FreejFolkore,the first time I heard about it was when we were invited‘en famille’ to see a special cartoon performance at the theatre. The invitation was for all the VIPs (Penelope status as VIP was due to her Greek nationality, it cannot be all bad all the time, the wheel turns and some time you find yourself up!) and exactly because of thιs three letter acronym, we had an excellent seat, as you see in the photos below, accompanied by food (Αρτος και θέαμα!)
So far so impressed. But even this extraordinairy setting for a theatre didn’t prepare me to what we were going to experience for the next one and half hourperformance. It was really a revelation to our eyes. Theperformance was a blendof dancing (Spanish, Indian and Arabian folklore dance) 3 D animations , live stage performancewith a range of jogglers and two beautiful Arabian horses which were able to perform ‘grand jete’ equal to the most qualified ballerinas. All this mix and match of arts and technological innovations were folding the main cartoon characters with the name Freej which is the most successful TV cartoon series in Dubai.
The Freej is a tale fo 4 UAE national women living in a secluded neighbourhood in modern day Dubai and they try solve all the everyday social issues. There is no issue too hard for them to tackle it with a good cup of coffee in the house of one of them. Contemplating back to the cartoon central idea, the process is not far away with what we are doing all the bloggers of the world in the blogosphere. It is truth universally acknowledged we ,as bloggers, are able to tackle all the world social issues. Examples many, such as Obama’s election. We had foreseen Obama’s presidential electionmonths ago even before Ted Kennedy discovered and supported him.We became ‘next to kin’ with his wife . She was not any more Obama’s wife but Michelle for us, and for sure we were masters in providing advice for her presidential election outfit, despite most of us the time we were exchanging our ‘Haute Couture’ opinions we were wearing our pyjamas. The toughest issue was the Greek riots in Athens and the Hamas –Israel conflict but thanks to Obama’s election the conflicts stopped. I have no idea why all these important people go to Davos for networking and they don’t engaged in blogging which is time and money saving for the looming financial great depression era..
p.s.I forgot to say that I was the first person in these Vip seats tackling a piece of melon 😉 The rest were too busy exchanging cards for their very important networking business. A lady gave me her card with her details, despite I said to her I am writer and I am not able to employ her anywhere. The only thing probably I could do is to put the contents of her card as a footnote in my new book !
“Write whatever comes to your mind about the word nostalgia” the teacher of the creative writing course said . “Easy peasy lemon squeazy Greek, Greeky word from the Greek land and I knew it, I knew what it means, I felt it millions of times in my life so far, and I can write an essay about it in a seconds” thought. But he carried on, explaining few things about the word, saying “it comes from the Greek nostos-return home, and algia-pain” (blah blah..boring, boring stuff) and he added ” It was first diagnosed by Johannes Hofer among the various displaced persons of the seventeenth century:Swiss mercenaries soldiering abroad;domestic servants working in France and Germany; freedom-loving students from Berne, studing in Basel. As cure Hofer prescribed opium, leeches and return to the Alps!” After a pause he noticed how enthusiastic and full of beans I was, like a pupil of the primary school raising his hand to answer the question about one plus one, and he said.’ Write down the first word that comes in your mind about Nostalgia ! Quite surprised but without hesitation I wrote ‘England’ and a slide show of pictures came to my mind
cycling along the canal
the neighborhood (the owner of this house had two olive trees outside! Greek products next to my heart)
The cheese monger in the corner with the best fusty French cheeses!Actually not so good it didn’t have greek feta
the little cinema wich makes really a difference among the others dinosaurs Odeon etc..
the Small Spa meeting the girlfriends for a chat in the warm waters
Hofer recommended Opium …etc. Perhaps Sisha will work as a replacement and remedy to forget. Perhaps I and G.W Bush need it to forget the olden days 😉
At last I got in my hands on the first digital book. Many years ago when I was writing my master’s thesis , my subject for my research was digital books, internet etc. I remember then, I was passionate about the subject, but somehow back in my mind I had my doubts about the realization of all the project. My main worry was the screen how it will be possible to read something like a book in a pc screen which is quite tiring .
But holding this small book (Amazon Kindle) in the size of paperback and looking at the screen all my worries disappeared. It looks and read like a paper and can hold 200 non-llustrated titles, newspapers and magazines.You can download content from Amazon in the proprietary Kindle format(AZW) and Amazon offers an email-based service that will convert HTML, DOC (Microsoft Word), PDF, JPEG, GIF.. documents to AZW. You can select reading material (newspapers) through the Kindle or through a computer at Amazon Kindle store. It is delivered wireless so you don’t need to make any provision.
The only drawback perhaps is holding it. I would prefer more space (handle) from the left side.
I am looking forward to see ‘Johnny and Me’ as a digital book !
Hooray Hooray the dreams never end 😉
Following the Greek twitters I worked out that in Greece the ‘game’ is still on. Every day something happens: a student is randomly shot, unknowns strafe a riot police bus, unknowns shot a moving train wagon. Bullets and fear have entered Athenians daily lives…..
Reading an article in the local Newspaper written by a Greek journalist Iason Athanasiadis -writer specialized in Middle East- I found quite interesting the angle which he is looking at the events, because all these days I am trying to find and read the latest news about Athens in the international media, unsuccessfully of course. Partially we had the same inquiry and he explains the fact from his point of view “……..But you won’t read any of this (the everyday riots happenings in Greece) in the international media. Just as Iranians point to the sustained BBC coverage of their Revolution as proof that the British government sponsored the overthrow of the Shah, so Greek protesters claim that the international media sabotaged their efforts, first by covering only the most violent demonstrations, and then by giving scant coverage to publicity stunts such as the takeover of several radio and TV studios.
One compelling argument is that media inattention is due to the story not “fitting in” to any of the established narratives with which we navigate our lives. The riots seemingly confound the received wisdom that class struggle is dead.
Jonathan Davies, a lecturer at Warwick Business School in Britain and specialist on trade unions, argues that the international media has largely ignored the unfolding events “partly because riots can easily be depicted as irresponsible and futile and in the end trivial, and partly because the dominant political narrative in this country is that class is dead. Hence, any sign that class is not dead, here or anywhere else, must be studiously ignored”.
The existence of 24 hour news-cycles is an unlikely co-conspirator because it has diluted the tradition of day-after analysis. One undoubted by-product of our globalising world is the dramatic erosion of the collective attention span. Terrorism in Mumbai today, riots in Athens tomorrow and bombing in Gaza the day after. There is always another dramatic headline.
In Greece, the “episodes” are already being referred to in the past tense. The commentator Evfenios Aranitsis in the Eleftherotypia (Free Press) daily noted that “with the speed of channel-zapping, Athens segued from the fever of protest to reverentially receiving the Three Wise Men with their gift-vouchers and 29 interest-free payments as if nothing unpleasant occurred in between. But what we are incapable of perceiving is that ‘nothing’ had something to tell us and that, since we did not hear it, it will return with a vengeance – exactly because we rejected it – to shatter our eardrums.”
After all, amnesia is a Greek word too.”
Iason Athanasiadis is reporting on Greece through a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting in Washington.