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Dean Kalimniou

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Diatribe – Jim Claven’s Grecian adventure

When I was young, memories of the Second World War in Greece were still fresh and most of the people I knew had either experienced it, or its aftermath. Their …

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Diatribe: Antipodean Palette – trailing art

If Greek-Australian culture is going to survive, then it needs to be neither reactionary, that, is responding solely to stimuli emanating from Greece or the mainstream, nor mimetic. Instead, it …

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The Synaxis of the Native Peoples: A Greek homage to Australian First Peoples at the Greek Centre

For weeks I would catch snatches of Torres Strait Islander songs when walking into my childrens’ bedrooms. Then, my eldest daughter appointed me as art critic, as she completed her …

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Diatribe – The forgotten genocide: the starvation of the Maronites

My people and your people, my Syrian Brother, are dead … What can be Done for those who are dying? Our Lamentations will not satisfy their Hunger, and our tears …

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Black Cretans and 1922

“The Cretans are vastly picturesque: great number of blacks, male and female.”: Edward Lear 1846 According to the British consul in Chania, Crete, writing in 1858 about British efforts to …

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Diatribe – Return of the Evzones

From the outset one thing must be made abundantly clear: anyone visiting from the motherland should be welcomed with open arms by our community and treated to our famous Greek-Melburnian …

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Diatribe- Karagiozis goes to Greek School

My late uncle Stathis was my first ever contact with Karagiozis. Possessed of a deep, rumbling voice, he would insert of all the great Greek shadow puppet play hero’s catchphrases …

Letting loose the dogs of war: Dionysios Skylosophos

There is a section in the walls of the castle of Ioannina that locals always approach with conflicted feelings of awe and horror. For in a now fenced-off cave within …

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Diatribe – the Ladies of 1922

As my great-grandmother would cook in the kitchen, she would point to the dish she was preparing and say: «Αυτά μας τα μάθνεσκαν οι Αούτσες» (These were taught to us …

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Diatribe – Stella

They found Stella dead in her living room, slumped over her armchair, in the afternoon. She had been dead for less than a day. When the police took her body …

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