Archive for the ‘Education’ Category

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We found this online feature via the Greek Reporter site. Called “Books on the Map” the site features locations of literature written by Greek authors. Interested readers can navigate the map and click on the red points which will reveal title, author and a brief synopsis of a book or books. The text is in Greek and can be copied and pasted into an online translator to be read in any language one prefers for the usual online translation semi-comprehension.

Interestingly, the “Books on the Map” link opens in Chile with “Death in Valparaizo”- by Menis Koumandareas.


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For years there has been confusion. Those of use who rely upon what we think of as “good maps” to plan walks or simply locate ourselves in Skopelos have noticed that there are TWO churches of “Panagia Polemistria” shown in very close proximity. In the “Pefkias” area there is a church called Panagia Polemistria (purple arrow). We did a post about it in 2013.

Many maps have indicated (yellow arrow) the ‘symbol’ of archaeological ruins of a “Temple to Athena” next to a church symbol which is on the little road from Vromoneri (Potami) up past a few little churches to Pefkias. Some time has been wasted clomping through the underbrush on the steep hillside where the red archaeological symbol is shown. No luck. The church nearby on the map is not called Panagia Polemistria. It is a mistake (at least I hope it is a mistake because that is the point of this post).

The Panagia Polemistria listed nearby (Purple arrow) (link above) has clearly defined remnants of a very large ancient temple right next to the more modern little church.

Perhaps readers who know more than we about this area can clear up the confusion once and for all?

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Wasp trap

[This post has been approved by the Community Standards Committee as “Safe to Read”.]

I (Tom) am on the mailing list for a website called “Instructables”. Every few days I get a message with a list of usually useless “how-to-do” lessons for things I don’t want or need. For example they seems to have lots of projects for building ugly furniture from wooden pallets. (The recycle aspect I approve of but as yet no one has posted an “instructable” on using wooden pallets to build a sheep corral).

Posted today was an “instructable” suggesting an easy way to make a wasp trap which some readers might enjoy. No need for anything from MacDonalds – a paper or plastic cup with a removable “bubble-top” will work + fruit juice.

the link is here…

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So farewell, then, Nikos…

We name the guilty parties: Maria and Peter Broadley, Nikos Ioannou, Lesley Dilieto, John Bankes,  Gialos co-owner Georgia Patsea, Stefania Illiadou

We name the guilty parties: Maria and Peter Broadley, Nikos Ioannou, Lesley Dilieto, John Bankes, Gialos co-owner Georgia Patsea, Stefania Illiadou

Several miscreants with tenuous links to this website gathered at Gialos restaurant on Sunday to spring an ‘ice bucket challenge’ on garzon Nikos Ioannou, who was leaving to prepare for his studies for a tourism degree at the University of Ioannina, in the capital of Epirus in western Greece. Nikos is one of at least three young Skopelitans attending the UoI, their studies including engineering, sciences and tourism. We were a little surprised when a quick Google revealed that the UoI has 13,523 undergraduates among a total of over 17,000 students.

The conspirators showered the victim with age-inappropriate gifts before sneaking up on him with the bucket (the ringleader in the attack will remain anonymous, although her name begins with a gamma…), and while the office wobblecam failed to catch the icy moment itself, Nikos took it all in good humour. He is probably now contemplating what is alleged to be Charles Talleyrand’s famous saying, ‘Revenge is a dish best served cold.’

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We had a discussion a few posts ago about someone receiving a nice something from someone. The discussion began because someone else asked that somethings stated in the something be clarified. The replies to these somethings were defensive, rude and something.

A member of the SkopelosNews something privately followed up on the something and found the following something. In speaking with one of the somethings mentioned in the article, someone learned that the generous something being awarded in fact probably cost the something’s owners something Euros with the promise that they would be given the something as the best something somewhere.

An acknowledged previous “recipient” offered that he was approached in 2014 by the somebody of a video something. For the something of € 250 his something would win the something and be shown on something and be given a physical something at a something in Athens.

Accepting, the someone paid the something and somebody made the something for TV. Later the winning somebody traveled to Athens at his own ex-something for the event and to pick up his something. The cost for the something dinner was €15/per something and consisted of a glass of something and a small cheese something. The official something paper would cost an additional fee.
BTW the something was broadcast at 01:30. βλάκιας.

When approached this year by the same something for the same deal, the previous somebody said, ” Όχι ευχαριστώ “.

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Policy wonks, people with an idle hour, or simply those interested in the future of Greece might find the following interesting. Our wordpress buddy and favourite “speak truth to power” guy Yanis Varoufakis has by no means given up. He presents a copy of the entire new memorandum (62 pages pdf) with his own thoughts and revelations added to the text (in blue). Those of us who have found the entire memorandum difficult to decipher can read the annotated version and perhaps have a better sense of what Greece has given up and why many believe the future is not so bright.

An excerpt from memorandum page 54:
“The authorities will continue to pursue technical assistance with the European Commission SRSS (Structural Reform Support Service) in the fields of anti-corruption where it was already provided”

[Corruption is rampant in Greece. It comes in two forms. Micro-corruption
and macro-corruption. The former concerns small sums and involves individuated officials, small business proprietors etc.
Macro-corruption centers upon the Triangle of Sin: Banking, Procurement and the Media.

For five years the troika has not targeted Macro-corruption while the key players involved in Macro-corruption were cheerleaders of the troika program.
Indeed, they have been central in assisting the troika, from within Greece, to defeat our government. Only by a miracle will the troika now turn against Macro-corruption!]

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The seriousness of this note is probably not lost on any of our readers. Due to strong winds and dry conditions the risk of forest and wildfires is great.

National telephone hot line for reporting fires is 199.
The phone at the Fire-station Skopelos is 0030 24240-24598

Yesterday a lot of fires were burning north east of Athens in Malakassa and Iliopoli, on Evvia and in Laconia Peloponnese. Because of the strong winds the fires spread very quickly and reached houses and villages and some houses were burnt. There were fires in 40 places in the country. Saturday morning at 2:00 am (!) a fire started on Skyros. It was very difficult for the air planes and helicopters to throw water over the fires because of the strong winds. In the late afternoon the wind was less and more fires could be stopped.

There is always the question: how did the fires started? On purpose? Or? One fire was caused by beekeepers who were working with smoke for their bees. Please be very careful with cigarettes, no BBQ-ing and keep your eyes wide open and warn the fire-station if you see something strange.

From the Civil Protection authority via Taxydromos newspaper:

“Residents and visitors are requested to cooperate with the competent services and more specifically follow the measures proposed by the General Secretariat for Civil Protection cited below.
If you are outdoors
• Do not burn trash or dry grass and twigs during the summer months.
• Do not light barbecues in forests or in places that are dry grass in summer.
• Avoid activities that may cause a fire (eg welding, grinding wheels or other tools that create sparks).
• Do not throw lit cigarettes.
• Do not leave garbage in the forest. There is a risk of ignition.
• Respect the prohibition of access during high-risk periods.

If your home is in or near a forest
• Create a firewall around the house cleaning within 10 meters of dry grass and leaves, pine needles and branches.
• Prune trees up to a height of 3 meters, depending on age and condition.
• Remove dead branches from trees and shrubs.
• Do not let the branches of trees to touch the walls, the roof and the balconies of the house. Prune leaving a minimum distance of 5 meters from the house.
• Prune the arboreal vegetation so that the branches of a tree to be at least 3 meters from the branches of other trees. For added protection remove the arboreal and shrub vegetation around the building located at least 10 meters if the cleaning of natural vegetation imposed for the protection of buildings was not contrary in any way to the provisions of forestry legislation.
• No plastic gutters or pipes on the walls of the house.
• Do not place combustible materials shutters on windows and patio doors.
• Make sure the covers on chimneys and vents of the house to be from non-flammable material so as not to penetrate sparks.
• Do not store flammable objects close to home.
• Post firewood in enclosed and sheltered areas.
• Do not place open fuel tanks near the house.
• Get the appropriate fire extinguishers and care for their maintenance.
• Equip with a garden hose with a length proportional to the area you want to protect.
• Equipped with a water tank, a simple pump that operates without electricity and a water pipe.

Once you notice a fire
• IMMEDIATELY call the Fire Service (tel.199) and give clear information on: 
- The location and the actual location where you are, 
- The location, the exact location and direction of the fire. 
- The type of vegetation burned.

If the fire is approaching your house
• Stay calm.
• Remove all flammable materials from around the building enclosed and sheltered areas.
• Close all openings(chimneys, windows, doors, etc.) to keep cinders out.
• Close the gas facilities and stations within and outside the home.
• Gather awnings on the balconies and windows.
• Facilitate access firefighting vehicles opening the garden gate.
• Place ladder on the outside of the house opposite the direction of the fire so that there is direct access to the roof.
• Connect the garden hose and apply them to cover the perimeter of the house.
• If the visibility is reduced, turn on the internal and external lights to become visible through the smoke.

Once the fire passed
• Exit the house and immediately extinguish any remaining flames.
• Check for at least 48 hours, at regular intervals, perimeter and external areas of the house for possible revivals.

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