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January 15, 2007

Fundraising concert for Hania monument in Athens

It is quite weird for us at the moment - I mean, we are visiting the UK, I'm working in Salzburg, and our stuff is in our home in Greece. Except for the stuff in the garage in Walthamstow. We try and keep in touch with the news in all three countries, even when it isn't as earth shattering as a terrorist attack on the US Embassy in Athens, and I noticed something on the ERT site the other day about Hania.

There is a fund-raising concert being held in Athens this evening to raise money to restore the house of famous Cretan politician Venizelos. They are hoping to turn the Venizelos family home outisde Hania into a modern museum at the cost of some €2 million.

Eleftherios Venizelos was one of Greece's foremost politicians in the early years of the 1900s, and gave his name to the ferry we sailed on between Athens and Crete, and gave his image to the €0.50 coin in Greece. We haven't visited the house that is due to be restored itself, but we have been to the grave of Venizelos in the hills over-looking Hania.


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