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submitted by Kytherian Soccer International on 06.12.2008

Let the soccer drills begin.

Peter Galanakis, coach, runs his squad through their drills.

Soccer training. Kythera, September 2008.

Peter is a Greek-Australian, from ALbury, NSW, who moved to Greece and settled in Kythera in 1997.

He is well credentialled, and has been coaching Soccer on Kythera for 5 years..

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submitted by Kytherian Soccer International on 06.12.2008

Peter Galanakis sets up his markers...

ready for Soccer training. Kythera, September 2008.

Peter is a Greek-Australian, from ALbury, NSW, who moved to Greece and settled in Kythera in 1997.

He is well credentialled, and has been coaching Soccer on Kythera for 5 years.

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submitted by Kytherian Cultural Exchange on 26.10.2008

Sept 2008. (9) Toki Koizumi, the grandson of Lafcadio Hearn visits Kythera to pay homage to his grandparents.

Back in Japan, Toki holds a framed photograph of a Kytherian scene, a gift from Ioannis Γ Kasimatis.

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submitted by Kytherian Cultural Exchange on 01.11.2008

Sept 2008. (8) Toki Koizumi, the grandson of Lafcadio Hearn visits Kythera to pay homage to his grandparents.

Toki visited the Archives Office at the Kastro, and was very excited to find the signature of his grandmother in the records.

He, and Mrs. Caroline Aslani, the director of the Local Kythera Archive, hold the book together, which is open at the relevant page.

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submitted by Kytherian Cultural Exchange on 26.10.2008

Sept 2008. (7) Toki Koizumi, the grandson of Lafcadio Hearn visits Kythera to pay homage to his grandparents.

Even the Metropoliti of Kythera was fascinated by Toki's visit.

Here he is with Ioannis Γ Kasimatis at the airport.

The two are good friends. Ioannis has a private Church attached to his "patriko spitti" which was built more than 200 years ago.

It is one of the Metropoliti's favourite private churches on the island. He has conducted services there.

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submitted by Kytherian Cultural Exchange on 01.11.2008

Sept 2008. (6) Toki Koizumi, the grandson of Lafcadio Hearn visits Kythera to pay homage to his grandparents.

Toki Koizumi, breaking bread with his generous hosts Ioannis Γ Kasimatis and his wife Gogo.

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submitted by Kytherian Cultural Exchange on 26.10.2008

Sept 2008. (5) Toki Koizumi, the grandson of Lafcadio Hearn visits Kythera to pay homage to his grandparents.

Toki Koizumi lovingly prepares the gravesite of his grandmother, Rosa Antonia Kassimati.

He will lay some gifts he has bought from Asia on the gravestone.

Much older photograph of Rosa Kassimati's gravesite

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submitted by Kytherian Cultural Exchange on 26.10.2008

Sept 2008. (4) Toki Koizumi, the grandson of Lafcadio Hearn visits Kythera to pay homage to his grandparents.

Toki Koizumi brought a number of gifts with him from Asia, to place on his grandmothers grave.

These included incense, oil and a garland from Japan, and fresh lilacs from Hong Kong.

Much older photograph of Rosa Kassimati's gravesite

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submitted by Kytherian Cultural Exchange on 26.10.2008

Sept 2008. (3) Toki Koizumi, the grandson of Lafcadio Hearn visits Kythera to pay homage to his grandparents.

Toki Koizumi (left, back to camera), Ioannis Γ Kasimatis, (left foreground), his grandfathers' biographer, and his host on the island, centre.

George Haros from Saint George Smallgoods, Sydney, a great benefactor to the Kytherian Association of Australia, to the right. George acted as an interpreter between Toki and Ioannis, by using English as the intermediary language.

The three of them visited the gravesite of Toki's grandmother, Rosa Antonia Kassimati.

Much older photograph of Rosa Kassimati's gravesite

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submitted by Kytherian Cultural Exchange on 26.10.2008

Sept 2008. (2) Toki Koizumi, the grandson of Lafcadio Hearn visits Kythera to pay homage to his grandparents.

Ioannis Γ Kasimatis, (left foreground), his grandfathers' biographer, and his host on the island meets with him.

Obscured in the background is George Haros from Saint George Smallgoods, Sydney, a great benefactor to the Kytherian Association of Australia. George acted as an interpreter between Toki and Ioannis, by using English as the intermediary language.

Toki Koizumi centre, and George's son to the far right.

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submitted by Kytherian Cultural Exchange on 26.10.2008

Sept 2008. (1) Toki Koizumi, the grandson of Lafcadio Hearn visits Kythera to pay homage to his grandparents.

Here he is greeted at the airport by his grandfathers' biographer, and his host on the island, Ioannis Γ Kasimatis

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 16.10.2008

kythera art show.

the opening of aspasia patty's art exhibition at kato hora, invited guests enjoyed cia's lovely paintings of kythera and guests caught up on island news.

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 11.09.2008

'' have we ordered enough''

lunch order at agia pelagia,at stella's, what a lunch, the sleep was good afterwards as well!!!

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submitted by George Vardas on 08.09.2008

Coffee at Fos Fanari

They serve a great cappuccino at the cafe of lanterns in Hora together with beautiful homemade Kytherian sweets

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submitted by Panayotis Vardas on 05.09.2008

Customers watching a slideshow of vintage photographs

on the back patio of a trendy new Coffee Bar, called Fosfanari, recently opened, on the right hand side as you walk down from the main platteia in Hora.

Snacks, coffee, beer, wine & spirits, in a delightful setting with views across the valley in Hora.

Proprietor: Panayoti Vardas, Livathi.

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submitted by Panayotis Vardas on 05.09.2008

Fosfanari

Trendy new Coffee Bar, recently opened, on the right hand side as you walk down from the main platteia in Hora.

Snacks, coffee, beer, wine & spirits, in a delightful setting with views across the valley in Hora.

Proprietor: Panayoti Vardas, Livathi, working hard.

Maria is also working hard beside him.

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submitted by George Vardas on 03.09.2008

Waiting to dance

Some of the Greek folkloric dancers waiting to dance at the official opening of the Third International Kytheraismos Symposium at Panagia Myrtidiotissa in Kythera in August 2008.

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 02.04.2008

The Anzac Parade

The Anzac Parade, (Australia New Zealand Army Core). The Anzac Parade held annually Australia wide on the 25th April. Many Greek Australian Kytherians served in World War 2. Not only did they leave their counry of birth but they helped the defence of their new country. We salute all those people "Lest we forget" and we shall remember them.

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 27.12.2007

''catching up''

kythera in the summer is very social,here a group of locals have a chat at the platia in mylopotamos.

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submitted by George Poulos on 01.12.2007

Letter of thanks and appreciation from the Aged Persons Home,

Potamos, Kythera, to, George and Lorraine Poulos, Dover Heights, Australia.

Similar letters were also sent to Ms Linda Brennan, Matina & Manuel Samios, Dr Mitchell Notaras, Peter & Helen Mageros & family, The Nicholas Anthony Aroney Trust, and the Protopsaltis brothers, Makras, George, Michael & John.

The letters were sent in response to receiving a container load of Hospital Equipment from Australia.

Do not ask what Kythera can do for you,
Or even, what Kythera can do for itself...
Ask instead,
What you can do for Kythera...


In the week beginning Monday the 17th September a large 20 foot (7 metre) container (the standard shipping variety) was unloaded on Kythera.

Inside was about $A80,000 (at new prices) of hospital equipment destined for use at the Aged Persons Home, Potamos. The equipment included a number of sophisticated "multi-part-moving" beds, of a variety rarely (if ever) seen on Kythera.

The Project to despatch the equipment had been a joint venture between a number of diaspora Kytherians, and a committed "Aussie" philo-Kytherian:

...George & Lorraine Poulos. (Lorraine was then Director of Aged Services at St. Lukes Hospital, Potts Point. She is now Chief Operations Officer, the Aged Care Television Channel, Australia-wide.)

...Ms Linda Brennan, St. Luke's Care, who co-ordinated the logistics, and arranged to have the equipment delivered to the Frutex factory.

...Matina & Manuel Samios, Bronte & Mitata, true Kytherians & philo-Kytherians.

...Dr Mitchell Notaras, London, who came to Australia, examined the equipment, and determined what type was most needed, and most useful for Kythera.

...Peter & Helen Mageros, & family, benefactors-extrordinaire for Kythera, who picked up the equipment from various locations, stored the goods & packed the container. The family also funded the US$6,500 to ship the container to Athens.

The Nicholas Anthony Aroney Trust, who donated $A2,880, for Customs Duty & Port Charges (Athens), and

...the Protopsaltis family, George, Michael & John; Makras, Kythera, who funded the 1000 euro cost to ship the container from Athens to Kythera.

It is hoped that this visionary initiative might serve as a template for similar projects. Books, (first and second hand), musical instruments, & fire fighting equipment for example, could easily be despatched from Australia or America in the same way.

In the meantime is is hoped that the Hospital equipment that has arrived will provide a tangible benefit for the persons in the Aged Persons Home, for years, perhaps decades, to come?

The group involved in despatching the container also hope that it will provide a "psychological" uplift to the Board, Administrators, Nurses, carers, volunteers, and "friends" of the Aged Persons Home, Potamos, Kythera.

To view/download Congratulations Letter from the Oikos Eiyirias Kythiron, "Kasimateion", (Gerokomeion) - Aged Persons Home, Potamos, as a .pdf:

KasimateionCongratLetter.pdf