Category Archives: European Union

Behind the holiday island: The refugee crisis and the future for healthcare on Leros

     Pandeli Harbour, Leros Here is the second part of the interview with my friend, Takis Varnas, who works as a nurse on Leros in the Dodecanese islands. I am indebted to him for his practical help and advice … Continue reading

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Behind the holiday island: Leros as seen by Takis Varnas

Apart from the beauty of the island of Leros, Martyn and I return year after year because of the friends we have made there. We have known Takis Varnas and his family the longest. They have all helped me one … Continue reading

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I used to hate jigsaw puzzles…

I used to hate jigsaw puzzles… I could say – “Until I discovered Smirnoff” – but that would date me and anyone who remembers the ad campaign (and the awful jokes*) and baffle anyone who wasn’t in Britain in the … Continue reading

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Olympia Karayorga

On Leros one day last September, Martyn and I strolled from Pandeli to Aghia Marina for a midday snack and drink. There, we were accosted by a charming Greek lady in a rakish John Lennon cap, who decided to sit … Continue reading

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Symi

This is one of the many reasons people fall in love with Symi. I set my first novel, TERRIBLE WITH RAISINS, there. My next, JIGSAW ISLAND, features both Symi and, Leros – 6 ferry hours away. Every island has a … Continue reading

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How could anyone who’s read a book resist this?

PUT IT TO THE PEOPLE MARCH – LONDON 23 MARCH 2019

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Marching for Put it to the People…

On right, beloved, Martyn Stead, be-badged and happy. On left, friend Ian Blyth, a chum from Guildford – a chance encounter midst the million plus in central London yesterday. (Me and me bad foot kept me away. Spirit marched every … Continue reading

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