Relax with Adult Colouring

Before you ask, NO, ‘Adult Colouring’ (with a ‘u‘!!!) does not involve a pencil outline of Kate Winslet lying on a chaise longue and some flesh-coloured crayons. There is nothing X-rated about the latest trend in relaxation techniques. In fact the most erotic aspect (if you are that way inclined) is…

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The 5am Challenge

Benjamin Franklin did it. Sir Richard Branson and Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz do it. And now I do it. Yes people. I have joined the 5am club. (Yawn).

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Pip’s Big Fat Greek Christening

A few weeks ago the second most important Big Fat Greek family event of my life occurred: my son’s christening. The first of course was my wedding. Which now pales in comparison to the christening. 

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Introducing my little Pip and a Birthday Giveaway!

Recently I was lucky enough to be visited by the Greek stork from Mount Olympus who bestowed me with a very precious gift… Weighing 7 pounds 2 and resembling an angry, squashed egg my little Greek prince was delivered on Good Friday after a long and arduous battle with Eileithyia the…

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Can you be a top model AND a serious actor?

Cara Delevingne is literally everywhere these days. And I mean EVERYWHERE. On the catwalk, in magazines, TV adverts, music and now, the silver screen. In 2012 the ubiquitous model had a small part in Anna Karenina as Princess Sorokina, the marriage interest of Count Vronsky. This year she is set to…

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Summer Kindle Reading List

So you’ve waxed your legs (or chest), treated yourself to a manicure, dolled out the euros/dollars/etc, and packed the suitcase. Now all that remains is the most important task of all: Downloading a whole new set of books onto your kindle. While I still prefer a nice, clean-smelling paperback, I…

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Mediterranean Thalassemia

Before I was allowed to wed my Greek man, we both had to undergo a very traumatic experience at a Greek hospital in Cyprus. VERY TRAUMATIC. So traumatic that I had to lie down for the rest of the day. We both had to have a blood test.

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I don’t want to be a Bond girl…

All actors fantasise about their dream role. They even wax lyrical about it in interviews. Les Miserables star Samantha Barks recently stated, “I’ve always wanted to be a Bond girl”, while the dashing Dominic Cooper, who played Bond creator Ian Fleming, admitted that he would have preferred the coveted role of 007, “I’ve heard Daniel…

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Myths about Getting Married Abroad

Greeks LOVE to talk. There is absolutely no denying it. Tell one person a story on Monday morning and you can guarantee that by Tuesday morning the whole village will know your business, although of course the story will now have several variations, having gained momentum and various fictitious ‘facts’ along the Greek grapevine.…

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Stop Forcing the Skinny Greek to Eat More

I recently read a fantastic article on Huffpost Women entitled ‘Stop making the thin girl ugly’ by blogger Jenni Chiu and felt compelled to add my thoughts, particularly after the Easter break when food and weight has been such a big topic. In today’s increasingly narcissistic, paranoid society, derogatory comments about…

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Can’t read, Won’t read!

In the UK, it has been claimed that one in five adults struggle to read and write – that’s 8 million adults who are deemed functionally illiterate with an apparent reading score below level 2  (a report by the Sutton Trust). Worse still, that’s 8 million adults who can’t read or enjoy my…

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Name Dropping the A-Listers

Having worked in the film and television industry, I have had the opportunity to meet, exchange a few words with, and watch several prominent Hollywood industry A-Listers do their thing. It has been an honour to watch some at work, (not so much for others), and at the same time…

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My 2014 Reading List

Over Christmas I treated myself to a nice shiny Kindle. I was always against Kindles. I prefer to physically hold a book in my arms and lovingly sniff the pages…well…not sniff…but you know, they have that nice booky smell…OK I’ll stop talking…

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A Greek’s New Year Resolutions

Ever wondered what a Greek person’s new year resolutions include? No, probably not. Nevertheless I have decided to share some with you anyway. Below are several new years resolutions that I have collected from various Greek sources. Mine are not included…but one involves getting more control of the TV remote!

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Happy New Year! Kali Xronia!

We made it! Another year down and now into equal numbers again! Last year (or is it last LAST year? The year before last?) I predicted that 2013 would be a busy one and my goodness what a busy one it turned out to be!

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The Botziou Family Rock Around The Christmas Tree!

Just a little video to say MERRY CHRISTMAS and ΚΑΛΑ ΧΡΙΣΤΟΥΓΕΝΝΑ to all and to all a good night!!

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My Big Fat Greek Christmas List

So we are now into December and soon the mad Christmas-present-buying rush will descend upon us. If you need ideas for what to buy Yiayia / Papou / Auntie Maria / Uncle Stavros / the In-Laws / Cousin Alexi / the local Priest, then perhaps my list of specially chosen Christmas goodies will inspire you.…

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