A mini Dunkirk-style evacuation took place tonight in Eastern Attica, in the greater Athens area, Greece.

People who became stranded at the seaside due to ravaging fires in the adjoining forests were ferried to safety by some 100 boats, mainly fishing boats and some coast-guard vessels.

The fires are still raging and the battle to put them out will continue tomorrow morning at dawn, once the airborne forces have enough light to be able to ascend.


I think of myself as being very fortunate for having had the opportunity to see Stephen Hawking deliver a lecture on Cosmology, many years ago in a lecture theatre at Oxford University.

I am thinking of a pair of scales. One pan holds his brilliant career in Physics, the other his physical condition. I think that he achieved a perfect balance and that this must be deemed as a part of his legacy.

It so happens that I do not agree with his negation of an afterlife, so I will wish him the very best in that.


The sentence “I need a placebo” is not exactly a contradiction in terms, but you get the idea…

… That magic moment when they realised that, at last, they were free.-

… Εκείνη η μαγική στιγμή που κατάλαβαν πως, επιτέλους, ήταν ελεύθεροι.-


The memorial to the victims of the Holocaust in the city of Drama, Macedonia, Greece Το μνημείο των θυμάτων του Ολοκαυτώματος στην πόλη της Δράμας, Μακεδονία, Ελλάδα

The memorial to the victims of the Holocaust in the city of Drama, Macedonia, Greece
Το μνημείο των θυμάτων του Ολοκαυτώματος στην πόλη της Δράμας, Μακεδονία, Ελλάδα



Today is the anniversary of the death of Winston Churchill. This here is a favourite video of mine, which pays this grand gentleman a tribute:


The recent film “Darkest Hour” also does this. It is well worth seeing, very well done and Gary Oldman gives a truly fantastic performance as Churchill himself.

I was going to limit my post to this, but I stumbled upon a certain article in the Guardian, which is just as important, in that it reminds us of the true face of war; a face, which we like to forget when thinking of heroes and leaders, such as Churchill. However, we have to take this aspect into account as well and look at it head on. Then, we might have a chance to understand that we carry within us the very elements that we see in our enemies…

This is the article, but I must warn you that the photographs inside it are disturbing:


I cordially wish you every bit of good fortune for the new year, which will be here in a while.

Besides the important and valuable possession of health, I wish that new roads will be opened to you, which will lead you in directions that are necessary for a substantial improvement. At the same time, if you happen to be in a rut, I wish that you will come out of it quickly through the appearance of such roads. Furthermore, I wish that you will have inexhaustible strength and endurance so as to present them before any clowns that are appropriating the current scene, by uttering hollow words that have been said again and again.

Of course, I wish the same to me…

Happy New Year to all!

I just saw this video on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheIndependentOnline/videos/10155437888846636/

I am not absolutely sure how much of it is a genuine conversation between the human and the robot, and how much of it has been fashioned deliberately i.e. as if it were a film with a script.

Having said that, I find it horrifying. This is not only because of the risk of a “Planet of the Robots” becoming true, but also because I see an issue that is far worse and perhaps a lot closer to being manifested: The issue is that, by means of these spectacular advances in getting machines to simulate human thought and responses, humans are going to be drawn into identifying with these inventions. They will quickly get to the point of regarding them as fellow humans. And that is a downright fallacy.

I am a Software Engineer by profession with 28 years of experience in the field of software design and programming. I would never trade the warmth of a real friendship with a real human being for a relationship with a machine, such as Sophia.

We need to ask ourselves whether we really want to do this. Machines are good for their purposes: a phone, a laptop, a GPS etc. But they are not good for absolutely everything in life. Fire in the kitchen is good, because we can use it to cook our food. However, when it ravages a forest, then it is not good.


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