Dean Kalimniou

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Dali, the Desert Mirage and Greek regeneration

“I woke up with this marble head in my hands; It exhausts my embows and I do not know Where to put it down.” Giorgos Seferis. ‘Trilogy of a Desert …

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Tατουάζ of truth, patriotism and our Greek childhood

When I was growing up in the eighties, only criminals or ultra-cool denizens of the margins of society who could transcend boundaries, possessed tattoos. As my parents determined at a …

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Ali Pasha, the archaeologist and symbol of Albanian nationalism

“Ali deemed anchorite, or saint a pawn – The crater of his blunderbuss did yawn, Sword, dagger hung at ease…. … for Janina makes A grave for thee where every …

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Greek Australian pensioners, property proprieties and how to fund retirement

“You see this pile of bricks?” The old lady gestures around the room. Her living room is decorated in a mishmash of styles, reflecting trends from the fifties to the …

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Diatribe: An Antipodean Palette of identity

For a people that have been around for a considerable length of time, it is astounding that we still struggle to define ourselves. When coupled with an antipodean hypostasis that …

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Acts of Genocide: 100 years since the massacres

Approximately 300,000 Armenian and 25,000 Assyrian subjects of the Ottoman Empire were killed during the Hamidian massacres of 1895. It is estimated that 100,000 “Greeks” were also killed, although this …

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Jabberwocky: A Greek babblement

I lament the absence of artful nonsense words in the modern Greek language, especially since such words have been with us since times ancient. Yet to φλυαρεῖν, ληρεῖν, φληναφεῖν or …

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Beyond Magiritsa – a bittersweet tale of longing

“You will forgive me If I light up a cigarette,” the polite old man asked as he reached for his lighter with gnarled, trembling hands, as we stood outside the …

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The βίζιτας and the camellia calling card

It was a hint of petal that stopped her mid-shuffle. Relinquishing control of her lime-green vinyl shopping trolley, filled with the remains of flowers, she hobbled purposefully up the path. …

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Game of Thrones for the Greek Orthodox Church in Australia

“Valar Morghulis,” quoth Jaqen H’ghar, in the Song of Ice and Fire series. “All men must die.” Not being conversant in High Valyrian, our community was completely unprepared for the …