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Archives April 24, 2013 posted by Maria Iacovidou

Bar review: Café Mercedes, Nicosia

Feeling obliged to take some foreign colleagues out for drinks towards the end of their stay led me to choosing Café Mercedes for a number of reasons. I had asked them whether they wanted trendy or laid-back, although I fearfully knew the answer would be trendy. Wanting to go somewhere I had never been before but not wanting to be too far from the local laid-back bars like Brewfellas and the Weaving Mill, I chose Café Mercedes for our excursion.

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Archives April 24, 2013 posted by Maria Iacovidou

The written word

A group of keen writers in Paphos meet weekly to discuss writing in all its forms and have had a fair degree of success finds BEJAY BROWNE

 

In a quiet corner of Paphos every Thursday morning people of all ages and from different backgrounds gather to discuss the written word. And while this seemingly small time group may not have created many waves, its individual writers have racked up an impressive amount of success.

A total of 17 authors from the Paphos Writers Group have had their work published, some even making it on to the Amazon best sellers list, and all credit the group with providing support, knowledge and the will to continue.

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Archives April 24, 2013 posted by Maria Iacovidou

Understanding human design

It’s a bit like astrology, it’s a bit like Kabbalah, and a bit like I Ching. It is also extremely accurate finds ALIX NORMAN intrigued by a system that shows how to approach life

 

As I arrive at Chalice Earth, Al is sketching a human silhouette on the whiteboard. With great precision, he adds nine boxes – some squares, some triangular – and a number of arcane squiggles, many of which I recognise as symbols of the zodiac. He’s about to give a lecture, and this is my formal introduction to the subject of human design. 

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Archives April 24, 2013 posted by Maria Iacovidou

Restaurant review: Fiji, Ayia Napa

Miraculously, I enjoyed a new taste sensation in Ayia Napa this week. It was new for me anyway. I’m flummoxed to how I failed to notice that top notch Polynesian cuisine has been served in the resort since 2003. I blame the location, but more on that in a moment.

So, my friends, for the first time ever in this column we are off to the South Seas. 

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Archives April 16, 2013 posted by Maria Iacovidou

Bar Review: Just Kitchenbar, Limassol

Saripolou Square in Limassol’s old town centre is a vibrant space where charming bar restaurants abound; it is a sort of ‘social’ melting pot, busy day and night, frequented by students, hipsters, young families with children, and even the elderly. The ambience, however, is decidedly ‘young’. The latest addition to this busy square is Just Kitchenbar, a place that shares all the defining characteristics of its location.

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Archives April 16, 2013 posted by Maria Iacovidou

Restaurant review: Almond Tree, Paphos

You know how it is. You sit down, the waiter hands over the menu, you read and think, ‘Okay, nice’ but deep down what you really desire even from a short menu are dishes that proffer some genuine level of stimuli for ones often recalcitrant taste buds. Believe me (please) reading the Almond Tree menu is akin to browsing through a culinary equivalent of the Kama Sutra – here you are introduced to flavour combinations which are both unusual, even adventurous, yet all are deliciously tempting and do promise hidden pleasures far beyond the bog standard we are often served.

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Archives April 16, 2013 posted by Maria Iacovidou

Film review: Silver Linings Playbook ***

Anyone who has ever lived with someone with a mental illness will probably recognise the humour in this film. In fact, I would think most people would find it pretty funny; it is even laugh-out-loud hilarious at times (more so at the beginning than the end, it has to be said). There is nothing intrinsically amusing about two central characters recovering from a mental breakdown, but often the situations that arise out of misunderstandings and odd perceptions that those characters have, and the things they say, can be very funny. Listing competing medications over dinner for one.

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Archives April 16, 2013 posted by Maria Iacovidou

Stars in the making

Could your child be the next big thing? If you think so, sign them up for an upcoming Talent Show says ALIX NORMAN
Talent. According to Simon Cowell, you’ve either got it or you haven’t. From The X Factor to Britain’s Got Talent, the public has been gleefully tuning into the spate of talent shows that have graced our airwaves in recent years.

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