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Greek Kourambiedes – “The” Christmas Cookie

Ingredients Beat on medium speed until lightened in color and creamy: 3/4 pound unsalted butter, softened & 1/4 teaspoon salt Beat until very fluffy and well blended: 2/3 cup powdered sugar & 1 large egg yolk 2 tablespoons brandy & 1 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract And then gradually add and stir until well blended and smooth: 3 cups all-purpose flour, sifted 1 cup Ground Almonds (optional) Instructions 1. Cover and refrigerate the dough until firm enough to shape into balls, about 1 hour. 2. Position a rack in the upper third of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350°F…

Ottawa Mayor proclaims Oxi Day

His Worship Mayor Jim Watson officially proclaimed October 28th as “Oxi Day” for the residents of Ottawa. The proclamation states:   Whereas, each year on this date, people of Hellenic heritage around the world celebrate the anniversary of the infamous WWII response “Oxi” by a besieged Greek Nation to the aggression of the Axis powers; and Whereas, this triumph of human spirit over tyranny, demonstrated by Greeks in their hour of darkness, has endured as a shining example for all free people and nations in our world to stand and defend the ideals of freedom, justice and liberty; and  Whereas,…

Oxi Day in the Nation’s Capital

Today Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson recognized Oxi Day with a delegation from the AHEPA Ottawa Chapter. Below is the release issued by AHEPA Ottawa. (To mark this special day with the Mayor at City Hall By George is posting background articles on the significance of Oxi Day for Hellenes in Canada and around the world.  Click: 1. A short history of Oxi Day. 2. Quotes and Memes by world leaders.) Mayor Jim Watson officially proclaims Oxi Day for City of Ottawa AHEPA Ottawa Chapter thanks Mayor for recognizing ideals of Hellenism   Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson met with a delegation…

Quotes & Memes honouring Oxi Day

On Friday this week, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson will be receiving a delegation from the AHEPA Ottawa Chapter to celebrate “Oxi Day”. To mark this special day at Ottawa City Hall By George is posting background articles on the significance of Oxi Day for Hellenes in Canada and around the world.  Yesterday, read a short history of the day. Today, what world leaders thought of the Greek efforts in 1940 and what the resistance meant for democracies threaten by Nazi aggression. Here are quotes and a selection of memes by some of the world leaders of that time as the…

Celebrating Oxi Day

On Friday this week, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson will be receiving a delegation from the AHEPA Ottawa Chapter to celebrate “Oxi Day”. It will be a special day at Ottawa City Hall! Over the next three days, By George will post background posts on Oxi Day and what it means for Hellenes in Canada and around the world.  Today, the significance and genesis of Oxi Day. Oxi Day is October 28 on the calendar, a national holiday in Greece and recognized by Greeks around the world as a day to remember Hellenic values and the courageous words and deeds of…

Lesbos: providing renewed faith in humanity

If you have been preoccupied with the thrills of the Olympic Games, or with the U.S. presidential race to the bottom, you may have missed the recent dramatic happenings on a small Aegean island, Lesbos. The daily drama and the endless stories of compassion and hope are amazing. On this island, our faith in mankind can be renewed; faith personified in simple acts of kindness and understanding that span race and religion. . With the post-failed-coup crisis unfolding in Turkey, there has been a new wave of refugees wash ashore the beaches of Lesbos. Or, more accurately, hundreds of new…

10 Facts: Pontian Greek Genocide

The Genocide of Greeks living in the lands south of the Black Sea took place between 1914 and 1923. Here are ten facts you need to know about this atrocity.   1   SUMMARY: The Greek genocide, part of which is known as the Pontic genocide, was the systematic ethnic cleansing of the Christian Ottoman Greek population from its historic homeland. It was instigated by the government of the Ottoman Empire against the Greek population and it included massacres, forced deportations involving death marches (photo below), summary expulsions, arbitrary execution, and the destruction of Christian Orthodox cultural and religious monuments.…

10 Facts: Greek Independence Day

  1. Greek Independence Day is a national holiday celebrated annually in Greece on March 25, commemorating the start of the War of Greek Independence in 1821.  The “Greek Revolution” was a successful war of independence waged by the Greek revolutionaries against the Ottoman Empire between 1821 and 1830.   2. In celebration of Greek Independence Day, towns and villages throughout Greece hold a school flag parade, during which schoolchildren march in traditional Greek costume and carry Greek flags. There is also an armed forces parade in Athens. Around the world, Greek emigrants and those of Greek descent also parade…

Greek Wisdom

On our Facebook page through this past week, By George has featured sage Greek sayings from some of the world’s greatest classic philosophers and leaders. Below you will find five of our FAVs. “Like” By George Facebook to see the full selection of Greek Wisdom (to be featured through next week as well). . Chris George, providing reliable PR counsel and effective advocacy. Need a trusted executive assistant, a communications can-do guy, or a go-to-scribe? Call 613-983-0801 @ CG&A COMMUNICATIONS.

Greek humour (applause for Ang!)

This past week By George had some fun in social media advancing Greek Comedy Night that headlined Angelo Tsarouchas “The Funny Greek.” Not familiar with Big Ang? He is hilarious: http://www.tsarouchas.com Here is Ang with one of his classic routines: It is all Greek By George promoted the evening of comedy with a series of comic Greek memes on Twitter – @ByGeorgeJournal. Here are some of our favourite. Enjoy – or should we say, Opa! BTW – Greek Comedy Night was a huge success – and largely due to the hour-and-a-half marathon performance of Ang! Chris George, providing reliable PR…