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submitted by News Corp Network on 11.12.2015

The original Mad max ... Mel Gibson with George Miller at the 2015 AACTA Awards held at The Star in Pyrmont, Sydney. Picture Richard Dobson Source News Corp Australia

held at The Star in Pyrmont, Sydney. Picture Richard Dobson Source: News Corp Australia

George Miller named best director and Max Mad: Fury Road best film at the 2015 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards (AACTA Awards)

December 9 2015 9, 2015


George Miller’s epic film Mad Max: Fury Road has been crowned the best film of the Australian industry’s biggest year at the box office since the 1990s.
The action-packed revival of Miller’s 1970s franchise took out the AACTA Award for Best Film at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts’ star-studded ceremony on Wednesday night at The Star Event Centre in Sydney.
Having already scooped awards for Cinematography, Sound, Music Score, Editing, Production Design and Visual Effects at last week’s craft awards, Mad Max: Fury Road, which starred Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron, took its total tally to eight AACTAs when Miller was awarded Best Director.
The 70-year-old Miller had fought for years to get another Mad Max movie off the ground — Fury Road eventually had to be shot in Namibia after drought-breaking rains turned Australia’s red desert sands green.
But while the post-apocalyptic blockbuster was largely shot overseas and backed by Hollywood studio Warner Bros, it qualified as an Australian film thanks to its director and funding from local bodies.
The original Mad max ... Mel Gibson with George Miller at the 2015 AACTA Awards held at The Star in Pyrmont, Sydney. Picture: Richard Dobson
Miller was given his best director gong by his original Mad Max, Mel Gibson, who is back in town to make his film Hacksaw Ridge.
He seemed genuinely thrilled to present the award to his old colleague.
“Oh hey, it’s George,” he said as he opened up the envelope. Miller praised his Mad Max: Fury Road crew saying “this wasn’t an easy film to make”.

Held the dream for 36 years ... Director George Miller poses with the AACTA Award for Best Film for Mad Max: Fury Road Picture: Mark Metcalfe / Getty Images for AFI Source:Getty Images

Smaller films shined in the AACTA Awards’ acting categories, with The Dressmakerstar Kate Winslet named Best Lead Actress and castmates Judy Davis and Hugo Weaving claiming the Supporting Actor gongs.
Englishwoman Winslet winning over Charlize Theron’s Mad Max performance may come as a surprise to some, with the South African-born star currently featuring prominently in Oscars predictions over in the US.
Winslet recorded her very funny thank you speech for Best Lead Actress in a feature film from overseas.
“They said I ought to put something together on the off-chance I might win this award. But I’m sure I haven’t because it should go to a local and I am indeed an outsider.
I did put on lipstick just in case. I loved being a part of The Dressmaker. Thank you.”
Unsurprisingly, The Dressmaker stitched up the People’s Choice Award for Favourite Australian Film — Aussies have delivered the Victorian-shot film over $16 million in ticket sales so far.
Meanwhile, Aussie stalwart Michael Caton was recognised for a performance that spanned comedy and moments of heavy drama, winning Best Actor for his role as a taxi driver diagnosed with only months to live in Last Cab to Darwin. It was his first AACTA award.
Cate Blanchett called for more of the country’s actors on screen as she tearfully accepted one of the highest honours in the Australian film industry.
As had been announced, Blanchett was given the Longford Lyell Award for an outstanding contribution to Australian screen by actors Richard Roxburgh and Hugo Weaving.
“Oh I’ve become one of those ridiculous people who cries it’s just a f!@#ing award,” a teary Blanchett said as she accepted the gong.
A cavalcade of Hollywood directors, including Martin Scorsese, Ron Howard and Robert Redford, delivered video messages congratulating Blanchett.
Blanchett said that more Australian actors should be cast.
“It’s not a quota ... it needs to be fought for,” Blanchett said.
She also acknowledged how happy she was the award she received had had a name change to include Australian 19th century actress and film producer, Lottie Lyell.
“Thank you for recognising Lottie Lyell,” she said.
“I think it’s fantastic AACTAs is coming into the 21st century,” she said in a nod towards gender equality, as the film industry works towards having 50/50 gender equity in upcoming Australian projects.
Backstage, Blanchett said the Australian industry needed to be celebrated for being small and unique, and it should stop trying to emulate other industries around the world.
“I love this industry so deeply and am so very proud to be a part of it that it always pains me so much that we talk ourselves down,” she said.
“We are a small industry and that’s a virtue, I think it makes us unique.”
Directors Ridley Scott and Martin Scorsese both lamented the fact they’d only had the chance to work with Blanchett once and would love to do it again. Robert Redford also paid Blanchett a great tribute.
“You are brilliant and you do honour to your craft,” Ron Howard said.
The director of her upcoming film Carol, Todd Haynes, called the actress “a beacon, a galaxy and a mensch.”
The AACTA Awards’ TV categories were dazzled by Channel 7’s Peter Allen — Not the Boy Next Door, which sang and danced its way to seven statuettes.
That haul included Best Actor awards for the two Peters: Jackson for his Lead role as the grown up Allen and teenager Ky Baldwin for his Supporting work as the young Allen.
Sigrid Thornton’s transformation into the legendary Judy Garland was rewarded with the Best Supporting Actress AACTA.
Not the Boy Next Door was also named Best Telemovie or Miniseries.
Ten’s repackaged MasterChef Australia won in a crowded Best Reality Series category, while the ABC’s new series Glitchwon Best Drama ahead of more experienced and fancied rivals Wentworth, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and Love Child.
Pamela Rabe’s consistently terrifying character The Freak in Foxtel drama Wentworth won her Best Actress.

Mad Max: Fury Road grossed $21.7 million at the Australian box office and $520 million internationally.

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submitted by Sydney Morning Herald on 16.05.2015

Seamlessly taking over the role. Tom Hardy in Mad Max Fury Road.

Mad Max: Fury Road: Here's what you need to know?

Sydney Morning Herald

May 14, 2015

Garry Maddox


It's been 36 years since the first Mad Max movie, but very little has changed.

Thinking about seeing Mad Max: Fury Road but wondering whether it's a movie for you?

That will be a popular question as director George Miller's fourth instalment in the action movie series opens around the world. Given that it is 30 years since Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, filmgoers will be wondering, do they need to be familiar with the other Mad Max movies? And if they've caught some of the footage, who are those wild looking characters with strange names like Imperator Furiosa and Immortan Joe?

The first thing you need to know – don't worry, no spoilers – is ........
You don't need to have seen the previous instalments:


Sometimes you watch a sequel and spend the first half of the movie wondering "should I know who that is?" and "how do those two know each other?" But Mad Max: Fury Road is entirely self-contained, with everything you need to know explained in first five minutes.

No doubt the movie will spark renewed interest in Miller's first three instalments – the raw Mad Max (1979), the classic Mad Max 2 (1981) and the inventive-but-not-quite-as-good Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome​ (1985).

The landmark action series turned Mel Gibson into a star and sparked a hundred copycats across popular culture – none more obvious than Kevin Costner's​ Waterworld.

However there are subtle references to previous instalments:

Although mostly shot in Namibia, it has Australian energy.
Although mostly shot in Namibia, it has Australian energy.
Fans of the first three Mad Max movies will enjoy seeing Max wearing his iconic leather jacket, a moment featuring a hurdy-gurdy and the kill switches in the War Rig. But Max doesn't have a dog this time round, although Miller promises there is one in a planned sequel.

It is neither a prequel nor a sequel:M

Don't worry about where the movie sits in the Mad Max chronology. Miller quietly suggests it might take place between Mad Max 2 and Beyond Thunderdome​ but it doesn't matter. "It's revisiting the world," he says.

The story takes place in a brilliantly conceived world, even if you don't understand it on first viewing:

Miller has created a new dark age with a logic behind every element on the screen. "All the worst-case scenarios we see in the news come to pass all at once," he says. "Economic collapse, power-grid collapse, oil wars, water wars and things we just didn't see coming. There's wholesale organ failure of all the things that glue us together.

"You jump 45 years into the future. All the coastal cities so far as we know have been razed. Great gangs have marauded​ like locusts across the land. In the centre of a continent like Australia, there's a new dominance hierarchy, where all the resources are controlled."

No Mel Gibson or his dog from the original Mad Max.

Immortan​ Joe controls artesian water from his citadel and trades with other warlords who run Gas Town, which has the fuel, and the Bullet Farm, which has the weapons. With computer systems wiped out, the wasteland is filled with whatever can be cobbled together from a more robust technological era.

So the social structure, characters, vehicles, costumes, weapons and even the dialogue and the gestures are all "found objects" that have been recycled by survivors.

Miller says his team had two rules in creating the world. "Just because it's after the apocalypse, it doesn't mean people can't​ make beautiful things," he says. "And just because it's the wasteland, it doesn't mean people lose their sense of humour."

You don't need to be an action movie fan:

If the last movie you watched was Fast & Furious 7 and you're hanging out for the eighth, you won't be disappointed by Fury Road. It has large-scale spectacle, wild stunts and a dazzlingly original vision for a post-apocalyptic world. But Miller has been smart enough to redefine the action movie by bringing in a female warrior, Charlize Theron's Imperator Furiosa​, who shares the screen with Tom Hardy's Max Rockatansky.

​The plot in a line: Furiosa​ drives a truck known as the War Rig across the desert, pursued by marauding warriors, to help the five young wives of a warlord named Immortan​ Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne) escape, teaming up with Max along the way.

Tom Hardy is a credible Max:

He is still one of those actors that many people half recognise. He was British agent Ricki Tarr in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, the masked Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, conman Eames in Inception and troubled Welsh driver Ivan Locke in Locke. He has taken over from Gibson seamlessly, though Miller had planned to cast Heath Ledger until his tragic death.

Those wild stunts were real:

Miller and producer Doug Mitchell take pride in getting through a gruelling shoot over 135 days – featuring 300 stunts – with no-one seriously injured, let alone killed.

They went "old school", doing it on set rather than creating stunts, vehicles and explosions with computer graphics. It works.

Max's iconic car is in it:

In the opening scene, Max drives an updated version of his famous supercharged Interceptor, called the Razor Cola. Like every other vehicle in the movie, it has been battered, "weaponised" and decorated for war.

But Mel Gibson isn't:

There were rumours of a cameo for Gibson after Miller cast Hardy but they are not true. Miller thought it would jar to have him bob up.

It's very much an Australian film:

While it is backed by Hollywood studio Warner Bros and was mostly shot in Namibia, Fury Road benefited substantially from Australia's filmmaking incentives. And it has a raw, rambunctious energy and an originality that is entirely Miller's.

What a year it is for Australian directors with action movies. First, James Wan triumphed with Fast & Furious 7; now Miller looks like doing the same with a very different breed of vehicles in Mad Max: Fury Road.

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submitted by Kytherian Art World on 21.04.2015

Alexia Psaltis. Young artist thrilled to win inclusion in gallery display

Art student gets subsumed

By HELEN GREGORY

Newcastle Herald

February 11th, 2015

Reproduced with permission of The Newcastle Herald ©Copyright 2015

Alexia is the daughter of Peter and Sheri Psaltis, who live in Newcastle, and granddaughter of the late George Psaltis and Alexandra Psaltis (nee, Feros), of Gilgandra, and later Earlwood.

ALEXIA Psaltis’ hair-raising expeditions squeezing through fences to photograph abandoned industrial sites have paid off, culminating in an eye-catching piece selected to hang in the Art Gallery of NSW.

The 2014 dux of Hunter School of the Performing Arts is the woman behind Subsumed, which has been selected for Artexpress, a showcase of the best works of art completed by NSW students as part of last year’s Higher School Certificate.

Of the 219 works selected for exhibitions in galleries across the state, only 37 have been selected for inclusion in the exclusive Art Gallery of NSW exhibit.

‘‘When I heard, I was jumping around in excitement, it was the best feeling,’’ Ms Psaltis said.

‘‘Out of all of my HSC achievements, that’s the one that really stood out to me.’’

Ms Psaltis’ work explores the paradox of Newcastle’s heavy industry sitting alongside its pristine coast.

It comprises six surrealistic portraits of female figures, representing Mother Nature, being consumed by industrial structures, objects and landscapes that convey destruction and invasion.

Each portrait includes layers of hundreds of photos she captured from both active and abandoned industrial sites including Kooragang Island, Cockatoo Island and around Hexham and Maitland.

‘‘I visited quite a few deserted and unused machinery yards where there was equipment that had rusted and been left to rot,’’ she said.

‘‘It was a bit scary going into the abandoned sites, but I just squeezed through holes in fences.

‘‘The portraits represent how physical, spiritual and psychological identity is threatened by industrialisation, which removes individual human inspiration and imagination.

‘‘We now face a future of surreal, stunted landscapes.’’

Ms Psaltis also completed major works in English Extension II, Music and Society and Culture and was named on the All-round Achievers list for receiving marks in the highest band possible for 10 or more units.

She began her combined law and arts degree at the University of Newcastle in February 2015.

Artexpress at the Art Gallery of NSW will open to the public from Thursday.

The remaining works selected for Artexpress will be on display in venues across the state throughout the remainder of the year.

The exhibition will come to Maitland Regional Art Gallery between September 11 and November 1.

Rationale of the artwork

Alexia Psaltis
Hunter School of the Performing Arts

SUBSUMED

Photomeita
Prints to Breathing Colour Velvet paper

Subsumed is a series of portraits representing the threat to physical, spiritual and psychological identity from rampant industrialisation. The portraits identify how the dominance of industry removes individual human inspiration and imagination. We face a future of surreal, stunted landscapes populated by impaired humanity, symbolised by the replacement of human physicality with machinery. I photographed all the images of industrial structures, objects and landscapes that convey destruction and invasion. I layered these eclectic images with the human portraits to represent the unchecked, pervasive presence of industrial processes in our lives. We are consumed by industry and its detritus.

What is ArtExpress?

ARTEXPRESS is an annual exhibition of artworks created by students from government and non-government schools for the Higher School Certificate Examination in Visual Arts. The works demonstrate exceptional quality across a broad range of subject matter, approaches, styles and media including painting, photography, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, documented forms, textiles and fibre, ceramics, digital animation, film and video, and collections of works.

ARTEXPRESS represents the high standards and diversity achieved by Year 12 Visual Arts students in New South Wales schools.

The continued excellence of the annual ARTEXPRESS exhibition is the outcome of a rigorous Visual Arts curriculum that builds on study from Kindergarten through to Year 12.

Visual Arts is part of the core curriculum in primary school and junior high school and a popular elective for the Higher School Certificate examination.

Student assessment in Visual Arts for the Higher School Certificate is based on submission of a Body of Work plus a written examination. Each students develops their submission through a process, recorded in a Visual Arts Process Diary, which reflects the problem-solving approach of the practising artist.

Equally important especially at senior level, is critical study and art history which plays a crucial role in informing the artworks produced by students.

The works chosen for ARTEXPRESS are a representative selection from over 12,000 examination submissions and reflect not only the talent of the individual students, but also the strength of the curriculum and excellence of Visual Arts teaching in New South Wales schools.

ARTEXPRESS is shown at 9 metropolitan and regional venues in NSW.

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submitted by George Poulos on 11.05.2014

Children dancing, and celebrating their heritage

at the Kytherian Association November Family Dance, Westside Reception Lounge, Marrickville on 23 November 2013. kythera-family.net was wished a very happy tenth birthday on the night.

kythera-family.net turns ten. Χρόνια Πολλά. Να τα εκατοστήσεις

"I found Vikki Vrettos Fraioli on Kythera-Family.net and mailed her regarding her Hlentzos connection, and since the first email a couple of days ago, I have had many many emails from her with a huge amount of information regarding my relatives. If this website was not available to us, all this information would never have been shared."
Heather de Marco, April 2013

James Prineas:

It is now ten years since we first launched kythera-family.net (kfn). If you don't already know how it came to be, here's a short recap of the story:
The seed was actually sown back in 1996 when I put on a photographic exhibition called "A Village on Kythera" in the Bondi Pavilion. There I met so many lovely Kytherians (and others – like a group of Sicilian grand¬mothers who cried when they saw my pictures because it reminded them of home...). Many of the Kytherians told me of their collections of vintage pictures from Kythera. I would have loved to help them collate and scan and publish their pictures but it wasn't until about 2001 that I found an affordable and practical solution: to use the internet.

Back then, "community sites" were almost unheard of and the founder of Facebook was probably just out of nappies. So I suppose I shouldn't have been surprised that my idea to create an online heritage repository, to which members of the Kytherian community could upload their family material to the site for the rest of the world to share and enjoy, fell on deaf ears in the beginning.

Then a man, who, up until that time, had never used the internet himself, saved the day: Angelo Notaras. Ann Coward suggested I get in touch with him and it didn't take long for Angelo to recognise the potential benefits to the Kytherian community and he put his conside-rable reputation behind the project. He and his equally generous brothers, John and the late Mitch Notaras, put their money where their vision was and helped convince others to financially support the endeavour.

Next came the ebullient George C. Poulos to the party and, when he wasn't fervently preaching to the less internet-savvy members of the Kytherian Association of Australia (KAA) that the internet wasn't just a fad, he was motivating community members to entrust copies of their heritage material to him to upload to the young site. He and Angelo managed to persuade the KAA Board to embrace the concept, and the latter have been loyal supporters ever since, as evidenced by this article.

The initial problem was that the people with the most knowledge and material on Kythera were of a generation who were still fazed by mobile telephones, never mind by "websites", "uploading" and "urls". Ten years on, even if that generation doesn't use the internet or emails regularly themselves, they generally know what it is about and allow their children and grandchildren to upload their family stories and picture to our site.

Over the past ten years the 3,000 registered users have submitted over 19 000 entries to KFN: life stories, maps, recipes, and other documents to the site, which are viewed by around 20 000 visitors each month!

The extensive Message Board on the site gives evidence of the hundreds of connections made by the site between Kytherians separated by thousands of kilometres, or far less. Two of our most avid contributors live only a few kilometres from each other in California, but discovered their family link through our site.

The possible significance of one group photo from Kythera from 1920 with a dozen people in it is exponential: a fifty-year-old in that picture might have had five children and twenty grandchildren and forty great-grandchildren. That makes sixty-five descendents per person in the picture and a total of 780 for all the subjects. Now, how many of those 780 will have ever seen that picture? Not many if it is stored under someone's bed. But online all of them have access if they care to look.

And the nice thing about a website as opposed to a publication is that there is virtually no limit to the amount which can be presented on it. So it's not too late to post your grandmother's Greek passport or your great-great-grandfather's birth certificate. It's the best way to make sure that your own great-grandchildren will be able to find it one day.

The ten-year anniversary of kythera-family was celebrated with a well-attended party held at the Mill Resort, Mitata, Kythera, in July 2013.

In Australia it was celebrated at the Kytherian Association November Family Dance, Westside Reception Lounge, Marrickville on 23 November 2013.

George Poulos:

I agree with James that the key driver of kfn has been Angelo Notaras OAM. I also agree that the success of the web-site can be attributed to a number of superior features inherent in the site: The web-site is generative. One photograph or one story can elicit a great deal of additional inter-related information.

The web-site is connective. Individuals, families, and organisations have been connected, and re-connected. At every level, the spirit of kytheraismos has been greatly enhanced.

The web-site is revelatory. New information is being uncovered all the time, which most of the world’s Kytherians had previously been unaware of.

The number of Kytherians and Philokytherians who, like Heather der Marco, quoted earlier, who have derived immense pleasure from kythera-family.net? Unknowable! What we do know is that an economic and architectonic infrastructure has been put in place to ensure that www.kythera-family.net will be maintained indefinitely. Hence it will always remain a key force in the preservation, maintenance, and enhancement of Kytherian history, culture, artefacts, ethos and heritage.

By its very existence kythera-family.net has helped energise its principals and supporters to create new and exciting projects – many of which most Kytherians around the world would not guess have derived from kfn. These include the publishing accomplishments of the Kytherian World Heritage Fund – as of mid 2014 thirty-one books with a Kytherian theme available for sale in Australia and in Greece.

kfn has also forged powerful links with the Society of Kytherian Studies in Athens, who have also published 25 books with a Kytherian theme in the Greek language, and the Departments of History and Philosophy at Athens University through Professor’s George and Athanassia Leontsinis. Strong links with KIPA and the Kytheriasmos Institute have also been created. The website has already inspired a Masters Thesis in Germany by Angeliki Pentsi, and Alexander Riedmuller will soon publish his Ph.D thesis on the the kfn website in Bamberg, Germany.

kfn aids people in research, sometimes on a daily basis. For example, on the 7th of April 2014, I received an email from a person thanking kfn and me for providing information on the site which helped him with a paper he delivered the previous week to the 10th Panionian Conference. The topic being "Kythira-Smyrna: The steamboat connection between two places during the 19th century and their unknown perspective." Rosa Cassimatis's name found its way into all.

After research I have concluded that Rosa is NOT buried, as most believe, in the Angelo Cavallini tomb in the Saint Spyridon of Kapsali cemetery but was, most likely, buried in Corfu where she died. If she had been buried in Kythera she should have been mentioned on the gravestone, as her (second) husband died much later than her. No such thing. The Corfu Mental Hospital Archives do not report any final resting place, but as she died in 1882 even if she had been buried in the city of Corfu cemetery her grave is probably lost. Again I'd like to thank all contributors to the site who helped me with my research”. This is a tangential Kytherian interest. But the communication indicates into how many different areas kfn managed to penetrate.

kfn inspiration also led to the preservation and archiving of the Fatseas collection of plate glass negative photographs. This in turn led to the publication of the books, A Kytherian Century and Panayotis Fatseas: Kytherian Faces, 1920-1938, and an Exhibition in the prestigious Benaki Museum, Athens.

Other Special Projects included the importation into Kythera of medical and aged care equipment to benefit residents and patients at the Aged Care facility and Hospital at Potamos. The importation into Kythera of Library shelving from the USA, and later the organisation and funding to completion of both the interior and exterior of the Kytherian Municipal Library, the first Lending Library established on Kythera in 3,000 years. Principals of kfn also aided in creating the first Greek Australian Museum of migration in Australia – the Roxy Museum, located within the Roxy Museum ‘complex’ in Bingara.

James Russell Lowell (1819-1891) asserted that "creativity is not the finding of a thing, but the making something out of it after it is found." By that criterion www.kythera-family.net is a very creative entity indeed. Να τα εκατοστήσεις.

You are the authors! Kythera-Family.net - the online cultural archive for Kythera - aims to preserve and reflect the rich heritage of a wonderful island. Members of the community are actively invited to submit their family collection of Kytherian stories, photographs, recipes, oral histories, and home remedies etc. to the site. Uploading directly to the site is easy and free. Thus we can help make available valuable and interesting material for current and future generations, and inspire young Kytherians to learn more about their fascinating heritage.

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submitted by George Poulos on 11.05.2014

Guests gathered at the Mill Resort at Mitata in July 2013

to clebrate the 10th Birthday Party of kythera-family.net.

kythera-family.net turns ten. Χρόνια Πολλά. Να τα εκατοστήσεις

"I found Vikki Vrettos Fraioli on Kythera-Family.net and mailed her regarding her Hlentzos connection, and since the first email a couple of days ago, I have had many many emails from her with a huge amount of information regarding my relatives. If this website was not available to us, all this information would never have been shared."
Heather de Marco, April 2013

James Prineas:

It is now ten years since we first launched kythera-family.net (kfn). If you don't already know how it came to be, here's a short recap of the story:
The seed was actually sown back in 1996 when I put on a photographic exhibition called "A Village on Kythera" in the Bondi Pavilion. There I met so many lovely Kytherians (and others – like a group of Sicilian grand¬mothers who cried when they saw my pictures because it reminded them of home...). Many of the Kytherians told me of their collections of vintage pictures from Kythera. I would have loved to help them collate and scan and publish their pictures but it wasn't until about 2001 that I found an affordable and practical solution: to use the internet.

Back then, "community sites" were almost unheard of and the founder of Facebook was probably just out of nappies. So I suppose I shouldn't have been surprised that my idea to create an online heritage repository, to which members of the Kytherian community could upload their family material to the site for the rest of the world to share and enjoy, fell on deaf ears in the beginning.

Then a man, who, up until that time, had never used the internet himself, saved the day: Angelo Notaras. Ann Coward suggested I get in touch with him and it didn't take long for Angelo to recognise the potential benefits to the Kytherian community and he put his conside-rable reputation behind the project. He and his equally generous brothers, John and the late Mitch Notaras, put their money where their vision was and helped convince others to financially support the endeavour.

Next came the ebullient George C. Poulos to the party and, when he wasn't fervently preaching to the less internet-savvy members of the Kytherian Association of Australia (KAA) that the internet wasn't just a fad, he was motivating community members to entrust copies of their heritage material to him to upload to the young site. He and Angelo managed to persuade the KAA Board to embrace the concept, and the latter have been loyal supporters ever since, as evidenced by this article.

The initial problem was that the people with the most knowledge and material on Kythera were of a generation who were still fazed by mobile telephones, never mind by "websites", "uploading" and "urls". Ten years on, even if that generation doesn't use the internet or emails regularly themselves, they generally know what it is about and allow their children and grandchildren to upload their family stories and picture to our site.

Over the past ten years the 3,000 registered users have submitted over 19 000 entries to KFN: life stories, maps, recipes, and other documents to the site, which are viewed by around 20 000 visitors each month!

The extensive Message Board on the site gives evidence of the hundreds of connections made by the site between Kytherians separated by thousands of kilometres, or far less. Two of our most avid contributors live only a few kilometres from each other in California, but discovered their family link through our site.

The possible significance of one group photo from Kythera from 1920 with a dozen people in it is exponential: a fifty-year-old in that picture might have had five children and twenty grandchildren and forty great-grandchildren. That makes sixty-five descendents per person in the picture and a total of 780 for all the subjects. Now, how many of those 780 will have ever seen that picture? Not many if it is stored under someone's bed. But online all of them have access if they care to look.

And the nice thing about a website as opposed to a publication is that there is virtually no limit to the amount which can be presented on it. So it's not too late to post your grandmother's Greek passport or your great-great-grandfather's birth certificate. It's the best way to make sure that your own great-grandchildren will be able to find it one day.

The ten-year anniversary of kythera-family was celebrated with a well-attended party held at the Mill Resort, Mitata, Kythera, in July 2013.

In Australia it was celebrated at the Kytherian Association November Family Dance, Westside Reception Lounge, Marrickville on 23 November 2013.

George Poulos:

I agree with James that the key driver of kfn has been Angelo Notaras OAM. I also agree that the success of the web-site can be attributed to a number of superior features inherent in the site: The web-site is generative. One photograph or one story can elicit a great deal of additional inter-related information.

The web-site is connective. Individuals, families, and organisations have been connected, and re-connected. At every level, the spirit of kytheraismos has been greatly enhanced.

The web-site is revelatory. New information is being uncovered all the time, which most of the world’s Kytherians had previously been unaware of.

The number of Kytherians and Philokytherians who, like Heather der Marco, quoted earlier, who have derived immense pleasure from kythera-family.net? Unknowable! What we do know is that an economic and architectonic infrastructure has been put in place to ensure that www.kythera-family.net will be maintained indefinitely. Hence it will always remain a key force in the preservation, maintenance, and enhancement of Kytherian history, culture, artefacts, ethos and heritage.

By its very existence kythera-family.net has helped energise its principals and supporters to create new and exciting projects – many of which most Kytherians around the world would not guess have derived from kfn. These include the publishing accomplishments of the Kytherian World Heritage Fund – as of mid 2014 thirty-one books with a Kytherian theme available for sale in Australia and in Greece.

kfn has also forged powerful links with the Society of Kytherian Studies in Athens, who have also published 25 books with a Kytherian theme in the Greek language, and the Departments of History and Philosophy at Athens University through Professor’s George and Athanassia Leontsinis. Strong links with KIPA and the Kytheriasmos Institute have also been created. The website has already inspired a Masters Thesis in Germany by Angeliki Pentsi, and Alexander Riedmuller will soon publish his Ph.D thesis on the the kfn website in Bamberg, Germany.

kfn aids people in research, sometimes on a daily basis. For example, on the 7th of April 2014, I received an email from a person thanking kfn and me for providing information on the site which helped him with a paper he delivered the previous week to the 10th Panionian Conference. The topic being "Kythira-Smyrna: The steamboat connection between two places during the 19th century and their unknown perspective." Rosa Cassimatis's name found its way into all.

After research I have concluded that Rosa is NOT buried, as most believe, in the Angelo Cavallini tomb in the Saint Spyridon of Kapsali cemetery but was, most likely, buried in Corfu where she died. If she had been buried in Kythera she should have been mentioned on the gravestone, as her (second) husband died much later than her. No such thing. The Corfu Mental Hospital Archives do not report any final resting place, but as she died in 1882 even if she had been buried in the city of Corfu cemetery her grave is probably lost. Again I'd like to thank all contributors to the site who helped me with my research”. This is a tangential Kytherian interest. But the communication indicates into how many different areas kfn managed to penetrate.

kfn inspiration also led to the preservation and archiving of the Fatseas collection of plate glass negative photographs. This in turn led to the publication of the books, A Kytherian Century and Panayotis Fatseas: Kytherian Faces, 1920-1938, and an Exhibition in the prestigious Benaki Museum, Athens.

Other Special Projects included the importation into Kythera of medical and aged care equipment to benefit residents and patients at the Aged Care facility and Hospital at Potamos. The importation into Kythera of Library shelving from the USA, and later the organisation and funding to completion of both the interior and exterior of the Kytherian Municipal Library, the first Lending Library established on Kythera in 3,000 years. Principals of kfn also aided in creating the first Greek Australian Museum of migration in Australia – the Roxy Museum, located within the Roxy Museum ‘complex’ in Bingara.

James Russell Lowell (1819-1891) asserted that "creativity is not the finding of a thing, but the making something out of it after it is found." By that criterion www.kythera-family.net is a very creative entity indeed. Να τα εκατοστήσεις.

You are the authors! Kythera-Family.net - the online cultural archive for Kythera - aims to preserve and reflect the rich heritage of a wonderful island. Members of the community are actively invited to submit their family collection of Kytherian stories, photographs, recipes, oral histories, and home remedies etc. to the site. Uploading directly to the site is easy and free. Thus we can help make available valuable and interesting material for current and future generations, and inspire young Kytherians to learn more about their fascinating heritage.

Photos > Diaspora Social Life

submitted by Kytherian World Heritage Fund on 15.10.2013

Committee members of AHEPA and Association of Greek Writers and Artists Australia ( EELKA )

along with the newly appointed Greek Consul of Sydney Dr Stavros Kyrimis, and Jim Saltis...at the launch of Jim's latest book Ευχές αναθεματισμοί και εξορκισμοί.

The English translation is Blessings, Curses and Exorcisms.

The launch was conducted at the Australian Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA) Hall, 394 Princes Hwy
Rockdale NSW 2216, from 6:00 pm on Sunday 1st October, 2013.

The launch was hosted by the Association of Greek Writers and Artists Australia ( EELKA ) in collaboration with the Center for Literature and Poetry " Kostis Palamas " AHEPA.

The master of ceremonies for the evening was the Secretary of the Union Litsa Diakovasili. Dsicussion of the book was hosted by the President of the Union, Popi Anastasiadis Mallianou, and excerpts read by : Kiki Betty, Bethlehem Georgelli , Dimitra Milatou and Rosa Gialopouli, Board members of EELKA. Many passages were read from the book, and all acknowledged that the style and flow of Jim's novel was exceptional.

Visitors welcomed the President of AHEPA's Kostis Palamas " Mr. George Lianos.The presentation was attended by the Consul General of Greece Dr Stavros Kyrimis, and many other distinguished members of EELKA & AHEPA.

The launch was attended by a substantial number of people, as can be testified by this photograph.

Jim's friend, Tina Andrew accompanied him. This was appropriate as Tina's father Angelo Christianos was one of the founding members of AHEPA. He attended , one of the first AHEPA meetings held at Scone in 1935. A photograph of the Scone meeting adorns the AHEPA Hall.

Many of Jim and Tina's extended family, attended the launch.

The book is based on Jim Saltis's personal experiences, growing up as he did in a family of 7 children, in the pre-WW2 period in Alexandria, Egypt.

Authors Prefactory Remarks

Alexandria, Egypt, was the city of my birth, nurture and finally my departure in January 1949 without any hatred or wickedness.

I started writing my book Blessings, Curses and Exorcisms back in 1988, after my divorce. I bought a unit at Camspsie and attempted to reorganise my life as a bachelor. My days were grey and the nights were endless. I was craving for same sleep but it refused to intervene and bring some relief to my aching body and a break to my forever active brain. I named the Book “Mrs Stamata.” which was the name of the mother. It took many years to return to the skeletal draft and complete it.

The novel is a collection of experiences that I encountered, fictions that were creations of my cerebral fantasies the perpetually moving mind and my invisible soul.

All the persons that you will encounter in the story were real. Even the beautiful Flora (Madeline) who lived a daringly prodigal life was lucky to meet Milton and experience the immensity and tranquillity of true love. I compromised the tragedy of Alekos and Sofia’s love and gave a happy ending because of the philanthropic action of her boss Leon. Stamata died but she lives on as a ghost at the Greek section of the cemetery at Chatby awaiting the next Resurrection.

Now all of us who were born in Egypt and more particular in the cosmopolitan Alexandria we have dispersed at all corners of this hospitable planet. We travelled to new seas; we flew in skies and lands of places that we have learned in our Geography lessons. Most of us are well established in our new countries and we live carefree existences.

Yet we are grateful that we were born in Egypt.

This is Jim's second book. His first book, My Four Homes was published in both Greek and English.

Jims speech at the My Four Homes Book Launch

Download an interview with Jim Saltis on SBS Radio, Australia, here:

jim-saltis.mp3

This interview refers mainly to Jims previous book, My Four Homes, but also makes reference to Blessings, Curses and Exorcisms.

Author: Jim Saltis

When Published: 2013

Publisher: Jim Saltis

Available: From Jim Saltis or Tina Andrew. 02 9399 9767

Email, Jim Saltis

Book Details

Description: Paperback

Language: GREEK

ISBN: 9780646583938

Dewey Number: A823.4

Ευχές αναθεματισμοί και εξορκισμοί

Παρουσιάστρια: Πόπη Αναστασιάδου-Μαλλιάνου

Ο Δημήτρης Πρωτοψάλτης, γνωστός και ως Jim Saltis στο μυθιστόρημα του Ευχές αναθεματισμοί και εξορκισμοί μας πηγαίνει πίσω στο παρελθόν και μας κάνει να νοσταλγούμε και να ονειρευόμαστε. Μας περιγράφει με έντονα χρώματα μια Αίγυπτο που δεν υπάρχιε πια. Την Αίγυπτο της δεκαετίας του 1930. Βαθύς ψυχολόγος και γνώστης των ηθών της εποχής, μας αναλύει εκτενώς κοινονικά φαινόμενα. Μέσα από την ιστορία της ζωής μιας οικογένειας με επτά παιδιά μας περιγράφει ρεαλιστικά την Αίγυπτο και ιδίως την Αλέξάνδρια εκείνης της εποχής, την αγαπημένη του Αλεξάνδρια, την Αλεξάνδρια στην οποία γεννήθηκε(Βηθλεέμ Μπήκανε στο τράμ για το Μπακός...το εξαιρετικό προσωπικό του και την ακρίβεια του. ) Μια έντονη αίσθηση ιστορικότητας χαρακτηρίζει αυτό το μυθιστόρημα, όπως και το προηγoύμενο μυθιστόρημα του (Τα τέσσερα σπιτια) Στα βιβλία αυτά ο συγγραφέας αναλύει και τεκμηριώνει την πολιτική σήψη που υπάρχει στην δεκαετία του 30. Ο Πρωτοψάλτης είναι κοσμοπολίτης. Στο πίσω εξώφυλλο του βιβλίου του μας λέει; Σήμερα όλοι που γεννηθήκαμε στην μαγευτική πόλη της Αλεξάνδριας και στην Αίγυπτο ζούμε σκορπισμένοι στον φιλόξενο πλανήτη. Ταξιδέψαμε σε καινούργιες θάλασσες και πετάξαμε σε ουρανούς και πατρίδες που μάθαμε από τα βιβλία της Γεωγραφίας.

Το φάσμα των πάσης φύσεως προβληματισμών του είναι ευρύτατο. Αντλεί τα θέματα του από το παρελθόν που έχουν όμως απόλυτη σχέση με τα σημερινά δρώμενα. Εξετάζει όλες τις πτυχές της κοινωνίας με καταπληκτική οξυδέρκεια. Επίσης μας αναφέρει τις διάφορες δυσιδαιμονίες και προκαταλήψεις που υπήρχαν εκείνη την εποχή όπως π.χ. το χύσιμο του λαδιού που το θεωρούσαν μεγάλη γρουσουζιά. Κακός οιωνός όπως έλεγαν. (ΔήμητραΤο Μπουκάλι με το λάδι γλυστρησε από το χέρι της...μα τι φταίει πάλι ο άνθρωπος σκέφθηκε.)Πάνω σ’αυτές τις δυσιδαιμονίες και προκαταλήψεις βασίζεται και ο τίτλος του βιβλίου του Δημήτρη. Ευχές, αναθεματισμοί και εξορκισμοί. και μας μιλά και για τα μάγια που έκαναν για να σταματήσουν ανεπιθήμητους γάμους, η για να εκδικηθούν κάποιον που τους είχε ενοχλήσει η απλώς κάποιον που δεν συμπαθούσαν. Διάφοροι επιτήδιοι εκμετάλευονταν τις προκαταλήψεις αυτές και κέρδιζαν χρήματα από τα ανύποπτα θύματα που πίστευαν σ’αυτά που τους έλεγαν ότι δηλ, τα μάγια θα φέρουν το ποθητό απότέλεσμα. Παρ’ολό που αυτά που περιγράφει ο Πρωτοψάλτης στο βιβλίο του έχουν λάβει χώρα στος αρχές του 20 ου αιώνα το θέμα είναι πολύ επίκαιρο διότι κάθε τόσο βλέπουμε στα μέσα ενημέρωσης παρόμοιες καταστάσεις και στις μέρες μας, όπως τους δύο μάγους που συνέλαβε μερικά χρόνια πρίν, η αστυνομία στα Δυτικά προάστεια του Σύδνευ, που είχαν πελάτες-θύματα με Πανεπιστημιακή μόρφωση.(Κική Είμαι έτοιμη τώρα κυρία...Αμα το φέρεις τότε θα κάνουμε και το επόμενο βήμα.)

Αφίνοντας την φαντασία του ελεύθερη ο Πρωτοψάλτης, ζωντανεύει το παρελθόν κατά τον πιο θελκτικό τρόπο. Ο χρόνος, οι βαθειές εσωτερικές δονήσεις τα πάθη συνθέτουν ένα αρμονικό σύνολο. Με απλά λόγια με πέννα που ρέει, μας παρασέρνει να τον παρακολουθήσουμε με τον πιο αβίαστο τρόπο (Δήμητρα Θυμάμαι καλά τον πολιτικό τους γάμο...η ευτυχία μπήκε στο σπιτικό τους.)

Δεν λείπει το ρεαλιστικό στοιχείο, ενώ οι κοινονικές συνθήκες της εποχής αναλύονται με αξιοπρόσεκτη ακρίβεια. Οι διαγραφές των χαρακτήρων του είναι ακριβείς ενώ οι χώροι και οι περιγραφές των τοπίων αποδίνονται θαυμάσια (Βηθλεέμ,Ομως σκόρπιες σκέψεις χτυπούσαν την πόρτα του μυαλού της...και ο Θεός της είχε χαρίσει 7 παιδιά. .)Ρόζα.Αραπάδες.... της ερωμένης του)
Επίσης ο συγραφέας μας περιγράφει με μαθηματική ακρίβεια τον έρωτα, σαρκικό και πνευματικό σε μια εποχή δύσκολη, υποκριτική, σεμνότυφη, εποχή σεξουαλικής καταπίεσης. Οι ήρωες του, αγαπούν πολύ, στη ζωή τους. Αγαπούν δίχως σεμνοτυφίες και όρια και πολλές φορές περνούν τα σύνορα και σπάνουν τα καλούπια της ηθηκής με ολέθρια αποτελέσματα(.ΡόζαΗΦλώρα γύρισε στο σπίτι της....που αρνήθηκε την οικογένεια της.)

Βαθύς γνώστης της ανθρώπινης φύσης μας περιγράφει με έντονες μελανές πινελιέςτην καθοδική πορεία ατόμων-θυμάτων, που παραδίνονται σε ακραία πάθη και καταστρεπτικές συνήθειες επιρεάζοντας αρνητικά την ζωή τους και τις ζωές προσφυλών τους προσώπων. (Κική Είχε επιθυμήσει να περάσει....από την οικογένεια της.)

Μια άλλη πρωτοτυπία του βιβλίου είναι ότι συχνά παρεμβάλλονται διάφορα σχόλια και φιλοσοφικές παρατηρήσεις. Στος τέλος του βιβλίου υπάρχουν πολλές ωραίες φωτογραφίες κτιρίων και τοπίων εκείνης της εποχής.
Συνοψίζωντας μπορούμε να πούμε ότι το (Ευχές αναθεματισμοί και εξορκισμοί είναι ένα πρωτότυπο, αξιοπρόσεκτο έργο που αξίζει να διαβαστεί.

Συγχαρητήρια λοιπόν στον Δημήτρη Πρωτοψάλτη και του ευχόμαστε να δεί το έργο του διαδεδομένο διαχρονικά και πάντα με ανοδική πορεία.

Πόπη Αναστασιάδη-Μαλλιάνου
Πρόεδρος Ελλήνων Λογοτεχνών
Και
Καλλιτεχνών Αυστραλίας(ΕΕΛΚΑ)

Photos > Diaspora Social Life

submitted by Kytherian World Heritage Fund on 12.11.2013

Members of the extended family of Jim Saltis & Tina Andrews

along with the newly appointed Greek Consul of Sydney Dr Stavros Kyrimis...at the launch of Jim Saltis's latest book Ευχές αναθεματισμοί και εξορκισμοί.

Jim Saltis & Tina Andrews with their families:

Back Row
Hanna Saltis, Steven Kingdom, Paula Anastassiou, Emmanuel Fardoulis,
Angelo Andrew, John Andrew, James Andrew.

Fourth Row
Amalia Anastassiou, Renee Anastassiou, Melina andrew.

Middle row
Elaine Andrew, Maria Andrew, Natassa Andrew, Tina Andrew.

Front row
Jim Saltis, Angelique Anastassiou, Katina Andrew.
Consul Dr Stavros Kyrimis.

The English translation is Blessings, Curses and Exorcisms.

The launch was conducted at the Australian Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA) Hall, 394 Princes Hwy
Rockdale NSW 2216, from 6:00 pm on Sunday 1st October, 2013.

The launch was hosted by the Association of Greek Writers and Artists Australia ( EELKA ) in collaboration with the Center for Literature and Poetry " Kostis Palamas " AHEPA.

The master of ceremonies for the evening was the Secretary of the Union Litsa Diakovasili. Dsicussion of the book was hosted by the President of the Union, Popi Anastasiadis Mallianou, and excerpts read by : Kiki Betty, Bethlehem Georgelli , Dimitra Milatou and Rosa Gialopouli, Board members of EELKA. Many passages were read from the book, and all acknowledged that the style and flow of Jim's novel was exceptional.

Visitors welcomed the President of AHEPA's Kostis Palamas " Mr. George Lianos.The presentation was attended by the Consul General of Greece Dr Stavros Kyrimis, and many other distinguished members of EELKA & AHEPA.

The launch was attended by a substantial number of people, as can be testified by this photograph.

Jim's friend, Tina Andrew accompanied him. This was appropriate as Tina's father Angelo Christianos was one of the founding members of AHEPA. He attended , one of the first AHEPA meetings held at Scone in 1935. A photograph of the Scone meeting adorns the AHEPA Hall.

Many of Jim and Tina's extended family, attended the launch.

The book is based on Jim Saltis's personal experiences, growing up as he did in a family of 7 children, in the pre-WW2 period in Alexandria, Egypt.

Authors Prefactory Remarks

Alexandria, Egypt, was the city of my birth, nurture and finally my departure in January 1949 without any hatred or wickedness.

I started writing my book Blessings, Curses and Exorcisms back in 1988, after my divorce. I bought a unit at Camspsie and attempted to reorganise my life as a bachelor. My days were grey and the nights were endless. I was craving for same sleep but it refused to intervene and bring some relief to my aching body and a break to my forever active brain. I named the Book “Mrs Stamata.” which was the name of the mother. It took many years to return to the skeletal draft and complete it.

The novel is a collection of experiences that I encountered, fictions that were creations of my cerebral fantasies the perpetually moving mind and my invisible soul.

All the persons that you will encounter in the story were real. Even the beautiful Flora (Madeline) who lived a daringly prodigal life was lucky to meet Milton and experience the immensity and tranquillity of true love. I compromised the tragedy of Alekos and Sofia’s love and gave a happy ending because of the philanthropic action of her boss Leon. Stamata died but she lives on as a ghost at the Greek section of the cemetery at Chatby awaiting the next Resurrection.

Now all of us who were born in Egypt and more particular in the cosmopolitan Alexandria we have dispersed at all corners of this hospitable planet. We travelled to new seas; we flew in skies and lands of places that we have learned in our Geography lessons. Most of us are well established in our new countries and we live carefree existences.

Yet we are grateful that we were born in Egypt.

This is Jim's second book. His first book, My Four Homes was published in both Greek and English.

Jims speech at the My Four Homes Book Launch

Download an interview with Jim Saltis on SBS Radio, Australia, here:

jim-saltis.mp3

This interview refers mainly to Jims previous book, My Four Homes, but also makes reference to Blessings, Curses and Exorcisms.

Author: Jim Saltis

When Published: 2013

Publisher: Jim Saltis

Available: From Jim Saltis or Tina Andrew. 02 9399 9767

Email, Jim Saltis

Book Details

Description: Paperback

Language: GREEK

ISBN: 9780646583938

Dewey Number: A823.4

Ευχές αναθεματισμοί και εξορκισμοί

Παρουσιάστρια: Πόπη Αναστασιάδου-Μαλλιάνου

Ο Δημήτρης Πρωτοψάλτης, γνωστός και ως Jim Saltis στο μυθιστόρημα του Ευχές αναθεματισμοί και εξορκισμοί μας πηγαίνει πίσω στο παρελθόν και μας κάνει να νοσταλγούμε και να ονειρευόμαστε. Μας περιγράφει με έντονα χρώματα μια Αίγυπτο που δεν υπάρχιε πια. Την Αίγυπτο της δεκαετίας του 1930. Βαθύς ψυχολόγος και γνώστης των ηθών της εποχής, μας αναλύει εκτενώς κοινονικά φαινόμενα. Μέσα από την ιστορία της ζωής μιας οικογένειας με επτά παιδιά μας περιγράφει ρεαλιστικά την Αίγυπτο και ιδίως την Αλέξάνδρια εκείνης της εποχής, την αγαπημένη του Αλεξάνδρια, την Αλεξάνδρια στην οποία γεννήθηκε(Βηθλεέμ Μπήκανε στο τράμ για το Μπακός...το εξαιρετικό προσωπικό του και την ακρίβεια του. ) Μια έντονη αίσθηση ιστορικότητας χαρακτηρίζει αυτό το μυθιστόρημα, όπως και το προηγoύμενο μυθιστόρημα του (Τα τέσσερα σπιτια) Στα βιβλία αυτά ο συγγραφέας αναλύει και τεκμηριώνει την πολιτική σήψη που υπάρχει στην δεκαετία του 30. Ο Πρωτοψάλτης είναι κοσμοπολίτης. Στο πίσω εξώφυλλο του βιβλίου του μας λέει; Σήμερα όλοι που γεννηθήκαμε στην μαγευτική πόλη της Αλεξάνδριας και στην Αίγυπτο ζούμε σκορπισμένοι στον φιλόξενο πλανήτη. Ταξιδέψαμε σε καινούργιες θάλασσες και πετάξαμε σε ουρανούς και πατρίδες που μάθαμε από τα βιβλία της Γεωγραφίας.

Το φάσμα των πάσης φύσεως προβληματισμών του είναι ευρύτατο. Αντλεί τα θέματα του από το παρελθόν που έχουν όμως απόλυτη σχέση με τα σημερινά δρώμενα. Εξετάζει όλες τις πτυχές της κοινωνίας με καταπληκτική οξυδέρκεια. Επίσης μας αναφέρει τις διάφορες δυσιδαιμονίες και προκαταλήψεις που υπήρχαν εκείνη την εποχή όπως π.χ. το χύσιμο του λαδιού που το θεωρούσαν μεγάλη γρουσουζιά. Κακός οιωνός όπως έλεγαν. (ΔήμητραΤο Μπουκάλι με το λάδι γλυστρησε από το χέρι της...μα τι φταίει πάλι ο άνθρωπος σκέφθηκε.)Πάνω σ’αυτές τις δυσιδαιμονίες και προκαταλήψεις βασίζεται και ο τίτλος του βιβλίου του Δημήτρη. Ευχές, αναθεματισμοί και εξορκισμοί. και μας μιλά και για τα μάγια που έκαναν για να σταματήσουν ανεπιθήμητους γάμους, η για να εκδικηθούν κάποιον που τους είχε ενοχλήσει η απλώς κάποιον που δεν συμπαθούσαν. Διάφοροι επιτήδιοι εκμετάλευονταν τις προκαταλήψεις αυτές και κέρδιζαν χρήματα από τα ανύποπτα θύματα που πίστευαν σ’αυτά που τους έλεγαν ότι δηλ, τα μάγια θα φέρουν το ποθητό απότέλεσμα. Παρ’ολό που αυτά που περιγράφει ο Πρωτοψάλτης στο βιβλίο του έχουν λάβει χώρα στος αρχές του 20 ου αιώνα το θέμα είναι πολύ επίκαιρο διότι κάθε τόσο βλέπουμε στα μέσα ενημέρωσης παρόμοιες καταστάσεις και στις μέρες μας, όπως τους δύο μάγους που συνέλαβε μερικά χρόνια πρίν, η αστυνομία στα Δυτικά προάστεια του Σύδνευ, που είχαν πελάτες-θύματα με Πανεπιστημιακή μόρφωση.(Κική Είμαι έτοιμη τώρα κυρία...Αμα το φέρεις τότε θα κάνουμε και το επόμενο βήμα.)

Αφίνοντας την φαντασία του ελεύθερη ο Πρωτοψάλτης, ζωντανεύει το παρελθόν κατά τον πιο θελκτικό τρόπο. Ο χρόνος, οι βαθειές εσωτερικές δονήσεις τα πάθη συνθέτουν ένα αρμονικό σύνολο. Με απλά λόγια με πέννα που ρέει, μας παρασέρνει να τον παρακολουθήσουμε με τον πιο αβίαστο τρόπο (Δήμητρα Θυμάμαι καλά τον πολιτικό τους γάμο...η ευτυχία μπήκε στο σπιτικό τους.)

Δεν λείπει το ρεαλιστικό στοιχείο, ενώ οι κοινονικές συνθήκες της εποχής αναλύονται με αξιοπρόσεκτη ακρίβεια. Οι διαγραφές των χαρακτήρων του είναι ακριβείς ενώ οι χώροι και οι περιγραφές των τοπίων αποδίνονται θαυμάσια (Βηθλεέμ,Ομως σκόρπιες σκέψεις χτυπούσαν την πόρτα του μυαλού της...και ο Θεός της είχε χαρίσει 7 παιδιά. .)Ρόζα.Αραπάδες.... της ερωμένης του)
Επίσης ο συγραφέας μας περιγράφει με μαθηματική ακρίβεια τον έρωτα, σαρκικό και πνευματικό σε μια εποχή δύσκολη, υποκριτική, σεμνότυφη, εποχή σεξουαλικής καταπίεσης. Οι ήρωες του, αγαπούν πολύ, στη ζωή τους. Αγαπούν δίχως σεμνοτυφίες και όρια και πολλές φορές περνούν τα σύνορα και σπάνουν τα καλούπια της ηθηκής με ολέθρια αποτελέσματα(.ΡόζαΗΦλώρα γύρισε στο σπίτι της....που αρνήθηκε την οικογένεια της.)

Βαθύς γνώστης της ανθρώπινης φύσης μας περιγράφει με έντονες μελανές πινελιέςτην καθοδική πορεία ατόμων-θυμάτων, που παραδίνονται σε ακραία πάθη και καταστρεπτικές συνήθειες επιρεάζοντας αρνητικά την ζωή τους και τις ζωές προσφυλών τους προσώπων. (Κική Είχε επιθυμήσει να περάσει....από την οικογένεια της.)

Μια άλλη πρωτοτυπία του βιβλίου είναι ότι συχνά παρεμβάλλονται διάφορα σχόλια και φιλοσοφικές παρατηρήσεις. Στος τέλος του βιβλίου υπάρχουν πολλές ωραίες φωτογραφίες κτιρίων και τοπίων εκείνης της εποχής.
Συνοψίζωντας μπορούμε να πούμε ότι το (Ευχές αναθεματισμοί και εξορκισμοί είναι ένα πρωτότυπο, αξιοπρόσεκτο έργο που αξίζει να διαβαστεί.

Συγχαρητήρια λοιπόν στον Δημήτρη Πρωτοψάλτη και του ευχόμαστε να δεί το έργο του διαδεδομένο διαχρονικά και πάντα με ανοδική πορεία.

Πόπη Αναστασιάδη-Μαλλιάνου
Πρόεδρος Ελλήνων Λογοτεχνών
Και
Καλλιτεχνών Αυστραλίας(ΕΕΛΚΑ)

Photos > Diaspora Social Life

submitted by Kytherian World Heritage Fund on 17.10.2013

Popi Anastasiadis Mallianou, addressing the audience

...at the launch of Jim Saltis's latest book Ευχές αναθεματισμοί και εξορκισμοί.

The English translation is Blessings, Curses and Exorcisms.

The launch was conducted at the Australian Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA) Hall, 394 Princes Hwy
Rockdale NSW 2216, from 6:00 pm on Sunday 1st October, 2013.

The launch was hosted by the Association of Greek Writers and Artists Australia ( EELKA ) in collaboration with the Center for Literature and Poetry " Kostis Palamas " AHEPA.

The master of ceremonies for the evening was the Secretary of the Union Litsa Diakovasili. Dsicussion of the book was hosted by the President of the Union, Popi Anastasiadis Mallianou, and excerpts read by : Kiki Betty, Bethlehem Georgelli , Dimitra Milatou and Rosa Gialopouli, Board members of EELKA. Many passages were read from the book, and all acknowledged that the style and flow of Jim's novel was exceptional.

Visitors welcomed the President of AHEPA's Kostis Palamas " Mr. George Lianos.The presentation was attended by the Consul General of Greece Dr Stavros Kyrimis, and many other distinguished members of EELKA & AHEPA.

The launch was attended by a substantial number of people, as can be testified by this photograph.

Jim's friend, Tina Andrew accompanied him. This was appropriate as Tina's father Angelo Christianos was one of the founding members of AHEPA. He attended , one of the first AHEPA meetings held at Scone in 1935. A photograph of the Scone meeting adorns the AHEPA Hall.

Many of Jim and Tina's extended family, attended the launch.

The book is based on Jim Saltis's personal experiences, growing up as he did in a family of 7 children, in the pre-WW2 period in Alexandria, Egypt.

Authors Prefactory Remarks

Alexandria, Egypt, was the city of my birth, nurture and finally my departure in January 1949 without any hatred or wickedness.

I started writing my book Blessings, Curses and Exorcisms back in 1988, after my divorce. I bought a unit at Camspsie and attempted to reorganise my life as a bachelor. My days were grey and the nights were endless. I was craving for same sleep but it refused to intervene and bring some relief to my aching body and a break to my forever active brain. I named the Book “Mrs Stamata.” which was the name of the mother. It took many years to return to the skeletal draft and complete it.

The novel is a collection of experiences that I encountered, fictions that were creations of my cerebral fantasies the perpetually moving mind and my invisible soul.

All the persons that you will encounter in the story were real. Even the beautiful Flora (Madeline) who lived a daringly prodigal life was lucky to meet Milton and experience the immensity and tranquillity of true love. I compromised the tragedy of Alekos and Sofia’s love and gave a happy ending because of the philanthropic action of her boss Leon. Stamata died but she lives on as a ghost at the Greek section of the cemetery at Chatby awaiting the next Resurrection.

Now all of us who were born in Egypt and more particular in the cosmopolitan Alexandria we have dispersed at all corners of this hospitable planet. We travelled to new seas; we flew in skies and lands of places that we have learned in our Geography lessons. Most of us are well established in our new countries and we live carefree existences.

Yet we are grateful that we were born in Egypt.

This is Jim's second book. His first book, My Four Homes was published in both Greek and English.

Jims speech at the My Four Homes Book Launch

Download an interview with Jim Saltis on SBS Radio, Australia, here:

jim-saltis.mp3

This interview refers mainly to Jims previous book, My Four Homes, but also makes reference to Blessings, Curses and Exorcisms.

Author: Jim Saltis

When Published: 2013

Publisher: Jim Saltis

Available: From Jim Saltis or Tina Andrew. 02 9399 9767

Email, Jim Saltis

Book Details

Description: Paperback

Language: GREEK

ISBN: 9780646583938

Dewey Number: A823.4

Ευχές αναθεματισμοί και εξορκισμοί

Παρουσιάστρια: Πόπη Αναστασιάδου-Μαλλιάνου

Ο Δημήτρης Πρωτοψάλτης, γνωστός και ως Jim Saltis στο μυθιστόρημα του Ευχές αναθεματισμοί και εξορκισμοί μας πηγαίνει πίσω στο παρελθόν και μας κάνει να νοσταλγούμε και να ονειρευόμαστε. Μας περιγράφει με έντονα χρώματα μια Αίγυπτο που δεν υπάρχιε πια. Την Αίγυπτο της δεκαετίας του 1930. Βαθύς ψυχολόγος και γνώστης των ηθών της εποχής, μας αναλύει εκτενώς κοινονικά φαινόμενα. Μέσα από την ιστορία της ζωής μιας οικογένειας με επτά παιδιά μας περιγράφει ρεαλιστικά την Αίγυπτο και ιδίως την Αλέξάνδρια εκείνης της εποχής, την αγαπημένη του Αλεξάνδρια, την Αλεξάνδρια στην οποία γεννήθηκε(Βηθλεέμ Μπήκανε στο τράμ για το Μπακός...το εξαιρετικό προσωπικό του και την ακρίβεια του. ) Μια έντονη αίσθηση ιστορικότητας χαρακτηρίζει αυτό το μυθιστόρημα, όπως και το προηγoύμενο μυθιστόρημα του (Τα τέσσερα σπιτια) Στα βιβλία αυτά ο συγγραφέας αναλύει και τεκμηριώνει την πολιτική σήψη που υπάρχει στην δεκαετία του 30. Ο Πρωτοψάλτης είναι κοσμοπολίτης. Στο πίσω εξώφυλλο του βιβλίου του μας λέει; Σήμερα όλοι που γεννηθήκαμε στην μαγευτική πόλη της Αλεξάνδριας και στην Αίγυπτο ζούμε σκορπισμένοι στον φιλόξενο πλανήτη. Ταξιδέψαμε σε καινούργιες θάλασσες και πετάξαμε σε ουρανούς και πατρίδες που μάθαμε από τα βιβλία της Γεωγραφίας.

Το φάσμα των πάσης φύσεως προβληματισμών του είναι ευρύτατο. Αντλεί τα θέματα του από το παρελθόν που έχουν όμως απόλυτη σχέση με τα σημερινά δρώμενα. Εξετάζει όλες τις πτυχές της κοινωνίας με καταπληκτική οξυδέρκεια. Επίσης μας αναφέρει τις διάφορες δυσιδαιμονίες και προκαταλήψεις που υπήρχαν εκείνη την εποχή όπως π.χ. το χύσιμο του λαδιού που το θεωρούσαν μεγάλη γρουσουζιά. Κακός οιωνός όπως έλεγαν. (ΔήμητραΤο Μπουκάλι με το λάδι γλυστρησε από το χέρι της...μα τι φταίει πάλι ο άνθρωπος σκέφθηκε.)Πάνω σ’αυτές τις δυσιδαιμονίες και προκαταλήψεις βασίζεται και ο τίτλος του βιβλίου του Δημήτρη. Ευχές, αναθεματισμοί και εξορκισμοί. και μας μιλά και για τα μάγια που έκαναν για να σταματήσουν ανεπιθήμητους γάμους, η για να εκδικηθούν κάποιον που τους είχε ενοχλήσει η απλώς κάποιον που δεν συμπαθούσαν. Διάφοροι επιτήδιοι εκμετάλευονταν τις προκαταλήψεις αυτές και κέρδιζαν χρήματα από τα ανύποπτα θύματα που πίστευαν σ’αυτά που τους έλεγαν ότι δηλ, τα μάγια θα φέρουν το ποθητό απότέλεσμα. Παρ’ολό που αυτά που περιγράφει ο Πρωτοψάλτης στο βιβλίο του έχουν λάβει χώρα στος αρχές του 20 ου αιώνα το θέμα είναι πολύ επίκαιρο διότι κάθε τόσο βλέπουμε στα μέσα ενημέρωσης παρόμοιες καταστάσεις και στις μέρες μας, όπως τους δύο μάγους που συνέλαβε μερικά χρόνια πρίν, η αστυνομία στα Δυτικά προάστεια του Σύδνευ, που είχαν πελάτες-θύματα με Πανεπιστημιακή μόρφωση.(Κική Είμαι έτοιμη τώρα κυρία...Αμα το φέρεις τότε θα κάνουμε και το επόμενο βήμα.)

Αφίνοντας την φαντασία του ελεύθερη ο Πρωτοψάλτης, ζωντανεύει το παρελθόν κατά τον πιο θελκτικό τρόπο. Ο χρόνος, οι βαθειές εσωτερικές δονήσεις τα πάθη συνθέτουν ένα αρμονικό σύνολο. Με απλά λόγια με πέννα που ρέει, μας παρασέρνει να τον παρακολουθήσουμε με τον πιο αβίαστο τρόπο (Δήμητρα Θυμάμαι καλά τον πολιτικό τους γάμο...η ευτυχία μπήκε στο σπιτικό τους.)

Δεν λείπει το ρεαλιστικό στοιχείο, ενώ οι κοινονικές συνθήκες της εποχής αναλύονται με αξιοπρόσεκτη ακρίβεια. Οι διαγραφές των χαρακτήρων του είναι ακριβείς ενώ οι χώροι και οι περιγραφές των τοπίων αποδίνονται θαυμάσια (Βηθλεέμ,Ομως σκόρπιες σκέψεις χτυπούσαν την πόρτα του μυαλού της...και ο Θεός της είχε χαρίσει 7 παιδιά. .)Ρόζα.Αραπάδες.... της ερωμένης του)
Επίσης ο συγραφέας μας περιγράφει με μαθηματική ακρίβεια τον έρωτα, σαρκικό και πνευματικό σε μια εποχή δύσκολη, υποκριτική, σεμνότυφη, εποχή σεξουαλικής καταπίεσης. Οι ήρωες του, αγαπούν πολύ, στη ζωή τους. Αγαπούν δίχως σεμνοτυφίες και όρια και πολλές φορές περνούν τα σύνορα και σπάνουν τα καλούπια της ηθηκής με ολέθρια αποτελέσματα(.ΡόζαΗΦλώρα γύρισε στο σπίτι της....που αρνήθηκε την οικογένεια της.)

Βαθύς γνώστης της ανθρώπινης φύσης μας περιγράφει με έντονες μελανές πινελιέςτην καθοδική πορεία ατόμων-θυμάτων, που παραδίνονται σε ακραία πάθη και καταστρεπτικές συνήθειες επιρεάζοντας αρνητικά την ζωή τους και τις ζωές προσφυλών τους προσώπων. (Κική Είχε επιθυμήσει να περάσει....από την οικογένεια της.)

Μια άλλη πρωτοτυπία του βιβλίου είναι ότι συχνά παρεμβάλλονται διάφορα σχόλια και φιλοσοφικές παρατηρήσεις. Στος τέλος του βιβλίου υπάρχουν πολλές ωραίες φωτογραφίες κτιρίων και τοπίων εκείνης της εποχής.
Συνοψίζωντας μπορούμε να πούμε ότι το (Ευχές αναθεματισμοί και εξορκισμοί είναι ένα πρωτότυπο, αξιοπρόσεκτο έργο που αξίζει να διαβαστεί.

Συγχαρητήρια λοιπόν στον Δημήτρη Πρωτοψάλτη και του ευχόμαστε να δεί το έργο του διαδεδομένο διαχρονικά και πάντα με ανοδική πορεία.

Πόπη Αναστασιάδη-Μαλλιάνου
Πρόεδρος Ελλήνων Λογοτεχνών
Και
Καλλιτεχνών Αυστραλίας(ΕΕΛΚΑ)

Photos > Diaspora Social Life

submitted by Kytherian Book Review on 15.10.2013

Jim Saltis and Tina Andrews sseated front and far right

...at the launch of his latest book Ευχές αναθεματισμοί και εξορκισμοί.

The English translation is Blessings, Curses and Exorcisms.

The launch was conducted at the Australian Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA) Hall, 394 Princes Hwy
Rockdale NSW 2216, from 6:00 pm on Sunday 1st October, 2013.

The launch was hosted by the Association of Greek Writers and Artists Australia ( EELKA ) in collaboration with the Center for Literature and Poetry " Kostis Palamas " AHEPA.

The master of ceremonies for the evening was the Secretary of the Union Litsa Diakovasili. Dsicussion of the book was hosted by the President of the Union, Popi Anastasiadis Mallianou, and excerpts read by : Kiki Betty, Bethlehem Georgelli , Dimitra Milatou and Rosa Gialopouli, Board members of EELKA. Many passages were read from the book, and all acknowledged that the style and flow of Jim's novel was exceptional.

Visitors welcomed the President of AHEPA's Kostis Palamas " Mr. George Lianos.The presentation was attended by the Consul General of Greece Dr Stavros Kyrimis, and many other distinguished members of EELKA & AHEPA.

The launch was attended by a substantial number of people, as can be testified by this photograph.

Jim's friend, Tina Andrew accompanied him. This was appropriate as Tina's father Angelo Christianos was one of the founding members of AHEPA. He attended , one of the first AHEPA meetings held at Scone in 1935. A photograph of the Scone meeting adorns the AHEPA Hall.

Many of Jim and Tina's extended family, attended the launch.

The book is based on Jim Saltis's personal experiences, growing up as he did in a family of 7 children, in the pre-WW2 period in Alexandria, Egypt.

Authors Prefactory Remarks

Alexandria, Egypt, was the city of my birth, nurture and finally my departure in January 1949 without any hatred or wickedness.

I started writing my book Blessings, Curses and Exorcisms back in 1988, after my divorce. I bought a unit at Camspsie and attempted to reorganise my life as a bachelor. My days were grey and the nights were endless. I was craving for same sleep but it refused to intervene and bring some relief to my aching body and a break to my forever active brain. I named the Book “Mrs Stamata.” which was the name of the mother. It took many years to return to the skeletal draft and complete it.

The novel is a collection of experiences that I encountered, fictions that were creations of my cerebral fantasies the perpetually moving mind and my invisible soul.

All the persons that you will encounter in the story were real. Even the beautiful Flora (Madeline) who lived a daringly prodigal life was lucky to meet Milton and experience the immensity and tranquillity of true love. I compromised the tragedy of Alekos and Sofia’s love and gave a happy ending because of the philanthropic action of her boss Leon. Stamata died but she lives on as a ghost at the Greek section of the cemetery at Chatby awaiting the next Resurrection.

Now all of us who were born in Egypt and more particular in the cosmopolitan Alexandria we have dispersed at all corners of this hospitable planet. We travelled to new seas; we flew in skies and lands of places that we have learned in our Geography lessons. Most of us are well established in our new countries and we live carefree existences.

Yet we are grateful that we were born in Egypt.

This is Jim's second book. His first book, My Four Homes was published in both Greek and English.

Jims speech at the My Four Homes Book Launch

Download an interview with Jim Saltis on SBS Radio, Australia, here:

jim-saltis.mp3

This interview refers mainly to Jims previous book, My Four Homes, but also makes reference to Blessings, Curses and Exorcisms.

Author: Jim Saltis

When Published: 2013

Publisher: Jim Saltis

Available: From Jim Saltis or Tina Andrew. 02 9399 9767

Email, Jim Saltis

Book Details

Description: Paperback

Language: GREEK

ISBN: 9780646583938

Dewey Number: A823.4

Ευχές αναθεματισμοί και εξορκισμοί

Παρουσιάστρια: Πόπη Αναστασιάδου-Μαλλιάνου

Ο Δημήτρης Πρωτοψάλτης, γνωστός και ως Jim Saltis στο μυθιστόρημα του Ευχές αναθεματισμοί και εξορκισμοί μας πηγαίνει πίσω στο παρελθόν και μας κάνει να νοσταλγούμε και να ονειρευόμαστε. Μας περιγράφει με έντονα χρώματα μια Αίγυπτο που δεν υπάρχιε πια. Την Αίγυπτο της δεκαετίας του 1930. Βαθύς ψυχολόγος και γνώστης των ηθών της εποχής, μας αναλύει εκτενώς κοινονικά φαινόμενα. Μέσα από την ιστορία της ζωής μιας οικογένειας με επτά παιδιά μας περιγράφει ρεαλιστικά την Αίγυπτο και ιδίως την Αλέξάνδρια εκείνης της εποχής, την αγαπημένη του Αλεξάνδρια, την Αλεξάνδρια στην οποία γεννήθηκε(Βηθλεέμ Μπήκανε στο τράμ για το Μπακός...το εξαιρετικό προσωπικό του και την ακρίβεια του. ) Μια έντονη αίσθηση ιστορικότητας χαρακτηρίζει αυτό το μυθιστόρημα, όπως και το προηγoύμενο μυθιστόρημα του (Τα τέσσερα σπιτια) Στα βιβλία αυτά ο συγγραφέας αναλύει και τεκμηριώνει την πολιτική σήψη που υπάρχει στην δεκαετία του 30. Ο Πρωτοψάλτης είναι κοσμοπολίτης. Στο πίσω εξώφυλλο του βιβλίου του μας λέει; Σήμερα όλοι που γεννηθήκαμε στην μαγευτική πόλη της Αλεξάνδριας και στην Αίγυπτο ζούμε σκορπισμένοι στον φιλόξενο πλανήτη. Ταξιδέψαμε σε καινούργιες θάλασσες και πετάξαμε σε ουρανούς και πατρίδες που μάθαμε από τα βιβλία της Γεωγραφίας.

Το φάσμα των πάσης φύσεως προβληματισμών του είναι ευρύτατο. Αντλεί τα θέματα του από το παρελθόν που έχουν όμως απόλυτη σχέση με τα σημερινά δρώμενα. Εξετάζει όλες τις πτυχές της κοινωνίας με καταπληκτική οξυδέρκεια. Επίσης μας αναφέρει τις διάφορες δυσιδαιμονίες και προκαταλήψεις που υπήρχαν εκείνη την εποχή όπως π.χ. το χύσιμο του λαδιού που το θεωρούσαν μεγάλη γρουσουζιά. Κακός οιωνός όπως έλεγαν. (ΔήμητραΤο Μπουκάλι με το λάδι γλυστρησε από το χέρι της...μα τι φταίει πάλι ο άνθρωπος σκέφθηκε.)Πάνω σ’αυτές τις δυσιδαιμονίες και προκαταλήψεις βασίζεται και ο τίτλος του βιβλίου του Δημήτρη. Ευχές, αναθεματισμοί και εξορκισμοί. και μας μιλά και για τα μάγια που έκαναν για να σταματήσουν ανεπιθήμητους γάμους, η για να εκδικηθούν κάποιον που τους είχε ενοχλήσει η απλώς κάποιον που δεν συμπαθούσαν. Διάφοροι επιτήδιοι εκμετάλευονταν τις προκαταλήψεις αυτές και κέρδιζαν χρήματα από τα ανύποπτα θύματα που πίστευαν σ’αυτά που τους έλεγαν ότι δηλ, τα μάγια θα φέρουν το ποθητό απότέλεσμα. Παρ’ολό που αυτά που περιγράφει ο Πρωτοψάλτης στο βιβλίο του έχουν λάβει χώρα στος αρχές του 20 ου αιώνα το θέμα είναι πολύ επίκαιρο διότι κάθε τόσο βλέπουμε στα μέσα ενημέρωσης παρόμοιες καταστάσεις και στις μέρες μας, όπως τους δύο μάγους που συνέλαβε μερικά χρόνια πρίν, η αστυνομία στα Δυτικά προάστεια του Σύδνευ, που είχαν πελάτες-θύματα με Πανεπιστημιακή μόρφωση.(Κική Είμαι έτοιμη τώρα κυρία...Αμα το φέρεις τότε θα κάνουμε και το επόμενο βήμα.)

Αφίνοντας την φαντασία του ελεύθερη ο Πρωτοψάλτης, ζωντανεύει το παρελθόν κατά τον πιο θελκτικό τρόπο. Ο χρόνος, οι βαθειές εσωτερικές δονήσεις τα πάθη συνθέτουν ένα αρμονικό σύνολο. Με απλά λόγια με πέννα που ρέει, μας παρασέρνει να τον παρακολουθήσουμε με τον πιο αβίαστο τρόπο (Δήμητρα Θυμάμαι καλά τον πολιτικό τους γάμο...η ευτυχία μπήκε στο σπιτικό τους.)

Δεν λείπει το ρεαλιστικό στοιχείο, ενώ οι κοινονικές συνθήκες της εποχής αναλύονται με αξιοπρόσεκτη ακρίβεια. Οι διαγραφές των χαρακτήρων του είναι ακριβείς ενώ οι χώροι και οι περιγραφές των τοπίων αποδίνονται θαυμάσια (Βηθλεέμ,Ομως σκόρπιες σκέψεις χτυπούσαν την πόρτα του μυαλού της...και ο Θεός της είχε χαρίσει 7 παιδιά. .)Ρόζα.Αραπάδες.... της ερωμένης του)
Επίσης ο συγραφέας μας περιγράφει με μαθηματική ακρίβεια τον έρωτα, σαρκικό και πνευματικό σε μια εποχή δύσκολη, υποκριτική, σεμνότυφη, εποχή σεξουαλικής καταπίεσης. Οι ήρωες του, αγαπούν πολύ, στη ζωή τους. Αγαπούν δίχως σεμνοτυφίες και όρια και πολλές φορές περνούν τα σύνορα και σπάνουν τα καλούπια της ηθηκής με ολέθρια αποτελέσματα(.ΡόζαΗΦλώρα γύρισε στο σπίτι της....που αρνήθηκε την οικογένεια της.)

Βαθύς γνώστης της ανθρώπινης φύσης μας περιγράφει με έντονες μελανές πινελιέςτην καθοδική πορεία ατόμων-θυμάτων, που παραδίνονται σε ακραία πάθη και καταστρεπτικές συνήθειες επιρεάζοντας αρνητικά την ζωή τους και τις ζωές προσφυλών τους προσώπων. (Κική Είχε επιθυμήσει να περάσει....από την οικογένεια της.)

Μια άλλη πρωτοτυπία του βιβλίου είναι ότι συχνά παρεμβάλλονται διάφορα σχόλια και φιλοσοφικές παρατηρήσεις. Στος τέλος του βιβλίου υπάρχουν πολλές ωραίες φωτογραφίες κτιρίων και τοπίων εκείνης της εποχής.
Συνοψίζωντας μπορούμε να πούμε ότι το (Ευχές αναθεματισμοί και εξορκισμοί είναι ένα πρωτότυπο, αξιοπρόσεκτο έργο που αξίζει να διαβαστεί.

Συγχαρητήρια λοιπόν στον Δημήτρη Πρωτοψάλτη και του ευχόμαστε να δεί το έργο του διαδεδομένο διαχρονικά και πάντα με ανοδική πορεία.

Πόπη Αναστασιάδη-Μαλλιάνου
Πρόεδρος Ελλήνων Λογοτεχνών
Και
Καλλιτεχνών Αυστραλίας(ΕΕΛΚΑ)

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submitted by Kytherian Book Review on 15.10.2013

Jim Saltis signing copies at the launch of his latest book Ευχές αναθεματισμοί και εξορκισμοί

The English translation is Blessings, Curses and Exorcisms.

The launch was conducted at the Australian Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA) Hall, 394 Princes Hwy
Rockdale NSW 2216, from 6:00 pm on Sunday 1st October, 2013.

The launch was hosted by the Association of Greek Writers and Artists Australia ( EELKA ) in collaboration with the Center for Literature and Poetry " Kostis Palamas " AHEPA.

The master of ceremonies for the evening was the Secretary of the Union Litsa Diakovasili. Dsicussion of the book was hosted by the President of the Union, Popi Anastasiadis Mallianou, and excerpts read by : Kiki Betty, Bethlehem Georgelli , Dimitra Milatou and Rosa Gialopouli, Board members of EELKA. Many passages were read from the book, and all acknowledged that the style and flow of Jim's novel was exceptional.

Visitors welcomed the President of AHEPA's Kostis Palamas " Mr. George Lianos.The presentation was attended by the Consul General of Greece Dr Stavros Kyrimis, and many other distinguished members of EELKA & AHEPA.

The launch was attended by a substantial number of people, as can be testified by this photograph.

Jim's friend, Tina Andrew accompanied him. This was appropriate as Tina's father Angelo Christianos was one of the founding members of AHEPA. He attended , one of the first AHEPA meetings held at Scone in 1935. A photograph of the Scone meeting adorns the AHEPA Hall.

Many of Jim and Tina's extended family, attended the launch.

The book is based on Jim Saltis's personal experiences, growing up as he did in a family of 7 children, in the pre-WW2 period in Alexandria, Egypt.

Authors Prefactory Remarks

Alexandria, Egypt, was the city of my birth, nurture and finally my departure in January 1949 without any hatred or wickedness.

I started writing my book Blessings, Curses and Exorcisms back in 1988, after my divorce. I bought a unit at Camspsie and attempted to reorganise my life as a bachelor. My days were grey and the nights were endless. I was craving for same sleep but it refused to intervene and bring some relief to my aching body and a break to my forever active brain. I named the Book “Mrs Stamata.” which was the name of the mother. It took many years to return to the skeletal draft and complete it.

The novel is a collection of experiences that I encountered, fictions that were creations of my cerebral fantasies the perpetually moving mind and my invisible soul.

All the persons that you will encounter in the story were real. Even the beautiful Flora (Madeline) who lived a daringly prodigal life was lucky to meet Milton and experience the immensity and tranquillity of true love. I compromised the tragedy of Alekos and Sofia’s love and gave a happy ending because of the philanthropic action of her boss Leon. Stamata died but she lives on as a ghost at the Greek section of the cemetery at Chatby awaiting the next Resurrection.

Now all of us who were born in Egypt and more particular in the cosmopolitan Alexandria we have dispersed at all corners of this hospitable planet. We travelled to new seas; we flew in skies and lands of places that we have learned in our Geography lessons. Most of us are well established in our new countries and we live carefree existences.

Yet we are grateful that we were born in Egypt.

This is Jim's second book. His first book, My Four Homes was published in both Greek and English.

Jims speech at the My Four Homes Book Launch

Download an interview with Jim Saltis on SBS Radio, Australia, here:

jim-saltis.mp3

This interview refers mainly to Jims previous book, My Four Homes, but also makes reference to Blessings, Curses and Exorcisms.

Author: Jim Saltis

When Published: 2013

Publisher: Jim Saltis

Available: From Jim Saltis or Tina Andrew. 02 9399 9767

Email, Jim Saltis

Book Details

Description: Paperback

Language: GREEK

ISBN: 9780646583938

Dewey Number: A823.4

Ευχές αναθεματισμοί και εξορκισμοί

Παρουσιάστρια: Πόπη Αναστασιάδου-Μαλλιάνου

Ο Δημήτρης Πρωτοψάλτης, γνωστός και ως Jim Saltis στο μυθιστόρημα του Ευχές αναθεματισμοί και εξορκισμοί μας πηγαίνει πίσω στο παρελθόν και μας κάνει να νοσταλγούμε και να ονειρευόμαστε. Μας περιγράφει με έντονα χρώματα μια Αίγυπτο που δεν υπάρχιε πια. Την Αίγυπτο της δεκαετίας του 1930. Βαθύς ψυχολόγος και γνώστης των ηθών της εποχής, μας αναλύει εκτενώς κοινονικά φαινόμενα. Μέσα από την ιστορία της ζωής μιας οικογένειας με επτά παιδιά μας περιγράφει ρεαλιστικά την Αίγυπτο και ιδίως την Αλέξάνδρια εκείνης της εποχής, την αγαπημένη του Αλεξάνδρια, την Αλεξάνδρια στην οποία γεννήθηκε(Βηθλεέμ Μπήκανε στο τράμ για το Μπακός...το εξαιρετικό προσωπικό του και την ακρίβεια του. ) Μια έντονη αίσθηση ιστορικότητας χαρακτηρίζει αυτό το μυθιστόρημα, όπως και το προηγoύμενο μυθιστόρημα του (Τα τέσσερα σπιτια) Στα βιβλία αυτά ο συγγραφέας αναλύει και τεκμηριώνει την πολιτική σήψη που υπάρχει στην δεκαετία του 30. Ο Πρωτοψάλτης είναι κοσμοπολίτης. Στο πίσω εξώφυλλο του βιβλίου του μας λέει; Σήμερα όλοι που γεννηθήκαμε στην μαγευτική πόλη της Αλεξάνδριας και στην Αίγυπτο ζούμε σκορπισμένοι στον φιλόξενο πλανήτη. Ταξιδέψαμε σε καινούργιες θάλασσες και πετάξαμε σε ουρανούς και πατρίδες που μάθαμε από τα βιβλία της Γεωγραφίας.

Το φάσμα των πάσης φύσεως προβληματισμών του είναι ευρύτατο. Αντλεί τα θέματα του από το παρελθόν που έχουν όμως απόλυτη σχέση με τα σημερινά δρώμενα. Εξετάζει όλες τις πτυχές της κοινωνίας με καταπληκτική οξυδέρκεια. Επίσης μας αναφέρει τις διάφορες δυσιδαιμονίες και προκαταλήψεις που υπήρχαν εκείνη την εποχή όπως π.χ. το χύσιμο του λαδιού που το θεωρούσαν μεγάλη γρουσουζιά. Κακός οιωνός όπως έλεγαν. (ΔήμητραΤο Μπουκάλι με το λάδι γλυστρησε από το χέρι της...μα τι φταίει πάλι ο άνθρωπος σκέφθηκε.)Πάνω σ’αυτές τις δυσιδαιμονίες και προκαταλήψεις βασίζεται και ο τίτλος του βιβλίου του Δημήτρη. Ευχές, αναθεματισμοί και εξορκισμοί. και μας μιλά και για τα μάγια που έκαναν για να σταματήσουν ανεπιθήμητους γάμους, η για να εκδικηθούν κάποιον που τους είχε ενοχλήσει η απλώς κάποιον που δεν συμπαθούσαν. Διάφοροι επιτήδιοι εκμετάλευονταν τις προκαταλήψεις αυτές και κέρδιζαν χρήματα από τα ανύποπτα θύματα που πίστευαν σ’αυτά που τους έλεγαν ότι δηλ, τα μάγια θα φέρουν το ποθητό απότέλεσμα. Παρ’ολό που αυτά που περιγράφει ο Πρωτοψάλτης στο βιβλίο του έχουν λάβει χώρα στος αρχές του 20 ου αιώνα το θέμα είναι πολύ επίκαιρο διότι κάθε τόσο βλέπουμε στα μέσα ενημέρωσης παρόμοιες καταστάσεις και στις μέρες μας, όπως τους δύο μάγους που συνέλαβε μερικά χρόνια πρίν, η αστυνομία στα Δυτικά προάστεια του Σύδνευ, που είχαν πελάτες-θύματα με Πανεπιστημιακή μόρφωση.(Κική Είμαι έτοιμη τώρα κυρία...Αμα το φέρεις τότε θα κάνουμε και το επόμενο βήμα.)

Αφίνοντας την φαντασία του ελεύθερη ο Πρωτοψάλτης, ζωντανεύει το παρελθόν κατά τον πιο θελκτικό τρόπο. Ο χρόνος, οι βαθειές εσωτερικές δονήσεις τα πάθη συνθέτουν ένα αρμονικό σύνολο. Με απλά λόγια με πέννα που ρέει, μας παρασέρνει να τον παρακολουθήσουμε με τον πιο αβίαστο τρόπο (Δήμητρα Θυμάμαι καλά τον πολιτικό τους γάμο...η ευτυχία μπήκε στο σπιτικό τους.)

Δεν λείπει το ρεαλιστικό στοιχείο, ενώ οι κοινονικές συνθήκες της εποχής αναλύονται με αξιοπρόσεκτη ακρίβεια. Οι διαγραφές των χαρακτήρων του είναι ακριβείς ενώ οι χώροι και οι περιγραφές των τοπίων αποδίνονται θαυμάσια (Βηθλεέμ,Ομως σκόρπιες σκέψεις χτυπούσαν την πόρτα του μυαλού της...και ο Θεός της είχε χαρίσει 7 παιδιά. .)Ρόζα.Αραπάδες.... της ερωμένης του)
Επίσης ο συγραφέας μας περιγράφει με μαθηματική ακρίβεια τον έρωτα, σαρκικό και πνευματικό σε μια εποχή δύσκολη, υποκριτική, σεμνότυφη, εποχή σεξουαλικής καταπίεσης. Οι ήρωες του, αγαπούν πολύ, στη ζωή τους. Αγαπούν δίχως σεμνοτυφίες και όρια και πολλές φορές περνούν τα σύνορα και σπάνουν τα καλούπια της ηθηκής με ολέθρια αποτελέσματα(.ΡόζαΗΦλώρα γύρισε στο σπίτι της....που αρνήθηκε την οικογένεια της.)

Βαθύς γνώστης της ανθρώπινης φύσης μας περιγράφει με έντονες μελανές πινελιέςτην καθοδική πορεία ατόμων-θυμάτων, που παραδίνονται σε ακραία πάθη και καταστρεπτικές συνήθειες επιρεάζοντας αρνητικά την ζωή τους και τις ζωές προσφυλών τους προσώπων. (Κική Είχε επιθυμήσει να περάσει....από την οικογένεια της.)

Μια άλλη πρωτοτυπία του βιβλίου είναι ότι συχνά παρεμβάλλονται διάφορα σχόλια και φιλοσοφικές παρατηρήσεις. Στος τέλος του βιβλίου υπάρχουν πολλές ωραίες φωτογραφίες κτιρίων και τοπίων εκείνης της εποχής.
Συνοψίζωντας μπορούμε να πούμε ότι το (Ευχές αναθεματισμοί και εξορκισμοί είναι ένα πρωτότυπο, αξιοπρόσεκτο έργο που αξίζει να διαβαστεί.

Συγχαρητήρια λοιπόν στον Δημήτρη Πρωτοψάλτη και του ευχόμαστε να δεί το έργο του διαδεδομένο διαχρονικά και πάντα με ανοδική πορεία.

Πόπη Αναστασιάδη-Μαλλιάνου
Πρόεδρος Ελλήνων Λογοτεχνών
Και
Καλλιτεχνών Αυστραλίας(ΕΕΛΚΑ)

Photos > Diaspora Social Life

submitted by Kytherian World Heritage Fund on 07.10.2013

Launch of Jim Saltis's latest book, Ευχες Αναεματισμοι και Eξορκισμοι

The launch was conducted at AHEPA Hall, 394 Princes Hwy
Rockdale NSW 2216, from 6:00 pm on Sunday 1st October, 2013.

The launch was hosted by the Association of Greek Writers and Artists Australia ( EELKA ) in collaboration with the Center for Literature and Poetry " Kostis Palamas " AHEPA.

The master of ceremonies for the evening was the Secretary of the Union Litsa Diakovasili. Dsicussion of the book was hosted by the President of the Union, Popi Anastasiadis Mallianou, and excerpts read by : Kiki Betty, Bethlehem Georgelli , Dimitra Milatou and Rosa Gialopouli, Board members of EELKA. Many passages were read from the book, and all acknowledged that the style and flow of Jim's novel was exceptional.

Visitors welcomed the President of AHEPA's Kostis Palamas " Mr. George Lianos.The presentation was attended by the Consul General of Greece Dr Stavros Kyrimis, and many other distinguished members of EELKA & AHEPA.

The launch was attended by a substantial number of people, as can be testified by the photograph above.

The book is based on Jim Saltis's personal experiences, growing up as he did in a family of 7 children, in the pre-WW2 period in Alexandria, Egypt.

Authors Prefactory Remarks

Alexandria, Egypt, was the city of my birth, nurture and finally my departure in January 1949 without any hatred or wickedness.

I started writing my book Blessings, Curses and Exorcisms back in 1988, after my divorce. I bought a unit at Camspsie and attempted to reorganise my life as a bachelor. My days were grey and the nights were endless. I was craving for same sleep but it refused to intervene and bring some relief to my aching body and a break to my forever active brain. I named the Book “Mrs Stamata.” which was the name of the mother. It took many years to return to the skeletal draft and complete it.

The novel is a collection of experiences that I encountered, fictions that were creations of my cerebral fantasies the perpetually moving mind and my invisible soul.

All the persons that you will encounter in the story were real. Even the beautiful Flora (Madeline) who lived a daringly prodigal life was lucky to meet Milton and experience the immensity and tranquillity of true love. I compromised the tragedy of Alekos and Sofia’s love and gave a happy ending because of the philanthropic action of her boss Leon. Stamata died but she lives on as a ghost at the Greek section of the cemetery at Chatby awaiting the next Resurrection.

Now all of us who were born in Egypt and more particular in the cosmopolitan Alexandria we have dispersed at all corners of this hospitable planet. We travelled to new seas; we flew in skies and lands of places that we have learned in our Geography lessons. Most of us are well established in our new countries and we live carefree existences.

Yet we are grateful that we were born in Egypt.

This is Jim's second book. His first book, My Four Homes was published in both Greek and English.

Jims speech at the My Four Homes Book Launch

Download an interview with Jim Saltis on SBS Radio, Australia, here:

jim-saltis.mp3

This interview refers mainly to Jims previous book, My Four Homes, but also makes reference to Blessings, Curses and Exorcisms.

Ευχες Αναεματισμοι και Eξορκισμοι - Blessings, Curses and Exorcisms

Author: Jim Saltis

When Published: 2013

Publisher: Jim Saltis

Available: From Jim Saltis or Tina Andrew. 02 9399 9767

Email, Jim Saltis

Description: Paperback

Language: GREEK

ISBN: 9780646583938

Dewey Number: A823.4

Ευχές αναθεματισμοί και εξορκισμοί

Παρουσιάστρια: Πόπη Αναστασιάδου-Μαλλιάνου

Ο Δημήτρης Πρωτοψάλτης, γνωστός και ως Jim Saltis στο μυθιστόρημα του Ευχές αναθεματισμοί και εξορκισμοί μας πηγαίνει πίσω στο παρελθόν και μας κάνει να νοσταλγούμε και να ονειρευόμαστε. Μας περιγράφει με έντονα χρώματα μια Αίγυπτο που δεν υπάρχιε πια. Την Αίγυπτο της δεκαετίας του 1930. Βαθύς ψυχολόγος και γνώστης των ηθών της εποχής, μας αναλύει εκτενώς κοινονικά φαινόμενα. Μέσα από την ιστορία της ζωής μιας οικογένειας με επτά παιδιά μας περιγράφει ρεαλιστικά την Αίγυπτο και ιδίως την Αλέξάνδρια εκείνης της εποχής, την αγαπημένη του Αλεξάνδρια, την Αλεξάνδρια στην οποία γεννήθηκε(Βηθλεέμ Μπήκανε στο τράμ για το Μπακός...το εξαιρετικό προσωπικό του και την ακρίβεια του. ) Μια έντονη αίσθηση ιστορικότητας χαρακτηρίζει αυτό το μυθιστόρημα, όπως και το προηγoύμενο μυθιστόρημα του (Τα τέσσερα σπιτια) Στα βιβλία αυτά ο συγγραφέας αναλύει και τεκμηριώνει την πολιτική σήψη που υπάρχει στην δεκαετία του 30. Ο Πρωτοψάλτης είναι κοσμοπολίτης. Στο πίσω εξώφυλλο του βιβλίου του μας λέει; Σήμερα όλοι που γεννηθήκαμε στην μαγευτική πόλη της Αλεξάνδριας και στην Αίγυπτο ζούμε σκορπισμένοι στον φιλόξενο πλανήτη. Ταξιδέψαμε σε καινούργιες θάλασσες και πετάξαμε σε ουρανούς και πατρίδες που μάθαμε από τα βιβλία της Γεωγραφίας.

Το φάσμα των πάσης φύσεως προβληματισμών του είναι ευρύτατο. Αντλεί τα θέματα του από το παρελθόν που έχουν όμως απόλυτη σχέση με τα σημερινά δρώμενα. Εξετάζει όλες τις πτυχές της κοινωνίας με καταπληκτική οξυδέρκεια. Επίσης μας αναφέρει τις διάφορες δυσιδαιμονίες και προκαταλήψεις που υπήρχαν εκείνη την εποχή όπως π.χ. το χύσιμο του λαδιού που το θεωρούσαν μεγάλη γρουσουζιά. Κακός οιωνός όπως έλεγαν. (ΔήμητραΤο Μπουκάλι με το λάδι γλυστρησε από το χέρι της...μα τι φταίει πάλι ο άνθρωπος σκέφθηκε.)Πάνω σ’αυτές τις δυσιδαιμονίες και προκαταλήψεις βασίζεται και ο τίτλος του βιβλίου του Δημήτρη. Ευχές, αναθεματισμοί και εξορκισμοί. και μας μιλά και για τα μάγια που έκαναν για να σταματήσουν ανεπιθήμητους γάμους, η για να εκδικηθούν κάποιον που τους είχε ενοχλήσει η απλώς κάποιον που δεν συμπαθούσαν. Διάφοροι επιτήδιοι εκμετάλευονταν τις προκαταλήψεις αυτές και κέρδιζαν χρήματα από τα ανύποπτα θύματα που πίστευαν σ’αυτά που τους έλεγαν ότι δηλ, τα μάγια θα φέρουν το ποθητό απότέλεσμα. Παρ’ολό που αυτά που περιγράφει ο Πρωτοψάλτης στο βιβλίο του έχουν λάβει χώρα στος αρχές του 20 ου αιώνα το θέμα είναι πολύ επίκαιρο διότι κάθε τόσο βλέπουμε στα μέσα ενημέρωσης παρόμοιες καταστάσεις και στις μέρες μας, όπως τους δύο μάγους που συνέλαβε μερικά χρόνια πρίν, η αστυνομία στα Δυτικά προάστεια του Σύδνευ, που είχαν πελάτες-θύματα με Πανεπιστημιακή μόρφωση.(Κική Είμαι έτοιμη τώρα κυρία...Αμα το φέρεις τότε θα κάνουμε και το επόμενο βήμα.)

Αφίνοντας την φαντασία του ελεύθερη ο Πρωτοψάλτης, ζωντανεύει το παρελθόν κατά τον πιο θελκτικό τρόπο. Ο χρόνος, οι βαθειές εσωτερικές δονήσεις τα πάθη συνθέτουν ένα αρμονικό σύνολο. Με απλά λόγια με πέννα που ρέει, μας παρασέρνει να τον παρακολουθήσουμε με τον πιο αβίαστο τρόπο (Δήμητρα Θυμάμαι καλά τον πολιτικό τους γάμο...η ευτυχία μπήκε στο σπιτικό τους.)

Δεν λείπει το ρεαλιστικό στοιχείο, ενώ οι κοινονικές συνθήκες της εποχής αναλύονται με αξιοπρόσεκτη ακρίβεια. Οι διαγραφές των χαρακτήρων του είναι ακριβείς ενώ οι χώροι και οι περιγραφές των τοπίων αποδίνονται θαυμάσια (Βηθλεέμ,Ομως σκόρπιες σκέψεις χτυπούσαν την πόρτα του μυαλού της...και ο Θεός της είχε χαρίσει 7 παιδιά. .)Ρόζα.Αραπάδες.... της ερωμένης του)
Επίσης ο συγραφέας μας περιγράφει με μαθηματική ακρίβεια τον έρωτα, σαρκικό και πνευματικό σε μια εποχή δύσκολη, υποκριτική, σεμνότυφη, εποχή σεξουαλικής καταπίεσης. Οι ήρωες του, αγαπούν πολύ, στη ζωή τους. Αγαπούν δίχως σεμνοτυφίες και όρια και πολλές φορές περνούν τα σύνορα και σπάνουν τα καλούπια της ηθηκής με ολέθρια αποτελέσματα(.ΡόζαΗΦλώρα γύρισε στο σπίτι της....που αρνήθηκε την οικογένεια της.)

Βαθύς γνώστης της ανθρώπινης φύσης μας περιγράφει με έντονες μελανές πινελιέςτην καθοδική πορεία ατόμων-θυμάτων, που παραδίνονται σε ακραία πάθη και καταστρεπτικές συνήθειες επιρεάζοντας αρνητικά την ζωή τους και τις ζωές προσφυλών τους προσώπων. (Κική Είχε επιθυμήσει να περάσει....από την οικογένεια της.)

Μια άλλη πρωτοτυπία του βιβλίου είναι ότι συχνά παρεμβάλλονται διάφορα σχόλια και φιλοσοφικές παρατηρήσεις. Στος τέλος του βιβλίου υπάρχουν πολλές ωραίες φωτογραφίες κτιρίων και τοπίων εκείνης της εποχής.
Συνοψίζωντας μπορούμε να πούμε ότι το (Ευχές αναθεματισμοί και εξορκισμοί είναι ένα πρωτότυπο, αξιοπρόσεκτο έργο που αξίζει να διαβαστεί.

Συγχαρητήρια λοιπόν στον Δημήτρη Πρωτοψάλτη και του ευχόμαστε να δεί το έργο του διαδεδομένο διαχρονικά και πάντα με ανοδική πορεία.

Πόπη Αναστασιάδη-Μαλλιάνου
Πρόεδρος Ελλήνων Λογοτεχνών
Και
Καλλιτεχνών Αυστραλίας(ΕΕΛΚΑ)

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submitted by Betty Summers (nee, Notaras) on 16.04.2013

John Prineas and Paul Summers holding the interstate shield

On Feb 15th, 2013, a team from the Hellenic Social Lawn Bowls Association of NSW travelled to Perth to compete for the Hellenic interstate sheild.

They stayed on in Perth until Feb 21st, 2013.

Two Kytherians - John Prineas and Paul Summers - were part of the winning team. They defeated both the Victorian and Western Australian teams, and "bought back the shield".

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submitted by Betty Summers (nee, Notaras) on 16.04.2013

Members of the Hellenic Social Lawn Bowls Association of NSW

On Feb 15th, 2013, a team from the Hellenic Social Lawn Bowls Association of NSW travelled to Perth to compete for the Hellenic interstate sheild.

They stayed on in Perth until Feb 21st, 2013.

Two Kytherians were part of the winning team. They defeated both the Victorian and Western Australian teams, and "bought back the shield".

John Prineas, who is holding the shield in this photo, and Paul Summers, pictured on the far left.

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submitted by James Victor Prineas on 10.03.2013

Superb interior in one of the units at The River House, Bingara

Home Page:

http://www.theriverhousebingara.com.au/home/.aspx

The River House. The frontage.

Download an Information Booklet, here:

Information_Booklet_Jan5.pdf

When Kytherian or Greek - Australians venture to Bingara to visit the Roxy Cinema, Roxy Cafe or Roxy Museum, they should know that the best accommodation in town is at The River House.

Location:

The River House
6 Keera Street Bingara 2404
NSW

Map to locate The River House

Booking can be made through the

Imperial Hotel and Motel

21 Maitland St,
Bingara, 2404,
New South Wales
Australia

P: (02) 6724 1629

E: Email, Imperial Hotel and Motel

Self-catering
Wheelchair Access: Yes
Elder Access: Yes
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Suitable for Children: Yes

Property Details

The River House. A beautiful place to stay in Bingara. It overlooks the magnificent Gwydir River and park & is within walking distance of the golf course, shops and Roxy Theatre. It is situated in a "Food Forest" garden with a glorious pergola, pond & barbeque. Every plant at The River House is edible & can be used by guests. The house accommodates up to 8 people. There are 3 self contained one bedroom units with wonderfully spacious living & dining areas and a 4th bedroom with an ensuite. The design & finish is of the highest quality with hand picked furnishings & decor. Rental can be for any period & in any of the 4 combinations. Rent one, two, three or book the lot! Great for a reunion, bridal party or small conference. Guests in The River House apartment have a wide terrace -a magical spot to enjoy a glass of wine or take in the spectacular view. For those who love cooking there is a gourmet kitchen with dishwasher. Or perhaps you may prefer the Food Forest Garden apartment which invites you to curl up with a book & relax. It has a large selection of reading material. And then there is 'The Retreat" -seperate from the others which is a peaceful & tranquil place overlooking the "food forest" and rainbow garden.

Guests comments include "Best apartment I have ever stayed in". "It was fabulous. Amazing ambience and attention to detail. Staying here was a truly relaxing time. We look forward to coming back soon" "Absolutely loved our stay. Such an amazing location. A wonderful place. We can't wait to stay here again. It was wonderful to be able to stroll down to the river, main street & golf course. The River House is truly stunning & it was great to be able to pick plants out of the garden for meals. A unique experience".

"The property has great surrounds and views overlooking the river that flows past. One of the striking things is the size of the rooms and the decor. Well equipped kitchen. We found it comfortable and warm even thought it was winter. This is not what you usually expect from holiday rentals, this is just like a great home".

Garry & Linda's welcome:

Welcome to The River House, Bingara's newest and finest accommodation. Overlooking the riverside park, “The Junction” and the magnificent Gwydir River, the view is second to none.

The River House opened its doors just before Christmas 2011 and offers first class accommodation – three fully self contained one bedroom units with wonderfully spacious living & dining areas, and a fourth bedroom with en-suite. It is available for rental for any period, and in any combination of the four lettable areas.

Built by local cattle producers Garry & Linda McDouall, The River House will one day be their retirement home. The design and finish is therefore of the highest quality with each suite beautifully appointed with hand picked furnishings and decor. Everything has been done to the highest standard.

The garden too is spectacular - at least it will be once it is fully established. It is designed as a "Food Forest", with every plant being edible. The garden surrounds a beautiful pergola and pond, with the sounds of running water- a great place to dine outdoors.

Both Garry and Linda are passionate about Bingara, so until they are ready for the "big move" they wish to offer the living experience to visitors, as the property represents their commitment to the future of Bingara.

This is their Vision:

"The River House is a place of relaxation, beauty & renewal. Sublime accommodation in a fantastic position, surrounded by a “Food Forest” Garden. We wish to share our dreams for Bingara with our visitors – become part of a thriving, engaged and excited community, enjoying excellent facilities in a beautiful rural setting."

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submitted by James Victor Prineas on 10.03.2013

Map by which to locate The River House in Bingara

Home Page:

http://www.theriverhousebingara.com.au/home/.aspx

The River House. The frontage.

Download an Information Booklet, here:

Information_Booklet_Jan5.pdf

When Kytherian or Greek - Australians venture to Bingara to visit the Roxy Cinema, Roxy Cafe or Roxy Museum, they should know that the best accommodation in town is at The River House.

Location:

The River House
6 Keera Street Bingara 2404
NSW

Booking can be made through the

Imperial Hotel and Motel

21 Maitland St,
Bingara, 2404,
New South Wales
Australia

P: (02) 6724 1629

E: Email, Imperial Hotel and Motel

Self-catering
Wheelchair Access: Yes
Elder Access: Yes
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Suitable for Children: Yes

Property Details

The River House. A beautiful place to stay in Bingara. It overlooks the magnificent Gwydir River and park & is within walking distance of the golf course, shops and Roxy Theatre. It is situated in a "Food Forest" garden with a glorious pergola, pond & barbeque. Every plant at The River House is edible & can be used by guests. The house accommodates up to 8 people. There are 3 self contained one bedroom units with wonderfully spacious living & dining areas and a 4th bedroom with an ensuite. The design & finish is of the highest quality with hand picked furnishings & decor. Rental can be for any period & in any of the 4 combinations. Rent one, two, three or book the lot! Great for a reunion, bridal party or small conference. Guests in The River House apartment have a wide terrace -a magical spot to enjoy a glass of wine or take in the spectacular view. For those who love cooking there is a gourmet kitchen with dishwasher. Or perhaps you may prefer the Food Forest Garden apartment which invites you to curl up with a book & relax. It has a large selection of reading material. And then there is 'The Retreat" -seperate from the others which is a peaceful & tranquil place overlooking the "food forest" and rainbow garden.

Superb interior typical of the quality of the apartments.

Guests comments include "Best apartment I have ever stayed in". "It was fabulous. Amazing ambience and attention to detail. Staying here was a truly relaxing time. We look forward to coming back soon" "Absolutely loved our stay. Such an amazing location. A wonderful place. We can't wait to stay here again. It was wonderful to be able to stroll down to the river, main street & golf course. The River House is truly stunning & it was great to be able to pick plants out of the garden for meals. A unique experience".

"The property has great surrounds and views overlooking the river that flows past. One of the striking things is the size of the rooms and the decor. Well equipped kitchen. We found it comfortable and warm even thought it was winter. This is not what you usually expect from holiday rentals, this is just like a great home".

Garry & Linda's welcome:

Welcome to The River House, Bingara's newest and finest accommodation. Overlooking the riverside park, “The Junction” and the magnificent Gwydir River, the view is second to none.

The River House opened its doors just before Christmas 2011 and offers first class accommodation – three fully self contained one bedroom units with wonderfully spacious living & dining areas, and a fourth bedroom with en-suite. It is available for rental for any period, and in any combination of the four lettable areas.

Built by local cattle producers Garry & Linda McDouall, The River House will one day be their retirement home. The design and finish is therefore of the highest quality with each suite beautifully appointed with hand picked furnishings and decor. Everything has been done to the highest standard.

The garden too is spectacular - at least it will be once it is fully established. It is designed as a "Food Forest", with every plant being edible. The garden surrounds a beautiful pergola and pond, with the sounds of running water- a great place to dine outdoors.

Both Garry and Linda are passionate about Bingara, so until they are ready for the "big move" they wish to offer the living experience to visitors, as the property represents their commitment to the future of Bingara.

This is their Vision:

"The River House is a place of relaxation, beauty & renewal. Sublime accommodation in a fantastic position, surrounded by a “Food Forest” Garden. We wish to share our dreams for Bingara with our visitors – become part of a thriving, engaged and excited community, enjoying excellent facilities in a beautiful rural setting."

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submitted by James Victor Prineas on 10.03.2013

The River House, Bingara

Home Page:

http://www.theriverhousebingara.com.au/home/.aspx

Download an Information Booklet, here:

Information_Booklet_Jan5.pdf

When Kytherian or Greek - Australians venture to Bingara to visit the Roxy Cinema, Roxy Cafe or Roxy Museum, they should know that the best accommodation in town is at The River House.

Location:

The River House
6 Keera Street Bingara 2404
NSW

Map to locate The River House

Booking can be made through the

Imperial Hotel and Motel

21 Maitland St,
Bingara, 2404,
New South Wales
Australia

P: (02) 6724 1629

E: Email, Imperial Hotel and Motel

Self-catering
Wheelchair Access: Yes
Elder Access: Yes
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Suitable for Children: Yes

Property Details

The River House. A beautiful place to stay in Bingara. It overlooks the magnificent Gwydir River and park & is within walking distance of the golf course, shops and Roxy Theatre. It is situated in a "Food Forest" garden with a glorious pergola, pond & barbeque. Every plant at The River House is edible & can be used by guests. The house accommodates up to 8 people. There are 3 self contained one bedroom units with wonderfully spacious living & dining areas and a 4th bedroom with an ensuite. The design & finish is of the highest quality with hand picked furnishings & decor. Rental can be for any period & in any of the 4 combinations. Rent one, two, three or book the lot! Great for a reunion, bridal party or small conference. Guests in The River House apartment have a wide terrace -a magical spot to enjoy a glass of wine or take in the spectacular view. For those who love cooking there is a gourmet kitchen with dishwasher. Or perhaps you may prefer the Food Forest Garden apartment which invites you to curl up with a book & relax. It has a large selection of reading material. And then there is 'The Retreat" -seperate from the others which is a peaceful & tranquil place overlooking the "food forest" and rainbow garden.

Superb interior typical of the quality of the apartments.

Guests comments include "Best apartment I have ever stayed in". "It was fabulous. Amazing ambience and attention to detail. Staying here was a truly relaxing time. We look forward to coming back soon" "Absolutely loved our stay. Such an amazing location. A wonderful place. We can't wait to stay here again. It was wonderful to be able to stroll down to the river, main street & golf course. The River House is truly stunning & it was great to be able to pick plants out of the garden for meals. A unique experience".

"The property has great surrounds and views overlooking the river that flows past. One of the striking things is the size of the rooms and the decor. Well equipped kitchen. We found it comfortable and warm even thought it was winter. This is not what you usually expect from holiday rentals, this is just like a great home".

Garry & Linda's welcome:

Welcome to The River House, Bingara's newest and finest accommodation. Overlooking the riverside park, “The Junction” and the magnificent Gwydir River, the view is second to none.

The River House opened its doors just before Christmas 2011 and offers first class accommodation – three fully self contained one bedroom units with wonderfully spacious living & dining areas, and a fourth bedroom with en-suite. It is available for rental for any period, and in any combination of the four lettable areas.

Built by local cattle producers Garry & Linda McDouall, The River House will one day be their retirement home. The design and finish is therefore of the highest quality with each suite beautifully appointed with hand picked furnishings and decor. Everything has been done to the highest standard.

The garden too is spectacular - at least it will be once it is fully established. It is designed as a "Food Forest", with every plant being edible. The garden surrounds a beautiful pergola and pond, with the sounds of running water- a great place to dine outdoors.

Both Garry and Linda are passionate about Bingara, so until they are ready for the "big move" they wish to offer the living experience to visitors, as the property represents their commitment to the future of Bingara.

This is their Vision:

"The River House is a place of relaxation, beauty & renewal. Sublime accommodation in a fantastic position, surrounded by a “Food Forest” Garden. We wish to share our dreams for Bingara with our visitors – become part of a thriving, engaged and excited community, enjoying excellent facilities in a beautiful rural setting."

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submitted by Kytherian World Heritage Fund on 28.06.2011

Local Author Writes Again

Photograph: Ruby Brown Feros signing copies of George: his passion, at the Byron Bay book lauch, May 20th, 2011. Rene Feros, in the foreground.

Chris Plowman's APRIL Newsletter

Page 2. Issue 173, April 2011


Ruby M Brown has been one of my customers for many years. Ruby was one of my clients when I had the pharmacy at 140 Auburn Street. In more recent times Ruby has been a keen user of Mick's ointment and cream. Following recent surgery she used Mick's ointment on her scars. Her physiotherapist commented that her scars healed better than she had ever seen. Ruby speaks very highly of the virtues of Mick's ointment, so highly in fact that when she was writing a biography about her father, she wove into her story the virtues of Mick's ointment.

This time Ruby has given us something different. She has written a biography about her father. In the 320 pages you will find a plethora of stories that encompass her life as she journeyed with her father. There are interesting facets of her life in Gunning and Goulburn including stories of historical interest in the Gunning area.

Ruby intertwines her life into her journey with that of her father. Ruby's father was responsible for collecting singled handed for the first aged care facility on the north coast of NSW Feros Care Ltd is a not-for profit organisation which provides a wide range of services which are open to all those living in Australia. Feros Care has won many awards, which makes it a credit to its founder.

Ruby wrote the story as she said it was a story that must be written. Her father came to Australia as a stow-away. Ruby has combined her writing skills in this book with those of her previous books as she included some of her fathers and mothers favourites recipes.

Incidentally Ruby is a prolific author, having written many books in the area of special diets.

Ruby told me that this book took five years to research and write. Ruby is delighted that her efforts have now come to fruition in George his Passion. If you want to know what George's passion was, you will need to buy the book. Ruby is giving all the proceeds for the book to the organisation her father set up. The organisation is now big business, but big business doesn't run the corporation, the people do. The people own Feros Care. It is a not-for-profit organisation.

If you would like a copy of Ruby's book you can contact her

Contact Ruby by email

or

0407484002

I am sure Ruby would be delighted to arrange to get you a copy of her book and give the proceeds to the organisation her father set up.

Chris Plowmans Pharmacy
Shop 2 The Marketplace
Goulburn

02 4821 2260

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submitted by Kytherian Newsflash on 28.06.2011

The ragamuffin who founded multimillion-dollar aged care empire

Photograph: The beautifully appointed Feros Care facility, at Bangalow, northern, NSW.

Northern Star

28th May 20th

Jennie Dell

Contact Jennie, by email


The little old Greek man who pounded the pavements of Byron Bay in 60s and 70s, ringing a loud bell and carrying a brightly-painted donation box, would have had no idea that after his death he was to become known as the founder of a multimillion-dollar aged-care industry.

George Feros was passionate about fundraising to provide facilities for the aged, at a time when there were none in Byron Bay.

Called George: his passion, it tells “the story behind the story” of this much-loved Byron identity whose efforts have resulted in a multi-award winning, aged-care empire, Feros Care, now with its headquarters in Coolangatta.

“He was a pioneer,” Ruby Feros said. “It was sometimes embarrassing for me, as his daughter, to see this ragamuffin figure being called a ‘dirty Dago’ to his face as he shook his donation box and rang his bell, asking people to give him money.”

But George Feros’s efforts were not in vain. The Australian Orthodox Home for the Aged, near the Byron railway line, was the first fruit of his fundraising. When he died in 1981 there was not enough money in the kitty to get the first Feros Village, in Byron Bay, started.

His dream had always been to provide a nursing home, and it was not until after his death that dream came true, with the opening of the Feros Care Home in Bangalow.

“George would be so happy to know his daughter was continuing to contribute in some way to Feros Care,” Ms Feros said. “I’m donating all proceeds from the book to them.”

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submitted by Kytherian Newsflash on 09.04.2012

George Feros book tells of Byron Bay's past history

Photograph: Member for Richmond, Justine Elliot, with Ruby M Feros at the book launch. Friday 20th May, 2011.

Byron Shire Echo.

http://www.echo.net.au/


Another piece of local history has been published – author Ruby M Feros, daughter of George Feros, has just penned a book about her father, entitled George: his passion.

George was a well regarded identity who worked tirelessly raising money to start Byron Bay’s first aged care hostel.

First known as a businessman, George later became recognised as the fundraising man who would ring his ‘famous’ bell as he patrolled the street in bare feet.

Member for Richmond, Justine Elliot, joined supporters on Friday 20th may, 2011, to celebrate the launch of the book.

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submitted by Kytherian Newsflash on 28.06.2011

Life with George a time of laughter and tears

Photograph: Ruby Feros with an old Byron Bay schoolmate Col Hadwell at a dinner held after the launch of her book, George: his passion, at Feros Care, Byron Bay, NSW, 20th May, 2011.

By Gary Chigwidden

Byron Shire News, May 26, 2011. page 4.


A time of laughter and tears. That's how Ruby Feros described life with her father George, an eccentric trailblazer who spent 25 years raising funds for an aged care hostel for Byron Bay.

Those efforts included riding a pushbike around the town ringing a bell and calling for donations.

While he didn't live long enough to see it happen, his efforts, supported by a hard-working community committee, were eventually rewarded with the opening in 1990 of Feros Care's Byron Bay Village.

At the launch at the village on Friday 20th May, of her book, George: his passion, Ruby said living with her father hadn't been easy. She said when she was growing up, her father had put all his energy into collecting money for a nursing home. At the time, she said, she was embarrassed by the "somewhat unusual methods" he used to raise funds for his passion and his cause

Ruby said she challenged herself to tell the story behind the story and “fell in love with the passion of the man. So I wrote about him rather than just what he had done,” she said.

"Without pioneers like George our country would not have experienced some of the rich legacies it has. "George has left us a legacy, one that is very dear to my heart and the hearts and lives of many Australians in an era where longevity is increasing," Ruby said.

Today, the organisation that carries its name, Feros Care, has residential villages at Byron Bay and Bangalow and offers community care packages up the coast from Port Macquarie to Bundaberg.