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Xylouris in Glasgow-29 August

posted by Nondas Pitticas

At The Hug and Pint on Great Western Road this month, the fantastic music of Xylouris White returns to Glasgow.

For anyone who isn’t familiar with this duo: George Xylouris (son of world-renowned Cretan singer, composer and lyra performer Psarantonis - Antonis Xylouris) and Jim White (Australian drummer, composer, founder of Dirty Three)create avant-garde music influenced by rock, free jazz and Greek folk traditions.
When they previously performed in our venue, the atmosphere was electric. Within the audience, a large Greek contingent observed, danced, and revelled into the night.

Their return is on Tuesday 29th August.

If you’re interested in attending this event, or know others that would enjoy it, tickets are available to purchase here: https://www.thehugandpint.com/events/2017-08-29-xylouris-white-ft-jim-white-of-dirty-three-the-hug-and-pint

More information on Xylouris White is available at their website: https://www.xylouriswhite.com/

Visit by Cypriot Technical Schools

posted 13 Mar 2017, 16:23 by Nondas Pitticas

On Sunday 12th March, some 50 pupils and 5 teaching staff (pictured) from the A' Larnaca Technical School visited our community and were welcomed by, among others, our Chair Ms. Ridi Stakis Christie (pictured) and the Priest in Charge, Fr. Constantinos Papageorgiou.  The group are on a 3-week visit to Glasgow University's Mechanical Engineering Department, their visit supported by the ERASMUS+ mobility program.
The Nicholas Trust offered hospitality at the end of their visit, organised by Mr. and Mrs. Scholarios.


posted 20 Nov 2016, 01:38 by Nondas Pitticas   [ updated 17 Jan 2017, 12:01 ]

Sunday 15th January 2017 at 13:30
The traditional community vasilopita event took place on above date and the picture below is from that event.  Winners of the lucky coins were the Church itself, Mrs. Maria Pitticas and Mr. George Ladas.
Fr. Constantinos, Fr. Markos and Mrs. Scholarios busy with the community's 4 vasilopittes

How many Greeks in the UK or Scotland?

posted 14 Aug 2016, 23:40 by Nondas Pitticas   [ updated 14 Aug 2016, 23:53 ]

The probability to meet someone speaking Greek walking around Glasgow, has increased in recent years.  While accurate figures are not available, the table below may serve as a good indicator of what has happened in the last few years.  It shows the number of Greek nationals that obtained a National Insurance Number; it was compiled by the Embassy of Greece in London (c) and was published at the newspaper To Vima on Sunday 14th August 2016.

 Age 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
 < 18  12         20 27 69 64 145 27
 18-24 844 1,5081,913 2,624 2,473 3,157 916 
 25-34 1,8763,124 3,835 4,839 4,655 5,388 1,727 
 35-44 343641 1,117 1,563 1,662 2,088 736 
 45-54 117220 389 569 700 929 344 
 55-59 31 4072 120 145 200 79 
 > 60 4647 66 105 102 114 54 

%age of applications







An interesting comparison can also be seen on the following table, that shows similar applications from other countries, for the years 2014 and 2015.
  2014       2015
 Romania  145,575 169,888
 Poland 107,417 111,270
 Italy 51,217 58,653
 Spain 50,260 50,028
 Bulgaria 41,785 39,189
 India 31,749 35,065
 Portugal 30,456 32,031
 France 25,420 27,618
 Hungary 22,331 22,197
 Lithuania  20,528 21,736
 Ireland 18,237 17,646
 China 12,524 13,120
 Pakistan 12,607 12,844
 Slovakia 11,497 9,575
 Greece 9,790 12,022

Kaiti Theohari

posted 18 Jun 2016, 12:46 by Nondas Pitticas

The Greek Community and Greek School of Glasgow mourn the passing away of our long standing member and foundation stone of our School, Kaiti Theohari, who passed peacefully away on Saturday 28th May 2016.  Kaiti and her older sister Georgia McCann (who passed away on 16th September 2011) had been teaching, most of the times single-handedly, at our School since the late 60s.  It was not until the late 90s that the Greek Ministry of Education recognized their efforts and started seconding teachers from the mainland for 3-year periods to help the two sisters' work.  The community is heavily indebted to Kaiti's and Georgia's work and Kaiti's jovial character will be sorely missed by the younger generations.  She is survived by her younger sister, Dimitra.

Kaiti on the right and Georgia on the left, are pictured below with two of their pupils in an event that took place on 17th April 2007.

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