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Issue No 18 - September 2014

The local FREE paper for the Chania area

Offering a selection of local interest articles, interviews, news and other views from around the region of Chania and Western Crete.

Read also... Speed cameras are back snapping! Speed cameras on the national road are ‘fully operational after many months without connection. They appear to be of the Gatso type, which snap the vehicle from the rear. The regional police authority confirmed that the speed cameras on the North National Road have been fully operational ‘for a number of weeks. p.13

With a local services section, a range of advertisers and pages of free classfieds, Chania Post is an essential resource for anyone living in or just visiting this area of Crete.

What Would You Ask a Mayor ?

September... the month of vine harvest One of the most crucial steps in the process of winemaking

The time of harvest is determined primarily by the ripeness of the grape as measured by... p.22

Paleochora Art Week 2014

From 5th to 21st September Paleochora becomes the greatest gallery in Crete for visual arts. The Art Week is designed to bring many forms of artwork & sculpture to the people by displaying it in public areas. p.14

New Mayors in seven Municipalities of Chania Prefecture took office from September 1st p.3

The most visited place in Chania

Venetian Harbour

Public bus is the best affordable way to travel to Chania - Rethimno - Heraklion... and to all Southwestern Crete


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“Live@Love@Laugh”

“Hope is...” The thing with feathers That perches in the soul And sings the tune without the by Elpida “Hope” Katsarakis words NEA TV Journalist And never stops at all, And sweetest in the gale is heard; And sore must be the storm That could abash the little bird That kept so many warm. I’ve heard it in the chillest land And on the strangest sea, Yet never, in extremity, It asked a crumb of me. - Emily Dickinson What keeps us alive, what allows us to endure? I think it is the hope of loving, or being loved. - Meister Eckhart. Version by Daniel Ladinsky “Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” - Epicurus

Hmmm trouble smelling! No, no, no, wait…you can’t leave again for vacation. by Pandelis Spiridakis gelamou.gr

Hey guys , don’t you even spell the … Have a nice winter thing…it drives people crazy at work! Cause leaving is a piece of cake, but coming back ( oh good lord!) Don’t look photos, don’t pick summer songs, cocktails … delete everything! Back to life and the first week… will be like the famous Ice Bucket Challenge Big deal , Ice Bucket Challenge with …rakomelo!!! I challenge my editor Pantelis Giaitsis to organize a CHANIA POST TEAM ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE… You only have one month (till October). Anyway, you all suffer from PVS “Post Vacation Syndrome”,

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Life is short and from darkness, pain, hurt, can emerge something better. A reinstated vigour for life. And hope. Because without hope, we are nothing. It’s no longer dusk, it’s finally dawn. Hope is what keeps a person going. It keeps them from giving up. It helps them endure. It even inspires them to share their hope with those who think they are hopeless. We have hope in the fact that no matter how jacked up life may turn out here on earth, we can look forward to a new life - one with no trials, tribulations, pain, death, suffering, discrimination … Hope is like a magnificent wind; invisible to the eye, but with the force to move things far more visible. A force is the perfect word! It shifts, fuels, motivates, shapes and transforms ….it creates powerful change in lives and paths and futures. Whatever challenges or obstacles you are enduring consider these messages of hope. Don’t give up. Good things and great outcomes can be yours. Its not a time to face defeat, it’s a time to persevere.

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Hmmm trouble smelling! No, no, no, wait…you can’t leave again for vacation. So... This is your guide : “How to survive after vacation?” 1.Back to home 3 days earlier before work…time to adjust and take it slow 2.Don’t rush. Leave each day a thing to do : unpackage, cleaning , bills. This will save the good vacation mood 3.Keep up wearing those Hawaian T – shirts : It makes you feel that in a way you continue with the relaxing code of summer in your city life!

Recipe Ingredients: good company, nice momets and optimistic energy. Besides we don’t need an exotic place to enjoy life... Otherwise good boys go everywhere Silly boys pay everywhere And Stubborn boys lose everywhere… Tranquilla everybody… it’s my new slogan! (just means , Go get it)

The hard disk, the newspaper and... me!!! When you have to work all of your life with computers, you get an “erotic” relationship with them. by Pandelis Giaitsis CHANIA POST chief editor It’s a part of your every day life... something like a husband or a wife, but without having... sex! You get angry with them, you argue with them, you say nice words to them if you manage something, etc. But, who says that a computer is not reacting to us? I felt it last month, when I was making September’s issue of Chania Post. Suddenly, the hard disk of my computer... crashed. It was like a revenge for all those years of work without a back up. My computer punished me the hard way. That’s why the newspaper had a little bit of... delay. A big sorry by me and my computer... if he could talk and write. May be in the near future!

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Advertising: Chania Post 73 El. Venizelou str. Tel. +30 6977295075 www.chaniapost.eu info@chaniapost.eu DTP: FTP Publications CHANIA POST... on the go

It’s the thing when you can’t concentrate, it’s impossible to finish one only work , you have the energy “LOW BATTERY’’ and a light melagholy!

4.Plan a party at home , it will destruct you from bad thoughts(tequila necessary) 5.Sey small goals for the up coming season 6. Write down the things you have to do and the ones that make you happy. Try to spare it in an equal total. 7.Go out at beach bars – that is called refusal to say Bye Bye Summer …but it’s ok! 8. Finally bring the spirit of vacation at home .

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Owner/Publisher: FTP Publlications Web: http://www.chaniapost.eu E-mail: info@chaniapost.eu http://www.facebook.com/chaniapost Editors: Pandelis Giaitsis, Elpida “Hope” Katsarakis Pantelis Spiridakis (www.gelamou.gr) Petros Chatzistavros (building and constructing) John Kriaras (real estate agent), Nick Lazakis (optical expert) Miltiades Markatos (pneumonologist) John Venetakis (zootechnician), John Xamonakis (www.apokoronasnews.gr) Petros Marinakis (theme parks - flora and fauna) Niki Voulgarakis (nutriotionist), Antonia Tsakirakis (cook) Costas Nitse (sports)

in case you haven’t realized. And now?

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Find CHANIA POST at the following points: CHANIA: Municipal Market, Airport, Public Bus Central Station, Old Harbour, Municipal Tourist Information Desk PLATANIAS: Central Square Infokiosk, Botanical Park KISSAMOS: Gramvousa and Balos boats, Elafonissi, Falassarna KANDANOS-SELINO: Paleochora Info Desk, Sougia, Kandanos SFAKIA: Hora Sfakion Infokiosk, Loutro, Agia Roumeli, ANENDYK boats APOKORONAS: Georgioupoli, Kavros, Vamos, Kalyves, Vrysses Also in Chania taxis, Limnoupolis Water Park and in selected cafes, businesses and shops throughout Chania Prefecture

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What Would You Ask a Mayor ?

Escargot de Crète

In many ways, the local mayor is the most accessible high-ranking public official most of us are likely to come across. Mayors may have varying degrees of power and influence depending on the city or town they serve, but nearly all of them engage in the sort by Pandelis Giaitsis CHANIA POST chief editor of street-level politics that puts them directly in touch with their constituents. Ask the Mayor what is his personal agenda of issues he wants to resolve and how he plans to accomplish his goals and when will these items be resolved. Ask him how he’s planning to make your city more energy-independent... how increase citizen participation in the decision-making process... how install and maintain parks and sidewalks... is he willing to invest in water, sewer and other infrastucture rehabilitation?

If you think snail-farming is a laughing matter then think again. Forget the image of our parents or grandparents hunched outside after the rain to collect snails – Charalambos Kiagias has raised snail farming to another level by taking a professional and scientific approach. His company, Escargot de Crète, started up about seven years ago. He now owns 4,000 square meters of land, all for farming snails. His company consists of a research team for the reproduction of snails and a modern processing unit for their standardization, in Rethymno,Crete. The farm, which can be visited by anyone interested, is the world’s most productive per square meter and is the first in the world to produce snails all year round, benefitting from Crete’s excellent climatic conditions. “We started farming snails about seven years ago, gradually and methodically solving each problem that presented itself in the process. Seven years ago I started the standardization of our product. We had some problems with the distribution of the products, but we always keep in mind our vision to do something innovative and different. We managed to stabilize the quality and quantity that we produce, so we are confident that we have the momentum to succeed,” said Charalambos Kiagias about his Escargot de Crète.

New Mayors in seven Municipalities of Chania Prefecture took office from September 1st

Questions to the new Mayor of Chania, Mr. Anastassios Vamvoukas - The biggest problem in Chania is the traffic jam and the lack of parking spaces. What are you planning to do? - The Municipality has other five municipal units (Akrotiri, Keramia, Kidonia, Souda, Therisso), having major problens, such as cleanliness and citizens every day life. What are your intensions? Questions to the Mayor of Platanias, Mr. Giannis Malandrakis - Tourist product of Platanias, along with its agricultural

Elpida... (means hope in Greek language)

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products, are the most significant financial shafts of the Municipality. How are you planning to assist them? - There ara a lot of public works on the way, especially at the seafront from Kolimbari to Platanias. When will they be completed? Question to the new Mayor of Apokoronas, Mr. Charalambos Koukianakis - A few years ago, almost all tourists were choosing Apokoronas -and especially Kalives- for their summer vacation. Today, on the contrary, Apokoronas has a major problem to attract tourists. What are you planning to do? - Many people from other countries have chosen to live in Apokoronas. They have much to offer. How do you think these people will come closer to the new Mayor and propose him a plan for their every day life in the villages of Apokoronas? Questions to the new Mayor of Kissamos, Mr. Theodoros Stathakis - Kissamos used to be the western “gate” of Crete. There is a major problem with the ferry link to the Peloponnese? What are your intensions? - The Municipality of Kissamos covers a large area, including Elafonissi and Balos. Are there any plans for the next 5 years for those two impressive tourist destinations? Question to the new Mayor of Kandanos-Selino, Mr. Antonis Perrakis - The most significant problem is the overcrowding in Palaochora, even though the Municipality of Kandanos-Selino covers a large area. Are there an yplans for the development of the inland and especially to simplify every day life of citizens? Question to the Mayor of Sfakia, Mr. Pavlos Polakis - People say that “a winning team never changes”. It is generally accepted that the Municipality of Sfakia has changed. It is also known that you are never satisfied and you always want to do something new. So, what are your plans for the next 5 years? Question to the new Mayor of Gavdos, Mrs. Evaggelia Kallinikou - Gavdos island seems to be cut off from the rest of Crete, especially in winter. Are you planning to have a meeting with ANENDYK’s Board to arrange more ferry routes? - Another major problem is the health services on the island, which are... nonexistent! What are your intensions?

Chania Post and its readers wait for your answers to be published on next issue (October).

Greece’s Snail-Farming Success Story

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No respect for Eleftherios Venizelos and Greek History! Insulting for the history of Crete, of Greece and the historic memory of Ethnarch Eleftherios Venizelos? It’s up to you! As zarpa.gr reported, a foreigner who lives and works in Chania, threw a bucket of water on the statue of Eleftherios Venizelos, just outside the National Foundation of Research and Studies “Eleftherios K. Venizelos”, in Halepa. He also shared his video on Facebook, being proud for his accomplishment! It’s obvious that this man does not know the history of the place he lives and works.

No more money for the new Archaeological Museum of Chania? “We have to find money from another program to complete the surroundings and the ticket office of the new Archaeological Museum of Chania”. That’s the answer from the Minister of Culture, Mr. Constantinos Tassoulas, to a question of deputy Kyriakos Virvidakis, asking if everything is in accordance with the timetable and funding. The total cost for the completion of the new Archaeological Museum of Chania reaches 1 mil. euros.


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Hydrolysis or indifference? Sougia. A place in the southern Chania region with unique beauty and an exquisite environment, but with an unresolved problem: polluted sea. by Christos T. Panagopoulos Weekend 30-31 August 2014: A short NEA TV journalist trip for relaxation purposes to the southern part of Chania. A difficult road link, with many steep curves and a couple of hours later the, so-called, reward for a tiring roadtrip: the Libyan Sea. Sougia, Saturday, August 30th 12:00 pm: alas, where you should expect crystal-clear waters, a true small paradise, on the contrary you come across an image of shame: blurry waters, full of disgusting bubbles, signs of an insidious

pollution and a heinous environmental crime, definitely surpassing the crime of hydrolyzing contaminated chemical canisters, conducted by the “Cape Ray” at the open sea. The true crime has a name and is committed a few miles away: sewage. According to local residents, the majority of the southern Chania region faces the lack of both proper sewerage systems and biological wastewater treatment. This becomes even more acute by the indifference shown by local authorities who prefer to see tourists, even their families and friends bathing, where organic wastes end up. However, the crime, apart from being heinous, is also continuous: due to this lack sea currents transfer these wastes to other places, like the beautiful beach of Sougia, or the small beach of Marmara or even Sfakia. The next day, I decide to take the road back to Chania. The only thing I enjoyed at Sougia was the alternative, yet romantic, small village, with the touristic cafeterias and the sound of silence, especially in the evening, which was truly rejuvenating. But, what about the sea? Wasn’t that the true reason I went to Sougia? So who is responsible? To whom shall I refer or complain about this whole matter?

So, I am wondering, which is worse for the Cretan waters: Cape Ray’s hydrolysis or the local indifference? Because, it’s easy for some people to be presented as self-proclaimed as “activists” and “Robin Hoods” about something like hydrolysis that 8 to 10 of them do not even know what it means, and at the same time prefer to bury their heads in the sand about a crime that flows right out of their houses: sewage! I am not from Crete; but it is a shame seeing that we Greeks continue to point with their index the tree, but not giving a damn for the forest…


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The Blood of an Englishman It has been said many times by those of us who choose to live on this beautiful island: officialdom in this country has a very peculiar way of dealing with the public. The government in by Yiannis Xamonakis Greece seems to have spent years www.apokoronasnews.gr devising unique ways of making the lives of the very patient and unassuming people who inhabit this place as difficult as possible; perhaps as a punishment for living in such a blessed land? The following blood donation story that started some time ago is a case in point. A few years ago, an ageing aunt of mine needed an operation. I was in Greece at the time and was contacted by another distant relative and asked if I could donate some blood to replace the blood that would be given to my aunt. You see, the system here works like this: if you require a blood transfusion for an operation, you need to find donors, anywhere in the country, to donate an equivalent amount of blood, of any type. The donated blood is then credited to the account of a nominated person, and all is well. The whole process is managed through a system of records and telephone contacts between the different blood banks located throughout the country, and where resources allow, duplicated in electronic form. This blood donation system is not unique to Greece. An ancestor of the present government probably got the idea from another country at the beginning of the last century and considered it suitably cumbersome to use in Greece. And as it served its function, nobody thought that there could be a need to change a tested system that tried the citizens sufficiently. When I accepted the request to donate blood, and armed with the details of my aunt, turned up at the hospital, I discovered that, under existing European health regulations, anyone who was resident in the UK between 1982 and 1995 cannot be a blood donor in the EU. This is because of possible exposure to the vCJD agent, the CJD variant directly linked to BSE or Mad Cow Disease. Nobody needs to be upset about this; it is not an outrageous or discriminatory rule, as some UK citizens, who were not in full possession of the facts, thought at first. It is a sensible health safety measure designed to protect

the public from an incurable lethal condition for which there is no available test and which has, so far, killed 177 people in the UK. The extent of the exposure to the agent is still a medical mystery. It has to be stressed that the ban on British blood is a European regulation and has nothing to do with the Greek state. It is just something brought upon us by a series of very unfortunate events and wrong decisions made in another country where governance is not perfect either. So, having to scrape together willing blood donors from among friends and family is not uncommon in Greece and, judging by the number of appeals for blood on local and social media, it still goes on. This summer, when on two separate occasions I heard about requests for blood by members of the British community, I realised that the problem is even greater for the thousands of British residents on this island whose friends and acquaintances are mostly those who were also resident in the UK at the time of the BSE outbreak and therefore can’t donate blood. Yet at the same time, there is an active local community network of blood donation events organised by the local priest, by cultural associations and by the Red Cross. So why is it that people still have to find their own volunteers rather than appeal directly to one of these volunteer organisations? Why is Greece in such a mess when it comes to blood transfusions? Because, apparently, in Greece there is a higher than the EU average demand for blood due to traffic accidents and thalassemia, an inherited blood disorder which afflicts a significant minority of the population. For many of the sufferers, a regular blood transfusion is necessary to lead a normal life. And at the same time, out of the smaller than average number of volunteers who turn up to donor sessions, only a quarter are eligible to give blood. There are restrictions on people who have high blood pressure (as smokers often do), and on people who have taken antibiotics and other medication in the last seven days (as many have), and on people who have consumed alcohol in the last 24 hours. Of course, this is not publicized in advance to these willing donors and when they find out, just before the needle enters their arm, everyone’s time has been wasted. Additionally, there are no donor sessions on Sun-

days or public holidays, as some organisers of mobile sessions would like, because they need medical staff present and there are none available at these times. And then, just when you think you understand how the system works, another irritating rule rears its ugly head to make life more difficult. The local donor who succeeds in giving blood, has to go in person to the central blood bank at the hospital, during opening hours, with his card, to nominate the beneficiary. Not that a blood transfusion is denied to anyone who needs it. Some of Greece’s enormous health budget is used to buy blood from Switzerland, where 250,000 regular donors create an annual surplus. However, the Swiss Red Cross has recently decided to provide significantly less blood to Greek hospitals after Greece failed to meet payments for the blood supplies, with arrears running into several million francs. But although the bills were eventually paid, the Swiss transfusion service signed a new contract with the Greek health ministry (effective from 2015) that will halve the number of blood units delivered. Under the new deal, however, the Swiss will also help the Greeks improve their own blood donation service, which according to experts, “requires some reorganisation to function more efficiently”. And just in time, a sensible reorganization in blood donations is exactly what the new local government administration of Apokoronas has promised. The incoming mayor, Babis Koukianakis, has given a pre-election pledge to organise blood donations and create a blood bank that will cover the blood needs of all the residents of Apokoronas. He envisages a system that will “only take a phone call to the town hall to arrange a nomination”, and will definitely not require a trip to the hospital or even the town hall, even though the details of the scheme are still murky. But, if Mr Koukianakis, who is a very determined man, manages to pull that off against the people who spend all day thinking of ways to make the lives of the citizens as difficult as possible, then Apokoronas could provide the model to be used across the land for the reorganisation the Swiss Red Cross has talked about. And it will get the support of the entire community. Fee, fi, fo, fum….


Photo moments from our party in “Kipos� Cafe (by Spiros Zaharakis)


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What not to DIY with plumbing and electrical

Speed cameras are back snapping!

The law is black and white when it comes to working on the electrical and plumbing systems in your home. If it’s much beyond changing a light bulb or a tap washer, you will probably need to get the relevant licensed tradesperson onto it, if in doubt call a by Petros Chatzistavros tradie. Civil Engineer (T.E.) The following information is a general overview of just some of the laws and regulations you must be aware of before attempting any work on the electrical and plumbing systems in and around your home. Don’t be fooled by the array of electrical and plumbing goodies in the hardware shops. You don’t need to be licenced to buy them, but you most certainly need to be licenced to install most of them. While renovating forums bristle with indignant rants from DIYers who say they could competently lay cables and install pipework themselves, the risks of doing so are great. The first thing to accept is that there is a real danger of a major accident or death. Even qualified, experienced electricians have nasty accidents, amateurs can’t begin to understand the complexities of household electrical systems.

Speed cameras on the national road are ‘fully operational after many months without connection. They appear to be of the Gatso type, which snap the vehicle from the rear. The regional police authority confirmed that the speed cameras on the North National Road have been fully operational ‘for a number of weeks. The regional prefectural unit of Chania has expressed its deep concern about the operation of the cameras before any road safety improvements were carried out. Chania deputy governor Voulgarakis in making his case, stressed the lack of safe designated bus stops and the the unclear confusing speed limit signs some of which are hardly visible because of graffiti or overhanging trees. Voulgarakis is the man with the power to do it so lets hope he set down to it. Before angry motorists once again damage the very expensive equipment paid for with tax payers money. The fines Up to 20 km over the limit: • 40 euro 20 -30 km over the limit

Even if you get the job done, there’s no guarantee that it’s been done right. You could be in for a nasty surprise down the track. On top of that, the fines for illegal work are dizzying and your insurance company certainly won’t cough up if there’s evidence of illegal electrical or plumbing work. That said, a good relationship with your plumber or sparkie can often enable a handy DIYer to “assist” with some of the grunt work. There are plenty of stories of plumbers and electricians who have happily allowed the experienced lay person to dig trenches, help remove redundant pipes and do the messy cutting in to walls, but only under strict supervision from the licensed pro. Most states require you get a compliance certificate from your tradie for plumbing, gas fitting or electrical work carried out, which guarantees, among other things, that the work complies with the appropriate Australian Standard and that you’re covered for defective

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100 euro and 5 penalty points 30 or more km over the limit or • for speeds over 130 km the fine is 350 euro and the los of the drivers licence for two months. A percentage of the revenue raised by the fines goes to local councils.

Ground-breaking ‘Ultra-bright Atom Laser’ Developed in Crete A team of scientists working on the island of Crete have created the world’s most powerful atom laser – fully seven times stronger than any developed to date. The new ‘ultra-bright atom laser’ was presented in a paper submitted to the international science periodical “New Journal of Physics”. One of about a dozen involved in this sector worldwide, the team is based at the Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser at the Foundation for Research and Technology (FORTH) in Crete, led by the German physicist Wolf von Klitzing and with postgraduate researcher Vasiliki Bolpasi heading the list of authors. The other collaborators included Nikos Efremidis of the University of Crete‘s Applied Mathematics Department, Pavlos Condylis of the Quantum Technology Centre at the National University of Singapore, Michael Morrissey and Mark Baker from FORTH and Daniel Sahagun from Singapore. Atom lasers emit beams of matter instead of the beams of light emitted by conventional optical lasers, with millions of atoms taking the place of photons in a cohesive beam.

Now still at an early stage, there are a number of issues that need to be resolved before atom lasers can find practical applications. According to the researchers, among the most exciting possible applications for a bright atom laser will be a matter–wave interferometer, where the wave-nature of the atoms will be exploited to make ultra-accurate measurements of gravitation or rotation or to probe the magnetic and electric properties of surfaces.

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Book proposals for your free time FOLLOWING OLIVE FOOTPRINTS (Olea europaea. L) Cultivation and Culture, Folklore and History, Traditions and Uses

The 447 pages olive compendium has been compiled in nearly two years by 99 authors from 41 countries distributed across the 7 continents of the world. Some of these countries are well known to researchers, scientists and the public being large olive producers with prominent knowledge and research about all things olives like Spain, Italy, Greece, Tunisia, Syria, Turkey and Egypt among so many others. Oliviculture in the new world has been well manifested through the contribution of countries like Argentina, Australia, USA, and Peru among others. The uniqueness of this book might be measured by the introduction of countries where very few people around the globe knew that olive trees have been cultivated for quite some time like China, Japan, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. To ensure the proper follow of information and the adequacy and consistency of technical data provided in the book, a huge effort has been exerted by an Editorial Board of professional olive scientists and researchers under the leadership of Mohamed EL-KHOLY with full contribution of Damiano AVANZATO, Juan M. CABALLERO, Kostas CHARTZOULAKIS and Facundo VITA SERMAN and assistance of Enzo PERRI. This book has a documentary nature being full of images (851 color images) that in many cases simplify and complement the text into near perfection. After digesting just a few pages, readers will also recognize the pivotal theme of the book being “Olive and People”. This book fits well to the needs of scientists, researchers, the ordinary reader and the whole family which makes it an adventure for the eyes, minds and souls. The main topics covered for each country include an introduction, olive cultivation history, area under olive cultivation, olive cultivars, impact on economy and environment, cultural practices, processing methods of raw olives, traditions and culture, national cooking with olives and olive oil, popular medicinal and cosmetic uses, olive and tourism and olive wood and by-products uses. The book (in english or in greek) is available at the following e-mails at the price of 38 € (info: Kostas Chartzoulakis, mob. +30 6977 093228 e-mail: kchartz@nagref-cha.gr, kchartz@otenet.gr)

Paleochora Art Week 2014

From 5th to 21st September Paleochora becomes the greatest gallery in Crete for visual arts. The Art Week is designed to bring many forms of artwork & sculpture to the people by displaying it in public areas. In this second year, 37 artists take part and show their work at 18 Art Points. These are local tavernas, hotels and bars around the town, and also under the stars on the beaches. Paintings, photographs and sculptures are displayed from artists of 10 countries. Most of the artists are living in Crete, but also international artists are taking part. This year will be the first time that all artists have the opportunity to display at the Town Hall. After seeing this central exhibition, visitors can then go to the external art points to see more artwork whilst enjoying the surroundings of Paleochora town. The Opening Party is on 5th September and the Closing Party on 21st September, each at 19:30 at the Town Hall. Between these dates there is a program of entertainment including music & improvisation art. In addition, there will be a program for children and everybody can have a look over the shoulder of an artist creating artork before their eyes. The program of events will be on the website & displayed at the Town Hall. And a very special guest is also in the town: ‘Paleo the Pelikano’, the mascot of the Paleochora Art Week this year, has been sculpted by Gerhard Stelzhammer and painted by Gail Wareham.

It is the first prize of the Tombola and everybody can buy a ticket for 2 Euro to have the chance to win ‘Paleo the Pelikano’ or a piece of artwork from one of the artists. Exhibition times are the opening times of the Art Points. Opening time for the Town Hall is from 7 to 11:30pm every day. Further Information about artists and program: • www.paleochora-art-week.com • https://www.facebook.com/PaleochoraArtWeek Paleochora Art Week 5th - 21st September 2014

“Contrasts: Mood and imagination” (Chania Sailing Club, September 3-7) Balsam Wood is in her element in the thick of a raucous market. But she is equally drawn to somnolent hillsides; timeless villages, the sheep and goats of Crete’s White Mountains. In June she visited the Cycladic island of Amorgos and draws deeply on its dramatic land and deep sea in her newest work. She exhibited with Cathy Cogill and Linda Talbot in Contrasts: Mood and Imagination – at the Sailing Club of Chania, Neorio Moro in the old harbour, from September 3 to 7. Balsam, who now lives in Crete, has completed a series of paintings inspired by the Cyclades and is showing too, a striking mosaic of Santorini. She was brought up in Baghdad and explains, “I was drawing and painting as far back as I can remember. My dad gave me paints and canvas. Then when I was 16, I made some pictures from shells and broken tiles and when I went to England in 1965 to study art, I developed a passion for mosaic making.” Balsam studied fine art in London for a year, then did an art foundation course at Cardiff College of Art, followed by a two year diploma course in graphic design. The sea in all its moods, has captivated Cathy Cogill, who lives beside it in Mooloolaba, on one of the best surfing

beaches in Australia. Her works in this exhibition convey with conviction the temperamental power of the water.“I decided to paint the sea because I spend hours body surfing or watching the waves,” she explains. Those she paints surge majestically – their turbulent surf conveying the primitive power and unpredictability of salt water. Cathy is also a specialist in mosaics – many are of Crete; for part of the year she lives in Chania. Strange lands, shifting, and hard to grasp, or presenting an ambiguous or surreal impression, move through “Dreamscapes”, Linda Talbot’s new collection in this exhibition. Collage is the primary technique - often on a ground of monotype – paper pressed on glass and pearl paint. Another section of her work features “Garden Girls and Tree Spirits”–in the former, women related–decoratively or with humour, to growth in a garden, often cut for collage from photographs by the artist. And there are more “Garden Girls” in a collection of unframed works, prints and cards. Linda, who gives mixed media workshops at the Mistral Hotel in Maleme, has previously shown at Yiali Tzamisi and was an arts reviewer in London before settling in Crete.

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“Serenata Kriti”

The welcome return of the blythe string quarter

Serenata Kriti is delighted to announce the return of the universally acclaimed Blythe String Quartet. These four top London players from world class orchestras, such as the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, really enjoyed the experience of the first ever Serenata Kriti classical music festival on Crete, in September last year. Despite a very heavy summer schedule including the BBC Proms,they will be on the plane the day after the Last Night of the Proms to perform concerts in Megala Chorafia (17th September), Rethymno (19th)and Chania (20th). The repertoire includes works by Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky, Debussy, Beethoven and Haydn. The Serenata Kriti concerts were created in order to introduce some western classical music to Crete. It has to be acknowledged that with current technology and access to the internet the world is getting smaller,, and while it is supremely important for every country to retain its music tradition and identity, there is a strong leaning towards world music of every kind which will appeal equally to all members of the community. This year we are keen to include and encourage music students from around the region. The other important aspect of the festival is to raise money for local charities: the September Festival will donate all profits to provide equipment of the Paediatric Depart in Chania Hospital. Full details of venues, dates and programmes can be found on our website: www.serenatakriti.org.

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‘Olympus’ Production Began this Summer in Vancouver A tribute to ancient mythological Greece

“Olympus” is a new mythological drama series from the Syfy Channel. It is a co-production between Canada and the UK and it has been announced that started filming this July in Vancouver. “Olympus” is written by Nick Willing, writer of Neverland which was shot in Ireland and Italy during 2010. Willing is also set to direct the first episode. Furthermore Robert Halmi Jr, Lisa Richardson, Matthey O’Connor and Jim Reeve will work on the show as executive producers. The drama series follows the protagonist Hero, as he travels in the human world, along with monsters and gods. Reunion Pictures and Olympus TV London, in association with Great Point Media are in charge of the production. According to the companies, the series will be filmed in Vancouver in front of a green screen and most

post-production work will take place in the UK. “Olympus is a fantastic blend of action, intense thrills, creatures and great story telling. It will feature characters from mythology in a way never before imagined. We can’t wait to share the adventures of Hero with the Syfy audience.” said Chris Regina, from Syfy Channel. “I’m thrilled that the team of Willing, O’Connor and Halmi are together on another exciting Syfy project. With the success of Tinman, Neverland and Alice, we are confident that this will be another epic adventure for television,” added Halmi Sr. Coming in 2015 to Syfy is a new mythological drama series, Olympus, which will take viewers into the action-packed world of humans, Gods and monsters over the course of 13 episodes. Olympus will tell the story of how a few brave men and women banished

the Gods to the realm of the unconscious - a place they called the Underworld or the Kingdom of Hades. The series will follow the protagonist on his journey as he gradually transforms from a fresh-faced and raw young man through the dramatic experiences of betrayal, love, disappointment, empowerment and exile, until he emerges a ruthless leader of men, and a match for the Gods themselves. Syfy has made a concerted effort to get back into the sci-fi/fantasy space it once ruled with Battlestar Galactica, recently greenlighting a six-episode event series Ascension for November. On Friday, the cabler also added the 12 Monkeys adaptation to its growing scripted portfolio, which already includes upcoming drama Dominion, the recently renewed Helix, Continuum, Defiance, Haven and Lost Girl, as it wraps up runs for Being Human and Warehouse 13.


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“Nature in Art: Art of Nature” by Michaela Raeburn and David Capon

Two well-known local artists, Michaela Raeburn and David Capon, are holding a joint exhibition entitled “Nature in Art: Art of Nature” at the Mosque on Chania harbour from 18th to 23rd September. The exhibition will contain collages and mosaics by Michaela (‘Nature in Art’) and fine art (‘Art of Nature’) by David Capon. Entrance is free and the doors will be open from 10:30 a.m. till 8:00 p.m. David moved to Crete 9 years ago and has become a renowned artist of Cretan landscape, nature and life as well as tutoring in drawing and painting (all media). The exhibition will contain a few of his surrealist paintings but the emphasis will be on visions of Crete. He will be displaying watercolour paintings of birds, flowers, people and views; pen and ink paintings of old village buildings and Chania market; larger acrylic and oil paintings of well known views of Crete (e.g. Samaria Gorge, Chania, Stavros), life of Crete (e.g. Leather Street, Chania) and some lesser known spots (e.g. Bear Cave on Akrotiri). David will also have a few paintings under the theme of Autumn, as many people love the warm colours of autumn. He is a well-known ecologist and naturalist and so Nature is important to him. As a fine artist, most paintings show a lot of accuracy and refinement. The movement of or reflections in water are brought to life in his harbour and sea paintings and many people wonder at the realism. But as someone who appreciates the art of Salvador Dali there will be a few ‘quirky’ works: one visitor to an exhibition last year said that she felt one of those paintings was the most beautiful painting she had ever seen. David is a Professional Associate with the Society for All Artists (SAA) that has several tens of thousands of members, mainly in the UK, and teaches both groups and individuals. He operates an Open-Studio: this means that with prior notice you can watch David at work in his studio near Gavalohori. Some of David’s work can be seen on his galleries on the website www.artoncrete.me.uk. David is happy to carry out commissions on most subjects. He also appreciates that the completed paintings at the exhibition may be slightly smaller or larger than are needed for your home or business and will work with you to replicate a painting to the size you require. At the

A trio of Cretan poems (by Niall Finn) Setting out your stall

exhibition David will have prints and postcards of some of the sold and unsold paintings. Michaela landed on Crete over 5 years ago and is now well known as the ‘Shell Lady of Almyrida’. Her individual style involves the use of natural items such as sand, shells, feathers to produce beautiful and colourful collages and paintings (‘Nature in Art’). The most loved of these are her depictions of Cretan shores and churches; another popular theme is her popular series on star signs. Michaela’s work is unique and she has engineered a style that not only produces wonderful pictures but on canvases that are sturdy enough to be hung outside. Her canvases can be found on walls worldwide.

You own a rather battered car And don’t know where to park it? The best solution then by far Is Kolimbari market. Your car will not look out of place If you rig up an awning; Sit back, enjoy the change of pace, You’ve got all Friday morning. Where 2 = 1 In Chania you will often see A bus that’s labelled “Kastelli”. At other times you’ll come across Another bound for “Kissamos”. A little humour from KTEL, Whichever one will do as well. The destination’s just the same. As Shakespeare said, “What’s in a name?” Go West (not quite so) young man!

As mentioned above, Michaela is affectionately known as the ‘Shell Lady of Almyrida’ where she can be found at the edge of the beach 2 or 3 days a week during the summer. Passers-by are fascinated to see her working on a canvas with the sea a stone’s throw away and spend time looking through a range of various paintings she has for sale. Michaela also produces commissioned work (as can be seen on her galleries on the website www.artoncrete. me.uk). Both Michaela and David would love to see you at the exhibition and to chat about their work.

A Chania visitor may say No life exists past Maleme. They do not know how very sweet is The life that starts at Tavronitis. Baker, butcher, well-stocked shops And that’s not where the good life stops. Each village as you head on west Has tons of space for every guest. A beach that sweeps for miles and miles And friendly Cretans’ ready smiles. Soft, quiet nights with sparkling stars Replace the karaoke bars And nightclub scene of Platanias. But if you need that – there’s a bus!

Thoughts and memories of the late Lance Chilton (by David Capon) It is with a deep heart that I inform you of the passing away of a dear friend of mine, Lance Chilton. He passed away on 31st July. A few of you may have known him and will be saddened by the news. Others of you may know the name and be wondering why. Lance was a well known botanist and also a leader of walks and holidays and I remember him springing over the rough terrain in plimsols, like a young goat. With Nicholas Turland they produced the important “Flora of Crete”, in conjunction with the Natural History Museum (London). He also worked with Nick on the large book ‘Flowers of Crete’, which many of you may own. His main contribution in the latter book was on the orchids of Crete. Lance was keen to teach people about the flowers of the Mediterranean and the Canaries and was determined to learn about the insects and birds of the area. I met Lance over 25 years ago. He was leading a series of walks from Plakias for SunMed Holidays. I was one of four who were always at the rear (except for one short morning when we decided that because we covering a small area we had seen before we would stay at the front and astonish him). This was not because we were slow in walking but busy making notes and getting used to and photographing the flowers and plants of the area and discussing their ecology. Another of those four was Hilary, who became his wife when they got married at Myrthios (near Plakias on the south coast) and had their reception at Lysseos at Plakias. Later they had a commemorative party in the UK with a few close friends and I remember (I think) quite a bit of retsina and other Greek wine was drunk that weekend. Lance became well known for his botanical lists of certain areas and for his walking maps. His original walking maps

of, for example, Plakias, Corfu, Georgioupoli and Samos were very popular and the early ones drawn by hand.

I still have one of his original copies of the area of Plakias, because he needed a way of scanning and joining the

two separate copies together to form one map and I had the computing means to do it then (this was in the early days of PCs). It is interesting looking now at the original and seeing how things have changed dramatically in the Plakias area over the years. Later books, plant lists and maps were published by Marengo Publications (see note below about the origin of the name) and these are widely available and widely used by many, many people. He started Marengo Holidays and independently took groups to many areas on botanical and walking holidays. Despite his upset over the developments at Plakias and Damnoni he always maintained a love for Crete. Marengo holidays was in fact named after a dish that was often on the menu at Lysseos in Plakias. I had seen rabbit marengo on the specials’ board for several days so I then decided to order it only to be told that there was none left. I just mentioned that it had not been crossed out and was told that the person doing the crossing out could not reach the entry for rabbit marengo so crossed out the menu item underneath. This, of course, became a huge source of fun for us at that time and so he named his company after that night. A Cretan orchid has also now obtained a regular and new vernacular name as the Marengo orchid (as can be seen by any search on the Internet) and this is also as a result of that evening in Plakias. There are many people who have gained a huge respect of the plants of the Mediterranean and also the associated natural history and scenery because of Lance (and Nick). His contribution to the understanding of Cretan flora has been immense. A glance through the reference pages in much recent literature on Natural Sciences of Crete and Greece will highlight this contribution. Lance will be missed by all who knew him or depend on his work and knowledge but for some of us there will be a huge hole in our lives.


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September... the month of vine harvest One of the most crucial steps in the process of winemaking The time of harvest is determined primarily by the ripeness of the grape as measured by sugar, acid and tannin levels with winemakers basing their decision to pick based on the style of by Petros Marinakis wine they wish to produce. Botanical Park & Gardens The weather can also shape the timetable of harvesting with the threat of heat, rain, hail, and frost which can damage the grapes and bring about various vine diseases. In addition to determining the time of the harvest, winemakers and vineyard owners must also determine whether to utilize hand pickers or mechanical harvesters. The harvest season typically falls between August & October in the Northern Hemisphere and February & April in the Southern Hemisphere. With various climate conditions, grape varieties, and wine styles the harvesting of grapes could happen in every month of the calendar year somewhere in the world. Ripeness Throughout the history of wine, winemakers would use the sugar and acid levels of the grape as a guide in determining ripeness. Early winemakers tasted the grapes to gauge ripeness. Modern winemakers use a refractometer to measure hi sugar levels and °Brix or titration tests (using an indicator such as phenolphthalein) to determine the titratable acidity within the grape. In recent times there has been more of an emphasis on the “physiological” ripeness of the grape, usually in the form of tannins and other phenolics. Currently, tasting is the only way to measure tannin ripeness, which can take experience and skill to do accurately. Viticulturalists have not yet fully explained the complex processes that go into the ripening of tannins but most believe it begins with the polymerization of small astringent tannins into larger molecules which are perceived by the taste buds as being softer.

Hand picking Despite the costs, some wineries prefer the use of human workers to hand-pick grapes. The main advantage is the knowledge and discernment of the worker to pick only healthy bunches and the gentler handling of the grapes. The production of some dessert wine like Sauternes and Trockenbeerenauslese require that individual berries are picked from the botrytized bunches which can only be done by hand. In areas of steep terrain, like in the Mosel, it would be virtually impossible to run a mechanical harvester through the vineyard. In many wine regions, migrant workers are a sizable composition of the harvest time work force as well as local student and itinerant workers. Vine harvest in Crete Wine is a basic component of the Greek culture. There are thousands references from the Minoan times to the cultivation of vineyards for wine making. Minoan varieties are still grown today, in the same fields and sometimes with the same methods. There is no Cretan meal without wine, which the landlord particularly praises. Almost every house has its own wine. The vineyard needs care after the harvest, starting with a basic trimming. The main trimming takes place, depending on the area and the altitude, in January or February. The vineyard needs of course a lot more works, like disinfection with sulphur. The ripening and the harvest take place depending on the variety and the altitude of the area in the first ten days

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Using Olive Oil instead of Butter Extra Virgin Olive oil offers so much more nutrient value with no downside, unlike the alternatives and can be readily substituted in most main course dishes where margarine or butter is used for by Manolis Karpadakis frying or sautéing. Terra Creta Marketing Manager Using olive oil for baking is a familiar feature of Mediterranean cooking. While it may sound a bit odd, baking with olive oil has actually been done for centuries. Olive oil gives cakes and cookies a light texture and can be used with confidence in lieu of butter or other oils. One tbsp.(3 ml). of olive oil has 120 calories and 14 g of total fat, including 12 g of unsaturated fat. Olive oil contains no trans fats or cholesterol. Salted butter has 102 calories per tbsp. and 11.5 g of total fat, of which 7 g are saturated. Butter also contains 31 mg of cholesterol. Excess monounsaturated fats, a low saturated-fat content and an absence of cholesterol make olive oil a better alternative than butter for the heart. Olive oil dramatically cuts back on the cholesterol and saturated fat content of desserts. It produces lighter-tasting baked goods and allows the flavor of the other ingredients to come forth. Because olive oil contains vitamin E, it helps to naturally maintain the freshness of baked goods and creates moist

cakes, biscuits and muffins. Another great benefit of using olive oil in place of butter is that you actually need less, which means you save money along with calories and fat! You can also use olive oil for preparing a baking pan before adding the dough or other mixture. Simply brush the oil onto your favorite baking pan, cookie sheet, spring-form pan or other type of baking dishes or pans. You should also consider the taste factor. A mild tasting late harvest olive oil could be used in most cake and pastry recipes because cooking will get rid of the aromatic olive oil flavors. Uncooked confections such as cake frosting would taste more than a bit unusual if made with olive oil. The following chart shows the substitution amounts for butter or margarine in imperial and metric measurements. It is appropriate for most cake and pastry recipes where quantities are critical.

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What about e-cigarettes?

Almond drink: Why is it so nutritious?

“Electronic” cigarettes, the increasingly popular oral conveyances for nicotine vapour, usually along with mass-appeal flavourings, should be regulated as a tobacco product and discouraged as a primary means of kickby Miltiades Markatos ing the smoking habit, according to a Pneumonologist new policy statement from the American Heart Association (AHA). The AHA statement is a more detailed, expansive, and broadly aimed version of the society’s comments and recommendations in response to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposals for regulating the devices, also called e-cigarettes. The agency’s proposals were in the context of extending its authority over “tobacco” products beyond cigarettes and smokeless tobacco, which it already regulates. Such regulation of e-cigarettes, also referred to as electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), according to the AHA statement, should extend to restrictions on e-cigarette marketing, advertising, and sales, especially to young people; secondary ingredients intended to make them more appealing, especially to kids; and any claimed benefits, including those related to their use as a smoking-cessation aid. The policy statement was published in the AHA’s flagship journal Circulation, with lead author Dr Aruni Bhatnagar (University of Louisville). A press release from the AHA with quotes attributed to society officers states, “Recent studies raise concerns that e-cigarettes may be a gateway to traditional tobacco products for the nation’s youth and could renormalize smoking in our society. These disturbing developments have helped convince the association that e-cigarettes need to be strongly regulated, thoroughly researched, and closely monitored.” According to the policy statement itself, “As of early 2014, there were 466 brands and 7764 unique flavours of e-cigarette products in the marketplace. There is concern that the use of flavours enhances the appeal of e-cigarettes to youth.” It also confronts the issues of second-hand exposure to nicotine vapour and regulation at the state level. “While the toxic substances in e-cigarettes are lower than those in cigarette smoke, non-smokers could be involuntarily exposed to nicotine in any confined space where e-cigarettes are used,” according to the AHA press release. “Unregulated e-cigarettes could potentially turn back the clock to the days when smoking in public was normal behaviour, undoing years of work on smoke-free laws and hampering current enforcement. Given these concerns, the association supports including e-cigarettes in these state laws, if the change can be made without weakening existing laws.”

The almond drink is creamy with a wonderful unique flavor, which is consumed hundreds of years and is made by mixing ground almonds in a blender with water and some sweeteners. by Niki Voulgarakis However, it seems to be known to Dietician - Nutritionist you that you avoid consuming dairy products due to an allergy to casein (cow’s milk protein) or because of intolerance to lactose (milk cow carbohydrate) or vegans as you use it as a substitute for milk and milk products from soybeans, because of their unique beneficial properties. At the same time, it provides an abundance of nutrients such as dietary fiber, protein, magnesium, zinc, iron, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, antioxidants, flavonoids and monounsaturated fat. Simultaneously, it is a rich source of vitamin E, D and A. On the other hand, it is lactose-free, without cholesterol, low in saturated fat and calories (24kcal / 100ml). Moreover, it is available in several stores in a variety of flavors (simple, chocolate, vanilla, unsweetened) and different companies. The almond drink contains no cholesterol nor lactose. Therefore, it helps in lowering cholesterol and is an ideal choice for those who experience intolerance or allergy to cow’s milk. Although further research is needed, the present findings indicate that the almond drink may be an effective substitute for infants with allergy or intolerance to cow milk. Due to its high content of vitamin E may help to prevent cancer, slow aging, boost the immune system and “gives” a healthy - glowing skin. Additionally, it can reduce “bad” cholesterol (LDL) (flavonoids), while it increases “good” cholesterol (HDL)(monounsaturated fatty), therefore it is a healthy choice, especially for you who experience cardiac problems. In contrast, cow milk contains more calories and fat than almond drink, so prefer the second one if you are trying to loss or maintain a healthy weight. However, the almond drink contains less protein than cow milk (1 gram protein per cup while the cow milk 8 grams per cup), but it contains iron and riboflavin (B2) ingredients that promote muscle growth and healing. It is worth noting that many almond drinks are fortified with vitamins A (for better vision and skin), D and B12, giving a significant proportion of the daily recommended intake of these nutrients. Vitamins A and D are important for maintaining a healthy

A life changing visit to our pharmacy can make you change the way you see life and put your body and mind in harmony. Have you ever visited a pharmacy to taste health? A different pharmacy in the centre of the old town of Chania is waiting to share with you secrets of well being and longevity. Taste the biological honey, the royal jelly, tea from plants carefully chosen in therapeutic recipes, high concentration and purity juices of pomegranate, cranberry, aloe. Orthomolecular nutrition with suggestions on detox programs and a carefully selected range of supplements, vitamins an gluten free products from all over the world. In the same premises you can find a live homeopathic lab with 6.000 homeopathic remedies in stock and the ability to produce any kind of homeopathic form i.e. pills, granules, solutions etc Evangelia Sakka is the pharmacist in charge who has created that special pharmacy and will be happy to introduce you to that fantastic world but also suggest whatever will be more settable for you.

immune system, and vitamin B12 is an important component because it contributes to proper functioning of the nervous system, including the production of red blood cells and DNA. Furthermore, many companies enrich almond drink with extra calcium, which is essential structural component for bones and teeth, minimizing the risk for osteoporosis and regulates blood pressure. Also, it helps to treat constipation, the proper functioning of the digestive system and regulate blood sugar levels, due to fiber containing (1gram per serving). In addition, it can be consumed by diabetics because of its low glycemic load. Finally, it has no antibiotics or hormones like most milks and does not require refrigeration before opening. In conclusion, try to read the labels of products to choose the best for you that will fit your dietary needs and preferences.

It’s not true that sunglasses are trendy only in the hot season of the year. This accessory became a must for the whole year and even the period of the day we wear them doesn’t matter. by Nick Lazakis Today, you can wear your favorite Optical expert sunglasses day and night, the important thing is that they had a form suitable for your shape of the face and were trendy because believe it or not, sunglasses are the main detail of an outfit one will certainly notice when you walk on the street. You have to choose them based on the following criteria: shape and color. And if the color of the lens can vary and even be out of fashion, then the shape must definitively be in trend.

Sometimes we want to hidden from others but let’s agree, we can not lock in the house. In such moments, big sunglasses are a rescue. They hide almost all face giving its owner the possibility to feel protected. A special place in the Fall-Winter collections occupies “cat eye sunglasses”. This trend is perfect for owners of different face shape and hair color, as these are very universal. The cat eye sunglasses will perfectly complement an autumn outfit and will rescue from the dazzling morning sun. It would seem that the “Aviator” trend is already in the past and instead came no less successful models. But the love of fashionistas for this form of the rim, made designers includes it in their shows again and again. However, this time, aviators slightly “grew up” and instead of the classic metal frames received a reliable plastic cover.

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Trendy color of lenses in Fall-Winter 2014-2015 Sunglasses with dark lenses are a classic that should have every fashionista. The transition from dark to light in the popular hair coloring, in nails and even in fabrics, got to the sunglasses, too. Smoky colors of sunglasses is the trend that subdued many of us. Translucent lenses in bright hues – a stylish solution for those who like to wear sunglasses at any time of the day or night. Transparent glasses – another trend of the Fall-Winter season. Narrow and wide frame are the distinctive features of this design.

In Fall 2014, in trend are sunglasses with mixed geometric shapes: rectangle-square, rectangle – triangle, ovalround, etc.

Trendy frame of sunglasses for Fall-Winter 2014-2015 In this cold season is not only important to experiment with color and shape of the lenses of sunglasses, but also with the color of the rim. Bright colors of frame can be perfectly combined with smoky and translucent lenses. Very popular today is the solid plastic rim, which, if necessary, can be decorated with any additional elements. Kenzo designers suggested to pay attention to the combination of textures, especially combining metal and plastic. As an interesting solution for Fall-Winter season sunglasses, offered designers of Chanel brand. Obviously, they decided to bow fashion to tweed products, by introducing stylish sunglasses decorated with a soft cloth. Sunglasses are a must have of any self-respecting fashionista. Pay attention to the fashion trends of the season and before purchasing any product, try on as many models as possible, do not miscalculate the shape and enrich your collection of accessories with things suitable for you. afmu.net

Some ways to integrate the almond drink in your diet instead of cow’s milk: • ice cream (frozen bananas with honey and almond drink) • smoothies (fruit: banana or strawberries, crushed ice and almond drink) • milkshake • with whole grains • sweet cream pudding • recipes that require baking: cakes, bread • gratin vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower) • sauce (cheese and spinach) • instead of cream in pasta or risotto with white sauce • creamy soup Niki Voulgaraki Dietitian – Nutritionist

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by John Venetakis Zootechnician

Do Dogs Recognize Their Masters After an Absence? Dogs and their masters are sometimes separated for long periods of time due to illness, extended vacation or overseas deployment. When the master returns after a long absence the dog does remember her and often displays happiness and affection as a result of the reunion. The cause for such a reaction is the dog’s ability to recognize his master’s face in ways that other animals may not be able to. Recognition Scientists at Italy’s University of Padua discovered that dogs use facial recognition to identify humans. The 2013 study used testing to show that dogs do not use just their sense of smell, hearing and the analysis of physical characteristics to find their master. Instead they look at faces to see who a person is, if they are familiar or unfamiliar and if they are the master they know and love. The dogs who were tested also had to choose between two humans with covered faces. They did not react the same way and displayed some disinterest toward their owners. Time Dogs may not be able to tell time or count the days that you are gone, but they are able to register periods of time spent alone either due to the lack of routine or your presence itself. Dogs do not have episodic memory, or the ability to know how and when you left. Instead they use a system of clues. Your dog is dependent on you for things like food, walks and general companionship. He knows you must be there for these things to happen and may look for clues as to when they will occur. Predictions Although dogs do not tell time the way humans do, they are able to predict occurrences perhaps based on internal indicators. For example, if you come home every day at 6 p.m. to your waiting puppy, he will begin to expect you home at

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that time and will predict your arrival by how hungry or sleepy or bored he is. Over time this skill can become quite accurate and in the case of your extended absence may be the main way your dog determines how long you’ve been gone. Reunions Given their concept of time, ability to make predictions and identify human faces, it is clear that dogs who’ve been apart from their masters for long absences are able to recognize them and react accordingly.

The news is filled with stories of soldiers returning from battle to an overjoyed greeting at the airport not only from family or friends, but from their dogs. If you are not around, your dog knows things have changed and a certain level of comfort is lost. Your return also signifies a return to this comfort zone. The fact that dogs see the difference in faces makes it clear that dogs who have been separated from their masters for long periods can and do recognize them when they are finally reunited. dogcare.dailypuppy.com What about cats? A cat’s recording of events seems to be particularly rel-

evant when associated with pain or pleasure. These two opposite yet remarkable feelings seem to leave an imprint mark in a cat’s mind. Let’s take a look at how painful or stressful events remain vivid in a cat’s mind. For instance, the majority of cats will go absent without official leave upon seeing their owners grab their carrier. This is because cats have quickly learned to associate (thanks to memories) the carrier with something unpleasant like being carried out of their familiar territory. Cats may be become tense upon going to the vet: most cats will remember that is the place full of barking dogs and nurses that stick thermometers up their behinds before getting repeatedly punctured by a vet that had a bad day. Your cat may also hide under the bed upon seeing you open that pill bottle ready to throw that nasty tasting tablet down the cat’s throat. An interesting factor somehow related to memory is a process called “imprinting”. Breeders are familiar with such term. Imprinting is the process of handling small kittens (even days old) for the purpose of getting them socialized and familiar with humans. Intense bonding may therefore, be formed when the kitten is handled during some crucial phases of its life. When done properly, impriniting will cause a cat to accept humans and trust them throughout their lives. Isn’t this after all a great example of how cats remember, and very well indeed? While most cats seem to remember easily demonstrating a good ability to recollect events well and associate facts with happenings, long term memory may seem challenging to prove. However, I can attest to that from personal experience. Cats are surely remarkable and fascinating animals to study. Just when we think we know them so well they will surprise us with their smart acts suggesting a higher than expected intelligence. I am sure cats have both a short term and long term memory and that if given the opportunity, they may be able to prove it, whether you believe it or not. alexadry.hubpages.com


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by Antonis Ntourakis wine maker

POST Wines of Crete at Visit Greece For many people, wine is considered one of the strongest experiences in life. The island of Crete is one of those places in Greece where you will taste memorable wines that will offer new thrills to your palate. “And wine that make glad the heart of man…” is what our ancestors used to say and this place is the right one to prove it true! If you’re interested in wine tourism or agritourism, the options you have are many indeed. Here you will find the oldest wine-producing area in continuous use on the European continent. You can also visit many wineries mostly in Chania and Heraklion, where you will get to know the varieties of the Cretan terrain, the special local gastronomy and – let’s not forget – the outstanding Cretan hospitality! Besides, wine is part of the daily life and culture of the island. It is always served with a meal or dinner and drinking is enjoyed in company as Cretans never drink alone. They prefer to do it while chatting, laughing and enjoying local food! A story from the old times Did you know… Crete boasts a wine tradition that is 4000 years old! Archaeological finds of the oldest vineyard in Europe, unearthed in the area of Kato Zakro, attest to the above. The oldest wine-press was discovered in nearby Archanes, aged over 3500 years. The island’s long periods of glorious history have always included wine as a product inextricably linked todaily life, and participation to viniculture events and wine festivals is part of a centuries-old tradition that has lived on to our times; only today tradition and love for wine-making is aided by accumulated knowledge and technology. This is the way that Cretan wine is made today and you will be able to taste the high quality local labels during your stay on the island. Viticulture takes place with the utmost care in carefully selected areas, making the most of the earth’s nutrients in conjunction with local climate. Cretan earth opens up new horizons that wine lovers are sure to appreciate to the full! Favourable soil features and climate conditions help grow outstanding grape varieties from which wonderful wines are produced. Try them as an accompaniment to local dishes which are world famous for their variety of healthy ingredients. The new generation of Cretan Wines stands as a fine complement

Nutritional Value

Although for many of us it is difficult to include snails in our daily diet, it is one of the prime foods that are both tasty and healthy. Snail flesh contains 60-90 calories per 100g, a lot less that most mammals, fish and poultry that are consumed. Some 16.1% of the flesh is pure protein and a small percentage of around 0.5%-1.4% is fat. Snail meat is a rich source of important vitamins, such as niacin, minerals and of trace elements, whilst being low in salt. It also has a particularly high iron content (more than red meat), potassium and magnesium. The snail is a food of high nutritional value when compared to the majority of meats that are consumed. It is important to note that the above data refers to snail meat only and that, like all other foods, it will be affected by the cooking method. Both in the past, as today, the great nutritional value of snails means they are suitable for periods of fasting and it are permitted by the Orthodox church for this purpose. There are recipes for cooking without oil, which are suitable for fasting.

to the well-known local gastronomy, and they will definitely turn this aspect of your trip into a delight for the palate. Cretan Wine Routes Great wines begin in the vineyard! In Crete, wine-producing areas are in the north part of the island and grapevines grow next to olive groves, protected from the warm winds of the Libyan Sea in the south. The cool Aegean winds blow over the Sea of Crete and the island’s north shores, creating the ideal weather conditions for producing top quality Cretan wines. Grapevines have grown here for centuries, along with the wine-making process, enveloped in tradition and local customs present in daily life, gastronomy and local hospitality. Taste each wine’s nose and enjoy memorable trips to those green vineyards where it all began. Try old as well as new labels in well-tended local wineries and enjoy the sweet sense of euphoria in the magic world of wine. Varieties Crete is like a wine ark carrying marvellous indigenous varieties as well as foreign ones which have adapted very well to the local terrain with very positive results. Local white varieties include Vilana, one of the island’s top white wine grapes, Vidiano, Dafni, Thrapsathiri, Malvazia di Candia (Malvazia of Chandakas), Muscat of Spina, and Plyto. Red varieties include Kotsifali, Mantilari, Liatiko, Tsardanaand legendary Romeiko. Cretan varietals and blends made of local and foreign varieties (mostly French) are PGI Crete labels. Visit the island’s wineries, allow yourselves to be seduced

by the intoxicating aromas coming from oak barrels, and enjoy the local special grapevine products. Cretan wine-makers have furthered the old traditional ways complementing them with knowledge acquired by new developments, taking consumers’ preferences into consideration. Oenologists test varieties, experiment and come up with new aromas and flavours, in order to create choice wines to suit every palate! Cretan vineyards Did you know…Cretan vineyards cover 12.8% of Greece’s wine regions and hold the 3rd place among the 9 viticultural areas in the country. The Geographical Indications for Cretan wines are as follows: • • • • • •

PDO Sitia, PDO Malvasia Sitia – Lasithi PDO Peza – Heraklion PDO Archanes – Heraklion PDO Dafnes – Heraklion PDO Handakas-Candia Malvasia Handakas-Candia – Heraklion

Snails History

Of course it is the Cretans that are unrivalled in their use of snails. Found in abundance and truly delicious thanks to the island’s aromatic herbs, they have become the basic ingredient for dozens of inventive recipes and have been integrated into each and every meal of the day. In the 19th century mountain dwellers even ate them for breakfast! Moreover, they have always been an important income for Crete, from pre-historic years they have been a stable export. In the 19th century Crete sent large quantities of snails to the East and to Egypt. Nowadays, great quantities are exported overseas. Large or small, the snail is superb both as an appetizer or a main course. With the first autumn showers, collectors venture out into fields at night with a torch in hand. Once they have harvested the snails they keep them in baskets and feed them flour, pasta and semolina for 5-6 days. They then clean away the faeces and feed them once more. After 2-3 days the shell mouth becomes covered with a membrane and they are ready to be cooked.

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by Antonia Tsakirakis cook “Tzaneris & Archontissa” photo by Spiros Zaharakis

Cooking... Cretan snails

Snails with rosemary and wine Ingredients • 1 kg snails • ½ water glass red wine • ½ water glass flour • ½ water glass oil • salt, pepper, rosemary

Snails with wheat grain Ingredients: • ½ kg snails • 2 cups wheat grains • ½ cup oil • 5 tomatoes • 1 onion Preparation Wash the snails and boil them for a short time in salted water, so that they soften. After you have cleaned them,

Preparation Salt the snails, flour them and cook them in sizzling oil for 3 minutes, with their openings facing the pan. Add the rosemary, salt and pepper, stir them and 2 minutes later add the wine. Let them come to the boil and they are ready to serve. Another option is to prepare a batter, using flour, salt, pepper, oregano and garlic (optional), fill the snails’ openings with this mixture and fry them in the oil and rosemary. put the oil in a pan and sauté the snails together with the finely chopped onion. Now add the finely chopped tomatoes, salt, pepper and 2 cups of water. Lower the heat and leave the snails to cook. When ready, remove them from the pan with a slotted spoon and set aside. Add the wheat grains to the sauce, add 6 cups of water (ratio of wheat/water = 3/1) and allow it to cook over a low heat, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking. When the wheat has absorbed the water and swollen (after about 15 minutes) turn off the heat and add the snails to the pan. Mix well together and the food is ready to serve.


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Greece National Basketball Team in Spain ‘s Basketball World Cup 2014 The roster and the... history of Greek basketball Greece is considered among the world’s top basketball powers; they were runners-up in the 2006 FIBA World Championship, after beating the 2006 Team USA of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Chris Paul, Dwight Howard, and Carmelo Anthony in the tournament’s semifinal. They have also won the FIBA EuroBasket twice, in 1987

and 2005. They are currently placed fifth in the FIBA World Rankings. History Basketball has a long tradition in Greece, as the country was one of the eight founding members of the International Basketball Federation, more commonly known by its French acronym FIBA, in 1932. However, men’s national team was considered as a second-class power in international basketball for several decades and only came into prominence in the mid-1980s by winning the EuroBasket 1987. It was the first ever major international title won by a Greek national team in any sports. As a result basketball became extremely popular in the country and since then Greece has been placed in the high level on the basket-

ball stage. The history of the national team was not overly impressive until the mid-1980s, when Greece arose as the new power in international basketball spearheaded by topclass players Nikos Galis, the top scorer in the history of European basketball, Panagiotis Giannakis, Panagiotis Fasoulas and Fanis Christodoulou. The beginning was their qualification for the 1986 FIBA World Championship, for the first time in their history and the end of the tournament found them 10th among the twenty-four nations. In the next year, Greece faced up their biggest challenge, as the country was the host of the EuroBasket 1987 and the team enjoyed a formidable line-up. Qualified from the preliminary round, they eliminated Italy and Yugoslavia, both among the favourites to win the tournament, in

p. 31 CHANIA POST the quarter-finals and the semi-finals respectively. In the final, Greece faced the defending champions and heavily favoured Soviet Union. In front of 17,000 Greek fans at the Peace and Friendship Stadium, the hosts won the gold medal after a thrilling win 103–101 over the Soviets, with Nikos Galis scoring 40 points. It was the first time that a Greek national team won a major tournament in any sports, thus basketball was made the national team sport overnight and the national team was to be considered the official cherished of the Greek nation. From Eurobasket to FIBA World Championship Greece were considered a strong outsider for the medals at the EuroBasket 2005. They advanced from the group stage with two wins in three games and eliminated Israel and Russia to reach the semi-finals, where they faced France. The French were leading the score by seven points with only one minute left, Greece appeared to have no chance to pull out the win and one more lost semi-final was coming. However, the Greeks managed to get within a two-point distance and won 67–66 with a three-pointer by Dimitris Diamantidis with three seconds remaining, setting off a joyous celebration from the Greek side. At the final and in front of a raucous pro-Greece sold-out crowd of 20,000 at the Belgrade Arena, the Greeks defeated Germany in a convincing way with 78–62 and won the gold medal for a second time in their history.

In the next year, the European champions won the 2006 Stanković Cup going undefeated in the tournament and defeating Germany again at the final with an impressive 84–47 win. In the 2006 FIBA World Championship, Greece were glazed to win a medal that had closely missed in their last two participations in the tournament and reached once more the semi-finals with a record of seven consecutive wins, some of them impressive. In the semi-finals, Greece defeated the popular oddson United States in a 101–95 upset, rallying back from twelve points down, and qualified for the final, but they proved to be exhausted from their dramatic game with the Americans and lost 70–47 to Spain, ending up with the silver medal. Despite the loss the players were greeted enthusiastically by celebrating fans on their return to Greece, due to their first medal in a World Championship

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and their glorious win over the United States. The FIBA Basketball World Cup, known from 1950 until 2010 as the FIBA World Championship, is the flagship event of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA). The first-ever FIBA Basketball World Cup will take place in 2014 in Spain. The term ‘World Cup’ is known by people all around the world and resonates in different languages: Copa del Mundo, Coppa del Mondo, Coupe du Monde.The new name reflects the prestige that FIBA’s tournament has as a premier international competition and allows for it to be recognised as what it truly is: one of the biggest global sporting events, along with the FIFA World Cup, the Rugby World Cup and the Cricket World Cup. with info from wikipedia.org and fiba.com

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Wing Chun Kung Fu was created around 1700AD in China and is one of the top fighting systems, a complete concept of fighting. The goal of the practitioner is to develop their reflexes as well as the function of their body mechanics so that in random close range attacks they can react spontaneously,quickly,effectively and accurately. In short, the practitioner learns how to face any attacker in conditions that concern their survival and not winning a contest in a fighting match with rules and regulations. Who is WCKF for? That is obvious. It is literally for anyone who is looking to improve their self defence, regardless of gender, age, or whether they have any previous experience in martial arts. It is also for people who want to a new way of life that will give them confidence, a better physical condition, better reflexes and internal balance through the daily practice of this complete martial art.


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