Festival of Ag. Dimitrios and a Symi Animal Welfare message

Here’s the weekend, and what lies in store? Hopefully a long walk followed by a donut. [caption id="attachment_13183" align="alignleft" width="300"]Symi skies More October Symi skies[/caption] We’re planning to walk to the church of Saint Dimitris on Sunday for the name day morning festival and lunch. This is the place where a lot of the Rainbow regulars go and Yiannis will be there. The last I heard of the plan was: meeting up at Jenine & Ian’s house around eight in the morning to walk up the hill, then around the hill, then up and around another hill. We should get there in time for a bit of church, followed by coffee and cakes, followed by lunch if we stay and if the weather holds. I am instructed by the boss, Yiannis in this case, not to bring anything apart from ourselves as wine and ouzo will be provided. (Note: must remember we will have to walk back.) [caption id="attachment_13184" align="alignright" width="300"]Rush hour Symi style Rush hour Symi style[/caption] It will be the first proper outing for my new walking boots so I must remember to bring plasters in case of blisters. Meanwhile: heavy rain attacked on Thursday afternoon so I had no bar work to go to, not that there is anyone around in the mid-afternoon now, but I am still ‘contracted’ to be there until the end of the month. So, we spent an afternoon and evening watching films, which is something of a treat. Neil’s not even going back to open the shop in the evenings now because he is winding it down. Mind you, people keep ringing him up with jobs to do, so he will go down there is required. I am planning to switch over to the new look Symi Dream site next weekend. Just thought I would mention that here in passing before passing on some info from Symi Animal Welfare. Here we go: [caption id="attachment_13185" align="alignleft" width="225"]Raising money for Symi Animal Welfare Raising money for Symi Animal Welfare[/caption] “Early on in the Summer, a keen supporter of Symi Animal Welfare, Sue Barron, sent out the first batch of these woollen, dangly-legged birds for us to sell to raise essential funds. Claudia of the Sunrise Kafeneion did an excellent job of displaying them in the doorway to the bar, which meant that they sold-out fairly quickly. The colourful birdies became a talking-point amongst customers and messages were sent from afar asking Kevin to save one for so & so until they came to the island on holiday & could buy it! Use kindly sent out a 2nd batch, this time, they were displayed on  a hanging bird-cage for even greater effect; the last remaining three were finally sold yesterday, making the grand total of 250 euro.  Apparently, the birdies now have a cult-following-of-sorts, watch out on eBay! Many, many thanks to Sue & the Sunrise for your efforts. Melanie” Have a good weekend. Me.
Saturday, October 25th, 2014 No Comments
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From Bombay to Symi via a small village on Romney Marsh

Well, that was a sweet thing to listen to. The radio I mean. But not local radio here on Symi, local radio over there in Kent. [caption id="attachment_13178" align="alignleft" width="300"]TALES FROM THE GRAND BAZAAR by Bombay Dub Orchestra TALES FROM THE GRAND BAZAAR by Bombay Dub Orchestra[/caption] I discovered that an old school friend of mine was interviewing another old school friend of mine on his radio show the other night. I missed it, but then found out I could listen to it again for one week. So that’s what I did as I was pottering around at home yesterday, and I am still listening to it now as I write this up. Actually I am listening to one of the pieces from the latest CD that OSF (old school friend) has released. The music is by the Bombay Dub Orchestra and that is made up of Andrew T Mackay (osf) and Gary Hughes. “Bombay Dub Orchestra makes use of a full-fledged, Bollywood-style symphony, thereby offering some of the most lush and compelling string arrangements this side of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” -Music journalist Douglas Heselgrave. [caption id="attachment_13179" align="alignright" width="198"]One of Neil's photos from inside Roukouniotis, Symi One of Neil's photos from inside Roukouniotis, Symi[/caption] I discover, after further research that, “Dub is a genre of music which grew out of reggae music in the 1960s, and is commonly considered a subgenre, though it has developed to extend beyond the scope of reggae. Music in this genre consists predominantly of instrumental remixes of existing recordings and is achieved by significantly manipulating and reshaping the recordings, usually by removing the vocals from an existing music piece, and emphasizing the drum and bass parts (this stripped-down track is sometimes referred to as a 'riddim'). Other techniques include dynamically adding extensive echo, reverb, panoramic delay, and occasional dubbing of vocal or instrumental snippets from the original version or other works.” Well, all I know is that I heard a couple of their tracks on the radio show and wondered why on earth I’d not got any in my collection at home. So, I've now ordered ‘Tales from the grand bazaar’ (some of which I believe was recorded in Istanbul, some in Macedonia) and am eagerly awaiting its arrival. [caption id="attachment_13180" align="alignleft" width="300"]And another And another[/caption] But the sweet thing? Well, I was mentioned as ‘an inspiration’, by Andrew in his interview. We were great friends though our musical tastes didn’t quite match up. He was what you might call band music (rock, and stuff) whereas I was theatre music, but we got along and I photographed his band, Another Language, for their publicity. In the interview he also mentioned our old music teachers, David Purvis and Rodney Rickets, who were a great inspiration to me as well, so that was nice to hear. Anyway, if you want to hear the show, the interview is about 20 minutes in with some of the Bombay Dub Orchestra being played and you can find the play button under ‘The Craig Avery Show’ on this page: http://www.channelradio.co.uk/listen-again-tuesday/
Friday, October 24th, 2014 No Comments
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October Symi skies

Well, actually, one October Symi sky. Yesterday morning’s sky to be exact at around dawn, which was itself around 6.45 when we left the house to go for a quick jog around the village. [caption id="attachment_13171" align="alignleft" width="300"]Symi Greece photos Clouds at dawn[/caption] Rather, up the steps to the top road, and then keep on running all the way up the hill (apart from two steep corners) to the Kantina where, around 07.00, I felt slightly less round but rather out of breath. So, we ran back down again and around the corners back to the top road where we didn’t hang around but headed home for a round of toast. No actually, it was eggs on spinach, prepared by Neil, but on a round plate. And that’s enough of the around usage for one paragraph. [caption id="attachment_13172" align="alignright" width="300"]Symi Greece photos Commuting to work, Symi style[/caption] There are fewer and fewer people around each day now (stop it!) as folk leave for the winter. Some long-stayers have left, some remain for a few more days and then it will be back to the locals and winter visitors only. The weather is cooling down with strong winds in the offing. We are hoping that Sunday stays bad-weather-free as we’re planning to walk up to Agios Dimitrios on the slopes below the ancient castro in the area called Karro. [caption id="attachment_13173" align="alignleft" width="300"]Symi Greece photos A little later, looking down to Pedi[/caption] I think this is the church that Neil and I found one summer holiday when completely lost. We were heading to St Emilianos using a guide book and somehow took the wrong turning out of Roukouniotis. We eventually ran out of road and so made our own way up to the top of the hill to see where we were. We could see our destination so simply headed for it. This did involve scrambling down a few cliff faces, which is not the kind of thing we’d advise, and we ended up in the bay at Ghaidhouromadra, as marked on the new Symi map I have, where it also shows a tower (must investigate one day). From there we ran around the coast, somehow, to make it to the boats on time and climbed aboard the Diagoras just as it was about to leave. The full story can be found in one of my books somewhere… [caption id="attachment_13174" align="alignright" width="300"]You can see that other boats rushed to assist. You can see that other boats rushed to assist.[/caption] Anyway, there’s a morning’s ramble for you. Other news? Well, there was a fire on a boat out at sea the other day and Neil got some photos and someone was rescued but not badly hurt, and no one, even the news channels, seems to know the exact story, so no point in speculating. The Rainbow Bar is closed on Sunday for the name day, at least during the day; will probably be open in the evening. And Neil has started bringing things back form the shop, starting to clear it out. Only another week or so to go.
Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 No Comments
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