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Thursday, 8 July 2010

Where democracy begins

...or as my friend Jonathan Davies comments "Bread, peace and land!". Freecycle took us to Antrobus Road where someone was giving away plants. Soil's too dry to plant so I mixed some of our rich compost - worms in abundance - with dry topsoil from the garden, kneading it into a friable mix for us to pot and water a selection of cherry saplings (for the orchard on part of our allotment), aromatic geraniums, St Johns Wort, lilac, forget-me-knots, Lady's Mantle, tomatoes, a nameless hedge shrub with fluffy pink flowers...
Between theory and practice
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Learning to decline a verb - our homework for next week:

TO BE

I am Εγώ είμαι

You are Εσύ είσαι

He is Αυτός είναι

She is Αυτή είναι

It is Αυτό είναι

We are Εμείς είμαστε

You are (pl) Εσείς είμαστε

They are (m) Αυτόι είναι

They are (f) Αυτές είναι

They are (n) Αυτά είναι

Some tutoring on YouTube with phrases in Greeklish and this and more ruddy homework:

Singular/Ενικός

I

You

He

She

It

Nom

Εγώ

Εσύ

Αυτός

Αυτή

Αυτό

Gen

Μου=my/mine

Σου=your

Του=his

Της=hers

Του=its

Acc

Με=me

Σε=you

Τον=him

Τυν=her

Το=it

Voc

-

Εσύ

Αυτέ

Αυτή

Αυτό

Plural/Μληθγτικός

We

You

They (m)

They (f)

They (n)

Nom

Εμείς

Εσείσ

Αυτοί

Αυτές

Αυτά

Gen

Μας

Σασ

Των

Των

Των

Acc

-

Τους

Τις

Τα

**** In Ano Korakiana there's been a meeting on the future of the long unused PAOK funded soccer pitch near Saint Athanasios Church. Perhaps it may at last be played on.
9/07/10 Ano Korakiana website: Από τη σύσκεψη προέκυψε ότι η Νομαρχιακή Αυτοδιοίκηση ετοιμάζει την δημοπράτηση του χλοοτάπητα του γηπέδου για τις επόμενες βδομάδες (πιθανότατα για τις 3 Αυγούστου 2010) και θα εξετάσει τη δυνατότητα αποκατάστασης και των αποδυτήριων, ενώ από πρόσφατο έγγραφο προκύπτει ότι ο Δήμος Φαιάκων θα ολοκληρώσει άμεσα τις δικές του δεσμεύσεις (ολοκλήρωση περίφραξης κλπ)
In Parliament in Athens pension overhaul legislation has been passed (See Teacherdude's images from Thessaloniki of public reaction).
The gifts of the senior Greek politician - Sotirios Hatzigakis (Σωτήριος Χατζηγάκης) - to his friends and relatives, while in office, have been revealed and widely reported especially in Germany but unlike many German readers who see this as a reproach against bailed-out Greece, my vexatious contempt is for all corrupt politicians and the harm they do to democracy and social trust. While Hatzigakis was Minister of Justice in the previous government he spoke at the 13th International Anti-Corruption Conference.
And Richard Pine has notified friends and acquaintances of his new book, just reviewed in The Irish Times. I've never heard of Charles Acton and until I'd begun Richard's study of Brian Friel it wouldn't have occurred to me to go to a performance of Dancing at Lughnasa as we did earlier in the year.

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