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|December 2014 Poor old Vladimir Putin, eh? As if it's not enough that international sanctions have been imposed on his chums and their political and business empires, that the rouble is sinking with oil prices (or vice versa) while a mild European winter messes with Gasprom profits, and that investment in Russia plummets as prices soar, now even that ******* Mysterious Edwin Drood is having (yet another) dig at him.
Life shows no mercy, Vlad. It is almost enough to put you off your Christmas turkey, or experience phantom pangs of sympathy for the beleaguered Russian
president prime minister president. Well, not really, if we are to be honest with ourselves. Turkey is a dish best served hot.
Nevermind all that, Edwin Drood's A Christmas Carol brings us some seasonal cheer and gives us all something to sing along to during the deep mid winter evenings. So gather around the yule log and raise your voices, one and all. And be sure you are all singing from the same hymn sheet, courtesy of Edwin Drood's Column.
Weltfest in Berlin, 30th August 2014
|August 2014 If you are in Berlin, Germany on the last weekend in August, come along to Weltfest am Boxhagener Platz, the annual free street festival in the Friedrichshain district of the city.
The theme of this year's World Fest is "Work in Progress - decent work for people worldwide", and members of NGOs will be on hand to discuss the subject at stands around the large green square of Boxhagener Platz.
A variety of international musicians will provide the sounds on the main stage, with the artist Jim Avignon as the headline act. There is also a special place for buskers to perform.
For junior citizens, the South African-German children's musical Inkululeko, the long way from Nonsiki will be performed by Global New Generation, and the childrens' circus Zirkus Zack offer interactive acrobatics.
See It's a small world fest, The Cheshire Cat Blog photo essay about Weltfest in previous years.
The Weltfest website has information in English about the programme and details of how to get there:
Entrance to the festival is free.
30th August 2014
at Weltfest 2013
Full moon concert in Pella, 10th August 2014
|August 2014 We reported last year about the annual Full Moon concerts in Pella, Macedonia, Greece, the birthplace of Alexander the Great (see Full moon in Pella at The Cheshire Cat Blog), and this year's evening of music promises to be at least as enjoyable as previous events in the archaeological site.
The title for the open-air gig is "Songs from Greece and other places" (Τραγούδια από την Ελλάδα και όχι μόνο, literally Songs from Greece - and not only), and the programme will include traditional music of Asia Minor performed by A. Papaioannou (oud, saz), D. Dhaka (vocals, percussion) and A. Machairidi (accordion). The event is organized by the Municipality of Pella and the Public Welfare Enterprise Culture and Development Pella.
Entrance to the concert is free.
See a larger version of the concert poster (in Greek, opens in a new window).
We recommend visiting the excellent Pella Museum and archaeological site during the day, then taking a break at one of the village cafes or tavernas before the concert which begins at 21:30.
Pella is just 40 minutes from Thessaloniki. Buses every half hour, 07.00 - 22.30 hours, fare 3.30 €. see How to get to Pella and check current schedules and fares in English at http://ktelmacedonia.gr/en/routes/tid=29. A taxi cost about 40-50 €.
Other full moon events are taking place at archaeological sites around Greece, including Aigai (Vergina, near Veria), Edessa and Athens.
Visit the Pella website: www.pella-museum.gr/informations/news
The website is in Greek only, but can be translated into your language
in a browser such as Google Chrome.
Letter to President Gauck
5 March 2014 As German President Joachim Gauck makes an official visit to Greece,
an open letter to him from World War II veteran Manolis Glezos raises once again
the thorny question of reparations for Nazi atrocities.
Glezos greets Gauck at The Cheshire Cat Blog.
October 2013 After several announcements over the last 17 years that the archaeological
site of the Athens Lyceum, where Aristotle founded his Peripatetic school of philosophy,
was to be opened to the public, it looks like it may be finally about to happen.
Digging Aristotle, a photo essay at The Cheshire Cat Blog.
Full moon in Pella
21 August 2013 The Cheshire Cat returns to Macedonia, Greece to revel
at the annual August full moon concert at the birthplace of Alexander the Great.
Full moon in Pella, a photo essay at The Cheshire Cat Blog.
Spring in Ionia
May 2013 The Cheshire Cat Blog explores various aspects of human, animal
and plant life around the Central Aegean coast of Turkey, known in ancient times
as Ionia, location of cities such as Ephesus, Miletos and Priene.
Ionian Spring, a photo essay in three parts at The Cheshire Cat Blog.
My Favourite Planet goes to Aristotle's hometown
Spring 2012 The ancient city of Stageira was the birthplace of the philosopher Aristotle.
Today its ruins lie on the green Liotopi peninsula, near the village of Olympiada, Macedonia,
northern Greece. The My Favourite Planet guide to Stageira and Olympiada
features 68 pages of history, practical information and two galleries of photos and maps.
My Favourite Planet goes to Athens
December 2011 The My Favourite Planet guide to Athens is launched this month
with our Athens Acropolis photo gallery, containing 36 pages of photos and plans
as well as articles about the history of the ancient citadel.
The gallery will be expanded over time, and will be joined by further gallery guides
to other parts of the Greek capital.
My Favourite Planet goes to the movies
June 2011 We finally get our first video online, thanks to those nice people ar YouTube.
And a pretty lively flick it is too, as Köçek dancers go twirling their skirts through the
streets of Istanbul along to some raucous Turkish folk music. Not to be missed.
Find out more and watch the video at The Cheshire Cat's Istanbul wedding dance.
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