Monday, 29 November 2010
Sunday, 28 November 2010
Saturday, 27 November 2010
Friday, 26 November 2010
Thursday, 25 November 2010
Depart Athens 07.10
Arrive Skiathos 07:55 OA068
Depart Skiathos 08:20
Arrive Athens 09:00 OA069
Depart Athens 14.05
Arrive Skiathos 14:50 OA068
Depart Skiathos 15:15
Arrive Athens 16:00 OA069
Tuesday, 23 November 2010
Monday, 22 November 2010
Sunday, 21 November 2010
I managed to see two sunrises today, one up at Taxiacharis, and another one down on the Paralia ...
Its going to be a warm day, and a good excuse to get out in the sunshine - As if we need it.
As its also Maria name day, the ladies are attending church in their finest - χρόνια πολλά! to anyone called Maria ...
Saturday, 20 November 2010
The Skiathos Calendar by Betsy Barnard mentions ...
21st Panayia Kounistra (The presentation of the mother of god in the temple,
i.e. when she was taken to serve in the temple as a child aged about 12)
On the morning of the 20th the miraculous icon is brought up to the top
church and taken out of the town about 2.30. The bells ring in town at about
1.00. People follow on foot on the old road to Kounistra. At the monastery
of Kounistra an evening service, all night vigil, bonfires food, much
feasting. Buses run to the monastery all evening.
Early next morning, about 5am the icon is taken back along the old road to
town, people following on foot. To Ayia Triada about 8am, down the old paved
road to the Kalo Pigadi and along the main road to the Tries Hieraches.
Service 9 - 10.30 ...
Thursday, 18 November 2010
Monday, 15 November 2010
Sunday, 14 November 2010
There has not been the carnival atmosphere this week, its been very quiet. The two loosing candidates closed their campaign offices, in one case very swiftly, and its now down to the final two in the race to be Mayor of Skiathos. The polls open at sunrise at the school by the Alkyon hotel, Then after voting the electorate will hit the coffee shops. Many people returned to the island to vote, and some are still here from last week. The Flying dolphin runs later this afternoon instead of the morning to take people back from the islands to the mainland.
Ask anyone who they think will win, and there is much sucking of teeth and eyes cast upwards, along with the shrug of the shoulders. Down in Papadamatis street, the campaign offices are around 100 metres apart. It's quite interesting to see who is supporting who as you pass by.
Last night i was with a good friend on the final night of his holiday. We spent most of yesterday with good friends, in different locations, and last night were in one of the tavernas. We had been discussing what would happen today. When very late on, in comes one of the candidates and sits down for a meal with friends. As we watched, some of the people who had been in opposing camps, and whose votes are up for grabs, that were dining in the taverna just left immediately. Others shook him by the hand and wished him well.
Its a funny old game politics, especially on an Island, where everyone knows everyone. Deals have been done and some old scores seem unsettled.
As Sir Alan Sugar would say in the final, there can only be one winner today, and one of you is going to get fired, and one is going to get hired.
Prevenzanos v Plomaritis, it will all happen in the next few hours ...
Thursday, 11 November 2010
Afterwards Steve from 'Kazbar' read the following words ...
"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years contemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them"
Then he read an emotive poem, written by a serving member of the forces serving in Afghanistan ...
Wednesday, 10 November 2010
Tuesday, 9 November 2010
Monday, 8 November 2010
- You sweep the street in a downhill direction (Your side only)
- The swept items are left on your neighbours area (Downhill)
- You wash with copious buckets of water, and sweep downhill to your neighbour
- Sweep the street in view of the public and neighbours
- You wash the windows
- No longer need the guidance of the elderly ladies in the error of your ways
Now there are two from four - Its a split decision ...
There will be a run off next Sunday, and its between The Old and New ...
Prebanzanos the Old Mayor, and Plomartis the Current Mayor. Big turnout and as i thought its between these two.
Clear choices this time - Its going to be another great week, and lets hope the carnival atmosphere continues for the poll next Sunday, just like it did this Sunday.
Sunday, 7 November 2010
Saturday, 6 November 2010
... and more than a passing interest in what was going on, from one of the locals
On Vromliminos yesterday there was an impromptu swimming race, and here is the result of the photo finish, which was won by Diamantis by about a length ...