Half cocked Demy for Greece in 2-17 with "This is love", a banal bit of Eurodance non-entity. It's here
After a year's absence and with everything else that is going on, I was hoping 2016 would be an invigorating year. So I am saddened that Argo & "Utopian Land" have given diluted plebeian ethnic drivel. All the "Opa's", bouzouki's and doumbek's under the sun won't save it here
Freaky Fortune feat. RiskyKidd is the catchily named Eurodance act attempting to bring a bit of sunshine to ESC with "Rise up". At least it's loud, even if it isn't catchy. It can be found here
 Koza Mostra (geddit) feat. Agathon Iakovidis will be romping through a barmy olive-fuelled bit of nonsense called "Alcohol is Free". So in tribute dust those stills down and start home brewing here
Heavy on the e's, Eleftheria Eleftheriou would certainly never be seen taking illegal narcotics, not least because she doesn't wear enough to hide any. She'll be hip jiggling to "Aphrodisiac", a woeful generic effort that screams "we do not want to host the show". Read about her here

The Tourist Guide says

"With well over a hundred inhabited islands and a territory that stretches from the south Aegean to the Balkan countries, Greece offers enough to fill months of travel. The historic sites span four millennia, encompassing both the legendary and the obscure, where a visit can still seem like a personal discovery. Beaches are parcelled out along a convoluted coastline equal to France's in length, and islands range from backwaters where the boat calls twice a week to resorts as cosmopolitan as any in the Mediterranean."


"Athens, despite its history as the "Cradle of Western Civilization", is something of an acquired taste. At first glance it is exceedingly ugly, sprawled over the arid hills of Attica, its traffic in Gordian knots, its air the foulest in Western Europe. Such first impressions do not last long. What Athens lacks in charm and beauty, it compensates for with character, attitude, humor, and a zest for life. The mild climate enables the city's exuberant art scene and nightlife to exist outdoors; the Greeks invented theater and built their magnificent outdoor amphitheaters in Athens."

A motorist has been injured when his car plunged into a hole that opened up on a main road being re-built for the 2004 Olympics in Athens.
A truck loaded with gravel sent to fill the 50 ft by 52 ft deep hole also fell inside.
Firefighters pulled the driver from his vehicle after a section of the Doukissis Plakendias highway gave way.
The highway, one of the capital's busiest, will be closed for four days. The driver of the truck was not hurt.
Government spokesman Christos Protopapas said an investigation had been launched into the accident and said the driver would be compensated for any damage to his vehicle.

2000-1500 The Minoan civilization reaches its height. 1500BC Explosion of Thira (Santorini) releases energy equal to 200,000 H-bombs. 1200BC End of Mycenaean civilization. 490BC Phidippides of Athens set out on his run. 484-420BC Herodotus first historian. 438BC Parthenon built atop the Acropolis. 431-404BC Peloponnesian war between Athens & Sparta. 290BC 110-foot Colossus of Rhodes built to the sun god Helios. 224BC Earthquake breaks the Colossus of Rhodes at his knees. 393AD The Olympic Games held from 776 BC until about 393 AD. 1460 The Ottomans conquer southern Greece. 1463 The Venetians regain southern Greece. 1715 The Ottomans recapture southern Greece. 1821 The Ottomans defeat the Greeks. 1827 Athens falls to Ottomans during Greek War of Independence. 1924 Greeks vote for abolition of the monarchy. 1935 Monarchy restored. 1940 Mussolini's forces attack, but are repelled. 1941 Greece falls to Germany. More than 100,000 die in famine. Fierce resistance follows. 1944 British & Greeks force Nazi withdrawal. 1949 Royalist parties win elections, restore monarchy. 1973 Greece declares a republic, monarchy is abolished. 1981 Greece joins EU. 2002 Euro replaces drachma.

Council officials in Greece have seized a batch of penis-shaped lollipops which were on sale at a popular beauty spot.
The sweets were on sale at a highway rest stop in the Vale of Tempe in northern Greece.A woman bus passenger was travelling with her young child who drew her attention to the lollies which were available in a variety of colours and sizes.
An art exhibition in Athens celebrating the Olympics features a photo of a man having sex with a water melon.
A 37-year-old woman tore down the photograph by Thanassis Tsotsikas.
She then waited patiently to be discovered by the art gallery guards. Police gave her a warning and released her.

Famous Greeks

Telly Savalas, Elia Kazan, Maria Callas, Nana Mouskouri, Vangelis
El Greco
Aristotle, Diogenes, Epimenides, Plato, Socrates
Archimedes, Euclides, Hippocrates, Pythagoras
Aesop, Aristophenes, Aeschlyus, Herodotus, Homer, Plutarch, Sophocles, Thucydides


Life expectancy

76.17 men 81.48 women
Airports 79
Radios 477 per 1,000 people
Internet Users 705.8 per 10,000 people
Railway Network 1,537 miles
Death Penalty abolished in 1993