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That Cold North Wind

That Cold North Wind

On Monday I was reminded of a song by Chris De Burgh, ‘Lonely Sky’, and its opening lines: ‘That cold north wind they call “La Bise” is swirling round about my knees…” I’m not sure if there is a name in Greek for the cold north wind that was swirling around about not just my knees on Monday, but it’s gone now.

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I was just sitting on the balcony (Wednesday) watching the Blue Star come in, and later the Dodecanese Express, and marvelled at how warm it was now that the wind had dropped. Maybe we are in for a warmer autumn that first expected. I did look back on some notes and posts from years before, and a few years ago we were playing at an outdoor gig at Mandeios -Mike, Susan and I. That night I was wearing two jumpers, a coat and a pair of gloves. (And trousers, of course.) It was freezing, and that was October 10th. On other days around this time we were deluged, and four years ago on 11th October, we started filming ‘The 13th‘ as it’s now called. We only had one day of cloudy, mildly damp weather during that two-week shoot, and I don’t remember being cold.

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Anyway, that’s enough about the weather. Mind you, there’s not a lot else to tell you. More and more visitors are heading off at the end of their holiday, the season is slowing down but the other day we still had five day boats and a cruise ship in the harbour, so it’s not over yet. I was chatting to some visitors the other night and they, and others I know of, have already secured their boking for next year’s trip. That’s a good idea if you want to stay in a popular place or come with a cheap package holiday company. You can also go independent, and it’s not as costly as you might think. But still, it’s a good idea now to book early. I also heard that EasyJet had put their return flights to the UK up to around the £400 mark for the coming weeks. The closer you get to leaving, the more expensive it gets, so another reason for early booking.

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And talking of books, kind of, I have a couple to write. My editor for ‘Symi, Stuff and Nonsense’ is back from holiday today, and I said I’d have all the texts finished by then. I haven’t, so I must get on with it.

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