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Friday: Timesheet submitted

Weekly highlights but nothing worth mentioning this week.

Oh wait, apart from that possibly life changing thing with regards to my…….


Posted by on July 12, 2013 in Antidote, Lifestyle, T.G.I Zolos



For Belgium’s Tormented Souls, Euthanasia-Made-Easy Beckons

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“Assisted suicide differs from euthanasia in that the patient himself, not a doctor, administers the lethal dose. That is crucial for many Americans, and polls suggest U.S. voters are more open to assisted suicide than euthanasia, though opponents claim one can lead to the other. Still, the battle on both sides is heating up.”


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The Lethality of Loneliness


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“As expected, he found the students with bodily symptoms of distress (poor sleep, high cortisol) were not the ones with too few acquaintances, but the ones who were unhappy about not having made close friends. These students also had higher than normal vascular resistance, which is caused by the arteries narrowing as their tissue becomes inflamed. High vascular resistance contributes to high blood pressure; it makes the heart work harder to pump blood and wears out the blood vessels. If it goes on for a long time, it can morph into heart disease. While Cole discovered that loneliness could hasten death in sick people, Cacioppo showed that it could make well people sick—and through the same method: by putting the body in fight-or-flight mode.”


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Only the Lonely


Stephen Fry – click me

“I used to think it utterly normal that I suffered from “suicidal ideation” on an almost daily basis. In other words, for as long as I can remember, the thought of ending my life came to me frequently and obsessively. But then it’s the thought behind the most famous speech in all history. To be, or not to be.”

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Posted by on July 2, 2013 in Antidote, Quotes


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Friday: Timesheet submitted

My weekly highlights in no particular order!


  • Playing Fire Emblem: Awakening on the 3DS. Frederick: “Pick a God and pray!”. Love it!
  • I got a 2Kg medicine ball! You can do some great exercises with this thing.
  • I’m still ploughing through The Rise and Fall of Third Reich but it’s been a great read. I’m around 50% into it which is 600+ pages and i don’t want it to end. It’s that good. One of the best non-fiction books i’ve ever “read”.
  • Ofto & Tavas at Adoulwth Keryneia with good company.
  • It’s been a while since i watched a great documentary but i was fortunate enough to watch two this past long weekend. They were both fantastic. The Gatekeepers and The Act of Killing. The latter is quite a tough watch so make sure you are up for it, but both are a MUST WATCH!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Mine starts with a (re-)viewing of Star Trek (2009) tonight (together with the customary pop corn) to prepare for Star Trek : Into Darkness.

The Act of KillingThe Gatekeepers



Posted by on June 28, 2013 in T.G.I Zolos


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Friday: Timesheet submitted


A bit late but what the hell. My weekly highlights,

1. Birthday party at Prwtaras full of kids, of people my age. Weird, weird, weird. And then some.

2. Walking in on a dead 10-12cm centipede on a late afternoon at the Larnaca flat. Let me just say that i woke up twice during the night…….

3. Economic crisis is starting to bite. General Hospital will now only provide me with 1 months’ supply of medication instead of 2 like they used to. The pharmacist “No need to explain right? We understand why?”.

4. Playing Trajan at Ayioi Omologites

4. Melon for dinner…..mmmmmmmm

5. This Youtube mix

Have a great weekend y’all!

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Posted by on June 7, 2013 in T.G.I Zolos


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What’s cheaper than coffee in Cyprus?

514px-Capuccino_freddo_1Whenever i used to go past a packed coffee shop in Cyprus i wondered why would people pay EUR2-5 for a coffee. I’ve come to realise though that unless people invite you over to their home, you can’t get a cheaper form of entertainment or leisure than that.  Not to mention that you have the opportunity to let your kids’ wrath loose on strangers for a few hours something which most parents do…..

I’ve been trying to come up with other forms of entertainment/leisure.

Dinner is definitely more expensive unless you manage to locate a good and probably obscure souvlaki shop. Of course you are paying for food and not coffee but it is still a matter of spending 2-3hrs outside your home. In this respect it is comparable.

Movies again more expensive (and don’t get me started on 3D movies) and there you depend on (a) quality of the movie but that’s mostly down to your selection and (b) the people in the theatre with you. My experience is that it’s more likely than not to be ruined by the latter.

I imagine you can go to a park like the one in Akropolis or Athalassa but unless you take beverages with you that’s still going to end up more pricey.

So, how can you be entertained outside your own home in Cyprus? Does it even cost less than a coffee at Arabica, Starbucks, Presse, Costa etc?


Posted by on June 4, 2013 in Coffee in Cyprus, Lifestyle


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