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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Brexit: Britain allays fears; Latvians living in the UK will have their rights guaranteed after the UK pulls out of the EU.; Estonians

From Euronews 

'Speaking on a visit to Riga, alongside Latvia’s Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics, Brexit Secretary David Davis said “they’ll have all the rights they have now...We want to see the most civilised and the most responsible arrangement possible. We want to see Latvian citizens in the UK have all the rights they have now continue into the future. And it’s not just the residence rights, that’s public services, it’s healthcare, it’s all the normal rights that we would give to our own citizens.”'

I assume that this is the hope and intention.

U.K. Will Need Low-Skilled EU Migrants After Brexit, Davis Says, Bloomberg

"During a visit to Estonia, Davis said it will take “years and years” to persuade British workers to do jobs in the hospitality industry or agriculture that are currently carried out by EU migrants, arguing the economy needs continued immigration to maintain its success".

David Davis: Estonia and the UK will remain close partners after Brexit, Gov.Uk

"I understand that the 15,000 Estonians currently living in the UK want certainty about their rights once the UK leaves the EU. And while Estonians’ existing rights are not affected the British government wants to get a deal done to secure long term rights quickly that protects the rights of all EU citizens living in the UK, and British citizens living in the EU. Indeed we would have liked to have come to such an agreement already, and have been clear it will be an absolute priority once formal negotiations begin".

David Davis WILL NOT ‘shut the door on low-skilled European Union migrants’ after Brexit, Express

Dorset: Call for residents to take part in the NHS Dorset CCG Clinical Services Review

From Dorset Echo - "Call for residents to take part in the NHS Dorset CCG Clinical Services Review consultation and protect health services"

After long and careful consideration of the options and issues, I posted my questionnaire today. I've had my say, I hope many more people will take the trouble to fill in and return the questionnaire by post, or to complete it online. The deadline is Tuesday 28th February, 2017.

I have also (just) read the letter from Valerie Groves to the Dorset Echo, headlined "Trip is not acceptable". She raises some important points, which must be of concern to many residents living in Weymouth and the west of Dorset.

Hospital cuts planned in most of England, BBC

Hospital cuts planned in most of England

Also, BBC TV News report, Joanna Gosling, Daily Politics, at 11am today, 21 February 2017 - "Most hospitals in England face cuts or the scaling back of services under local reform plans" - from full closures to centralising of services and moving of treatments. Is the funding and capacity there? 

Marine Microplastics; Dr Ceri Lewis; Microplastics in Crabs and Copepods

A fascinating and important community lecture last night, at the Thomas Hardye School.

Many members of the audience must have been thinking -is it safe to eat seafood like mussels, oysters, crabs and other crustaceans? Oyster-growers and farmers must be getting nervous about the growing evidence from scientific research into filter-feeders like oysters and mussels, which ingest micro-plastic particles. Fish, which are gutted, are probably safer to eat.

Dr Lewis, Senior Lecturer in Marine Biology at Exeter University, explained that mussels accumulate plastics (often sticky) quickly; crabs eat mussels (and the micro-plastics, which they also breathe in through their combs).

Humans are at one end of the food chain: Dr Lewis is a specialist in zooplankton and copepods.

Research paper (pdf):

Uptake and retention of microplastics by the shore crab Carcinus maenas

Plastic products: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

Some tips: avoid products containing polyethylene micro-plastic beads; cotton buds with plastic stems; use compostable (corn starch) refuse bags

Plastic pellets found littering 73% of UK shoreline searched in latest citizen science survey, Marine Conservation Society

Plastic 'nurdles' found littering UK beaches, BBC News

Harmful plastic pellets found on three quarters of British beaches, Telegraph

Many species of marine life, including seabirds, are injured by plastic products such as polyester fibres, nylon fishing nets etc.

There is a high concentration of plastic waste in the Mediterranean sea.

Dr. Ceri Lewis, Researcher in Focus

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Greek Coastguard, Lesvos, 4.1 miles; Lesbos, 4.1 miles from Turkish Coast; Video; Refugees

Watch video. NYT Op Docs

Also on Vimeo

"A coast guard captain on a small Greek island is suddenly charged with saving thousands of refugees from drowning at sea, by Daphne Matziaraki".

"When I returned home to Greece last fall to make a film about the refugee crisis, I discovered a situation I had never imagined possible. The turquoise sea that surrounds the beautiful Greek island of Lesbos, just 4.1 miles from the Turkish coast, is these days a deadly gantlet, choked with terrified adults and small children on flimsy, dangerous boats. I had never seen people escaping war before, and neither had the island’s residents. I couldn’t believe there was no support for these families to safely escape whatever conflict had caused them to flee. The scene was haunting".

Thanks to Nina-Maria for the link above.

Favorite Destinations Of Emigrating Greeks from Observing Greece

"Mary. Don't You Weep", Augusta, Georgia in 1929: A group of farm workers singing the spiritual, "Mary, Don't You Weep."

"Thanks to the University of South Carolina for preserving this rare footage" - From Dust-to-Digital, Facebook

Leadbelly,  Goodnight Irene

Also from Dust-to-Digital


152-page hardcover book with two CDs featuring 42 Greek instrumental recordings made between 1905 and 1956. This compilation offers, for the first time, a unique panorama of the instruments and styles of the Greek music from the first half of the 20th century. Publication Date: June 11, 2013

About the author/compiler: Tony Klein is a British musician, researcher, and writer, based in Sweden. He has played and researched Greek music for 40 years, and studied with, among others, the veteran Stelios Keromitis. In 2005, in collaboration with collector Charles Howard, he produced and annotated the CD Mortika – Rare Vintage Recordings from a Greek Underworld.


1. G. Gretsis & S. Stamos – Greek Rhapsody
2. George Deligeorge – Lemneiko-Zeibekiko
3. Instrumental Trio – Vlachico Sirto
4. Spyros Peristeris – To Mistirio
5. Markos Vamvakaris – Taxim Serf
6. Solo Laterna – Kazapiko
7. Spyros Peristeris – Tatavliano Hasapiko
8. A. Kostis – Dertlidikos Horos
9. Spyros Peristeris – Soultani Zeibekiko
10. Spyros Peristeris – Guzel-Zeibekiko
11. Spyros Peristeris – Hasapiko Laternas
12. Andonis Amiralis “Papatzis” – Hasapiko Politiko Argo
13. Spyros Peristeris – O Meraklis
14. M. Hiotis-D. Gongos ’’Bagianderas’’ – To Perasma
15. Kyria Koula – Zeibekikos Horos
16. Spyros Peristeris – Taxim Minore
17. Frangiskos Zouridakis – Syriano Hasapiko
18. Ierotheos Skizas Mandolinata – Karotsieris Hasapiko
19. Spyros Peristeris – Pireotiko Taximi
20. Spyros Peristeris – Romvia (Tatavliano Hasapiko)
21. Giannis Stamatiou & P. Vasileiou – Glykies Pennies

Disc B
1. Spyros Peristeris – Beykos Hasapiko
2. Spyros Peristeris – Keflflidiko Minore
3. Spyros Peristeris – Boutzalio
4. Ag. Tombouli – Raftaki
5. Havagies Bezou-Stipa – Kardia Ap’agapi Orfani
6. Solo Laterna – Zeibekiko
7. Apostolos Papadiamandis & Konstandinos Kalamaras – I Hira
8. Spyros Peristeris – Sevdali
9. Diodia Kyriakati – Karsilamas Mytilineikos
10. Spyros Peristeris – Dertilidiko
11. Lambros Leondaridis – Karsilamas
12. Ioannis Papaioannou – Serviko Hasapiko
13. Spyros Peristeris – Minore Tou Teke
14. Ierotheos Skizas Mandolinata – Vlahiko Hasapiko
15. Markos Vamvakaris – Taxim Zeibekiko
16. D. Arapakis – Memetis
17. Manolis Hiotis – Giouzel Taxim
18. Alexis Zoumbas – Arvanitiko
19. Lukianos Cavadias – Hasapiko Kavvadia
20. Spyros Peristeris – Mistirio Zeibekiko
21. Ioannis Halikias – Minore Tou Teke