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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 6 May 2017
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 6 MAY 2017 25 NEWS ly, a political act of defiance against states, state power, and state authority." Orwell, and Tsipras, by providing Greeks with the means in which to have sex, is in effect reinforcing the fact that sex is an effective response to a concentrated, and therefore dangerous, state power and thus ensuring that sexually rancid fascism will never again blight Greece. In like fashion, Tsipras conceivably desires the youth of SYRIZAn Greece to be satiated and satisfied because this forms an effective resistance against the cult of false excitement that seems to plague the western world. At all times, we are supposed to gush happily about the latest programs on our screens, or assume paroxysms of orgasmic delight at the progress of our workplace, traverse the streets in our active-wear and measure every pace we take according to the dictates of an insidious fitbit. Tsipras rails against the coercive misuse of such energy, using as Orwell does in 1984, sex, as the key tool to emancipation from the cult of the ersatz social orgasm and the repression that it masks: "When you make love you're using up energy; and afterwards you feel happy and don't give a damn for anything. They can't bear you to feel like that. They want you to be bursting with energy all the time. All this marching up and down and cheering and waving flags is simply sex gone sour. If you're happy inside yourself, why should you get excited about Big Brother . . . and all the rest of their bloody rot?" In youth sex, therefore, lies freedom. curity. Indeed, Tsipras' exciting new policy directive can be considered revolutionary, given that traditionally, it is the government that is widely held to ‘screw’ the people. Now, in what could thrillingly be described as state-sponsored anarchism, the government is providing the means for the people to ‘screw each other’. Rather than being an inept form of the worst type of populism, signifying that Greek politics has learned nothing from its travails over the past few years, Tsipras' bold new move must be interpreted as a calculated strike against the coerciveness of the modern state. George Orwell in 1984 pertinently observed that: "unregulated, naturalistic, animalistic, erotic, hedonistic, pleasure-for-pleasure'ssake sex [is] a politically rebellious act and, particular- Greek Olympian Voula Patoulidou was perhaps more prescient than she could have ever known when she muttered those immortal words: «Για την Ελλάδα βρε γαμώτο,» which literally translates as "I copulate with this, for Greece." Let us go forward therefore, with this injunction indelibly engraved upon our generative parts, happy in the knowledge that a brave new generation of Tsiprasjugend is being created, one that, suitably discharged of all frustration, will, in a languorous and pleasurable way, lubricate the Greek economy and facilitate Greece assuming all the requisite positions that will see her able to withstand the bump and grind of Weltpolitik, well into the future, or at least, until such time as the Troika see fit to levy a tax on them as well. Starbucks face competition from Greek start-up in Dubai Whether you're a fan or not, it's fair to say Starbucks has an impressive business model. Despite the emergence of other coffee companies, the giant has managed to build its portfolio to over 24,000 stores around the world without a worry - that was until Greek start-up Mikel Coffee Company appeared on the scene in 2008. With 130 beverages on the menu, elegant design, welltrained staff and dedicated associates, Mikel quickly expanded across Greece with 154 stores opening in just eight years seriously challenging Starbucks' business. Despite the recession, Mikel's growth is continuing and now outside of Greece starting with Dubai. From last year, the coffee company already has seven stores open with plans for another 13 already underway and sights set on expanding throughout the Emirates and Gulf countries, which is speculated to have the potential to ruffle Starbucks' feathers as in Greece. According to former Mikel customer in Athens and now general manager of Mikel UAE, Hossam Altadmori, to ensure their success they are adapting their menu to the taste of UAE consumers. "As you are aware, UAE is among the most cosmopolitan countries in the world, where more than 200 na- tionalities live together," Altadmori told Forbes. "So we have to work closely with Mikel owner Mr Eleftherios Kyriakakis to adapt Mikel's portfolio of drinks to the diverse needs of these consumers, especially Mikel's cold drinks that are very popular here. Shortly, we'll launch four new special drinks for UAE only." Mikel's product offerings have also been supplemented with a full international food menu that includes Arabic and English breakfast, along with western lunch and dinner dishes such as pasta, burgers and salads. Greek American celebrates 100 years of life and philanthropy Stella Theodore Manios is well-known amongst the community in Greenville, South Carolina namely for her charity work. Since the Great Depression she has been raising much-needed funds for the needy, her church, and local Greek festivals. "They'd see her coming and either hide or have their cheque books ready by the time she made her pitch," family friend Jim Konduros told Independent Mail. But on Sunday it was a chance for the attention to be on Manios herself, celebrating her 100th birthday at the Saint George Greek Orthodox Church in Greenville surrounded by hundreds of her friends and family. Despite her age, the centenarian remains very active and after cutting her cake, hit the dance floor with her granddaughter Stacey Hester who says "We can't keep up with her". Aside from using a cane from time to time, she appears to be in good health with good genes running through the family. Amongst those gathered on the day to celebrate were Manios' younger siblings Lula Theodore, 99, Georgia Pouler, 95. and brother Nick Theodore aged 88. But according to the matriarch, the secret to ageing gracefully is not what you might think. While her diet generally consists of traditional Greek dishes, she doesn't shy away from bacon, processed food or sugary drinks, and instead puts her long life down to her state of mind. "I think positive," Manios said. "If I'm in pain, I don't think about it and I'm not in pain." Jars containing embryos found outside cemetery in northern Greece A shepherd in northern Greece got a shocking surprise on Saturday while tending to his flock. Located outside a village cemetery in northern Greece, the man found a black bag with two jars, each containing an embryo in what was discovered to be formaldehyde, reports Kathimerini. After making the discovery in the village of Vryssaki, located west of Thessaloniki, the man immediately contacted the police. The embryos, which were fully formed, have been es- timated to be in their 20th week. They have since been taken to the coroner's office while police conduct further investigations.
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