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To VimaWith less than twenty-four hours to the close of polling in tomorrow’s general election, Greek pollsters and media are predicting a Syriza victory, according to To Vima newspaper, with the party estimated to have between a four and nine per cent lead on Nea Demokratia. The past few days have seen an influx of offshore Skopelitans returning to vote, and one observer compared the arrivals to those around Easter. Voting starts at 7am and ends at sunset, and we hope to swing by the Skopelos polling station to observe democracy in action.

One media organization estimates that there could be as many as 600,000 undecided voters who could take the result in any direction, and ND reversed a marginal Syriza lead in an earlier showdown. But even diaspora Greeks in the USA, not known for their anarcho-syndicalist tendencies, gave ND only a fractional lead on Syriza in a poll last week. New party To Potami (The River) came third in all polls, with the KKE, PASOK and Golden Dawn scoring at various positions in the rump. If voting goes as predicted, there could be as many as twelve parties entering the parliament after the election. Greek voters are, however, historically conservative, particularly in times of crisis, and it’s equally possible that a hung parliament may spark a further round of elections. As Mae West told her gentleman caller, you might want to hold on to your hat…

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The Scramblers on their last walk of 2014, to Glisteri beach

The Scramblers on their last walk of 2014, to Glisteri beach

The first Skopelos Scramblers walk of 2015, on Sunday January 25, is a relatively easy walk to Agios Evstasios monastery, the splendid building visible below Sendoukia. The meeting point is the new tarmac road in the centre of the island at 11am. You take the signpost from the Kastro to Sendoukia and the cars will be parked at the signpost to the Monastery of Agios Evstasios, where the walk begins. The group hope the weather will allow a shared picnic in an idyllic setting nearby. The walk is flat and not too distant for the first scramble. This meeting is also about discussing the early year walks and taking suggestions from the group of favourite destinations.

If you want to walk on Sunday and have no transport, or have any other questions, phone Muriel Dunlop on 24240 24732.

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