Daily life on a greek island through the eyes of a local-alien, still 'foreign' even after 40 years residence. This 'foreigner' is a local-KIWI-alien so there is a New Zealand flavour to my writing. Photo above is the tranquil view from Pukehina Beach, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand.
Wednesday, 4 January 2017
News and views
Migrants - There are about 50 State run camps all over Greece and many refugees are still living in tents in the snow and the mud.
They are still arriving from Turkey but in smaller numbers. At the end of November there were 11,800 stranded in inhumane conditions on Greek islands. Around 60,000 are stranded throughout Greece.
Fighting, rioting, rock throwing takes place between police and migrants, between locals and refugees and between different nationalities in the camps. Tents are set on fire, camps destroyed. These people are in limbo, have been for many months and will be in limbo for a long time to come. .....................................................Venus de Milo - known here as Aphrodite of Milos. 130BC
One of the more famous pieces of ancient greek sculpture, on display in the Louvre. She was discovered on the Greek island of Milos. A french naval officer helped in the discovery in 1820 and sold her to the French Ambassador to Turkey. She lost her arms in the fight with the Greeks when she was dragged across rocks to the French navy ship. The usual story of the pillage and looting of treasures. Or maybe not. But the statue ended up in Paris and now Greece wants it back.
The Mayor of Milos is getting a petition together to present to the European Union and the Louvre. Kali Tyhi - Good Luck. Greece has been trying to recover the Elgin Marbles (the frieze from the Parthenon taken 200 years ago by Lord Elgin) from the British Museum for over 20 years.
I write. I create. I observe and record my life, after 40 years, in Greece. I love to create either with my handy craft, cooking or writing. Freeform always. Keep it simple, keep the interest, make it useful. I write about my garden sometimes, my grandchildren and the different culture and traditions. My New Zealand up bringing was so different from this way of life that I do truly feel like an alien at times. Greece is home but so is my kiwi 'homeland'. I am a citizen of both and an alien in both.