The Japanese with their meticulousness to detail and respect for tradition are beating the Scots at their own game… COUNTRY SQUIRE MAGAZINE BY NINA YANG When you think whisky, do you think Japan?  When I think of single malts and whisky, the image that comes to mind is of brawny men in kilts pushing barrels…

Καλό Πάσχα – Happy Easter!

Tσουρέκι – Traditional Greek Easter Bread Most us will have devoured the last of the chocolate eggs from Easter by now but for the Greeks, Easter weekend is just starting.  I have fond memories of Holy Thursday from the days when i lived in Thessaloniki. The women in our street would be dyeing eggs red…

Greek Independence Day

Lord Byron:
The mountains look on Marathon
And Marathon looks on the sea;
And musing there an hour alone,
I dream’d that Greece might yet be free
For, standing on the Persians’ grave,
I could not deem myself a slave.

Carnival and Lent

The Fight Between Carnival and Lent by Peter Bruegel 1559 Bruegel’s picture caught my eye today, as this week marks the start of Lent in both the Christian Orthodox and Catholic Church; Easter this year falls on the same day 16th April.  My friends in Greece have been enjoying Carnival season, or “apokries” in Greek. …