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It’s All Greek to Me! by John Mole

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Raising the roof

Nektarios was the man to put a new roof on the house. I found him on top of the baker’s. His glossy hair was oiled and slicked back, as if he had just come out of the shower. Unlike most of the village men, he was clean-shaven every day. Nevertheless, his dapper appearance was marred by red-rimmed eyes and cheekbones etched with purple veins, for he was in constant struggle with a hangover. I called up to him. He shinned down his ladder and listened patiently to the speech I had prepared. He shrugged his shoulders, pouted his bottom lip and began a litany of reasons why he could not start work until the end of summer.

‘How can get my truck up that mule track... I have just got the contract for the cooperative in Drossia... I ...

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