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3rd February 2016 Athens, Greece

John Kittmer

by John Kittmer

Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Hellenic Republic

Gennadius, the Koraes Chair and the state of Modern Greek in Britain

Last week, I had the pleasure of giving the annual lecture in memory of John Gennadius to the Association of Friends of the Gennadius Library. Gennadius was the representative of Greece to the United Kingdom for over forty years (1875-1918), a tireless advocate of Greek interests, a friend of Britain, an intellectual, man of letters, […]

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14th December 2015 Athens, Greece

John Kittmer

by John Kittmer

Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Hellenic Republic

In Praise of the Benaki Museum

Queen Sophia Avenue leads from Constitution Square to Kostas Varotsos’ glass-sculpted “Runner” at the Hilton. It is a broad street, lined with trees (now being heavily pruned for the winter) and bearing, for much of the day, heavy traffic. The neighbourhood combines something of London’s North and South Kensington. Here are the neo-classical buildings of […]

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9th October 2015 Athens, Greece

Tea with the UK Crete Veterans and Friends Society

Greece is known for the warm welcome it offers its visitors, and its ancient tradition of hospitality or filoxenia. This is the spirit in which the veterans of the Battle of Crete and their families have always been received on Crete, and to the members of the Crete Veterans and Friends Society there is a corner […]

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3rd June 2015 Athens, Greece

John Kittmer

by John Kittmer

Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Hellenic Republic

From Mystras to Kardamyli: A hike in honour of Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor

“On the map, the southern part of the Peloponnese looks like a misshapen tooth fresh torn from its gum with three peninsulas jutting southward in jagged and carious roots. The central prong is formed by the Taygetus mountains…” This morning, thanks to the Benaki Museum, I was standing in the study of the great man […]

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26th May 2015 Athens, Greece

John Kittmer

by John Kittmer

Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Hellenic Republic

Guest blog: Four months in Athens

I’m pleased to invite Hinesh Rajani to write a guest blog about his time in Greece. Hinesh joined the Embassy team in early February, and has spent four months on a temporary posting as First Secretary Political/Economic. His observations are below. After January’s election, a new Government promised a rather different approach to Greece’s challenges. Given […]

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3rd February 2015 Athens, Greece

John Kittmer

by John Kittmer

Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Hellenic Republic

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

It’s my pleasure to welcome as guests to this blog, Robert W. Peck, Ambassador of Canada (the last country chairing IHRA), and Eszter Sandorfi, Ambassador of Hungary (the next chair). They both share their thoughts on what the International Holocaust Remembrance Day means for them personally.  I’m grateful to them for contributing in this way. […]

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5th January 2015 Athens, Greece

John Kittmer

by John Kittmer

Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Hellenic Republic

Looking back at 2014

Here, the year ended with high drama. In the last few days of December, the car ferry Norman Atlantic blazed on the Adriatic, with tragic loss of life, and the attempt to elect a new President of the Republic failed. If nothing else, 2014 will be remembered because, at its fag end, the country was […]

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9th December 2014 Athens, Greece

Sotiris Leontaris

by Sotiris Leontaris

Head of Commercial section, British Embassy Athens

The 9th December is World Anti Corruption Day. Why does corruption matter?

The UN World Anti-Corruption Day is commemorated on 9 December. Some will argue that it is part of everyday life and present in every society. I personally disagree, as I believe that It erodes trust within societies –and particularly young people- between businesses and between nations. Corruption diverts resources from where they are most needed, […]

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8th November 2014 Athens, Greece

John Kittmer

by John Kittmer

Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Hellenic Republic

In Memoriam

I attend a lot of commemorative events. Greeks and Britons share much history, and we value its importance, feeling its presence at least dimly in our lives. We commemorate key moments of our history, because we are aware that the freedoms we enjoy were built on the endeavours of those who were here before us. […]

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21st October 2014 Athens, Greece

John Kittmer

by John Kittmer

Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Hellenic Republic

“We are all citizens” – Promoting civil society in Greece

I found myself on Crete two weeks ago. It’s always a pleasure to be on the Great Island. Cretan hospitality, the landscape, the beaches, the cuisine, the archaeology, the local grappa, the great cities…what’s not to like? I had spent an unforgettable week there on leave in July – not far from Kissamos, in the […]

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About Greek Blogyssey

Our bloggers come from various backgrounds, since Greek Blogyssey aims to cover a wide range of topics: John Kittmer is the British Ambassador to Greece. Aspa Giannopoulou blogs on topics…

Our bloggers come from various backgrounds, since Greek Blogyssey aims to cover a wide range of topics:

  • John Kittmer is the British Ambassador to Greece.
  • Aspa Giannopoulou blogs on topics including London 2012, social media communications, and the Going for Green film screening.
  • Sotiris Leontaris and Marina Arvanitakis from UKTI focus on the Embassy’s commercial work.
  • Caroline Makropoulos blogs on defence matters.
  • Lesley Nicol blogs on relevant political and media themes.
  • Artemis Papakostouli blogs on the Embassy’s communication and media activities.
  • Christos Psaltis writes on political matters.
  • Edward Roman blogs on economic issues, growth and prosperity.

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