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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 16 February 2019
6 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 16 FEBRUARY 2019 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM When it comes to dating, Greeks are a hit STAMATINA HASIOTIS "It's a bit boring being single," 30-year-old Andonis Bexevanis said. But the Greek Australian said it's also fun since you "get to do whatever you want." He uses dating apps and goes out to bars but hasn't tried speed dating. "It may be a bit more difficult if you're looking for someone to have a family and settle down," he said. He's not specifically looking for Greek girls. "Greek girls aren't any different from others they just tend to be family orientated usually and immature for what I want," he said. In the world of Greek speed dating, however, the sentiments are a little bit different. Mark Andrews, host of We Click Speed Dating events, said while many Australianborn Greeks are very keen to attend the Greek speed dating events, what he found particularly surprising was how many non-Greeks wanted to join the events to meet Greeks. "Guests would email me to ask if they could also join," Mr Andrews said. "We have had Australianborn girls request to come to the event because they found Greek guys attractive. "In their requests they said they were 'into Greek guys.' Love Bites LACTA’S #ACTFORLOVE NOT TO EVERYONE’S TASTE Lacta chocolate’s Valentine’s Day campaign featuring 28 couples kissing and hugging while holding a bar, of the popular brand have fuelled controversy in Greece. The #actforlove marketing campaign was created to promote love and social diversity by casting the spotlight on different types of couples and telling their stories. The couples are heterosexual, disabled, racially different, of all ages, but it was the homosexual couples that drew the majority of trolls on social media. Photographer, Chloe Kritharas Devienne was surprised by the negative reaction. Her face was splattered across Twitter with commenters say- LEONARD COHEN’S HYDRA LOVE STORY ON CELLULOID ing: “This is the photographer who did this”. Critics posted links to her work with refugees and labelled her as “excessively liberal”. She told Reuters that in Greece people are very homophobic. “The church has made it very clear it considers homosexuality a sin,” said Devienne. “Personally I love both men and women. I thought that nothing would make me happier than to have these pictures all over Athens so that homophobic people are forced to look at them…” Lacta urged Facebook users to “embrace all tastes of love”. The brand, popular with children, has drawn criticism for this purpose. “Little children will see this! What standards will you pass to them,” wrote one critic, while denizens told the brand that the campaign was “shameful”. The 21st Thessaloniki Documentary Festival is under way and all eyes – and ears – are fixed on the event’s opening film, Nick Broomfield’s documentary Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love, screening on Friday 1 March. The acclaimed filmmaker, known for a series of music-themed documentaries, most notably Kurt & Courtney, about the tragic hero of the ‘90s grunge rock scene, Kurt Cobain and his wife, Courtney Love, and Biggie & Tupac, about murdered rappers Christopher “Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace and Tupac “2Pac” Shakur. The director returns with the love story of Leonard Cohen and Marianne Ihlen. The couple met in Hydra, where the poet had lived for a few years in the 1960s. At the time, the island had become an international artist colony, welcoming writers and artists from all over the world. It was there that Cohen was transformed from obscure poet to singer-songwriter, embarking to conquer audiences all over the world; and the young Norwegian woman was his muse and inspiration. The film – which debuted at this year’s edition of Sundance Film Festival, arguably the world’s most significant independent cinema event – explores the coupling of these two free-spirits, and the highs and lows of the relationship, and the strong bonds that remained long after the couple had split. Ilhen and Cohen both died in 2016, four months apart from each other. RYDER-REEVES MARRIED IN GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH Francis Ford Coppola has backed Winona Ryder’s claims that she might be married with Keanu Reeves. Winona first suggested the theory during an interview with Entertainment Weekly: “We actually got married in Dracula. No, I swear to God, I think we’re married in real life.” In the movie’s scene. Ford Coppola used a real Romanian priest to have “the real wedding ceremony as it might be in that religion (Greek Orthodox). So I think we’re married,” she said. ed to give it more of a chance as finding the same types of girls on dating apps was harder." But dating can just be tricky and with just over 24 per cent of the population being single, embracing the single life is becoming an increasingly attractive option. The Greek guys had no shame, no matter where we were. I like that. Marie Constantinou There are people out there who specifically want a Greek mate. "An Australian girl with an Italian background wanted to join and she said she preferred dating Greek guys over Italian guys. She mentioned it was like dating an Italian guy minus all the baggage." Marie Constantinou who is in her 30s and single said Greek guys are different to Anglo Saxons and even continental Europeans. "My Greek boyfriends, although vastly different in personalities all shared some commonalities. They didn't bother worrying about the small things like if I was late," she said. "It's like having a good time was the priority, not what time we got there. "Anglo guys I dated weren't affectionate or were afraid to be affectionate in public. The Greek guys had no shame, no matter where we were. I like that." While she said she is not exclusively looking for Greek guys, Ms Constantinou admits it is a huge bonus. "Just the idea of both our families potentially getting along is appealing. Especially the religious holidays and traditions," she said. "It's nice to share something so personal like the dying of eggs when you both have done it since kids." Ms Constantinou said it's being able to date someone who understands her more as well as someone who grew up and spent time in similar social circles makes it so much easier. Being picky about ethnicity can actually yield better results when you're looking for a good date. Mr Andrews said it's because ethnic-specific dating events for instance, like the Greek Speed Dating, have a smaller pool so guests gave it more of a shot instead of treating everyone as being "replaceable". "This was an interesting word which always stuck with me. A young male guest told me that when I hosted recently," Mr Andrews said. "He said because the girls he was dating at the event were more 'rare', single and in his ethnic group, he want- Said Ms Constantinou: "Within the last two years I've relished my personal time and decided if I was going to be single, I'm going to be happy and single and fill my time with new things." Ms Constantinou said she used to feel pressure, particularly from her family. "I'm the only daughter of my folks so it was common to feel guilty about not giving them grandkids as they got older. "Although I still wish I had gotten a family, I don't bother dwelling on it anymore. Why torture myself?"
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