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by hydriot
Sun Nov 05, 2017 9:03 pm
Forum: Leonard Cohen 80 years on September 21, 2014
Topic: Bench updates
Replies: 155
Views: 48179

Re: Bench updates

The real problem is the lack of shade. I have seen people sitting on the nearby ordinary wooden bench rather than on Leonard's simply because the former is shady. The bench is north facing, so a tree planted behind it would really help.
by hydriot
Sat May 20, 2017 10:58 pm
Forum: Hydra Meetups 2017, 2015, 2013, 2011, 2009, 2007, 2005 & The Event in 2002
Topic: Greek strikes
Replies: 1
Views: 776

Greek strikes

The island has just emerged from four days of isolation due to a prolonged General Strike in which no Flying Dolphins ran. If this should happen to any of you, there is now a €7 service four times a day from Ermioni to the island. Ermioni is on the mainland northwest of the island. It can be reached...
by hydriot
Sat May 20, 2017 10:48 pm
Forum: Leonard Cohen 80 years on September 21, 2014
Topic: Bench updates
Replies: 155
Views: 48179

Re: Bench updates

Lakis reports: "The Office has informed them that the original plan will not be accepted because there are no similar objects on the island."

This is untrue. There are two maybe three similar stone benches (albeit linear) on the road to Mandraki.
by hydriot
Wed May 17, 2017 6:13 pm
Forum: Hydra Meetups 2017, 2015, 2013, 2011, 2009, 2007, 2005 & The Event in 2002
Topic: Where to eat on Hydra
Replies: 2
Views: 1026

Re: Where to eat on Hydra

Every-one has their favourite of course (and I won't mention mine) but I also like Psaropoulos which moved last year from the front to overlooking the port on the far west side. I particularly recommend their seafood salad. Crypto Limani (The Secret Harbour) is tiny but much appreciated by locals: o...
by hydriot
Wed May 17, 2017 5:57 pm
Forum: Hydra Meetups 2017, 2015, 2013, 2011, 2009, 2007, 2005 & The Event in 2002
Topic: Hydra is ready for us
Replies: 1
Views: 828

Re: Hydra is ready for us

For those unaware, the Roloi (where I am typing this right now) was Katsika's grocery store. The doorway was where Leonard first invited Marianne to join his table.
by hydriot
Wed May 17, 2017 5:47 pm
Forum: Leonard Cohen 80 years on September 21, 2014
Topic: Bench updates
Replies: 155
Views: 48179

Re: Bench updates

I am on the island now and there is no sign of anything happening. Just two days of General Strike and rain.
by hydriot
Wed Feb 08, 2017 2:25 am
Forum: Hydra Meetups 2017, 2015, 2013, 2011, 2009, 2007, 2005 & The Event in 2002
Topic: Travel Hints to Hydra
Replies: 1
Views: 1871

Re: Travel Hints to Hydra

The aerial view is very helpful, but here are some further points. The X96 bus approaches from the bottom right hand corner of the aerial view. Rather than getting off at E, there is a stop alongside a very imposing Byzantine style building which looks like a cathedral but which I think is a museum....
by hydriot
Sun Oct 23, 2016 2:08 am
Forum: News
Topic: Leonard Cohen's health
Replies: 41
Views: 9643

Re: Leonard Cohen's health

Here's a cautionary tale for you all. When Leonard started touring again in 2008, at the end of each concert, that year and the following years, I would wonder sadly if it was to be the last time I heard him live, if death would intervene between us. I was right to fear that death would come between...
by hydriot
Mon Sep 12, 2016 4:06 pm
Forum: Comments & Questions
Topic: New album, new concert?
Replies: 13
Views: 2229

Re: New album, new concert?

I really think his admirers should now allow Leonard to retire from public life. He doesn't have any obligation to entertain us. We are incredibly lucky to have this huge back catalogue to sustain us all for decades. That should be enough for us.
by hydriot
Mon Sep 12, 2016 3:56 pm
Forum: Leonard Cohen 80 years on September 21, 2014
Topic: Bench updates
Replies: 155
Views: 48179

Re: Bench updates

I am on the island now, and sad that there is still no sign of the bench. It is intriguing, isn't it, that mayors who in Greece have dictatorial powers don't actually have the discretion to site a bench on one of their paths without the involvement of a pantheon of bureaucrats. I suspect someone som...
by hydriot
Sat Aug 06, 2016 12:53 am
Forum: News
Topic: Sad news: Marianne Ihlen dies
Replies: 49
Views: 18928

Re: Sad news: Marianne Ihlen dies

What I remember of her on Hydra in the sixties was her elegance: she wore a long light skirt that swished around her ankles, years before long skirts became fashionable. She had the deportment of an ice-skater: she seemed to not walk but glide across the stones of the quayside. I was only a teenager...
by hydriot
Fri Nov 13, 2015 12:03 am
Forum: Comments & Questions
Topic: Store room
Replies: 3
Views: 1692

Re: Store room

What I really want to hear is Leonard singing Priests. I gather there was a recording of it long ago, apparently now lost. I've only ever heard it sung by Judy Collins.
by hydriot
Sun Oct 25, 2015 1:44 pm
Forum: Hydra Meetups 2017, 2015, 2013, 2011, 2009, 2007, 2005 & The Event in 2002
Topic: flooding
Replies: 9
Views: 5455

Re: flooding

And two weeks ago, walking down to the sea at Kamini, my daughter asked me: "Does this river ever fill up?" Hydra in winter is very different from its beguiling enchantment in summer.
by hydriot
Tue Oct 06, 2015 1:59 pm
Forum: Comments & Questions
Topic: Suzanne Elrod
Replies: 10
Views: 8844

Re: Suzanne Elrod

"I guess that is why they split" is the sentence that irritates. I'd hate strangers to guess anything about the failure of any of my relationships. Leonard lives very much for the present day, and I doubt any woman could pin him down permanently in a conventional relationship. But their parting must...
by hydriot
Sat Sep 26, 2015 6:48 pm
Forum: Leonard Cohen 80 years on September 21, 2014
Topic: Bench updates
Replies: 155
Views: 48179

Re: Bench updates

Here are some pictures of the location, showing that the bench cannot be seen from the house above, which is both at a higher level and with a wide path intervening. The location is completely screened from above by the foliage of young trees. Residents already rest on the steps. How much more comfo...

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