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Sunday, 22 July 2018

Manos Eleftheriou

From Kathimerini: Πέθανε ο Μάνος Ελευθερίου

Respected poet, songwriter Manos Eleftheriou dies at age 80, eKathimerini

From Greek Reporter - Greek Poet and Novelist Manos Eleftheriou Dies at 80

Rafting down the Voidomatis River (The Mother of Water or The Eye of the Bull?)

I've been coming to the Zagori region since 1982, but yesterday was the first time that I have rafted down the Voidomatis River, from Aristi to Kleidonia. It was an unforgettable experience, not because of the level of difficulty (easy) but because of the extraordinary beauty and unspoiled clarity of the water and landscape. My daughter had described it as 'serene'. I was spellbound, utterly enchanted.

We paddled happily along. There was little to fear. We waited for the final waterfall, hoping we wouldn't just disappear.

The rafting guide said that although the locals believe that the word "Voidomatis" means "The Eye of the Bull", it's actually a word of Slavic origins, meaning "Mother of Water".

Mati Vode, Slovenian; Matka vody, Slovak/Czech; Мать воды, Russian; Мајка воде, Serbian; 

Friday, 20 July 2018

UK: The Fall of the Pound and the Cost of Holidays

Holidaymakers hit as pound falls, BBC News

Greece: The IMF and Collective Bargaining/Labour Negotiations

IMF raps Greek government over its bid to reintroduce labour negotiations, eKathimerini

"The International Monetary Fund on Thursday issued a clear warning to the Greek government against its plans to reintroduce collective labour negotiations, saying that such a move would put the competitiveness of the Greek economy at risk...It may be just a taste of the attitude the Fund will adopt toward Greece should the government implement its plans to increase the minimum salary. This may actually be an intervention with a preventative character."

Frisbee Friends in the Vikos Gorge

School-friends from Washington DC,
beneath the Bridge of Misios (1748)

Greece: The Destruction of the Kaikia (thanks to the EU); Ο θάνατος ενός καϊκιού - The death of a caique

From Kathimerini: Το ξύλο του καϊκιού που έσπαζε έβγαζε τριγμούς, σαν να είχε μέσα του πνοή

The death of a traditional boat, with an 83,000-euro allowance from the European Union.

The Death of a Kaiki (video)

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Dorset: Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme

This scheme sounds good.

"This national scheme provides future-proof full fibre connections for businesses and the homes around them. Businesses can claim up to £3,000 against the cost of gigabit-capable (1,000 megabit) internet connections, either individually or as part of a group. Residents can benefit from the scheme too if they are part of a group project which also includes businesses, and can claim a voucher with a value of up to £500".

UK Government: Background to Scheme

Submit a song directly for Spotify playlist consideration (DIY Musician)

From DIY Musician (CDBaby)

Corfu: The Complete Waste Management Plan

From Enimerosi

Ολόκληρο το σχέδιο του υπουργείου Εσωτερικών για τη διαχείριση των σκουπιδιών στην Κέρκυρα

This is the plan. How long will people have to wait for the implementation? Let's hope the transitional period doesn't last another 10 years. I won't be coming back to Corfu for more than one night unless there has been some serious progress by May 2019.

Google Translate version:

The Regional Plan

The Regional Waste Management Plan of the Ionian Islands for Corfu foresees the following projects:

1. The transition period, which is a Component Processing Unit, batching and temporary storage.

2. Completion of the infrastructure and operation of the South Corfu HNT as HYTYY.

3. Development of bio-waste and recycling systems (4 streams).

4. Construction of a Central Waste Treatment Plant with a composting plant in Central Corfu.

5. Implementation of a composting unit in Paxos.

6. Construction of a new HYTT. Corfu.

7. Implementation of Central Green Point, Mobile Green Point, 10 Green Isles, 3 Small Green Points in the Transfrontier Islands and 1 Small Green Point in Paxos.

8. Construction of KEDISP.

9. Implementation of 3 mobile SMPs in Corfu (north, south and northwest Corfu) and 3 small SMAs in the Transfrontier islands.

10. Upgrading and restoration of existing HYATT projects Central Corfu.

The Solid Waste Management Association of Perfecture of Corfu (SYDIDA) and its Municipalities, in relation to the implementation of the foreseen works of the WSSD, had and have, like all Municipalities and Buddhists .NAS of the country, the full support of the competent Ministries in their financing. However, the prerequisite for all was and is the submission of proposals mature in their studies and licensing, in order to be included in the financial instruments of ESPA.

The Municipality has responded

The Municipality of Corfu has submitted the following proposals to date, in the corresponding invitations:

 In the Regional Operational Program ROP (Cohesion Fund), in Call 1741 / 09.2016 "Actions for the management of biowaste and recyclable municipal waste in the Ionian Islands Region", has submitted three (3) proposals:

 "Development of a separate collection network for recyclable materials" of the proposed Public Expenditure € 1,238,760

 "Development of a separate collection network for bio-waste" of the proposed Public Expenditure € 925,476.48

 "Construction and equipment of three (3) Green Points" of the proposed Public Expenditure 6,393,707 €

 In the ERDF, Invitation 1932 / 11.2016: "Information and awareness raising actions for the Integrated Solid Waste Management in PI" has been incorporated the "Information and awareness campaign for the management of MSW in the Municipality of Corfu" Public Expenditure 66.400,00 €.

 At the Ministry of Environment, in Call 1465 / 04.2016 "Actions for the Integrated Urban Waste Management", has submitted the proposal "Unit for the exploitation of biodegradable urban waste of Corfu", with a total requested Public Expenditure of 10.350.000 €.

 In Call 2240 / "Actions for Integrated Urban Waste Management: Implementation of Renewable Urban Waste Recovery and Disposal Projects" has submitted the proposal "Integral Waste Management Unit Corfu ", total requested Public Expenditure € 8.673.800

 In Call 2242 / "Support for Beneficiaries in the Maturity of Urban Waste Management Operations", the proposal "Urban Waste Management Studies for Corfu Municipal Urban Waste Management" was included in the total amount of requested Public Expenditure of € 828.044.

The (pre) history and the transition period

There existed the PESA in the Temploni and the CYTA (relatively small) of Corfu. However, CYTA in Teblonion continued to experience problems with compliance with environmental legislation and problems of malfunction since 2010, leading to the first sentence of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in April 2017, and the request by the European Commission for its closure and restoration (now saturated).

SYDISA, in accordance with the PWSD, has legally started, since October 2017, the implementation of the aforementioned transition period, the mobile Compact Processing Unit - batching of residues on the outskirts of the HYATT of Templon ( and within the broader land plots of land) and temporary storage.

The operation of the above Unit results in recyclable materials for recycling, compost used as useful material for the restoration work of the TEMP and the bundled residues that would travel to the HFC South Corfu, which according to the PESA would change to CYTY so that it would be sufficient until the construction and operation of the Central Waste Treatment Plant in Central Corfu as well as the new CYTW as foreseen by the PESD

SYDICSA of Corfu completed the necessary studies and has taken the relevant decision to approve environmental conditions for the above conversion of the South Corfu HFC to HYTYY. Only the publication from the Ionian Islands Region of the relative was left which was delayed due to the fact that the residents of South Corfu were prevented from connecting with the PPC network, the connection with the water supply network and a relatively small part of the access road.

This transitional management plan has gradually begun its implementation since October 2017, but the ballasts were stored without being able to reach the CY.Y.N. of Corfu for the aforementioned reasons. At the end of March - early April 2018, the incumbent contractor of the Mobile Symmetry Processing and Ballasting Unit gradually discontinued the operation of the transitional facility, resulting in a stalemate with regard to the disposal of waste.

The competent Ministries with their continuous and uninterrupted interventions have tried to do the utmost, both in the direction of reopening the transitional solution and in the completion of the remaining work for the issuance of the permit and the operation of the CYT of South Corfu, so as to normalize the waste collection situation in the municipalities of Corfu and Paxos.

The sabotage

On May 6, a fire occurred at the CYT of South Corfu, causing damage, bigger in the administration building, on the power boards and smaller on the network that would be connected to the external water supply network. There have been unsuccessful attempts by SIDIS and the Municipality of Corfu to complete the small residual works in order to issue the permit for the HYTHT in South Corfu from the Region.

On 22 May, the Municipality of Corfu submitted a request to the Decentralized Administration of the Peloponnese, Greece and the Ionian Sea and on 6 June the amendment to the Decision of the Environmental Terms Approval of the HFC SA Corfu in order to be able to transfer and legally store the bundles of the broader site of the CYTA of Temploni, as well as what would be generated by the reopening of the transitional solution within the framework of the existing contract.

The last phase so far

On 2 June, the waste was disposed of and transported to the transitional facility, where up to 13 June was processed about 2,100 tons of waste. On June 15, a contract was signed between SYDIDA of Corfu and a company that took over the transfer from Temploni and deposited them at the CYT of South Corfu with the remains of bins and the commencement of the transfer- storage of bins in the CYT of South Corfu.

The competition was also completed with the appointment of a new contractor who continues the operation of the Mobile Compact Processing Unit and the batching of the waste of the transitional solution. At the same time, the competitive procedure for the repair of the damages caused by the fire at the CYT of South Corfu is in progress as well as for the maturation study of the projects for the financing of the construction of the final MEA and new HYTYY

The transfer, unacceptable

In conclusion, we would like to close by underlining the fact that no one can no longer ignore the existence of this sanitary "bomb" in Corfu, which makes the round of the world and undermines not only the economy of the island but also the image of the country as a whole . The government is not going to be indifferent. It will take decisive steps towards the implementation of the relevant planning, which, under the PECA, was approved by the local authorities, ie the local community of Corfu.

As a result, all the scope for dialogue has been exhausted, and what needs to be done is the PECA, which, as described above, provides for Leukemie's transition as a landfill site rather than landfill. The government considers other proposals to be unacceptable, which, in a provocative and clearly anti-ecological way, favor the transport of waste in Kozani while expressing the interests of various mechanisms which, by asking the state to subsidize shipments of waste outside Corfu, wish to speculate against the citizens.

More background

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Corfu: Angelokastro and La Grotta

In the Grotto

A tall rock in the sea; a few small trees -
A landscape for a Chinese scroll.
Afro-beats blare from the cocktail bar. 
Funky, cool, nice and easy -
Well away from the stench of the vromonísi*.

*"Garbage Island"

The Third Thing, D H Lawrence

The Third Thing 

Water is H20, hydrogen two parts, oxygen one,
But there is also a third thing, that makes it water
And nobody knows what that is.

The atom locks up two energies
But it is a third thing present which makes it an atom.

D.H. Lawrence

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Greece: Thousands disclaim property inheritance; Property a burden

High housing costs prompting thousands to disclaim inheritance, eKathimerini

Corfu: A Clean, Quiet Bay

Clear, cold water, no rubbish, few people, on the way from Kassiopi to Acharavi.

Elsewhere on the route north of Ipsos, appalling, truly shocking, piles of stinking rubbish spoil most of the beauty spots and views. It seems the uncollected refuse is still a huge problem in the beautiful north of the island.


Article about riot police and Corfu rubbish in the Daily Telegraph (Enimerosi): "Riot Police Deployed as Corfu's Rubbish Nightmare Escalates"

Daily Telegraph article

"For months now, foul-smelling bins have been overflowing onto the streets as a result of the mountainous landfill site of Temploni in the north of the island passing full Briton said that Corfu was like “trash island” and there was a “massive problem all over the island”, adding: “I can smell acrid smoke, trash is in every village”...Telegraph Travel’s Corfu expert, Marc Dublin, said that the mountains of uncollected rubbish has been “an enduring blot on the landscape for several years now”."

COR-POOH! 4,000 tonnes of stinking rubbish piles up in streets of Corfu as dump is FULL, Daily Express

Our little oasis (Corfu as it once was):

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Greek Books in English: Aiora Press

Some interesting titles in this list.

11 Mavromichali street
Athens 10679
Tel.: +30 210 3839000
Fax: +30 210 3839039


Corfu: New Investment in Recycling - Yellow Collection Bins!

New funding of 713,000 Euros for recycling in Corfu
Νέα χρηματοδότηση για την ανακύκλωση στην Κέρκυρα, ύψους 713 χιλ.€, Enimerosi

"Yellow bins will be provided for the collection of paper and cardboard apart from packaging and containers (e.g. newspapers, cardboard, cardboard boxes, writing paper, magazines, catalogues, books, greeting cards etc.) as well as refuse trucks for them to be collected separately...Recyclable materials will be taken to Temploni for processing or to another licensed facility for alternative treatment.The operation is co-financed by the Cohesion Fund".

Wait and see.

Sail Away

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

A Lament from Epirus (Animated Film by Drew Christie and Christopher King)

Watch here

An animated exploration of the folk music of the Epirus region of Greece. Created in collaboration with Christopher C. King for his new book Lament from Eprirus.

Richard Pine on Mosaic Identities