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17 October 2008



Does anyone still speak Greek?


Hermes, your parents taught you to speak Greek but apparently they failed to teach you good manners.


I'll take that as a no. Perhaps the title of the post should be changed to "An American celebration of the Greek past". Making pitas and dancing Kalamatiana is all well and good but if there is no engangement with Hellenism, unfiltered by other cultures, then they are not really Greeks.


hermes, when your veins run greek blood through your body, you cannot but be a greek. eventually it will become evident somewhere somehow, and that's when you will be caught by surprise, when you realise that you are a greek and cannot hide it


religious choice is usually a more defining factor in the expression of greekness than language - and if there were no greek church organising a greek festival, there would be no festival

ps - it's good to see no american-style forms of obesity in the photos of the young people

Jimmy "the Greek" Smith

Μister Hermes, τι ξερεισ εσει ρε μανγα. Εμης εδο στο Αμερικα ειμαστε ολοι Ελλιναρες. Who told you δεν μιλαμε καλα ελινικα? So τορα που τα ειπαμε ενα χερακι θα φαω to hot doggie mou και θα κανο fix to ρουφη και το καρο μου. Kατσε καλα.


ετσι οπος τα λες ειναι, Jimmy "the Greek" Smith, τα ιδια καναμε και μεις στο Νιουζιλαντ.

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