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Monday, 21 July 2014

Bruton, Somerset, is apparently the place to be



Exciting new development in Bruton from The Economist (Prospero)

"THE sorts of cities into which Hauser and Wirth, one of the world’s most successful commercial art galleries, might be expected to expand are Hong Kong, Beijing, São Paulo and others in the emerging markets. But instead it is the world of farmers' markets that has seduced Iwan and Manuela Wirth, the company's joint presidents, and they have chosen to locate their latest outpost in Bruton, a small town in the Somerset countryside 120 miles south-west of London...This is no cultural backwater. Close to Glastonbury, Stourhead and Stonehenge, the area has its fair share of artistic sorts."

(It's where I went to school, of course. It wasn't quite so trendy or fashionable back then).

See also, John Steinbeck in Bruton

Vitsa, Zagori: Epirot Wedding Preparations














Dorchester, Dorset: Charles Street Plans



Read Dorset Echo link here

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Epirus: Lake Tzaravina and the Voidomatis River



I decided not to join the local swimmers (frogs, toads, carp, catfish, barbel, eels, water-snakes, crayfish etc) for a dip in Lake Tzaravina, near the Albanian border, but I did enjoy an invigorating short swim in the almost freezing copper-sulphate-tinted turquoise waters of the Voidomatis River below Aristi, Zagori.

The photo, in fact, is a selfie. I was very relieved when they changed me back.

Greece: The New Unified Property (Real Estate) Tax; "ENFIA"; Vacant Properties



Read this link (in Greek) from Kathimerini

To be paid in five installments, beginning at the end of August, 2014.

Unified Real Estate Tax "ENFIA" (U.R.E.T. - ΕΝ.Φ.Ι.Α).

50% cut for vacant properties demanded (To Vima)