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LoutrakisMember Since 13 Aug 2005
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13 April 2006 - 11:46 PM
13 March 2006 - 04:35 PM
I found out a lot about Cesar Manrique while staying in Lanzarote too, a remarkable man; artist, politician and visionary. It would serve Crete well to have such a unifying force between the demands of providing living space and aesthetic harmony. An article on the subject of building on Crete needs to take many things into account. I thoroughly enjoyed Yannis' passionate message.
How I agree with you and of course with Yannis' article in the Greek Gazette.
My first visit to Crete was in the late 70th and you could say that I have seen it change since than.
The development of Crete and hence the possibility for the people to prosper by it should be the ideal proposition. Regrettably every development will also have it's negative elements.
And in this case it's the building/holiday developments that the landscape of Crete has to pay it's toll to.
A lot of money is involved and to be earned in this activities which logically evolves a "lust" for more, without thinking of the impact all this has for the future of Crete.
Part of the problem's solution could be if a "governmental architectural commission", consisting of architects, artists, and committed civilians, would be installed that criticise all building plans that influence the landscape.
I remember an artist (Cesar Manrique) who lived on Lanzarote and, on his own, established a builiding culture on his island that would not compromise the natural charm of it.
This has nothing to do with builiding codes etc. which are a logical tool to build contructively safe houses, but with preserving the landscape that Crete is famous for.
Agree also with Dinny; the 'desertification' of the island, and elsewhere, is a pressing issue. The problem may be hard to contain and the reversal of this process a minefield of conflicting opinions and interests, but a serious article should be written in the pages of the Gazette. At least we might understand better the nature of these changes and do our bit to counteract some of the effects.
Both the above subjects are difficult to summarise, but are both important issues for the Gazette and I hope its readers.
07 November 2005 - 04:29 PM
Bars, Clubs and Cafes:
* Cafe Aman 64 Agiou Titou Street, Iraklion center. From the beggining of its existence, more than a decade ago, Cafe Aman has been the gayest place in town. Unlike its name implies, Cafe Aman is actually a night club, with techno/pop dance music around midnight, and greek music during after hours.
* De Facto Cafe. Plateia Liondarion (Eleftheriou Venizelou Square) & Kantanoleon Str. Small and packed. Mostly straight, but popular among gays.
* Ir Monan Cafe and bar. Formerly "Take Five" pub, opposite the OTE accross Theotokopoulou Park, now renamed and renovated. Mostly straight but, like its predecessor, still popular among gays.
* Richter Club. 6 Idomeneos Str., Iraklion center (near Cafe Aman). Another mainstream club frequented by gays. Rave/dance music.
* Pagopieon Cafe and bar. Agiou Titou Square (near Cafe Aman). New, popular among gays, hang-out. Decorated with care and style. Gay friendly personnel and relaxed atmosfere. Jazz, rock, pop, ambient music. Also nights with live music.