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The Lithos Beer Festival 2014 featuring LIVE music

Eat your heart out Munich, because the Lithos Beer Festival is back featuring draught Beers from all over the world!

Lithos Bar & Grill, Oroklini, Cyprus

10-12 October 2014

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Coffee culture of Cyprus and the brand wars to win business

This drug can turn a profit in a recession, chill the otherwise stressed island people and it's responsible for many hours of idle talk. Yes COFFEE is the drug that I am speaking of!

During the boom years of Cyprus all the major brand names and/or franchises such as Costa Coffee (UK), Starbucks (US), Flo Cafe (Greece), Gloria Jeans (Australia), Coffee Beanery (US), Segafredo (Italy), Illy (Italy), Caffe Nero (UK) and their many copies, actually convinced the population at large in Cyprus that a simple Coffee (however dressed) could or should cost as much as 5 euro. What's more astonishing, is that they got away with it for such a long time and Cypriots/Expats alike were literally  hooked on a Coffee Budget of up to 10 euro per day!

They applied every trick in the book by confusing us with sizes, when small became > large, medium became > extra large (the unusual norm) and large turned into a well, soup bowl! Intense marketing, comfy sofas, wooden decking on the balcony, fancy umbrellas and fake claims of sustainability, all duped us into buying more Coffee than we really needed.

Then came the recession, which started to hit the peoples pocket in 2012 and then it exploded in 2013. Suddenly, even that overly sugary Frappuccino or luxury Frape was at risk of being cut from the dwindling expenses of the average Cypriot household.

The major franchises stuck with their unsustainable prices for as long as they could, to squeeze tevery last drop of money. Occasional special offers and discounts appeared on the market and the people kept drink Coffee to moan about the financial crisis.

Then enter the new wave of Coffee Houses, that understand all the people really wanted was a combination of a decent place to sit outside (perhaps to combine with smoking), quality coffee and a reasonable price, which is easy enough to deliver, as the mark ups are so huge!

All of a sudden here in Larnaca we saw even more trendy Cafe bars opening everywhere, from Ermou Square to Makarios Avenue and of course Finikoudes. Coffee Island (Greece) has already relatively recently opened 7 outlets in Larnaca alone (same as Limassol). In Nocosia they operate 15 outlets and it's easier to partner with them. 

Coffee Island and to a lesser extent Lavazza have understood the pulse of the people by meeting the above mentioned criteria for a decent Coffee in a recession. Many other small individual Coffee businesses have also opened too and the market is going crazy at present (all be at lower prices) even in a recession, such is the love of the Coffee culture among all Cypriots. 

The Oroklini Lake lake may completely dry out in the next few years

At present conservationists are raising awareness with respect to the Oroklini Lake and the undesirable impact that 3 consecutive years of drought is having on the bird population that frequents the wetland.

The spokesperson for BirdLife Cyprus Melpo Apostolidou, recently went on record to indicate that if the current situation continues as is, the lake may completely dry out in the next few years, forcing the birds that inhabit this environmentally protected wetlands area to migrate. The logical place would  be in the nearby Larnaca Salt Lake or Achna dam as it still has some adequate water levels.

The challenge is however is by merely adding fresh water to the lake, it risks killing off vital algae and other spineless organisms that birds feed off. A number of Oroklini residents have reported increasing numbers of dead fish, spotted around the banks of the lake each day, as the water levels continue to subside.

As it stands the lake is inhabited by:
  • 66 Spur-winged Lapwings
  • 7 Flamingos
  • A few dozen Mallard ducks
  • Several Black-winged Stilts 
  • Various other species of visiting aquatic bird
It apears the only solution in sight is just to pray for heavy rain will fall soon, which is a kind of planet hope option. Yes the Oroklini Lake is an environmental paradise in Cyprus and some even suggest it's our most precious ecological heritage.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Agriculture seems to be downplaying the concerns raised, by stating that  extended periods of drought is merely a natural phenomenon in Cyprus and not at all unusual.

Oroklini News joins the growing tide of voices to urge the authorities to seriously examine this issue and find a solution to save the Oroklini natural wetland.

What's behind the true origins of the Halloween holiday?

As we all know Halloween is a holiday that takes place on the night of October the 31st.  The actual word Halloween is a shortening of "All Hallows" Evening, which has also been referred to as Hallowe'en or All Hallows' Eve.

The night of Halloween seems to be steadily rising in popularity across the world in the last 10 years. Traditional activities associated with Halloween are:
  • Trick-or-treats
  • Bonfires
  • Costume parties
  • Visiting "haunted houses"
  • Carving jack-o-lanterns
Irish and Scottish immigrants carried their own versions of the tradition to North America in the 19th Century. Western countries fully embraced the holiday in the late 20th Century including UK, Ireland, US, Canada, Puerto Rico, Australia, New Zealand, Cyprus and many other former British colonies.
Halloween takes its origins from the ancient Celtic festival called "Samhain".  In essence, the festival of Samhain celebrates the climax of the harvest season according to Gaelic culture. Samhain was traditionally a time used by the ancient pagans to organize supply stocks and prepare for the harsh winter ahead. The ancient Gaels visioned that on the 31st of October, the boundaries between the worlds of the living and the dead somehow overlapped. They also believed that the deceased would come back to life and cause havoc such as sickness or damaged crops.

The Samhain festival often involved bonfires and it's believed that the light of the fire generated great insect activity, which in turn attracted Bats! Masks and costumes were worn in an attempt to mimic the evil spirits or even to appease them.

Trick-or-treating today, is the is most common activity for children associated with Halloween. This fun game-like activity, typically takes place before or on Halloween night. Here, children move from house to house in scarey costumes, asking for treats such as sweets or chocolate, as they pop the question, "Trick or treat?" The "trick" part is a threat to play a trick on the homeowner or his property if no treat is given. It has become socially expected in most of the countries indicated above, that if one lives in a neighborhood with children, is necessary to purchase treats in preparation for the trick-or-treaters.

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