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Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Weymouth: A major arts partnership?

Could a major arts partnership be coming to Weymouth? Dorset Echo

Aspropyrgos, Greece

I missed this article by Alexander Clapp when it was first published on October 24th, 2017 (The Economist, 1843 Magazine). Grim.

Remembering Hydra, Greece - A New Book

Yesterday I received a new book about the island of Hydra:

"When We were Almost Young, Remembering Hydra through War and Bohemians", compiled and edited by Helle V. Goldman, Tipota Press, Norway.

A fascinating anthology of memoirs and reminiscences, mostly by foreigners, of life on Hydra in the 1950's and 1960's.

"What they shared was an eagerness to forsake the modern rat-race for a simple life without refrigerators, telephones or cars".

Publisher's information:

"The Greek island of Hydra was once famous throughout the Mediterranean for its prosperous sea captains. When fortunes turned, it became an island of humble fishermen and sponge-divers. In the 1950s and 1960s, word spread of Hydra’s unique beauty and incomparable light, and its unconventional community of painters, writers, socialites and other wanderers. Seeking or escaping, they stepped onto Hydra’s horseshoe-shaped harbour and found something that bound them to the island. Some went on to reap global acclaim for their art. One of these was Leonard Cohen, whom Hydra brought together with Marianne Ihlen, inspiration for his timeless songs “So Long, Marianne” and “Bird on a Wire.” Others never entered the limelight. What they shared was an eagerness to forsake the modern rat-race in exchange for a simple life without refrigerators, telephones or cars.
This anthology of 14 short memoirs, spanning the 1940s through 1980s, offers the reflections of the contributors on their tender younger selves and the exhilaration, heartbreak, light and darkness that transformed them on this island. The contributors include award-winning author Alison Leslie Gold and London Times and New York Times bestselling author Daniel Martin Klein. Additional material includes a collection of private letters sent to Marianne Ihlen by her friend Sam Barclay in the early 1960s, and a bibliography/filmography of books and feature films about or set on Hydra".

Monday, 23 April 2018

Vikos Gorge, Greece: 22 Canyons and Gorges

22 Canyons and Gorges, Qantas Travel Insider

Vikos Gorge, see image 7:

"According to previous Guinness Book of World Records editions, it is the world's deepest in proportion to its width".

Thanks to Jeremy for the link.

Dorset: "Sun, sea and stonkingly large council tax bills - Dorset has the highest charges in England"

From Ali Hussain,The Sunday Times, Money, April 22, 2018 

Sun, sea and stonkingly large council tax bills - Dorset has the highest charges in England, but there is a good reason for it.

"The Dorset countryside is famed for its natural beauty and Jurassic Coast, but the region has also acquired a more dubious distinction: it has the most expensive council tax in England, according to analysis for Money by the TaxPayers’ Alliance pressure group.

The tranquillity and glorious weather that many were enjoying last week was punctured by disgruntled locals as they responded to the news.

“There are still potholes on the roads,” said a newsagent in Wareham, Dorset, who had just been told that residents in her area have endured some of the biggest increases in council tax since the charge was introduced 25 years ago. “And there are fewer police on the streets than there used to be.”


"Parts of Dorset have the highest population of over-65s in England, compounded by an increase in the numbers of dementia sufferers with high care costs", said councillor Tont Ferrari, cabinet member for community resources at Dorset county council."

See also, Peter Conradi, Sunday Times, April 22, 2018:

In spite of the huge Council Tax hike, the Dorset Echo reports (April 23) that 'the growing elderly population could threaten future council services".

Dorset County Council Tax 2018/19

"The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has made an offer to adult social care authorities. ("Adult social care authorities" are local authorities which have functions under Part 1 of the Care Act 2014, namely county councils in England, district councils for an area in England for which there is no county council, London borough councils, the Common Council of the City of London and the Council of the Isles of Scilly.)

The offer is the option of an adult social care authority being able to charge an additional "precept" on its council tax for financial years from the financial year beginning in 2016 without holding a referendum, to assist the authority in meeting expenditure on adult social care. Subject to the annual approval of the House of Commons, the Secretary of State intends to offer the option of charging this "precept" at an appropriate level in each financial year up to and including the financial year 2019-20".

See also, Your Dorset, page 2