November 23, 2008

Nicosia Theme Tune

Even you must be into you

(Alternative Version Here)

November 20, 2008

Charilaos Stavrakis Changes Direction

...avoid bumping into reality by citing neoliberalism - whatever that may be....

November 17, 2008

Kids Out, Again

So there I was, driving back to Ayios Andreas this morning, happy to have finished outstanding business in town in under two hours (including parking) when I suddenly found the road blocked just before the Vouli.

The kids were out again, twice in four days now. The cop on duty wanted me to turn either left or right immediately. I turned left, and guess what, caught up with the top of the line of the kids who must have crossed the Pedios bridge and were heading for the American Embassy up Metochi St.

I should have guessed. 17 November, Polytechnion, 35 years. There they were, red T-shirts, some with Che Guevera on them, and banners reading Down with Imperialism, Down with Nato, America - Murderers of Peoples. So 20th century! On the news they said the kids (including students from the Cyprus University) held a concert in front of the Embassy. Good for them. I'm sure they had a great morning out and enjoyed themselves just like the ones last Friday.

The question is: How many of them, especially the ones from university, would have joined the original brave students who manned the legendary radio station Edo Polytechnio as the tanks rolled up? They included a few Cypriots, now in their late 50s, who live among us.

Now, I wonder why nobody thought of asking one of them to address those kids. Wrong political party, maybe?

November 15, 2008

Blast From the Past

November 07, 2008

Doctor Pan's Search And Rescue




Who Asked You, Tommy 2?

Burn, baby, burn!

‘Throw away the history books’
By Stefanos Evripidou

The leader of the Orthodox flock in Cyprus will ask school children to throw away their history books if he feels they have been distorted, the primate warned yesterday.

Asked to comment on the Education Ministry’s efforts to revise and update school books, some of which have been in circulation for near three decades, Archbishop Chrysostomos II told reporters that the Church would not tolerate distortion of the truth.

“The Church has a clear position on this. We will not allow the distortion of history,” he said.

The Archbishop went so far as to say he would encourage children to throw away their books if the Church did not approve of them.

“We will stand firm to the point where we will even call on the children to throw away such books that have distorted the history of our country,” said Archbishop Chrysostomos.

“The people are looking at us, listening to us and judging us all,” replied Government Spokesman Stefanos Stefanou.

The spokesman said the Archbishop was stuck on a non-issue, since the government was not responsible for education reform.

The committee for reform of the syllabus, headed by an esteemed academic, was responsible, clarified Stefanou.

From there on, any changes will be subject to discussion and consensus before any new books are given to the schools, he added.

© Cyprus Mail 2008

November 06, 2008

Meanswhile, over at L'Astrance and L'Ambroisie in Paris...

Leo, of Plato's fame does an impression of two of his 'regular' customers. No prizes for telling the good from the bad. As for the ugly, well....

All I can conclude from this is that it seems they'll let anyone make a reservation at L'Astrance these days.


...ask not what he can do for the U.S., but what he can do for Cyprus... the meantime, president Christofias is waiting by the 'phone and thinking "now, did I give him my office number or the cellphone number....wait, I can divert the home number to my cell... yeah, but what if someone's trying to call the wife... damn!... OK, I'll just be patient and wait by the 'phone, then....."

November 05, 2008

Sarah Palin Vote Quote

"...I'm also exercising my right to privacy ... and that's what's really cool about this country..." hmm, maybe I paraphrase ... But, hey, millions of people saw and heard her actual quote.


November 04, 2008

Contestant Number Eight...

A Phone Call Away

November 03, 2008

Calling 007

Nicosia Municipality's Rapid Response Van...


November 01, 2008

A Midget Factory Classic

The phone keeps taking pictures of the fridge door every time I walk by...


Like Cyprus, There Isn't...

The Noullis96 phone goes out and about to keep in touch with the people.