Dean Kalimniou

Dialogue

A mezuzah beside the door

There is a mezuzah beside the door of my office. This is a piece of parchment contained in a plastic case and inscribed with the Jewish prayer Shema Yisrael, beginning …

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Nick Giannopoulos, Wog TM and the custodian of ‘wogs’

“A blocky, cuboidal head, faced in pinks and whites and ruled in a fretwork of longitudes and latitudes which showed a few orthographic traces of worry…” Three Wogs, Alexander Theroux. …

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Buttocks of Greece, an ancient-arse country

– Τι είναι η Ελλάδα; the old man enquired, his bushy eyebrows raised in indignation, flecks of spittle flying from his dentures. Μια κωλόχωρα είναι. I am not aware of …

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Jim Claven’s ‘Lemnos and Gallipoli Revealed’ captures the ANZAC spirit

There is an arresting photograph in historian and long-time Neos Kosmos contributor, Jim Claven’s recently published book ‘Lemnos & Gallipoli Revealed’ that encapsulates the spirit of the work like no …

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Medusa, a class victim of women enabling the patriarchy

“When Medusa looks in the mirror, she sees the Lady of Sorrows” Mason Cooley. “In mythology the Medusa can petrify people with a look – which is a good thing, …

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Diatribe: Life to you and other linguistic conundrums

The first time I noticed it was back in 2000 when I attended a friend’s wedding. «Να ζήσετε,» I wished his exuberant bride. “And to yours,” she responded. “What?” I …

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Greek national ‘Ohi’ festival and panigiri Down Under

There still exist people within our community, who still feel the traumatic effects of OXI (pronounced ‘Ohi’, meaning ‘no’) and its aftermath, as do, in ways psychological, their descendants. The …

Life

Photo of the Week: Lemona, the refugee girl, embraced by the locals

The Treloar Monument, in Ballarat, spearheaded by Pontiaki Estia, has been warmly received by the people of the town. They see it as symbolising the need for displaying compassion to …

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Greece’s plans for diaspora vote: Going postal and the Danaids

“The people who guard the rainbow don’t like those who get in the way of the sun.” ― Terry Pratchett, Going Postal “Those who fear that the political system of …

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Are we the upside down Greek Antipodeans or Antioecoi?

“We here in the Antipodes, the Antipodeans, do things differently from you over there in the Motherland,” a friend was explaining to a recently arrived lady from the Motherland. “Yes, …