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1. live down = behave in such a manner that people will forget something bad you said or did He has never been able to live down a reputation for being a thief when he was young. 2. live up to = maintain a certain standard Sue would like to... Continue »
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Our four-day cruise to some of the most beautiful islands of the Dodecanese, Greece was a memorable one and, probably, one of the best summer holidays we''ve ever had so far. For me, it marked the end of my summer break as I'm going back to work on Monday to... Continue »
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On July 30, 2012, I made a commitment and was determined to stick to it and go cold turkey: never take another puff! Giving up smoking wasn't easy but I'm proud of myself because it's been a year now I haven't lit up. Last July, I was diagnosed with PAD... Continue »
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Have you ever felt the infinite pleasure of doing nothing but laze around or lie on the beach all day? Although I am, generally, a very active person, in July I recharge my batteries by indulging in indolence. I enjoy sleeping but I almost invariably get up at 7:00 am.... Continue »
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The peninsula of Chalkidiki lies south-west of Thessaloniki - the second largest city in Greece - and covers an area of 2945 km. There are about 100,000 inhabitants permanently living in 5 cities and 69 villages. The gulf of Thermaikos lies at its western side while the rest of the... Continue »
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On 15 July 1974, the ruling military junta of Greece staged a coup to overthrow the democratically elected Government of Cyprus. I won't forget On 20 July 1974 Turkey, using the coup as a pretext, invaded Cyprus, purportedly to restore constitutional order. Instead, it seized 40% of the territory of... Continue »
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Cooking is like blogging. Sometimes you are short of ideas or short of time or reluctant to put something on the grill for yet another day, or simply too lazy to try a complex recipe. There are days when you haven't planned your menu, take-away or delivery is not an... Continue »
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The first time Alkis and I spent a summer holiday in Chalkidiki was 10 years ago. I must admit that we were quite disappointed and since then we had excluded Chalkidiki as a holiday destination. In the summer of 2003, we spent a week in Kallithea situated at the first... Continue »
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Fresh fish and seafood constitute an important part of the Mediterranean diet, especially in the summer. All over the Greek islands but also in mainland Greece, fresh fish has its place of honour in almost every household. There are also many fish tavernas where you can choose your fish or... Continue »
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To celebrate the end of yet another school year but also the festival of Kataklysmos which marks the day of the Holy Spirit, hubby and I spent a fantastic weekend in Paphos - the land of Aphrodite - the Greek goddess of Beauty and Love. Paphos is one of our... Continue »
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Many people believe that fatty foods are much tastier than their healthy version. But have they ever tried to adopt a healthier eating pattern in their daily diets? I don't think so because if they had they would have acknowledged the great benefits of a daily healthy diet. Healthy eating... Continue »
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Day 3 - Saturday, May 4 It was a warm, sunny day inviting us to spend it outdoors. Although the park in the city centre isn't very big, it is a haven of peace and relaxation. We spent almost the whole day there enjoying espressos in the sun and later... Continue »
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Day 5 - Monday, May 6 Soon after breakfast, we packed and left Serres where we really had a great Easter holiday. We spent the last three days of our holiday in beautiful Thessaloniki where we had the chance to meet Alkis' cousin Antonis and his wife as well as... Continue »
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After a hectic month at the school, I felt I needed a break before starting to mark final exam papers, writing final reports and doing some more extra lessons for my Cambridge ESOL students in June. As you may know, I am incurably in love with Protaras. It's like a... Continue »
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The 58th Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest was held last night at the Malmö, Arena Sweden and was broadcast live. More than 125 million people from all over the world watched the planet's biggest song contest. Beautiful 20-year-old Emmelie de Forest from Denmark won the contest with her... Continue »
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Today marks the end of classes for the school year 2012-2013 but the school year hasn't come to an end yet. Next week, all classes will have to take final exams which are compulsory and free of charge. So, as you may realise, it's been a hectic week at work.... Continue »
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My mother and I don't always get along very well. More often than not, it seems that one of us is saying the wrong thing, presses the wrong buttons and, as a result, our conversations tend to be quite explosive! Yet, in our heart of hearts, we know that we... Continue »
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Spending Easter with Alkis' family in Greece has always been a wonderful holiday to look forward to and a great family get-together. On Thursday, May 2, we flew to Thessaloniki feeling excited about meeting family and friends who we hadn't seen for a year. Thanasis, Alkis' youngest brother, picked us... Continue »
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Easter is round the corner and all over Greece and Cyprus, it's that time of year again when housewives bake their tsourekia, their flaounes, their Easter cookies and look forward to the greatest celebration of the year. The Greek Easter is filled with all those smells of our traditional Easter... Continue »
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Online shopping can be as interesting and exciting as shopping on the high street. One of the greatest advantages of online shopping is that you can find a wider selection of goods at much lower prices. I personally love shopping in general - both online and on the high street... Continue »
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