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OK…..it’s official in my mind.

Let’s be clear, I have been known to make a bet or two, ….mainly on the gee gees.

Ladbrokes are taking bets.

Wait for it….that Greece will revert to the drachma before the year is out, and giving odds of 6 to 4 ON.

It’s a sure thing my friends.

So, get down the bookies and have a punt.

The countdown begins. 6 months to go.

Wish us luck as you wave us goodbye.

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Yesterday, I had to laugh. Well, it was an ironic spluttery chuckle actually, fortunately it was to myself in the car as I passed the new port in Corfu town.

No one around to doubt my sanity.

There is an Italian cruise line company called “Costa”, the ships are immediately recognisable with their bright yellow funnels. Usually, I wouldn’t bother to look at the names of these huge ships that bring hoards of shopping addicts to visit Corfu. It seems to me that 2 of many modern addictions, retail therapy & overeating are the sole purposes of cruising folk.

The fact that the ship was moored up in a Greek port as part of a Greek cruise in the current shambles of the corrupt Greek economy, together with the shopping addictive passengers it seemed very fitting and funny that the ship was called “Costa Fortuna”. If I had been doing the Greek thing of drinking my frappe as I was driving, I would have been drenched by it.  Am I sounding bitter and twisted, moi? The humour continued as a new sign has been erected to direct cruise ship sheep to, of all Corfiot places, “The commercial centre”, ha, “commercial” are they havin’ a laugh?

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Being a person of word and words, I choose to have on my google home page “Quote of the day”. In light of Greece’s current state of affairs, it seems ironic that today the quote is from George Bernard Shaw, his quoted words were: “Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.”

Further irony, in that the derivation of the word democracy, according to trusted Wikipedia is:

The term comes from the Greek δημοκρατία – (dēmokratía) “rule of the people”, which was coined from δῆμος (demos) “people” and κράτος (kratos) “power”, in the middle of the 5th-4th century BC.

Even more irony that the word economy/economics is further described:

The term economics comes from the Ancient Greek οἰκονομία, (“management of a household, administration”) from οἶκος  (oikos, “house”) + νόμος (nomos, “custom” or “law”), hence “rules of the house(hold)”.

What has happened to this once civilised country? What has happened to that proud ancient rule? Is it modern greed, envy and jealousy combined with materialistic ego? Sadly, ego is also a Greek term: I, me, my.

Corruption to this extent, is obscene, over the previous decades and centuries this country and it’s people have tragically allowed it.

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