Archive October 2017

Renovation of Patrick Leigh Fermor's House

PLF house

 In late September 2017, the Benaki museum carried out an extraordinary publicity drive in London in an attempt to counter the ongoing criticism of its tenure of the house and progress with renovations. After a long period of silence, the Benaki came out with all guns blazing in an attempt to explain how things were now really moving with the house project.

Ms Geroulanou,  a member of the Executive Board of the Benaki, explained the details of the bequest & went on to show glimpses of plans. The intention is to create five independent “units” including a work area and en-suite facilities to foster privacy, focus and creativity. A Common area will be centred on the “world’s room”. Winter will be a maintenance period; in the spring there will follow two months of academic residence; there will be two periods in the late spring and early autumn for “Honorary fellows” to use the house as the writers’ retreat that Paddy foresaw; in the summer, three months will be set-aside for holiday rentals, this forming the main part of the annual income.

The house will become known as The Patrick and Joan Leigh Fermor Centre, and the Benaki plans to start a charity in the UK to create a dedicated endowment fund.  (CP26-10-17)

The House of Patrick and Joan Leigh Fermor - Trip Advisor           For more background on the restoration see August Archive

Old bikes needed for an environmental project!

shredder bike

We are a Swedish association called R.D.I.Kal.A (Recycling, Awareness, Design, Innovation KALamata, Assoc) working with innovational design for the protection of environment.,  :   radikalaproject. We need old bikes to turn into plastic shredders for the schools of Kalamata. Please read about our project and save your bikes forf our project!  Thanks

This shredder gym bike is planned to be used in our events and recycling projects where school children will shred their own water bottles to be used in making optimist sailing dinghys!

Encouraged and inspired by the curiosity shown by kids during the 10th Kalamata Street Festival and 6th Kalamata Agricultural Fair, Radikala has now improved the shredder- bike design. A 1:25 reducer has replaced the chain-gear mechanism and the shredder is now totally child-safe!

If you have an old bike to offer, please contact Radikala :   


Launching Radikala project in Kalamata schools: A consensus to launch Radikala project in schools of Kalamata has been reached during a meeting on October 6th attended by representatives from R.A.D.I.Kal.A, Kentro Neon Kalamata/K.A.N.E,  Recycling Department of the Municipality of Kalamata (Τμήμα Ανακύκλωσης Δήμου Καλαμάτας), and Activities Office of Primary Schools for the Perfecture of Messinia (Γραφείο Σχολικών Δραστηριοτήτων Πρωτοβάθμιας Εκπαίδευσης Ν. Μεσσηνίας), represented by Ms Kokkonia Giannopoulou, Ms Eleni Kofterou, and Mr Dimitris Sarris.

The shredder-bike designed by Radikala will be used by students for awareness raising about environmental protection and physical activity while shredding plastic bottles collected locally by in schools and by students and their parents.    (CP23-10-17)


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