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Koulouma (Κούλουμα)
It's the start of Great Lent, and the holiday allowed me to make the most of the day. Traditional food marking this event in the religious calendar includes shellfish - no meat or animal protein is eaten on this day. First things first, taramosalata, using ...
It's the start of Great Lent, and the holiday allowed me to make the most of the day. Traditional food marking this event in the religious calendar includes shellfish - no meat or animal protein is eaten on this day. First things first, taramosalata, using a salty cod roe, freshly processed ...
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Hoxha the Greek
After the fall of the Berlin Wall, communism declined all over Europe, and people from communist countries were able to move freely. At this point, many citizens of former communist countries entered Greece, whose borders never really needed controlling dur...
After the fall of the Berlin Wall, communism declined all over Europe, and people from communist countries were able to move freely. At this point, many citizens of former communist countries entered Greece, whose borders never really needed controlling during the communist era: Greece was ...
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In or out? (Μέσα ή έξω;)
Last night, many Greeks attended peaceful rallies staged at their local town squares, protesting the measures that the European Central Bank (ECB) has enforced against Greek banks (it won't lend them money to cover their needs, so Greek banks will need to b...
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Property tax (Φόρος Ακίνητης Περιουσίας)
ENFIA (Unified Property Tax) was very badly received by all Greeks, few of whom could even conceive the notion of paying annual property taxes on the value/location of their properties. They argue that they have 'already' paid tax when they bought/built the...
ENFIA (Unified Property Tax) was very badly received by all Greeks, few of whom could even conceive the notion of paying annual property taxes on the value/location of their properties. They argue that they have 'already' paid tax when they bought/built the property, and they claim that they pay ...
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Elections (Εκλογές)
Back in the days when I was much slimmer and living in Athens, and I had just sorted out my Greek ID, as election days loomed, I had to sort out my voting rights in Greece, especially since in those days, not voting in an election was a punishable offence (...
Back in the days when I was much slimmer and living in Athens, and I had just sorted out my Greek ID, as election days loomed, I had to sort out my voting rights in Greece, especially since in those days, not voting in an election was a punishable offence (that no one was ever punished for, ...
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Steak and kidney-less pie
One of our more memorable meals in London was taken on New Year's Eve at the Battersea Pie Station in Covent Garden. We had ended up there after attempting a walk along the Thames, starting from Cannon St. At Blackfriars, we were stopped by the crowd and sa...
One of our more memorable meals in London was taken on New Year's Eve at the Battersea Pie Station in Covent Garden. We had ended up there after attempting a walk along the Thames, starting from Cannon St. At Blackfriars, we were stopped by the crowd and safety control units who were policing ...
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Staying in control (while others panic)
You've probably heard me say the same things before, about three years ago when Greece faced another Grexit crisis. We're experienced in these things now.  " In central bank circles it was discussed why the Greek government had not yet introduced capital co...
You've probably heard me say the same things before, about three years ago when Greece faced another Grexit crisis. We're experienced in these things now. "In central bank circles it was discussed why the Greek government had not yet introduced capital controls. The Governing Council and the ...
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Two bags full
My brief annual spells in Athens (one weekend in winter, assisting a local sports club to manage their team) take me to the same places. Unfortunately, I don't see much of the city of Athens at all, which is a shame, because last weekend was such a sunny on...
My brief annual spells in Athens (one weekend in winter, assisting a local sports club to manage their team) take me to the same places. Unfortunately, I don't see much of the city of Athens at all, which is a shame, because last weekend was such a sunny one, and Athens would have been in her ...
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Breakfast (Πρωινό)
My kids keep telling me that they are the only ones in their class groups to eat breakfast every morning before school. According to my compatriots, this kind of breakfast tradition is just another Anglo-Saxon element of my upbringing.   Maybe I wasn't made...
My kids keep telling me that they are the only ones in their class groups to eat breakfast every morning before school. According to my compatriots, this kind of breakfast tradition is just another Anglo-Saxon element of my upbringing. Maybe I wasn't made for this country, or this country wasn't ...
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This is it
Greeks have had a taste  for a week now  of our new government headed by the SYRIZA party. It seems pretty obvious that our Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his comrades have a plan for Grecovery which they reveal by dripping it onto us drop by drop, but i...
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Brain-drained (Ανενγκέφαλοι)
" Young, gifted and Greek: Generation G – the world’s biggest brain drain ," the headline reads, in a discussion about the Greeks that have left the country since the financial crisis hit. Yes, they've gone, and we call this a brain drain, but as Aliki Mour...
"Young, gifted and Greek: Generation G – the world's biggest brain drain," the headline reads, in a discussion about the Greeks that have left the country since the financial crisis hit. Yes, they've gone, and we call this a brain drain, but as Aliki Mouri is stated in the article as ...
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Happy Nameday if your name is Ahmed (Ahmad/Ahmet). It's St Ahmed' s today in teh Greek orthodox church calendar. What has happened to my time as of late? It flies, perhaps too quickly for my liking. I don't use it up so leisurely any longer. I was hoping to...
Happy Nameday if your name is Ahmed (Ahmad/Ahmet). It's St Ahmed's today in teh Greek orthodox church calendar. What has happened to my time as of late? It flies, perhaps too quickly for my liking. I don't use it up so leisurely any longer. I was hoping to get a quick post in before Christmas, ...
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