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Lessons in Greek

Lessons in Greek

“M’ opoion daskalo kathiseis, tetoia grammata tha matheis” they say in Greece – whichever teacher you learn with, such lessons you learn. The teacher I learnt with was a tiny, excitable, slightly mad, retired primary school teacher, with the weather-beaten face of an old tree trunk. She came from one of the villages in the […]

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Paradise Found?

Paradise Found?

We threaded our way out of the noise and confusion of the airport into the brilliant sunshine of Corfu. There they were: the tiers of multi-coloured houses, green shuttered and piled haphazardly. There was the bay beyond, blue and smooth as a plate. Here was our new life on the island, laid out before us […]

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Corfu Quartet

Corfu Quartet

So now I was really married into this Greek world. We had left England for good – and already that old country had been blown out like a candle in my mind.  Me and my new wife, my travelling companion – my Giristroula as they say here for a girl who likes to wander – […]

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On The Greek Election Trail

On The Greek Election Trail

Amongst the mother-in-law jokes so popular in the 70s and 80s, I don’t recall many about the wife’s mother being the returning parliamentary candidate for the coalition of the radical left in Greece. Nevertheless, this was the situation I found myself in. Greece was facing a time of great political upheaval – and my mother-in-law […]

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Last Chance To See

Last Chance To See

Before setting off for a new life in Greece, I’m talked into taking a tour of Britain.
Visiting many places in the country for the first time – places I’d heard of, made assumptions about, but never really bothered to visit – it was a chance to see my country in a whole new way. And also through the eyes of my accompanying Greek Passepartout.

So a last chance to see. Which turned out to be so much more…

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My Family And Other Hellenes

My Family And Other Hellenes

I had never really thought of Greece before. If I had been asked to close my eyes and picture the country, I suppose golden beaches and a blazing sun would have come to my mind. Package-holiday makers, moussaka and Heineken bottles shimmering somewhere on a plastic table, like some grim mirage. But nothing deeper that […]

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Notes and observations from a tour around Britain with a Greek

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Notes and observations from travels round Greece

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