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The History of Good Manners In Ancient Greece (Part H) Technical Tips : Trojan Horses and Spyware
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Saint Namedays in April April Recipe.
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April's Recipe:
Springtime Stuffed Artichokes
with Citrus-Saffron Sauce


 

Ingredients:      Serves 6-12

12 large artichokes
Juice of 1 lemon, plus 1 cut lemon

For the Filling

6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
4 scallions, finely chopped, including as much of the upper green tops as possible
1 small fennel bulb, trimmed and finely chopped (about 1 cup)
1 small carrot, pared, trimmed, and finely chopped
(about 1/2 cup)
1/3 cup Carolina rice
1 fresh or defrosted frozen cod fillet, from any other white-fleshed fish, shredded or finely chopped and bones completely removed
3/4 cup white wine
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 cup mixed finely chopped fresh herbs: mint leaves, dill, parsley, and wild fennel

For the Sauce

1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 tablespoon flour
1 cup vegetable broth or stock 1/2 teaspoon saffron threads
1/2 cup warm water
1/3 cup fresh orange juice
Juice of 1 lemon
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preparation:
 
1. Clean the artichokes: Fill a large bowl with cold water and squeeze the juice of 1 lemon in it.
This is the acidulated water necessary to keep the artichokes from turning brown.

2. Using a sharp, serrated knife, cut off the stem of each artichoke at the base, so that it can stand upright. Lay the artichoke on its side, hold it from the stem end, and cut through at about 1 1/2 inches from the base. Discard all the upper leaves. Using the same knife, and holding the artichoke the same way, trim around it to remove the tough outer leaves from the bottom periphery, the way you might trim the crusts off bread. Immediately take a teaspoon and scrape out the hairy choke. Rub the artichoke with the cut lemon and drop the artichoke into the acidulated water. Repeat with the remaining artichokes.

3. Heat a large pot of lightly salted water. When it comes to a rolling boil, add the artichokes and blanch to soften, about 8 minutes. Remove and drain.

4. Heat 3 tablespoons of the olive oil and sauté all the vegetables together until soft. Rinse and drain the rice and add to the vegetables. Turn to coat in the oil. Add the fish. Add the white wine and 3/4 cup water. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and simmer over low heat until most of the water has been absorbed by the rice. The mixture should not be completely dry. Remove. Mix in the herbs.

5. Preheat the oven to 350°F Lightly oil an ovenproof glass or earthenware baking dish large enough to hold all the artichokes.

6. Fill the artichokes with the rice mixture and place in the pan. Add enough water to come about one-third inch up the artichokes. Cover and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the rice is completely cooked and the artichokes tender.

7. In the meantime, make the sauce: Melt the butter over low heat in a medium saucepan. When the butter melts and the bubbling subsides, add the flour. Stir with a wire whisk or a wooden spoon until the flour is smooth and pasty and has turned a light golden color. Pour in the vegetable broth or stock, saffron, water, and citrus juices. Season with salt and pepper. Raise the heat to medium and stir until the sauce has thickened to the consistency of a loose gravy. Remove. To serve, place one or two arti¬chokes on each serving plate and spoon the sauce over and around them.
 


Meze by Diane Kochilas


Excerpts from: "Meze", by Diane Kochillas


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Watch Your Manners In Greece
Dress Code (Part H) H)

In past years there has been pressure on women to be in tip-top shape 24 hours a day. This rule still applies today. What has changed is that it now also applies to men!

A woman should dress according to the way of life she leads and depending on her family's financial resorts. If a lady is wearing an impressive evening dress while her husband is clad in a humble, cheap suit, the combination looks odd. True elegance is when someone wears the appropriate clothes at the appropriate time. It is foolish for a woman to consider herself well¬dressed if she copies an expensive, complicated dress using a cheap fabric and an inept dressmaker.

A black dress is a timeless item. It suits all women of all ages. It matches with all kinds of jewelry and accessories, and can even be worn in the morning - unless it is made of satin, velvet or silk.

- When in doubt as to what one should wear for an evening invitation, less is more.

- Wearing clothes that suit our body and age is key. While in our twenties we may wear anything as long as it is decent, but during our fifties our clothes should cover our imperfections.

- It took a long time for women in Greece to adopt the habit of wearing trousers. Although trousers may suit models, they are not necessarily suitable for all types of female bodies.

- It is inelegant for a woman to walk her dog, or even just cross the street to buy a newspaper, wearing her bathrobe or pyjamas.

- A lady should never comb or brush her hair in public.

- Nothing is more cute and feminine than a lady who removes a pocket mirror from her bag to check on her lipstick, or who apologizes and goes to the ladies room to powder her nose. However, when she gets out her whole beauty case, spreads her day creams on her work desk, paints her nails in the bus, and delays a whole line of cars when applying her eye-liner at the traffic lights, no matter how attractive the result may be the whole process seems totally inelegant. While women's fashion changes every season, men's fashion remains more or less the same, resisting time.

- An elegant gentleman ignores fashion's foibles and extravagances. He is aware that eccentricity in clothing is not meritorious in men. He avoids flashy colors, outrageous outfits and daring combinations. He should wear new clothes, paying attention to each and every detail, but he should ensure that his appearance is subtle. His clothes should not seem as though they have been just bought, but as though they had been tailor made for his body, fitting him snugly and suitably like an animal's fur or a bird's feathers. A man's appearance should be described in three words: uniform, simple, neutral.

- There are two theories behind the wearing of a white T-shirt underneath a shirt. The first says that it is useful, since it protects us from perspiration in the summer, and from cold in the winter. The opposing theory holds that it is pass& and that the sight of a white T-shirt protruding out of the shirt's collar is an unpleasant sight. However, as it happens in most cases, the truth is somewhere in between.

- We are only allowed to wear shorts in the city in two occasions: if we are sitting outside at our own home's swimming pool (if we are lucky enough to have one, of course), and if we are very young, since most things are pardonable in the young!

- Speedo swimming suits should have a weight¬rate warning. They should only be worn by well-formed, lean bodies.

- When visiting someone's house, a gentleman should only remove his jacket after receiving permission from his hosts.


to be continued...

THE ATHENS 2004 DVD SET in NTSC IS HERE !!!!

Athens 2004 DVD set - 4 DVDs  in NTSC / Zone 1  As announced in our previous month's newsletter the Athens 2004 DVD set is now available and shipping. Please also note that we are also extending the free Athens 2004 t-shirt offer to all our members of our mailing list. To claim your free t-shirt enter the size in the "Special Instructions" box during checkout when purchasing the Athens 2004 DVD set.

This is similar to the PAL version of the set also sold here but features the ability to view it with Greek or English subtitles. It also features some extended footage not previously available in the Greek version.

DVD 1 - Opening Ceremonies - 211 minutes
DVD 2 - Highlights From the Games - 62 minutes
DVD 3 - Greek Athletes & Their Greatest Moments - 93 minutes
DVD 4 - Closing Ceremonies - 136 minutes

DVD Set includes a 68 page photoalbum illustrating various athletes, events, and glorious moments of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. The narration is in Greek but the DVD includes the ability to select subtitles in English and Greek (for the hearing impaired).


For more details on the Athens 2004 DVD set click here!

 
Technical Tips::

Protecting your Privacy Online - Trojan Horses and Spyware

This is the second article of our security and privacy protection series. This month we will cover Trojan Horses and Spyware programs that are installed on your PC unintentionally and which monitor your usage or allow someone to access your system without your knowledge. These types of programs (aka malware) are becoming more common than viruses and due to their stealthy nature they can cause extensive damage to your system or privacy violations.

Like its mythological counterpart, a Trojan Horse is a piece of programming that sneaks in under the guise of being useful, entertaining, or merely mysterious, and bides its time until it's ready to reveal its destructive purpose. This breed may destroy files, but it's most common use is to create a back door for intruders to access and control your computer. Trojan Horses do not replicate like viruses and worms. A common way to detect and remove a Trojan horse is using an antivirus program which is up-to-date (has been updated to the latest version). One can also look at programs specifically designed to detect Spyware, such as The Cleaner by Moosoft (at www.moosoft.com).

Spyware similarly to Trojan Horses are installed without your knowledge using either security "holes" of your operating system or in parallel to the installation of "free" software available on the Internet. They are typically more "innocent" in nature than viruses or trojan horses but they typically can cause as much damage. Strictly defined, spyware consists of computer software that gathers and reports information about a computer user without the user's knowledge or consent. More broadly, the term spyware can refer to a wide range of related malware products which fall outside the strict definition of spyware. These products perform many different functions, including the delivery of unrequested advertising (pop-up ads in particular), harvesting private information, re-routing page requests to illegally claim commercial site referral fees, and installing stealth phone dialers.

Spyware as a category overlaps with adware. The more unethical forms of adware tend to coalesce with spyware. Malware uses spyware for explicitly illegal purposes. Exceptionally, many web browser toolbars may count as spyware. On the other hand, adware may simply load ads from a server and display them while a user runs a program, with the user's permission; the software developer gets ad revenue, and the user gets to use the program free of charge. In these cases, adware may function ethically. If the software collects personal information without the user's permission (a list of websites visited, for example, or a log of keystrokes), it may become spyware. According to a study by the National Cyber-Security Alliance, spyware has affected 90% of home PCs!

Since most antivirus programs will not detect spyware and adware it is important that you select and use one or more programs that are specifically designed for the detection and removal of spyware and adware. Some useful programs available for free include: Spybot - Search and Destroy* , Ad-ware Personal Edition* , and Microsoft's Beta AntiSpyware*


*Greekshops.com does not endorse or support any of these programs. Install them at your own risk.
 
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  Featured Destination: Ithaca


Throughout the ages Ithaca has been known as the home of Odysseus. For years Homer's hero wandered before he finally returned to his Island kingdom. Though he visited beautiful, exotic, far-flung lands, Ithaca never left his mind for a moment. And even today, once you've been to Ithaca, it's difficult to forget this small, mountainous island with Its captivating coves that conjure up some earthly paradise. Ithaca is separated from Cephalonia by a channel some 2 to 4 kilometres wide. The west coast of the island is steep and almost barren in contrast to the green, gentle shoreline on the east.

The capital and largest settlement is Ithaki or Vathi; its red-roofed delightful houses set amidst enchanting scenery at the end of the deep closed bay of Molos. Taking the capital as a starting point, It's easy to get to know the Island's landmarks.

Three kilometres to the northwest lies the so-called Cave of the Nymphs (NImfon Cave). Here according to the myth, Odysseus hid the gifts bestowed upon him by the Phaeacians who deposited him upon Ithaca's shores ten long years after the end of the Trojan War. Also worth visiting Is the medieval Monastery of the Archangels at Perahori.

North of the capital and 600 metres above sea level, the Kathara Monastery (Mon! Katharon) has a unique view of the island from its bell tower. On the horizon you can make out the mountains of Akarnania, the Echinades islets, the peaks of Zakinthos, the eastern coast of Cephalonia and even the entrance to the Gulf of Patras. The bay of Polls to the west is the site of another cave (Loizos' cave). This one yielded up shards on which were carved inscriptions testifying to the worship of Artemis, Hera and Athena. Even more Interesting, in the cave were also found recently twelve tripods similar to the other that the Phaeacians were supposed to have given to Odysseus.

Stavros, a village 17 kilometres northwest of Ithaki, is a good base from which to explore the northern section of the island.About 1 kilometre north of Stavros is Pelikata; excavations on this hillside between the bays of Polls and Frikes brought to light remains of a small Bronze Age settlement. The finds unearthed there reinforce the theory that the ancient city of Ithaca lies somewhere In the vicinity Kloni and Frikes, typically Ionian villages, on the northeast coast are unspoilt, wonderful places for a short excursion or an extended sojourn.

Ithaca offers lovely beaches for bathing, caves for exploring and uncrowded hamlets where noisy nightlife Is unheard of. "When you set out for Ithaca", wrote the poet Constantine Kavafis. He was referring to Ithaca as one's ultimate destination. Thus, Ithaca, this verdant Ionian island, may become your own favourite place, a place that draws you back year after year, when you plan your summer holiday.

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 Ecclesiastical Calendar in April - Saint's Namedays are not celebrated during Lent

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
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Salutations to the Theotokos
2
 
3
Sunday of the Holly Cross
 
4
 
5
 
6
Presanctified Liturgy
7
 
8
Salutations to the Theotokos
 
9
 

10
Sundat of St. John Climacus

 

11


 

12
 
13
Presanctified Liturgy
 
14
Great Canon of St Andrew of Crete

 
15
Akathist Hymn
16
 
17
Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt
18
 
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20
Presanctified Liturgy

21

22

 
23
Lazarus Saturday
24
Palm Sunday
25
Holy Monday
 

 

26
Holy Tuesday
27
Holy Wednesday
28
Holy Thursday
Vespers of Basil

 
29
Holy Friday
Lamentations Service
30
Holy Saturday
 -- May 1, 2005 --
Easter Sunday


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