The Who in The Where (2)


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«…συνηθισμένοι εις τον θεληματικόν κόπον μιας ησύχου ζωής, ανυπόδουλοι, εξ αρχής της κατοικήσεως των εις εκείνα τα υψηλά βουνά – έχουν ευτυχείς μακρά από την πολυτέλειαν και κακοήθειαν των διεφθαρμένων πολιτειών, ανδρείοι ως ελεύθεροι, φιλόξενοι ως Έλληνες…»
(παλιο ανωνυμο)

____Five strong and good looking men! by angeloska on Flickr
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Hello readers!

There is no need to say much about this kind of post. I think I said more than enough in my first, very enthousiastic «The Who in The Where» 4 years ago. The focus again is on people, our people or the people who visit Ikaria but who somehow seem to have always belonged there. Or is it that our mysterious but so peaceful island has always belonged to them? I don’t know… I only know that I am missing it. I hope that as usual I will return in winter. Meanwhile, go ahead and look through my choice of new pictures of beautiful, meaningful human figures and faces from the summer months as well as the winter in Ikaria. Some of them I know, some others I don’t but I am proud of them all! These people are my next of kin. And though I writing this in a grey overheated city while wearing an uncomfortable formal suit, my heart is with them! I hope you like them too!

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Mission completed by angeloska, on Flickr

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Untitled by Philby, on Flickr Soulis Fradelos by fayum, on Flickr Ikaria by 40c taliban in Nana's article: 'You have the right to remain silent'

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Giorgos Sourtis by fayum, on Flickr Goodbye friends by Cameron Ford, on Instagram

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Happy to be here by angeloska, on Flickr Artemis in holly land by angeloska, on Flickr

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slavsquat by Jeannine, on Instagram A friend, his staff and his dog by angeloska, on Flickr The lake we built in Ikaria, from Nana's article: 'Φτιάχνοντας μια Λίμνη στο Φαράγγι (1)'

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Panigiri Langada 01 by Kerstin Hehmann in my article: 'The Two Sides' img_4288_1_1 from my article: 'The Aegean's nameless dead'

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waves-play-nas-ikaria in my article: 'IF *I am tourist promoter*, so …' Chiara and Pierre Selini Ikaria from my article: 'KANGA! ツ ツ ツ ツ ツ'

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Lefteris from the gallery of my article: 'KANGA! ツ ツ ツ ツ ツ' Angelos & Lefteris from the gallery of my article: 'KANGA! ツ ツ ツ ツ ツ' Volunteers trails Ikaria 20, from Nana's article: 'Εθελοντική εργασία στην Ικαρία'

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Volunteers trails Ikaria 15, from Nana's article: 'Εθελοντική εργασία στην Ικαρία' Ikaria by Ntinos Mpompourdakis, on Flickr Faros 16, from my article: 'The day we took over the mountains!

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Our guide Ikaria, from my article: 'Break on through to the other side ☀ yeah !' Lina & Xenia from the gallery of the article: 'KANGA! ツ ツ ツ ツ ツ'

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Vitsaras from the gallery of the article: 'KANGA! ツ ツ ツ ツ ツ' Ikaria by Alexis Karnoutsos, on Flickr Like dlophins can swim by Peggy Zouti on Flickr sunsout gunsout by Melina Paneris, on Instagram
Sofia feeling great by angeloska, on Flickr Musicians test dancing tunes 2 by angeloska, on Flickr Lafina Manganitis, from my article: 'ΓΙΑΤΙ ΣΤΗΝ ΙΚΑΡΙΑ; Μια συνέντευξη με την Ελένη' soso headstand 1 from my article: 'food, pebbles and headstands'

Ikarian pathman, from the article: 'Trail network shutdown' Be volunteer, from the article: 'Μύθοι για την Ικαρία : Ο ΚΟΚΚΙΝΟΣ ΜΥΘΟΣ' d02, from my article: '‘vRiLiSoS’ Nature Loving Society work paths' Silent walk 2 on the Trail of the Elves by angeloska, on Flickr

samphire ikaria 2 from my article: 'Gathering samphire at the brink of the waves' poledancer Therma Ikaria 3 in my article: 'That window won’t open …'

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Red J in the Sun by angeloska, on Flickr Ikaria 2014 by Chris Tzaferos, on Flickr We love Nas, from Nana's article: 'Simply Belgian' Untitled by Morfoula Pithi, from Nana's article: 'Όλα Τέντα τον Αύγουστο'

Petra advertises hiking map by angeloska, on Flickr Petra walks the Round 5 by angeloska, on Flickr Shana on the bus in Ikaria, from my article: 'Ikaria in August – Instructions for Use' Leda and Lentisks in Myrsonas gorge by angeloska, on Flickr Dan the volunteer by angeloska, on Flickr

Musicians test dancing tunes 3 by angeloska, on Flickr Al Pacino in the panigiri Ikaria by Karl Georges, on Flickr Ικαρία Νας by Ntinos Mpormpoudakis, on Flickr

p1040703, from Nana's article: 'Simply Mother' Image from Nana's article: 'Touristicon' Καλό Καλοκαίρι by angeloska, on Flickr

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agrimi03, from my article: 'Αφιερωμένο στην Αθηνά και σε κανέναν άλλον!' B&J in Ikaria 12, from Nana's article: 'Simply UK' The man and the place by angeloska, on Flickr Proud on the top by angeloska, on Flickr

Image from Nana's article: 'Touristicon' Posing at the pool by angeloska, on Flickr

All images open directly on the bloggers’ or photographers’ own spaces and it goes without saying that they are copyrighted. Special thanks to © angeloska, © Ορειβατικός Σύλλογος Ικαρίας and © egotoagrimi

More material in Flickr can be easily found if you type: «Ikaria + portrait», «Ikaria + face», «Ikaria + girl», «Ikaria + boy» etc.

Closing this let me add that there are more shots but that’s not «The Who in The Where» – that’s …

«Only Few in Only Few Places»! 😀

rocky nan summer ikaria

Bye, bye! Got to work now! 😛

Work Eleni

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The Two Sides


Panigiria :: Kirchweihfeste in Griechenland Maison Ikaria 01

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Dear readers, hoping that you are familiar with my idea of presenting selected material about Ikaria loaded on the internet by bloggers, photographers and writers, I am proudly presenting to you today in an interesting collation the works of two women photographers, Kerstin Hehmann from Germany and Isabelle Gressier from France. Unlike Zdeněk Senkyrik from my previous entry, whose photos are carefully set with an emphasis on landscapes, Kerstin and Isabelle come with ‘snapshots‘, the one of happy people who dance in various summer festivals and the other of silent buildings, isolated or deserted houses in wintry landscapes. It was my fancy to put Kerstin and Isabelle’s very dissimilar photos side by side in this entry. I wanted to make a point and I am very satisfied of the result. I hope that you too, my dear readers, after a little bit of thought, will be able to see the connection.

Panigiri Gialiskari 02 Maison Ikaria 02

raches 04 Maison Ikaria 03

Raches 07 Maison Ikaria 04

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Raches 08 Maison Ikaria 05

Piperi Ikaria 01 Maison Ikaria 06

Tsifteteli 11 Maison Ikaria 07

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Langada 17 Maison Ikaria 08

Langada 20 Maison Ikaria 09

Langada 21 Maison Ikaria 10

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Langada 24 Maison Ikaria 11

Langada 25 Maison Ikaria 12

Langada 26 Maison Ikaria 13

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Agios Dimitrios 06 Maison Ikaria 14

Raches 09 Maison Ikaria 15

Raches 12 Maison Ikaria 16

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Langada 27 Maison Ikaria 17

Raches 03 Maison Ikaria 18

Ladies 05 Maison Ikaria 19

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Dear readers, you haven’t grasped the connection yet? Here’s another dozen of collated shots 😳

Raches 15 Maison Ikaria 22

Langada 18 Maison Ikaria 23

Langada 22 Maison Ikaria 24

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Sitting lady Maison Ikaria 26

Gialiskari 06 Maison Ikaria 27

Langada 29 Maison Ikaria 28

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Does this picture by Kerstin of a valley lost in the mountains which doesn’t see a living soul for months and suddenly it’s stuffed with cars and people for no apparent reason, help you understand? I suppose not 😳

Langada 01

Dear readers, this is stuff to talk about for hours and maybe also make a book of. It’s our beloved ikarian enigma and I won’t bother you with it anymore.  But before I let off, allow me to suggest to you to read the following parts of an interview by Nikos Dayandas, the maker of  «Little Land», about his experiences in Ikaria. Our friend Elina found it, chose the best parts and added them in a comment under my entry about this great documentary. Here they are translated in English. This interview does not solve the riddle of «The Two Sides», yet it’s a few steps to the right direction. It’s one of the best and shortest descriptions that I have ever heard or read about life on our island.

That’s all from me for now, goodbye. The micro goes to Nikos ^^’

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Τι ν’ αυτό που το λεν’ Ικαρία;

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«Going there I realized that the island was full of young people who were indeed non-Ikarians or they were Ikarians who hadn’t been born or lived in Ikaria.»

«There is no local who doesn’t do two or three jobs at the same time; from a little garden near his or her house to the beehives at some distant hillside; from a sour cherry orchard in a field to the sheepfold in some place near.»

«It’s given that they work very hard. They just have this particularity that they do everything in their own time, everyone in his own clearly personal understanding of when is the right moment to do something.»

«When you are there, you do get the feeling that things really are a bit slower. You are surrounded by a strange calmness, everything is peaceful, the people are mild too. In Crete, for example, Cretans are intense characters. Cretan music is fast, their drinks are very strong. The Ikarian culture on the other hand is different, milder. It’s the sound of the little violin, their dance is a slow circular dance, they add water to their wine…»

«When you arrive there, your first impression is, first of all, the nature and its wildness. You see right away that the place hasn’t been developed

«You, know, because I have studied archeology, the Ikarians in many aspects remind to me of the Ionian civilization, they have almost ancient Greek tendencies. Everything they do, their pace and their activities are «all in good measure«. Or like a granny says in the film, life goes like a circle from good to bad and back again. This is, let’s say, the Heraclitean «everything flows«. The way they see things is founded on some basic ideas which are deeply rooted in Greek philosophy, even though they aren’t themselves necessarily aware of the fact.»

and the best (according to Elina and of course I agree!)

« … Ikarians also had another particularity in their society. The island has always had a liking to Communism and because the local communists had a very hard time with persecussions and exiles, after democracy was restored in 1974 the people started to reward them with mayoral posts. This is the political dimension of the mysticism of the place. So for several decades you had KKE partisans fixed in public posts through which European Union funding came and every time they said: «Leave it. We won’t take it!» They wrote all that on their balls, something that may have seemed criminal at that time, however today you can say that they may have been saved exactly because of that. Because it’s a place that hasn’t changed

 

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The Who in The Where (1)


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This was worked in a team of friends, and a team of friends was accordingly chosen to feature as an introductory image. Now that it’s raining over the island and the frenzy over the gardens and the olives has stopped for a while, we found the time to compose a small gallery of beautiful, meaningful faces from the summer months as well as the winter. It was time we got over the shyness. The wild landscapes are thrilling but let’s show some people too -and from as close as possible. After all, Ikaria is, was and will be *an inhabited land*. In spite of its ruggedness and lack of resources, for reasons that are of the moment to discuss, the island is always and ever

settled and re-settled

Friends to hike

colonized and re-colonized

themis_ioanna (2) themis_ioanna 'Ole Suromanis

visited and re-visited

ΙΚΑΡΙΩΤΗΣ Daddy's girl

beloved and re-loved

Hey dude, what year is the next bus to Rahes? kat pool

acted and re-acted

Le repos de l' artiste Yorgos and the Lentisk Portrait in Tomatoes

populated

freestyle bodysurf x20

peopled

Ikaria Armenistis x20

worked

x23 x21 the biggest digger-man

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x23 x21 Θέα

enjoyed

Untitled x20

What do these faces have in common? What do their eyes say? I am afraid I can’t tell you. Perhaps I am too close to the subject to be able to express an opinion. And the others of the team weren’t any help either. While choosing photos we ended up telling stories and gossiping. So no deep cool thoughts; only deep warm eyes; and smiles.

Gallery: On the Harmful Effects of Wine ☺ x14 Dance & Save Atheras Ikaria 17 collect sweet herbs
girl #1 Tales under the oak tree (4) Eliana girl #2

 Any Place She Is Happy Is A Home Ikarian, The 93 yrs Hermes Of Aventura

all green inside Summer Velvet

But because I am Eleni and I must absolutely make a pondering statement :), I will quote the words of our friend Nana who always drops the wisest cues. While looking through the material, she said:

This is us. If it is to starve and die, we’d rather starve and die by ourselves than starve and die with someone else’s help.

If you ever visit our island, you may have the chance to understand what she meant.

Red J in the Sun by angeloska, on Flickr Learning simple greek phrases Sharing Radi (A VIII) The Seychellians 2

New Year's Eve inside the Watermill in Amalos7 γυναικών με φιλακι Σταματησ Stamatis Άννα

Sharing Radi (A V) Marianina and the Strawberry tree Kampos 2

Old Man Ikaria 091 Couple in Nas by Dementia, on Flickr

Carnival just over DSC_0064 Untitled DSC_0121

DSC_0625 copy Cuties

All images blogged here, open directly on the photographers’ own spaces in Flickr and they are copyrighted. These photographers are © angeloska © andzer © Apollonios © Γκαέλ © egotoagrimi © electron just © Gin Chil  © isl_gr © karstalipp © Karl Hauser © 2Lauran © leon_eye © mac13 © manuel’s photos © mountain ash © nicote © Thalia Nouarou © themis_ioanna © ikarianlad 

but there are portraits by others as well. I hope that you like the choice. Doesn’t it all, though so different, meet the professional? The material we have browsed was easily found in Flickr, filed in «Ikaria + portrait«, «Ikaria + face«, «Ikaria + girl«, «Ikaria + boy« etc. leaving out, needless to say, souvenir shots taken by tourists and showing tourists. The faces in our collection are endemic or claiming endemicity.

As we were editing, somebody in the team said that we should later also upload a gallery of hands. His motive was two up-to-the point comments in this blog. I also thought it’s a great idea. Hands too have a lot to say about our identity.

How nice and *aerated* it is in the island!

Another winter has started.

Eleni in Ikaria



p.s. Unless something exceptional appears, there are no blog reviews for the time being. Winter is no good for
fishing.

Fisher Lady

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Καλώς Ήρθατε στην Αντιμύκονο


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Welcome to AntiMykonos
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Νέα Νήσος Αναδύθηκε
Ανατολικά της Μυκόνου.

Καλώς ήρθατε στην Αντιμύκονο.
Μη την αντιστρέψετε.
Γιατί θα καταστρέψετε
Μια όμορφη αντιδιαστολή.
Απαραίτητη και πολύ βολική.
Γιατί όπου υπάρχει μια Μύκονος,
Υπάρχει και μια Αντιμύκονος.

Δεν θα σπάσουμε τον καθρέφτη
Δεν θα βγούμε από το όνειρο
Στην πραγματικότητα όπου
Όλα είναι Ένα
(Το οποίο είναι πράγμα αβάσταχτο,
τρομερό). Δεν θα βγούμε.
Όχι ακόμα τουλάχιστον.

Καλώς ήρθατε στην Αντιμύκονο,
Το καινούργιο νησί που αναδύθηκε
Φέτος ανατολικά της Μυκόνου.
Για τη δική σας ευκολία
Θερμή παράκληση από τις αρχές:
Περπατάτε στα νύχια.
Όλα είναι Όνειρο.


Eλ. Iκ.
Βγήκε από μια συζήτηση στο γκρουπ των φωτογράφων της Ικαρίας στο Φλικρ.
Φωτο : «around the waterspring, Ikaria« by thedra © All rights reserved
Ikaria 096 by you.
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Comments

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Νέα Ποιήτρια Αναδύθηκε
Ανατολικά της Μυκόνου…
κτλ.

Friday October 12, 2007 – 12:30pm (EEST)

«Διαδρομές με τα Πόδια στη Δυτική Αντιμύκονο» – Έτσι θα λέγεται νέος χάρτης μονοπατιών που θα βγάλω!
Είσαι χρυσάφι Ελένη!

Και στο τέλος του κειμένου θα γράφει:

«Θερμή παράκληση από τις αρχές:
Περπατάτε στα νύχια.
Όλα είναι Όνειρο.»

Είσαι διαμάντι, Ελένη!

Friday October 12, 2007 – 06:34pm (EEST)

@ Athina : Ναι ρε agrimi. Γινοταν «η αναδυση μου» γι αυτο ειχε φουρτουνα στο Ικαριο και δεν μπορεσατε να περασετε απο τη Μυκονο στην Αντιμυκονο!

@ akk : Αν βαλεις αυτο το τιτλο, ο νεος χαρτης θα σκισει! Γι’ αυτο λεω δεν πρεπει να καταστρέψουμε την Αντιμυκονο. Οχι ακομα τουλαχιστον…

Saturday October 13, 2007 – 03:14am (PDT)

Άντε να πω κι εγώ το καλό μου το λογάκι:

Είσαι αγρίμι, αγρίμι.
Είσαι ζαφείρι, akk.
Eίσαι τρελή, τρελή.

Sunday October 28, 2007 – 04:01pm (PDT)

Eastward of Mykonos
New Island Emerges.

Welcome to Antimykonos
Do not reverse, please.
Because you are going to destroy
A beautiful contradistinction,
Requisite and very convenient,
Because where there is a Mykonos
There must be an Antimykonos.

We are not going to break the mirror
We are not going to get out of the dream
Into the reality where All is One (which
Is thing unbearable, terrible). We are
Not getting out –not getting out yet at least.

Welcome to Antimykonos,
The New Island which emerged
Eastward of Mykonos this year
For your own convenience
Kind request by the authorities:
Walk on the tips of your toes
All is a Dream.

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More than deserved a translation. Wrote it in a flow this morning. As I know exactly what you mean, it took me only 10′ :

Tuesday October 30, 2007 – 01:01pm (EET)

Για προσέξτε καλά, μ’ αυτά που κάνετε μπορεί το καινούριο όνομα να πιάσει. Και μετά τι θα γίνει με τον Ίκαρο; Ο καημένος ο Ίκαρος… κλαψ

Tuesday October 30, 2007 – 11:02pm (EET)

If the island has to be destroyed, let at least be destroyed «the right way».

Friday November 2, 2007 – 11:32pm (EET)

Well said!
hehe… this takes blogging…

Saturday November 3, 2007 – 11:23am (PDT)

Just Received Mail from ‘Thedra’
«geia sou eleni,
sorry pou den sou apantisa noritera, alla eixa na mpo sto flickr para para poli kairo!!!!

xairomai pou sou arese toso poli i photo, fisika kai den yparxei problima poy tin xrisimopoiises sto blog (anafereis kai to onoma mou, thanks!).

Fetos to kalokairi itan i proti gora pou piga ikaria kai pragmatika enthousiastika!!! anipomono na epistrepso sintoma!!!Exo polles akoma photos apo to nisi, thelo na anebaso merikes alla den exo brei akoma ton xrono.

Eyxaristo poli kai gia ta kala sou sxolia»
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Answer from me:

Α! ωστε εισαι απο Ελλαδα! Εγω ειμαι μονο μιση Ελληνιδα.
Σ’ ευχαριστω για το ευγενικο mail σου. Ειχα φοβηθει οτι ο λογαριασμος σου στο Flickr ηταν ανανενεργος. Η φωτογραφια οχι μονο μου αρεσε παρα πολύ, αλλα μου εδωσε τη καλυτερη, πιο σταθερη βαση για να κολησω από κατω ένα απο τα πιο παραξενα (και ομως αληθινα!) κειμενα που εχω γραψει ποτε. Τοσο ωστε απο τοτε το blog μου σ’ αυτό το σημειο εχει κανει παυση –τιμητικη!
Εχω βγαλει κι εγω πολλες φωτογραφιες με τετοιο υφος και ατμοσφαιρα και με ανθρωπους μεσα. Αλλα δεν τις δημοσιευω. Βλεπεις, περναω πολλους μηνες (τον χειμωνα κυριως) στην Ικαρια και δεν θελω να γινω διασημη (χαχα!..) και να με ενοχλουν. Ετσι η δικη σου φωτογραφια που ενω εισαι ξενη/ος, μοιαζει πολύ με τις δικες μου, με βολεψε παρα πολυ σ’ αυτο το θεμα.
Αυτος ηταν ενας λογος παραπανω να γραψω τη προελευση. Πραγμα το οποιο θα εκανα ετσι και αλλιως, ομως ηταν ενας παραπανω λογος. Δηλαδη, οτι οχι μονο εγω (η κολημενη) πηγαινω σε αυτά τα μυστηριωδη μερη, αλλα υπαρχουν κι αλλοι. Κι αυτο παιζει πολυ μεγαλο ρολο στο να τα προστατεψουμε. Ομως αυτο ειναι μια αλλη ιστορια. Να μη σε ζαλιζω τωρα…
Μην βιαστεις καθολου να ανεβασεις αν εχεις αλλες φωτογραφιες από την Ικαρια. Δεν θα το αντεξω – θα πρεπει να γραψω κι αλλα ποιηματα -χα χα!.. Αν θες και οποτε προλαβεις, προσθεσε στο pool αυτές που εχεις τωρα. Και με την ευκαιρια, ΚΑΛΩΣΟΡΙΣΕΣ ΣΤΟ ΓΚΡΟΥΠ !!
Εεε… αυτά για την ωρα. Τα λεμε, ετσι;
Ελενη

Saturday November 3, 2007 – 12:07pm (PDT)

Κλαπ,κλαπ,κλαπ,κλαπ,κλαπ,κλαπ…(χειροκροτώ με γράμματα η καημένη, μια που ο…σπιτονοικύρης μας – βλ.Yahoo! – δεν επιτρέπει εικονικές αναπαραστάσεις στα σχόλια!)
Χειροκροτώ ώσπου να πονέσουν τα χέρια μου, γιατί βρήκα τη γενιά μου…ο γύφτος!!!(ξέρεις, η παροιμία!)
Πολύ χαίρομαι που συναντηθήκαμε εδώ ένα άλιεν, μια τρελή-διαμάντι, ένα αγρίμι, ένα ζαφείρι κι ένας σούπεργκούφη (η αφεντομουτσουνάρα μου!!!). Ε ρε γλέντια!

Friday December 28, 2007 – 12:14pm (PST)