Hydra finishes the season on a high note! Hydra finishes the season on a high note!
Credit due, quite literally! When the world is facing an unprecedented energy crisis as 2022 draws to a close, our beloved Rock is now getting renewable energy. Hugely beneficial to the island in so many ways. Bravo, and thank you to those who made it possible! &nb ...
Hydra finishes the season on a high note!
Hydra finishes the season on a high note!
Inkaminicado! Inkaminicado!
Roger Green came up with a classic to describe the Rock’s permanent inmates when the summer swarms drive local denizens into hiding. Now into its third decade, the resident bard’s traditional Pirofani opening poem was spot on. We shall be blissfully Inka ...
Inkaminicado!
Inkaminicado!
A Lovely Tribute to Kamini’s Tassia A Lovely Tribute to Kamini’s Tassia
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A Lovely Tribute to Kamini's Tassia
A Lovely Tribute to Kamini’s Tassia
Kamini April Fool? Kamini April Fool?
Who wants to go for a walk? Unanimous yes. Quandary in the port: left to Vichos, right to Hydra town, or a dip in the harbor. Happy Spring all. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in ne ...
Kamini April Fool?
Kamini April Fool?
Romantic August Kamini Sunset Romantic August Kamini Sunset
  But the flip side of our photographic flags a fluttering in the breeze is that with temperatures in the mid 30,s  hot wind can cause deadly wildfires. (As poor Greece has already experienced recently)Please be extra vigilant and always carry water on walks, ...
Romantic August Kamini Sunset
Romantic August Kamini Sunset
Hydra Revisited Hydra Revisited
Honoured to be included. Latest Hydra Book Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to email a link to a friend ( ...
Hydra Revisited
Hydra Revisited
Okay who’s next ??? Okay who’s next ???
Easy livin’ August was fun, y’all come back soon y’hear. So that is August in Kamini is almost done and dusted, who’s up for September? We are going to win this season, albeit on marginal points. Happy Fall y’All, still standing KC staf ...
Okay who's next ???
Okay who’s next ???
Not Kamini’s Baby Beach Not Kamini’s Baby Beach
We have heard rumblings about August “Baby Beach” being a tad crowded. Try China for fun bathing then. Surfs Up Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in n ...
Not Kamini's Baby Beach
Not Kamini’s Baby Beach
Mid Summer Kamini night Wild Life Mid Summer Kamini night Wild Life
Godzilla snail caught crossing our terrace. Scary nightlife to be avoided in our valley. The height of the season and it’s all happening in our quite village. Even the Paparazzi couldn’t catch these guys. Rare dangerous night stalking leopard toad. Share ...
Mid Summer Kamini night Wild Life
Mid Summer Kamini night Wild Life
Kamini’s Kodylenia Restaurant – 1985 Kamini’s Kodylenia Restaurant – 1985
We took this from Mavro Maties taverna, (the large yellow and red landmark structure in Kamini harbour), closed some decades now. Could not imagine the changes to come in our little village. Always tranquil, beautiful and has remained unspoiled over the years despit ...
Kamini's Kodylenia Restaurant - 1985
Kamini’s Kodylenia Restaurant – 1985

Pavlos’s Final Rhubarb

Pavlos must have been smiling behind that big bushy mustache of his when he looked down upon the lunatic antics of his beloved village last month. It never fails to amaze us how news on the island can spread like wildfire, because within twenty-four hours of his passing, it seemed like the whole village and a great part of the meglopolis of Hydra’s townsfolk, including both current and former mayors, had assembled at the little chapel in Kamini to pay their last respects.

Pavlos Malanos smoked Judas for years at Pascha on Hydra Greece

Pavlos smoked Judas for years at Pascha

However, the event was not without its share of village idiosyncrasy. Firstly, and remember all this happens within a twenty-four-hour period, the venue for the farewell changed location twice, which in itself could have caused havoc for the those wishing to attend.

The local beards deemed that a chapel service would be inappropriate because Pavlos and his wife, Peppa, had not had an orthodox wedding but been married in a civil court. So Pavlos was to be carried straight to the Vlichos cemetery for a graveside service. This provoked outrage from the community who, to quote one local resident, threatened to burn the church down.

Then we knew Pavlos had made it back to the island at 9.00 a.m. the morning following his passing when the first prolonged dong of his death knell sounded across the Kamini valley. A second reverberated and then followed an unusual silence. Turns out the chain broke on the third yank, and a kindly neighbour, Captain Brian Sidaway, came to the rescue. His back terrace adjacent to the bell tower was the most expedient avenue for solving the problem. He produced and attached a makeshift rope in time for the 11.00 a.m. memorial service. A final tale so fitting to the life Pavlos led.

Pavlos Malanos's office with with a view, Kamini, Hydra, Greece

Pavlos's office with with a view

We agreed when someone this past summer commented on the fact that the Kamini Comet was started to resemble a running casualty list. We seem to have lost so many friends and residents in 2010/11, and it was becoming understandably depressing. This is why we have not posted many of the recent sad obituaries, but we also feel we would be remiss not to say anything about the loss of one of our finest and best-loved local characters.

Pavlos will be remembered for his kind generosity, by island kids for playing Agios Vassilis (Santa) for many years and executing Judas each Paska, and for his extraordinary skill as a gunsmith and builder. He had gone into Athens for tests of suspected throat cancer six days earlier and died suddenly in the hospital of suspected heart failure the 10th of December.

Pavlos Malanos as Santa/Agios Vassilis, Hydra, Greece

"Santa" discusses the fate of naughty children

The year 2011 also saw the demise of some of the islands most beloved personalities: Bill Cunliffe, Maggie Martin, Rolfe Chamness—to mention but a few of our long-term fellow inmates. We shall miss you all, and our lives are richer for having known you.

The staff and management of the Comet hope that 2012 will be a kinder, healthier, and more financially stable year for all.

David Fagan
David Fagan is CEO, president, managing director, author, publisher, and chief bottlewasher of DavidFagan.org. On his first visit to Hydra back in 1983, David decided that owning a bar in this exotic location was an ideal way not to spend the rest of his life in the fast-lane of corporate advertising and journalism. It was an idea spawned by the Honorable Bill Cunliffe of Bill’s Bar, renowned wateringhole for anyone who knew this part of the world at the time. He and a couple of old-timers, Anthony Kingsmill and Leonard Bernstein, planted the seed: Come!

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