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It’s All Greek to Me! by John Mole

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Back in Horio, Ajax and I concluded the deal in Yannis’s café. This was an excellent example of New Aegean architecture, a grey concrete hangar painted lime green, inside and out, as far up as a man can reach with a brush and the rest left bare. The side that opened onto the square was glass with metal-frame windows and sliding doors.

Inside smelt of coffee and tobacco, resin and sharp cheese. One wall was lined with shelves loaded with groceries. Within easy reach were the cans, bottles and packets in daily demand. The further up the wall, the more exceptional were the goods on offer. Right at the top and out of reach mouldered the unsuccessful speculations of two decades, flyblown and caked in dust, for which there had never been nor was ...

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