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4.0 out of 5 stars If Humphrys could only learn some Greek!!, 26 Jan. 2011
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This review is from: Blue Skies & Black Olives: A survivor's tale of housebuilding and peacock chasing in Greece (Hardcover)
Loved the book! It should be mandatory reading for all the Greek bureaucrats whose job is to invite/encourage foreign investment in Greece. Talking about a system that needs to change! Despite the fact that I am Greek, it took me ...10 years to build my house in Corfu. Like Mr. Humphrys, I lived far away(in New York), but I was in Corfu as often as I could,I had my father and brother living next door to the house I was building and was using builders/carpenters etc from my village whom i had known all my life. None of these helped and although now Mr. Humphrys' stories make me laugh out loud, they still bring back similar to his and unbelievably frustrating memories I would like to forget. But there was one thing that I would like to suggest to all the wonderful Brits who seem to love to come to Corfu (or any other Greek place for that matter)and make it a second home: please make an effort to learn some Greek. It's not as difficult as Mr. Humphrys would have you believe and besides, Greeks are very forgiving with visitors mispronouncing words. It will not help you with the building of your house (Alas it made zero difference in my case being a native Greek!) but it will certainly make your life so much more enjoyable there. Having lived in Canada and New York for over 30 years now, I am so impressed with how quickly people from other countries assimilate and learn English. But English speaking people do not behave the same way when vising or living in other parts of the world. A real shame in my opinion.So Mr. Humphrys, now that your house is done start learning Greek and tell us about this adventure in your next book. MS
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