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Do not forget > changing time March 23, 2007

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Clocks go forward on Sunday

Clocks will go forward by one hour on Sunday. The measure, which will be implemented across the European Union, means that the time will change at 3 a.m. on Sunday. Summer time will last until the last Sunday of October, which falls on the 28th.

300 > see this video clip March 23, 2007

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Based on the epic graphic novel by Frank Miller, 300 is a ferocious retelling of the ancient Battle of Thermopylae in which King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) and 300 Spartans fought to the death against Xerxes and his massive Persian army. Facing insurmountable odds, their valor and sacrifice inspire all of Greece to unite against their Persian enemy, drawing a line in the sand for democracy.

The film brings Miller’s (Sin City) acclaimed graphic novel to life by combining live action with virtual backgrounds that capture his distinct vision of this ancient historic tale.

Gerard Butler, who stars as King Leonidas, says, “It’s an incredible story, which has been an inspiration to so many people throughout history, but it’s not a documentary.

“It is a fantastic story full of passion and politics and brutality and so many more things, existing in this hyper-real, beautiful, emotional world.”

300 is in cinemas now! Don’t miss out…

See the video >

http://raincloud.warnerbros.com/wbol/uk/movies/300/300_tlrf2_500.asx

http://raincloud.warnerbros.com/wbol/uk/movies/300/clips/Clip_1_This_is_Sparta_500.asx

Greektown parade March 23, 2007

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Celebrate a different kind of independence day Sunday in Greektown.

Mid-Atlantic Greek-American communities will throw one of the largest Greek Independence Day parades in the United States. Marchers wearing ethnic costumes will parade along with floats, marching bands, Gov. Martin O’Malley, Mayor Sheila Dixon and dignitaries from the Greek Embassy. Members of the Naval Academy also will march alongside a unit of Greek Philhellene Midshipmen.

The parade will run 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. It will begin on Eastern Avenue at Haven Street in Highlandtown, go east and turn right on Ponca Street and end in front of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. Call 410-563-GREK or go to www.greekparade.com.

In New York the distinguished Order of St. Andrew the Apostle, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, represented by Archon National Commander Dr. Anthony J. Limberakis, and Nick Davatzes, CEO Emeritus of A&E Television Networks, have been named Grand Marshals for the 186th anniversary of Greek Independence at New York’s annual Greek American Independence Parade, April 15, which is dedicated to religious freedom.

Order of St. Andrew the Apostle, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and Nick Davatzes, CEO Emeritus of A&E TV Networks named Grand Marshals of Greek-American Parade, April 15. Also Greece’s Top Performing Artist Anna Vissi Named Honorary Marshal in Honor of 186th Anniversary of Greek Independence

Parade Dedicated to Religious Freedom > Celebrities, U.S. and Greek Government Officials At First-Ever Televised Parade (FOX TV My9), Hosted by FOX Leading News Anchors Ernie Anastos, Rosanna Scotto, Weatherman Nick Gregory.

Read this article at > Hellenic News

Celebrate the Greek way March 23, 2007

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Greek Independence Day on March 25, 2007

Live music, dancers, plate smashing and food specials help celebrate more than 2,000 years of Greek independence. 5 p.m. Sunday, Alexis Restaurant, 215 W. Burnside St.; 503-224-8577.

300 > Graphic battle’s a triumph March 23, 2007

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The two may have been in existence for roughly the same amount of time, but 100 years on, the motion picture has at last caught up with the infinite visual possibilities of the comic strip.

At least, that’s how it feels after watching 300, Dawn of the Dead director Zack Snyder’s adaptation of Frank Miller’s graphic novel. Miller’s is a name that will be familiar to fans of Sin City, a cinema hit two years ago, but comics fans have been savouring his work for the best part of three decades.

He cut his teeth writing and drawing superheroes Daredevil and Batman before creating his own characters. But 300 marked a departure as it was “based on true events” as film folk would put it.

It is a ferocious retelling of the ancient Battle of Thermopylae, in which the Spartan King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) and 300 of his finest warriors fought to the death to stem an invasion by Xerxes and his million-man Persian army. Facing insurmountable odds, their courage and sacrifice inspired the other Greek states to unite against the Persians, effectively drawing a line in the sand for western democracy as we know it.

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What does need to be said about this film is that it is astonishingly violent. Which is fine in the context of the battle scenes, provided you can stomach a beheading or two. Here and elsewhere, the use of live actors against computer-generated backgrounds has enabled Snyder to bring the look and feel of Miller’s book to vibrant life.

Effects-laden as 300 is, it only rarely feels like you’re watching a cartoon. Instead, here is a film with an atmosphere all of its own, with fine performances from all the lead actors, and a script honed to a cutting edge during the seven years it was in the works.

Official Website > http://300themovie.warnerbros.com

Anthony Quinn’s “Zorba The Greek” widow claims Greek property March 23, 2007

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The widow of Anthony Quinn is claiming more than two acres of seaside property on the island of Rhodes that were bought by the late actor nearly half a century ago but whose ownership is contested by the Greek authorities.

Katherine Quinn has arrived in Rhodes to seek resolution of a long-standing legal wrangle with the island council, which asserts that the disputed land should never have been sold to a foreigner.

Anthony Quinn bought nearly 30 acres (12 hectares) of choice seaside land at Ladiko, a few miles south of the main town, after a holiday on Rhodes in 1960. He developed two acres, but never got round to building on the rest of the land. The transaction took place four years before the Oscar-winning actor became closely linked with the country by taking the title role in the film Zorba the Greek, which was filmed on Crete.

“The transaction was endorsed by former Queen Frederica, the consort of former King Paul, and by the Prime Minister of the time,” said Stephanos Stratis, a lawyer for Mrs Quinn, who is avoiding the media.

The actor paid the equivalent of about £1,500 for land that is now valued at almost £1 million. Yet for the next 40 years parliaments shied away from ratifying the deal as it ran counter to a law banning foreigners from owning land in security-sensitive border areas, such as Rhodes, which lies only a few miles off the Turkish coast.

To change the law in favour of someone like Quinn would have required a special Act of Parliament, and possibly would have caused public opinion to turn against the Government. Quinn’s plan to turn the property into an artists’ colony and film-industry convention centre was soon forgotten.

In 1984 a Rhodes court nullified the 1960 purchase, triggering a counter suit from Quinn, who demanded the return of some £300,000 spent on landscaping and building. The actor died in June 2001 without seeing the money. Little of all this was known until 1997 when Mrs Quinn, who was the actor’s third wife, reopened the issue with the Rhodes courts. Her contact that year with the local authorities ended in deadlock.

Greek media reports this week claimed that the Rhodes Municipality was encouraging squatters to settle on the disputed land. This was allegedly designed to bolster its claim that, without an Act of Parliament to prove otherwise, Quinn’s Greek island paradise was never any such thing.

  • Anthony Quinn was not Greek, but Mexican. Before acting he worked variously as a butcher, boxer, street-corner preacher and slaughterhouse worker
  • Quinn broke his foot while filming Zorba the Greek, preventing him from performing the energetic dance scripted. Instead, he created a slow shuffle and falsely claimed it to be a traditional dance
  • The film won three Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actress for Lila Kedrova, Best Art Direction for Vassilis Photopoulos and Best Cinematography for Walter Lassally

Athens and bouzouki March 23, 2007

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First, I’ve got to say that of all the places on our trip, I had the highest expectations for Athens. I’m happy to report…expectations exceeded. You’ll see in my next few posts what I’m talking about.  I’m only going to get one in now though as I’ve got to get to bed…

Athens never sleeps and neither did I. I had awesome meetings, took tons of photos, and really love the people and culture.

Our hostess in Athens was a beautiful lady named Elizabeth Phocas. She was just delightful and did a marvelous job of keeping us on schedule. Despite what we heard about southern Europe being chronically late, my experience is they were quite punctual…perhaps more so than us.

The first night there we had dinner at Giorti Baxevani, home of the number one rated chef in all of Athens for 2006. That set the bar for our entire time in Athens. We toured the wood fired oven kitchen and well as the wine cellar.

I believe Greek food is now my favorite. I just love it. I know I’ve gained weight, but the thing I don’t get is how all of the Greeks are so fit and trim. After four days my pants don’t fit anymore…

After dinner we went to a bouzouki bar. I had no idea what a treat I was in for. This was an awesome time built around live music with a long string of different male and female singers.

The tables butt right up to the stage and are loaded with fresh fruit, libations, and plates full of carnations. And they keep it all coming. The singers croon songs of the frustrations of lost loves as the audience throws the flowers or petals towards the singers and each other. I never knew throwing flowers could be such fun.

We were also frequently invited on stage to dance with the singers and as a group. This is but one perfect example of experiencing a new culture and learning by doing. It exemplifies what this trip has been for me.

Read this at Sam Matheny’s blog