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Books, films, football – a Symi connection

Books, films, football – a Symi connection

We are getting close to publication date for the new you-know-what. I’ve put up a preview of ‘The Saddling’ at Amazon. If you follow the link, you can find a PDF file of one of the chapters. You can download that for free and have a read. Here’s the link to that. https://www.createspace.com/Preview/1217097 (please give a rate). We are still sorting out last minute bits and pieces, and they are working on the Kindle version.

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Working on the boats

In other news, closer to home, the under 11 football team won the quaterfinals, winning 7 – 1, and will be playing in the Semi-Finals next Sunday the 7th May in Rhodes.  This group of boys and their parents will be off to Britain soon, playing matches down on the edge of Romney Marsh, where I was born and brought up. Thanks to the generosity of both the residents of Symi and the public at large by providing substantial donations, this has enabled two Symi Football Teams the opportunity of travelling to the U.K. at the end of May to take part in an International Football Tournament. All the expenses for a total of 20 children have been paid for thanks to this generosity – the mothers who will be travelling with the children will be travelling at their own expense. Symi will be entering an Under 11’s Team as well as an Under 12’s Team at the UEFA Sponsored Tournament at Camber Sands where they will be playing on brand new football pitches on Saturday the 27th and Sunday the 28th May. Ex-Arsenal and Aston Villa midfielder, Paul Merson, will be presenting the prizes – so anyone living in the area, please go along and support the Symi Football Teams. None of this would have been possible without the Football Coach, Spiros Hatzipetros, giving so much of his free time and commitment to the Team. (Thank you to Jean and Dawn for the info and organisation.)

I’m going to see if I can drum up any of my old mates from the locale to go along and support.

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Waiting for a boat

Up in the village, there were two baptisms on Sunday, lots of bells and lots of smartly dressed people eating at Georgio’s afterwards. It was packed. We managed to get squeezed into a corner for dinner, which was very kind of them considering they had so many other guests to attend to, but others who came later were no so lucky. Koukoumas was also announced to be held on Sunday evening, so there was a lot going on.

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Fixing on that all-important selfie-body-cam

And now I must get back to setting up the new novel and getting it ready for sale. I’m not into doing all that free copy publicity for a launch, though I probably should be. If I put it up for free for a few days in the hope of getting some good reviews, no-one will buy a paperback copy. I know I can trust my readers here to write reviews for me (he adds a big smiley face icon but it doesn’t come out so takes it out and uses 26 words to paint a small picture instead), and I do put my other titles up for free on Kindle from time to time. I did that with ‘Jason and the Sargonauts’ over Easter, which reminds me: I have been tracked down and asked to sign a copy of ‘Jason’ this afternoon. What a lovely thing for a reader, here on holiday, to do.

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Hold tight.