So lets start with the T-shirts and here are the other 9 designs to go along with the one I've already posted on here:-
These are available from the bar but need 24 hours notice for printing as saves me having to carry stock.
I like to keep an eye on how things are going in Greece so i buy The Athens News Weekly and its quite a good read, it also has TV listings and was surprised to see that Doctor Who is actually a Documentary. The definition of Documentary is a Nonfictional film or Programme, Wow so time travel is real, Brilliant! I watched it and Kylie Minogue was a waitress on a spaceship called Titanic, She really has fallen on hard times from music superstar to a waitress, these documentaries are cutting edge stuff haha.
Also you can see just below it "Auto Programme" this is actually "Top Gear".
And doesn't Laganas look clean, also that strange smell has gone which you get when you walk down the road during the day in high season, you know the one, stale beer, rotten food and rainbow yodle all mixed together mmmmmm, Nice! DON'T THINK SO!
So my lovely Helen came to visit during Easter week to help me with the bar and to enjoy the celebrations. Shame the weather was bloody horrible. Was lovely the day she arrived and lovely the day she left, the days in between were rain, high winds and storms. She got out of the painting (isn't that lucky) but she did do an excellent job of glossing the toilet doors, i hate painting so much which you could most probably see last season as the bar looked like Stevie Wonder had a go at it. Getting stuck in to it now, all the inside of the bar is finished just need to put the new art work up supplied by Alan. Many thanks Alan you can see his work on his site:-
The first 3 paintings you see on his site being held up i have for the ceiling of the inside of the bar along with 8 others for the walls to go along with my autographed rock pictures.
Being as the weather was so bad, during the daytime we always used to head out for a coffee in town to a cafe bar called "Lobby" on the port road next to the Strada Marina Hotel, they make my frappe exactly the way i like it. Then in the Night we would visit a different cafe bar called "Filion" near St. Marcos Square on Alexandar Roma, in here it was Havana Club Gold & sprite, they made it just the way i like it LOL.
Now being as i never get a chance to visit Zakynthos town at night (unless its after 4am) i don't get to go to my favorite tavernas apart from during the day but at night they seem to come alive. In one of them where we ate when Helen was here my friend Thassos who owns "Methanes" (may have spelt it wrong but that's what it sounds like LOL) got out his guitar and sang traditional Greek songs. It was so good to see, the locals joined in with singing, i joined in pretending to know the words as i did know the songs, and my foot tapping was second to none. So below is a pic of the man himself in action and a short video. Sorry for it being so short but its quicker to upload and also sorry for the quality but its off an old phone that i wouldn't change for anything as it does the jobs i need it to do. Enjoy!
Now on to Easter! Over here its a real big thing, its not about chocolate eggs and its wonderful to see. You do have to be a night owl though as the parade doesn't start till 4am. We headed in at 2.30am to get a seat in Filion cafe bar so we could watch the parade go by as it starts from St. Marco Square. Myself, Helen, Leigh and Rachel had front row seats. The parade is to symbolis the funeral of Jesus Christ. Of course with me being a Reverend it was a bit of a busmans holiday LOL. There were 3 marching bands, a local school and a few priests with the coffin of Christ thrown in for good measure. The local school was first but they looked frozen bless them as it was cold and pretty late, then came the bands, all of which only played a drum beat to keep time for the slow step and then there was a few guys with a velvet gazebo and at the very end the coffin of Jesus Christ that is said to have a little of his spirit in it.
First marching band.
The Velvet Gazebo with man carrying picture, never did find out who the painting was.
We sat at our seats until all the parade had passed then went for a walk in to Solomos Square and caught up with the parade where the bands had started playing properly so we joined on to the parade behind the coffin and walked with it to the church behind the Diana Hotel in St. Marco Square where there was then a service. Now by this time it was 6am and the service was still going on and the best was yet to come, the "Smashing of the reject Pots". Now you could get a pot to smash for between 5-10€. Everyone gathers around the center of St. Marco Square and lobs a pot in to the center, IT'S CRAZY! Almost everyone has a pot to throw and i mean hundreds of people and then just all of a sudden everyone starts throwing them over the heads of the people in front in to the center of the square to smash on the floor, its like a friendly happy version of the London riots LOL. Feel sorry for the cleaner. Its now my third time of seeing all the celebrations and its still just as good.
The children have a tradition of colouring eggs then playing a version of Conkers with them. You get your egg and tap someone elses egg end to end, if yours breaks you can then use the opposite end of your egg to play again but if it doesn't break you then continue smashing other peoples eggs with yours till yours breaks or doesn't. It was like a more colouful scene from Cool Hand Luke.
Easter over, Helen's holiday over and off she went, very horrible seeing Helen leave as had a great winter and a great week but she's on it already looking for her next flights, WOOHOO!
And finally (sounds like news at 10) while i was at my suppliers looking for some new drinks to try i came across a box tucked away on a bottom shelf and i was amazed to see Bruce Willis staring out from it (he wasn't in it staring out, that would just cruel) the pose looks like more for a watch advert but as you can see its for a vodka, Sobieski? Bruce says "The best vodka i know" he obviously doesn't know many vodkas LOL.
Do you think it was a one off shot that can be used for anything? could be for aftershave, you could paste a watch on his wrist, a gun in his hand, cap on his head, its a multi photo that his agent can use to sell to any company and get a shed load of cash for it, the company just adds a phrase.
Ticky Tocky Watches - "The best watch i know"
Bang Bang - "The best gun i know"
Handy Cap - "The best cap i know"
No pics of the bar as its an absolute mess outside, bricks and rubble, palm branches, dirt everywhere, right old mess it is but as soon as its all finished i will reveal it in all its blue and white glory. All my paperwork is complete now so I'm all ready to go. so glad i don't have to do paperwork for staff as well, thats why i work alone LOL. I've been told by a friend who works in the tax office here and my accountant that this season they're cracking down on illegal workers who aren't paying tax (IKA). Business owners will be hit hard with big fines if anyone working at the business doesn't have the correct papers to produce there and then when they pay them a visit, this has come about due to Greece losing millions in none paid tax. So beware, you've been warned haha.
So until next week my lovely readers, REACH FOR THE SKIES!