kythera family kythera family
  

Newsletter Archive

Newsletter Archive

Our Past Newsletters:
Each month we send out a newsletter with articles and entries regarding Kythera. You can view our previous newsletters below.


Showing 21 - 40 from 104 entries
Show: sorted by:

Newsletter Archive

submitted by James Victor Prineas on 04.03.2012

December 2011

Dear Friends of Kythera,

one of the most avid contributors to Kythera-Family.net, Jim Gavrilles, had died in the United States at the age of 67. He made many acquaintances and friends in the Kytherian community and he helped many to gather family information. We will miss him. Thanks to Ellena Galtos for passing on the sad news.
.._ _ _..._ _ _..._ _

I've just arrived in Sydney with my family for a month - we'll also spend a week in Queensland. If you are in or ...

Newsletter Archive

submitted by James Victor Prineas on 07.11.2011

November 2011

Dear Friends of Kythera,

last week I had morning tea with Mathias, the IT engineer who originally programmed Kythera-Family.net (KFN). Back in 2002 I conceived the site and he programmed it at a time when the term "social media" didn't even exist! Facebook & Co. are only a slightly different social media "animal" from the same species as KFN. (If I'd only conceived it for hedonistic teenagers we might have been 40 billion dollars richer now!) But seriously, Kythera-Family.net has, ...

Newsletter Archive

submitted by James Victor Prineas on 07.11.2011

September 2011

Dear Friends of Kythera,

I was in Greece for a few days last week and was cornered by a young energetic Kytherian called Panayotis Giannis, who is even more of an internet-nut than I am. He's been arranging something big for the international Kytherian community, he told me. The Holy Metropolis of Kythira is allowing him and his company InternetChannel.gr, with the financial support of Peter Magiros and Frutex Australia (thanks Peter!), to broadcast the Festival of the Virgin Myrtithiotisa ...

Newsletter Archive

submitted by James Victor Prineas on 24.08.2011

August 2011

Dear Friends of Kythera,

I'm writing this to you at sunrise on a beautiful morning at Agia Moni, high above Avlemonas and Diakofti. One of my ancient aunts is staying here for August and I've come to pick her up to take her to the Sunday Markets in Potamos. The gate at the entrance is creaking in the breeze. Papas Georgi is holding a service in the church in the company of about a dozen elderly visitors.

It is perhaps an appropriate place to write of the death of a ...

Newsletter Archive

submitted by James Victor Prineas on 24.08.2011

July 2011

 
Dear Friends of Kythera,
 
I'm writing this from a small shady cave at Kalathi Beach on Kythera. The sun is shining, a good wind blowing, and small waves slapping up on the perfect pebbled beach before me. It's Kythera at its best. Although the beach is quite empty - there are perhaps 20 families spread across the three sections of the beach - the season has started quite well for the island, with many flights booked out and the best-loved traditional guest rooms filling ...

Newsletter Archive

submitted by James Victor Prineas on 06.06.2011

June 2011

Dear Friends of Kythera,

the increasingly ageing population of Kythera is ever more apparent when a friend or relative there dies of old age. One of my favourite Aunts, Koula Prineas (Loudsis) of Mitata, died recently. Although in reality only distantly related to me, Theia Koula was emotionally my closest relative on the island. During my first few extended visits to Kythera in the 1980s, she and her husband Niko, not having any children of their own, invited me to share their lives ...

Newsletter Archive

submitted by James Victor Prineas on 27.03.2011

March 2011

Dear Friends of Kythera,

I've just returned from a 5 day stay on Kythera. Although I've been in Greece in the winter before, I'm always surprised by the atmosphere of the island at this time of the year. The lush verdant vegetation and flowing streams seems worlds away from the rainless blindingly sunny days which most of us have experienced in summer. Fields which are dry and dusty in summer are now teaming with knee-high "horta" and a stunning collection of wild-flowers.

Newsletter Archive

submitted by James Victor Prineas on 20.02.2011

January/February 2011

Dear Friends of Kythera,

I received the sad news this week that a great Australian-Kytherian, Professor Manuel Aroney, has died in Sydney. As many of you already surely know, Manuel was not only a major force for the good of the island, but was recognised internationally in academic and human rights advocacy fields which earned him international fellowships, and was honoured with an Order of the British Empire for services to the University and to the community as well as the Member ...

Newsletter Archive

submitted by James Victor Prineas on 04.01.2011

December 2010

Dear Friends of Kythera,

this is of course the last newsletter of the year, so it is a good chance to remind you all of our achievements this year as well as set out our plans for next year. You may remember we completed a relaunch of the website in 2010 with a new design and lots of new features. The scope of the redesign was so great that even now we are discovering bugs which are relating to updating the basis for the site (for those IT-savvy readers out there, upgrading from php4 ...

Newsletter Archive

submitted by James Victor Prineas on 12.12.2010

October/November 2010

Dear Friends of Kythera,

sorry for the silence over the last month. We've been travelling and were otherwise busy with family and work. I'm writing this during a lightning visit to Kythera with my baby brother who hasn't been to the island for 23 years (so he's not much of a baby any more...). The weather has been cool and we experienced a couple of deluges which turned dirt roads into creeks and Pelagia into the red sea as in the picture below.
[[picture:"waterred.jpg" ID:18309]]

Newsletter Archive

submitted by James Victor Prineas on 21.09.2010

September 2010

Dear Friends of Kythera,

if you long for the round brown bread from Yianni's bakery in Karavas, miss the lapping of the water on the shores of any beach between Pelagia and Barbarossa's Lagoon, or wish you could spend your Sunday mornings with friends sipping a frappé at the markets in Potamos, you, like me, could be suffering from PKS, or "Post-Kythera-Syndrome". Over the past two years my family and I have spent 10 months on the island and it gets harder and harder to return to ...

Newsletter Archive

submitted by James Victor Prineas on 21.09.2010

August 2010



Dear Friends of Kythera,

our Kythera, ever full of surprises, last week yielded up yet another to me, although I've been exploring the island almost every year since 1984. The seed was planted after a dinner in Potamos I had when major friend and minor geek (and Greek) Nicholas Gianniotis - usually tinkering with website-coding in Tokyo - mentioned in passing that they'd been on a boat trip to the west coast of the island. His wonderful wife Keiko showed us pictures she'd taken ...

Newsletter Archive

submitted by James Victor Prineas on 21.09.2010

June/July 2010

Dear Friends of Kythera,
we've moved the site over to a faster server - the few hours the site was off-line last week was the price we paid for it. And the search system didn't work for an entire week. sorry if that caused any inconvenience. Now the move is done and the bugs tweeked, the search is twice as fast as it previously was and we hope to make it even faster with a few programming modifications.

Our Save Kythera campaign - to prevent Kythera being turned into a wind-farm ...

Newsletter Archive

submitted by James Victor Prineas on 21.09.2010

May 2010

Dear Friends of Kythera,

the European Summer is drawing closer and I hope many of you will be making plans to visit Our Favourite Greek Island. If Greece ever needed the support of its Diaspora population it is now, and visiting the island is the best way to do it.

Since the relaunch of Kythera-family.net in March the number of pages being viewed has jumped from 40 000 a month to 65 000, with 10 000 more visitors regularly visiting the site each month. Your Kytherian ...

Newsletter Archive

submitted by James Victor Prineas on 21.09.2010

April 2010

Dear Friends of Kythera,

as many of you have already experienced, the design relaunch of Kythera-Family.net is completed and, except for a few "bugs" which we have been working to eliminate, the site is running smoothly and is more popular than ever! Like a newspaper, the site now features new articles and pictures each day, and on each category page you can see the most popular articles in that particular category in the right-hand column. Thus simply browsing the site - as opposed ...

Newsletter Archive

submitted by James Victor Prineas on 02.10.2018

February 2010

Contents
1. Newsletter
2. James Fardoulys Exhibition
3. Great Walls of Kythera
4. KFN Site Statistics
5. Life on Kythera by Maria of Lourandianika
6. Recent Message Board entries
7. Collateral Damage of Wind-Turbines
8. Help in writing Oral History

..._ _ _..._ _ _..._ _ _..._ _ _..._ _ _


Dear Friends of Kythera,

the problem with the kind of cultural archiving on the internet which Kythera-Family.net ...

Newsletter Archive

submitted by James Victor Prineas on 21.09.2010

January 2010

Dear Friends of Kythera,

first of all I'd like to wish you all a wonderful 2010 - I hope it's started well and that you and your families are as optimistic as I am that the year will be full of opportunities.

We didn't manage to get the redesign of Kythera-Family.net ready for Christmas - sorry about that. Our chief programmer in Berlin came down with a giant flu mid-December and that set back his team considerably. We're just cleaning up the final details and testing. ...

Newsletter Archive

submitted by James Victor Prineas on 21.09.2010

Australia and Kythera then and now...

Dear Friends of Kythera,

what a year it's been for me and my family - in a few days we will leave Kythera for Australia after spending almost 6 months here, our longest family stay yet. After so many hikes, dinners, swims, dances, dives, boat rides, and after meeting so many engaging new and old friends, it's time to take stock and try to put the whole experience into perspective.

What struck me again and again were the parallels. Between Australia and Kythera then and ...

Newsletter Archive

submitted by James Victor Prineas on 21.09.2010

November 2009

Dear Friends of Kythera,

my colleague George Poulos refers to it as "the Mega-Event". A Kytherian occasion which will again draw all of us who love our island together. The launch of the republished "Life in Australia", first published in 1916 with biographies of scores of Greek-Australians businessmen from that era - the majority of them of course Kytherians - takes place on December the 9th in Sydney. Published under the auspices of the Kytherian World Heritage Fund led by Angelo ...

Newsletter Archive

submitted by James Victor Prineas on 21.09.2010

October 2009