Athens insider 138 / May 2018

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Christian Brechneff: No Man is an Island

Sifnos. The Summer of 1972. An off-radar Greek island with goat trails for roads and no ferry dock. Enter a budding young artist on a quest of self-discovery. In his book, The Greek House, Christian Brechneff presents a funny and moving narrative about his relationship to Sifnos, its unforgettable residents, and the house he bought in a h...

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The Man who would be Greek

Approaching the final year of his Athens posting, the British Ambassador to Greece, Mr. John Kittmer, grants Insider’s Amanda Dardanis an exclusive audience. It’s a preternaturally fine Autumn day. The British Ambassador for Greece, John Kittmer, poses in the garden courtyard of the Residence, which once housed Eleftherios Ven...

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Katerina Vrana hits Below the Belt

Amanda Dardanis catches up with Greece’s favourite stand-up comedian Katerina Vrana ahead of her raunchy new show. Following on from her smash sell-out debut “Feta With the Queen”, the wickedly funny Katerina Vrana – she of the crazy exploding volcano hair - is back on stage with a saucy new routine called “About Sex”.  The En...

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The Wine Whisperer of Nemea

Hellenic history and art tells us that wine was a fundamental cultural pillar of Ancient Greece. But many fine varieties have been lost to the ages. Amanda Dardanis meets Kostas Bakasietas, the man who is raising extinct Greek varieties from the Dead. Greeks, it is said, were the first to produce wine. Certainly, we gave th...

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A Conversation with Arianna Huffington

Arianna Huffington might be the media power-house, but her twitter account describes her as a mother, sister, sleep evangelist and flat shoe advocate. Add digital-detox campaigner, motivational public-speaker and woman you’d most like to emulate to the list. In conversation with Sudha Nair-Iliades. About Arianna: What are your ...

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Gilbert & George: Singing that Familiar Tune

Stephanie Bailey meets Gilbert and George, the prolific British duo flying the flag for art that rises from the multicultural streets of East London.“Art is boring if it doesn’t speak,” says Gilbert Prousch. “We try to make images so powerful people will remember them”. “Our art has always been about death, life, sex, fear, mo...

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The Secret Recipe to Success

Athens Insider’s Christina Michele Rios sits down with Nobusan to understand the man behind the global restaurant empire. Global entrepreneur with restaurants in over 22 locations worldwide and now a hotelier, Nobu is no stranger to hard work and international travel. Here is a man, at age 65, who wakes up at 4 am to workout. ...

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Diane von Furstenberg: A Dress for Success

Diane von Furstenberg creates product ranges from swimwear to accessories to home furnishings, yet her name will always be synonymous with a certain wraparound frock. Cordelia Madden-Kanellopoulou meets the iconic designer. “For me, it’s important to give real design, real quality, at a price that is not too wild, and maybe it’s because o...

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