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Sunday, 22 November 2009

Ano Korakiana's back on line

Delighted to see Mr Leftheris holding one of the pumpkin-shaped squashs that spread back and forth between out two gardens over the summer - in a photo on the blog that has just replaced the Ano Korakiana website. Only got the announcement yesterday.
Date: Sat, 21 Nov 2009 16:44:49 +0000 (GMT)
Όπως γνωρίζετε η ιστοσελίδα μας παραμένει ανενεργή, λόγω εργασιών συντήρησης, οι οποίες πιστεύουμε ´´οτι θα έχουν ολοκληρωθεί σε λίγες μέρες...Έως τότε, μπορείτε να επικοινωνείτε με τη σελίδα .
Democracy Street
Translated the email reminds us that:
... as we will know the Ano Korakiana website remains inactive, undergoing maintenance which we believe will completed in a few days ... Until then, you can enjoy this provisional (προσωρινού) blog: Thank you and we call for your understanding.'
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Meanwhile in the small town of Newstead, in Victoria, population 487, I was taken to a community meeting in the main street coffee shop where there was a Sunday afternoon get together to discuss the implications of Social Networking with an invited academic, Barry Golding from Ballarat University, gently expressing his reservations about the difference between real face-to-face contact and that offered by, for instance Facebook or Twitter, and remindiing us just what en enormous part of the global population has never made a phone call let alone having access to the world wide web, while someone working for the State of Victoria, Ben Hart* suggested - with equal politeness - the potential of the medium. We had WiFi where we met and after the Q & A session I couldn't resist asking to have myself pictured 'in country' by a page of Democracy Street blog.
*Ben Hart, a former journalist and media adviser who began his career at the Herald Sun in 1998, before leaving to work in the Premiers’ Media Unit in the Victorian Government in 2001. There he worked for various ministers before being appointed Chief of Staff to the then Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Gavin Jennings.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Simon I just stopped by to read your blog properly. You clearly do some interesting work. 'Responsible gossip' is an interesting term/idea.
    Social networking offers such potential for communication and connection, grass roots change, well I guess blogs prove that. I am interested in it's value as a literacy/education tool, promoting literacy and self expression with kids, I work in the kids library environment.
    Glad you enjoyed Winton, he is an iconic Australian author, capturing the power of landscape and environment very convincingly. I see we both liked the same passage about worse things than surfing to be spending time on, like training to be junior soldiers.
    I have enjoyed reading your thoughts.


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