Letter: A problem in the Greek education system

The following letter was sent to the Greek Minister of Education, Niki Kerameus. Unfortunately, it is a problem that is encountered all too often in Greece. Honourable Minister, First of …


Bruce Springsteen, an Aristotle for our times

In the recently released film ‘Blinded by the Light’, Pakistani teenager Javed discovers commitment and courage through the music of Bruce Springsteen. Based on journalist Sarfraz Manzoor’s 1980s memoir, the …


Dementia Action Week: Mrs P and the heartbreak of dementia

As General Practitioners, we are in the front line and the first port of call for many presenting problems and conditions. Due to our ageing population, a problem that we …


Diatribe: Recycled containers of our Greek consciousness

A most singular happenstance befell me recently. Having inherited from my grandfather, the propensity, when all within the domestic abode and slumbering safely in the arms of Morpheus, to descend …


From homeland to diaspora: Romioi in Australia

In 1998 the Hellenic Parliament recognised 14 September as a day of national mourning for the Genocide of the Greeks of Asia Minor. The past two decades the Armenian genocide …


Smyrna Catastrophe in literature from Hemingway to Henry Miller

“The worst thing was … how they screamed every night at midnight. I do not know why they started screaming. We were in the harbour and they were on the …


We think of Ioli, Courtney, Aiia and Eurydice, but women’s degradation is as ordinary as breathing

Every so often we have a ‘face’ – the latest victim of men’s violence against women. Australian-Cypriot Ioli Hadjilyra, who died at the hands of Bradley Edwards, was the latest …


September is World Alzheimer’s Month: Greek Australians living with dementia have specific needs

By 2057 there will be an estimated one million Australians living with dementia. In that same year, there will be 8.8 million people over the age of 65 years diagnosed …


First person account: Remembering September 11, the day the world changed

On the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, native New Yorker Despina Meris shares her first-hand account of a day that will never be forgotten.


How Brexit uncertainty is hurting the UK economy – in four charts

Each day brings with it new drama in UK politics and the course of Brexit – and it’s playing havoc with the UK economy. The following four graphs show the …