Parts of this post were written nearly two years ago, but even I considered my own views too avant garde to post them at the time. They seem to make more sense now.
Last weekend was the first one in Hania where the sun was out for the whole time in the two days. While up at the village, enjoying what seemed to be the first beautiful day of the new year, after a long spell of wet damp cold dismal dull climate (both environmentally and economically), I saw a Cretan wild cat (commonly known as φουρόγατος - fourogatos). It made itself quite conspicuous with its stout body, fat face and short ears, as it darted in front of our car, skipping from one field to another. Don't ask me where my photo of it is: fourogatoi don't hang around for long! The photo shows pretty much what I saw: Cretan Wildcat (Felis silvestris cretensis; Greek φουρόκατος). It was believed to be extinct until someone sighted it about 15 years ago, and presumably made a careful note of the event - rural Cretans probably saw them well before that time, but probably didn't bother to tell people about what they saw because such an event was taken for granted. The fourogatos had survived extinction, after all.
Last Saturday, we spent the morning at our olive grove clearing the land of twigs and branches that could not be used as firewood. The land is very steep, not the most comfortable for trekking. It is located two kilometres away from the nearest house in the village and it borders μαδάρα (grazing fields). We've seen two fourogatoi in this area - or maybe it was the same one twice.
|January 2012 Fourogatos edition|
"Many years passed and we arrived at yesterday, the epoch of 'I want', and 'I want it now'. We wanted an American jeep, a German car, an Italian suit, a Japanese TV, a Viennese desert, an Irish drink, Spanish oil, African fruit, Argentinian juice, Chinese meals, huge balconies, radiators turned to the maximum, air conditioners turned to the minimum, plenty of liquid fuel, summer vacations in every corner of the world, and immigrants to dig up our potatoes, which we never planted enough of for the nation's supply. We wanted corrupt government, so that we can pull strings. We didn't want good education, in order to avoid creating good people who would be laughing at the mess we're in, since we were also writing rap songs for Jumbo, downloadable cellphone tunes and salami jingles."
|Perceived Greek organisational abilities|
|Toilets at Ayious Apostolous beach: I don't care who designed them, I simply like them!|
So this is where Greece finds herself now - a new kind of civil war which is destroying her, without the help of anyone else outside it: we are capable of our own self-destruction. The nation is divided into a 'we deserved this crisis' group and a 'we did not deserve this crisis' group. This is where the saying 'serves you right' fits in: 'The crisis that we deserved', as George Skoulas wrote in the above article in the first issue of Fourogatos for 2012.
|The writer of the above excerpt presumably meant that demanding to eat Chinese food is not sustainable in Greece because Chinese food is imported at the expense of Greek food not being used (and it's expensive in Greece, by the way, especially in Chinese restaurants). My home-cooked Chinese-inspired meals are made with Greek ingredients - with a little help from bottled sauces.|
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