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The little BIG island

This Greek island is remote. It’s as if Zeus hurled Kastellorizo from faraway Mt Olympus to the edge of the Dodecanese, just 2km from the Turkish coast. And this rocky …

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A Swan-song off Swan Street: Ode to Koutouki

Just off the corner of Beissel and Burnley Street in Richmond, there’s a coffee shop called Koutouki. As I walk in the owner George Miltsos is serving another gent. We’re …

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New Orleans, the ‘Crescent City’ is testament to the proposition that cultural diversity is a driver of creativity

When Frenchmen arrived in the bend of the Mississippi River that would eventually be named New Orleans, they encountered a place that had been home to Native Americans for about …

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Smyrna’s unsung American a hero who saved a million Greeks

My Pappou is from the coastal city of Aivali in Asia Minor now Turkey. Every time I visit, via a short boat ride from Lesvos, I am greeted by people …

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Greek unsung hero who saved Anzacs

On April 6, 1941, the Wehrmacht began their invasion of Greece and Yugoslavia. Within a month, despite strong resistance by Greeks and British led forces, the Allies were overrun and …

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Shoulder to shoulder-refugees support others

In a room at the Closed Controlled Access Centre (CCAC) on Samos island, Greece, Jaspy* welcomes other asylum-seekers. They are gathered to discuss their experiences and feelings, during a self-help …

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Remembering Nicholas Pagonis

My father, Nicholas, was born nearly 100 years ago, in 1923, to Paraskeva and Lefki Pagonis; and lived his childhood in the Cypriot township of Arathipou, near the port city …

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A family recalls their migration story 100 years since the Smyrna Catastrophe

The following is a story written jointly by Sophia Xeros-Constantinides and Miria Cambel (nee Mirianthi Kassianides ‘Cass’) in honour of their maternal grandparents, Bayliss and Evdokia Xeros, and Aristides and …

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Athens-based ultra-athlete in Australia while on the last leg of her 30,000 kilometre run

After 26,400 kilometers and four continents crossed in more than two years, Marie Leautey has reached her goal. In Sydney, on Tuesday 30 August, this 45-year-old ultra-athlete will win two …

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Marathon Uluru: “It’s just the sky and the ground. As far as your eye can see”

Greek Australian Monash lecturer, Dorothy Kapetopoulos, is now a marathon runner. Her last adventure, a once in lifetime experience, took her to the Australian Outback Marathon which is annually around …

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