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Events and Happenings June 6, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Arts Exhibitions Greece, Music Life Greek, Patras Caltural Capital 2006.
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This weekend in Athens, check out the International Jazz Festival at the Athens Municipality Technopolis or Greek singer Dionissis Savopoulos, a local mixture of Bob Dylan, in concert at an open-air theatre west of Athens.

Art buffs may take in the melancholy of painter Spyros Angelopoulos.

Later this month in Nafplio (in Peloponnese) city, don’t miss a classical music festival featuring the baroque group Latinitas Nostra.

In Patras, Europe’s Cultural Capital for 2006, Italy’s pop idol Eros Ramazotti takes the stage on June 30th


Discover Athens on board the Athens sightseeing bus line 400 June 6, 2006

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About Athens Sightseeing Bus Line No 400 >

Discover Athens on board the new Athens Sightseeing public bus, Line 400, to the highlights of the City of Athens, a city rich in history and culture with contrasts between ancient and modern, that awaits for you. 

Schedules are every half hour, from 09:00 am till 06:00 pm, starting from and terminating to Athens Archaeological Museum (at Vas. Irakleiou street). The duration of the round-trip is about 80 – 90 minutes. At every bus stop of this line you may find the exact bus schedules. The ticket costs 5 Euro and can be purchased ONLY on the vehicle.

It is valid for 24 hours and provides for unlimited travel by the Athens Sightseeing Public Bus Line and all other Public Transport Modes (except the Airport and Saronida express bus lines and the Metro and Suburban Railway lines from Doukissis Plakentias Station to the Airport).

Any other public transport ticket is not accepted on this line. Tickets should be validated on the first ride and be kept and shown to the bus attendant every time you board on the bus or to the inspector on the other means of public transport.

For more info visit > http://www.oasa.gr

OTENet launches “Innovation 2006” competition June 6, 2006

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OTENet launched a competition program called “Innovation 2006” inviting everyone to come up with innovative ideas and novelties and submit them through the Internet aiming to expand the internet usage and to promote innovation, creativity and technology penetration among the Greek people.

OTE President and CEO Mr. P. Vourloumis praised OTENet’s initiative stating this falls within OTE’s plans to expand broadband and internet usage while targets to rise Internet penetration by 10% by the end of 2008. OTENet CEO Mr. G. Ioannidis said this activitity aims to promote innovative ideas and expose more Greek people to the internet.

For more information on the competition, one can log into www.innovation2006.gr.

OTENet is OTE’s (Hellenic Telecommunication Organization) IT company (an approximate 95% stake). 

Greek Taste > Bougatsa (Cream Pie) June 6, 2006

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There are as many recipes for bougatsa as there are Greek women who painstakingly prepare it. This is one of the less labor intensive and adaptable to easily available ingredients, but delicious nevertheless.

1 quart of milk
½ cup sugar
4 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup farina flour, regular
4 large eggs, well beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ pound ready made filo dough
1 cup confectioners sugar

Heat milk and sugar in deep pot. Add butter and farina slowly. Cook 10 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove pot from heat and cool. Add eggs and vanilla, mixing in quickly.

Melt butter in small pot and brush some on a rectangular or square baking pan. Lay 6 sheets of filo, brushing each with melted butter. Pour custard mixture over filo. Cover with remaining sheets of filo, brushing each with the melted butter as before. Cut partially through the top layers only, making squares or lozenge shapes. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

Sift confectioner’s sugar and sprinkle heavily with cinnamon over the top of the pastry as soon as it comes out of the oven. Eat it warm for the most divine experience.

Music > Stage One issues a press release on Eurovision June 6, 2006

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“Eurovision is a fabulous European institution and we were proud to be part of it, especially in its 50th year,” said Stage One’s technical director, Jim Tinsley. He added, “The organisers were aiming for the most impressive show that Eurovision had ever seen and I think you’ll agree that they, and us, certainly delivered.”

Working for Greek television company ERT, Stage One was asked to build the entire set for Eurovision 2006, which was held at the Olympic indoor arena, Athens. Designed by Ilias Ledakis, the set combined high technology with elements of Greek Theatre and comprised the main stage, the surrounding moveable stepped elements, along with aerial engineering.

The circular stage was 13m diameter, with a black laminated facia and a seamless plexiglass floor, beneath which were thousands of Bahco LED panels which could be lit in a myriad of different ways to create varying lighting effects. Integral within the stage, Stage One constructed nine segments, each capable of being moved independently to a height of two metres via hydraulically-controlled scissor lifts.

Surrounding three sides of the stage were six ‘tribunes’ – great flanks of treads weighing up to six tonnes apiece and rising to a height of 10 metres above the stage. Made of steel and perspex they could all be moved independently to angles of between 45° and 80° and had two pivots, allowing independent backdrops for each act. The ‘tribunes’ incorporated 250sq.m of high definition LED, which was used for projecting differing video images for the acts.

Stage One’s unique aerial engineering capabilities were also utilised as the Company was responsible for ‘flying in’ not only both of the presenters, but also a beautiful 4m diameter golden globe, adorned with winged performers. The two tonne globe was constructed from steel and then covered with fibreglass. Finally, in a scene to remind the world of the beauty of the Greek sea, Stage One constructed 30 ‘waves’ made of timber, polycarbonate and screen material, which flew over the stage – some with aerial artists attached.

All moveable elements were controlled using Stage One’s superb QMotion control system, using the Company’s own Next-Q software and Q-Pos positional system. The system allows for the pinpoint accurate movement of objects and people in a highly reliable and theatrical way. Jim Tinsley added, “Ensuring the system is flexible has become key during our ongoing development of Q-Motion® and we’ve now progressed it to the point where we can install and commission a massive 50 axis of automation in only two weeks.”

A full review of the Eurovision production will appear in the July-August issue of Lighting&Sound International magazine.

Movies > Greek film festival in San Francisco June 6, 2006

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The third annual San Francisco Greek Film Festival opened on Monday 5th June with the 2005 comedy, “Woman Is … A Tough Person” directed by and starring Antonis Kafetzopoulos.

The film details an extremely trying day in the life of a stressed-out ad executive. A reception followed the film, with both events taking place at the Delancey Street Screening Room, 600 Embarcadero.

The week-long festival is a showcase of contemporary Greek feature films and shorts, but also includes an American-made documentary, “The 11th Day” about the civilian resistance movement on Crete during World War II. That film will be showed Saturday on a double bill with “Hostage” a drama by Constantine Giannaris.

The festival is sponsored by the Modern Greek Studies Foundation, the Center for Modern Greek Studies, the Nikos Kazantzakis Chair at San Francisco State University and the Athens Film Center.

For tickets, see www.grfilm.com. For more information, call (415) 272-8830.

News from Greece > in brief June 6, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Environment, Golf.
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Minister wants golfers in Greece

Attracting more golfers to Greece will be one of the country’s chief tourism targets over the coming years, Tourism Minister Fani Palli-Petralia said yesterday. She was visiting the island of Crete, which is hosting Greece’s first international golf tournament. “Crete is an ideal destination for all those people who play golf,” she said. The minister said that the government is preparing a draft law to help develop the game in Greece. “We have to create golf courses over the next few years because there is great interest and investment opportunities,” Palli-Petralia added.

Environment day

President Karolos Papoulias yesterday called on politicians and citizens to make a greater effort to curb widespread pollution ahead of today’s World Environment Day. “Environmental destruction is being provoked in the name of so-called development programs without end,” Papoulias said. “We need a radical change in mentality and behavior, we need to face our responsibilities as environmental disaster is the consequence of our daily habits,” he added.