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Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Iraq: Latif Al Ani; Photographer; Venice Biennale, 2015; Invisible Beauty - and a remarkable, telling image, Ctesiphon; Κτησιφῶν

US Couple in Ctesiphon

The father of Iraqi photography Latif al-Ani, aged 83. Photograph: Ahmad Mousa/Corbis

Art in Iraq (The Observer)


Art Radar

Four Iraqi Photographers


US couple

The National Pavilion of Iraq: Invisible Beauty - The 56th Venice Biennale 9 May – 22 November 2015

Commissioner: Ruya Foundation for Contemporary Culture in Iraq - Curator: Philippe Van Cauteren

 Iraqi Stamp, from Wikipedia

The road to Baghdad, Maqam from Iraq, Ahmed Mukhtar (YouTube)

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Greece: Car Taxation Overhaul?

From Kathimerini

"The government is said to be pondering major changes to the way that vehicles are withdrawn from circulation and road tax is calculated".

Wendy Holborow: Poems; After the Silent Phone Call

Wendy's collection, After the Silent phone Call,  book launch May 30th, 2015.

Link to issues of Poetry Greece

Wendy Holborow was born in South Wales but lived in Greece for 14 years where she founded and co-edited Poetry Greece. Poetry Salzburg Press have recently published her poetry collection After the Silent Phone Call (2015)

Saskia Handley; Saskia Priftis; Poems in North East Review

Some outstanding poems by Saskia

"Saskia Priftis was born in Sierra Leone and educated in England, but has lived the greater part of her life in Greece. She was co-editor of Poetry Greece, and has translated a book of Greek poems, Gentle Hour by Maria Stamati into English. Her poem ‘The Woman Poet’ was on the BBC Radio Four programme and two of her poems were recently published in Askew Poetry Journal. She lives on the island of Corfu in Greece".

I'm looking forward to Saskia's first collection.

Corfu, Greece: Lefkimmi Landfill Equipment and Machinery Mysteriously Destroyed By Fire


Corfu Press. - Περίεργη όλο και περισσότερο είναι η υπόθεση της πυρκαγιάς που κατέστρεψε, σύμφωνα με ρεπορτάζ του τηλεοπτικού σταθμού Corfu, όλο τον ηλεκτρολογικό και ηλεκτρονικό εξοπλισμό της μονάδας ελέχγου του ΧΥΤΑ νότιας Κέρκυρας.

More EU and government money gone up in smoke. Cycle paths in Corfu...Lefkimmi landfill....

Greece: ATM Withdrawal Tax Confusion: On The Table? Not On The Cards? The Wider Context

Kathimerini 1

Kathimerini 2

Visitors and tourists might like to know with some more certainty whether to take cash or plastic on holiday.

A trivial issue, in the scheme of things?

Update from Kathimerini

New York Times - "With Money Drying Up, Greece Is All but Bankrupt".

Reuters - Greece might sidestep June 5 IMF payment deadline -" Greece could only use such a trick if there was a credible prospect of a funding deal that could be communicated to markets and its citizens. Otherwise, the missed payment could trigger market panic and a bank run in Greece".

Forbes -  "Greece, The EU And The IMF Are Dancing With Death"

Reuters: Can't pay, won't pay

Someone is trying to pull the wool over our eyes!

Juncker interview, Kathimerini

EU Funds at Risk - "Greece runs the immediate risk of missing out on 1 billion euros worth of European Union subsidies this year from the previous support framework, which expires on December 31, as a payment freeze by the state has blocked the proper implementation of projects that will have to finish by the end of the year".