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January 2008

Michael Wood:
In search of Alexander the Great
and other Greek epics

Among the documentaries he has created and hosted for worldwide audiences and shown here on public television, British historian Michael Wood has followed the travels of heroes for his In Search of the Trojan War, the trek of ancient pilgrims from Athens to Eleusis in "The Sacred Way," and his most ambitious journey so far: the 20,000-mile epic of conquest In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great. "Since I was a child, I have always been fascinated by the story of Alexander," says Wood, who holds postgraduate degrees from Oxford and has more than 60 documentaries to his credit. "It's an incredible story about one of the most dramatic events in the history of the world.”

Any modern hazards you faced retracing Alexander's journey?

Well, you can't go into Iran, or places like that, without getting permission in advance. You can't just arrive, you have to have visas. It's only in a country like Afghanistan, where things have broken down, that a certain amount of negotiation is needed between internal frontiers. And, for instance, we wanted to get a helicopter to take us over the city of Tyre and the helicopter was in the Israeli-occupied zone in south Lebanon. That takes a bit of negotiation. (view entire article)

Greek Tourism Minister Aris Spiliotopoulos on "The True Experience" of Greece

Aris Spiliotopoulos, who was appointed Greece’s Minister of Tourism this past September, at the end the year’s high season but just on time to start working for 2008, has set a fundamental triptych of action that will serve as the guideline principle for the rest of his policies: enhance quality at all levels and aspects, establish Greece within the top world ranking of preferred all year-round tourist destinations and attract more investment and new business ventures. With that in mind, nine fields of tourism, Nautical, Culture, Country Side, Touring, Health and Wellness, MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, Events,) Luxury, City Breaks and Seaside, are to be more eagerly promoted, while on the investment front new public infrastructure, PPPs projects (Public Private Partnership) and taking care of related bureaucratic problems and cross-ministerial issues are already creating new facts on the ground. (view entire article)

Depy Chandris premieres her "Greek Sun" jewelry collection

The Greek Sun, a jewelery collection of some of Depy Chandris’ latest creations which in the words of the artist, link the past to the present, was presented recently in an exhibition organized by The New York Times at their brand new building on Eighth Avenue in New York.
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Lanny Davis on Hillary Clinton

Primary election eve in Manchester, New Hampshire, and things didn’t look very positive for Senator Clinton; in fact, her people were hoping to put New Hampshire behind them and now focus on Super Tuesday, February 5.
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NEO Magazine and Federation of Hellenic Societies host Latin Jazz night

Latin-Jazz Coalition, the critically acclaimed all-star band, presented recently an exquisite and truly eclectic concert of Afro-Cuban Jazz, traditional Greek folk music, and other diverse combinations of world music at the Stathakion Cultural Center in Astoria, Queens.
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