On Saturday 5th November 2016, the annual Million Mask March took place in central London. They gathered at Trafalgar Square for 17:30, then made their way down to Parliament Square.
Just off Regent street, to the side of Liberty of London, is a street named 'Kingly Street' there is a Blues Bar called 'Ain't Nothin' But Blues Bar' There is live music every night, every night a different band, there is nothing like this anywhere else in London. Yes, there is live music, but NOT Blues, not like this. On my last visit (video below) the group playing is called 'Dust me down Blues band'
Cape Greco, also known as Cavo Greco (Italian for "Greek cape"; Greek: Κάβο Γκρέκο) and Poyraz Burnu in Turkish, is a headland in the southeastern part of the island of Cyprus. It is at the southern end of Famagusta Bay and forms part of Ayia Napa Municipality.
It lies between the towns of Ayia Napa and Protaras, both of which are popular tourist resorts. It is frequently visited by many tourists for its natural beauty. It is a protected nature park. From the high points on the cliff that rests at the cape one can view amazing sights out to sea.
According to local legend, it is also the home of the 'Ayia Napa sea monster'.
Cape Greco is a National Forest Park with unique flora and fauna and is under the administration of the Forestry Department of the Cyprus Ministry of the Interior.
There are many caves along the coastline from Agia Napa to Cape Greko National Park. Many people come here to snorkel and the locals come here before the crack of dawn to fish. The Palace caves and the Smugglers caves are deep passages in to the cliffs which are only accessible from the sea. Some extend as deep as 240 feet in to the rock.
During calm seas and at low tide it is possible to swim and even walk in to most of them. Although they have a rock-strewn environment the waters are wonderfully clear. Boat trips regularly pass by daily. There are spots of deep water amongst the rocks where spirited folks engage in the extreme sports of cliff diving/jumping
Leaving Larnaca on the road to Nicosia, there is a village of Avdellero signposted. From this village, there is an old road to Athienou ( see map below) and just 2/3 miles before Athienou, there is a farm owned by a friend of mine called Nikos.
Nikos is now in his 80s and he even remembers my grandfather who died in 1958. I stumbled across the farm one day when I stopped to admire some Goats he had in an enclosure at the front.
Nikos arrived while I was there and we got talking and that’s when I discovered that he knew all my family and friends. Since then, I always make a point of visiting Nikos at the farm every time I am in Cyprus, my daughter loves to see the animals too.
Although I have posted about this farm before, I took more video footage on this visit and decided to share it with you.
Nikos at the farm.
There are several schools of thought that contest the mainstream notion of 'Five Sense Reality'
Those of you who may have researched this in the past will be familiar with arguments contesting the very science we are taught from a young age. Personally, I'm at the research stage so the Jury's out in my case, but that does not in any way hinder my desire to hear argument, for and against.
Today, I had the pleasure of being taken to a village called Koilani, in the Troodos mountains to meet a man called Apostolos Giannakas. He is exactly the type of person I am looking for to participate in my 'Cypriot Diaspora' videos.
He left the village at 12 years old and went to Limassol to go to school then in 1955 aged just 18 he left for the UK. He was met by an Uncle at Victoria station who took him to Bradford where he lived for 2 years before moving down to London.
Agios Sozomenos (Greek: Αγιος Σωζόμενος Turkish: Arpalık) is largely deserted village in the Nicosia District of Cyprus, located close to the Green Line south of Geri, 3 Kms North of Potamia/Dereli and 6 Kms west of Pyroi/Gaziler.
This stunning replica of a Cypriot house was made by a talented lady called Dorothy Allen around 2001/3. It did immediately catch my eye as something special when I moved it to its new location on display at Lavdas Furniture, in Strovolos, Nicosia.
However, it was not until I began to ask Dorothy about specific details that I realised just how much effort had gone in to it. The ONLY way to do this justice was in a series of videos. There is a lot of information, but for anyone with a genuine interest, this is a world of knowledge.
Today, Cyprus celebrates its 56th year as an independent state. Cyprus had officially gained its independence from the British rule on August 16, 1960, when the agreements for the establishment of the Republic of Cyprus were signed. Continue reading