Thursday, 26 November 2009

The more things change, the more they stay the same



It was nice to hear from people saying they were missing this blog, as well as Sphaera Ephemeris and Antipodes. I, too, would like to see more action from these two last blogs, though we still have Stavros at My Greek Odyssey and there's good articles about Greece on RIEAS, even if I strongly disagree with its last piece suggesting Greece use Turkey's Islamic turn to foster closer strategic relations with Israel. I see no point in Greece flirting with Israel, which, it should be noted, continues, at Turkey's behest, to buy up large tracts of Greek land in occupied Cyprus, particularly in Kyrenia and Karpasia, to build casinos, hotel complexes and marinas.

While I've been away, it's become obvious that Cyprus is going the same way as Greece – i.e. down the tubes. Greece and Cyprus will finally achieve Enosis, down the tubes. Greece seems incapable of renewing itself, no matter now many opportunities the country is presented with, while Cyprus – both politically and economically – is also sinking fast. Christofias is a complete idiot and I'm embarrassed that he is the president of Cyprus. The so-called 'peace talks' are, as I have always stated, a farce, a trap set by the Turks – who, if they don't get another Annan plan, will engineer the breakdown of the talks, claim reunification is impossible and suggest it's time for the international community to recognise the 'Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus'.

It seems Antonis Samaras will become leader of New Democracy. I've always liked the man's professed patriotism, though it would be naive to invest too much hope in him. It would be intolerable if Dora Bakoyiannis were to emerge victorious.

Anyway, chronia polla to all Stelios' and Stellas since today is the name day of Agios Stylianos; and below is a documentary from ERT from the 1980s on Stelios Foustalieris, the great boulgari player and exponent of Cretan rembetika or tabachaniotika. For me, Foustalieris is as great a musician as Tsitsanis and Vamvagaris. I've written previously about Foustalieris here. The video above is Foustalieris' version of Όσο βαρούν τα σίδερα.