Pantelis Pantelidis passed away tragically on 18th February 2016 and since his death his fans have not stopped requesting his back-catalogue of tunes on the LGR air-waves. The listeners are making his musical legacy stay alive forever.
Since the 28th June, a wonderful and very emotional tribute song composed and released by Stavros Konstantinou who is a Cypriot singer/song writer -; the zeimbekiko song, and the lyrics are written by Rafail Efstathiou. The track ‘Sta Asteria Ekane Premiere Afieroma Ston Pantelo‘, since the time of writing has bought over 883,888 YouTube hits.
Stavros Konstantinou is not only singing the song, but telling an emotional story, envisioning a scene of Pantelis Pantelidis singing to the angels in Heaven. The lyrics of this song paint a picture of enormous depth and one can almost see and hear him performing his immutable bouzoukia amongst the stars… ‘ekei psila gia panta’ the verses are saying in Heaven… surely the angels have gained a very soulful Laiko singer who will be entertaining and captivating in eternity, and his fans are playing his songs continuously.
The reaction to his songs from our loyal listeners has been extremely positive making this song an instant hit according to the amount of emails posted to the London Greek Radio’s in-box, non-stop phone-calls, tweets and Facebook all obviously agreeing with us about the song being an exceptional, honest and genuine tribute.
I’m sure you have heard it many times before and like myself, cannot hear it enough, and so here I have written the lyrics for you to read. The melody will play in the depth of your heart.
Kleisan apopse oi Aggelou, prwto trapezi pista,
Na akousoun ithelan ki autoi, auton ton neo artista
Gia agapes pou exoune xathei, ergrafe sto xarti tou,
ta logia pou tragoudiaei vgainan ap’ tin psixi tou…
Ena vari Zeimbekiko, ston Xaronta xoreuei
kai me ta xeria anoixta, apo psila mas vlepei…
Giato ki apopse o ‘Arxontas den tha ‘nai sto sanidi,
ton zilepsan oi Aggeloi kai thelan Pantelidi…
H mana tou, tou fonaze: ”Gyrna paidi mou piso”
Tis eipa: Mana den mporw angelous na lipisw
Xwris esena perasan oi mines me akoma,
pote mou den katalava, pws vrethikes sto xoma.
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Hear the songs of the LEGENDS Grigoris Bithikotsis, Yiannis Parios and Stratos Dionysiou sung by their own sons at this exclusive event produced by Prive Productions! Enjoy an evening with the songs and music that form the pillars of Greek music and entertainment today. Join us to sing, dance, drink and celebrate the epic all-time classics that have been sung by these three legends, brought to you by their own flesh and blood – its the next best thing to seeing the legends live – which alas can now never happen. DON’T MISS THIS!
FRIDAY 4th NOVEMBER
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Boris Johnson has said that Cyprus is potentially on the verge of some great progress in terms of reaching a negotiated settlement to the long-standing division following the Turkish invasion of 1974 and the subsequent 42-year long illegal occupation of the northern part of the island.
Appearing before the Commons Foreign Affairs Committee on Thursday, where he answered questions on a number of foreign policy issues, the UK Foreign Secretary was asked by Conservative MP Andrew Rosindell whether he would work with the Cypriots for a “fair and amicable” solution, while preserving the British sovereignty over the military bases in Akrotiri and Dhekelia.
“We are potentially on the verge of some great progress in Cyprus and I pay tribute to both leaders on both sides, Mr Anastasiades and Mr Akinci whom I met both and Mr Kasoulides the Foreign Minister too in New York,” replied Mr Johnson.
“The Turks are playing their role, the Greeks are playing their role, we obviously have a role too; the territory of our bases is huge in Cyprus. We are willing to cede some of that territory that we don’t need to help move the process forward and that’s a good thing. I think it’s too early to count our chickens in Cyprus, it really is,” added the British Foreign Secretary.
And he concluded: “Cyprus is one of the few examples in the world of two leaders who are willing to show leadership. These two guys are trying to make a difference for peace and being willing to take a risk with the electorates behind them rather than solely obeying the narrow party politics of the group that’s got them into power. They are really reaching out for peace and I think that they are doing a great thing.”
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We watched the game, Greece vs. Cyprus from the arm-chair, or more like a seat that swivels from the LGR offices.
It was the first time these neighbouring teams met, making history in an awesome competitive game. The stakes were very high as either a win or a draw, would be help to the sides chances to qualify for the World Cup finals 2018 in Russia.
Friday night October 7th at 19:45 at the Football Stadium Georgios Karaiskakis, we finally had kick-off…
The match was full of excitement, as the visiting team, Cyprus, were quick to go on counter-attack and creative, troubling Greece’s defence to the approving roar of the visiting 1,500 Cypriot fans making the trip to Piraeus. Greece’s make-shift midfield brought in Kostas Stafylidis replacing Andreas Samaris who was injured next to Giannis Maniatis as holding midfielders, and they were tested by the ambitious Cypriot team who pressed forward in the early moments of the game.
Despite our plucky Cypriot showing, it was the in-form Kostas Mitroglou opening the score in the 12 minute, with a fine shot. Kostas Fortounis took hold of a loose ball in the Cyprus box and fed incoming Mitroglou who slid the ball past Cypriot keeper Kostas Panagi and his strike making it two goals out of two qualifiers for him.
Taking full advantage of a Cypriot goalkeeping error by Panagi, Greek player Petros Mantalos made it two at 42 minutes before Half-Time crucially.
2-0 ahead for Greece, job well done for the German coach Michael Skibbe of the Greek team, who prior to the game said they had a need to erase Euro 2016’s qualifying phase for them and pick up points helping them to get closer to the qualification to the World Cup which is to take place in two years.
Second-Half, Cyprus showed desperate signs of immediately trying to take something from the match, with efforts by Nestor Mytides and Giorgos Efrem, and was unlucky not to score as they caught Greece’s defence by surprise with again their ambitious counter-attacking style. The second half continued and it seemed an air of content was clearly taking over; both teams were looking increasingly to the full-time whistle.
So, it seems both sides were turning their mind to Monday when they have equally very serious qualifiers to think about. All in all, Greece are definitely the happier outfit with two wins out of two games following the 4-1 away victory over Gibraltar, completing four wins on the trot. Cyprus is yet to register a single point and will be hoping with enough time ahead to make their impression for Group H’s qualification phase.
Both countries meet again in Nicosia on 7th October 2017 to wind up the campaign.
Greece is now joint top of the table along with Belgium and on Monday the team will travel to Estonia. Cyprus, still on zero points, visits Bosnia next.
Good luck Cyprus.
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London Greek Radio is celebrating 33 years since first taking to the air on October 8th 1983, transmitting to the very huge community of Greek and Cypriot listeners, and not only. The sometimes turbulent history is absolutely fascinating; during the 1980’s LGR survived a number of police raids in attempts to close the station down, forcing it to relocate premises regularly, from above a Greek delicatessen in Muswell Hill to the up-stairs of a Dj’s house in Highbury.
LGR was not like other ‘illegal’ entities it was itself a pioneer for ethnic radio for listeners, serving the Greek speakers of London. LGR’s very being was definitely innovative and persisted despite the obvious drawbacks. LGR faced may problems and hard times but persisted and look at us today!
Ms Soulla Violaris is one of our longest serving Dj’s who started in the early days gave us her personal account. During one of her live shows she was interrupted by the authorities resulting in her arrest. She was taken to magistrate’s court and ordered to pay a fine. She felt it was right to continue at whatever cost or risk and her dedication and loyalty lead her to occasionally put in 9 hour shifts. The staff and Dj’s certainly braved much adversity and went to great lengths during the 1980’s to keep London Greek Radio being heard on air.
In a very interesting book ‘London’s Pirate Pioneers‘ this explains how a year before LGR was awarded its legal licence, authorities made their largest ever raid on them.
The biggest action ever taken by the authorities against LGR came in 1988 when the police raided LGR’s offices, yet again, only this time they confiscated all paperwork related to the station. In a case at Highgate Magistrates Court in July, companies and staff associated with London Greek Radio were fined £13,900 plus £10,550 in costs and expenses.
After losing several hundred transmitters over the years, LGR was awarded the North London Community License, returning to the air on 13th November 1989. For the first three years they had to share the frequency with an African speaking station WNK who unfortunately went out of business soon after.
The licence was granted with the essential help of tens of thousands of people who signed petitions demanding the legitimacy of LGR. The public’s voice made it clear that there was a void and vital space to fulfil for the Greek Cypriot’s long, robust community in the UK.
The station’s iconic status is truly still relevant and very popular today, and the LGR family continues to grow and expand with talented radio hosts and DJ’s entertaining our community with Greek songs for every genre, that the Greeks are known to have in absolute abundance.
Given the huge advances in technology, LGR is live on 103.3 FM and can be found on DAB in Birmingham and Manchester adding many thousands of extra listeners every month. It can be downloaded from the App store and the Play store. Our vast audience is not only Greek speaking listeners but also English, Jewish, Albanian, Arab, Bulgarian, Turkish and Russian and so many more who are constantly tuned in.
It’s very exhilarating to know, LGR has by far the biggest downloads to on TuneIn with listener statistics via our LGR App outweighing the other Cypriot radio stations based in Cyprus on the basis of the numbers. According to the current statistics, LGR is officially No.1 downloads on #TuneIn when comparing to the equivalent Cypriot stations…
This fact about London Greek Radio is a fact to be proud of.
Happy Birthday LGR! May you live to be 100 and continue your hard-work; delivering informative and entertaining formats to your listeners.
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There is no case for an interim agreement to the Cyprus problem, the President of the Republic, Nicos Anastasiades, repeated Friday.
In his remarks to reporters, following his return to the Presidential Palace from the site of the talks on the Cyprus problem, the President of the Republic said that, today, he and Mustafa Akıncı, the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community, discussed issues concerning competencies of the central government, of the constituent states, but also the responsibility that the state will have toward international obligations, so that there will be an oversight for the implementation of the obligations of the federal Republic of Cyprus.
As the President said, on most of the competencies of the central government there is convergence. He noted that “there are some outstanding differences about three or four issues, the distance is not great, as also in the case of the state responsibilities of the central state, so that there will be an adequate oversight of the implementation of our obligations as a state. I ought to say that some views, some thoughts, some concerns were submitted which allow, I believe, through further deliberation that was assigned to the interlocutors, to lead us toward convergences eventually.”
Asked whether the rotating presidency will be discussed in October, the President responded positively.
In response to another question, President Anastasiades said that there is no chance for an interim solution, because interim solutions violate the rule “nothing is agreed until everything is agreed” which is one of the advantages of the joint statement of February 11, 2014.
“What will be presented to the people of Cyprus will be a comprehensive proposal with a constitution, with the constitution of the federal government, with the constitutions of the federated states, with the agreement which will be depicting the convergences, but also with everything that will constitute annexes. Let me make it clear: the people will be presented with a complete agreement which will not omit anything from all that constitute the component parts of the solution,” he said.
Anastasiades and Akinci have been engaged in peace talks under the UN aegis with the aim to reunite Cyprus under a federal roof. The island has been divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion.
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Greece vs Cyprus. The game is just hours away. The two sides will face each other for their massive 2018 World Cup qualifying clash. They will meet competitively for the first time in their history. They were selected during last year’s draw; it’s been a long wait for sure. Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Gibraltar complete the line-up for Group H.
In Piraeus at the Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis, Friday 7th October at 19:45 GMT the whistle will blow and yes, we have kick-off.
The teams have contrasting fortunes from the first set of matches which started their campaigns only last month. Off to a flying start, the Greek team picked up three points after beating Gibraltar 4-1 away. On the other hand, Cyprus will look to get a few points on the board after they lost 3-0 to Belgium in Nicosia. Despite the early set-back, the Cypriot squad are highly motivated ahead of playing their neighbours in what should prove a very intriguing competitive derby between the countries.
Michael Skibbe the German coach of the Greece side had expressed how important it was for his side to secure a winning result. ”We have to concentrate with the first match with Cyprus, to take the three points with this same will we would hope to beat Estonia. We know that the next matches will be with Bosnia and Belgium, where we have to play two very good teams. Every point helps”.
He spoke about reviving the national team’s fortunes after the failure of the last qualifying campaign, was a low-point for the side. He made the point: ”Something has changed with the dynamic of the team. For two years we took a serious ‘beating’ and everybody does not want this. They want a change.”
Just before 13:30 on Wednesday, Cyprus’ national team arrived in Athens and as scheduled completed their first training session later at Agios Kosmas.
Christakis Christoforou’s men can draw inspiration from the fact that league champions Apoel with internationals such as Giorgos Merkis, Giorgos Efrem and Pieros Sotiriou within their ranks defeated Greek giants Olympiacos 1-0 at Karaiskakis Stadium in the Europa League last week thanks to an amazing goal by Sotiriou.
The Cyprus coach emphasised his team’s ethos of playing well and treating the game in a very ‘competitive’ way. He explained ”There are teams like Belgium who are very difficult to take a positive result. Our effort with Belgium until 60′ minutes was good. We have analysed the game and the mistakes and I believe we will be in a better shape against Greece.”
Cypriot midfielder Georgios Efrem took the point ”that the game is itself unique because of our common links we have with Greece. That said however in the match we will be opponents for 90’ minutes and I hope we can take a positive result.”
The nations have only previously met in friendly matches; Cyprus in the first ever meeting between the sides in 1963 in Nicosia; walked away with a 3-1 victory on that occasion. Since then the Greek side have got the better of their clashes albeit only friendly ones, with a superior head-to-head with 15 wins, 7 draws and only 3 loses to the Cypriot side.
Good luck and may the best team win.
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The discussion on the ability of constituent states to sign international treaties has been essentially concluded, President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades has said on Wednesday, while explaining that such treaties will be feasible in a limited number of areas, following a specific procedure.
President Anastasiades met earlier this morning with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, in the framework of intensified talks for a Cyprus settlement. In statements at the Presidential Palace, after the meeting, the President said that they also discussed the external relations of constituent states, over which there has been significant progress, with some details still pending.
In their next meeting, on Friday, the President noted that the leaders will continue their discussion on the economy and other topics, in an effort to address existing differences.
Asked about yesterday`s announcement over the procedure that will be followed in the settlement talks, and which has triggered subsequently reactions among political parties, the President replied that “what matters is not the procedure, but the essence”.
Returning from a similar meeting on Tuesday, President Anastasiades stated that the two sides had agreed to intensify talks in October with an aim to overcome difficulties in the four chapters that are currently under discussion, i.e. Governance, Economy, EU affairs and Property. If progress is reached, they will then continue with the discussion of the fifth chapter on Territory, probably abroad and if conditions allow, they will finally broach the issue of Security and Guarantees in the framework of a multilateral conference.
Commenting on the procedure that has been agreed, the President underlined on Wednesday that it contains “no strict timetables” or “any sort of arbitration”. Asked if progress in the four chapters that are currently under discussion is a precondition to go on with the discussion on Territory, he replied that this is not necessary. He noted however that in order to have progress in the chapter of Property, there must be progress in Territory as well.
Asked if a meeting to discuss territorial adjustments will take place abroad in November, President Anastasiades replied that “no meeting has been set”, although the Greek Cypriot side would prefer to accelerate things in order to reach an agreement, and not an interim one as some say.
On another question, about the conditions that would allow a multilateral conference on Security and Guarantees to convene, the President said that progress over the previous five chapters is needed that will allow for the discussion of the sixth chapter (Security and Guarantees). He noted that this chapter also involves other parties, and in particular the Republic of Cyprus, Britain, Greece and Turkey.
“If there is previously no satisfying progress, how can I go and discuss the international aspect that concerns Security and Guarantees” the President underlined.
He said finally that the issue of rotating presidency was not discussed today or will be discussed in the present phase of negotiations.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied the island`s northern third. President Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci have been engaged in UN-led talks since May last year with a view to reunite the island under a federal roof.
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Ban Ki moon’s Special Envoy Espen Barth Eide said on Monday that it is clear that territory chapter in UN peace talks for a Cyprus solution will soon have to be discussed and possibly before we go into at least the full-fledged discussions on security.
Speaking to the press after a meeting he had with President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades and asked whether it is clear that territory will not be discussed with the chapters of guarantees and security, Eide said that at least one side and increasingly both sides “also recognise that we have to find the right modalities for that discussion, because that discussion is somewhat different than the discussion on governance“.
Eide, who met with President Anastasiades in view of the new round of intensified talks to start on Tuesday, pointed out that the issue of territorial exchange affects ordinary people in a slightly different way than i.e the quotas in the central Bank board.
“Both issues are important, but we have to respect that and find a way to discuss it (territorial), which also connects with other issues in an appropriate manner and also both sides can feel that we are ready for the final discussion“, Eide said.
Invited to comment on opinions expressed about discussing the issue of territory abroad, SG Special Envoy said that the two leaders will meet tomorrow and they are committed to create the space, “both physical and more in a mental sense”, to be able to deal with issues which are so sensitive.
“Where exactly that will happen I think I will leave it to them to decide and announce. This is a leader led process. I keep insisting on that, is actually led by the leaders and nobody else, not by me, not by Ban Ki-moon, not by anyone else in the island, is led by the leaders and if this is going to work, we have to respect the leader led nature of the process“, he underlined.
Eide also said that thankfully, Cypriots have two leaders, Anastasiades and Akinci who want this to work, adding however that they both represent communities with divergence of views “and they have to represent different views that exist in their communities“.
“But my strong sense, confirmed today, is that they are in it for real and they try to solve this without any unnecessary loss of time“, he said.
Eide described his meeting with President Anastasiades as long and substantive, adding that we need now to focus on how we organise the coming days and weeks in the process.
He said that during the meeting UNSG had with both leaders in NYC on September 25th , they both presented a very similar picture to the SG of where we are, what has been achieved and what remains to be done “and they recommitted to their noble goal of seeking a settlement if possible at the end of this year“.
“But we still have to agree on how we sequence things and how we organise the coming days and weeks“, he said.
He said that during the leaders` meeting tomorrow, a plan will be decided as regards the meetings to follow, saying that there will be frequent meetings in October “in order to try to overcome those issues which are closed“.
According to Eide, the commitment is clearly there, pointing out that he heard it again from President Anastasiades today and he knows that the same goes for T/c leader Mustafa Akinci.
He said that in any peace process there are challenges of last mile or last miles, “which is when you see that a settlement is actually within reach, you also know that in order to get there you have to make some further agreements, concessions and in order to do that you really need to make sure that you have the right setting for doing it“.
“I think that is very much what we will discuss tomorrow and in the subsequent meetings, we will then start discussing issue by issue and try actually close them down so that we can move into the important issues of territory and eventually security, in an appropriate manner in Cyprus or wherever else, but as the leaders agree“, Eide said.
Anastasiades and Akinci embark on a new round of intensified talks tomorrow, under the aegis of the UN, with the aim to reunite Cyprus, divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion.
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Cyprus first division football league leader AEK of Larnaca continued its winning streak beating Nea Salamina away with 1-0.
AEK is the only team with six victories in six matches and leads the standings with 18 points.
APOEL of Nicosia defeated Doxa Katokopias with 2-0 in GSP, whereas AEL of Limassol drew 0-0 with Anorthosis of Famagusta. Apollon of Limassol beat Omonia with 2-1 in limassol and climbed to the fifth spot in the standings one point less from Omonia.
Ethnicos Ahnas beat Anagennisi Derynias with 5-3, whereas Aris of Limassol was forced to a goalless draw by AEZ Zakakiou in Tsirion Stadium
Karmiotissa of Polimidia defeated Ermis Aradippou with 3-0.
STANDINGS: AEK 18, APOEL 16, AEL 14, Omonia11, Apollon 10, Ermis 9, Anorthosis 7, AEZ 6, Karmiotissa 5, Nea Salamina 5, Aris 4, Doxa Katokopias 5, Anagennisi Derynias 1.
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