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Corfu, Greece: Plous Bookshop, Tο Βιβλιοπωλείο Πλους φιλοξενεί ενα αφιέρωμα για τον μουσικό, συγγραφέα Raul Scacchi

Παρουσίαση Βιβλίου του Raul Scacchi  Tο Βιβλιοπωλείο Πλους φιλοξενεί ενα αφιέρωμα για τον μουσικό, συγγραφέα Raul Scacchi και το τελευ...

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Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Writing Software - Apps to Help the Creative Process



Helpful apps suggested by The Writers' Academy, Penguin Random House - "While there will always be a certain romance to good old pen and paper, writers are increasingly making use of online apps and writing software to help them with the creative process".

A useful reminder for writers - an apt aphorism by Don Paterson (from New Writing 9, 2000):

"Every morning the writer should go to the window, look out and remind himself of this fact: aside from his own species, not one thing he sees - not one bird, tree or stone - has in its possession the name he gives it".


BBC 4: Your Money and Your Life, Generational Changes



An alarming radio programme! "Sixties and Beyond"

In a four-part series, Louise Cooper considers the financial and emotional dimensions to the most important decisions we make in our lives.

Life expectancy at birth and at age 65 has been increasing steadily for the past four decades.

This demographic success story brings its dilemmas for today's retirees: how to plan for a retirement that could easily last 20 years, and how to find enough money for expensive care fees.

Louise talks to some of today's over-60s about the pressures and uncertainties of planning for retirement.

Presenter:Louise Cooper
Producer: Ruth Alexander
Editor:Andrew Smith.

"Forty and Fifty-Somethings"

In a four-part series, Louise Cooper considers the financial and emotional dimensions to the most important decisions we make in our lives.

For many, the forties and fifties is a time when you have the greatest number of financial responsibilities, as you're supporting your children and often these days, your ageing parents. The trend has given this generation a new nickname, 'the sandwich generation'.

And that's the simple model. It's in these two decades, that an increasing number of people are starting new relationships, giving rise to another new term, the 'blended family' which brings the complexities of managing money and relationships into sharp focus.

In this episode, Louise speaks to families and experts about the pressure of caring for children and parents, and the delicate balance of blended family finances.

Presenter:Louise Cooper
Producer: Ben Carter
Editor:Andrew Smith.

Corfu for the Sophisticated Traveller? Κέρκυρα- Για «πεκαδόρους» ταξιδιώτες;



- or Corfu, for the idiosynchratic traveller:

From Kathimerini, Κέρκυρα: Για «πεκαδόρους» ταξιδιώτες (ΚΩΣΤΗΣ ΖΑΦΕΙΡΑΚΗΣ)

Monday, 22 August 2016

Pindus Mountains, Greece: 1,075-Year-Old Pine Named ‘Adonis’, Europe’s Oldest-Known Living Tree



From National Geographic - Posted by David Maxwell Braun, National Geographic Society.

"A Bosnian pine (Pinus heldreichii) growing in the highlands of northern Greece has been dendrocronologically dated to be more than 1,075 years old, says a team of scientists from Stockholm University (Sweden), the University of Mainz (Germany) and the University of Arizona (USA). This makes it currently the oldest-known living tree in Europe".

"It is one of more than a dozen individuals of millennial age living in a treeline forest in the Pindos mountains".

See also:

Trees and the sacred in modern Greece. Sacred Natural Sites: Sources of Biocultural Diversity


Sunday, 21 August 2016

Greece: Walking Trails - Τα ελληνικά μονοπάτια αποκτούν για πρώτη φορά κανόνες


An article about paths and trails for walkers and hikers.

From Kathimerini (in Greek) - a regulatory framework is needed urgently, as a result of unacceptable interference in paths for walkers. More respect for nature called for, maintenance of signs, removal of trash.

For an example of how well paths and trails can be organised,visit the island of Andros.

Some walks on Andros (pdf)

More on walking on Andros

Andros Routes, Way Marking and Sign Posting

A great model for the rest of Greece!



Bells on Sunday; Somerset; Ilminster.



A nostalgic soundscape - BBC Radio 4 - Bells on Sunday  - from St. Mary the Virgin, Ilminster, Somerset, a large Minster church. "There have been five bells in the tower from medieval times, augmented to six in 1861 and to eight in 1907. We hear all eight bells ringing here, Grandsire Triples".