Okay, I have a little more time today, it’s actually last Sunday and mother is heading off home later this afternoon, I won’t be back here until Monday mid-morning so thought I would also prepare a Tuesday blog in advance to save me time on what will (have been by now) a rather rushed Monday morning.
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The Mayor of Symi, Eleftherios Papakalodoukas, ‘in Europe’[/caption]
I've got some interesting things to impart for you. To start with, the Mayor of Symi, Eleftherios Papakalodoukas, has been ‘in Europe’ as they say on the news. He's been attending meetings concerning the refugee problems and has had meetings with the Minister of the Interior on the major issues concerning Symi (financial and otherwise). The photo here has been taken from the Facebook page of Mihalis Tsavaris
the chairman of the council, and thank you for letting me use it. (As usual, as I'm not a newspaper, my ‘serious’ news comes from second hand sources so if anything is incorrect or needs further explanation, feel free to let me know.)
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1963 graffiti in a stone - but where on Symi is it?[/caption]
And now for some news I am sure about, and again via the pages of Facebook: A FB friend of mine (who I have never met so call him a ‘friend’ is very presumptuous but that’s how FB works) is an Anglo-Saxon, Medieval and Post-Medieval pottery specialist, a chap called Paul Blinkhorn who you may have seen on Time Team in the past. He’s soon going to be heading to Cyprus for an archaeological dig as part of this year’s ‘Operation Nightingale.’
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It looks like this building has recently been excavated and discovered, on the terraces on the south side of Yialos. Was it a windmill or for storage?[/caption]
“This tremendous project is designed to (and does) utilise both the technical and social aspects of field archaeology in the recovery and skill development of soldiers injured in the conflict in Afghanistan
(http://www.dmasuk.org/).” Paul writes on his blog. If you want to follow his progress you can bookmark his blog page and, when the exhibition leaves in two weeks’ time, follow his day to day progress. He says, “My role is to be the pottery analyst for this year's field-work, the survey and excavation of a Byzantine monastery, supposedly once the resting-place of holy relics including a fragment of the True Cross
Having recently visited the monastery of Michaelis at Roukoniotis, and seen the restoration work that’s going on there, I thought this might be of interest to Symi Dream readers, and if I get to hear of any updates from Cyprus and the dig there I can post them here.
[Follow Paul’s blog by clicking here and bookmarking the page
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Yialos last Saturday[/caption]
Back here on Symi: the season is really winding down. On Saturday there were only two day-trip boats, both catamarans, so not as big a capacity as the larger ferries. The weather remains warm/cold, hot in the sun and a bit humid, but calm and stays warm unless there is a breeze, and the air is fresher. I am carrying on at the bar until the end of the month and will then stop the summer job, unless there’s an upturn in visitors (unlikely). Neil has started moving out of the shop and is taking endless trips to the bins and bringing other, wanted, items to the house. The Sunday night film club is continuing, there’s still live music on certain nights in certain places, some places, like To Spitiko in Yialos, will be open for a few week’s longer as the next big events on Symi are soon upon us: Oxi Day later this month and then the festival at Panormitis in November.
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Health and Safety is for wimps![/caption]
So, there’s plenty going on and plenty of news to follow on the blog which will be settling back to ‘normal’ now that I have had my holiday week. Well, as normal as it gets around here, and it’s soon going to change completely, almost. There will be a new look Symi Dream blog coming along soon, though what you see here will remain here (under /wp) as an archive. More news on that soon. Now I must get ready for a day-trip to Panormitis followed by a visit to Rhodes airport and the Lydia Hotel and a boat back tomorrow, Monday.