Symi Dream

Living on a Greek island

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.

Symi Dream - Living on a Greek island

Symi Film Festival 16th to 20th September

Symi Film Festival 16th to 20th September

The Symi Film Festival starts on Monday with a selection of short and feature films from around the world, Greece, South Korea, France, USA, Italy, Jordan, Spain, Germany, Chile and Iran are included, making it truly international.

Films will be presented at the open-air cinema at the sports centre in Horio, all showings start at 20:00 (8 pm), and entrance is free. The sports centre is just up the main road from the bus stop in Horio, you can’t miss it, but there are programmes available in various outlets that also contain a map.

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As for me, I’m going to be off for a while from today. Tomorrow night I’m going up to Athens for a few days, arriving back early next Wednesday morning. I have a few things to do before then, so won’t be online tomorrow, but all being well, will be with you again towards the end of next week. Before I go, though, I thought you might like to know that the island is buzzing, everywhere seems lively and full, busy and doing well, as September is a popular month for visitors. It was very busy in the square last night and in the tavernas, which sounds to me like good news for everyone. I’m off now, back soon.

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Late night or early morning

Late night or early morning

I managed to get back to my usual routine yesterday, but it’s already gone out of the window. Yesterday: up early, a couple of hours of work before sunrise, out at 6.15 for a walk up the hill (favourite image, a goat in a tree), back down again and full of energy, chopped down some new growth of fig tree at the front of the house. We had the thing poisoned last year as it broke our sterna with its roots, but some new parts are coming back. As I was doing it, a neighbour came out and said he’d just poisoned the leaves, so no need to cut the branches. I’d just done it all, intending to do a proper job after the summer where you drill holes in the branches and put the poison in that way, but he does it by spraying the leaves. Turns out it had also damaged his sterna and the one under the house in front of us, so he will see to the rest of its demise. Good news for us.

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After that, I was able to get back to this book I am trying to write. It’s not been an easy one and has been very off-and-on what with heat, visitors, the summer generally and not having a clear idea what the thing is about. I am now three chapters from the end of a very dodgy first draft and need to get it out of my head so I can leave it alone and see it in a clear light, starting again in October. That done, lunch done, piano playing for an hour, some socialising and an early night.

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Today: awake at 1.00 a.m. and I didn’t want to be. Mosquitoes, mainly. Sat on balcony to enjoy the hits from the 70s and 80s from the harbour and read the news which becomes every more disturbing day by day, before hitting the keyboard for as long as I can before I go back to sleep on the sofa – if I can, and if the cicada right outside the house will let me. Unlikely I will feel up to my walk later, so there goes my routine, but you never know. So, I’ll be off to start the day now, or finish the night, whichever it is.

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