Symi’s official town hall news

Did you know that Symi Town Hall has a blog style site where the put up the latest, official, Symi news? Here’s the link to the desktop version: There is also a mobile friendly version which seems to have more on it ( should you prefer that. Looking at the desktop one: [caption id="attachment_13202" align="alignleft" width="201"]Δήμος Σύμης[/caption] You will see that there is a language option at the top of the page and, in theory, you can change the language to English. If you do this though you lose the other menu items but you keep the announcements page/link. I have to say I had trouble with this, the page stayed in Greek. These things (plug-ins) are sometimes a problem to get working, and hopefully it will get sorted out one day. Meanwhile, you can copy and paste the text into an online translator. They don’t always give the best results of course, but you can usually work out what’s going on, and they are getting better slowly. So, on the home page, you will see a menu that reads: ΑΝΑΚΟΙΝΩΣΕΙΣ (with EN in front of it if you've got to the English version). Click that and you find the blog posts, the announcements. At the moment these are shown as title that you click; some lead to links to Word documents, which you an open and then translate, others lead to pages of news that you can also copy and paste. There are also links in the main menu (Greek) to photos and pages about the island. Apart from the translator button not working, I also found that once I’d opened the mobile version on my desktop, the desktop version kept reverting to mobile, like some cookie had been placed that then assumed I always wanted mobile – the design works on phones, but doesn't look so good on the desktop. I could go and clear by cache to put that right I guess. (Actually, the next day I was able to view the desktop version (pictured here) with no hassles, as long as I stayed with it.) [caption id="attachment_13203" align="alignright" width="300"]Symi Greece photos And a photo of the Castro[/caption] But still, I thought I’d bring this to your attention as I noticed that very few people had voted yes or no on the home page ‘do you like our site’, and I thought it would be encouraging for the site if it had some more views. Also, it would be good for more people to know about the island news direct from the Town Hall (the Dimos). The site also links to Sarandis’ newspaper, the Voice of Symi, and to a Symi photo site, you will find the Town Hall email there at the bottom, and you can email in English if you need to. So, although you do have to translate things ‘manually’ unless you read Greek, and although it’s been around a while (since February), I reckon this is worth sharing with all Symi fans and visitors. So spread the word: Real Symi news direct from the Town Hall.
Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 No Comments
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Symi in print – something for the winter

Or something for the summer, depending on where you are. I had a quick look around to see if I could find you some winter reading and came up with the following ideas: [caption id="attachment_13196" align="alignleft" width="212"]The View from Kleoboulos - John Manuel The View from Kleoboulos - John Manuel[/caption] How about one of the books by Rhodes author John Manuel? You could try his novel, ‘The View from Kleoboulos’  “In this, John Manuel's first full-length novel after having written four very successful travel memoirs about Greece, he again takes the reader into the tiny whitewashed streets of the village of Lindos on the island of Rhodes. Dean and Alyson are two young people who come together in a bar one evening in their home city of Bath, UK. Alyson's mother once worked with Brian, a musician who never quite "made it", but ends up playing guitar and singing in a Lindian Bar. Quite how Brian and Christine (Alyson's mother) come to have a devastating effect on their daughter's relationship with the man of her dreams will have you gripped, both with emotion and with intrigue. A real page-turner, the perfect holiday read, "The View From Kleoboulos" is Thomas Hardy for the 21st century. Sometimes the past comes back to haunt you, but occasionally it comes back to bite.” [caption id="attachment_13197" align="alignright" width="152"]Feta Compli - John Manuel Feta Compli - John Manuel[/caption] But if you are more interested in the travel memoirs, and assuming you already have ‘Symi 85600’, ‘Carry on up the Kali Strata’ and ‘Village View’, then you might like to check out what it’s like to move to and live in Rhodes. ‘Feta Compli’  is John’s first book in his series of three, and you only need to click the link to find the Amazon page about it. "This memoir/travel book is a slight but rollicking account of two love affairs; the first being an account of the writer's happy marriage with his wife, Yvonne-Marie. The second is of their decades-long flirtation with the country of Greece, where her family originated.” (Amazon review) By the way, that link should also take you to a list of John’s other memoir books down the page, and they are soon to be added to our Symi book shop which you can find here: (click to the Rhodes books department.) [caption id="attachment_13198" align="alignleft" width="190"]My mother’s cooking” by Nora N. Katsourakis My mother’s cooking” by Nora N. Katsourakis[/caption] And, while you are ordering them and settling in for some winter sun at home while reading about Rhodes, Symi and Greece, you might like to have something simmering in the pot in the kitchen. I've no idea about this next book, but if you get a copy or have one, feel free to let me know what you think of the recipes. It’s called “My mother’s cooking” and is by Nora N. Katsourakis who I believe has a Symi connection. Or, as a parting shot, how about ‘Mythology and Meatballs’ by Daniel Spoerri?  The hardback of this book shows an image of Symi, and the subheading reads ‘A Greek island diary/cookbook’ though I have to admit, I've not read it. [caption id="attachment_13199" align="alignright" width="202"]‘Mythology and Meatballs’ by Daniel Spoerri ‘Mythology and Meatballs’ by Daniel Spoerri[/caption] So, there are a few ideas for you, some things to pop into your basket or wish list to see you through coming winter months. As for me, I am still ploughing through ‘The Goldfinch’, only a few more hundred pages to go. Happy reading! Oh –and if you have a book about Symi or Greece, or have a novel, cookbook, travel book etc. that features the island, or Greece, or know of any and think they should get a wider audience, drop me a line and I’ll add it to our store and give it a mention here.
Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 No Comments
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A rain free Monday, so far, and my weekend on Symi

Yesterday was one of those days that didn’t go according to plan. The alarm had been set, it went off early and so far so good, but after that… [caption id="attachment_13190" align="alignleft" width="300"]Symi Greece photos Thundery skies on Sunday morning[/caption] To start with a thunderstorm stopped play (for us) as far as walking up to Ag. Dimitris was concerned, though had we trudged through the rain and up the muddy path, we would then have been too hot, as the sun came out a little later and we would have been fine, though very damp and steaming by the time we got there. So we went to the Harry house instead, for coffee, and ended up with an impromptu breakfast and some essential on-line shopping from Ikea (my video cabinet has still not arrived so I’ve given up on it and started again under the professional on-line shopping and ordering guidance of Jenine). [caption id="attachment_13191" align="alignright" width="300"]Symi Greece photos The shelf above the door of the (very) old doctor's surgery has finally fallen off (you can see the last of the red cross on the shelf on the left)[/caption] Later it was a slow walk down to Yialos to get some Jack food and money and then stop for one at Elpida’s while watching the view and day-trippers from Rhodes. Lots of end of season local people and a few tourists, milling around and going past on the train (no clapping along to Zorba though, the Rhodians know it’s not that traditional a piece of music). [caption id="attachment_13192" align="alignleft" width="300"]Symi Greece photos Sunday lunchtime at Elpida's cafe[/caption] Then a lift up the hill and to Mandeio’s for lunch (very extravagant, but it was the first Sunday we’d both had off since April) and a quick catch up with Yiannis at Rainbow, which lead to one of those self-enforced lock-ins as another thunderstorm passed by, and then home (surprisingly early) for a bit of TV and an early night. And that was my Sunday off. What about you? I did get some work done first thing, I spent some time on the new-look website/blog which should be coming along on Saturday this week. And I started back on ‘Straight Swap’; this winter’s writing project, a comedy set in ‘Middlestone on sea’ which is a place I didn’t used to live in, though I did used to live in Littlestone on Sea, which is next to Greatstone on Sea, so perhaps you can see where I am coming from, or where I came from at least. I expect I’ll be telling you more about this project as it, hopefully, progresses during the winter. [caption id="attachment_13193" align="alignright" width="300"]Symi Greece photos Wintery skies[/caption] Kickstarter backers of The Judas Curse should have had another update from 1066 by now, I saw one come in over the weekend and anyone who has not read the book can get a copy from this link: The Judas Inheritance. And here comes Monday again, with things to be done, Neil still emptying the shop and piling things up in the moussandra room which is slowly becoming his new office/den, and me pottering about down below on my machine, working on the new site and new book, while sending off more letters and samples (of Lonely House) to agents and editors and to hearing a thing back of course, and generally rambling on on my blog about nothings much as we settle into winter.
Monday, October 27th, 2014 No Comments
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