Category: Greece

In memoriam Gerasimos Arsenis

By: | Post date: June 20, 2016 | Comments: No Comments
Posted in categories: Greece, Quora

Context: Dimitra Triantafyllidou’s answer to How does one cook lokma? I was bantering with Dimitra on the Melbourne nouveau Lokma place, St Gerry’s. Named after the patron saint of Cephallonia, Gerasimus of the Jordan. Which reminded me of the funniest joke I’ve heard in Greek, told by the late Gerasimos Arsenis, another Cephallonian. As recounted […]

Markos Vamvakaris: Είσαι μελαχρινό και νόστιμο

By: | Post date: January 9, 2011 | Comments: No Comments
Posted in categories: Greece, Music
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Rebetiko music was a fusion of styles, and the fusion can be seen in progress through the ’30s. The antecedents of rebetiko are murky, but the most visible antecedent is Smyrneika, the music of Anatolian cafés, which came with the Anatolian refugees to Greece in the ’20s, and was taken up as the emblem of […]

The ashes of Sukhumi

By: | Post date: July 4, 2010 | Comments: 1 Comment
Posted in categories: Greece

This story picks through the ashes. When I was finishing my undergrad and moving through to linguistics in 1993, the war in Abkhazia was underway. There was plenty of grubby conduct on both sides, and Abkhazia was in the end thoroughly ethnically cleansed; but outsiders with no stake in the Caucasus had sympathies for the […]

… “We’re talking about people’s lives!”

By: | Post date: May 10, 2010 | Comments: 2 Comments
Posted in categories: Greece

I have been wanting to write, since reading of it, about the deaths in Athens. And unhealthily (because of such recursion is our society enmeshed), I have been wanting to write about the reactions to the deaths. What I would write would be reactionary, and vindictive, and uninformed. I don’t particularly want to say I’m […]

Greeks speaking the wrong language

By: | Post date: April 7, 2010 | Comments: 10 Comments
Posted in categories: Greece

The Mariupolitans are a distinct group of ethnic Greeks living in the Ukraine, who formerly lived in Crimea. Like I explained in the Other Place, a minority of Mariupolitans speak not Greek, but a variant of Crimean Tatar they call Greek: Urum. They are not the only people who consider themselves Greek but speak a […]

Ioannis Kondylakis: How the village turned Christian

By: | Post date: March 26, 2010 | Comments: 5 Comments
Posted in categories: Greece

I’ve had an odd week, and as revenge against the elements, I’ve done a slightly odd thing. It’s Greek National Day, and Greek bloggers turn their thoughts to debates on nationalism. The Magnificent Nikos Sarantakos’ Blog was no exception, and during the discussion that developed, I made a glancing mention of the Cretan Muslims, a […]

Authenticities and Cretan Musics

By: | Post date: September 17, 2009 | Comments: 8 Comments
Posted in categories: Greece, Music
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I’m not posting about Quebec or Acadia for a while, for absence of stimulus, and seasonal illness: I’ve stayed home sick three days so far this month, and those days have not been spent blogging (nor reading those books on Acadian I’d borrowed.) I’ll still post on identity construction, closer to home; and the emphasis […]

Hyphenated Greeks in Movies and Television

By: | Post date: August 31, 2009 | Comments: 1 Comment
Posted in categories: Australia, Greece
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An Anon commenter responds to my latest Will Be Offline notice with: Don’t worry too much, heartless Anglo. :'( By the way, since you’re an avowed Aussie multiculturalist (and because I *actually know*, rather than “eh know”, nothing about Australia), could we have your opinion on the first piece here: NEW AUSTRALIANS Anon, you fail […]

Hyphenated and Less-Hyphenated Greeks

By: | Post date: August 30, 2009 | Comments: 6 Comments
Posted in categories: Greece

John Cowan has asked me to post about Greek-Canadians. This is a challenge, since I know just about nothing about Greek-Canadians. But ignorance is not preventing me from posting about Acadia either, so here goes. Canada was one of the list of destinations for Greeks to seek a better life in—back when Greece was not […]


By: | Post date: August 27, 2009 | Comments: 15 Comments
Posted in categories: Greece

Anon, commenting on my post mentioning the προσκυνημένοι, “those who have Bowed Down” (converts to Islam), responded: > Φωτιά και τζεκούρι, ε; Yup. And that made me think of Hamidiyah. For those not fortunate enough to be Greek, Anon is referring to what a fighter ordered during the Greek Revolutionary War (was it Kolokotronis?): “Fire […]

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