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A Greek island blog from Symi in the Dodecanese islands of Greece. "James’s great talent lies in his careful observation of the absurd and the amusing, the dramas and the difficulties..." Anne Zouroudi.

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Symi, Stuff & Nonsense

Symi, Stuff & Nonsense

The week starts here, and the advertising starts here. Over the weekend I saw the proofs of the first few chapters of my latest book about living on Symi, travel tales and other bits and pieces. I have to say, it’s looking good. Where ‘Symi 85600’ is made up of emails, letters and written thoughts with a few sketches as illustrations, ‘Carry on up the Kalie Strata’ has photos and is mainly articles about Symi written for a newspaper. ‘Village View’ has a year’s worth of blog posts and some photos, and ‘Symi, Stuff & Nonsense’ is a collection of diary entries, some developed blog posts from the past, and pieces about travel written specifically for the book. It also has illustrations by cartoonist Clive Wakfer. I can’t show you any yet, and I have not had the cover designed, so the photos today are from my library.

Symi, Stuff & Nonsense

At the rate we are going, the book will be ready in the next couple of weeks, depending on how long the cover takes to create. My designer is usually pretty quick, but I can’t contact him until next week, so there is no release date as yet. It will definitely be in time for your Christmas shopping, however and will be in print and Kindle format.

Symi, Stuff & Nonsense

Regarding Symi, there are several pieces in the book that cover moving here in 2002, the refugee situation in 2015, some observations about Symi life, some of my blog posts, and it finishes with some events from this year, 2017. The other sections take us to Wales, Scotland, Egypt, Serbia, and parts of Europe. The nonsense sections will give you insights into collective nouns, the oldest words in the English language, how to behave on planes, and even how to access some free drainpipes. It’s a mixed bag, but I think you will enjoy it.

Symi, Stuff & Nonsense

As we head off into the week, you might like to make sure you’re up to date with the reading material (and I know many of you are) and perhaps share the following links with anyone you might intend buying this new book for – give them a ‘heads-up’ and get them to do the background reading before their surprise present arrives for Christmas; a first edition copy of ‘Symi, Stuff & Nonsense’, coming soon.

Ps. You can buy all three of these books together for £30.39 at the moment.

Symi 85600

Carry on up the Kali Strata

Village View

 

More Saturday Photos

More Saturday Photos

Here are a few more random images from Symi to keep you going over the weekend. The weather is still playing fair and warm, calm and without any wind to speak of, but next week promises something different. That’s if we can believe the forecasts which show rain and high winds for the middle of next week. I must get the bathroom roof sealed and painted before that happens, and dig out the door curtains (for drafts) and the old towels (in case of leaks around windows, which only happens if I forget to close the shutters). Meanwhile, have a good weekend and enjoy these photos that were taken during the summer.

Symi photos Greece

On the road

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Enjoying the view?

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Summer sailors

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Off to Rhodes

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A guided walk

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Meanwhile in Pedi

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Keeping it green.

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Summer sunset

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Across the island (in the back of a flatbed truck, clinging on…)

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Coming and going