“Lucinda”

“Lucinda”

Older Corfiots will remember the lady in the picture. Her name was Maria (I never knew her last name), but the whole island called her Lucinda. Maria was a woman with mental and physical difficulties. She stood out because of her eccentric dress sense. I remember she liked to dress as a sailor, and every afternoon, she would dress and put on heavy makeup, matching her bright clothing. She had some difficulty in walking. There wasn’t a single islander who didn’t tease her as she walked by, usually quite unpleasantly. The cafe “Evropi” on the Liston (Esplanade), was where teachers tended to congregate and socialise, my father among them. One afternoon, Maria was walking past, and one of the other teachers called out to her and started teasing...

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Childhood games

Childhood games

Back in the 1940s and 1950s children were deprived of material goods, which today might be considered useless items. But back then, we discovered ways to fill our time and keep our minds occupied, we used our brains to invent new games, so the satisfaction and joy was even greater.   We invented or learned many team games, the first of which was our version of cricket. Both boys and girls played it, since there weren’t enough children of either gender in the neighbourhood to make up a team.The boys made sure we had all the necessary equipment for the game. In other words, a broomstick from an old broom instead of a bat (we called it a “mourouna”), and a makeshift ball we called a “tsiliki”. The “bat” was a metre- long piece of the...

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