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Drachmophilos Scroutzos, owner and director of the fairly well known School of Eloquent English, in Ano Ftochia, was in the kitchen. In front of him were several kilos of Seville oranges cut in halves, and on the stove a huge pot of water was simmering. With a strange gleam in his eye he methodically picked out the pips from each half and carefully...

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Anyone following the meteoric rise of Golden Dawn (Greece's extreme right party with a Nazi/fascist style agenda) is well aware of their well-published, wide-ranging and openly stated aims should they gain office regarding all migrants, immigrants and non-Greeks. This article, however, focuses solely on threats made to deport those who (a)...

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First I must thank Mr George M. Tzanakis for his illuminating letter concerning the thoughts of some of our ancient philosophers. I must admit to being a little mystified at first, as he purported to be answering my December article (concerning the threats made by some Golden Dawn members of parliament against Greek residents and nationals who were not...

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Most months I sit and craft an article solely with my readers’ interests at heart. Today, in Snippets, I am just poking irreverent thoughts at odd bits of news, in the same way I’d probably do in a bar if faced with good company and a lager and limejuice. Enjoy if you can, turn the page if you can’t! Two off the Lagarde List &ndash...

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A salute to a brave man! You will understand the meaning of this later. As most foreign language school owners are aware, the government has decided to enact new laws (4093/2012 and 3057/2012) that will probably have the effect of closing down many schools. Some will not be able to comply with the legislation, particularly with regard to the...

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“Mr Scroutzos, Mr Scroutzos, have you heard the news?” gasped Bobbos Kratsits, the main teacher and general factotum of the Scroutzos Academy of Eloquent English in Ano Ftocheia, as he ran into the principal’s office. Drachmophilos Scroutzos, who for years had resisted changing his first name to Evrophilos, but was now strongly...

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