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3 rules of surviving Greek bouzouki places

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A tongue in cheek presentation for my British colleagues on Greek bouzouki places, plate smashing and 'codes'.

A tongue in cheek presentation for my British colleagues on Greek bouzouki places, plate smashing and 'codes'.


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    • 1. Etiquette and non-verbal codes in Greek bouzouki clubs Source: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bouzouki_001.jpg A tongue-in-cheek guide to Greek folk culture for the British and other aliens Sofia Gkiousou Greek in Residence www.digital-era.org
    • 2. Why you need to know this
      • People have died ( fact )
      • You know how you think the French teenage tourists in London are out of order? (that’s why)
      • You WILL be invited to my wedding (as optimistic as that may sound)
      Source: www.protothema.gr/content.php?id=13941
    • 3. 3 Rules to avoid annoying the locals Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/32272349@N06/3015130481/
    • 4. Rule 1: Not your dance
      • Παραγγελιά ( paragelia = ordered/ booked) : A song that has been requested and is being played for someone specific to dance.
      • The singer/ bouzouki player will say “ Παραγγελιά ” before the song. You have been warned.
      • It is insulting to dance someone else’s “ Παραγγελιά ”.
      • Sit, watch, learn.
    • 5. Rule 2: Not your woman
      • Women ( not yours) : By definition any human of the female persuasion that sits in the same table as a man. Even her uncle.
      • Look/ signal/ wink/ flirt with a woman (not yours) and you are looking for trouble (the man will react and even if you get the girl Greek women ARE trouble)
      • If you insist (and that’s really her uncle): ask him if you can dance with her.
    • 6. Rule 3: Not your random body part
      • Plate smashing ( it’s an art) is nowadays rare – we mostly go for flowers
      • In the unlikely event of plate smashing observe and learn before you try it.
      Source: http://www.protothema.gr/content/data/upimages/image.php?image=karas,4343.jpg&width=450&height=295
      • Considered extremely impolite if you cut off someone’s artery.
      • The instructor will now show you the right way to smash plates (it’s all in the wrist)
    • 7. Thank you – I have been great Source: http://www.nikos-zachariadis.org/?p=192 Sofia Gkiousou Greek in Residence www.digital-era.org