National Federation of Cypriots UK appealing to the Community...

National Federation of Cypriots UK campaigning…

The National Federation of Cypriots (NFC) in the UK is urging the community to ‪take action against posters appearing on London Transport advertising holidays to the occupied northern areas of Cyprus.

The Federation has written to the ASA, TFL, Mayor of London, Foreign Secretary and Shadow Foreign Secretary and asks the Greek-Cypriot community to do the same by getting in touch with the relevant authorities through these contact details:

TfL: Online complaint form (https://tfl.gov.uk/help-and-contact/) or email mikebrown@tfl.gov.uk (Transport Commissioner)

Mayor of London: Online complaint form (https://www.london.gov.uk/contact-us-form) or email mayor@london.gov.uk

Advertising Standards Agency: Online complaint form (https://www.asa.org.uk/Consumers/How-to-complain.aspx)

Local MP: If you are unsure who they are, you can find out here (http://www.parliament.uk/…/contact-an-mp-o…/contact-your-mp/)

Furthermore the NFC provides the members of the Greek Cypriot community with a template for a protest letter to MPs:

As a constituent I am writing to ask for your support for a recurring matter which is once again causing serious offence to your many Greek Cypriot constituents. As a regular bus and Underground user in the capital, I was astounded to see the holiday advertisements to the occupied northern area of Cyprus on buses and the Underground. Not only are the adverts a serious offence to those refugees whose property was stolen in the Turkish invasion of 1974 and remains illegally occupied, the adverts are an affront to the basic principles of human rights and social justice. I was personally upset and offended, as were, I am sure, many other members of the Greek Cypriot community in the UK, when we saw the panels and the posters on the buses and the underground advertising our stolen properties.

 Indeed the timing of the current adverts could not be any more inappropriate. Given the momentum in Cyprus to reunify the island and the difficult issues currently being negotiated (namely property and territory) these adverts are insulting and insensitive to the many Greek Cypriots living in your constituency. Moreover they also represent a significant show of bad faith by Turkey as they purport to advertise a “separate state”, contrary to the current negotiating framework that Turkey claims to support.

 Since the administration in the occupied area is globally unrecognised (with the widely condemned exception of Turkey) the adverts in question incite the public to travel to an area embargoed under international law. The Security Council and the UN, with resolutions 541 and 550 condemn as legally invalid the unilateral declaration of independence and call for its revocation.

 As a friend of human rights and the rule of law, you will know how offensive our community find these adverts for holidays, some of which will be in the very properties taken by force from customers on London Transport. The adverts display an obvious disregard for the sanctity of human rights and social justice, an implied attack on the policies and resolutions repeatedly and unambiguously set down in United Nations, Security Council and European Union resolutions and in international law.

 As a community, we want to make it clear to the Mayor of London and TfL that these adverts – an ethical insult to all right-minded people, as well a bitter personal affront to Greek Cypriots – should be immediately withdrawn and that safeguards against similar adverts are put into place. I would be most grateful if you could also make representations to the Mayor of London and TfL, as my MP, on behalf of all your constituents that support human rights and the rule of law.

Yours sincerely,

 

You can follow the NFC’s campaign on Facebook by clicking on https://www.facebook.com/UKCypriotFed/


Article written by LGR

Breakthrough in 1982 Yiannoula Yianni case

Breakthrough in 1982 Yiannoula Yianni case

There was a development in the unresolved case of a 17 year-old rape and murder in 1982, a man has been arrested in connection with the rape and murder, confirmed Metropolitan Police.

Yiannoula Yianni was found dead at the family house in Belsize Park, which immediately triggered a murder enquiry by the Met on Friday, 13th August 1982.

The 56-year old man, linked to an address in Golders Green, was detained on 12th January, for an unrelated matter. His detection seemed to have come about by matching him on the National DNA database.

The police recollecting the fateful day’s events of 1982, Yiannoula initially spent the morning with her mother, at about 12:30 they walked to nearby family shop where they brought lunch to Yiannoula’s father and brother.

Later, that afternoon 13:30 Yiannoulla had gone back home this time without her mother in order to fix dinner. Her parents returning home made a gruesome discovery only a couple of hours later, found Yiannoula’s body, at 15:00.

Yiannoulla was a pupil of the Quintin Kynaston School, in St John’s Wood, and was employed part-time in Finchley Road’s Woolworth’s branch.

This represents the biggest breakthrough in the case, with police reviewing the case from time to time, and more than 1,000 witness statements have been accounted for in the intervening years.

Det Insp Julie Willats, of the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: “The Met never close unsolved murders and regardless of the passage of time cases can and will be reviewed, for any new opportunities to develop previously unknown lines of enquiry, and follow-up any fresh information which has become known to us.

“Yiannoulla’s family – who understandably are still devastated by the loss of their beloved daughter and sister more than three decades ago – have been fully informed of this new development.”


Article written by London Greek Radio
David Bowie

David Bowie

The music legend, David Bowie passed away on Sunday 10th January 2016 after battling out cancer for 18 months. David Bowie died two days after turning 69 years old and two days after releasing his latest album ‘Blackstar’. Tony Visconti who helped produce ‘Blackstar’ said that this album was created as a “parting gift” to his fans.

David Bowie’s ex wife of 10 years Angie Bowie is in Celebrity Big Brother 2016. Her agent told her off screen in last night’s episode, of the death of her ex husband David Bowie. However she has decided to remain in the house as she said that she hasn’t seen him for so many years but she was still very upset as she felt an era has ended.

His funeral is going to be taking place in the US where he has lived with his second wife Iman and two children for the past few decades.

There will also be a memorial concert on the 31st March in the Big Apple’s Carnegie Hall. This was initially booked as a tribute and was planned seven months ago however because of the circumstances it has been changed to a memorial concert for the legend David Bowie.

David Bowie was born in Brixton in South London and when the news spread about his death people gathered in Brixton to pay tribute to the superstar. The Ritzy Cinema in Brixton changed its exterior signage to read, “David Bowie, our Brixton boy, RIP”.


Article written by Chantel Georgiou
Party Like The Greeks @ Club Azure

Party Like The Greeks @ Club Azure

On Friday 19th February, LGR Club Nights are hosting another epic Greek style party!!

Come along and PARTY LIKE THE GREEKS @ Club Azure in Enfield.

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This will be our very first party 0f 2016.

For the first time ever at an LGR event, DJ Avgoustinos will be on the decks, alongside regular DJ Andreas Demetriou.

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They will be mixing non-stop Greek & English hits, all night long. Fusing all the best Modern Laika, Greek Club, Greek Classics, English club anthems, RnB & Garage.

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Standard tickets for this event are £10.00 – Book yours and join us for our very first party of 2016!!

Address: 8-10 Silver St, Enfield EN1 3ED

For table bookings, please call Club Azure directly on: 020 8363 1150

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Click here to book your tickets now:

To buy tickets for this event please visit our events page: Party Like The Greeks tickets from Skiddle.

Sell tickets online: Skiddle Promotion Centre

 


Article written by London Greek Radio
National Lottery

National Lottery

Around 200 tickets are being sold every second for this weekends large-scale National Lottery double jackpot worth £57.8 million.

There were no winners on Wednesday nights draw for the main jackpot of £50.4 million so the money has been rolled over to this weekend. Players are furious that the numbers in the draw has increased from 49 to 59 in October. Making it harder for people to win the whole jackpot. By having an extra 10 balls in the draw it is estimated that the chances of winning is 1 in every 45 million compared to before which was 1 in every 14 million.

The numbers on Wednesday nights draw were 8, 30, 40, 50, 54, 57 and the bonus ball was 13. Before the numbers were draw the website crashed at around 6pm for 10 minutes while people were trying to purchase more tickets.

There will be a draw both tonight and tomorrow night worth over £100 million. It is alleged that the number of people playing for this jackpot has hit an all time high with an estimated amount of over 40 million.

If someone wins this weekends £57.8 million jackpot they will be the biggest winner in the UK up to this date. In fact, if you win this weekend’s lottery you will be in the same wealth bracket as Wayne Rooney and Kylie Minogue. You could buy over 300 Ferrari’s that are worth £155,000. If no one matches all the numbers they will then go down to all the people matching 5 numbers and the bonus ball and the money will be split between them.


Article written by Chantel Georgiou
Epiphany

Epiphany

The 6th January is known as the day of the “feast of Epiphany”. Epiphany comes from the Greek word Epiphaneia (Ἐπιφάνεια), meaning Manifestation.

This is the 12th day of Christmas also known as the end of the festive season. The feast of Epiphany, is a Christian feast that celebrates the revelation of God the Son as human in Jesus Christ.

This day marks two important events. It is the day that the three wise men followed the star to Bethlehem leading them to visit Jesus for the first time when he was revealed to the world. The three wise men were called Melchior, Caspar and Balthazar who brought Jesus gifts of myrrh, frankincense and gold. It is also the day that marks the baptism of Jesus Christ by John the Baptist. Pope Francis is holding the annual mass today in Vatican City in St Peter’s Basilica in Rome to celebrate these two historical events.

Epiphany is mainly celebrated by Catholics and Orthodox Christians. It’s a big and important festival in Spain, where it’s also known as ‘The festival of the three Magic Kings’.

According to Greek Orthodox Church’s traditions, a priest will bless the waters by throwing a cross into it as worshippers try to retrieve it. In Prague, there is a traditional Three Kings swim to commemorate Epiphany Day at the Vltava River.


Article written by Chantel Georgiou
#DenPaoApopseSpiti

Kyriacos releases new hit Single…

Since Cypriot singer Kyriacos Georgiou performed at our “End of Summer Party” in September 2015, he has not taken his foot off the accelerator. After visiting London, Kyri spent the intervening few weeks, and months, in Thessaloniki recording and releasing his latest hit.

The E-Single ‘Den Pao Apopse Spiti‘ is an up-beat and catchy Modern Laiko number, co-written by Giannis Iremias and Grigoris Vaxevanelis.

The 22-year-old singer then flew back to London to film the music video to his song featuring Athena Efstathiou, with London as their backdrop and Salih Karakis as the video director.

Fans of Kyriacos Georgiou are expecting exciting things in 2016; Kyri will be performing alongside Despina Vandi, Pantelis Pantelidis and Kostas Martakis, at the Pyli Axiou which is in Thessaloniki, until 9th January.

Kyri will then be travelling to America on the 18th January, going from Miami, to Orlando Florida for a Greek Party on the 31st January. He finally returns to Athens in February, initiating what will be Easter Season at Teatro.

If you have yet to check out the music video for ‘Den Pao Apopse Spiti‘ then stop everything and watch this:


Article written by Tony Neophytou
Anaxagoras Hadjigeorghiou is missing from Winchmore Hill

Anaxagoras Hadjigeorghiou is missing from Winchmore Hill

Police appealing for a man of Cypriot origin missing from Winchmore Hill, was last seen at 04:00 hours on Sunday, 3 January. Police have contacted LGR tonight, at about 9:45pm which means he is still missing and his whereabouts is uncertain.

Anaxagoras Hadjigeorghiou, 74, (date of birth is 29th August 1941), is described as white, 6ft tall of slim build. He has grey hair and grey stubble; he may also be wearing glasses.

He has dementia and may be confused.

LGR was appealing for any news tonight live On-Air on 103.3FM to listeners, broadening that appeal to anybody who might be able to find this gentleman.

If you think you might have any information which might help find Mr Hadjigeorghiou is asked to contact officers at Enfield on 07748 780330 or via 101.

UPDATED… 5th January 2016

Police sources confirmed to LGR Anaxagoras was found safe and well at 4:30 this morningHe walked in to a shop and was recognised by his photograph

Thank you for the overwhelming reaction to helping to find this gentleman and all of your shares and visits to lgr.co.uk.


Article written by London Greek Radio

Rock legend passes away amid new album release

Rock legend passes away amid new album release

Singer David Bowie, one of the legendary iconic musicians spanning five decades, has died of cancer at the age of 69.

A statement was issued on his social media accounts, saying he “died peacefully, surrounded by his family” after an “18-month battle with cancer”.

Bowie’s son Duncan Jones, who is a Bafta-winning film director, wrote on Twitter: “Very sorry and sad to say it’s true. I’ll be offline for a while. Love to all.”

The long back-catalogue of hits including ‘Let’s Dance’, ‘Changes’, ‘Space Oddity’, ‘Starman’, ‘Modern Love’, ‘Heroes’, ‘Under Pressure’, ‘Rebel Rebel’ and ‘Life on Mars’.

Bowie even boasted a very real connection to Cyprus, dating back to the 1970’s when he met his first wife Mary Angela Barnett, who was not a Cypriot, was born in Ayios Dhometrios, reigning of English and Polish descent.

Bowie’s song ‘Move On‘ in 1979 featured the lyrics ”Cyprus is my island, When the going’s rough, I would love to find you, Somewhere in a place like that”.

The singer only released his brand new album, ‘Blackstar’ last Friday, his birthday.

‘Blackstar’ is on course to be number one in the UK this Friday, according to the Official Charts Company, with combined sales of more than 43,000.


Article written by Tony Neophytou