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All aboard the Multicultural Express: Greek band delights passengers on Melbourne’s trains | Neos Kosmos

Five years on the Multicultural Express still runs on Melbourne’s Frankston line “Welcome to the Multicultural Express!” announced a Greek band as they boarded a Melbourne metro train with a bouzouki, clarinet, lyra and tympanon all in tow. Train passengers on Melbourne’s metro trains were treated to the sights and sounds of a live traditional Greek band in the trains, thanks to the wildly successful multicultural initiative from Metro Trains and the Greek Community of Melbourne (GCM). After initially being trialed in London to great success, the Multicultural Express was brought to Melbourne in 2013 in an effort to combat racist and anti-social behaviour after a series of racist attacks on the Frankston train line. In Melbourne there are 10 different ethnic groups playing, from Latin America to Africa as well as three different Greek groups. The groups are formed with some of Melbourne’s best musicians from a few different genres, to give people a true sense of what Greek music is. Nick Papaefthimiou has been involved since it all started in 2013. “The amount …

A first course of kindness: Athens-based chef Iakovos Apergis cooks up goodwill in Greek hospitals | Neos Kosmos

For chef Iakovos Apergis, it was the influence from his grandparents that inspired him to become a cook; his grandfather was a baker. Born in Canada in 1974, Iakovos migrated with his family to Greece the year after. A few years after finishing his schooling, and after earning his degree in cookery, and working in a range of kitchens, he became a member of the Academy of Chefs of Greece. His mother’s experience as a hospital patient inspired him to think of his connection with food as an experience beyond just cooking it: commenting on the food that she received as a patient in hospital, she decribed it as cold and tasteless, not something a sick woman needed. His mother, who passed away in 2003, was a patient at Piraeus at Tzaneio (Piraeus General Hospital) and that, serendipitously, is where he finds himself working now as head chef, after relatives suggested that he apply. Iakovos is starting to create change with hospital food because, as he says, food can be, and should be, a positive …

Tired and desperate: Father of young drug addict pleads for forced rehab | Mojo

It was only a few months ago when 20-year-old Rhys Thomas was found by police lying face down, unconscious on a swimming pool cover. He was in possession of ice and had overdosed. Police took him to hospital where he was put on a saline drip for about eight hours, briefly assessed by a psychologist, and soon after sent home. But Rhys’s father, Simon Thomas, begged for the hospital to keep him. “I was there by his bedside looking at him, holding his hands,”  Mr Thomas said. “He’s 58kg, six feet tall and I was just watching, sobbing for eight hours thinking ‘that’s my son and he’s killing himself’.” Tired and desperate, Mr Thomas is urging the government to consider an inquiry into involuntary rehabilitation for adults. Rhys and Simon Thomas. Picture: Supplied. Every day thousands of Australian parents face the reality of having sons and daughters battling drug addictions. Figures from the 2016 National Drug Strategy Household Survey show 43 per cent of Australians aged over 14 had used an illicit drug. However, drug …

‘No stone left unturned’ for restoration of Evangelismos Church | Neos Kosmos

Restoration of Melbourne’s oldest Greek Church Evangelismos will continue into 2018 as work to clean up debris and restore the extensively damaged ceiling continues, according to members of the committee managing the project. Speaking to Neos Kosmos, Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria (GOCMV) president Bill Papastergiadis confirmed the contracts to start the restoration were recently signed, and the first stage of the project will be completed soon. He said workers are currently on site with a superintendent, and that works are being run “professionally and appropriately”. GOCM treasurer Marinis Pirpiris said there are some obstacles the team is facing, and stage two of the process is dependent on funding and heritage approvals but he remains optimistic. “Churches take time to get built … there is lots of energy and passion to complete the restoration earlier,” he said. A devastating fire in May 2016 rendered some original features unable to be fully restored. The Church of the Holy Annunciation was built by N Longstaff in 1901 to a design by noted architects Inskip and …

Making Your Bed Can Help You Achieve Your Goals

If you want to make it big, you’ve got to start small. Jumping in the deep end will often leave us startled and gasping for air, so we start in the shallow end, we gain confidence, and we move forward. We graduate, and after that, there’s no stopping us. That’s how we can change the world in our own little way. A speech given by Naval Adm. William H. McRaven to the graduating students at the University of Texas explains that we can change the world by starting with a small task everyday: just by making our beds in the morning. If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day.  It will give you a small sense of pride and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another. By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter. If you can’t do the little things right, …