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Dean Kalimniou

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Rehashing Olympic 2004 for Greece 2021: The Hitlerjugend

Here is an idea: If you have some left over footage, from the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, for example, instead of discarding it, why not recycle, rehash and reproduce it …

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Fantasy of Philotely from Simonides of Ceos to modern cuisine

Simonides of Ceos was a man of many talents. According to legend, he was responsible for the invention of the Greek letters ω, η, ξ, ψ. If I had invented …

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Salamis Special: Commemorating the very distant past

“Wait a minute,” Mehdi said and hurried to his shop’s counter. A few minutes he returned bearing a glass of steaming Persian, cardamom tea. “I’ve put a strand of saffron …

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Marc Chagall and Greece: a love story hidden between the brush strokes

“Greece is both still Europe but also already the Orient.” Marc Chagall   At first instance, Modernist painter Marc Chagall’s relationship with Greece is not immediately apparent. Referred to by …

Greek wonder tales: giving a voice to silent women

As Greek-Australians, we seldom relate Greek fairy tales to our children. Such tales as are recounted, generally derive from the approved canon of the Grimm compendium, with a dash of …

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The remoteness of being Greek Australian

«Σήκου γιόκα μ’ κι βάλ’ του στου ιννιά. Aρχίζ’ου Ντέμπρας,» my grandfather would say, patting me on the head. You knew you were lowest in the family pecking order when …

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Alternative history: Redeeming Smyrna

“She thought: sometime soon she’s going to remember what happened and realise that she’s lost everyone. And then what? Her mind moved over different possibilities… moving laboriously westwards in the …

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COVID-19 cuisine: Food in the time of Lockdown

“What are you doing,” my wife asked me. “Making myself a coffee,” I responded, stirring the briki vigorously and with a debonair flourish. “That’s the fifth one you’ve made today,” …

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Panhellenion: saying ‘meh’ to SAE, tasked with bringing Greeks from around the world together

In 131AD, while on tour in Greece, Philhellenic Roman emperor Hadrian, who like all emperors since Augustus revered classical Greek culture and appropriated it in order to legitimise and provide …

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Community and catastrophe: Jenny Mikakos on Pontians, Parliament and principles

In 2006, Victorian Member of Parliament and then parliamentary secretary for justice Jenny Mikakos did an inordinately brave thing. She stood on the floor of the Upper House and spoke …

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