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Cor blimey! Where is this year going? It’s nearly the end of March, a quarter of the year has just vanished…and only 121 days ’til London Olympics.

Before then, the swallows have to arrive, then the start of friends arriving, we have to squeeze in Easter, Big Week and Orthodox Easter including the Grand National, May Day, then tour operator repettes and start of the summer season in Corfu, the subsequent charter flights, then the arrival of the fire flies, Ol’ queenie’s diamond jubilee, the wonderful tennis, boat race, it just comes and it comes!

Phew, fantastic!

Best enjoy it all, before we raise the union jack to support and cheer our British Athletes!  Good luck to them all in their Olympic quests.

We’ll be watching the big screens, not in the luxury of a superyacht at Canary or Swan Wharf, more likely in the company of friends either at the Hawaii pool bar or down at Spyros taverna on Pelekas beach, so much cooler and relaxed! See you there!

 

 

 

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It’s not a fact that I often boast about but I have actually had the amazing experience of running the 100 metres at the Olympics. Let me tell you the tale.

Several years ago, travelling back from Lipsi, a tiny island within the Greek Dodecanese, to Corfu, our winding journey took us via Nemea, a glorious area near the Peloponnese and the Corinth canal. It was late October and we passed roadside stalls selling the beautiful Nemean grape and delicious locally made red wine. By chance, we came across a totally understated historical site and museum hidden away in the countryside.

Further investigation walking around the grounds we spied the entrance to a tunnel. Drawing us into it’s darkness and cool shade, we could see that the stone walls were full of scratched graffiti, not the modern garish aerosol variety, this was scribe written in approximately 400 BC. This was a site of the Ancient Olympic games! The tunnel would have been full of bronze Adonises prior to entering the waiting sports arena, crowded with noisy and cheering spectators.

We had to venture further, from the darkness of the tunnel we were immersed into the warm autumn sunlight, we had entered the stadium. It was silent and calm. It was magical.

With terraces on three sides, at the shorter end of the stadium we found a long shallow ridge in the earth about a centimetre deep, it was with the sudden realisation that this would have been the starting line for the barefoot athletes, that I immediately kicked off my shoes and felt the ancient dusty line under my toes. The fact that they also were naked did not however, entice me to strip off, but the sheer anticipation and tension of the start of a race spurred me to sprint the length of the stadium like the Lipsi wind. To imagined ancient cheers, as we were totally alone, I proudly ran the 100 metres.

An even longer time ago, way back in the mists of time, it was great to know the actual Bronze Adonis scriber. It’s true, I could be described as having an under developed athletic figure, “long and rangey” a so called friend once described me with a look of pity. I felt like an athlete that sunny day and funnily enough the Nemean contest victors were honoured by a crown of celery, and a very long time ago someone once mistakenly called me “Celery” instead of Sallery of course!?

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We are assisting in plans for chosen visitors to London 2012, Olympic Frenzy! Should be an amazing time to be in London, or time to escape somewhere calm and peaceful. Wherever you choose it’s a money maker for Britain, no question.

Getting a simple, effective logo that is also stylish is not easy, I think this one is pretty cool.

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