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Greek News / Re: 6.8 'quake shakes Zakynthos
« Last Post by Maik on Tuesday, 30 October, 2018 @ 11:32:47 »
5.3 earthquake hits Zakynthos

The earthquake, which is the strongest aftershock following last Friday’s 6.4 earthquake is close to the seismologists’ forecasts of a 5.5 magnitude tremor they predicted as the major aftershock following the October 26 quake.

No reports of injuries or damages.
Greek History & Culture / Re: The oldest ouzeri?
« Last Post by TonyKath on Monday, 29 October, 2018 @ 22:02:22 »
Great story and pic kef97. Go on tell us it was 15 drx for a generous ouzo. Women presumably allowed to do womanly things like shop but not drink.

Greek History & Culture / Re: The oldest ouzeri?
« Last Post by kef97 on Monday, 29 October, 2018 @ 17:11:13 »
Reminds me of Yorgo's Kafenion in Ratzakli! It was known as Reggo's
He was a fantastic old boy, definitely a character, lots of stories about the War in this area
He carried quite a varied stock of goods & could always find what you needed although not too sure if his tinned goods were in date!
He had a 'bed' on a shelf & you'd quite often find him fast asleep. He had an old dog called Cannibal.....cos it ate meat! also a hand reared lamb called Souvlaki had a little bed in a cardboard box. There was also a House Martin Nest INSIDE the shop, so he used to leave the window open for them to fly in
He wasn't very tall, so everything out of his reach was covered in cobwebs.
All the 'old boys' used to congregate up there & every so often you'd see them all sitting outside having their hair cut by an old guy with glasses like 'milk bottle bottoms'.
End of an era when Yorgo died & the shop has been closed & not touched since
Weird Wild Wacky / Re: The cat walk
« Last Post by TonyKath on Monday, 29 October, 2018 @ 15:30:10 »
Love it! The cat really gets into it! Did the models have a hissy fit?!

Greek News / Re: 6.8 'quake shakes Zakynthos
« Last Post by HiFi on Monday, 29 October, 2018 @ 14:03:15 »
Will that change ferry or plane prices?
Greek News / Re: 6.8 'quake shakes Zakynthos
« Last Post by Maik on Monday, 29 October, 2018 @ 12:07:53 »
The island of Zakynthos has shifted by 3.0 cm after Friday's quake

The island of Zakynthos has moved at least 3.0 cm to the southwest after the strong quake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale that shook the island early on Friday, October 25.

The movement is mostly observed on a horizontal level, while no vertical movement has been observed. Ganas said that scientists are currently examining if the quake has caused other movements in the surrounding region.
Weird Wild Wacky / The cat walk
« Last Post by Maik on Monday, 29 October, 2018 @ 11:37:43 »
Adorable Cat Crashes Fashion Show — And Tries To Pick Fights With The Models

Well, they do call it a catwalk, after all.

But that did little to diminish the surprise when, smack-dab in the middle of a recent fashion show in Turkey, an actual kitty decided to take the stage — stealing both the spotlight and everyone’s heart. By force.

Folks in the fashion industry may be notoriously hard to impress, but those in attendance at the Esmod International Fashion Show, held this week in Istanbul, didn't see this one coming. It seems the random cat's arrival on the runway captured the crowd's attention more than the clothes on display.

Greek News / Re: Don't mention the war
« Last Post by Maik on Monday, 29 October, 2018 @ 11:33:03 »
Greece reiterates claim of €288bn for damages under Nazi occupation
Athens says destruction played major part in delaying Greece’s development as modern state

Greece says it will pursue its quest for second world war damages and repayment of a loan forcibly extracted during Nazi occupation with renewed zest, despite Germany openly rejecting the claims.

Less than two weeks after German president, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, used a state visit to apologise for atrocities committed by his forefathers, Athens vowed to relaunch the campaign while hailing the onset of a new era in bilateral ties.

“This is an issue that psychologically still rankles, and as a government we are absolutely determined to raise it,” said Costas Douzinas, who heads the Greek parliament’s defence and foreign relations committee.

The report, compiled by a cross-party committee over several years, estimates that compensation of €288bn (£256bn) remains outstanding for the destruction Greece sustained between 1941 and 1944, the years the country was subject to Third Reich rule. It also calculates that a further €11bn is owed for a 476m Reichsmark loan Hitler’s forces seized from the Greek central bank in 1943.
Greek History & Culture / The oldest ouzeri?
« Last Post by Maik on Monday, 29 October, 2018 @ 11:01:35 »
95-year-old Stefanos Gogos, owns oldest Coffee Shop, Ouzeri and Grocery Store in Greece

One of the last, if not the last, traditional coffee shop, Ouzeri, and grocery store in Greece, is still impressively owned and run by 95-year-old Stefanos Gogos of Ano Palaiokarya in Trikala.

Located on an old road that once connected the regions of Thessaly and Epirus, a few metres from the stunning waterfalls, Stefanos says he can not even remember when he began working here but says he was very young at the time.

During that period, this kind of store would be found in most Greek villages and was packed all hours of the day. During the morning, it would be visited by women who would purchase items they needed for their cooking, while local men would be there in the afternoon drinking coffee and playing Tavli (backgammon) or evenings spent drinking Ouzo and whiskey while discussing politics and playing cards.

Reminds me of the place in Pastra  :)
Greek News / Re: Filming Greece
« Last Post by Maik on Monday, 29 October, 2018 @ 10:50:00 »
Where was The Little Drummer Girl filmed in Greece?

Much of the novel is set in Greece, and so a large portion of filming took place in Greece’s capital city, Athens, and in nearby towns and villages.

Charlie and Becker first cross paths in Naxos, Greece, an island in the South Aegean with a healthy tourism industry. But all the scenes set in Naxos were actually shot at the beach town of Kineta on the mainland – a quiet resort about an hour away from Athens.

The British-US co-production spent 24 days filming on location in Greece, with one key scene taking them to Cape Sounion. Located about 70km from Athens, Sounion is home to the Temple of Poseidon, one of the major monuments from the Golden Age of Athens. The temple was constructed in 444-440 BC under the statesman Pericles, and although it was destroyed nine centuries later by invading troops, some of the columns still stand amidst the ruins.

The Little Drummer Girl is a global tale that spans a huge number of countries and cities, but the production team realised they could use Greece as a stand-in for a number of different locations.

Simon Cornwell, co-CEO at The Ink Factory, remarked, “We were able to shoot not only extraordinary scenes set in Greece, but also scenes set in Lebanon, Israel, Yugoslavia (as it was then) and Rome.”

The Nikaia neighbourhood in Athens was used as a stand-in for Palestine, while nearby coastal town of Elefsina was used to double as Lebanon.
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