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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 06 January 2018
GREECE 20 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 6 JANUARY 2018 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM David Gyasi stars as Achilles. PHOTO: BBC/NETFLIX Odysseus (Joseph Mawle) PHOTO: GRAHAM BARTHOLOMEW/BBC/NETFLIX BBC and Netflix team up for new take on The Iliad The show has already been deemed controversial, due to the casting of British-Ghanan actor David Gyasi for the role of Achilles Superheroes, serial killers, talking horses, zombies, Vikings and depressed mothers - the only thing missing from the TV ecosystem was an army of ancient Greek warriors in swords and sandals, and this is about to change, as BBC and Netflix teamed up to create a new take on The Iliad. Troy: Fall of a City, as its title suggests, narrates the epic through the eyes of the Trojans - particularly King Priam, played by David Threlfall (of Noah'and Shameless fame) and Queen Hecuba, portrayed by Frances O'Connor (Cleverman, The Missing, Couple sacrifice themselves in Kefalonia Greek public left in shock after German man and Bulgarian woman’s horrific deaths More appalling details have surfaced regarding the gruesome deaths of a 30-year-old German man and his Bulgarian partner Lilia Botuseva, 23, reported missing since 8 June 2017. Their bodies were discovered in a rented room in a village hotel in Vlachata, Kefalonia where they were staying as tourists. The couple had arrived in Greece in a car, with fake plates, that the man had rented in Germany. According to coroner Angeliki Tsiola and Greek authorities, the duo appear to have taken their lives during a New Year's Eve satanic ceremony. A time frame of 24 hours before the first full moon of the year is sometimes associated with satanic rituals and sacrifices. As Ms Tsiola mentioned in her coronial report, the woman started to cut herself with a blade causing abundant bleeding from several fatal wounds. Once the man saw Botu- seva die, he allegedly sat in the bathtub which he had filled with water and thrust a knife through his heart. The woman's body had multiple scars from previous acts of self-harm, possibly caused by participating in similar rituals in the past. A.I., Mansfield Park). Louis Hunter and Bella Dayne play Paris and Helen in this retelling of the homeric tale that BBC drama boss Piers Wenger pledged "will be like nothing broadcast before: a 3,000-year-old tale crafted on a huge scale." The series is already considered one of the most anticipated for the 2018 TV season, but casting has already sparked a certain amount of controversy, given that the role of Achilles will be played by David Gyasi, a 37-year-old actor from the UK. The son of an immigrant from Ghana, Gyasi gained praise for his No more plastic bags Greek consumers are struggling to adapt to a new reality; from the beginning of 2018, supermarkets have started charging customers for the use of plastic bags. This was legislated at the end of 2017, in a move to conform with what is happening throughout the EU. Plastic bags are gradually being pushed out of supermarkets for environmental reasons, though few EU countries have adopted the measure of charging customers for each bag. At the moment, shoppers are asked to pay 4 cents for each plastic bag they use, while next year this will rise to 9 cents. This has led many in Greece to see the measure as purely revenue collecting, which in its turn urged the Institute for Retail and Consumer Goods Research to issue a 23-point guideline for consumers, explaining all aspects of the legislation. The law exempts street kiosks and farmers’ markets from the measure, while in the meantime sees that all groceries are selling reusable bags, urging customers to choose this option and change their way of transporting groceries home. work in films such as Interstellar and Cloud Atlas, but some purists consider him a wrong choice to play the 'fair-haired' hero. Furthermore, the role of Patroclus will be played by South African actor Lemogang Tsipa, while Zeus will be portrayed by the British-Nigerian ac- tor Hakeem Kae-Kazim (Hotel Rwanda). This kind of diverse casting follows the success of similar choices made in popular films, such as the Thor franchise, in which deities of the Norse mythology are portrayed by actors hailing from the African diaspora. Sorras makes a U-turn Fugitive leader of a grassroots movement, who once pledged to save Greece, now asks his followers to pay up their debts with 'real money' not his bonds For years, Artemis Sorras has been selling himself as a saviour of Greece, a multi-billionaire offering his fortune as collateral to pay off the country's debts, and urging people to pay for taxes and all other government agencies transactions with IOU notes referring to his alleged bonds of the defunct 'Bank De l' Orient'. Now, he is singing a different tune. In a video message addressed to his supporters, the leader of Greece's strangest grassroots movement urged them to honour their debts themselves, using ‘real money’, instead of his alleged bonds. "If you don't pay, they will take your home, they will take your life," he said. "Repaying your debts is the precondition for crushing the beastly state." This is a far cry from his previous anti-austerity rhetoric which helped shape his organisation, the ultranationalist Convention of Greeks, which expanded rapidly throughout Greece, setting up more offices than any of the country's major political parties. Despite claiming that he can single-handedly cover the national debt, as well as all his followers’ tax obligations, Sorras asked his followers to pay a registration fee, which led the organisation to accumulate large sums of money. Last March, Sorras and his wife were sentenced to eight years in jail for an older case of embezzlement. Since that time, he ihas been a fugitive from justice, communicating with his supporters only through video messages.
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