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Dora Houpis

Hellenic remedies for life’s modern problems

The older I get, the more I return to my Greek heritage to help me deal with life’s great dilemmas and problems. In far-flung Australia, I find myself constantly consulting …

Speak Greek in March and savour Hellenism all year around

Why should I speak Greek in March? What’s so special about speaking Greek? What’s the purpose of speaking Greek in March? How can a little campaign initiated in 2015 by …

Locked down again but free to revel in maternal wisdom

Never let a snap lockdown go to waste. I have used Melbourne’s Lockdown III to learn more about what my 87-year-old Greek mother thinks about life. I was visiting my …

Sinking under love’s heavy burden and needlework on Valentine’s Day

I BELIEVE in romance. Just ask the past four men I dated. They came with me – but not all at the same time – on my life’s journey to …

How COVID-19 saved the English language… for a while

As I walked wearily last January through the valley of the mangled English language, tripping over every misused and abused word, I wondered how much gobbledegook we would be exposed …

News

Greek flags, sun, souvlaki and Sophia Vembo

At the start of the week, restaurants were invited to open after 111 days. They had less than two days to prepare and worked at breakneck speed round the clock …

Dialogue

Didn’t there use to be a Greek shop here?

Greeks were the first to have a god of commerce: he was Hermes. For millennia, enterprising Greeks have put out their shingle, notifying the public of their trade anywhere in …

Dialogue

Good Samaritan, busybody or drama queen?

Things were clearer in Jesus’ time. According to the bible, a follower asked Jesus to explain: “Who is my neighbour?” Jesus gave the example of the man going from Jerusalem …

Features

Frontliners: Funeral directors speak of their exhaustion and palpable grief during the time of COVID 19

In interviews with seven services, specialising in Greek Orthodox funerals, the directors opened up about their jobs and the anguish of burying members of the Greek community during COVID-19. One …

News

Greek funeral directors question coronavirus statistics after document discrepancies are revealed

Greek-Australian funeral directors say they witnessed discrepancies in official documents stating a deceased’s cause of death. Four out of seven directors say they were aware of such errors, whereas one …

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