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Saturday, 8 March 2008

Now Playing: New books
The Rhyme Killers - A Murder Mystery Thriller



Highlands Ranch, CO, Mar 6, 2008 - Authors Judy Gooden and Naomi

Helterbran have crafted a suspenseful murder mystery novel entitled

The Rhyme Killers.


Detective Katie Knight is Philadelphia's top monster hunter. Katie and her

partner, Avis Rent are assigned to the Pied Piper case, the name the

newspapers have given to the latest serial killer running amuck in the city.

The killer's signature is one Katie has never seen. Everything about the case

is unusual and eluding.


Dust mites danced through broken windows, an insane ballet in the waning

light. They were the only things moving in the room. As her eyes adjusted,

Katie spied the body of a woman sprawled in the corner of the room. The

woman looked as if she had been tossed aside and forgotten. Afternoon light

filtered through cracked windows forming stripes on the corpse. This pattern

continued across a dirty towel draped over the lower half of the victim's

otherwise naked body.


Katie has to prove herself since the antiquated Chief of Detectives wants all

women ...especially her out of the homicide division. Katie refuses to give

up in spite of the numerous dilemmas she faces. The Rhyme Killers has an

ending so bizarre no reader will be able to determine the outcome.


About the book:

The Rhyme Killers by Judy Gooden and Naomi Helterbran

ISBN: 978-1432708009

Publisher: Outskirts Press

Date of publish: Aug 2007

Pages: 292

S.R.P.: $14.95


About the author:

Judy and Naomi are members of the Highlands Ranch Fiction Writers. The

Rhyme Killers is their first novel. Both have written non-fiction in the education

area. They have also written a sequel to The Rhyme Killers entitled, Nemesis,

which they hope to have published later this year. Both writers live in Colorado,

but have traveled all over the world as employees of The Department of Defense




Note: Review copies of this book are available by replying to this e-mail.

Please include your mailing address.

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Tuesday, 26 June 2007

Now Playing: New place for Kerkyra



My articles about Kerkyra will be on a new blog from now on.  I co operate with an Italian blog at

and my blog is now at

Visit me and learn more about my place, the culture, the dishes and the people!

See you there!


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Sunday, 10 June 2007

Now Playing: Business and coffee time!


Corfu is a cosmopolitan island.  It is the meeting point of various European cultures such as the British, French and Italian, while in recent years, Albanians, Polish and Bulgarians have been added to the local community.  New businesses spring up every now and then, most of them targeting at offering assistance to the inhabitants.  New technology has helped greatly and IT new businesses have alteady appeared in the scene attracting more and more young people.

A new one in the field of advertising is

which involves free ads in all fields, and advertising of companies, products or individuals' services at a very low fee. It is the first one in Greece that connects people of all trades worldwide, at such a low price. It offers banners, small box ads and unlimited word number of texts.  It also attracts writers, artists and whole range of people who need publicity or a new job.

Web design is also popular here.  See the previous site to find out more.


Ready for a coffee?

Liston cafes are always open to offer visitors a cosy atmosphere.  With a view of the square , drink your coffee and relax.  No need to have stress in such beautiful surroundings!

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Saturday, 26 May 2007

Now Playing: The Mount

Out of the town there are a lot of interesting places to see, and one of them is Mount Pantokrator, the highest mountain on the island.  It is 918 meters high and has a small monastery on the top of it.  There is a wonderful view to all directions from up there.

On the way to Pantokrator the road is winding and narrow but lies between endless olive groves which are the green beauty of the scenery.


On the mountain there are a lot of villages easy to reach by car, motor bike, bicycle or on foot.  Walkers usually follow the route:  Ipsos beach, Ayios Markos, Korakiana, Dassia and back to Ipsos from a different road.


Mount Pantokrator is for those who love the countryside and its tradition. Visitors can admire the breathtaking view of the green olive groves and the sea, as well as the magic sunset and dawn. Ideal for relaxing and enjoying natural living in a friendly atmosphere.


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Wednesday, 23 May 2007

Now Playing: Animals


Now it's the best season to visit Kerkyra.

From the early morning you can hear birds singing.  I always enjoy listening to them and doing some bird watching at times! 

Those who are nature lovers will like a walk in the avenue in the town where they can see several kinds of birds in the trees. The swallows build their nests on the roof tiles of every house and at night you can still hear them chirp as they are perched on their nests.  The pigeons are perched on the balconies and on the branches of the trees but they approach people at times to get some food.

You can also find cats and kitten in the streets, as no one cares about them.  Well, to tell you the truth, some old ladies feed them at night, but cats increase in number so fast that they are almost everywhere.  It's not a bad idea to adopt one or more if you can. Maybe , one day, there will be a stray animal society to take care of them.



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Wednesday, 16 May 2007

Now Playing: Sports in town

Cricket is an English game that Corfiots have played since the time the English occupied the island.  It is very popular and a lot of young children join in every year to learn the game and participate in the competitions.

It takes place in the lower square of Corfu, on the lawn.

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Saturday, 12 May 2007

Now Playing: The square


The square of Corfu is one of the biggest in Europe.  It has got two parts, the upper part and the lower part .

The upper part has got a music stand for the band performances, while the lower part has got the cricket court and the Liston area with the cafes.  Both parts are valuable for the town people as this is the only place in the town they can relax and walk around.  It is a also the kids' favourite place for games and chat.

The square has got benches for the people to rest as well as public toilets.

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Tuesday, 1 May 2007

Now Playing: Here comes May!

May the 1st in Corfu


We usually get a lot of sunshine but today it's been rainy and overcast.

However, the colours of nature are brilliant after the rain, and there is a smell of freshness in the atmosphere. The storm is moving to the mainland of Greece, so tomorrow will be a glorious day!

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Monday, 16 April 2007

Now Playing: Back to Corfu...

Easter holidays are over.  Today schools opened and the visitors that came to celebrate Easter on the island are gone.

But not for long.  The touristic season has began and many hotels are already open.  Cruisers stop by the port daily and groups of visitors flood the streets for a couple of hours, especially at noon.Direct flights from UK and other countries have started and bring tourists to the island.  April is a good month to drive around, as the place is not yet crowded.  May is also a good season for holidays- it is not too hot.

As the climate has changed due to the greenhouse effect, you can experience sudden storms one day, and a bright sunshine the next.  However, no storm lasts for too long here, so you shouldn't worry about that.

Easter was sunny and warm and the people enjoyed the countryside.

 On Good Friday the weather was good enough for the mini processions (from all the churches in Corfu town) to take place and the last one from Metropolis was wonderful.  On Good Saturday the residents smashed clay pots as the tradition dictates.  This custom dates back to the Venetians who used to throw all the useless items out of their windows onto the streets on New Year's Day. The Corfiots use this custom at Easter which is a big celebration in Greece.  They have replaced the old household items with clay pots, and they even fill them with water so as to make a louder noise!

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Tuesday, 3 April 2007

Now Playing: 1st of April in Corfu

On Sunday, 1st of April, the procession of the relics of Saint Spryridon took place in Corfu town. 

The inhabitants celebrated the miracle Saint Spyridon did in 1630, when he sent away the plague, a deadly disease that killed numbers of people at that time.  It is said that as the plague was leaving Corfu, it scratched with its nails a huge cross on the rock of the old castle.  This cross can be seen from a distance, at the outer part of the rock when one is in a boat.

There was a crowd of people in the town attending the celebration, and the bands of the island were remarkable.


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