“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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Top of the class!

Top of the class!

In the Greek school system, pupils from every school go out on parade alongside marching bands on various national holidays. The students who are at the top of the class draw lots to carry and accompany the flag, considered a very great honour reserved for star students. Here are some photos of me in various parades.  

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Part of the family

Part of the family

Some members of my extended family, with the older ladies in traditional Corfiot dress as worn in the village of Korakiana (c. 1925). The lady in the front row wearing the white headdress (second from right) is my grandmother Rinie (Irene) and the little boy she is holding is my eldest brother Spyros, who sadly died in childhood. The woman in a dark coat standing at the right of the picture is my mother Antigone.

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