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submitted by James Victor Prineas on 10.03.2013

Superb interior in one of the units at The River House, Bingara

Home Page:

http://www.theriverhousebingara.com.au/home/.aspx

The River House. The frontage.

Download an Information Booklet, here:

Information_Booklet_Jan5.pdf

When Kytherian or Greek - Australians venture to Bingara to visit the Roxy Cinema, Roxy Cafe or Roxy Museum, they should know that the best accommodation in town is at The River House.

Location:

The River House
6 Keera Street Bingara 2404
NSW

Map to locate The River House

Booking can be made through the

Imperial Hotel and Motel

21 Maitland St,
Bingara, 2404,
New South Wales
Australia

P: (02) 6724 1629

E: Email, Imperial Hotel and Motel

Self-catering
Wheelchair Access: Yes
Elder Access: Yes
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Suitable for Children: Yes

Property Details

The River House. A beautiful place to stay in Bingara. It overlooks the magnificent Gwydir River and park & is within walking distance of the golf course, shops and Roxy Theatre. It is situated in a "Food Forest" garden with a glorious pergola, pond & barbeque. Every plant at The River House is edible & can be used by guests. The house accommodates up to 8 people. There are 3 self contained one bedroom units with wonderfully spacious living & dining areas and a 4th bedroom with an ensuite. The design & finish is of the highest quality with hand picked furnishings & decor. Rental can be for any period & in any of the 4 combinations. Rent one, two, three or book the lot! Great for a reunion, bridal party or small conference. Guests in The River House apartment have a wide terrace -a magical spot to enjoy a glass of wine or take in the spectacular view. For those who love cooking there is a gourmet kitchen with dishwasher. Or perhaps you may prefer the Food Forest Garden apartment which invites you to curl up with a book & relax. It has a large selection of reading material. And then there is 'The Retreat" -seperate from the others which is a peaceful & tranquil place overlooking the "food forest" and rainbow garden.

Guests comments include "Best apartment I have ever stayed in". "It was fabulous. Amazing ambience and attention to detail. Staying here was a truly relaxing time. We look forward to coming back soon" "Absolutely loved our stay. Such an amazing location. A wonderful place. We can't wait to stay here again. It was wonderful to be able to stroll down to the river, main street & golf course. The River House is truly stunning & it was great to be able to pick plants out of the garden for meals. A unique experience".

"The property has great surrounds and views overlooking the river that flows past. One of the striking things is the size of the rooms and the decor. Well equipped kitchen. We found it comfortable and warm even thought it was winter. This is not what you usually expect from holiday rentals, this is just like a great home".

Garry & Linda's welcome:

Welcome to The River House, Bingara's newest and finest accommodation. Overlooking the riverside park, “The Junction” and the magnificent Gwydir River, the view is second to none.

The River House opened its doors just before Christmas 2011 and offers first class accommodation – three fully self contained one bedroom units with wonderfully spacious living & dining areas, and a fourth bedroom with en-suite. It is available for rental for any period, and in any combination of the four lettable areas.

Built by local cattle producers Garry & Linda McDouall, The River House will one day be their retirement home. The design and finish is therefore of the highest quality with each suite beautifully appointed with hand picked furnishings and decor. Everything has been done to the highest standard.

The garden too is spectacular - at least it will be once it is fully established. It is designed as a "Food Forest", with every plant being edible. The garden surrounds a beautiful pergola and pond, with the sounds of running water- a great place to dine outdoors.

Both Garry and Linda are passionate about Bingara, so until they are ready for the "big move" they wish to offer the living experience to visitors, as the property represents their commitment to the future of Bingara.

This is their Vision:

"The River House is a place of relaxation, beauty & renewal. Sublime accommodation in a fantastic position, surrounded by a “Food Forest” Garden. We wish to share our dreams for Bingara with our visitors – become part of a thriving, engaged and excited community, enjoying excellent facilities in a beautiful rural setting."

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submitted by James Victor Prineas on 10.03.2013

Map by which to locate The River House in Bingara

Home Page:

http://www.theriverhousebingara.com.au/home/.aspx

The River House. The frontage.

Download an Information Booklet, here:

Information_Booklet_Jan5.pdf

When Kytherian or Greek - Australians venture to Bingara to visit the Roxy Cinema, Roxy Cafe or Roxy Museum, they should know that the best accommodation in town is at The River House.

Location:

The River House
6 Keera Street Bingara 2404
NSW

Booking can be made through the

Imperial Hotel and Motel

21 Maitland St,
Bingara, 2404,
New South Wales
Australia

P: (02) 6724 1629

E: Email, Imperial Hotel and Motel

Self-catering
Wheelchair Access: Yes
Elder Access: Yes
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Suitable for Children: Yes

Property Details

The River House. A beautiful place to stay in Bingara. It overlooks the magnificent Gwydir River and park & is within walking distance of the golf course, shops and Roxy Theatre. It is situated in a "Food Forest" garden with a glorious pergola, pond & barbeque. Every plant at The River House is edible & can be used by guests. The house accommodates up to 8 people. There are 3 self contained one bedroom units with wonderfully spacious living & dining areas and a 4th bedroom with an ensuite. The design & finish is of the highest quality with hand picked furnishings & decor. Rental can be for any period & in any of the 4 combinations. Rent one, two, three or book the lot! Great for a reunion, bridal party or small conference. Guests in The River House apartment have a wide terrace -a magical spot to enjoy a glass of wine or take in the spectacular view. For those who love cooking there is a gourmet kitchen with dishwasher. Or perhaps you may prefer the Food Forest Garden apartment which invites you to curl up with a book & relax. It has a large selection of reading material. And then there is 'The Retreat" -seperate from the others which is a peaceful & tranquil place overlooking the "food forest" and rainbow garden.

Superb interior typical of the quality of the apartments.

Guests comments include "Best apartment I have ever stayed in". "It was fabulous. Amazing ambience and attention to detail. Staying here was a truly relaxing time. We look forward to coming back soon" "Absolutely loved our stay. Such an amazing location. A wonderful place. We can't wait to stay here again. It was wonderful to be able to stroll down to the river, main street & golf course. The River House is truly stunning & it was great to be able to pick plants out of the garden for meals. A unique experience".

"The property has great surrounds and views overlooking the river that flows past. One of the striking things is the size of the rooms and the decor. Well equipped kitchen. We found it comfortable and warm even thought it was winter. This is not what you usually expect from holiday rentals, this is just like a great home".

Garry & Linda's welcome:

Welcome to The River House, Bingara's newest and finest accommodation. Overlooking the riverside park, “The Junction” and the magnificent Gwydir River, the view is second to none.

The River House opened its doors just before Christmas 2011 and offers first class accommodation – three fully self contained one bedroom units with wonderfully spacious living & dining areas, and a fourth bedroom with en-suite. It is available for rental for any period, and in any combination of the four lettable areas.

Built by local cattle producers Garry & Linda McDouall, The River House will one day be their retirement home. The design and finish is therefore of the highest quality with each suite beautifully appointed with hand picked furnishings and decor. Everything has been done to the highest standard.

The garden too is spectacular - at least it will be once it is fully established. It is designed as a "Food Forest", with every plant being edible. The garden surrounds a beautiful pergola and pond, with the sounds of running water- a great place to dine outdoors.

Both Garry and Linda are passionate about Bingara, so until they are ready for the "big move" they wish to offer the living experience to visitors, as the property represents their commitment to the future of Bingara.

This is their Vision:

"The River House is a place of relaxation, beauty & renewal. Sublime accommodation in a fantastic position, surrounded by a “Food Forest” Garden. We wish to share our dreams for Bingara with our visitors – become part of a thriving, engaged and excited community, enjoying excellent facilities in a beautiful rural setting."

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submitted by James Victor Prineas on 10.03.2013

The River House, Bingara

Home Page:

http://www.theriverhousebingara.com.au/home/.aspx

Download an Information Booklet, here:

Information_Booklet_Jan5.pdf

When Kytherian or Greek - Australians venture to Bingara to visit the Roxy Cinema, Roxy Cafe or Roxy Museum, they should know that the best accommodation in town is at The River House.

Location:

The River House
6 Keera Street Bingara 2404
NSW

Map to locate The River House

Booking can be made through the

Imperial Hotel and Motel

21 Maitland St,
Bingara, 2404,
New South Wales
Australia

P: (02) 6724 1629

E: Email, Imperial Hotel and Motel

Self-catering
Wheelchair Access: Yes
Elder Access: Yes
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Suitable for Children: Yes

Property Details

The River House. A beautiful place to stay in Bingara. It overlooks the magnificent Gwydir River and park & is within walking distance of the golf course, shops and Roxy Theatre. It is situated in a "Food Forest" garden with a glorious pergola, pond & barbeque. Every plant at The River House is edible & can be used by guests. The house accommodates up to 8 people. There are 3 self contained one bedroom units with wonderfully spacious living & dining areas and a 4th bedroom with an ensuite. The design & finish is of the highest quality with hand picked furnishings & decor. Rental can be for any period & in any of the 4 combinations. Rent one, two, three or book the lot! Great for a reunion, bridal party or small conference. Guests in The River House apartment have a wide terrace -a magical spot to enjoy a glass of wine or take in the spectacular view. For those who love cooking there is a gourmet kitchen with dishwasher. Or perhaps you may prefer the Food Forest Garden apartment which invites you to curl up with a book & relax. It has a large selection of reading material. And then there is 'The Retreat" -seperate from the others which is a peaceful & tranquil place overlooking the "food forest" and rainbow garden.

Superb interior typical of the quality of the apartments.

Guests comments include "Best apartment I have ever stayed in". "It was fabulous. Amazing ambience and attention to detail. Staying here was a truly relaxing time. We look forward to coming back soon" "Absolutely loved our stay. Such an amazing location. A wonderful place. We can't wait to stay here again. It was wonderful to be able to stroll down to the river, main street & golf course. The River House is truly stunning & it was great to be able to pick plants out of the garden for meals. A unique experience".

"The property has great surrounds and views overlooking the river that flows past. One of the striking things is the size of the rooms and the decor. Well equipped kitchen. We found it comfortable and warm even thought it was winter. This is not what you usually expect from holiday rentals, this is just like a great home".

Garry & Linda's welcome:

Welcome to The River House, Bingara's newest and finest accommodation. Overlooking the riverside park, “The Junction” and the magnificent Gwydir River, the view is second to none.

The River House opened its doors just before Christmas 2011 and offers first class accommodation – three fully self contained one bedroom units with wonderfully spacious living & dining areas, and a fourth bedroom with en-suite. It is available for rental for any period, and in any combination of the four lettable areas.

Built by local cattle producers Garry & Linda McDouall, The River House will one day be their retirement home. The design and finish is therefore of the highest quality with each suite beautifully appointed with hand picked furnishings and decor. Everything has been done to the highest standard.

The garden too is spectacular - at least it will be once it is fully established. It is designed as a "Food Forest", with every plant being edible. The garden surrounds a beautiful pergola and pond, with the sounds of running water- a great place to dine outdoors.

Both Garry and Linda are passionate about Bingara, so until they are ready for the "big move" they wish to offer the living experience to visitors, as the property represents their commitment to the future of Bingara.

This is their Vision:

"The River House is a place of relaxation, beauty & renewal. Sublime accommodation in a fantastic position, surrounded by a “Food Forest” Garden. We wish to share our dreams for Bingara with our visitors – become part of a thriving, engaged and excited community, enjoying excellent facilities in a beautiful rural setting."

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submitted by James Victor Prineas on 01.03.2013

Tess Mallos. The Greek Cookbook

Author: Tess Mallos

When Published: 2012 (latest edition)

Publisher: Landsdowne Press

Available: From the Kytherian Association of Australia</a>, <a href="mailto:samios@people.net.au">Kathy Samios</a> and <a href="mailto:transoz@bigpond.net.au">George Poulos

Price: $30 (postage additional $10, within Australia)

Description: Hard Back 112 pages, magnificent recipes and photographs

ISBN: 1 86302 533 2


This best-selling cookbook contains all the delights of Greek cooking, and is enhanced by new photography to reflect the enduring Greek influence in the modern kitchen.

The authentic dishes have been compiled to satisfy the curiosity and taste buds of contemporary cooks, from beginners to gourmets. Well-known author Tess Mallos, who is intensely proud of her Greek heritage, has a gift for handing on the secrets of this wonderful cuisine in easy to follow recipes.

In the opening pages, A Cook's Eye View of Greece, with a regional map, gives a guide to the culinary focal points of Greece. The recipes that follow are not only delicious but good for you: research has proven that the Greek diet is the most healthy in the Mediterranean, (and the world).

The Greek Cookbook contains chapters on Appetizers, Soups, Sauces, Seafood, Meats, Poultry, Pasta and Rice, Vegetables, Salads, Pastries, Cakes, Cookies & Breads, Prerves, Wines and Spirits.

The revised text is enlivened by anecdotes and reminiscences from the author, and a a collection of sayings about food that go back to ancient Greece. this much-loved book is the key to enjoying the very best of Greek cuisine.

Tess Mallos

Tess Mallos was born of Greek parents who immigrated from the island of Kythera. Her love of Greek food goes back to her childhood, some time before such exotic dishes came to be appreciated by her contemporaries. Many of the anecdotes in this book give a humorous look at her early shyness about her culinary heritage.

She says of the days when she embarked on her food career, "I cooked Anglo recipes at the outset and then, when I decided to come out of the closet, it took six years before my Greek Cookbook was published. It sold out in two weeks!''

Since then Tess Mallos has travelled regularly and extensively in the Mediterranean and researched and written eight books, including The Complete Middle East Cookbook, also published by Lansdowne, which has sold 300,000 copies worldwide.

Other career highlights include consultant for a government body. major food manufacturers, and for Frigidaire. Tess has also appeared on a variety of television programs, and spoken at international symposiums and food products.

More than 35 years' experience have given an unrivalled authority to Tess's writing on food, and this collection of authentic and approachable recipes is especially dear to her heart.

INTRODUCTION

2012 Edition


It is heartening and flattering to know that this book has been constantly in print since it was first published, and still continues to be used by people of many backgrounds.

Greek cooking is treasured worldwide, and books now exist by many excellent authors, those of particular interest being works that explore the regional cooking of, Greece. But the crux of the matter is that there are still certain recipes that will always form the heart of Greek cooking as a whole, the ones prepared by most Greeks day-to-day. These recipes are all included in this book. For this new edition I have also added some new recipes, to reflect the wonderful range of food ingredients available today.

Australia, where I grew up and first prepared this book has some of the most interesting and varied foods in the world, and a developing cuisine of a very high standard. Those of Greek background in that country and elsewhere are as tempted to change their eating patterns as anyone else interested in good food. But there is a very good reason why people of Greek background should maintain their Greek kitchen, and that is good health. In fact everyone should look more closely at Greek cooking for the same reason.

Greeks in Greece, up until recent years, had the longest life expectancy in the world. Those in certain rural communities who have not changed their diet can still boast of longevity. The Greeks are the largest consumers of olive oil and vegetables in the Mediterranean, eat lots of bread, seafood’s, pulses and fresh fruit, and drink wine in moderation; such food habits have been identified as being beneficial to good health, as a preventative not only against heart disease, but also against certain cancers, adult-onset diabetes and strokes.

Health professionals have been studying the Greek diet for some years now comparing its success to that of other diets. The message is clear: if you are of Greek descent, eat as your parents or grandparents did when they were in Greece. Eat more bread, pasta, rice, seafood’s, vegetables, pulses and fresh fruit, cook leaner meats, continue to use olive oil, use less butter, serve cakes, pastries and similar foods less often.

To add a little spice to this book, I have included quotes, aphorisms, adages and a few of my experiences with food from my early years, growing up with a Greek kitchen in an Anglo society. Quotes from classical Greek writers give an insight into the foods and attitudes of Ancient Greece; it is unfortunate that many classical works, (including cookbooks) no longer exist in their entirety, but the excerpts quoted come from other works that still exist.

There are a number of people and organizations that gave assistance with the original work, and with this edition, to whom I am indebted. A heartfelt thank you to the Greek National Tourist organization for assistance given when this book was first written; the Economic and Commercial Office of the Greek Consulate in Australia, especially Mr Athanassios Makrandreou; Cosmo Psaltis of The Centennial Restaurant, Woollahra (featuring Mediterranean menus, including innovative Greek dishes), for updating information on Greek wines available outside Greece; Andrew Elton for his superb food photography, which could not have happened without the expertise of food stylist, Lynne Mullins (her work with fillo pastry is superb!); my editor first time round, Peter Hutton, and this time round, Cheryl Hingley - both showed an enthusiasm for Greek cooking that made my task easier; to Jane Curry, Publisher and Chief Executive of Lansdowne, for believing that this book was worthy of being included in their classic series, and her suggestion to include extra colour in the form of adages, quotes and other titbits (I have never read so many of the Greek classics in such a long stint); to my husband, John, and my sister, Ellen Argyriou, for their assistance and support.

And to many of you, in particular those of Greek descent or partners to those of Greek descent, who have let me know over the years how much the original book has helped you in the kitchen. I originally wrote this book so that my children, and yours, could learn Greek cooking, as our lifestyle today does not allow learning by constant observation. My grandchildren, even my grandson, show interest in Greek cooking in their tender years. I dedicate this edition to Stephanie and John, and to your grandchildren.

Tess Mallos

1997

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submitted by Kytherian Association Of Australia on 27.02.2013

Kytherian Dance Group from the 1980's

Back row: Left to right:

George Zantis, John Notaras, John Pavlakis, Tony Calligeros, Paul Yannolaros, George Roches

Front row: Left to right:

Faye Kanaris, Katrina Pavlakis, Tasia Mallos, Tina Mallos (married, Poulos), Maria Coroneo (married, Kepreotes), Irene Calligeros (married, Cassim), Esther Kepreotis (married Carson), Gina Kalokerinos (married, Bisterbosch)

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submitted by Sydney Morning Herald on 27.02.2013

Study boosts olive oil, nut diet

Sydney Morning Herald

February 27, 2013

Michelle Fay Cortez

The findings add more weight to the benefits of a Mediterranean diet rich in fruits, vegetables, fish and oils.

A MEDITERRANEAN diet with extra servings of olive oil or mixed nuts reduced the risk of a first heart attack, stroke and death by almost 30 per cent in less than five years, according to a study by Spanish researchers.

The research involved 7477 high-risk volunteers, all of whom were diabetic or had a host of risk factors including obesity, high cholesterol, family history of heart disease or smoking. Heart damage was significantly more likely to occur in people told to watch their fat intake than in those given olive oil or nuts and told to follow a Mediterranean diet, according to the study in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The findings add more weight to the benefits of a Mediterranean diet rich in fruits, vegetables, fish and oils, the researchers said. While numerous studies show healthy eating can cut complications in people who have heart disease and help ward off ailments including Alzheimer's disease and diabetes, the study is the first to show a diet can prevent deadly heart disease from developing.

''These results support the benefits of the Mediterranean diet for cardiovascular risk reduction,'' said the researchers led by Ramon Estruch from the University of Barcelona. ''They are particularly relevant given the challenges of achieving and maintaining weight loss.

''The results of our trial might explain, in part, the lower cardiovascular mortality in Mediterranean countries than in northern European countries or the United States.''

In the study, 3.4 per cent of those on a Mediterranean diet who were given extra nuts experienced a heart attack, stroke or died from cardiac complications, compared with 3.8 per cent on a Mediterranean diet plus extra olive oil and 4.4 per cent of those asked to follow a low-fat diet.

Recommended foods in the Mediterranean diet were olive oil, nuts, fruits and vegetables, fish, legumes, a mix of tomato, onion and garlic, and wine with meals. Soft drink, baked goods and red or processed meats were discouraged.

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submitted by Sydney Morning Herald on 27.02.2013

Mediterranean diet cuts risk of first heart attack by 30% Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/diet-and-fitness/mediterranean-diet-cuts-risk-of-first-heart-attack-by-30-20130226-2f46b.html#ixzz2M5kIIiDr

Sydney Morning herald

February 27, 2013

Right bite ... a study found that people age 55 to 80 who ate a Mediterranean diet were at lower risk of heart disease. Photo: iStock

MINNEAPOLIS: A Mediterranean diet with extra servings of olive oil or mixed nuts reduced the risk of a first heart attack, stroke and death by almost 30 per cent in less than five years, according to a study by Spanish researchers.

The research involved 7477 high-risk volunteers, all of whom were diabetic or had a host of risk factors including obesity, high cholesterol, family history of heart disease or smoking.

Heart damage was significantly more likely to occur in people told to watch their fat intake than in those given olive oil or nuts and told to follow a Mediterranean diet, according to the study in The New England Journal of Medicine.

The study was halted after the benefits of the diet became clear, the researchers said.

The findings add more weight to the benefits of a Mediterranean diet rich in fruits, vegetables, fish and oils, the researchers said.

While many studies show healthy eating can cut complications in people who already have heart disease and help ward off ailments including Alzheimer's disease and diabetes, this study is the first to show a diet can prevent deadly heart disease from developing.

''These results support the benefits of the Mediterranean diet for cardiovascular risk reduction,'' said the researchers led by Ramon Estruch from the University of Barcelona.

''They are particularly relevant given the challenges of achieving and maintaining weight loss. The results of our trial might explain, in part, the lower cardiovascular mortality in Mediterranean countries than in northern European countries or the United States.''

In the study, 3.4 per cent of those on a Mediterranean diet who were given extra nuts experienced a heart attack, stroke or died from cardiac complications, compared with 3.8 per cent on a Mediterranean diet plus extra olive oil and 4.4 per cent of those asked to follow a low-fat diet.

No one was told to cut calories or assigned an exercise program.

Recommended foods in the Mediterranean diet were olive oil, nuts, fruits and vegetables, fish, legumes, a mix of tomato, onion and garlic, and wine with meals. Soft drinks, baked goods, spreads and red or processed meats were discouraged.

Those in the comparison group were encouraged to eat low-fat dairy products, bread, potatoes, pasta or rice, fruits and vegetables, lean fish and seafood, and told to avoid vegetable oil, baked goods, nuts, red meat, fatty fish, spreads and the mix of tomato, onion and garlic known as sofrito.

The study was funded by the Spanish government's Instituto de Salud Carlos III.

Associated Press

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submitted by Herbert River Express on 05.02.2013

Montana Lower has received national recognition for excellence in a range of fields

Sky’s the limit for Montana

Download a copy of the Herbert River Express article here:

Montana Lower Full article.pdf

Former Ingham State High School student Montana Lower is still beaming after winning the school’s 2012 Caltex Best All Rounder Award, one of Australia’s most prestigious secondary school prizes.
Montana joins a select group of secondary students around Australia to receive the award for excellence in the classroom, sports and community.

She received a Distinction in Studies, Distinction for School Service, prizes for Legal Studies and Visual Art, as well as a Silver Award for Athletics. "It has been a busy year keeping up with all of my regular activities and balancing study, but it all really shows that hard work does pay off,’’ she said.

‘‘My first major achievement of the year was winning Regional’s for Wearable Art, then going on to win the State finals and representing Queensland at the Nationals where the Melbourne Institute of Design purchased my canvas. ‘‘My Wearable Art also featured in a DVD for an art major in which an environmental science company (Terrain) purchased copyrights to it. ‘‘This has given me the confidence to sell more of my work which has increased my passion for the arts and made me all the more excited for the future.

‘‘I’m excited for what the future will bring, as I start my studies as an architect at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane in 2013. ‘‘It was all possible because of the opportunities available at Ingham High. ‘‘Although the school is small in comparison to where other students will have come from next year, there is nothing small about the opportunities and I encourage all younger grades to give everything a go because you don’t know where it can take you.’’

"Montana is a worthy winner of the award and has showcased admirable qualities to those around her," said school principal, Kevin Wager.

Montana Lower's mother is Angela Venardos.
Her Grandfather is Angelo Venardos, who played Rugby League for Toowoomba in the Bulimba Cup competition. He now lives at Forest Beach.
Her Great-Grandfather was Bill Venardos, who was President of the Blackhall Rugby League Club, and a senior Administrator in Queensland Rugbty League. He was also a prominent Local government administrator. Also a former president of the Kytherian Association of Queensland. He was sufficiently prominent to warrant an entry in the Australian Dictionary of Biography.
Bill Venardos entry

The Politis family also lived in Blackhall. Aryiro Venardos is Nick Politis mother. Angelo Benardos and Nick Politis were cousins.
All Venardos's derive from Karavas and surrounding hamlets.

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submitted by Lafcadio Hearn Files on 24.01.2013

Visit of Ms Soko Koizumi to Lefkada

Cultural Center: Lefkada

22/1/2013

Press Release

Monday 21/1/2013

Ms Soko Koizumi, great-granddaughter of Lafcadio Hearn accompanied by Mr. Takis Efstathiou art collector and scholar of the work of Lafcadio Hearn visited Lefkada.

At a meeting held with Mayor Lefkada Costas Aravani and the Mayor of Culture and Tourism, Mr. Anastasios Gazis, Ms. Koizumi who serves as Curator of the Museum of Lafcadio Hearn in Matsue, Japan, stressed the importance of the Lefkadian origin of Hearn in understanding his work. Then Mrs. Koizumi toured the exhibition halls of the Cultural Centre, and enjoyed the folklore of the Fair Mementos of the International Folklore Festival.
 
Ms. Koizumi traveled to Lefkas to finalize the course of the Symposium on Lafcadio Hearn to be held in the summer of 2014 on the occasion of the 110 years since his death. The Symposium will be a great cultural event for the Japanese people and is expected to attract large numbers of visitors.
 
As part of this celebration the Cultural Center of the Municipality of Lefkada after the kind donation of Mr. Efstathiou who is very fond of Lefkada, will inaugurate in the premises of the Cultural Center - the permanent collection of Japanese art that is associated with Lafcadio Hearn. The donation includes paintings of Masaaki Noda and Seiho Wada, books, posters, fabrics, dishes, cards, brochures and photographs.

The Cultural Center of the Municipality of Lefkada

Πνευματικό Κέντρο: Επίσκεψη της κας Σόκο Κοϊζούμι στη Λευκάδα

Λευκάδα 22/1/2013

Δελτίο Tύπου

Επίσκεψη της κας Σόκο Κοϊζούμι στη Λευκάδα

Τη Δευτέρα 21/1/2013 η κα Σόκο Κοϊζούμι, δισέγγονη του Λευκάδιου Χερν συνοδευόμενη από τον κ. Τάκη Ευσταθίου συλλέκτη έργων τέχνης και μελετητή του έργου του Λευκάδιου Χέρν, επισκέφθηκε τη Λευκάδα.

Σε συνάντηση που πραγματοποίησε με τον Δήμαρχο Λευκάδας, κ. Κώστα Αραβανή παρουσία και του Αντιδημάρχου Πολιτισμού-Τουρισμού, κ. Αναστάσιου Γαζή, η κα Κοϊζούμι η οποία διατελεί Έφορος του Μουσείου του Λευκάδιου Χέρν στη Ματσούε της Ιαπωνίας, τόνισε τη σημασία της Λευκαδίτικης καταγωγής του Χερν για την κατανόηση του έργου του. Στη συνέχεια η κα Κοϊζούμι ξεναγήθηκε στους εκθεσιακούς χώρους του Πολιτιστικού Κέντρου και απόλαυσε τον λαογραφικό πλούτο της Έκθεσης Ενθυμημάτων του Διεθνούς Φεστιβάλ Φολκλόρ.

Η κα Κοϊζούμι ταξίδεψε στη Λευκάδα προκειμένου να οριστικοποιήσει τη διεξαγωγή του Συμποσίου για το Λευκάδιο Χέρν που θα πραγματοποιηθεί το καλοκαίρι του 2014 με αφορμή τη συμπλήρωση 110 χρόνων από το θάνατό του. Το Συμπόσιο θα αποτελέσει μέγα πολιτιστικό γεγονός για τον ιαπωνικό κόσμο και αναμένεται να προσελκύσει μεγάλο αριθμό επισκεπτών.

Στο πλαίσιο αυτού του εορτασμού το Πνευματικό Κέντρο του Δήμου Λευκάδας μετά από την ευγενική δωρεά του κ. Ευσταθίου οποίος τυγχάνει λάτρης της Λευκάδας, θα εγκαινιάσει στους χώρους του Πολιτιστικού Κέντρου μόνιμη συλλογή ιαπωνικής τέχνης που αναφέρεται στο Λευκάδιο Χέρν. Η δωρεά περιλαμβάνει πίνακες ζωγραφικής των Masaaki Noda και Seiho Wada, βιβλία, αφίσες, υφάσματα, πιάτα, κάρτες, φυλλάδια και φωτογραφίες.

Από το Πνευματικό Κέντρο του Δήμου Λευκάδας

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submitted by Lafcadio Hearn Files on 24.01.2013

Visit of Ms Soko Koizumi to Lefkada

Cultural Center: Lefkada

22/1/2013

Press Release

Monday 21/1/2013

Ms Soko Koizumi, great-granddaughter of Lafcadio Hearn accompanied by Mr. Takis Efstathiou art collector and scholar of the work of Lafcadio Hearn visited Lefkada.

At a meeting held with Mayor Lefkada Costas Aravani and the Mayor of Culture and Tourism, Mr. Anastasios Gazis, Ms. Koizumi who serves as Curator of the Museum of Lafcadio Hearn in Matsue, Japan, stressed the importance of the Lefkadian origin of Hearn in understanding his work. Then Mrs. Koizumi toured the exhibition halls of the Cultural Centre, and enjoyed the folklore of the Fair Mementos of the International Folklore Festival.
 
Ms. Koizumi traveled to Lefkas to finalize the course of the Symposium on Lafcadio Hearn to be held in the summer of 2014 on the occasion of the 110 years since his death. The Symposium will be a great cultural event for the Japanese people and is expected to attract large numbers of visitors.
 
As part of this celebration the Cultural Center of the Municipality of Lefkada after the kind donation of Mr. Efstathiou who is very fond of Lefkada, will inaugurate in the premises of the Cultural Center - the permanent collection of Japanese art that is associated with Lafcadio Hearn. The donation includes paintings of Masaaki Noda and Seiho Wada, books, posters, fabrics, dishes, cards, brochures and photographs.

The Cultural Center of the Municipality of Lefkada

Πνευματικό Κέντρο: Επίσκεψη της κας Σόκο Κοϊζούμι στη Λευκάδα

Λευκάδα 22/1/2013

Δελτίο Tύπου

Επίσκεψη της κας Σόκο Κοϊζούμι στη Λευκάδα

Τη Δευτέρα 21/1/2013 η κα Σόκο Κοϊζούμι, δισέγγονη του Λευκάδιου Χερν συνοδευόμενη από τον κ. Τάκη Ευσταθίου συλλέκτη έργων τέχνης και μελετητή του έργου του Λευκάδιου Χέρν, επισκέφθηκε τη Λευκάδα.

Σε συνάντηση που πραγματοποίησε με τον Δήμαρχο Λευκάδας, κ. Κώστα Αραβανή παρουσία και του Αντιδημάρχου Πολιτισμού-Τουρισμού, κ. Αναστάσιου Γαζή, η κα Κοϊζούμι η οποία διατελεί Έφορος του Μουσείου του Λευκάδιου Χέρν στη Ματσούε της Ιαπωνίας, τόνισε τη σημασία της Λευκαδίτικης καταγωγής του Χερν για την κατανόηση του έργου του. Στη συνέχεια η κα Κοϊζούμι ξεναγήθηκε στους εκθεσιακούς χώρους του Πολιτιστικού Κέντρου και απόλαυσε τον λαογραφικό πλούτο της Έκθεσης Ενθυμημάτων του Διεθνούς Φεστιβάλ Φολκλόρ.

Η κα Κοϊζούμι ταξίδεψε στη Λευκάδα προκειμένου να οριστικοποιήσει τη διεξαγωγή του Συμποσίου για το Λευκάδιο Χέρν που θα πραγματοποιηθεί το καλοκαίρι του 2014 με αφορμή τη συμπλήρωση 110 χρόνων από το θάνατό του. Το Συμπόσιο θα αποτελέσει μέγα πολιτιστικό γεγονός για τον ιαπωνικό κόσμο και αναμένεται να προσελκύσει μεγάλο αριθμό επισκεπτών.

Στο πλαίσιο αυτού του εορτασμού το Πνευματικό Κέντρο του Δήμου Λευκάδας μετά από την ευγενική δωρεά του κ. Ευσταθίου οποίος τυγχάνει λάτρης της Λευκάδας, θα εγκαινιάσει στους χώρους του Πολιτιστικού Κέντρου μόνιμη συλλογή ιαπωνικής τέχνης που αναφέρεται στο Λευκάδιο Χέρν. Η δωρεά περιλαμβάνει πίνακες ζωγραφικής των Masaaki Noda και Seiho Wada, βιβλία, αφίσες, υφάσματα, πιάτα, κάρτες, φυλλάδια και φωτογραφίες.

Από το Πνευματικό Κέντρο του Δήμου Λευκάδας

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submitted by Neos Kosmos, Melbourne on 23.01.2013

Ringing a bell for Rengis

A celebration of magic, memories and human bonds at Federation Square, Melbourne

Glenda Humes with her sister Judith Standen and John Nikolakakis, President of the Pancretan Association of Melbourne (R) with his daughter Polina.

Photo: Peter Kakalias.

Neos Kosmos, 27 Dec 2012

Maja Jovic


A special fundraising concert at Melbourne's Federation Square for the 42nd Street Memorial in Crete, headlined by The Xylouris Ensemble, was a night of history and music, but more so, it was a night of magic, memories, emotions, and human connections.

Not many who attended the concert in the inspiring atmosphere of the BMW Edge arena, on the banks of the Yarra river, had dry cheeks after being addressed by the ancestors of ANZAC soldiers who fought in Crete; especially after witnessing the onscreen reunion of the family of Reg Saunders, tracing the footsteps of their father, to meet with the Cretan Zacharakis family who protected the Aboriginal Digger from the Nazis in 1941.

The concert celebrated the connection between Greece and Australia, between Cretan villagers and a group of remarkable New Zealand and Australian soldiers who went on the run after the Battle of Crete.
The concert paid tribute to the ANZACS who fought in Crete, and one of the last survivors of that time, 99-year old veteran Leslie Manning who served with Reg Saunders in the 2/7th Battalion, in the audience as guest of honour.

With George Donikian as MC, the story of ANZAC soldiers in Crete was told through a presentation by historian Dr Peter Ewer, and unique archive footage from the time.

Present in the audience was Glenda Humes the eldest living daughter of Reg Saunders, the first indigenous man to be commissioned as an officer in the Australian Army, and the initiator of the 42nd Street Memorial project.

Glenda and her sisters' journey to Crete in October 2010 became the basis of a documentary film by journalist, writer and documentary filmmaker, Michael Sweet, well-known to Neos Kosmos readers.
The night was full of emotion. Sweet gave a tantalising glimpse of his documentary film, still in development for television, showing the reconnection between the Saunders and Zacharakis families at the village square in Lambini, south of Rethymno.

Lambini was where the young soldier of the 2/7th Battalion, Reg Saunders - Rengis, as they called him, was hidden and taken care of by Vasiliki Zacharakis and her children - Areti and Yannis. 70 years later the families were united.

Celebrating the eternal connection of the Cretan and Australian people, was Reg Saunders' nephew Richard Frankland and his band, followed by an exceptional performance of The Xylouris Ensemble led by Yiorgos Xylouris, along with the Pancretan Association of Melbourne dance group.
Sweet found the story of Saunders in Crete after reading Saunders biography written in 1962 by Harry Gordon. He told the audience at Fed Square that he had "no other choice", than to try and find the village, and the Zacharakis family.

In his attempt to tell the story of the Anzacs in Crete and their eternal connection to the people of Crete and Greece, Michael Sweet, with The Xylouris Ensemble and the initiative of the PanCretan Association of Melbourne, succeeded entirely, contributing to the recognition of a remarkable Australian and all ANZACs who fought in Crete.

All proceeds from the Fed Square concert will go to the creation of an ANZAC memorial at '42nd Street', now known as Tsikalarion Street, near Chania - on the currently unmarked site of one of the ANZAC battles in Crete which made the German invaders retreat.

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submitted by ANZACS In Greece on 23.01.2013

Xylouris Concert - Federation Square - 'Invoking the Anzac legend in Greece'.

To give you a taste of the night, I've attached a couple of images.

It was a remarkable evening. Around 250 people attended and we've had a lot of very positive feedback on what was a memorable night. The video recording went well. Now we have a powerful record of this unique concert - created to tell the story of Reg Saunders and the Anzacs in Crete in 1941. The next step will to begin editing and developing the production for a wide audience.

Plans are afoot to create a DVD of the evening.

This will potentially help finance a venture to create a film for possible distribution via the Internet, and potentially, a production for television.

Thanks to all donors who supported the concert and the initial project.

Mike Sweet has progressed this venture well.

The Battle of 42nd Street, Crete, and Captain Reg Saunders

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submitted by Kytherian Association Of Australia on 02.01.2013

The Metropoliti of Kythera, father Petros and Minas Raissis

meet some of the residents of of St Basil's Nursing Home, Lakemba. 1st November, 2012.

The visiting Kytherian dignitaries were accompanied by George Hadziplis, the Mayor of Kythera, Theothori Koukoulis, and President of the Kytherian Association of Australia, Victor Kepreotis.

Lourantos Village

The Village is named after its major benefactor, the late Sir Nicholas Lourantos MBE, a very proud Kytherian.

The hostel provides accommodation for 80 residents. There are 54 rooms with shared facilities, 20 single rooms with private facilities and 3 double rooms with private facilities. Each room has its own balcony, built-in cupboards and is carpeted. Four respite beds are available for emergency cases for 63 days at each of our hostels.

A Village supervisor is on 24 hour call to assist residents, if required.

St. Basil's Nursing Home

St. Basil's Nursing Home
130 Croydon St
Lakemba NSW 2195

Ph: (02) 9784-3200
Fax: (02) 9758-0366

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St. Basil's Nursing Home has accommodation for 109 residents in one, two and four bed wards. Each ward is fully air-conditioned and has been designed for wheel chair use. The dining rooms and lounges face onto private courtyards and there is a chapel with a leadlight glass window, and a hairdressing salon.

The dining room, lounge room and chapel are sensitively separated from the nursing home wards.

St. Basil's encourages its residents to look after as many of their own needs as possible and thereby maintaining their independence and motivation.

The nursing home provides a Special Dementia Section.

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submitted by Kytherian Association Of Australia on 02.01.2013

The Metropoliti of Kythera, father Petros and Mayor Koukoulis

visit St Basil's Nursing Home, Lakemba. 1st November, 2012.

The visiting Kytherian dignitaries were accompanied by George Hadziplis, Minas Raissis, and President of the Kytherian Association of Australia, Victor Kepreotis.

This photograph was taken outside the small chapel in the facility.

Lourantos Village

The Village is named after its major benefactor, the late Sir Nicholas Lourantos MBE, a very proud Kytherian.

The hostel provides accommodation for 80 residents. There are 54 rooms with shared facilities, 20 single rooms with private facilities and 3 double rooms with private facilities. Each room has its own balcony, built-in cupboards and is carpeted. Four respite beds are available for emergency cases for 63 days at each of our hostels.

A Village supervisor is on 24 hour call to assist residents, if required.

St. Basil's Nursing Home

St. Basil's Nursing Home
130 Croydon St
Lakemba NSW 2195

Ph: (02) 9784-3200
Fax: (02) 9758-0366

Email, St Basil's Nursing Home

Email:

St. Basil's Nursing Home has accommodation for 109 residents in one, two and four bed wards. Each ward is fully air-conditioned and has been designed for wheel chair use. The dining rooms and lounges face onto private courtyards and there is a chapel with a leadlight glass window, and a hairdressing salon.

The dining room, lounge room and chapel are sensitively separated from the nursing home wards.

St. Basil's encourages its residents to look after as many of their own needs as possible and thereby maintaining their independence and motivation.

The nursing home provides a Special Dementia Section.

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submitted by Kytherian Association Of Australia on 02.01.2013

The Metropoliti of Kythera, father Petros and Mayor Koukoulis

visit St Basil's Nursing Home, Lakemba. 1st November, 2012.

Here they are met at the front office.

The visiting Kytherian dignitaries were accompanied by George Hadziplis, Minas Raissis, and President of the Kytherian Association of Australia, Victor Kepreotis.

Lourantos Village

The Village is named after its major benefactor, the late Sir Nicholas Lourantos MBE, a very proud Kytherian.

The hostel provides accommodation for 80 residents. There are 54 rooms with shared facilities, 20 single rooms with private facilities and 3 double rooms with private facilities. Each room has its own balcony, built-in cupboards and is carpeted. Four respite beds are available for emergency cases for 63 days at each of our hostels.

A Village supervisor is on 24 hour call to assist residents, if required.

St. Basil's Nursing Home

St. Basil's Nursing Home
130 Croydon St
Lakemba NSW 2195

Ph: (02) 9784-3200
Fax: (02) 9758-0366

Email, St Basil's Nursing Home

Email:

St. Basil's Nursing Home has accommodation for 109 residents in one, two and four bed wards. Each ward is fully air-conditioned and has been designed for wheel chair use. The dining rooms and lounges face onto private courtyards and there is a chapel with a leadlight glass window, and a hairdressing salon.

The dining room, lounge room and chapel are sensitively separated from the nursing home wards.

St. Basil's encourages its residents to look after as many of their own needs as possible and thereby maintaining their independence and motivation.

The nursing home provides a Special Dementia Section.

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submitted by Kytherian Association Of Australia on 31.12.2012

Mayor Theothori Koukoulis standing in front of one of the public sculptures

at Sculptures by the Sea.

Enquiries, Sculptures by the Sea

Sculpture by the Sea, is an event that occurs on the the Bondi Beach to Tamarama Beach coastal walk.

Each year the Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk is transformed into a 2km long temporary sculpture park featuring over 100 sculptures by artists from Australia and across the world.

It is one of the world's largest free-to-the-public events.

This year it was staged between Thursday 18 October and Sunday 4 November 2012

On 29th October, the Metropoliti of Kythera and Father Petros, accompanied by Mayor Theothori Koukoulis, and Matina Samios and Kathy Samios, walked part of the coastal walk, and admired some of the sculptures.

Public Art

The term public art properly refers to works of art in any media that have been planned and executed with the specific intention of being sited or staged in the physical public domain, usually outside and accessible to all. The term is especially significant within the art world, amongst curators, commissioning bodies and practitioners of public art, to whom it signifies a particular working practice, often with implications of site specificity, community involvement and collaboration. The term is sometimes also applied to include any art which is exhibited in a public space including publicly accessible buildings.

The quantity and quality of Public Art in a particular city, town, island or space, can be taken as a reliable measure of the cultural literacy of the society that occupies that place. The arts have been heralded as a panacea for all kinds of problems. Arts integrated school curricula invariably improve academic performance and student discipline. The arts revitalize neighbourhoods and promote economic prosperity. Participation in the arts improves physical and psychological well-being. Great art "makes you feel good". The arts can provide a catalyst for the creation of social capital and the attainment of important community goals.

The quantity, and quality of public art on the island of Kythera is poor. It would be a very positive outcome if Kythera's civic and religious leaders could take their experience of great public art at Sculptures by the Sea - back to Kythera - and cause a greater appreciation of public art, and the commissioning of superior public art on the island.

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submitted by Kytherian Association Of Australia on 31.12.2012

The Metropoliti of Kythera and Father Petros in front of one of the many sculptures

at Sculptures by the Sea.

Enquiries, Sculptures by the Sea

Sculpture by the Sea, is an event that occurs on the the Bondi Beach to Tamarama Beach coastal walk.

Each year the Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk is transformed into a 2km long temporary sculpture park featuring over 100 sculptures by artists from Australia and across the world.

It is one of the world's largest free-to-the-public events.

This year it was staged between Thursday 18 October and Sunday 4 November 2012

On 29th October, the Metropoliti of Kythera and Father Petros, accompanied by Mayor Theothori Koukoulis, and Matina Samios and Kathy Samios, walked part of the coastal walk, and admired some of the sculptures.

Public Art

The term public art properly refers to works of art in any media that have been planned and executed with the specific intention of being sited or staged in the physical public domain, usually outside and accessible to all. The term is especially significant within the art world, amongst curators, commissioning bodies and practitioners of public art, to whom it signifies a particular working practice, often with implications of site specificity, community involvement and collaboration. The term is sometimes also applied to include any art which is exhibited in a public space including publicly accessible buildings.

The quantity and quality of Public Art in a particular city, town, island or space, can be taken as a reliable measure of the cultural literacy of the society that occupies that place. The arts have been heralded as a panacea for all kinds of problems. Arts integrated school curricula invariably improve academic performance and student discipline. The arts revitalize neighbourhoods and promote economic prosperity. Participation in the arts improves physical and psychological well-being. Great art "makes you feel good". The arts can provide a catalyst for the creation of social capital and the attainment of important community goals.

The quantity, and quality of public art on the island of Kythera is poor. It would be a very positive outcome if Kythera's civic and religious leaders could take their experience of great public art at Sculptures by the Sea - back to Kythera - and cause a greater appreciation of public art, and the commissioning of superior public art on the island.

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submitted by Kytherian Association Of Australia on 31.12.2012

Mayor Theothori Koukoulis with daughter Maria, on the wharf at Doyles, at Watsons Bay

The visit occurred during their end of year visit to Australia, November, 2012.

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submitted by Logothetianika News on 27.12.2012

Logothetiani listen attentively as Theothori Koukoulis delivers a speech

At the dinner, held on the 13th November, 2013, at the Mallos household in South Coogee.

The event celebrated the visit to Australia of another Logothetiani - the Mayor of Kythera, Theothori Koukoulis.

Michael Mallos has ventured to Logothetianika, Kythera, in the summer, every year, for the past 15 years. WIth his brother, her maintains the 'patriko spitti' in Logothetianika.

The Mayor was very touched by this gesture of friendship, and was pleased to see so many Logothetiani gathered together - many of whom he had not seen for some time.

Michael and Theothori attended Logothetianika Infants and Primary school together, until Michael migrated to Australia as a 12 year old. Their teachers were the two parents of Theothori Koukoulis, who taught many future immigrants to Australia and America.

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submitted by Logothetianika News on 27.12.2012

There was no shortage of food

at the dinner, held on the 13th November, 2013, at the Mallos household in South Coogee.

The event celebrated the visit to Australia of another Logothetiani - the Mayor of Kythera, Theothori Koukoulis.

Michael Mallos has ventured to Logothetianika, Kythera, in the summer, every year, for the past 15 years. WIth his brother, her maintains the 'patriko spitti' in Logothetianika.

The Mayor was very touched by this gesture of friendship, and was pleased to see so many Logothetiani gathered together - many of whom he had not seen for some time.

Michael and Theothori attended Logothetianika Infants and Primary school together, until Michael migrated to Australia as a 12 year old. Their teachers were the two parents of Theothori Koukoulis, who taught many future immigrants to Australia and America.