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Thursday, 21 June 2018

Corfu: Three More Suggestions Concerning Corfu's Rubbish and Mixed Waste Crisis

What are the three suggestions for a temporary solution at Tebloni landfill? Enimerosi (Greek) -

Certainly none of them offer a solution. The Mayor returns from Athens empty-handed, without anything tangible up his sleeve...meanwhile, the Tebloni (Temploni) landfill has accumulated about five thousand tonnes of mixed waste, the processing of which the baler-compressor cannot cope -  πέντε χιλ. τόνους σύμμεικτων σκουπιδιών, τα οποία δεν προλαβαίνει να επεξεργαστεί ο δεματοποιητής.

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Zagori Village Communities, Epirus, Greece

A useful website.

From the Zagori Municipality Website, a photo and facts about each of the 45 Zagori villages

Zagori History

Monasteries and Churches of note

Village squares and plane trees

Historical paths

Activities for visitors and residents

I didn't know there was a shooting range at Asprangelos. I like the description in English:

"The shooting range runs from March to September in hours of no peace of mind".

(Το σκοπευτήριο λειτουργεί από τον Μάρτιο έως τον Σεπτέμβριο σε ώρες που δεν είναι κοινής ησυχίας).

Update: Just checked at the Mayor's office in Asprangelos. The shooting range is no longer in operation. So no shooting practice, but plenty of peace of mind!

Epirus: the best-kept secret in Greece? The Telegraph

On 'Furriners' (Foreigners) and 'Furrin' Churches, George Eliot (1857, 1858)

From Scenes of Clerical Life, George Eliot

See also: Wikisource


'Well,' said Mrs. Sharp, with the air of a person who held liberal views, but knew where to draw the line, 'I'm not a-going to defend the furriners, for I've as good reason to know what they are as most folks, an' nobody'll ever hear me say but what they're next door to heathens, and the hile they eat wi' their victuals is enough to turn any Christian's stomach. But for all that—an' for all as the trouble in respect o' washin' and managin' has fell upo' me through the journey—I can't say but what I think as my Lady an' Sir Cristifer's done a right thing by a hinnicent child as doesn't know its right hand from its left, i' bringing it where it'll learn to speak summat better nor gibberish, and be brought up i' the true religion. For as for them furrin churches as Sir Cristifer is so unaccountable mad after, wi' pictures o' men an' women a-showing themselves just for all the world as God made 'em. I think, for my part, as it's welly a sin to go into 'em.'

'You're likely to have more foreigners, however,' said Mr. Warren, who liked to provoke the gardener, 'for Sir Christopher has engaged some Italian workmen to help in the alterations in the house.'

'Olterations!' exclaimed Mrs. Bellamy, in alarm. 'What olterations!'

'Why,' answered Mr. Warren, 'Sir Christopher, as I understand, is going to make a new thing of the old Manor-house both inside and out. And he's got portfolios full of plans and pictures coming. It is to be cased with stone, in the Gothic style—pretty near like the churches, you know, as far as I can make out; and the ceilings are to be beyond anything that's been seen in the country. Sir Christopher's been giving a deal of study to it.'

'Dear heart alive!' said Mrs. Bellamy, 'we shall be pisoned wi' lime an' plaster, an' hev the house full o' workmen colloguing wi' the maids, an' makin' no end o' mischief.'


A Note and Query

"The hile they eat": an English Midlands dialect transliteration of Ancient Greek ὕλη? The substance they eat? Or from the Latin hilum, a small thing, a trifle? At first I took it to be a Midlands dialect word for 'oil'. Any better explanations? Could it come from the Nepalese for 'muddy'? I think not.


"Scenes of Clerical Life is the title under which George Eliot's first published fictional work, a collection of three short stories, was released in book form, and the first of her works to be released under her famous pseudonym. The stories were first published in Blackwood's Magazine over the course of the year 1857, initially anonymously, before being released as a two-volume set by Blackwood and Sons in January 1858", from Biblio