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Symi coincidence

Symi coincidence

A very early morning Sunday morning blog today. I am preparing this at half seven before setting out on what looks to be another wonderful day here on Symi, and it’s a day that brings a coincidence. It’s not such a surprising one really, considering we live in a small village.

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November on Symi

I’m out later this morning, taking the old piano down to the Well Being Centre for a private party where I am accompanying a birthday-party-celebrating singer who is doing a few numbers for her guests. After that, we’re bringing the piano home (by car, don’t worry) before heading to the wedding of our next-door neighbour’s son. The party, or the groom’s side of it, is meeting at the house beside ours at four, and we have been invited to attend. Let’s hope the piano carrying doesn’t get caught up in the celebrations or procession as that’s the same time as we’re due to bring it home.

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The coincidence is, the wedding is between our neighbour’s son and the daughter of our last landlord. Like I said, not such a coincidence as it’s all village-based, and although it’s big, it’s not that big a village. But the house that the newlyweds will be moving into is the house we moved out of three years ago to move into this one, right beside (in fact joined to) the groom’s house. I feel like I am part of the family, and yet have no connection at all apart from the properties.

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This reminded me to tell you that there are loads of coincidences like this that crop up on the island. Back in 1998 when we were here on holiday, we were at a bar late one night when I met someone who lived 100 yards away from me in Dalston, London in the early 90s, whose partner used to use the shop in Buckinghamshire that Neil’s parents owned. So it was a double coincidence. There are many other Symi coincidences too, you often hear people meeting up who live in the same village or knew each other from a time before, just happening to meet here on holiday. In fact, another one happened when a friend of ours was staying and found himself sitting at one table at the bar when on the table next to him, he met up with an old college friend he’d not seen for ten years.

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And so it goes on. So, that’s me, typing this out quickly and bunging in a few random photos before I go and do a few scales and arpeggios to get my fingers working. Before I go, just to say, ‘Symi, Stuff & Nonsense’ is ready to be published, I am just waiting for the final cover edits which should be back with me this week. Watch out for more news, but it looks like this fourth book about living on Symi (which also about travel tales, funny blog posts and thoughts and other adventures) will be ready to order for Christmas presents. The print and Kindle should both be available in the next week, two at the most.