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I first came across Elli Kokkinou's Greek ballade 'Tha Perimeno' whilst on the Greek Ionian island of Corfu. For a few days in a row, the song was played over and over again on various Greek radio stations; as I travelled quite frequently with Corfu's local bus networks during my stay on the island, I became familiar with the melody. For some reason, the tune fits so right into the landscape: bright sun, blue sea and countryside with lots of sentimental nostalgia. 

Kokkinou is a very well-known singer in Greece. Some of her ablums also sold well in neighbouring countries such as Cyprus and Turkey.

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Prior to my first visit to Greece in the early 2000s, I (out of ignorance) thought Greek music was mostly about traditional village folk music performed by bald, middle-age musicians dressed up in colourful local costumes. After all, that was the kind of image most of us get to see on foreign TV shows or travel programmes about Greece. But Greek pop music is certainly more lively and more fun than that. Some of the big stars in Greek music scene are no less attractive or sexy than their British or US counterparts. As a matter of fact, music videos of many Greek female singers are  definitely not traditional at all, but full of skimpy bikinis, tiny little black dress and provocative shots.

One of the more famous Greek pop stars is Despina Vandi. She was born in Germany to a Greek immigrant family from Kavala. While she has a huge fan base in Greece, some of her critics thought her style was too artificial and her figure 'too thin'. But some of her songs have become sort of Greek pop classics, such as the song 'Odigoun se sena':       

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I am not sure if she is well-known in Asia, but Patricia Kaas has a deep, expressive voice that captures the spirits of French chansons and made her one of the most successful female singers in Europe. One of her trademark songs is Une Fille de l'Est, a song about Kaas' home region of Alsace-Lorraine in eastern France.

 

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Little illy, our Shiba Inu puppy, has already quite a few nicknames given her tender age of 5 months: depending on the occasion, she is called H.R.H Little Princess illy, illy Dog, illy 狗狗 (illy the Doggy), 夜店小公主 (in English= Party Girl illy), and 打屁狗狗 (Doggy that loves to hang around doing nothing in particular).

我們的小柴犬寶寶 illy 雖然只是五個月大, 已經有好幾個綽號,分別是: illy小公主殿下, illy Dog, illy 狗狗, 夜店小公主,以及打屁狗狗.

 

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H.R.H. Little Princess illy enjoying her afternoon nap on the sofa after her weekly bath. She likes to snoggle up close and personal. Give her a rub on her belly and she will begin to fall asleep.

叫她 illy 小公主,因為她吃的是一包250大洋的零食,每一包要價 850大洋的高級狗食,用的是一瓶五六百塊的進口天然寵物洗毛精 (我自己使用的洗髮精一瓶才五十大洋 ....),如果請人替她洗澡梳毛,一次要價比我去剪髮還貴....

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In the last few weeks, we were preoccupied with Illy, the intelligent little Shiba Inu pup who arrives at our household kind of unexpected. Actually I have always wanted a beagle as a house dog, but it turns out that our first dog in more than 10 years is a Shiba Inu (of all breeds) !!

Smiling Illy 

Her favourite activities include: running and jumping around the house; digging the corners and walls; playing ball and playing with little rocks. It is actually very dangerous for doggies to play with rocks, because they might get stuck in the intestines but Little Illy ignores our warnings. Since our front yard where she goes for potty is full of gravel, we have to put a hood around her neck to prevent her from playing with the rocks.

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