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  • hardie karges 1:49 am on June 13, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Greece, , Nubian, Sudan   

    #Egypt in #Music, #Nubian and Urban… 

    Egypt (Misr) is a mother, the mother of us all. With origins at least ten thousand years ago and a well-documented history for at least half that, this is where it all began, the bottle-neck between Africa, Asia and Europe, where black and white have rubbed shoulders since time immemorial and big ideas have been made and canceled as a matter of course, where Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Mamluks, French, British and Ottomans have all had their day, until Egyptians ultimately have their say and their way, and agree to disagree…

    The last six years say it all, at the start of which I could travel freely all over the region, over land and water, like a pilgrim in search of everything, now divided into safe zones and no-fly zones and there-but-for-the-grace-of-God-go-I zones. Pick any God. The pyramids are the big deal, of course, but Thebes is all about columns, though never given credit as the prototype for Greece, with whom Egyptians share more DNA than has ever been acknowledged, either, only now obvious with the world genome now revealed…

    If you want to travel there, do it. There is an overland route going south, too, you know, South Sudan optional. Sudan also has a border with Eritrea, and onward to Ethiopia via Djibouti, more of that same Greek/Nubian DNA there, apparently. Get visas in advance, if possible. You can always fly. The horn is the heartland. Welcome to the Bible. Go before WW4…

  • hardie karges 2:47 pm on April 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Greece, , Lesbian, Lesbos, , Sappho   

    Lesbians and the Turmoil back on the Island, mon… 

    With all the hubbub and ruckus over what to do with the increasingly unwanted influx of immigrants in temporary refuge on the island of Lesbos in Greece: shouldn’t we ask what the local Lesbians want? Aren’t Lesbians the ones most affected? Shouldn’t they have a voice? This is democracy, after all…

    (author’s note: this is humor, not political commentary, 🙂

  • hardie karges 12:19 am on July 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Greece,   

    Econo-Politico-Kouzino Fiasco: Splattering Rancid Greece all over the Good China 

    Fairly lost in all the hubbub over Western democratic standard-bearer Greece’s trials and tribs over budgetary peccadilloes and illegal immigration pequeninos washing up on its shores, is the problem in behemoth China’s own economy, whose stock market has lost some $3Trillion bucks over the last month, more than the entire annual GDP of all but the world’s four largest economies, and equal to those of the UK or France. Ouch! I hate when that happens.

    Chinese Renminbi (yuan)

    Chinese Renminbi (yuan)

    Fortunately it’s a Communist country, so the government is in control, right? Yeah, right… welcome to the real world, China, may we all survive. Hey, how about that awesome display of δημοκρατία in the special Greek referendum, no? Demos really socked it to the Big Bad Bankers, didn’t they? Ho hum, politics… Exchange rate EUR:USD is strongest the dollar’s been since Year One in my memory… good time to travel Europe… The word for the Greek pre-Euro currency, ‘drachma’ δραχμή, means to ‘grasp’; good idea…

  • hardie karges 2:57 pm on July 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: crowdfunding, , Greece,   

    Greece on the Installment Plan… 

    I think Greece should undertake a crowdfunding campaign–SSSOOOooo modern and democratic, only fitting for the crib of Αθηναϊκή δημοκρατία…

    So why do I have the feeling that they’ll cut some kind of deal as the halfway house for recently-arrived immigrants from the shores of the Mideast only a long swim away?

    Stay tuned…

  • hardie karges 10:59 pm on May 8, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Greece, , , Thessaloniki   

    Featured City – Thessaloniki, Greece: It’s a Party 


    Thessaloniki waterfront

    THESSALONIKI is Greece’s second city, as it was long ago in the Byzantine Era as “co-capital” with Constantinople.  If Athens was the cultural capital of ancient Greece, then Thessaloniki is the cultural capital of the modern one.  Equal parts Greek, Balkan, Anatolian and Mediterranean, it has always stood along the border of cultures mixing and mingling as circumstances demanded, be it ancient Macedonians, Illyrians, Thracians, and Slavs, or modern Turks, Jews, Muslims, Slavs, and…oh yeah, Greeks.  There are transport links in all directions.  Thessaloniki was also an important early Christian center.  Paul wrote First Thessalonians here.  In the 9th century Greek missionaries Cyril and brother what’s-his-name methodically standardized the Old Church Slavonic language, the first literary language for Slavs.  There are many Byzantine churches still standing, including the Ayia Sofia, the church of Ayia Dimitrios, the Panaghia Chalkeon, and the church of Osios David. Today it has a rep as a party town.  Have fun.

    RentRooms is one of our partner hostels in Thessaloniki, featuring free Wi-Fi, free breakfast, restaurant, bar, and bikes for rent.  Sounds like home to me.  What else do you need?  Beds start at only $22.  C U there…

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