Archive for October 28th, 2015

fireWandering about the island in search of some fresh Mizithra to send in a “Care package” to a homesick student in the UK, we came across this inferno. Overseen by municipal employees, the fire is of residue from the flood. As Skopelos is in a state of emergency (or so we understand), we suppose the authorities can bend the fire season dates (November 1 – April 30). The rest of us must wait.

On the other hand, does this stuff really need to be burned? From the look and smell there are items which, in normal times, should be put in the landfill on the road to Kalogeros.

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(Photo from Maro Vlachaki, she is in the photo herself)

OXI-Day (also spelled Ochi Day, Greek: Επέτειος του «’Οχι» Epeteios tou “‘Ohi”, Anniversary of the “No”) is celebrated on October 28 each year, to commemorate the rejection by Greek dictator Ioannis Metaxas (in power from August 4, 1936, until January 29, 1941) of the ultimatum made by Italian dictator Benito Mussolini on October 28, 1940.

This ultimatum, which was presented to Metaxas by the Italian ambassador in Greece, Emanuele Grazzi, on October 28, 1940, at dawn (04:00 am), after a party in the German embassy in Athens, demanded that Greece allow Axis forces to enter Greek territory and occupy certain unspecified “strategic locations” or otherwise face war. It was allegedly answered with a single laconic word: όχι (No!) However, his actual reply was, Alors, c’est la guerre (Then it is war).

In response to Metaxas’s refusal, Italian troops stationed in Albania, then an Italian protectorate, attacked the Greek border at 05:30 am—the beginning of Greece’s participation in World War II

Shops, bakeries, banks etc. will be closed today. Around 11 o’clock the official ceremony will start in the harbor at the war-monument next to Karavia and Skopelos bar. After the ceremony the parade with the scouts and the high school children will start.

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Our Lady of the Almonds

While looking at the results of the recent heavy rain, this vision revealed itself to us. No wonder people believe or believed (your choice) in Dryads and other “beings” inhabiting trees and the forest.

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