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20 October 2006



Another great post Stavros. You're doing great work here putting out stories that many people may be unaware of.

Keep fighting the good fight.

Semper Fi!


(BTW, I love that name), Thanks, friend. I think you are doing much more important work, i.e. trying to tell the story of those who are fighting on our behalf.
Semper Fi

@Stavros Stavridis,

Thanks for the info, the link is up on my list of links as "National Center for Hellenic Studies and Research."

I have registered and searched the archives which are full of interesting items. Unfortunately I can't pull up the full text.
What am I doing wrong? Thanks again, for visiting and making comments. (Sas evhome oti epithimite gia to kentro kai kali protho.)

Stavros Stavridis

The documents are in tiff format. Maybe you need to download a tiff reader/viewer to be able to read the text. I will talk with our IT man at work tomorrow and let him know about your problem and will report back to you.

maria v

i havent yet spoken to a cretan who has spoken in a negative way about the tall good looking new zealanders who came to help them fight in the second world war. they have been remembered as good-natured people. i know of quite a few cretans who were helped by new zealanders eventually to emigrate, and thus improve their life. sadly the bravery of those soldiers does not accurately rpresent the avrage new zealander of the present, because they have lived a much more sheltered lifestyle since the war.

and it is so true that maintaining homes in two countries so far apart wears you out - i'm glad i only have memories of new zealand and not an actual house! far too expensive in this day and age

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