Before I write anything I always open my bible. If you aren't like-minded this may sound bonkers: Everything in there is give or take 2,000 years old, but this is the meaning of 'The Living Word.' It can and will speak to you.
It is tragic that a geo-political argument prevents Thessaloniki from being fully integrated with its traditional hinterland. The problem is the rancorous, silly dispute between the Macedonian region of former Yugoslavia and Greece that has dragged on, impeding regional progress for two decades.
I spend a lot of time with people who want to change the world and with people who actually do. The difference between them isn't intelligence, money, connections, or even force of will -- it's perspective.
From the director to the choreographer, the set/costume designer to the orchestra conductor, all but a couple of singers worked without pay, yet the opera is a completely professional spectacle, unstintingly extravagant and exciting to the eye and ear.
It's incumbent upon the Icelandic media and political establishment to educate the public on the reasons for and against Icesave. If we're serious about fighting for political reform and transparency that our country needs, here's a good place to start.