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Sat, Jun. 20th, 2009 04:43 pm
The Man from Messagros

Myth and mystery of the house at Messagros was a Click Opera entry I posted back in April, prompted by a film by Olaf Nicolai shown at the first Athens Biennial. Yesterday, chugging up and down the hills of Aegina on a rented Yamaha Neo's with Hisae clinging pillion, I found the house and saw it with my own eyes. Well, eye.

It wasn't easy. The house is a ruin, located in a rather remote inner area of the island. We only found it because, at Messagros, I approached a young farm labourer and said "Rodakis House?" Luckily the man had heard of it, and signaled us to follow his pick-up truck.



We drove up to a family house, and here the farmer jumped onto a motorbike and again told us to follow him. We sped down a side-lane, then took another off it, then zoomed up a hill, and suddenly the derelict shape of the Rodakis house was on our left.

"Archeologos?" quizzed the man as he led us through the thistles, avoiding the bees, assailed by huge and vicious horse-flies. No, I said, just tourists.



The man made to leave us alone with the house. I tried to stuff a €5 note into his hand, but he protested "Ochi, ochi!" and said, as if in explanation: "I am from Messagros!"

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(Anonymous)
Sat, Jun. 20th, 2009 03:08 pm (UTC)

I tried to stuff a €5 note into his hand, but he protested "Ochi, ochi!" and said, as if in explanation: "I am from Messagros!"

I guess you're lucky that he didn't suddenly flash a knife that glinted in the ferocious, enervating sun, as the heat boiled his brain and turned him mad with blood lust and blind hatred of those from northern climes and their fundamental sense of fairness, hypnotically driven to stain with red the extreme paleness of your exposed throat, Momus.


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parallel_botany
parallel_botany
Doña Nadie
Sat, Jun. 20th, 2009 03:15 pm (UTC)

**snickers**


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st_ranger
st_ranger
Palimpsests of a Secret Whistler
Sat, Jun. 20th, 2009 05:30 pm (UTC)

Been reading bodice-rippers?


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(Anonymous)
Sat, Jun. 20th, 2009 04:05 pm (UTC)
A good word for young farm labourers.

Good for you Momus! And just more proof that young farm labourers are a kind and helpful breed. At least they are in fiction, especially those from smaller farms.


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(Anonymous)
Sat, Jun. 20th, 2009 04:09 pm (UTC)
Acropolis Museum

Will you have time to visit the Acropolis museum? And would you like to see the return of the statues in the British Museum?


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(Anonymous)
Sat, Jun. 20th, 2009 06:12 pm (UTC)

Have you been to the new Acropolis museum? They were talking about it today on - I think - From Our Own Correspondent (BBC Radio 4).


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Sat, Jun. 20th, 2009 11:46 pm (UTC)

Tickets for the Acropolis Museum are all sold out for the next several days. I saw the outside and it looks nice. But Xenia, one of our hosts, says she visited it for a preview and wasn't fantastically expressed. Just another concrete box, she says.


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(Anonymous)
Sat, Jun. 20th, 2009 08:10 pm (UTC)
Momus curiously silent about Iran STOP

Revolutionary fervour of no interest to him STOP

Escaping the tedious jackboot of Islam doesn't fit his world view STOP

People should repect the Other, usually being patriarchs in robes STOP


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loveishappiness
loveishappiness
O.H.
Sun, Jun. 21st, 2009 07:15 am (UTC)
Re: Momus curiously silent about Iran STOP

The tedious jackboot of Islam, lol! They really ought to make that jackboot more exciting. Then it would be more fun for the Iranians to ...revolt against Islam? Is that what you think they're doing, troll?


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bugpowered
bugpowered
Mon, Jun. 22nd, 2009 06:20 am (UTC)
Re: Momus curiously silent about Iran STOP

Do not believe all the shit you read in the papers. STOP.

There's no revolution, just a minority group promoted by the United States. STOP.

A.K.A, "How to steal the elections, with a 30% vote and the right connections in world politics". STOP.

Iranian people don't want to "escape the tedious jackboot of Islam", that's what naive Americans are told (about the "jackboot" and about Iranian people). STOP.

The revolution won't be televised. STOP.


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pay_option07
pay_option07
Sun, Jun. 21st, 2009 04:04 am (UTC)
just tourists "Ochi, ochi!"

Great exploration and set of wheels!
How dystopian is Messagros?


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Sun, Jun. 21st, 2009 08:09 am (UTC)
Re: just tourists "Ochi, ochi!"

I'm a member of the Facebook group which seeks to restore the Rodakis house, although before visiting it I tended to think it should be left derelict. Now, though, seeing just how crumbly and destroyed it is, and how hard to reach (surrounded as it is by thorns), I think some kind of restoration would be good. It really is falling down.


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endoftheseason
endoftheseason
Sun, Jun. 21st, 2009 06:24 am (UTC)
Ruprecht

I couldn't help thinking of this when I saw the first photograph (in which Momus bestrides a scooter). See what begins at roughly 3:22 in particular:


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xishimarux
xishimarux
ishimaru
Sun, Jun. 21st, 2009 07:37 am (UTC)

Beardless Momus. You look like 15 years younger in all these photos. :)


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(Anonymous)
Sun, Jun. 21st, 2009 02:00 pm (UTC)
RE:Beardless Momus. You look like 15 years younger in all these photos. :)

...or Ewen Bremner?


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bugpowered
bugpowered
Mon, Jun. 22nd, 2009 06:05 am (UTC)

I tried to stuff a €5 note into his hand

Yep. A faux pas in Greece...

(Tourists here are to be skinned professionally, by taxi-drivers and room-lenters, not by helpful citizens).


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(Anonymous)
Tue, Jun. 23rd, 2009 09:54 pm (UTC)

It's nice to see you smile in the soft measure shown [ second photo of you in front of Rodakis house amidst the parched brush].


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(Anonymous)
Mon, Jul. 27th, 2009 03:05 pm (UTC)

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/group.php?gid=11383989878

Http://spitirodaki.blogspot.com

Your comments are very good and usefull, my friend. Visit my webasites about the house
Nektarios - A habitant of Mesagros.


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(Anonymous)
Sat, Aug. 6th, 2011 08:44 am (UTC)
messagros

I have too ,a old house in messagros ,rodakis , and heard spoke about that house ,i hope to met that farmer


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