Tuesday, April 24


I just read one very funny post on Melusina's blog about crossing the street in greece and almost died laughing. I then skipped on over to Flubberwinkle's blog and found a very similar, in terms of style and humour, post about seat lurkers on the bus in greece... and almost died a second time.

And at that very moment, the germ of an idea sprung into my head. Within a few seconds it had blossomed, and a pretty neat idea I think it is.

Many of us blogging in Greece have written humorous, anecdotal-style posts about various aspects of modern greek life and society. These anecdotes are like 'snapshots,' if you like, perfectly conjuring some small splinter of life that is generally banal to those of us who live here, but mad-sounding to anyone who doesn't. And when we read it we, too, realise how mad it is, and that we would almost have become inured to that madness (and what a sad thing that would be) were it not for the post.

Well, I think these little anecdotes deserve more than being relegated to the dusty corners of the archives section of our blogs. I think we should start collecting them together and, once we've done so and a final selection has been made, maybe post them on a separate blog of their own, or maybe even a real collective web page - if some web savvy person is willing to come up with one - or some other clever idea I can't think up on my own. Suggestions are welcome.

So, in detail, here's what I propose:

- In the comments below this post, 'nominate' posts that you think are worthy of being anthologised.
- Please include:
1. the name of the post
2. who wrote the post
3. a brief description of the subject matter
4. a link to the post.
- Please read previous nominations and avoid nominating a post which has already been nominated once.
- Nominated posts can be written in Greek or in English.
- Feel free to nominate your own posts.
- All nominations MUST be published ANONYMOUSLY (to avoid any potential hurt feelings). (All other comments, re. the idea in general, do NOT have to be anonymous).
- Nominated posts should be similar in subject matter and style to the description above. i.e they should be:
humourous in nature
about a single EVERYDAY aspect of Greek life
something that most Greeks/foreigners living in Greece will have experienced, too.
- Nominated posts should not be purely complaints about some part of Greek society the author does not like. i.e. if it is complaining, at least it should be doing so humorously, and not be denigrating Greeks or Greece as a collective whole (or anyone else for that matter).
- If you have previous posts that almost meet these requirements but don't quite (e.g. you talked about several things in one post) it would be a good idea to re-post a modified version of the original so that it can qualify. Or write a whole new one!

-Once a reasonable number of posts have been nominated (do I have to specify a number in advance? I think it'll become clear when we've exhausted the supply, and can just play it by ear. What do you think?) I will, after a week's advance warning, 'offically close' the nominating period.
- From that point on, all further nominations will be rejected (ie deleted) and the voting period will begin.
- in the comments of this post again, 'vote' for the posts that you think deserve to be included in the anthology by referring to them by NAME and AUTHOR.
- Vote for as many posts as you like, several within one comment if you like, or each alone.
- Again, all votes must be ANONYMOUS.
- Please be honourable, and only vote for each post once.
- I will post a one week warning before the end of the voting period (again, I assume it'll become obvious when voting has tapered off, but if you think it should be more restricted let me know) and then voting will be closed.

At that point I will tally the results and publish a list of the chosen posts... and we can decide via comments and general consensus where to go from there.
C'est tout! Sounds fun, no?


Anonymous said...


AUTHOR: Melusina
POST TITLE: The near death of an iPodestrian
SUBJECT: crossing the street (while talking on mobiles/listening to ipods)
LINK: http://litochoro.blogspot.com/2007/04/near-death-of-ipodestrian.html

AUTHOR: Flubberwinkle
POST TITLE: Seat Lurkers
SUBJECT: nasty people who are too eager to get seats on buses
LINK: http://flubberwinkle.blogspot.com/2007/04/seat-lurkers.html

Anonymous said...


AUTHOR: Seawitch
POST TITLE: Don't Call Me. I Might Call You.
SUBJECT: phone manners (or lack thereof)
LINK: http://theseawitch.blogspot.com/2005/10/dont-call-me-i-might-call-you.html

luc said...


I've been to litochoro, flubberwinkle and theseawitch thanks to your article. I love your style. As a hint, if you haven't already, please make sure you read "The Xenophobe's guide to the Greeks" by Alexandra Fiada (Ravette Publishing). As a relatively recent (4 years) immigrant to Crete, with no previous ties to Crete or Greece, just a desire to start a new live here, it gets me through the day when it gets "too much" (as it sometimes can).

An excerpt from the back cover to wet your appetite: "Self-control -- although invented by the ancient Spartans -- is not only unknown but also incomprehensible to the modern Greeks".

Kassandra said...

I have read it! Though to be honest, I don't remember too much about it... besides the fact that it was admittedly funny... but thanks for the thought!

melusina said...

There have been so many posts like this over the past couple of years, I can't even remember who wrote them or where they came from! Most that I have read would have come from SeaWitch, Flubberwinkle, EllasDevil, or here - I think DeviousDiva has even made a funny post or two.

Anonymous said...

I vote for the January 25, 2007 post on the Greek beaurocracy at Cretan Chronicles: http://www.oriste.com/blog/
It is a classic.


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