how did I end up pinching PM Tspiras’ speech?

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My Family and Other Hellenes

My Family and Other Hellenes

I’d never really thought of Greece before. All this changed though when I met a rather quiet, unhappy looking, beautiful Greek girl who had come to teach in a summer school in Winchester. And married her. Then I became the Englishman in Greece lost in world of anarchists, nudists, Olympian Gods and bearded bouzouki players. And feta. Lots of feta.
Ola kala then.
But why is everyone calling me ugly? And why, exactly, is my mother-in-law forever spitting on the top of my head?

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