Judas Curse update-ish

Yesterday I received a photo of the editor for ‘The Judas Curse’ so I thought I would share it. [caption id="attachment_13049" align="alignleft" width="300"]Dan in his editing suite Dan in his editing suite[/caption] It shows Dan at work, but not on the film, he's working on some advertisement, but the notes that came with the picture were interesting. “That picture, of course, doesn’t show Dan on TJC. The screen is showing some golf commercial he was working on at the time it was taken. Describing the editing process would probably be like describing paint drying. He’s basically playing each clip over and over again, and deciding which bits of which clips to mix and match. I know that when they edited Apocalypse Now they estimated that actual cutting and splicing averaged about 10 seconds a day for three years. The rest of the 12 hours per day for three years was spent watching and re-watching each clip hundreds of times through and deciding exactly where to cut and where to join.” [caption id="attachment_13050" align="alignright" width="300"]Symi Greece photos View from Profit Ilias monastery, Saturday[/caption] So, the bottom line from that I guess is, editing takes a long time. We’ve seen the first 40 minutes of the film, in a very rough cut, without the full sound and music and with some parts of scenes still to be added in. It’s looking very good, though it’s going to take a while yet before we see it at a film festival or on the shelves. Meanwhile, I think everyone has cleared up after the weekend storm. Our house remained very dry thanks to an early roof painting session, and so far we’ve had no ill effects from the recent wet weather, apart from the doors starting to expand and not fit properly. The temperature is now set to rise again, apparently, though it was still cold at six yesterday morning. There’s a definite smell of autumn in the air, which is very refreshing. [caption id="attachment_13051" align="alignleft" width="300"]Symi Greece photos Chapel floor tiles[/caption] I have a quiet week ahead now, with nothing much actually planned or booked in, apart from the ‘must do’ thing of having to go and pay the water bill before Friday. That’s about as exciting as it gets around here for me at the moment. But not long to go now and the season will be over, work finished and I can spend my days walking and writing and starting on my complete novel mentoring course. Ah, here comes October…
Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 No Comments
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A walk to the church of the Profit Ilias, Symi

I managed to get out for a walk on Saturday before the rain came in. And when it rained, it rained. We had a thunderstorm in the late afternoon, early evening, during which several folk became trapped in the Rainbow bar, myself included, where we watched no less than three football matches while waiting to make our escape. Mind you, I can think of worse places to be trapped for a couple of hours. After that we made a dash for the taverna, Zoe’s, where we joined Harry and his family for dinner. But back to the walk… [caption id="attachment_13040" align="alignleft" width="150"]Symi Greece photos The sign to look for[/caption] [caption id="attachment_13041" align="alignright" width="150"]Symi Greece photos The start of the path[/caption] I went up through the village, passing the museum (still being renovated) and into the square at Ag. Triada, and then turned left and made my way up to the top road at Periotisa. There I walked down to the main road and carried on down to the corner at Ag. Marina. If you want to follow this walk then you can come up by the main road. Start at the bus stop at Kampos and walk along the main road passing the sports hall and take a couple of the hairpins until you see the concrete reservoir and the sign to Ag. Marina. There, you've joined me now. So, walk a little way towards the church and cemetery and just before it there’s the start of a path that heads up the hillside. It’s next to the big tree. A few feet up that path you find an old bed frame (known as a gate around here), and you may need to untie a few knots to get it open. Make sure you tie them back up afterwards. [caption id="attachment_13042" align="alignleft" width="150"]Symi Greece photos A bed/gate[/caption] [caption id="attachment_13043" align="alignright" width="150"]Symi Greece photos View from the top of the field[/caption] Now then, here I made up my own path but I think you are meant to go to the right and follow a donkey track up. I wasn't sure which way to go so I recalled the friends of my youth, who were the children of farmers, who told me that no one very much minds if you cut through their fields as long as you stay to the edge. At least they didn’t on Romney Marsh in the 1970s, so I followed the left-side fence around and up until it met the wall of the monastery I was heading to. Through another old bedstead-gate (complete with even more knots), I then found the top of the donkey path and there I was at the monastery of the Profit Ilias. [caption id="attachment_13044" align="alignleft" width="300"]Symi Greece photos Outside the monastery[/caption] The main chapel was locked but the upper, smaller one was open so I was able to have a look inside there for a few minutes, and then, being totally on my own, I sat and took in the view down to Pedi and across to the ‘quarry.’ And that’s the way I headed back, down the concrete road and through the quarry grounds. An old chap came out to wave at me but it was a friendly wave not a ‘be off with you young scamp’ type of wave, so that was okay. And then, I just carried on walking up the main road, past the Kantia and over to Xisos. [caption id="attachment_13045" align="alignright" width="300"]Symi Greece photos Inside the chapel[/caption] The main road splits and there is a sign to Panormitis, heading left, and one carrying straight on to Tolis beach and Xisos, and several other places. I got as far as ‘Pat’ the dog, who wasn't there, and then turned back and came down the path past Ag. Paraskevi. That’s a nice walk, though a bit bumpy under foot at times, and it leads you eventually back into the village. I stopped en route to admire a pair of ravens that were riding the airwaves above me, and noticed the gathering gloom of the clouds. There’s a handy sign now in place where this donkey path splits, and, when heading the other way, you can choose to turn left and scramble up to the road and towards Panormitis, or carry on to Xisos. What’s needed next are direction to actually find the start of the path in the village. [caption id="attachment_13046" align="alignleft" width="225"]Symi Greece photos In the monastery grounds[/caption] Anyhow, back in the village I wound my way back down through the lanes and to home. About an hour later the rain started and didn’t stop until sometime in the night. It cleared up on Sunday morning but Neil had to cancel his photo walk sadly, else it would have been more of a photo mud bath. And our party on the boat was also postponed from Sunday evening due to high winds, and was rescheduled for Monday evening, but we’ll have to miss it as that’s our wine night. But there you go. Apparently the police have said that summer is coming back from today, and who are we to argue?
Monday, September 29th, 2014 No Comments
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Some more useful Symi links for your favourites folder

While we are talking about useful links, as we were doing yesterday, or at least, as I was doing yesterday, here are a few more that you might like to bookmark in your ‘Symi favourites’ folder. I am assuming that everyone has one of these; a handy set of links in their internet browsers’ favourites area where you can open them all at once and find all your Symi related things in one place. [caption id="attachment_13034" align="alignleft" width="300"]Some more useful Symi links for your favourites folder Cruise ships are still calling in to Symi[/caption] Boats are rather important around here and so it’s handy to have the ferry schedules to hand. You can find a boat to Symi on a Wednesday and Friday with the Blue Star Line and if you head to their site you can put it into English. You can find daily boats (at the moment) via Dodecanisos Seaways which should open up in English too. The schedules can be searched for some time in advance, though sometimes only for a month or two ahead. You can also book boat tickets online but if you are boking the Rhodes/Symi Panagia Skiadeni (which is not currently running) then you have to book it Rhodes-Panormitis, as one ticket, and then Panormitis-Symi as another. When it is running that is. [caption id="attachment_13035" align="alignright" width="300"]Some more useful Symi links for your favourites folder We're still having wine nights at Symi Dream (only three more to go)[/caption] Weather, as we were talking about yesterday, is also important, and you might like to use Accuweather for Symi which is showing a storm for today, oops. Or you might favour Windfinder which is of use to sailors, I am told. And somewhere to stay? Well, you could try looking through Booking.com and searching around. I just did a quick look there for no reason and found 48 properties in Symi to check out. Some of them I’d never heard of and others had their photos taken by Neil, which was nice to see. And then there’s something to read and something to do, so don’t forget to bookmark the handy Amazon-Greek and Symi store which also has sections for photography and holiday essentials. [caption id="attachment_13036" align="alignleft" width="300"]Some more useful Symi links for your favourites folder Photo walks continue[/caption] There, a few ideas for your bookmarks. You may have already had your Symi holiday, you may have it already planned, but even so, these things may be of use. If you are heading this way soon then bring some warm clothes for the evenings. There was a breeze the other evening and that really cooled things down, though daytimes, without the wind, are perfect at the moment. Everything is still open, no one has started wrapping up for the winter just yet and the village is still busy most evenings, the harbour busy most days. I haven’t really got much other Symi news, except that the new council is now in place and they’ve worked out who is in which team for which department/committee. At least, they’d almost finished doing that by last week, when I got the news first (gloved) hand from my dentist, the deputy mayor. There are now double white lines on the main road which have, so I am told, are helping to reduce traffic speed on the hillside road, and which cut off immediately you crest the hill into Horio. And I am told the concrete blocks for the new jetty will be on their way over from Rhodes very soon and will be dropped into place. When that’s finished, there are plans to build a road that will come out over the sea and curve around to head back to the main road heading uphill, so lorries will no longer have to trundle around the harbour issuing fumes to diners and noise to day-trippers. But enough ‘what may be may be’ news for now. Have a good weekend!
Saturday, September 27th, 2014 No Comments
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