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It’s All Greek to Me! by John Mole

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Bringing back Arcadia

Dapper Nektarios and his mate lanky Adonis drove up my new dirt road in a Mitsubishi pick-up to start work on the roof. Adonis was in his thirties. He was blonde and tall and thin and had a lazy, shy smile. Although he looked more like a tubercular poet or an artist, there was great strength in his slender body. Every evening he sat in the café and quietly drank away his wages in Amstel.

The pair enjoyed demolishing what remained of the old roof. The stone slabs were kept in place by their own weight without nails or other fixings. The two men sat astride the ridge and, with warning whoops, dislodged them so that they slid to the ground and cracked in pieces. After a dozen slabs had smashed, I interrupted them on the pretext ...

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