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28 August 2007



Hi Stavro,

Very sad indeed. Luckily we were not near the fires...

On a side note, A Greek at the bakery told me he heard that a frogman was scooped up by accident with one of those Airplanes that have that the giant water tank hanging by cables. Apparently the frogman was diving near the surface and was scooped up with the water and then inadvertently dropped on the fire with the rest of the water.

I told him it was probably a wives tale, but he insisted it was true. If so, it sounds like a horrible way to go....


Hi Scruf,

Glad to hear you guys are safe and sound. Our prayers and thoughts are with everyone who lives in Greece.

When disasters like this happen all kinds of horrific stories make the rounds, some are true, some are not. Most of the horror stories about Katrina turned out to be over blown. I am not trying to minimize the impact of what's happening but I don't believe everything I hear or read.

Take care.


Probably an Anglo Saxon sense of humour ... but the picture that Scruffy's comment conjured up has kept us laughing all day.


Interesting. These fires always raise eyebrows.

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