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It’s All Greek to Me! by John Mole

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The road to ruins

Ajax led me round the corner of his butcher’s shop into a muddy lane. He skipped from dry place to dry place to keep his shiny patent leather shoes clean, arms gracefully outstretched to retain his balance. I took as much care of my new desert boots. It was like an audition for Singing in the Rain. On both sides of the lane were houses in the New Aegean style – single-storey concrete cubes on stilts with rusty steel bars sticking out of the flat roofs so that new floors could be added when the owners had the money.

After fifty yards we left the houses and came to a new concrete road lined with pomegranates and cypresses. Many travellers have taken such a road thinking it must be the way out of town, not knowing that the best ...

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