Dean Kalimniou

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Bad movies we loved

«Έι,» the conspiratorial voice of my uncle would echo, down the phone to my father. «Έχω ελληνικό βίντεο. Έχω κασέτα. Ελάτε απάνω να τη δείτε.» In the 80’s, the answer …

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Saturday sport and the Greek resistance

“Galamoo!” the freckled, red haired sports teacher roared across the astro-turf, sending flecks of spit in my direction. I glanced at him nonchalantly, marvelling at how the Australian sports teacher …

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The Greek Academy of Melbourne reloaded

“Myrivilis’ «Η Ζωή εν Τάφω» is an anti-war novel.” “No! Did you read that bit where they meet the Russians on the hill and they are speaking Greek? It glorifies …

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‘Star Wogs: The Ethnics Strike Back’

The title to the show currently playing at the Comedy Theatre is particularly apt, though regrettably, no reference to Star Wars, a genre that lends itself to infinite parody, is …

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The Hangover

“Βρε, what’s that on your arm?” I pointed to my friend’s prodigious muscular upper arm, bulging from within the confines of a particularly tight t-shirt. He looked at me warily …

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Against the Ruins

Do we lean against the ruins? Or are we ideologically against ruins in general and crave their demolition? The polysemy of the Hellenic Museum’s latest exhibition: “Against the Ruins: Photographs …

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ΜΠΟΥΡΕΚ’

«Έλα δουνά πδάκιμ να μαγειρέψουμι. Ας του βιβλίου κάτου. Θα παλαβουθείς απ’του πολύ διάβασμα κι θα πουστοφέρνς σαν του γιο τς πωστλένε στου χουριό.» It was with these loving Samian …

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Panaema

There is nothing ostensibly remarkable about my grandfather’s village, Mytilinioi, in eastern Samos. Founded on the side of a hill, the sleepy settlement moves stubbornly but surely, to an archetypal …

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Homer in the time of the Zhou

Whether by accident or design, the ancient cultures of Greece and China, though geographically at great distances from each other and politically, poles apart, present interesting parallels. One of many …

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Exclusion of Greek from the Liquorland sign in Oakleigh marks height of ingratitude

One of the elements that make Melbourne special for me, is its plethora of signs in other languages and alphabets that can be found identifying businesses. From Chinese characters employed …