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HELLO SEPTEMBER How are we in September already!!! Autumn is around the corner but thankfully we’re still fortunate to enjoy the high temperatures in our beautiful country. Cyprus is opening up, we’re excited to shop at the new mall in Larnaca amongst things and I am noticing more events and parties popping up which is exciting. Be sure to send in your photos so we can feature them on our pages. This month I’m delighted to talk to the talented artist that is Georgia Stavrou, her paintings are incredible! Check out her interview inside. And I was able to pin down my workout trainer, Georgina Bell who has taken a break over the last few months so she had time to chat about her passion for Les Mills before

she starts her classes this month. Take it from me, she transforms people, not just physically but emotionally too. I may be biased but I would say she is the best trainer on the island. I plan my entire day around her scheduled classes. I am planning my holistic Lifestyle Retreat which is extremely popular and takes place later on in the year. Cyprus is the perfect setting for this, where I bring a group of people over to stay, to sample the scenery and the culture, we have meditations and workshops with top business mentors. I started this two years ago and it changed my life so much so that I moved here! One thing I learned is that you should never stand still, we’re

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Pretty as her pictures, artist Georgia Stavrou


When did you first start painting? My

name is Georgia and I am a self-taught painter. I remember myself painting from a very young age. My first inspiration was participating in a school painting competition. Later I took some courses at the training centres of the Ministry of Education and some distance learning. Along the way, my love of painting fell by the wayside for several years due to the responsibilities of raising children. I started again strongly last year in August 2020.

What inspires you to paint? I am inspired

gels, glosses, fine glitters, gold/silver leaves to create that explosion of gorgeous colour and sparkle that I love. My paintings create strong emotions, which is why those who see them describe feeling a complete 'explosion' of emotions and mental pleasure. How long does it take to finish a piece? The completion time of a project depends on many factors such as the size of the painting, the materials to be used and their composition, the difficulty of rendering the subject, motivation, etc.

by various images that may surround me, the beautiful smells of flowers and nature as well as by loud music. The subjects I experiment with are classical. Representationreproduction of reality such as landscape composition, sea, portraits and whatever else catches my interest. The search does not stop, working I evolve. My artworks are a part of myself. I imagine that, all creators are bound to our works.

Do you sell privately and where can people go to purchase? The one who chooses my paintings, first and foremost, must be driven by an inner need. The assumption in my thinking is that the artwork speaks to him because it is a deposit of my soul. One can contact me and see the paintings in my space as well as through social networks. At this moment also as we speak two of my paintings are in a group exhibition at 3 Angels Modern Art Gallery in Larnaca.

Do you have a particular style? I paint on high quality canvas and enjoy using different types of paint but I predominately use acrylics, inks, texture,

Why do you paint? Painting for me is a journey. A flight to a parallel universe, to another dimension. When I paint I don't feel

the world around me. I get lost in the shapes, colours, brushes and canvases accompanied by loud music. I am in a state of emotional attachment to the work to the extent that after two or three hours I have to stop to let it all go. Can anyone be an artist? Everyone has potential. However most people doubt their artistic abilities and skills and they believe that they aren’t good at art at all. Everyone needs practice on their art skills. You might even gain knowledge on the way. ‘’Practice makes perfect’’. All you need is time and effort. You don’t have to be the best, instead, do something that is enjoyable to you and your viewers. Do you have any dreams to follow with your art? What I definitely want to do is to paint non-stop. To try and experiment with techniques and materials. I definitely want to do more exhibitions and see the beautiful reactions of people to my paintings. I’m not concerned with recognition. Phone: +357 99313908

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Test traffic cameras will be operational by mid-October


fter 15 years of technical and legal setbacks, Cyprus is set to reintroduce traffic cameras in a test capacity in October, even though legislation for their operation has not yet been passed by the House. The project costing €34 million in three phases will see the company install 90 fixed cameras at 30 locations, to monitor red light and stop sign violations, as well as for speeding. Another 20 mobile units will be deployed by the police during targeted campaigns or in rural areas. Authorities are proceeding full-speed ahead with installing the system even though the legislation has still not been passed by the House. Haris Evripidou deputy head and spokesman for traffic police headquarters in Nicosia told the Cyprus Mail going ahead with the installation was a contractual obligation. “There is a contract with Conduent State and Local Solutions Inc. A term of the contract demands that the company must be fully prepared for the implementation of the system,” he said. “For this reason, the testing of the system that will be carried out has absolute legal coverage even though the bill has not yet passed the House. The cameras must be operational by October 25, 2021,” he added.


Evripidou said both the company and police have already started training the staff, and all of the necessary equipment has arrived in Cyprus, he said. Dedicated operators will be responsible for handling and operating the new cameras, and experts were in Cyprus last month to kick-start the process. “All procedures are on schedule, and it is expected that the pilot phase of the system will be ready soon. The equipment concerns 90 fixed and 20 mobile cameras,” Evripidou added. Evripidou said that in some areas, such as Famagusta, there would only be mobile cameras. “I consider mobile cameras as more effective because they force drivers to be careful everywhere [they go]. The area of Famagusta is ‘empty’ for about six months in a year as tourist arrivals are low in the winter. Permanent cameras are not necessary since the policy is to place them within the cities where fatal accidents happen,” said Evripidou. As an EU member, Cyprus has one of the worst road accident death rates per population in Europe. Thus, it has adopted the European target of 50 per cent reduction in road fatalities and a 50 per cent reduction in serious injuries by 2030. The overall plan consists of 158 specific actions including, among others, the introduction

of a photo-enforcement system to better identify motorists violating rules and the improvement of the lighting system in urban centres, where most accidents take place. A traffic-cams network was set up in 2006 but was quickly discarded. The cameras had numerous problems, including failure to store photographs, and extensive bureaucracy that in some cases resulted in fining a person twice for the same violation while letting others go unpunished. The cameras were disabled in 2007 and in 2008 it was announced that new cameras would be put up by 2010. In 2011 the Tender Review Board challenged the specifications outlined in the process and cancelled the government’s plan for the fifth time. Failing to find a way of effectively setting up the system, the government decided to outsource the venture to a private firm. The company that has been chosen will install the cameras and be responsible for their functionality over those five years. Commenting on the many years of delays, Evripidou said: “From the first moment, we were in favour of the system. Some problems with the legislation and the bureaucracy forced the suspension of the project. One issue that still exists is that the old cameras have not been removed. I believe this will happen soon,” he said. “Despite the reduction or stability that Cyprus has shown in car accidents in recent years, the truth is that if the camera system had been implemented, an even greater reduction would probably have been recorded,” he added.

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Seafood curry with steamed greens BY PAUL WATTERS • 4 potatoes • 2 onions • 1 clove of garlic(crushed) • 1 red pepper • 1/2 bunch of coriander • 1 teaspoon of dried ginger • 1 teaspoon of dried coriander • 1 teaspoon of chilli powder • 1 teaspoon of turmeric • 2 tablespoons of curry powder. • 1 pint of chicken stock • 1 can of coconut milk Method First off all you need to get the potatoes ready, wash and peel and roughly dice par boil for 5 minutes and drain and rinse under cold water. While the potatoes are cooking get on with the curry sauce peel and dice or slice the onion and red pepper with the garlic Cook for a few minutes adding in spices turn down heat to slightly above simmer allow to cook for a few minutes to allow spices cook out add in chicken stock, bring to the boil add


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f you’re in Cyprus and you’re into fitness then one woman’s name will be synonymous with you - Georgina Bell. She is the top Les Mills instructor working from Rythmos Gym in Deryenia. The prestigious instructor is responsible for transforming the bodies of many people, including my own, not to mention introducing passion and fun to fitness that makes her classes an essential part of her members’ weekly calendar. Georgina, who lives in Cape Greko, started out as an instructor over eight years ago and runs classes from early morning to late evening to fit around everyone’s work schedules. She specialises in Body Combat, Body Pump, Circuit Training, TRX and CX. The classes are for all levels and there are options for everyone, from beginners to those who are more used to strenuous workouts. “I think the best thing about the Les Mills program is that it for literally everyone!” Georgina says. “Advanced, hardcore types can muscle build and shred in the exact same class with beginners looking to lose kilos and just have some fun. It is

a science based system carefully designed for safe, long lasting results.” She added, “Fitness is all about knowing your own body’s maximum limits, with my classes there’s a lot of repetition so smaller weights are better than overloading and causing injury. I work in a very relaxed environment and my members’ welfare is paramount to me. I do push everyone because otherwise I wouldn’t be doing my job properly, but I also know when people need to take it easy.” Her classes offer more than just fitness, they’re a huge support and social network for like minded people. When asked about what she loves about her members Georgina says, “That’s an easy question summed up in one word: diversity! When I look at my groups before we start a workout it’s so motivating to see men and women of all ages, nationalities and fitness levels. There’s a unique and very uplifting energy that’s created as we train together, and

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the encouragement the members give to one another is just indescribable. She added, “People think that they can spend hours in the gym working out but this is actually on 20% of the result. A healthy balanced diet is key for good results.” Her classes open from September. She is keen to point out that at the studio all equipment and workout spaces are cleaned between classes. Everyone brings their own mat, towel and works out in socially distanced spaces. All members have to wear masks entering and exiting the studio, and safe passes are required by everyone attending. Georgina says, “I always say if you feel unwell AT ALL for everyone’s sake stay home. Our members LOVE how careful we are. We are a more than a team, we are a fitness family who respect each other’s wellbeing and I would like to thank everyone for contributing to a clean exercise environment!”

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Metropolis Mall - The shops are finally open


etropolis Mall is set to open this month after several postponements. Brief has already sent a relevant letter to stakeholders, which speaks of the impending operation of the shopping centre. The Metropolis Mall with its operation will offer hundreds of jobs, while it even posts on its website that it is looking for staff for the following stores, whether it is the main staff or the auxiliary, and invites those interested to send their CV to the company. With whom they wish to work in order to schedule an interview. The positions concern shopkeepers, cooks for his restaurants, cashiers, waiters, store managers, sales managers, cleaners, make-up artist, hairdressers etc. Some companies that will operate in Metropolis Mall: Kiabi, La Maison, Intersport, Mango, Stradivarius, Shoebox, POW the Shop, The Mall Kiosk, Aldente, TGI


Fridays, Alati Piperaki, Mc' Donalds, Zorbas, Players Arians Family Entertainment, Public, Call it Spring, Fix 2 Go, Inglot, Starbucks, Costa Coffee, Istorm, Grand Optical, Kiss Boutique, EPIC, Dust & Cream, Tezenis, Crocodile Tskairis Mallas, Kiko Milano, Swarovski, Intimissimi, Calzedonia, MAC, You and Me Jewlerry, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Aldo,Ioannou Shoes, Prive Sports, Scechers, Hairspray, Women' s secret and Sprinfield It is worth mentioning that Metropolis Mall belongs to the South African Acsion Group.

The founder of the group is Kyriakos Anastasiadis of Greek origin. The group specializes in shopping centre management with nine more in South Africa. It is investing for the first time in Cyprus and the construction cost of Metropolis Mall will amount to approximately 80-90 million euros. What will one find in Metropolis Mall It will have 135 shops, 6 restaurants, 8 fast food and 3 cafes. The food corner will also have terraces and outside there will be green spaces. It will also have a playground, a children’s park and a bike path.

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ife is an endless combination of ongoing cycles, seamlessly merging into one another to create the greater whole. Mastering the flow of these cycles can and will change your life. The most known cycle to all is the ‘circle of life’. Much like the Lion King opening song tells us, we all move in this circle finding our way: ‘It’s the circle of life And it moves us all Through despair and hope Through faith and love ‘Til we find our place On the path unwinding In the circle The circle of life’ The circle implies something never ending, with no beginning and no end. This is a deep truth known to our ancestors, energy always lives on. Modern science has come to the same conclusion, energy simply changes its form, but the amount of energy in the universe stays the same. The circle of life is filled with numerous cycles of energy transitions or


rather transformations. The cycle of giving and receiving is the one we will look at today. The first and most important rule of this cycle that I have discovered is that you can not give from an empty chalice. Self care, nourishment and inner harmony are essential to being in a place to give from an overflowing chalice. Giving from an abuntandant place is key. The second observation I have discovered is that the giving and receiving is a continuous flow. This flow comes to you and from you in all directions. You can often receive from a completely different place than you were focusing your attention to and sometimes it’s a harmonious balance that becomes evident over time (like in relationships). Your generosity when shown in a pure way will return tenfold in synchronistic ways. Never underestimate the power of a smile directed at a stranger, it might be what

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they need to live through that day. Lastly, I have understood that hoarding slows down or even stops the flow of receiving. Of course it’s good to save for a rainy day. The key is to do the saving from a place of abundance as opposed to a place of lack. Lack mindset can manifest in more forms than just money. Lack of love, joy, health and opportunities is a disease attacking mindsets daily. In conclusion, a combination of self care, abundance mindset and giving from the heart (no expectation) is a formural I have utilised so far. Try it out and see what discoveries you will make! With joy, Ekaterina Sophia

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This is a time for streamlining your life, getting organised, and solving problems in practical ways. You benefit from a sense of stability as well as positive feedback from superiors. You are also more credible and reliable, which others appreciate. Romance blossoms nicely this month.


This is a time when you are more willing to take personal risks. There may be unexpected events that free you from confining situations or past conditioning patterns. You are more inspired this month, and your personality fairly bubbles with bursts of enthusiasm.


You would be able to bring more imagination to bear on your goals and ambitions now. It could be an excellent period promising much success in terms of love and relationships, provided you are willing to work on it. Long distance travel is also indicated with your beloved.


You are learning to rely on yourself and to take care of things that have undermined your confidence in yourself and in your life. You might find your ideals taking a more spiritual turn, thus involving you more in community and religious projects.


The urge for adventure and new experiences that introduce you to new cultures, beliefs, or feelings is likely very strong. Fortunate events occur as a direct result of your

willingness to entertain the unusual and to think outside of the box.


opportunities to expand your horizons, such as through travel, adventure, or learning can arise and jolt you out of your routine. Many of you will be strengthening relationships and, while it’s not necessarily easy going, you’ll reap the rewards later.

LIBRA (23 SEPTEMBER – 22 OCTOBER) Major changes

in the structure of your close personal relationships, and in your attitude towards them, are in store. You are more able to get in touch with your subconscious mind, and confronting your fears can be quite pleasurable during this period.

SCORPIO (23 OCTOBER – 21 NOVEMBER) This is a time

for streamlining your life, getting organised, and solving problems in practical ways. Your deep awareness of keeping track of your health and taking better care of yourself and your own needs will help you harness some of your active energy.


can bring closure or reevaluation to issues you have been dealing with regarding learning, communication and personal projects. Love is working in your favour from but does encounter some questions. More opportunities for, and less restrictions on, leisure time are in store for you.



goals may be watered down as you focus more on personal affairs. Some of you might be leaning towards a more spiritual, creative, or artistic career. Superficial areas of your life will be removed or transformed, and you are freer to express your authentic self.

AQUARIUS (20 JANUARY – 18 FEBRUARY) Your long-term

goals and wishes tend to be broad or ahead of the times just now. You may particularly enjoy dreaming up ideas for the future. You may discover new interests and desires that help you to rid yourself of attachments that no longer serve you well.

PISCES (19 FEBRUARY – 20 MARCH) Connections that

further your career goals are made this month, and partnerships, social life, and career are all tied to one another. This is a favourable time for love and romance. You will develop new friendship which will be very rewarding and helpful.


ROCKING SEPTEMBER IS HERE!! Two bands that deserve more exposure and recognition are this month’s mentions, The Ladderman from Larnaca, Cyprus and V*A*S*E from Michigan, USA.

THE LADDERMAN Larnaca is small in size, but in music terms its massive! It boasts lots of talented musicians including The Ladderman, a four-piece local Rock group which was formed in 2011 and celebrated its tenth anniversary this year. The band has released two albums, NOT A SIX in 2016 and ANYTHING GOES in 2019. Highly respected in and around Cyprus….the band is definitely leaving a mark on the Cyprus music scene.


The biggest influences that define the bands direction and material include SoundGarden, Tool, The Beatles, King Crimson, Queens of the Stone Age and Alice In Chains’ deep and dark grunge vibes. Andreas Matheou, vocalist of the band describes their music as “a mixture of 70’s and 90’s Rock with a

strong Blues influence….a genre I would say is Alternative Progressive Rock.” The Ladderman played a SOLD OUT show last month at Savino Live which catapulted their popularity even higher! Their full of energy performance, quirkiness and electric vibes experienced during the show were uplifting, invigoration and powerful. The band successfully maintained the crowd’s attention throughout the entire gig, captivating them and sending them to higher level of music consciousness. Songs from four minutes long to even a nine-minute stretch, boasted complex and deep guitar rhythms, good melodies, solid bass and strong distinctive vocals. Psychedelic and

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stoner elements entwined with all these factors received applause and ended the show with two encores. ANYTHING GOES is an amazing Rock album and one of the best to come out of Cyprus. If you like this genre of music (or don’t know that you do), I recommend it …… and then get to The Ladderman’s next gig!

V*A*S*E …… pronounced VOZ! A fairly new band that has emerged on the Grunge - Progressive Rock scene is this five-member group from Michigan. Formed in 2018 – 19, the band began touring locally in the U.S. promoting their music and presence, when the pandemic hit in 2020 and halted their progress of recording their album. V*A*S*E continued to maintain a positive mindset by continuing to be active during this time and stay in touch with fans on social media platforms such as Instagram and Facebook. Christian Thibodeau on vocals, commented, “Hopefully the music scene has a strong energy when everything turns back on” and it certainly appears that the energy is more heightened and in demand than before. Their music has influences from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, including Black Sabbath, The Ramones, The Feelies, Pearl Jam, Nirvana and Queens of the Stone Age, coming together and creating their music which can be described as Progressive Rock, Grunge and Protopunk. Their songs have deep sounded tunes and strong lyrics,

Christian’s sultry looks and natural Grunge gravelly voice and the bands tight sound, easily attracts you to V*A*S*E. The band’s master vision was to be different to other bands and to appeal to Grunge fans of the present day. “We play what we like to hear and share this with the fans” …sounds like a mantra and lyrics to a good song! I really like their sound and approach which leaves me wanting more than just the few released songs…. They are down to earth music lovers, not afraid to experiment and let themselves go and this is reflected in their work. Whoever gets to see them perform Live, should expect them to crowd surf and stimulate mosh pits! These guys are pure example of the modern Grunge scene.

With the help of a crowdfund campaign the band, who are extremely grateful and appreciative of this modern way of raising funds, are recording their debut EP. To date, they have recorded three songs The Rite, Good as Dead and Johnny Be Joan. I am looking forward to the completed EP and my own signed copy. If the three already released songs are anything to go by, then the next songs will only make their EP a top seller! Check the band out….. Listen to the songs and get V*A*S*E*D!!



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