For those of you not fortunate enough to live in Cyprus, here is a glimpse at how Easter (and other major holidays like … Sundays) are celebrated in Cyprus villages.
The photo comes from this article (in Greek) which (to the best of my knowledge) tries to warn people about buying meat from non-certified butchers. Well, guess what, all certified butchers were probably emptied out anyway.
This weekend I got my first bar ban. I was asked to leave TePee Strictly Rock bar and to never ever come back. Which I did and which I won’t.
(This post is here mostly for those people who were there on Saturday and who keep asking me what happened.)
What happened was an escalation of misunderstanding, mostly of what is rock music, what is a rock bar, what is a live gig, and what are the behavioral boundaries. I don’t claim to be an expert on the subject, but I do have an opinion, with which a few people agree. Too bad, the band on stage and the owner of the establishment didn’t.
It turns out I was too loud in the crowd. It turns out I was making the band uncomfortable by screaming requests for something heavier (AC/DC, Rammstein, Metallica, etc) than Bon Jovi and Aerosmith. Too bad I wasn’t familiar with the band’s repertoire – my bad. And, it turns out that asking for a refund will get you kicked out. No problem. Maybe the band repertoire was a wrong reason to ask a refund for. Maybe I should have mentioned the horrible sound engineering instead. It’s too late now anyway.
On the other hand, it looks like some people enjoyed the gig (there are YouTube videos). So maybe I was inappropriate. To each his own I guess. TePee is not a rock bar in my book anymore. And I’m not a wanted customer in TePee. Fair enough.
Something absolutely stunningly incredible happened yoday. Compensated for years of corporate slavery. World changingly awesome. Mind blowing. Will probably forget about this tomorrow or tell you all about it next week. Regardless – WOW!
P.S. : Mihai, I probably owe you a pint or two. :)
ALMOST ONE third of Cyprus is at risk of poverty and social exclusion, according to figures released by the statistical service that show an increasing trend since 2008.
The latest numbers show that in 2013, the risk was 27.8 per cent compared to 23.3 per cent in 2008, both of which are way off the national target of 19.8 per cent.
One measurement new to me was the “material deprivation” items:
In 2013, 16.1 per cent of the population in 2013 could not afford to pay at least four out of nine ‘material deprivation’ items. These are the ability to pay rent or utility bills, to cover unexpected charges, to keep their home adequately heated, to eat meat, fish or a protein equivalent every second day, to take a week’s holiday away from home, or to buy a car, washing machine, colour TV and telephone.
Now that puts it a bit into a perspective … “at least four out of nine”.
Google’s autocomplete function provides suggestions derived from common Google searches by other users. Comparing autocomplete results for searches on different countries reveals how certain places are perceived by people around the World.
Make sure to scroll through the original article for continental breakdowns.
I’m thinking these stats are somewhat off due to language variations (not everybody searches in English).