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Alex Economou

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Stint in Greek army was no picnic but life lessons were plentiful

There is nothing quite like being dressed to the nines, G3 rifle rests on your shoulder, your arms swing in time with your legs marching in unison with your comrades …

Life

Greeks of Ballarat, a peaceful haven for the community

Ballarat is regional Victorian city that in its heyday was known the world over thanks to its fabulous gold deposits. Greeks were first drawn to Ballarat during the gold rush …

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Orthodox church in Zimbabwe keeps flame alive with Greek community support

The churchgoers’ response to Fr George Glafcoss is immediate and their singing is spontaneous and continuous. The sound of the many voices rises above the rafters and seems to lift …

Life

A world less than perfect in Hydra brought into clear focus

It is worth keeping in mind that a classic of the post-war Australian novel, My Brother Jack, owes its existence to the incredible patience and generosity of a grocery store/kafenion …

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Charged with keeping Victoria Police image in focus in all situations

It may be something to do with her Spartan heritage but there is something of the warrior in Anthoula Moutis. Not that she is a forbidding person, far from it. …

Life

Car designer pays computer homage to Sir Stirling Moss

When Sir Stirling Moss died in his London home on 12 April, the world poured out the tributes. Automotive designer Costas Phouphoullides found his own way to mark the passing …

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Golden Greeks of Ballarat paved the way for generations of the future

What the Golden Fleece was to Jason and the Argonauts, the fabulous gold deposits of Ballarat were to the “Golden Greeks” of the mid 19th Century. Gold was discovered in …

Chaos ultra car designed to put Greece at centre of new era in automotive production

It is certainly no ordinary desire to build a car from scratch let alone an “ultra” car with performance figures that promise to leave everything, except possibly a jet fighter, …

Life

Surviving Greek naval officer in Australia’s World War Two navy tells his story

In 1945, 15 August was a day of special importance for the only Australian naval officer of Greek descent. James Paizis was on board the HMAS Colac which was being …

Life

A Greek-Zimbabwean Christmas story: strangers, old friends, welcome all

There was a Christmas in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, that had an Australian feel to it when my later father’s old friend, Vangelis, came to see us on a surprise visit from …

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