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Friday, 18 August 2017

Corfu Villages, Gallery of Corfu Village Photographs by Steve Ford



From Corfuvillages.eu 

Steve Ford writes:

"Pictures from my travels around the villages of Central Corfu. There are over 100 photographs here and many have never appeared before on the internet or in books. I hope you like them".

Corfu Villages Book Paperback – 2014, Amazon.co.uk

Vitsa Panigyri, Zagori, Greece: Chris King and Paul Duane - Τα πανηγύρια, ένας αμερικανός μουσικός και μια ιρλανδική ταινία


From Typos-i.gr - Τα πανηγύρια, ένας αμερικανός μουσικός και μια ιρλανδική ταινία, by Barbara Angeli

"It is clear from the film that King is a very demanding musician, but also quite romantic. For him, what was recorded on a 78 rpm record touches perfection. As for Zagori, it seems that he found the opposite of America in the way of life and thought. As he mentions, it is a place that has not been influenced by the Western way of life".

Discuss.

See also: Μια ταινία για το Ζαγόρι και τον Christopher King


"While You Live, Shine" , IMdB

"A moving, powerful journey deep into the oldest music in the Western world, guided by the eccentric musicologist who has dedicated his life to understanding and preserving it. An immersive sonic and visual feast that leaves the viewer feeling they've looked into a way of life that the 21st century has left behind. A call to arms for a different way of listening to music, understanding humanity and living as a community".


More information about the screening

Ο Christopher King έχει ήδη κυκλοφορήσει για το διεθνές κοινό, μια σειρά από ποιοτικές δισκογραφικές συλλογές για την Ελληνική Δημοτική Μουσική, όπως τα «Why The Mountains Are Black» (Γιατί είναι Μαύρα τα Βουνά) και «A Lament For Epirus» (Ένα Μοιρολόϊ για την Ήπειρο), βασισμένες αποκλειστικά σε παλιές ηχογραφήσεις σε δίσκους 78 στροφών. Το πρώτο βιβλίο του, που αφηγείται την ιστορία της γνωριμίας και της μετέπειτα βαθειάς σχέσης του με την Ηπειρώτικη Μουσική, θα κυκλοφορήσει στην Αγγλική γλώσσα το 2018, από τον γνωστό Αμερικανικό Εκδοτικό Οίκο W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. Είναι αυτή τη στιγμή, ο παγκοσμίως μεγαλύτερος συλλέκτης δίσκων 78 στροφών με Ηπειρώτικη Μουσική, όπως επίσης ένας μουσικός παραγωγός, βραβευμένος για το έργο του με πέντε βραβεία Grammy.

Ο Paul Duane είναι Ιρλανδός σκηνοθέτης και παραγωγός, με μια σειρά από διεθνώς αναγνωρισμένα ντοκιμαντέρ στο ενεργητικό του.

Η εκδήλωση πραγματοποιείται με την ευγενική οικονομική υποστήριξη του Ριζαρείου Ιδρύματος καθώς και επιχειρηματιών του τουρισμού της περιοχής Ζαγορίου. Τελεί υπό την αιγίδα του Ριζαρείου Ιδρύματος, του Δήμου Ζαγορίου και του Πνευματικού Κέντρου Δήμου Ιωαννιτών. Στην εκδήλωση θα παρευρεθούν και θα απευθύνουν χαιρετισμό, μεταξύ των άλλων και οι βασικοί συντελεστές της, ο σκηνοθέτης Paul Duane και o συγγραφέας Christopher King.


Η αυθεντικότητα της Ηπειρωτικής μουσικής παράδοσης, και ιδιαίτερα αυτής του Ζαγορίου με τα παραδοσιακά πανηγύρια, που αντιστέκεται και μένει αναλλοίωτη στο χρόνο και στις ξένες επιρροές θα προβληθεί σε όλο τον κόσμο μέσα από τη νέα ταινία «While you Live, Shine» («Όσο ζεις, λάμπε») του Ιρλανδού σκηνοθέτη Paul Duane και την δουλειά του Αμερικανού μουσικού ερευνητή Christopher King που ήταν και ο εμπνευστής της....(ioannina24.gr)


ΠΡΟΒΟΛΗ ΤΟΥ ΝΕΟΥ ΝΤΟΚΥΜΑΝΤΕΡ
"While You Live, Shine" του Ιρλανδού σκηνοθέτη Paul Duane
ΓΙΑ ΤΟ ΗΠΕΙΡΩΤΙΚΟ ΠΑΝΗΓΥΡΙ,
ΣΤΟ ΥΠΑΙΘΡΙΟ ΘΕΑΤΡΟ “ΑΓΓΕΛΟΣ ΚΙΤΣΟΣ”,
ΜΟΝΟΔΕΝΔΡΙ, ΖΑΓΟΡΙ
Ώρα 8 μ.μ., Κυριακή 13 Αυγούστου, 2017
ΕΙΣΟΔΟΣ ΕΛΕΥΘΕΡΗ

ΡΙΖΑΡΕΙΟΝ ΙΔΡΥΜΑ
ΔΗΜΟΣ ΖΑΓΟΡΙΟΥ
ΠΝΕΥΜΑΤΙΚΟ ΚΕΝΤΡΟ ΔΗΜΟΥ ΙΩΑΝΝΙΤΩΝ
Με την οικονομική υποστήριξη
του Ριζαρείου Ιδρύματος

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A FREE PREVIEW SCREENING OF ΤΗΕ DOCUMENTARY
"While You Live, Shine" of the Irish filmmaker Paul Duane
ABOUT THE PANEGYRI OF EPIRUS
AT THE “ANGELOS KITSOS”
OPEN THEATER, MONODENDRI
8 PM Sunday 13 August, 2017

RIZARISO FOUNDATION
MUNICIPALITIES OF ZAGORI
IOANNINA MUNICIPALITY CULTURAL CENTRE
With the financial support
of the Rizarios Foundation

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Dorchester Cider Festival, 19th August




Remembering Adge Cutler and Pete Shutler

To get you in the mood!

From North Somerset to West Dorset:


Cinema in Africa: From Colonial to Contemporary Cutting Edge; Film Aesthetics, Film Language



See updated posting 

UK, Fracking: Shale rock professor says UK gas reserves 'hyped' (BBC News)



Fracking: Shale rock professor says UK gas reserves 'hyped', BBC News



Portuguese Love Songs, BBC Radio 3 - Modinhas and Fado




Seductive, Voluptuous and Profane - Portuguese Love Songs

The Early Music Show - 26 days to listen

Lucie Skeaping talks to lutenist and director Zak Ozmo about his project based on 18th-century Portuguese love songs, known as "modinhas".

In this programme we will explore the history of the 18th-century Portuguese modinha and myths that surround the creation of this fascinating genre. The themes are recognisable, the melodies haunting, and the genre is still able to stir the passions today as it did over two hundred years ago.


Dorchester, Dorset: Archaeology should be Dorchester’s Unique Selling Point, not considered an impediment to development; Alistair Chisholm


A letter to View from Dorchester from Alistair Chisholm  (16th August)- with which I fully agree:

Also posted in link below, by Beyond Reality News:

LETTERS: Archaeology should be Dorchester’s USP, not considered an impediment to development

On Dorchester's archaeology and visitor appeal, its 'USP' or Unique Selling Point:

"This is consistently seen as something of an awkward impediment to development (with phrases like ‘the site has constraints in terms of archaeology’ and ‘much greater archaeological costs’ and ‘the possible presence of archaeological features should not be ruled out.’).

It is this very archaeology which makes Dorchester the unique place that it is; it is an integral part of the story of the town; it is of ‘national importance’, to quote Heritage England, and could and should be acting as a USP for a town which already boasts two other names – Roman ‘Durnovaria’ and Thomas Hardy’s ‘Casterbridge’."


Meet Alistair Chisholm, Marshwood Vale Magazine


Dorchester Town Councillor




Letters from Karel Čapek, England, Anglické listy (1924): In the Footsteps of Karel Čapek; Dopisy od Karla Čapka



A Czech Television film, following the footsteps of Karel Čapek in the UK. How has Great Britain changed over the years? 52 minutes, in Czech. For an English translation of the commentary, go to Titulky and Translate to English.

Dopisy od Karla Čapka. Po devadesáti letech putujeme po stopách Anglických listů Karla Čapka. Jak se za tu dobu změnila Velká Británie?

From the book:


"Escape", Letters from England (translated by Paul Selver, London, 1925). At the end of his trip in 1924 (he had arrived in England on 28th May, 2014) :






From "The English Park":








Karel Čapek, conceptual outline and draft article, "Maddening London",  for The Evening News (London, 1924), written, soon after his arrival in London, in the form of a letter; printed, with a facsimile of the manuscript, in the book above (page 88-91), by Otakar Vočadlo, Prof. PhDr.:


I'm not sure (I am, of course) how the Scots would have felt about this article from The Manchester Guardian, 1924:



Letters from England: Views on London and Londoners by Karel Capek, Literary London

From another beautifully-written "Letter" about the shells and crystals in the Natural History Museum:




Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Weymouth Carnival Time







Far from the crowds, at Overcombe Bay





UK: Power of Attorney - The Risks; Lack of Safeguards



From BBC Radio 4

"A retired senior judge has warned the power of attorney lacks safeguards, saying he would never sign one himself".


MailOnline: "One in eight elderly people become victims of fraud when they let their family or friends control their cash, says top judge"


Which Guide, Setting up Lasting Power of Attorney


Make, register or end a lasting power of attorney, gov.uk


Even loving families can turn on each other: Elderly people’s finances need better protection than the power of attorney system provides, Jenni Russell, The Times, August 17, 2017:

"I have just signed the papers that give me power of attorney over an elderly relative’s money, should they reach the point where they cannot manage it themselves. I thought I was being responsible and protective. Now I discover that my relative may have unwittingly granted me the licence to steal their assets without much chance of being detected or stopped".



Monday, 14 August 2017

On Maiden Castle - "Wo ist das Schloss?"


Walking on Maiden Castle this evening, I was approached by two disappointed and confused German hikers (mother and daughter). They'd walked from Abbotsbury, and they were tired after having lost their way near the Hardy Monument , "Where is the Castle?Where is the building?"

"Wo ist das Schloss? Indeed. They showed me their map. They'd been told they mustn't miss it on any account. They'd expected an imposing stone building, or something like the ruins of Corfe Castle.

Maybe maps should give a clearer indication of what to expect.

They were hoping to catch a bus back to Abbotsbury.

I fear they might have been doubly disappointed.

ΓΡΗΓΟΡΗΣ ΚΑΨΑΛΗΣ ΣΤΗ ΒΙΤΣΑ ΖΑΓΟΡΙΟΥ, Grigoris Kapsalis in Vitsa



Grigoris Kapsalis in Vitsa, 2016


Μέχρι να βγει ο ήλιος… στη Βίτσα


Last night in Monodendri, preview of Paul Duane's new documentary film (from his Twitter account)




A Bizarre Story (Australia and New Zealand)


I've just been sent this link; as the sender said, "A bizarre story".

Barnaby Joyce refers himself to high court over New Zealand citizenship, The Guardian



On Obscure Points of Ethiopian History


An old friend from Addis days, S. PIERRE PETRIDES, once presented me with an offprint from one of his articles, which was published in 1966,


In the article, he quotes from the book by E.O.Winstedt:

Eric Otto Winstedt, The Christian Topography of Cosmas Indicopleustes, Cambridge, 1909

Here is the quotation, which I find rather eloquent and witty (click to enlarge):





Demographic Change in Europe: Europeʼs Demographic Future; Greece, UK examples



The Dwindling Greeks: Alarming Study on Population in 2050, Greek Reporter

"From a population of about 10.8 million in 2016, Greece’s population will drop to 9.9 million by 2030 and to 8.9 million by 2050".

Europeʼs Demographic Future, Berlin Institute for Population and Development (pdf file, 156 pages)

See UK, from page 47

Population size in million (2016) 65.4 Projected population size in million (2030) 71.6 Projected population size in million (2050) 77.6 Total fertility rate (2015) 1.80 Annual net migration per 1,000 inhabitants (2011-2015) 4.0 Median age (2016) 40.0 Life expectancy (2015) 81.0 GDP per capita in euros (2016) 36,100 GDP per capita at PPP (2016) 31,200 Unemployment rate (2016) 4.8

Greece from page 132

Population size in million (2016) 10.8 Projected population size in million (2030) 9.9 Projected population size in million (2050) 8.9 Total fertility rate (2015) 1.33 Annual net migration per 1,000 inhabitants (2011-2015) -4.5 Median age (2016) 43.9 Life expectancy (2015) 81.1 GDP per capita in euros (2016) 16,300 GDP per capita at PPP (2016) 19,500 Unemployment rate (2016) 23.6










Sunday, 13 August 2017

Corfu, Fire on New Fortress; Κέρκυρα, Φωτιά στο Νέο Φρούριο.



Κέρκυρα: Φωτιά στο Νέο Φρούριο. Corfu TV News


Κέρκυρα: Φωτιά στο νέο φρούριο - Μεγάλη φωτιά ξέσπασε πριν από λίγη ώρα σε δασική έκταση στο νέο φρούριο της Κέρκυρας που βρίσκεται στην καρδιά της πόλης, πάνω από το παλιό λιμάνι.


Κέρκυρα: Πυρκαγιά στο Νέο Φρούριο


Κέρκυρα: Νέα φωτιά στο νέο φρούριο - (ERT) -Φωτιά ξέσπασε πριν λίγη ώρα στην ακρόπολη του νέου φρουρίου , προκαλώντας αναστάτωση στην ευρύτερη περιοχή. Επι τόπου έχει σπεύσει ισχυρή δύναμη της πυροσβεστικής υπηρεσίας ενώ να σημειωθεί ότι είναι η δεύτερη φορά που ξεσπάει φωτιά στο συγκεκριμένο χώρο σε λιγότερο από ένα μήνα.


Κέρκυρα: Αγανάκτηση και προβληματισμός για την φωτιά στο Νέο Φρούριο. Corfu TV News




Weymouth, The Sea - and Alcohol


A fabulous day for swimming at Overcombe Bay.

Hard to believe some headlines:


From Dorset Echo: Weymouth seafront continues to be hotspot for alcohol-fuelled disorder


"We're not safe here"

The Road to Wincanton: A Road Sign, An Anniversay



An old road sign (indicating direction and distance) seen in a shop window.

Forty-eight years ago today I followed that very route,
 from Castle Cary to Wincanton, on a very significant occasion.

Strange to see that same old sign on display today.

Hardyesque!

For General Makriyannis, Paintings by Panayotis Zografos and sons


Some of my favourite Greek paintings.

From The Gennadius Library - "A series of paintings illustrating episodes in the Greek War of Independence, executed for General Makriyannis by the artist Panayotis Zografos and his sons".









Saturday, 12 August 2017

A Stroll Round Dorchester, Top O' Town, Ratty's Trail and High Street




 




 


 









William Barnes - "This man tried to make English...englisher".



From Reader's Digest

Brno, Czech Republic: The humble origins of modern genetics; Gregor Mendel



From National Geographic Traveller

Campaigns Against Tourism



Simon Calder writes on an increase in activism


Ban the sex‑crazed Brits, Zorba, and you’ll be dancing on your economy’s grave, Rod Liddle, Sunday Times - "There’s a nice photograph you can find on Facebook of some British people enjoying themselves on holiday on Corfu. A tender and romantic moment depicting — as the poet Homer might have put it — “two friends, two bodies, with one soul inspired”.


See also: Greece: 30 million tourists in 2017? Amenities for Tourists 60 Years ago


Ian Rankin, Sunday Times: Ian Rankin: mass tourism is not killing my beloved Edinburgh

"The festival’s in full swing and the hordes are descending — critics say mass tourism is killing Edinburgh’s soul. Nonsense, says the bestselling author Ian Rankin, bring on the busloads".


Locals condemn the ‘tiny minority’ behind the anti-tourism attacks, Chris Haslam, Sunday Times, Travel

 Arran Paisos Catalans: "The problem is not tourism but the tourism model that generates benefits for very few people and worsens living conditions for the vast majority",

Arran Tweet

Arran, youth organization of the Independentist Left

Països Catalans, August 2017.
"El problema no és el turisme sinó l’actual model turístic. Un model turístic que respon a un model capitalista que està concentrant els beneficis en molt poques mans, que està provocant la destrucció del nostre territori, que està fent augmentar els preus del lloguer fins al punt que ens expulsa dels nostres barris, allunyant a les persones de les seves xarxes familiars i de suport que fa que el treball reproductiu que assumim majoritàriament les dones quedi encara més individualitzat i suposi una càrrega de feina més elevada, que està precaritzant encara més els llocs de feina, que està convertint les ciutats en aparadors i destruint la pròpia identitat dels barris… En definitiva, un model de turisme que genera beneficis per a molt poques persones i empitjora les condicions de vida de la immensa majoria.

Davant d’aquesta situació, hem decidit passar a l’acció i alhora fer públiques un seguit de propostes polítiques de mínims per intentar alleugerir la situació caòtica i injusta que està provocant el lliure mercat turístic, especialment en els camps de l’habitatge i el treball. Unes reformes del model turístic que en cap cas són un objectiu final, sinó una manera de pal·liar de manera immediata les conseqüències crítiques que està rebent la població:

    Aturar de forma immediata l’emissió de llicències d’activitat per a hotels i empreses vinculades al turisme, i iniciar un procés de debat públic sobre com avançar cap a un model de turisme sostenible a nivell ecològic i social.

    Millorar les condicions laborals, augmentar i controlar els salaris, acabar amb el treball en negre així com amb les externalitzacions en les empreses relacionades amb el turisme, a través d’una aposta forta i real pel control i per la inspecció de treball, la transparència, la participació de les treballadores en la gestió de les empreses, i el foment del cooperativisme.

    Augmentar els impostos a les empreses del sector turístic i destinar la recaptació a diversificar l’economia per tal d’avançar cap a la sobirania econòmica.

    Prohibir de forma immediata l’activitat de les empreses relacionades amb els pisos turístics, com per exemple Airbnb, així com regular el preu de l’habitatge i adquirir-ne un ampli parc públic, per tal d’assegurar el dret a un habitatge digne a totes les ciutadanes.

Expropiar les principals empreses i actius turístics del país com poden ser els diversos ports esportius, hotels com el Vela o Las Arenas, o parcs temàtics com Port Aventura, posant així els beneficis econòmics que generen al servei de tota la població.

Des d’Arran, a més, animem a les joves, i a totes les persones, a unir-se a la lluita contra l’actual model turístic, i especialment, a participar de les diferents entitats i plataformes ciutadanes i veïnals que dia a dia lluiten contra la massificació turística i pel dret a la ciutat, ja que només amb la lluita i l’autoorganització popular aconseguirem que no ens facin fora dels nostres barris, que ens paguin el que ens pertoca per les feines que fem, i construirem entre totes un model turístic compatible amb una vida digna".


Europe hates tourists – and with good reason, Suzanne Moore, The Guardian

"Tourism is tourism. Indeed, part of the joy of it is thinking you are better than other tourists. That is the purpose of travel writing – it is a glorious display of consumer discernment...Surely what we are seeing now is that cheap travel is yet another way in which globalisation is not working for everyone...  What happens when locals feel completely taken over by tourists? Taleb Rifai, the secretary general of the United Nations’ World Tourism Organization, considers anti-tourist sentiment a serious issue. And it is. I am not trying to ruin your holiday. But there is no denying the innate imperialism of much tourism. We tread heavily through the homes of others as if we owned them. No wonder they wish we weren’t here".





William Barnes and Greece - the Dorset Poet on "Grecian Maids"



"With Barnes Around the World" (William Barnes Society Website)


Sonnet XVIII, Grecian Maids


Oh! lovely were the Grecian maids of old

When, hand in hand, in heathen holydays,

They sang the solemn hymn, or traced the maze

Of sacred dances, bright with gems and gold;

Or, clad in robes of white or purple, stroll'd


In holy groves, or myrtle-border'd ways;

Or sat and swept the light-toned lute, and told

Wild tales of love, or sung some hero's praise:


But lovelier were the Grecian maids to see

At Greece's Gospel morning, when as yet

The Christian daughters of the holy Paul,


All meek with godly grace, and gather'd all

Within their Christian house of pray'r, they met

With holy kisses at the Agape.






Photos from Corfu, Andros and Zalongo
(photos below by JP):






Grecian Maids, from a Dorchester Antique Store: