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Living on a Greek island

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Girl Gone Greek Cyprus

Girl Gone Greek Cyprus

Thursday. A little cloudy, a few drops of rain forecast, cloud for another day and then sun for a week, with perhaps a few clouds here and there, but as we know, all this forecasting can change, especially here on Symi where there is no weather station (that I know of). This means we get our weather reports from Rhodes, but I tend to use Windfinder.com for mine as there’s a forecast from Datca, which is closer. Anyway, just updating you on the weather again, a sure sign that I’ve very little else to talk about.

Girl Gone Greek Cyprus

So let’s go to Cyprus. It was almost a year ago that I popped over there to attend part of the Cyprus International Film Festival (CIFF) and ended up writing a short film overnight and then being part of the production team that filmed it in a garden centre in Paphos the next day. Hard work, but fun. This year, the script I wrote for Rebecca Hall, based on her book, ‘Girl Gone Greek’ was entered into the CIFF 2018 and has made it through to the semi-final round of their screenplay competition, which is good news. As part of the festival, they are doing some scene readings from some of the entries, ‘Girl Gone Greek‘ included, and this is going to be filmed, I am told. I can’t go to Cyprus this year (I am already heading to Athens next weekend and later to England in July), but Rebecca is going. So, instead of going there, here are a few photos I took when I was there last year.

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Filming

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At an event.

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End of May

End of May

Having chatted yesterday about eating with friends, we did exactly that on Tuesday evening, down at Meraklis in Yialos. It had been a warm day and rain was forecast. We ended up with a thunderstorm passing over the island, but not a major one. This meant, of course, that we were ‘trapped’ in the taverna, under the awning, moving tables out of the drips but carrying on regardless like the dinner party in ‘Carry On Up The Khyber.’ Needless to say, dinner was fabulous and a very reasonable price. We were also in time for the bus which is now running until ten pm.

End of May

Tuesday was a damp evening, you could even say wet, but Wednesday dawned fresher for the storm, and the plants were watered. I know it sounds odd, but it doesn’t feel like the end of May. It still feels to me as if we should be at the end of June, not because of the weather but because, I reckon, Easter was early, and it feels like the season has been going on for some time. I am sure business owners wouldn’t agree with me, and they are still waiting for larger numbers of visitors to arrive, it’s just a ‘me’ thing.

End of May

As I am running out of things to say, I’m going to go back to my old photos folder and see what’s hanging around in there, to add a few more pics at random, just to fill the pages. (Taken in February.) Enjoy the end of May (oh, if only I was refereeing to a certain out-of-her-depth politician and her cronies), and I will see you in June. Oh, that’s tomorrow. So, I’ll see you tomorrow.

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