Wednesday, May 24, 2006

What Artist Should Paint Your Portrait?

And I really do love Klimt.

Who Should Paint You: Gustav Klimt

Sensual and gorgeous, you would inspire an enchanting portrait..
With just enough classic appeal to be hung in any museum!

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Hi-Tech Athens

I am happy to announce to anyone who lives in Athens and is an internet addicted nerd -like the writer of this post- the existence of the online ordering system of the well known and dearly loved Pizza Hut (check link above.) Saves a lot of frustrating moments in Tarzan-Greek on the phone for losers like me who can't speak more than five words of Greek (three of them being "I don't speak Greek." That's four actually.)

No need to thank me, I'm here solely to be of assistance.

Yours truly,
F. Nightingale

Monday, February 27, 2006

10 Things I Hate About You

Does anyone remember the movie? A loose remake of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew shot in a American teen setting starring Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger; I think it sticks to the mind with the direct quote from the original "I burn, I pine, I perish", and where Pat Verona (Heath Ledger) sings Can't Take My Eyes Off of You for Kat in the school stadium. Dates from 1999, I remember watching it and hoping someone would sing it for me one day. And now...

Well no one sang it for me yet, sorry to disappoint you, most of all myself. But I fooled you there for a second, I hope. The reason I had mentioned the film at all (and ended up writing and ess-ay about it) is because I was going to mention 10 things I hate about Greece.

So, let's get to the point:

10. No good, cheap Chinese food on sight so far.
9. Postmen don't deliver boxes. And I mean even small boxes. Just your regular small package! To any Greek postmen who might be reading: I'll give you a tip if you deliver to my door, I promise.
8. No automatic payment for electricity bills.
7. Not much credit card use for that matter!
6. Siesta time. As enjoyable it might have been if I were working, it's really frustrating when people just close down after 2.30. There are people who wake up at 2.30! And what's up with closing everything down on Sundays, are we in Europe or something?
5. Traffic.
4. Bureucracy. Going from office to office and end up not achieving anything whatsoever only to start over the next day. One of these days I'm waiting for a major civil servant massacre in Greece. There's going to be a social explosion, mark my words, the whole world will stand up to civil servants who rather play solitaire or drink coffee and chat on the phone.
3. Coffee. Everyone drinks coffee. And they take 4 hours to drink one. One of the major things why things go so slow, I'm thinking.
2. Motorbikes with their exhaust pipe silencers taken out so that they make an awful lot of noise. Seriously, if there is one thing that leads me to blind rage, it's these motorbikes, or rather, the drivers. If I had my way I would consider taking these exhaust pipes and locating them elsewhere, preferably on the said driver's body.
1. Can't think of anything. Guess there's only 9 things I hate about Greece then.

So now, what about the things I love?

1. Everything else. And there's so much of it I won't be making a list.

Monday, January 30, 2006


The new Discworld novel Thud! was in every way a treat. This one is, among with the Night Watch, a book for Sam Vimes lovers. I'm sure all Discworld fans will enjoy it, but those whose lives are boring enough to not have been to the Discworld before, it might be too "Discworldy" to start from. Still, you can enjoy this website where you can at least play Thud!

Play Thud!

(Bunu da suraya yazmadan gitmem: Thud! Sam Vimes'in sayfada devlestigi eser!)

Moving again?

Yes, looks like it. However, since I'm moving intercity, hopefully it won't be that much of a hassle this time. Let's see the pros and cons of the whole thing (this is where it gets boring and personal so you might as well stop reading)

- Lots of effort
- Building has signed a "no pets" policy but the owner doesn't mind. Still, the cats have got to stay quiet. Or quieter.
- The boiler in the kitchen doesn't work and since I don't have a dishwasher, it has to be fixed ASAP.
- Gotta go to IKEA for a few things again.
- IKEA is 30 kilometers away.

- The apartment is in a very nice area.
- Lovely view from the windows.
- The view mainly consists of the school campus.
- Two minute walk to classes.
- Well heated apartment. How do we say it, "afthonomi thermancy."
- The main street is only about 100 meters away.
- Reminds me of Brooklyn.
- Gotta go to IKEA again.

So, weighing all the pros and cons I either have to move, or I have to move. Thus, I will move. Next week, I hope.