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It’s All Greek to Me! by John Mole

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Panic

When I got back to Athens I was in the doghouse for staying out all night without phoning home. It was a less serious offence than it would be today, now that we have mobile phones and digital exchanges. In those days an island village usually had only one phone, normally in the café, and the chances of getting through to Athens first time, or indeed any time, were slim. As I had been to drop off some papers and collect a bank draft at a shipowner’s house in Kimi on the island of Evia, it was assumed that I had been detained for an evening’s entertainment.

This doghouse was a luxury kennel compared with my lodgings when I announced that I’d bought a ruined house on the way back home. Actually ‘announced’ is not the right word.‘Nervously ...

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