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Group A full of Eastern promise

Left over tensions from the communist era dominate the background to Euro 2012 Group A for Poland and to a lesser extent the Czech Republic but one thing is likely to remain the same – Russia being in charge.

They were the revelation of the tournament four years ago in a run to the semi-finals, led by Andrey Arshavin, and the Russians gave a signal of their intent last month with a 3-0 win over Italy. They are firm favourites to top the group.

Off the pitch, Tuesday’s clash with the Poles could be one of the tournament flashpoints given tensions over responsibility for an air crash two years ago that killed Poland’s then president Lech Kaczynski and dozens of other senior officials.

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A minute with Martin Weiss, Austrian Ambassador to Cyprus

 Where do you live?

In Latsia with my wife, our two children and two dogs

 

Best childhood memory?

Hiking in the Dolomite mountains in the north of Italy with my parents, my sister and my brother 

 

Most frequented restaurant and absolute favourite dish? What food would you really turn your nose up to? 

Pyxida, I love their grilled octopus and the fresh white fish. My all-time favourite dish is – surpise, surprise – Schnitzel and I do not eat tongue. As my grandfather used to say: why would I eat anything that someone else has already had in their mouth?

 

What did you have for breakfast?

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Are you a sucker?

The latest shop to open in Paphos will leave you drooling says NAN MACKENZIE

Last week I had to have my fingers prized out of a jar filled with the King of Denmark’s aniseed balls, and only after I had previously plundered a pile of liquorice rusty nails. I then continued to delight my saliva glands by sucking on some coco-mints which was akin to eating a hardboiled version of a Baileys Irish cream. 

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The love of dance

 The European Dance Festival is back for its 15th year with a more compact programme. DARA MILOVANOVIC-MICHAEL meets on of the choreographers

 

The European Dance Festival is back for the fifteenth year in a more concentrated format, featuring performances from seven countries including Cyprus. This is a welcome change from previous years when the festival was spread over six weeks with as many as 15 companies, which resulted in empty theatres. And , as usual, the festival is expected to provide a variety of challenging and beautiful works at an affordable price. Each performance is only €5 or you can get one ticket for all of them for €20.

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Film review: How I Spent My Summer Vacation ***

Mel Gibson is the Gringo of the original title (Get the Gringo). He is, in fact, the only Gringo in El Pueblito prison in Tijuana. Unlike the real version of macho Mel, his character in this is almost likeable. A criminal with no name and the need to narrate his adventure story to his mum, as well as all the girls and boys watching; he’s a smart-arsed, wise-cracking, ex-army sniper with ex-wife issues. After being chased by US officials and crashing the Mexican border (dressed as a clown, no less), Mel finds himself banged up in the “small town, large hell” that is El Pueblito, and not for the first time.

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Film review: Men in Black III ***

On the day I went to see this film, I spilt water on my Blackberry and my car broke down on the way to the cinema. I stopped at a kiosk to get a drink, and when I tried to get going again, the car wouldn’t start. I was worried I might miss the film. Fortunately, or unfortunately, depending on how you choose to look at it, I had stopped right outside a garage. And the very nice men in the garage took less than ten minutes to get the car going again. As my phone wasn’t working either at the time, this was probably just as well! The consequence of all this was that I was not in a great mood, and I missed the first few minutes of the film.

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Restaurant review: The Mezepolis Tavern, Ayia Napa

The Mezepolis Tavern in Ayia Napa is the new boy on the popular Kryou Nerou Avenue (or Hotel Street, next door to the Grecian Bay).

It specialises in all things Mediterranean and Middle Eastern, with the main focus being on kebabs, and there’s plenty to write home about – as this is no simple pork and lemon joint.

The menu isn’t long – but it certainly boasts dishes you’d be hard pressed to find anywhere else in Ayia Napa – including falafel. I became something of a falafel connoisseur when I lived in Tel Aviv in the nineties and have always bemoaned the lack of places serving it in Cyprus.

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Bar Review: Doors, Limassol

Just minutes away from Limassol’s medieval castle and a breath away from the seaside is Doors, an open-air bar and restaurant which is slightly isolated from the rest of the old town bars as it is situated in a space beyond some of the old paved narrow roads leading away from the castle. Its location makes it all the more appealing because it provides an atmosphere of privacy and relaxation.

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Costly meds due to pharmacy overkill

 

CONSUMERS are paying through the nose for the second most expensive medicines in the EU partly in order to support the plethora of private pharmacies on the island, Health Minister Stavros Malas said yesterday.  

He was commenting on an internal report compiled by the pharmaceutical services – leaked in the press – placing Cyprus second to Sweden in terms of drugs’ retail prices, alongside Denmark and Germany. Cyprus came up fifth in wholesale price behind the UK, Austria, Romania and Holland  in ascending order. 

“It is a fact that the study has shown that Cyprus is relatively very high (up the list) in relation to other countries,” Malas said. He was referring to the private sector.

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