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It’s All Greek to Me! by John Mole

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Lambs to the slaughter

I was looking forward to an easy day hacking plaster from the inside walls. We hadn’t moved in yet, but I could make myself comfortable now that I had a proper house with a roof and floor and doors and windows. I bought a double gas ring from Haralambos and salvaged a metal table from his yard. Elpida gave me a chair and a few pieces of crockery. I could make filter coffee instead of the inch of sludge that Yannis served. I took a jug of it with half a loaf of sweet bread and some fruit to the top step outside the front door that served as a veranda-for-one. It was a delicious morning, warm and fresh. In the pure Greek light the view had the unnatural detail of a Canaletto, as clear in the distance as close at hand.

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