Permanent Secretary of the Cyprus Foreign Ministry, Ambassador Alexandros Zenon, pays Britain a two – day working visit, during which he holds contacts with officials from the UK Foreign Office and the Ministry of Defence.


According to an official press release, Zenon met with Minister of State for the Armed Forces Penny Mordaunt with whom he discussed various issues, including bilateral cooperation in the field of defence and security, new challenges and cooperation for tackling the illegal immigration problem.

They also discussed about the situation in the Middle East and Cyprus’ role for security and stability in the region.

He also met with Defence Ministry`s International Security Policy director Nick Gurr and Permanent Under-Secretary at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Head of the Diplomatic Service Simon McDonald.

Zenon and McDonald reviewed bilateral relations and discussed issues of administrative reform of the public service and European issues. The Cypriot official also informed him about the latest developments regarding the Cyprus talks with aim at reunifying Cyprus under a federal roof, after it was divided by Turkish troops which invaded Cyprus in the summer of 1974.

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This Christmas Eve, London Greek Radio & Greek on the Green are hosting “The Night Before Christmas!” A Greek style party, to help kick of Christmas 2015!!

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Enjoy a full Mix Meze and a glass of wine on the house, whilst enjoying live Greek dancers accompanied by music with Andreas Michaelides!

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This event starts at 7pm and will go on until late. Securely book your tickets below. Once your tickets have been booked, please call LGR on 020 8 349 6950 to discuss your table preference.

To buy tickets for this event please visit our events page: The Night Before Christmas tickets from Skiddle.

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The much anticipated trailer for ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2‘ has finally been released. The sequel is based 13 years after the original film and is centred once more around the much loved Portokalos family. ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’ was released in 2002 and made $368 million at the box-office globally, setting the record as the biggest romantic comedy of all time; meaning the expectations for the sequel are high to say the least.

Universal Pictures have finally released the official trailer, which gives fans a good idea of what to expect. The plot centres around Toula Portokalos (Nia Vardalos) and Ian Miller (John Corbett),  who are still lovingly married with a daughter. Their daughter is played by American film and television actress Elena Kampouri. As the plot unfolds we learn that she is applying for distant colleges, to be freed of her over-protective and over-bearing Greek family.

As for the much anticipated second wedding, well it turns out that Toula’s parents, played by Lainie Kazan and Michael Constantine aren’t (technically) married to each other and the film centres around them tying the knot a second time (officially this time).

Returning also for the sequel are Andrea Martin, Louis Mandylor and Gia Carides. New characters include John Stamos and Alex Wollf. Kirk Jones directs this new chapter, which Nia Vardalos once again wrote; Rita Wilson and Playtone partners Tom Hanks and Gary Goertzman are back to produce.

The long-awaited sequel is set for release on March 25, 2016. Watch the official trailer, here…

Article written by Tony Neophytou
Histrionic Haircut The Movie

Histrionic Haircut The Movie

Histrionic Haircut, a new Greek/Cypriot film is coming to London cinemas. The film will star comedy sensation and TV personality Stavros Flatley as the main character, Periklis.

This comedy drama is due to be released in May 2016 and is predicted to be a huge hit among Greek/Cypriot families around London and the world.

The storyline goes that an English Cypriot, 50 year old family-man named Periklis (Peri) runs a fish and chip shop in London. Once Peri’s daughter gets married she decides to go live in Cyprus. She convinces Peri to sell everything he owns and deposit all his money in one of the largest banks in Cyprus at a high interest rate.

Very soon their whole lives are turned upside down, after the Eurogroup’s decision to haircut people’s deposits in Cyprus.

Peri suffers a great shock and as a result he becomes histrionic.

Alongside Stavros Flatley, will star: Elena Xadjiafxenti, Julietta, Velibor Topic, Michael, Koulis Nikolaou, Sofoclis Kaskaounias, Maria Ioannou and Andreas Tselepos.

Keep an eye out for more information about the #HistrionicHaircut film on the LGR website and social media pages. Or visit their website:

Article written by Chris Charalambous
Jonah Lomu

Jonah Lomu

The past 7 days has seen the loss of 2 top level sportsmen; last night saw the death of All Blacks legend Jonah Lomu whilst former Premier League Goalkeeper Martin Fulop passed just 6 days ago on Thursday 12th November.

Jonah Lomu, 40, who was once one of the most iconic figures in Rugby, died unexpectedly overnight. He had been forced to retire due to a rare kidney disease; it is yet to be confirmed whether that has any relation to his death.

Former Premier League Goalkeeper Martin Fulop, who made appearances for Fulham, Sunderland and more notably Tottenham Hotspur lost his battle with cancer at the age of 32. The Hungarian hoped to return to action but his last appearance was over 2 years ago.

London Greek Radio would like to send their condolences to the respective friends and families of these sporting heroes and are deeply saddened by the loss of two such legends.

Article written by Chris Charalambous

Picketing the Turkish Embassy in London on Sunday 15 November, a vocal demonstration, organised by the National Federation of Cypriots in the UK, made itself heard despite the Embassy’s refusal to recognise the protest, or to engage in dialogue with British Cypriots. British Cypriots made their voice heard outside the Embassy condemning the illegal declaration of the pseudo-state and calling on Turkey to remove its troops from Cyprus and to honour its obligations to Europe and Cyprus.

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This year marked the 32nd consecutive year of the picket outside the Turkish Embassy on the black anniversary of the illegal Universal Declaration of Independence. The declaration was condemned by UN resolutions 541 and 550 and the illegal state has not been recognized by any country except Turkey. At this year’s picket participants also held a 1 minute silence as a mark of respect for the victims of the ISIS attacks in Paris and all Cypriots who sacrificed their lives for Cyprus’ freedom.

During the picket, the President of the National Federation of Cypriots was joined by the President of POMAK, Officers and Members of the Federation’s Executive, the President of NEPOMAK and the President of EFEK (Cypriot Students in the UK) to deliver a resolution to the Turkish Ambassador. The letter of resolution demanded the withdrawal of the Turkish occupying army and the Turkish colonists illegally transferred by Turkey to the north of Cyprus and called on the Turkish government to abide by the resolutions of the UN Security Council, the European Union and international law. This year, however, the letter also urged Turkey to respond with positive actions to encourage progress in the direct negotiations taking place on the island towards a just and lasting settlement. The resolution also called upon Turkey finally to resolve the terrible human tragedy of the Cypriot people who went missing during its invasion of the island in 1974.

Federation member associations, NEPOMAK and EFEK showed their resolve against the illegal occupation and the self-proclaimed pseudo-state, which remains unrecognised by all countries in the world except Turkey.

Mr Karaolis, Federation President, said:

“We know that Turkey sustains and controls this illegal and unrecognised regime: for more than three decades, the so-called ‘TRNC’ has been a symbol of Turkey’s bullying behaviour, representing a threat to peace, security and stability on the island and in the region. As we all know the question as to whether or not Cyprus can turn a new page will depend on Turkey’s willingness to remove its army of occupation from the territory of the Republic of Cyprus, and on its sincere engagement with the UN-facilitated process. We call upon Turkey to end its intransigent policy towards Cyprus and with concrete actions respond to the positive momentum in Cyprus for a solution”

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Keeping the name Rizokarpasso alive!

On the 29th November the Rizokarpasso Association celebrates 40 years and is hosting a very special dinner & dance at The Penridge Banqueting Suite, Arnos Grove.

The event will be a fundraiser for the Association which was created in the wake of the 1974 invasion to represent all of the UK Cypriots from Rizokarpasso and to help support their enclaved compatriots.  In 1977, the Association founded the Help Rizokarpasso charity in order to provide charitable aid to the enclaved and those who have been forced out of Rizokarpasso.

The event will provide food and drink for all guests, raffle prizes and music provided by a Greek DJ. The entry fee is £30.00 per person for what promises to be a memorable and enjoyable evening in the History of the Association of Rizokarpasso.

For more information and tickets telephone 0783 051 8245 or email

Rizokarpasso UK

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Felipe Pardo

Greek giants Olympiacos staged a stunning second-half comeback against 10-man Dinamo Zagreb to put them within touching distance of the UEFA Champions League last 16.

The Piraeus club fell behind to an early goal when Armin Hodzic headed Dinamo Zagreb into the lead in the 21st minute of the game. The Greek tragedy seemed to have continued when Greece international Kostas Fourtounis squandered a golden opportunity to bring his team back level, by missing a penalty and rebound, early in the second-half.

Marco Silva, manager of Olympiacos FC, introduced Brazilian forward Felipe Pardo in an attempt to salvage the spoils against the Croatians. He responded to his manager’s prayers in perfect fashion by curling a left-foot shot into the back of the net in the 65th minute, before firing the winner right at the death to seal all three points.

The Greek club unpredictably are now 6 points ahead of Arsenal, who, along with Bayern Munich, were firm favourites to advance to the next round of the competition.

The result leaves Silva’s men 1 point away from qualification for the last 16 of this season’s Champions league after 2 wins against Dinamo Zagreb and an impressive 2-1 win against Arsenal at the Emirates.

Olympiacos who have played a part in some historic champions league ties, have 2 games remaining to get the point they desperately crave but can also seal qualification if Arsenal fail to beat Dinamo Zagreb in their game on week 5.

Article written by Chris Charalambous

A joint application from the Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots has been put forward to grant Halloumi the same protected status as champagne or Parma ham, meaning only cheese produced on Cyprus could be called halloumi or hellim.

The President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker has offered Greek and Turkish Cypriots his full backing in an attempt to save their brand name in the UK.

The British government are contemplating changing the famous brand of Halloumi/Helim in support of the British halloumi producers.
However, the president of European commissions has hailed the Island’s government by defending their cheese, he said: “The halloumi affair is proof that the island’s leaders are committed to reunifying Cyprus”.

Euripides Evriviades, Cyprus’s High Commissioner in London, vowed: “We will fight to the bitter end to secure our halloumi hellim, a truly Cyprus product.” Hellim is the Turkish Cypriot name for the national cheese.

A columnist from the Cyprus Weekly has made their feelings clear and fired this message: “We can tolerate drunken UK tourists in Ayia Napa and British troops on Cyprus soil, but we will not surrender our soft cheese colonial rule”.

In 2013 Greek Cypriots exported £58 million worth of Halloumi, with Britain accounting a third of that sum. This proves Halloumi is more than just cheese. It represents Cyprus and is accountable for a high amount of their profits.

Article written by Chris Charalambous
Monica Michael •

Monica Michael •

Monica Michael entered through as the X Factor wild card on Saturday after not making the cut for Mentor, Rita Ora’s initial selection.

The 25 year old of Cypriot roots was on the show previously in 2014, only to be rejected by Cheryl Fernandez Versini. Despite Monica singing a touching rendition of ‘My Angel’, she thought she had suffered a similar setback this year, as fellow contestants Louisa Johnson, Lauren Murray and Kiera Weathers, were picked ahead of her by mentor Rita Ora, as part of the 12 remaining contestants for the live shows.

The news of Monica’s comeback broke out on the Xtra Factor, which is the spin-off show for the X-factor where judge Simon Cowell expressed his desire to bring Monica back to the show.

He Said: ‘I just thought I have to bring her back, the show would not be the same without her’.

Monica, who first performed at a number of LGR events once posted a video of herself dancing to a Tsifteteli song by Nikos Kourkoulis called ‘Kapou Kapou’ which obviously gets our vote!

After rejecting Monica the chance to advance to the live shows in 2014, Cheryl Fernandez Versini was delighted for the North Londoner and scrubbed the tag ‘Wildcard’ off her name: ‘I want to get rid of the word Wildcard. For me, you are a complete competitor. ‘You were my biggest mistake from last year and the timing for you, is now’.

The performance at the Judges houses reduced guest judge Meghan Trainor to tears, and mentor Rita Ora was relieved that her contestant would be getting a second chance in the competition.

She said: ‘I should have put her through in my final 3. She is a ‘rough diamond’. ‘I could not sleep Sunday night thinking about if I could convince the other judges of giving her a wildcard’.

The Cypriot, who is clearly a favourite of the judges, seems to have made an emotional connection with judges and fans alike. The boy’s Mentor Nick Grimshaw claims to have been a fan of Monica from the 2014 series of the show. ‘I am so happy you’re back, you’re a serious contender for this show which is really annoying for me because you’re not in my category’.

Her re-introduction to the live shows will no doubt pose a threat to show favourites Louisa Johnson, Che Chesterman and 4th Impact. All at LGR will be backing her involvement in the competition from here-on-in and whatever happens, she will be seen as a winner.

Article written by London Greek Radio