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ImageAs a tribute to dear old Rabbie Burns and a reminder that it’s not long ’til Valentine’s Day folks, let’s celebrate the wonderful feelings of not only falling in love, but being in love and staying in love. It’s a precious and fragile thing. When unrequited, when lost, it delivers a pain beyond words. Cherish your loved ones.

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kite1000x340Congratulations!  Get the rainbow flags out! Same sex marriages have become legal in UK. Plan for 2014 and celebrate with a symbolic ceremony here in Corfu! It’s a dream come true, long overdue but finally there is recognition and equality. Crack open that champagne, mine’s a large one.

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KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAThings happening recently in Corfu include:

  • Men openly eating fruit, mainly apples in the street
  • 150 numbers in front of you in the counter service at the bank and only one cashier
  • The sad realisation that there are a large proportion of people in Corfu who cannot work out the security entrances nor exits to banks
  • The instructions to the entrance and exit of bank security doors are not only given orally, both in Greek and in amazingly in English, but they are also written in 2 languages, one being Greek and also via clear symbolic instructions
  • Suffering the time in the queue for the bank in sincere despair at the pantomime of the attempts to come and go
  • Finally knowing that my first aid training might come in handy
  • Bank staff dressed in short sleeved shirts totally oblivious to the 80 or so persons of the 150 queue who are determined to wait inside – they clearly cannot face the stress of exit. As the inside temperature is set to 25C + and the waiting mass, stressed enough by their entrance, who are seasonally dressed in winter garb are so close to collapse I’m begining to consider my ABC’s
  • An intelligent Cypriot man, amazingly named Poseidon, identifying that throughout time, so now it must be in their genes, the Greek people are excellent problem solvers. They are experts at finding ideas to resolve difficulties. It is his observation that sadly, their difficulty is that they are totally unable to put the solutions into practice
  • I continue to have the patience of a saint

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Once upon a time, long ago, I accurately described someone as a parasite. Recently, it was a wonder to see the silhouettes of French Winter trees dotted by huge orbs of mistletoe hanging like Xmas baubles. Entrenched in pagan beliefs for centuries, this strange plant is a favourite Xmas time decoration.

mistletoe500Only a week away, the Winter Solstice was a time that mistletoe featured not only in days of the Druids but also in similar Winter festivals of ancient Greece. Seen as a life giving plant, a symbol of sexuality, fertility and love it has properties which affect blood pressure and heartbeat. It is also believed to benefit cancer sufferers. Unsurprising that modern times have seen us kissing under a branch of this beautifully symbolic and rather strange plant.

By the way, according to the Mayan calendar next week’s Winter Solstice…Friday December 21st…..wait for it, …. is predicted as the actual day of the end of the world. Oh no.

Who cares if there’s only 9 shopping days ’til Xmas, it could be only 7 days ’til the end of the world! Get the mistletoe out and get those lips puckered.

 

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It’s all still rather weird regarding the use of my name, finally after 15 years, the chap who regularly calls me Carol, ironically a pseudonym of mine from many moons ago, now has got my name right, altho’ he subsequently called me Sarah, which ironically is a variation of my first name, a bit spooky. Anyway, progress has been made I suppose.

The idea of a pen name is an interesting concept, who could you be? Would you take a man’s name, a woman’s or a name which could be either like Carol, funnily enough, or Lindsay, Francis?

Today’s quote is from Mark Twain the pen name of Samuel Langhorne Clemens which I suppose is a bit of a mouthful. He was born during a visit by the comet Halley and he predicted that he would “go out with it” as well, strangely enough, he died the day following the comet’s subsequent return. Lauded as the “greatest American humorist of his age”, and “the father of American literature” his quote made me laugh this morning,

“Of all the things I’ve lost, I miss my mind the most”.

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OK, so for those sparky loyal followers – the subject, at the minute, is the delicate firefly.

It’s a sure sign of Spring, after the recent and current chill, great news. Bring it on.

Amazingly, first seen 5 minutes ago in Pelekas.

A very welcome and sweet firefly on the roadside up past Jimmy’s taverna.

Hurrah!

Now, how’s that for an early surprise……beat that!

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