Tales from the coffeeshop

SEVERAL volumes of the works of poet, educationalist, researcher and wit Pavlos Xioutas, are being offered by Haravghi newspaper to its readers. Xioutas, who passed away in 1991, is very highly regarded by the commies of AKEL, but do not ask why, because I heard of him for the first time on a radio advertisement promoting the Haravghi offer. I suspect he may have been a bit of a leftie.

The divers who ‘deep clean’ the sea

PLASTIC bottles and torn and tattered umbrellas you might expect to find bobbing around in our increasing polluted seas. But washing machines? And car tyres? Surely there’s a limit to how far some people view the Mediterranean as their own personal rubbish dump.

Fans reeling as Anorthosis Chairman held on fraud charge

THE NICOSIA District Court yesterday remanded Anorthosis Chairman Andreas Panteli in custody for three days while police investigate six charges of theft, forgery and concealment, in a case that has left fans reeling after the recent exhilaration of their unprecedented Champions League run.

Same old excuses from the minister


We write regarding the article in the Cyprus Mail, November 25, titled “Minister Urges Patience Over Title Deeds Issue”.

Mr Sylikiotis once again trots out the same pathetic excuse that it’s all the buyers’ fault stating that “people who buy homes cannot be blindly signing contracts”.

Russian mum beaten into coma by husband battles in-laws for custody of her son

A RUSSIAN mother who was left in a coma after being brutally beaten by her husband is now fighting her in-laws for custody of her son.

Back in July, Maria (not her real name) was taken to Nicosia General Hospital with severe head injuries.

Her four-year-old son, who witnessed his mother’s beating, was taken to the Nicosia Children’s Shelter.

The inside track on money laundering

WHO better to teach you about money laundering than a reformed money launderer?

Cypriot banks, lawyers and financial crime officers are to be given the inside scoop on the ‘tricks of the trade’ tomorrow and on Tuesday in Nicosia and Limassol respectively.

Casting an expert eye on the new Paphos airport

A RETIRED British pilot was one of a handful of passengers to fly out of the new terminal in Paphos, just after it opened, after flying into the old one, a week earlier.

Frequent visitor to Cyprus Geoff Hall and his wife Judith are well-seasoned travellers and enjoy holidaying abroad several times a year. They’ve been coming to Paphos for eight years and stay at the Elysium Hotel.