In touch with dance, Symi 2014

There is a small gallery below showing some of the image from Neil that were taken in rehearsal and at the preference of the ‘In touch with Dance’ show on 16th July. There is also the CD cover as this was a commission for the ladies who organised the event and each such commission comes with a CD of ‘negative’s’, without watermarks, so that customers can print their own copies as they want. [caption id="attachment_12644" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Cover In touch with dance 16th July 2014 CD cover, In touch with dance 16th July 2014[/caption] In other news: I have heard that there is a classical guitar recital this coming Saturday at St Evangalismos, starting at 20:30. [caption id="attachment_12645" align="alignleft" width="300"]Symi Greece photos Nigel (or Rigel)[/caption] And in more personal news, my new underwater camera arrived and was delivered to the shop by the courier (a first) so bravo ACS – which is now in a new place, well it has been for a while, but it’s behind the butcher down in Yialos, near Antoniadis’ hardware shop, if you didn’t already know. I've used the camera out of water on our early morning walk on Tuesday. This was the first 5.30 start for a few days due to various things, so a bit of a shock to be getting up before daybreak, but necessary as the sun was already beating down by the time got home. I found this little critter in the middle of the road so Neil moved him off into the grass at the side before someone came and splatted him. I thin he said his name was Nigel, through it could have been Rigel, which is a slightly more unusual name for a stick insect. (Or is he a Praying Mantis, or both?) Anyway, enough silliness. Here is the gallery of shots from the dance show and remember you can always find more Symi photos on our Photos page here. [Gallery=215]
Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 No Comments
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A quick guide to not overheating

First: Here’s one of Neil’s photos that shows the kind of thing you can do when you ‘see Symi from a different angle’ as you do when you go on one of his photo walks. [caption id="attachment_12638" align="alignleft" width="235"]Neil gosling photography See things from a different angle[/caption] Photo walks are Wednesday morning, 09.15 from the shop and around the upper village, and also on Sunday (though check because sometimes they are Saturday at the moment because of other work) and also 09.15 from the shop, though on Sunday it’s down through the Pedi valley and to the sea. Both: bring water, a hat and sensible shoes for walking. It’s not arduous but some of the terrain is not 100% flat. You can book in advance by emailing Neil – the address and phone number are over there on the right >> [caption id="attachment_12639" align="alignright" width="198"]Symi Greece photos Inside a ruin[/caption] Someone was asking me yesterday how hot it was as they’d seen a weather report showing the temperature in the high 20s. I reckoned it was warmer than that. Often we get weather reports and forecasts based on Rhodes and the nearest weather station there, which I was told was at the airport, by the sea, but I am not sure about that. So, the only way to know is to put the alarm clock outside (next to where the Alarm Cat is sleeping in the shade) and leave it for a few minutes. It has a thermometer on it. It was showing 30 degrees inside the house and 35 outside in the shade at 12.15 yesterday, and that’s in a slight breeze. [caption id="attachment_12640" align="alignleft" width="198"]Symi Greece photos Night on a boat[/caption] So, not unbearably hot, not yet, not like that first summer we were working here and on the north side of the harbour the shell shop registered a temperature of 50 degrees, in the shade; that was a hot summer for sure. But it’s warm enough for boating and swimming and walking in the early morning and evening, though clambering up the Kali Strata at midday, as I did the other day, leaves one dripping somewhat. Remember: lots of water, and not very cold water either as that doesn’t help rehydrate, juice and soft drinks are ok (but can be sugary) but water is best, beer doesn’t count nor do coffee and tea, take ‘Almora’ or similar rehydration sachets (you can get them from the pharmacies here) if you start to feel dehydrated, stay in the shade, don’t get sunburned and remember your sun block. That's’ my quick guide to not overheating, for what it is worth.
Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 No Comments
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“Just finished chapter 17 & loving this book” – Amazon review, The Judas Inheritance

I didn't hear the Symi bells this Sunday morning, maybe I slept through them, with the fan going and everything, but I heard the unusual sound of the vacuum cleaner being used, by Neil. I think that’s the first time he’s actually met James. He didn’t have a photo walk (Neil, not the hoover) and there was too much wind for the speed boat to film the Poseidon so he stayed home and did the housework, which was something of a boon for me. [caption id="attachment_12632" align="alignleft" width="300"]Symi Greece photos Yiannis Poseidon and family[/caption] It gave me time to potter around online and get some work done. I have read through the first draft of Lonely House and identified some parts that need rewriting, clarifying, cutting and explaining better (great use of the language there), so that’s the next task for that story. Meanwhile the next one is taking shape in notes and in my head when I have the space for it. I have been receiving good feedback for The Judas Inheritance, so far. If you have read it, and like it, perhaps you could do me a favour? [caption id="attachment_12633" align="alignright" width="198"]Symi Greece photos Birthday girls[/caption] I want to play that old game called ‘get an agent-get rejected’ and I’m planning to make approaches on the back of “The Judas Inheritance was made into a film and there has been interest in the film rights for Lonely House, but I need professional representation. You can read reviews of Judas at Amazon…” etc. So, if you could spare five minutes to write and post a quick review at Amazon, that would be wonderful as I would then have more ammunition, testimonials if you like, that would help raise interest from agents/publishers. Perhaps. Who knows? Perhaps you are an agent, perhaps you know one who might be interested in hearing from me? The ‘Judas deal’ (which sounds like another film title) has already been taken care of, but there’s potential in the Lonely House, if you see what I mean. Anyway, I didn’t actually set about this post intending to tell and ask all that, but I have now. Better switch to more relevant, Symi info: [caption id="attachment_12634" align="alignleft" width="300"]Symi Greece photos At Agia Marina[/caption] August 2nd will see the Symi Shrimp Festival in the village square: free Symi shrimps, traditional music and dancing for all. I’ll put the poster up nearer the time, and if you want your Symi event put on our blog then just send the poster or info. But more immediately there is the wine night at Symi Dream tonight and you can follow that by live music at the Hidden Courtyard (Secret Garden), just off the Pedi road, at the end of the village beneath Anastasia’s apartments, not far to get to or from. [caption id="attachment_12635" align="alignright" width="198"]Symi Greece photos Sailing into Symi[/caption] And the photos today were taken on Friday night on the boat trip, at the birthday party for Pat and Hazel. Huge thank you (again) for the generosity and the great time, and to Yiannis and family for looking after us all, the dancing and the food. I must get more acquainted with the stars though, each time I find myself on a boat at night I look up and wish I had a clue what was what. Apparently I need an App for my phone, but my smart phone is not smart enough to connect to the internet half the time so that wouldn't be much good. Anyhow; welcome to Monday, and remember, if you’re read the book please do jot down a quick review and post it, and if you’ve not read it, here’s your chance to pick up a copy. Both things can be done here: The Judas Inheritance at Amazon.co.uk (there is a link to the Kindle version there if you prefer that.) Thank you.
Monday, July 21st, 2014 No Comments
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