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At Borders on WiFi I received an interesting request:
Wed, 5 Dec 2007 21:34:50 +0000 (GMT)I've promised to make enquiries. How fascinating and - erm - sensitive. The Treaty of London
To: Simon Baddeley
Subject: About the Union of the Ionian Islands with Greece
Dear Simon, It is said that before the Union of the Ionian Islands with Greece (1864), inhabitants of Ano Korakiana signed a 'paper' asking the British Government to keep the islands in their protectorate. We have been looking for this paper for years in the Greek archives without result. We wonder if you can help us by searching for this paper in British archives (Parliament, Colonial archives, Foreign Office etc). Thank you in advance. Merry Christmas and a happy New Year. Best wishes, Thanassis Spiggos and Kostas Apergis
The difference is that the previous flag held lances representing the seven islands of the Republic. I'm curious to disentangle the diplomacy surrounding that shift in design.
Can the 'paper' from Ano Korakiana be found? I look forward to meeting Thanassis and Kostas who have created the website for Ano Korakiana. What an amazing village to have produced so many distinguished people from so small a population. It suggests something quite exceptional about the place - not something you would have to persuade us to believe!