Dean Kalimniou

Dialogue

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 …

Dialogue

When a Greek business closes or vanishes, we feel we are all diminished

My Melburnian geography is one of lost Greek landmarks. As I drive down the main drag of my suburb, I look at the thriving Greek restaurants and commemorate the demise …

Dialogue

Valdman’s Greek tragedy is sympathetic not condescending

The almost apocalyptic catastrophe afflicting Athens recently is truly immense. Over 80 people have perished and hundreds more have suffered terrible wounds reminiscent of the 1922 Smyrna conflagration. Is this …

Dialogue

Famagusta Regina: The work of Cypriot poet Kyriakos Charalambides in context

Ours is a world based on speed and consumption, or rather, speed of consumption. Daily, we are assailed by messages telling us which products to buy, which stars to emulate, …

News

Tensions at the Justice for Cyprus rally

Unprecedented tensions erupted at the annual Justice for Cyprus March on Sunday, as local members of the group ‘United Greeks’ (Ενωμένοι Έλληνες  – EE) widely considered to be affiliated to …

Dialogue

Dances with Greeks

Recently, I observed the performance of one of the more skilled Greek dance groups in Melbourne, one that takes great pains to master every single detail of the dances of …

Dialogue

On the origins of saviours

“Let’s forget about Alexander the Great, for a while,” my Bitolan interlocutor exclaimed in exasperation. For the past hour, he had been trying, via various spurious means to ‘prove’ to …

Dialogue

Macedonian maladroitness

In the 90s, which is the time that most Greek-Melburnians became aware of the ‘Macedonian’ issue, the natural inclination of the community was to express its solidarity with the Greek …

Features

The magic of pillows

The illustration accompanying this article has been supplied by my five-year-old daughter, drawn two days after she attended the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria (GOCMV) Creative Drama and …

Dialogue

Macedonia malign

Though the omens were there for those who could read them, it was an article in what is now the oldest newspaper of northern Greece, Macedonia, that provided the spark …