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Happy Independence Day!

γεια σας όλοι. I just wanted to wish everyone a happy, healthy and safe Independence day with all the best that life has to offer. If you're lucky enough to be there, stop and think a moment of those who gave their lives for your freedom and for ellada and for those who are keeping you safe every day. For those, like me, who want to get home, we will one day if we try and believe. I love the Hellenic military, in general, and have a deep respect for women who join it. So if you're in the Hellenic armed forces, I salute you. And if you're like me and can't join, I offer you the same, since you would if you could. May the Gods bless Hellas and help her through this most difficult of economic times. May They bless her with wisdom, good health for all, peace, both internationally and domestically, and with a stable and caring government. zito ellada!
PS. I find it really sad that no one else seems to post here anymore. I mean, the last entry here is from me on Oxi Day. Where are all the Hellenic women hiding? I know you're somewhere.
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Xronia Polla!

Geia sas,

I know for those in Ellada, it's been the 29th of October for several hours now and for those on the East coast of the U.S. that time is quickly approaching. But I wanted to wish everyone a belated happy, healthy and safe Oxi Day for the 28th as well as Flag Day for the 27th which, of course, has already passed. Oxi Day is a time of reflection, of rememberance and of patriotism. So let us not forget those who've fought and died, and those who continue to fight in their own ways, for freedom in the most sacred, beautiful and glorius nation of all, Hellas. Let us also not forget those outside her boarders who keep the Hellenic dream alive and who hold her in their hearts always, no matter where they may be.

Zito Ellada!
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Need Info on Antonis Dalgas

Okay, I realise this is a tough one but i have nowhere else to go and I'm getting very frustrated. I asked the Rebetika group on google as well as the people on
and had no luck. I'm looking for a biography, or at least some information, on Antonis Dalgas (Diamantidis) The only thing I could find (just now actually) was this, where it's spelt Andonis Diamandis
and it says the booklet included with the cd was written by Panayiotis Kounadis, whom I highly respect as an expert in both Piraeus style rebetika and the songs of Asia Minor/Smyrna. But that's it. All the usual pages have nothing on Dalgas, only that he worked with such and such or that he's featured in this song. I don't get it! Anyway, thanks in advance for your help.

Local Teams?

Geia sas. My boyfriend's always listening to football games on the radio, especially Olympiakos. I'm still learning the language so can't understand much of it cause theytalk really quickly. But I still like to keep score. I don't like foreign players on Greek teams. I don't mind Greeks from other places switching teams, if their reasons are good, or even naturalised citizens joining a team. But I'm against these foreigners leaving their country and joining a team just for the money and not out of any sense of patriotism or love for the team. Get a "regular" job in that case.

Anyway, I'm looking for a "local" team that I can support. I know Piraeus has tons of them so I settled on Drapetsona. The thing is that I can't find any information on them (players, scores, schedules etc). Can anyone help me? Also, what about basketball? What local teams in Piraeus do you know of for that? Do Kokkinia or Syra (Syros) have teams for anything? I couldn't find any. If you can't help me, then what's your favourite team in general for any sport?
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Well Wishes for Oxi Day

I just wanted to wish everyone a healthy and happy Oxi Day. For me, Oxi Day is right below Independence Day on my list of favourite holidays. Who was lucky enough to go to, or to listen to/watch, the parade this year? Does anyone know if ERT or other stations have a feature to let you listen to programs after they've aired? Alternatively, what are you doing to make this day special? What does it mean to you personally? For me, it's a time, like Independence Day, to reflect on the past and the future, but also to make resolutions and figure out what's really important to me. What things will I stand up for and say "no" to?

Just to put things into perspective, here's something very interesting that I found awhile ago but saved for today. These are exurpts from the diary of Joseph Goebbels, Hitler's minister for public enlightenment and they specifically deal with Greece. It's a very sobering reminder of how Greece suffered during World War II. It also makes for an extremely interesting read and psychological analysis for those into such things.
On The Epic of October 28, 1940

I doubt I have to put this here, but just incase. Here's the Wikipedia article on Oxi Day.
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Shares on Athens stock market fall nearly 12 percent as institutional investors liquidate
Is anyone else freaking out over this? For those, like me, who don't know much about stocks, try this article for general economics.
We're talking Switzerland, Japan, Germany, Britain and America. So just imagine how badly this could hit Hellas! For those of you there, have you started to make some kind of provisions for bad times? What does everyone think of the meeting of European leaders proposed next month in response to the plumeting stock market?

Greek governing party boycotts parliament debate on probing criminal charges in land scandal
I think it's sad what has happened to our country.. From the founders of Western civilisation, democracy, political debate etc etc, we've become the leaders in corruption, scandal, lies and now, we're trying for cowardous as well. Nice job guys. Really nice. Do we really have to hit bottom? And isn't there any decent person out there who can actually do something? Yes, we have President Papoulias, but Gods bless him, he can't do anything about this, not the politics or the tumbling economy! I cried myself to sleep last night and haven't felt this bad since the fires in 2007. And all the ksenoi don't understand.