Sunday, 23 December 2007

Merry Christmas!

A Christmas flower...

There's a whole Christmas flower tree below my balcony.

One day left for Christmas and Corfu is full of sunshine!
The weather forecast predicted rain but no, here it is spring time! But you never know! Tomorrow it may rain though there isn't a single cloud in the sky.

If you stroll along Garitsa bay and look at the horizon, you will see the mountain peaks of the Greek mainland and Albania covered in snow. That's why it is cold at night. But the sky is blue, the sea is blue and the birds are singing! That's why I love Corfu. It's a small paradise but some people still haven't realised that. They ruin things. Like those who broke into a small monastery on the 22nd of December and stole a couple of holy items such as the Bible (Evaggelio), which is 200 years old, the holy Cup and other church things.

The monastery of Ayios Noufris is administered by the villages of Ano Korakiana, Skripero, Gardelades and Doukades.

The villagers beg those who have taken these items to give them back.

Those who know something about this incident, to report it to the police.

The police are investigating this case and hopefully they will find the holy items.
It is the citizens' responsibility to care for their possessions and deeds like that should not be allowed in our community.


Sibadd said...

I have mentioned this on my blog

It would help to know more. Is there a picture of the Bible and the Cup? The police must have asked for these. It would help to post these on the web.
Have there been other similar thefts on Corfu in recent weeks. Outside the tourist season should make finding the thief/thieves a little easier.
If the Bible is very valuable it could disappear across the world I'm afraid. Such items are sometimes stolen to order. If it is an opportunist thief it the items may still be on the island and the police may have suspicions. Have other communities been warned across the island about this theft? If there is another theft (I hope not) but the thief is caught through greater alertness this time, he may help recover what was stolen on 22 December.
Does the monastery have a CCTV system? I know it is sad to have to use such things but it is possible to set up 'fake' ones that can act as a deterrent.
We have signs on lamp-posts up in some country areas which say 'Neighbourhood Watch - our community is watching for suspicious activity'. Neighbours agree to keep an eye out for suspicious activity and they can take photos with mobile phones of car number plates, for instance.

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Liana said...

No details I'm afraid. I will ask Thanassis, he may have some.