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Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Γυάλινα Γιάννενα, Μιχάλης Γκανάς

Ursula von der Leyen speech (Video)

From Euronews

"The European Union's nominee to head the European Commission, Germany's Ursula von der Leyen, addresses members of the European Parliament".

Text, from EU:

Opening Statement in the European Parliament Plenary Session by Ursula von der Leyen, Candidate for President of the European Commission

Sterling's post-Brexit fall; Wage Growth

Sterling's post-Brexit fall is biggest loss in a hard currency, Reuters

Wage growth at highest rate since 2008, BBC News

Louis Armstrong in the GDR (BBC Radio 3)

Cold War in Full Swing - Louis Armstrong in the GDR

BBC Production Information:

"Jazz and communist East Germany seem unlikely bedfellows. Yet in 1965 Louis Armstrong became the first American entertainer to play jazz there at the height of the Cold War. East Germans celebrated Armstrong, and his visit became a propaganda victory for East Germany, helping it to boost its reputation in the wake of its oppressive government building the Berlin Wall in 1961.

On his brief and only tour through East Germany Armstrong played to packed houses. His popularity surprised the authorities very much considering not one record of him was available before 1965 and your passion for the music could land you in prison.

Kevin Le Gendre peeks through the former Iron Curtain to discover the dangers jazz lovers faced to pave the way for these legendary concerts to happen while tracing the tour. He speaks to jazz journalist Karlheinz Drechsel who first risked his career for jazz but then, amazingly, had the privilege to accompany Louis Armstrong on the tour and announce his concerts. He tells Kevin what it was like meeting Louis Armstrong and seeing beyond the smile and laughter that Louis Armstrong was famous for. Armstrong not only had to navigate political sensitivities on the Cold War front between East and West, but also on the home front in the US, when questioned about the Civil Rights Movement, which was at its peak.

The tour left a big impression on both sides. Armstrong was very taken by the enthusiastic welcome he received and East Germany, far from the authorities’ intentions, developed a Free Jazz scene that became an unexpected export hit.

Speakers include the journalists Karlheinz Drechsel, Siegfried Schmidt-Joos and Leslie Colitt; the jazz fan Volker Stiehler; the authors Ricky Riccardi and Stephan Schulz; pianist Ulrich Gumpert; and Roland Trisch, who worked at East Germany’s Artists Agency, which enabled Louis Armstrong’s tour. Archive material of the Selma to Montgomery march in Alabama on 7 March 1965 is courtesy of the Robert H Jackson Center".

Monday, 15 July 2019

Καλοκαίρι στο Ζαγόρι με πανηγύρια, φεστιβάλ, κινηματογράφο, θέατρο, ανταμώματα, πολιτιστικές & αθλητικές εκδηλώσεις

From the Municipality of Zagori 

Sta Riza, Vitsa, Zagori; Στα ριζά

Στα ριζά/ sta riza

Outstanding restaurant, menu and location!

Rizareios Handicraft School, Monodendri, Zagori; Η Ριζάρειος Χειροτεχνική Σχολή Μονοδενδρίου

"Η Ριζάρειος Χειροτεχνική Σχολή Μονοδενδρίου ιδρύθηκε το 1979, με σκοπό την εκπαιδευτική, πολιτιστική καθώς και κοινωνική ανάπτυξη της περιοχής του Ζαγορίου, γενέτειρας των μεγάλων Εθνικών Ευεργετών Μάνθου και Γεωργίου Ριζάρη".

"Σκοπός της Σχολής είναι η διατήρηση των παραδοσιακών τεχνών, που σήμερα τείνουν να εξαφανιστούν. Παράλληλα, όμως, στοχεύει να δώσει στα κορίτσια της ευρύτερης περιοχής επαγγελματική κατάρτιση, σε μία εποχή όπου η ανεύρεση εργασίας είναι ιδιαίτερα δύσκολη. Έτσι το όραμα των αείμνηστων αδελφών Ριζάρη υλοποιείται καθημερινά".

See also, online pdf file:

 ΘΕΟΔΩΡΑ Ν. ΑΘΑΝΑΣΙΟΥ,  Η Ριζάρειος Χειροτεχνική Σχολή Μονοδενδρίου στο Ζαγόρι της Ηπείρου (τέλη 20ου αι. – αρχές 21ου αι.). Άνθρωποι και Έργα. Πορεία και Προοπτικές.

A Molière Farce in Corfu

 (Ta Parapona Sou Sto Dimarcho, Facebook Group)


NB I wasn't there!

What a shame that Corfu doesn't have an open air theatre
 (with proper parking facilities)
 like the splendid (but underused) one at Monodendri, Zagori:

We'd welcome more travelling players here.

I know where Rena Vlachopoulou would have preferred to perform,
or to watch a play - but we should be grateful that the Mon Repos has reopened after four years.
It's difficult to get the balance right (and the management/ facilities).

Web Search Technologies

From BBC, Mark Ward : "There are new pretenders to the search crown such as Elastic and Solr".

I'll stick with Google.

Gjirokastër: Albania's Best-Kept Secret

Competition for Corfu?

Gjirokastër is 90 kms from Ioannina.

     Gjirokastër, Museum Town (old photo):




A great CD!

Sunday, 14 July 2019

Women of Zagori Against Hydrocarbon Exploration; Protectors and Guardians of the Environment; ΣΩΣΤΕ ΤΗΝ ΗΠΕΙΡΟ - ΟΧΙ ΣΤΗΝ ΕΞΟΡΥΞΗ ΥΔΡΟΓΟΝΑΝΘΡΑΚΩΝ

When I opened the front door...

...I came face to face with this charmingly curious cow,
which wanted to come inside -
 but very gracefully moved on down the path.

Ioannis Lambrides, ΄Ιωάννης Λαμπρίδης, The Origins of Zagori Place Names, 1889; Epirotika Meletimata

From Ζαγοριακά Α', Αθήναι
Ιωάννης Λαμπρίδης
1889 (written in 1886)

Dimitris Tsaloumas, Greek-Australian Poet (1921 – 2016)

Do read this great poem (in English):

Autumn Supper (click to read online)

(There may be a small copyright fee if you choose to download the poem)