Monthly Archives: November 2013

Rebetika, Part 2- The irrepressible spirit

There is a lot I love about Rebetika: what they mean in their historical context, the simple yet captivating melodies, and the personal connection I feel to the genre due to a piece of my family history. But above all, … Continue reading

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Plaka in pictures

There is something about the old historical quarter of Plaka that I never tire of, at least when I get away from the main shopping streets overrun by tourists browsing cheesy antiquity knockoffs and ‘humorous’ slogan T-Shirts. A square in … Continue reading

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On identity, home and an imaginary Ithaka

‘So, where are you from?’ A perfectly innocuous question, part of the meaningless social chatter most people feel obliged to engage in when introduced to someone. And one that I always feel the need to give a concise and incomplete … Continue reading

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Rebetika: The Blues of Greece

How can I even begin to explain Rebetika music? The origins of the genre have been extensively written about (here is a very good historical overview of Rebetika— I don’t know what I enjoyed more: the text, or the fact … Continue reading

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The revolution will not be televised

Riot police storm ERT headquarters The above article gives a better account of what happened than most of the foreign media coverage I’ve found, but it only tells you part of the story. I wouldn’t presume to say I am … Continue reading

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Thoughts on a Friday shooting

My next post was going to be a fairly innocuous account of the odd experience of celebrating Halloween in Greece is, but something occurred in the interim I couldn’t not comment on: Two dead in gun attack outside Golden Dawn … Continue reading

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