Lost in Greek Translation

As is expected when someone speaks a language that is not in their mother tongue, a few words are often pronounced incorrectly. Most of the time this does not create a problem, but now and again this can cause HUGE embarrassment. Mostly for those of us on the receiving end. Advertisements

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Grease is the Word!

Those summer nights are long gone, but with the musical Grease entertaining audiences at the New Wimbledon Theatre this week, 70’s pop nostalgia is here to stay.

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Getting Down with Downton

Back in 2010 I appeared in the first series of Downton Abbey, as one of a crowd of suffragettes DEMANDING rights for women. During the scene, poor Lady Sybil was knocked over and suffered a slight head injury. But that was nothing compared to her dramatic demise on last Sunday’s episode!

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Running on Greek Time

A lot of Mediterranean countries are renowned for their seemingly laid back atmosphere and easy-going lifestyle. What people don’t seem to realise is that whilst a slower pace of life may seem idyllic, a life that completely slows down to the rate of a snail’s pace is just damn annoying! The…

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Suzi B’s Marvellous Moussaka

Pronounced moose-aka, this glorified Shepherd’s Pie is a very popular Greek dish and includes layers of meat and aubergine topped with a Bechamel sauce.

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I was having a Blonde moment…

After repeated nagging, last night my husband gave in to my incessant demands and took me out. To the theatre! Across the road.

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Success at the Altar!

Well it’s official, I have successfully made the transition from an independent, single, free-minded young woman, to a legally sanctioned female lifetime partner (not to be confused with wikipedia’s description of those who are not legally sanctioned and otherwise should be known as girlfriends, concubines or mistresses…)  

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There’s a Doll in this Cake…

I thought that I would share my amazing bridal cake with you, made by my cousin Maria Vassiliou. When I say “share”, I mean share a picture. No you can’t have a piece.

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My Big Fat Greek Wedding (in Cyprus)

In exactly one month’s time I will be walking the Green Mile…er I mean…down the aisle. Yes people. I am getting married!

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Pastitsio! (Bless you)

You may think that pasta is predominantly Italian in origin. Well, alright it is. BUT add an ‘io’ to the end and it becomes GREEK.

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My Face in Space – Self Promotion in Orbit

Thanks to NASA (and my friend Salem Hanna), my face is now orbiting in space. The Face in Space campaign follows other spacecraft traditions that have seen personal mementos sent out of the Earth’s atmosphere but this is the first time the public have been invited to send out their own pictures into orbit.

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Suzi B’s Galaktoboureko

Greeks love their sweet desserts and Galaktoboureko is right up there amongst the favourites next to Baklava. It is a semolina based custard cake layered in filo pastry and coated with a sweet syrup. Is your mouth watering yet?

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“There are two kinds of people…

…Greeks, and everyone else who wish they was Greek.” So says the character of Gus Portokalos in the film My Big Fat Greek Wedding. And so says my father, Dimitrios Botzios.

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So you think you can act?

The ancient Greek word for an actor ὑποκριτής (hyprokrites) means literally one who interprets. Well if we interpret the word hypokrite I think we can learn a lot! Ahem.

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You know you’re Greek when…

You know you’re Greek when…you have an olive tree in your back garden. According to Sophocles, the olive tree is the tree that “feeds the children”. Well in my experience it is the tree that feeds the father of the children and the children don’t get a look in!

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