November 12, 2006

Curious George

It's curious to see how children take to writing essays. Besides keeping them off hard drugs, this exercise does wonders for their self esteem. Simerini, ought to be commended for giving the likes of young George, the former MP, a chance to take part in Sunday's essay writing showcase. Of course we'll need to pay the lad a bit more attention and have a word with him regarding bigotry, but at least he managed to get a few things off his chest.

A friend of Prodromos Prodromou and a former MP in his own right, young Colocassides points out in the newspaper's creative writing section that the Finns are nothing but a bunch of suicidal drunks, living in a bland wasteland. The gist of his rebellious little piece is, predictably, that the Finns have no right to assume what may or may not be right for us because we are a more colourful people who thrive on creative anarchy.

George's essay does, however, serve as a reminder of how pathetically passive most Stravaralanders happen to be when it comes to a deep seated belief in international diplomacy owing us a favour. We gladly take the perceived bait (in this case trying to spread hysteria among the masses regarding the possible return of Varosha) and then, when reality bites, we convince ourselves that we're dealing with just another bunch of evil spirited foreigners, who'd like nothing better than to see us buried on our very own moral high-ground.

The essay's weak point is in its conclusion; that we are not about to get ahead in this life, simply by adopting, say, Finnish education, a New York Stock Exchange or French winemaking. Yes, alright, I get it - a 'leave us alone to fix our own broken toys' kind of attitude. Not to worry, George, I think they will.

As for Finland being a cultural wasteland, I'd suggest that young George pick any film made by either of the Kaurismäki brothers, or even go back a few years (if he's old enough) and remember how Ari Vatanen (now a Member of a big Parliament with grown-ups) was revered here in our complex, creative and colourful island during his rally driving days.

6 Comments:

Anonymous m said...

we are a more colourful people who thrive on creative anarchy

hahahaha!

Yes, alright, I get it - a 'leave us alone to fix our own broken toys' kind of attitude.

But that's what I "like"/find amusing about us; we beg the world to come and "save us", "protect the innocent victim" and then we turn against them and say "well, we know better, stop meddling in our affairs". At least that is the image we give to the world. Where's the souvla at?

13 November, 2006 08:24  
Blogger apodimos Kypreos said...

You mean Prodromos Prodromou (aka Monaxous Monaxous) has friends!?

I wonder whether young George uses Nokia, what do you think?

Maybe next time he should tell us what the Cypriots have created (in one of those moments of creative anarchy), except, that is, from the infamous "Cyprus Problem"!?

13 November, 2006 11:09  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

'We convince ourselves that we're dealing with just another bunch of evil spirited foreigners, who'd like nothing better than to see us buried on our very own moral high-ground.'

Isn't this probably the most egocentric way of thinking any population might have?!
Will the day when stavaralanders become anoixtomateslanders ever come? I guess not, its a pretty big word to manage.

13 November, 2006 11:33  
Blogger Noullis said...

@m - Going around with a diplomatic begging bowl is not nearly as offensive as the innate paranoia. A compromise is viewed as a defeat and therefore can never be assesed properly.

@apodimos. Nokia? As in the Finnish company 'connecting people'? Nice one.

@psychia - Nothing wrong with optimism, as long as it doesn't make you crazy. If some of them could start by working on their racism and bigiotry it would be a pretty good start.

N.B. In case any of you were wondering the links are highlighted in blue; no underlines, no nothing. The second line of paragraph 2 is the link to young George's essay. I only mention this as someone asked.

13 November, 2006 16:20  
Blogger Giorgio said...

Eta tze ta links koumpare Noulln va dkiabasei o kosmos ivta gaourka politikous exoume...
Ena: http://www.simerini.com.cy/nqcontent.cfm?a_id=276391

Dyo: http://www.simerini.com.cy/nqcontent.cfm?a_id=276403

Tria: http://www.simerini.com.cy/nqcontent.cfm?a_id=276406

Zoppovortoiiiiiiiii

13 November, 2006 19:46  
Blogger Giorgio said...

Tze lalei o Polibios Kolokos (ovoma tze prama) "Τότες, καθώς και τις άλλες δυο φορές που βρέθηκα πιο βόρεια, στο ισλανδικό Reykjavik (άλλο ζόρι και εκείνο...), η πρώτη και επίμονη σκέψη μου ήταν «τι στο καλό γυρεύω εγώ εδώ;» και η αμέσως επόμενη «για όνομα του Θεού, τι το κοινό θα μπορούσαν να ‘χουν αυτοί οι τόποι με την Κύπρο ή το Κυπριακό;»." . Re kolotziv, pievve sti Saoudiki Arabia n' stn Syria tze evva deis how you fit in... koloko... e koloko...

13 November, 2006 20:06  

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