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Lala



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 30, 2004 12:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree Macedonic, but we always need a little vacation and the melody of our buzuki to get by. Maybe that's one of the things these people realised about us, about the way we like to live our lives and get over our problems. Hard work, yes! Late, maybe a little! Always ready on time! But most of all, for us, there is ALWAYS the time and the way to relax and laugh and express ourselves.
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Xenos



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 01, 2004 2:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some more food for thought! Very Happy





For Athens, a much-deserved ΅Efharisto!Ά

COMMENTARY
By Steve Wilstein
AP columnist
The Associated Press
Updated: 4:01 p.m. ET Aug. 30, 2004


ATHENS, Greece - Efharisto!


A nervous world learned the Greek word for thank you and repeated it
endlessly at an astonishingly successful Athens Olympics that quelled
fears, surprised skeptics and greatly honored the birthplace of the games.


Efharisto, Athens, for architectural masterpieces of stadiums and arenas
that showcased record performances. The fountain sprays, reflecting pools
and soaring arches. The undulating, giant white Wall of Nations that caught
the whispering wind, bringing music to our ears and smiles to our faces.


Efharisto for the thousands of security forces who stood guard day and
night, keeping terrorism away. An undercurrent of danger, a sense of
tranquility. We saw guns everywhere, walked in peace.


Fireworks and spectacular lighting kicked off the closing ceremony Sunday
night, a two-hour extravaganza of folk dancing and music in the Olympic
tradition that summed up the glee and relief the games brought to Greece.
Afterward, thousands of athletes marched into Olympic stadium, waving their
arms and flags, snapping photos of each other, hugging, and basking in the
cheers of 70,000 fans.

A full moon lit up the sky, adding an extra sparkle to the night. Not quite
as high above the celebration was the white security blimp, keeping a
watchful eye on the all the action ? as it did throughout the games.


"You have won", International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge
told the Greek people, who responded with a roar. ?You have won by
brilliantly meeting the tough challenge of holding the games.


"These were unforgettable, dream games."


He was right, even if they started slowly the first week with empty seats
and vacant plazas as many Greeks took their holidays and frightened
tourists stayed away. The second week saw the games transformed. The huge
Olympic stadium was packed each night for track and field. Basketball,
tennis and beach volleyball rocked.

There had been no shortage of worries that Athens would not be ready for
these games. As late as March 2000, the IOC considered moving the Olympics
out of Greece, possibly to South korea.


?ItΆs always nice to under promise and over deliver,? said Jim Easton, an
American IOC vice president.


Athletes who finished their events partied, roaming the Plaka, Syntagma and
Omonia squares. It was Greece at its rollicking best, a spirited fusion of
visitors from all countries, and of all colors and ages. It reminded us
again, at a time when we need all the reminding we can get, that the
Olympics celebrate humanity Άs highest aspirations, the universal quest for
peace and the exalted qualities of body, mind and spirit that transcend
cultures.


Efharisto, Athens, for coupling the ancient with the new, putting up with
years of jarring construction, spending billions beyond your budget, and
giving us a glimpse of your future as a sophisticated, modern city.


"The world discovered a new Greece", said Athens 2004 president Gianna
Angelopoulos-Daskalaki, who made it all happen with her fierce
determination to overcome construction delays and avoid an international
humiliation.

These games took us to their sacred origin in Olympia, the mythological
home of the gods, to watch the shot put, to Marathon to stand on the spot
where the race got its name.


We trod like pilgrims to a shrine up the dusty stones of the Acropolis to
gaze with awe at the 2,500-year-old Parthenon. Our imaginations did the
rest, letting us feel the spirit of Socrates, Plato and Aristotle; Pericles
and Alexander the Great; Hippocrates and Herodotus; Euclid and Pythagoras
that brainy bunch who laid the foundation for our culture.


The scourge of sports - ***, stimulants and other drugs- intruded but
didnt spoil the games. A record two dozen athletes were caught, seven lost
medals, and there could be more to come as the test results keep rolling
in.


"Each positive test is a blessing for us because itΆs eliminating the
cheats and protecting the clean athletes", Rogge said. "The more we find,
the better."


These Olympics saw the rise of *** as a sports superpower as it
positioned itself for the 2008 games in Beijing. The United States, buoyed
by the brilliance of swimming star Michael Phelps but embarrassed by the
three losses and mere bronze of its once-vaunted menΆs basketball team, won
the most medals. Americans beat their target of 100 by three, 35 of them
gold. Russia finished second with 92, including 27 gold.


***, third in the medals race, previewed its own welcome of the next
games with a group of children performing with the Beijing Opera. A young
girl, standing by a huge red lantern-shaped stage, held a small lantern and
sang "Jasmine".


The cauldron of the Olympic Flame was slowly lowered, symbolically lighting
the torches to be carried around the world to the next Summer Games. At
10:48 p.m., AthensΆ flame was extinguished, singers took the stage and
volleys of fireworks again lit up the sky.


And, once more, Athens, Efharisto!
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Xenos



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 05, 2004 3:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Winning personality

Ehathimerini, 2/12/04

Athens 2004 Organizing Committee (ATHOC) President Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki has been voted European of the Year (in the Achiever of the Year category) by the European Voice newspaper, ATHOC said yesterday after polls organized by the Economist Group publication closed in Brussels. Greek soccer coach Otto Rehhagel and British Prime Minister Tony Blair were contenders in the same category. Award recipients in other categories included Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who was voted European of the Year for EU-oriented reforms.

http://www.athens2004.com/athens2004/page/legacy?lang=en&cid=8458470429149f00VgnVCMServer28130b0aRCRD

Fitting end to a fantastic Olympic Games Very Happy
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manos



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 08, 2004 7:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Olympic Games of Greece went perfect. I really liked the theme of Alexander the Great. I was in London (and i am still here Sad ) so I didn't feel the whole celebration.
I hope the 2012 O.G will not take place in London for 4 reasons.
1-They are number 2 target of terrorist attack
2-They have to reconstruct the whole London esspecially the underground. London is a hell for dissable people. In the Underground there just a few platforms with elevators and the gap between the train and the platform is huge most of the time . Remember after O.G., Special Olympics are talking place.
3- They tried to cheat and ask for help from an English person of O.G. commision
4-U.K. fought a lot against O.G. of Athens and in the end the said sorry. BBC's and the Guardian's propaganda was and it's best, but now what? Now.... yes they were the best O.G. ever .... sorry!
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