Monday, 15 April 2013

Men in Black ...

On a day that Greece received  €2.8 bn from the troika to keep the home fires burning, The Onassis family sold Skorpios to a Russian Oligarth.

Aristotle Onassis, his son Alexandre and his daugher Christina are all buried in Skorpios. Its a place of great wealth and legends.

At the peak of the island fame in the 60′s and 70′s, 200 locals, from Lefkada & Meganissi would go and work on Skorpios on a daily basis. Presumably very shortly the island will be protected by the KGB rather than the Onassis security firm. The boats that will come out to ward you off, will be armed with an AK47 instead, and men in suits and dark glasses like in Dr No

Its rather like Tsougria being owned by a Multi Billionaire, and Skiathities all heading over there to work each morning - Now there's an idea Mr Abramovich ....

Meanwhile back on the rock, it was our turn to be electricity free today. Power off at 8.30am, returning at 13:50pm. Its like when I was a child in the 70's and Electricity was rationed to ensure we all had some.

Mrs Thatcher sorted that issue out in the UK, however the closure of the mines saw us buying coal from Poland to keep the furnaces going. Five boats queued in the Thames to feed the coal fired power stations on the Isle of Grain, next to the Oil fired but redundant monstrosity, that Mr Onassis tankers would probably have fed creating wealth for Greece and small islands in the Ionian ...

We had a thunderstorm around 5:30 am, showers and a dark brooding sky, this morning which meant no painting for me. I could not see a thing, so bad light and rain stopped play. Pitch inspection at 14:45 with an expected recommencement with the brush at 15:00hrs ...

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