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 Top 10 Christmas Eve Movie List

Christmas is the perfect time for movies. I love snuggling up by the radiator (we don’t have a working fireplace), switching on the Christmas tree lights and catching up with a nice feel-good film. When we were little, my sister and I used to draw up a list of movies…

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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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What’s in a Name?

HAPPY NAME DAY TO ME!!! For those of you who may not be familiar with Name Days, it is a tradition amongst many cultures that consists of celebrating the day of the year associated with one’s given name. Most of the Greeks are named after their grandparents, who were named…

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The Price of Fame

It’s that time again – the new year is looming and the yearly subscription fees are due. For struggling artists, paying to keep your performing profile up to date with all the latest headshots, show-reels and calling cards, can be a huge financial worry. So which companies are really worthwhile?  

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The Botziou Sisters perform “Lean on Me”

So as afore-warned, my sister and I have recorded another song-cover, this time performing Lean on Me, which was originally written and recorded by American singer-songwriter Bill Withers.

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A Blog Collaboration with a Cynic

Last weekend I met up with long time pal and fellow hummus lover Georgina Phipps, blogger at A Cynic’s 2013 Challenge. At the start of 2013, Miss Phipps decided to set herself a challenge: an attempt to do one new thing, every week, for one whole year.

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A Moment in Mykonos

Over the past few weeks my Greek man and I have been on our summer travels, visiting Greek relatives, eating too much meat and ice cream (not together), and illegally throwing toilet paper down the loo (something that is not allowed in Greece or Cyprus due to their pre-historic sewage system).…

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Sun, Sea and Spanakopita

Last week I travelled to my fatherland (I say fatherland as it is my father who is from Greece, not my mother, thus fatherland not motherland…) completely ALONE to join my parents and siblings on our yearly visit to see our Greek relatives. I have travelled abroad alone before but this time I really noticed…

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Holiday Diaries

On last week’s trip to Athens to see my Greek family (travel post to come!), my brother, sister and I started reminiscing about previous holidays to the motherland and beyond. One of our favourite holiday prep pastimes was to create a holiday diary.

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Holiday Essentials: The Summer Book List

Tonight I am off on the start of my summer travels…(to my homeland, GREECE, not Cyprus this time…that’s next month). As everyone knows, packing for a holiday is a crucial and sometimes stressful part of the holiday process. For some it can take weeks of preparation. For others it is simply a…

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A Magical Childhood

In quiet moments of reflection, I often think about my (semi-Greek) childhood and all the happy memories that have comforted me as I have grown old and bitter. On a recent trip home my father decided that we should all sit together and watch a film. My father has many hobbies…

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A Woman of Many Faces

In my opinion, the best actors are those who can be versatile. You may think that versatility is a given prerequisite for any wannabe actor and yet, how many Hollywood A-listers have actually played widely differing roles?  

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Going it alone at the cinema

This weekend I took one of the biggest independent steps of my life thus far. I went to the cinema. ALONE. And what a gloriously liberating experience it turned out to be.

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Once bitten, twice itchy

THE MOSQUITO. Considered by some authorities as the most dangerous animal on Earth. Considered by me as the most pointless animal on Earth. Considered by my Greek man as the Spawn of Satan.

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