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Behind the Beards: Gilbert & George

The Big Beard might finally be on its way out as the compulsory millennial youth prop. But its potency as a cultural and religious marker will always endure, say anarchic British design duo Gilbert & George. The prodigious pair have cemented this all-pervasive hirsute legacy in their latest primal exhibition The Beard Pictures, to mar...

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A Tribute to the Humble Greek Kiosk

An essential element of the streetscape of every Greek city and town, the corner kiosk’s or periptero’s unique contribution to the rhythm and character of Greek daily life cannot be undermined. Open until the wee hours of the night, the periptero is where one stocks up on cigarettes and newspapers (strung out like laundry and ...

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Five Things You Should Never Say In Greece

Insider’s linguistics whiz and cultural commentator John Carr provides our readers with a fool-proof guide to avoiding verbal offence here in the Great Olive Belt. Visitors and newcomers to Greece are often under the impression that the Greeks, being a voluble, open and highly expressive people, have little use for the kind of...

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How To Get Lucky (And Stay Lucky!) This Year

Ancient customs that claim to elevate your Γούρι (Gouri) – your luck - are still widely practised, especially around New Year. Here are the most popular ways to usher in good luck and fortune for the year ahead. Plus, Insider shares a few trusty Greek tips to staying lucky – and warding off misfortune - all year long. As luck...

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18 Sure Signs You’ve Become a Local

Whether you've been here for 6 months or 6 years, Greece - and all her crazy, glorious habits - just has a way of getting under your skin. How much of a local have you become? You’ve started saying “open” the light, instead of “turn on” the light; You clap when your aeroplane lands; You’ve invested in your own laiki tr...

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Celebrities Loving on Greece

From Russell Crowe to J-Lo, it seems like everyone’s batting for Team Greece these days. In celebration of Oxi Day, Insider rounds up a collection of uplifting pro-Greece sentiments from some of the world’s most famous and high-profile peeps. Leonardo Di Caprio “Greece left me breathless. Greece is for sure one of the most beau...

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