Photo: Russian priest with communion chalice and peasant in countryside

29 Nov

Unfortunately I know nothing else about this pic: where or when or who took it…nothing. I guess we can safely say it’s before the Revolution. It’s just really beautiful.

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Stephen Spender on Cavafy

29 Nov

C.P. Cavafy @CCavafy “His poetry… immortalizes the moment at which the predestined disaster or corruption happened. Of all poets he is the one who most makes success look like grandiose failure and failure look like fatal success.”

Stephen Spender on Cavafy.

Stephen Spender

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Photo: Greek ladies have coffee and get together with neighbors despite quarantine

29 Nov

Making coffee for themselves and sitting outside their apartment door; πηγαδάκι (“little well”, or intimate conversation, especially when gossipy in nature) with social distancing. Makes you wonder whether “southern” cultures suffer more from lockdown than, say, Norwegians, who are probably happy that they don’t have to talk to their neighbors.

Thanks for photo to Δημήτρης @Dem1tr1s .

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Photo: women in Trebizond, Pontus, 1890s

27 Nov

Beautiful and also interesting, because their dress is very close to traditional folk dress of the region, and I would have expected prosperous, Christian bourgeioses women in a large city like Trebizond at the time to be dressed in more Western clothes.

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Iason Athanasiadis on Christmas in Greece, my comments and Kotsovolos’ Black Friday

26 Nov

Iason, on Facebook page:

Χθες στις 12:28 μ.μ.  · Imagine a nightmarish future in which life has devolved into being locked up as part of happily-clappily participating in a ghastly consumerist pantomime whose script was written by the intern of the local multinational’s press office. Oh, it appears to be life in Greece today. 😊

I couldn’t agree with Iasona more, as I’ve watched Christmas balloon into something ugly and tacky in Greece over the past few years.

The most horrible εξέλιξη though, is the adoption of Black Friday, that obscene American consumption orgy that has seen people trampled and killed at Targets throughout the states. And it’s new here, so people still haven’t started on the moral meta-talk about the practice, as opposed to the States, where at least there has been a little bit of soul-searching about what Black Friday says about America in the past decade or so.

Though this commercial from Kotsovolos appliance stores promoting Black Friday in a Greek mountain village — complete with clarinet acompaniment — does make me reluctantly laugh…especially the giagia at 0:33 shouting “Don’t skip” τελάλη with bell.

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“Islamophobia”: blah blah… Yasmine Mohammed

26 Nov

Yasmine Mohammed ياسمين محمد @YasMohammedxx:

There’s no such thing as Islamophobia. Critique of religion is a fundamental Western right, not an illness.” ~ Pascal Bruckner, Philosopher

John Szucs @szucs_john Replying to @YasMohammedxx:

To one & all: “Islamophobia” is a misleading, even nonsensical term, as fear of any religion of thralldom to a creator being that sanctions & encourages the enslavement & slaughter of non-believers is entirely rational. The next time someone uses it against you, call them on it.

Yasmine Mohammed ياسمين محمد @YasMohammedxx:

There also no religion called Islamism. The religion is Islam. Islam is inherently political. It’s a distinction without a difference. But, to paraphrase @CemalKYucel — if hiding behind three letters is what you need to have the courage to have this conversation, then so be it.

Islamists — the individuals or Islamist organizations — those, of course, exist. Not all Muslims are Islamists, but all Islamists are Muslim. And all Muslims — Islamist or not — follow Islam.

Yasmine Mohammed

Onion’s suggested lockdown recipes

26 Nov

This was the best:

Copycat Cool Ranch Doritos: Craving that familiar crunch, but don’t want to risk a trip to the store? Whip up your own from home! All you need is some corn, vegetable oil, salt, maltodextrin, tomato powder, lactose, whey, corn starch, skim milk, corn syrup solids, onion powder, sugar, garlic powder, monosodium glutamate, cheddar cheese, dextrose, malic acid, buttermilk, natural and artificial flavor, sodium acetate, Red 40, Blue 1, Yellow 5, sodium caseinate, spice, citric acid, disodium inosinate, and disodium guanylate!

The rest aren’t that great, but, hey, what do I know? Check them out.

Trans species man…

25 Nov

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International Men’s Day!?!? — such a thing really exists?

25 Nov

Gene Park@GenePark “Happy International Men’s Day. Let’s look out for each other, lads”

So, this is what men want I guess: to get trashed, break things and inflict and endure pain…? Like I always suspected. Is there a Brit out there who can tell from their accent where these guys are from?

Watch the video; it’s fun.

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Aliyev: Erdoğan’s mini-me

25 Nov
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