Gypsies arrived in Europe 1,500 years ago, genetic study says

Source: Guardian

Migrants from India came to continent much earlier than previously thought, analysis suggests, and arrived in the Balkans

Gypsies in a shanty town in Madrid, Spain

Gypsies in a shanty town in Madrid, Spain. Photograph: Navia/Cover/Getty Images

In parts of Europe they are still shunned as disruptive outsiders or patronised as little more than an exotic source of music and dance, but Gypsies have ancient roots that stretch back more than a millennium, scientists have proved.

A genetic analysis of 13 Gypsy groups around Europe, published in Current Biology journal, has revealed that the arrival on the continent of their forebears from northern India happened far earlier than was thought, about 1,500 years ago.

The earliest population reached the Balkans, while the spread outwards from there came nine centuries ago, according to researchers at Spain’s Institute of Evolutionary Biology and elsewhere.

“There were already some linguistic studies that gave clues pointing to India and genetic studies too, though without being precise about the where or when,” said David Comas, who led the research group.

“Now we can see that they arrived in one single wave from the north-west of India around 1,500 years ago.”

Gypsies were originally thought to have come from Egypt and some of the earliest references to them in English, dating back to the 16th century, call them “Egyptians”.

Early European references describe wandering, nomadic communities who were known for their music and skill with horses.

They arrived in Spain in the 15th century or earlier – with records of groups of up to a hundred Gypsies travelling together, often led by someone who termed himself a “count” or “duke” – and held on despite attempts to expel them or imprison those who refused to give up their language and culture.

They were accompanied by a legend that they had been expelled from Egypt for trying to hide Jesus.

The new study now sets their arrival in Europe in the sixth century – a time when Britain was still in its early post-Roman era.

Gypsies, often referred to as Roma, are found across all of Europe and make up the continent’s largest ethnic minority. There are about 11 million of Gypsies in Europe.

Centuries of discrimination, including systematic extermination by some 20th-century fascist regimes, have helped keep many of them marginalised.

“There is still widespread discrimination and this is the most marginalised minority in Europe,” said Robert Kushen of the European Roma Rights Centre in Hungary.

Both France, during Nicolas Sarkozy’s presidency, and Italy, under Silvio Berlusconi, targeted Gypsy communities with populist eviction policies, while long-running discrimination continues in much of eastern Europe.

Sarkozy’s Socialist successor, François Hollande, has done little to change policies in France.

“They suffer from forced evictions – and have been targeted recently in both France and Italy,” Kushen said. “And it seems that in some places, like Romania and Bulgaria, the laws applying to free movement within the European Union don’t quite apply to them in the same way that they apply to other people.”

But the stereotypical wandering Gypsy in a mule-drawn caravan belongs to the distant past. The vast majority of Europe’s Gypsies have long been settled. “There is still the myth of the nomad, which drives bad policy in places like Italy, where the government maintains they are nomads when in fact they are not,” said Kushen.

His group has called on the European Union to bypass national governments, many of whom ignore EU rules on the treatment of Gypsies and Roma, in order to enforce policies.

And Comas’s study shows not only that they share common ancestry from north-west India, but also that they have mixed extensively with other Europeans.

“That is more pronounced in northern and western Europe,” he said. “They conserve the genetic footprint from India, but their ancestors are both European and Indian.”

Gypsies on screen

Black Cat, White Cat

Emir Kusturica’s 1998 madcap comedy set on the frontiers of Serbia and Bulgaria revolves around Gypsy families living by the Danube. The film started life as a non-fiction documentary on Gypsy music, and has a fabulous soundtrack. Its main characters switch easily from the Gypsy language of Romani to Serbian and Bulgarian.

My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding

Channel 4’s series revealed the hidden glory of marrying Gypsy-style in Britain. The series attracted audiences of 7 million, made an unlikely star of Paddy Doherty and spawned spinoffs such as Thelma’s Gypsy Girls, while also attracting criticism from some Gypsy and Traveller communities for its depiction of their lifestyle.

Los Tarantos

This 1963 Spanish version of Romeo and Juliet features legendary flamenco dancers Carmen Amaya and Antonio Gades in a tragic romance set among Catalan Gypsies from rival families in the beachside 1960s shantytowns of Barcelona.


Bugarach: the French village destined to survive the Mayan apocalypse

Source: Guardian

An ancient prophecy claims the sleepy Pyrenean village will be the only place on earth left standing when the world ends on 21 December 2012. But, oddly, not all the locals are happy about it.

Bugarach … the place to spend Christmas this year?

Bugarach … AKA ‘the doomsday destination’. Photograph: Reuters

Up in the foothills of the Pyrenees, in a tiny village nestled amid breathtaking landscapes and eagles in flight, a man in a woolly hat pushes a wheelbarrow up a narrow street whistling to himself as the smell of woodsmoke drifts out of chimneys. The only sight slightly out of place are 20 zombies, staggering wild-eyed and bleeding, down the mountain path. But, unlike most of the bizarre things said about this place, the zombies at least make sense. “We’re making a pastiche film about the apocalypse for our university leaving do,” says Joel, 23, a pharmacy student from Montpellier dressed in a torn grey suit with two black eyes and a dribble of blood from his mouth. His student friend, a dwarf in a cow suit, adds: “Bugarach was the perfect setting. Everyone knows this village as the world centre of armageddon, we couldn’t resist.”

Bugarach, with its two narrow streets, 176 residents, little agriculture, scores of wild orchids and virtually no pollution, was barely heard of a few years ago. Now, it’s arguably the most famous village in France, known variously as “the village at the end of the world”, the “chosen village”, or as CNN put it, “the doomsday destination”.

According to a prophecy/internet rumour, which no one has ever quite got to the bottom of, an ancient Mayan calendar has predicted the end of the world will happen on the night of 21 December 2012, and only one place on earth will be saved: the sleepy village of Bugarach. The mayor, Jean-Pierre Delord, a farmer in his 60s, first spotted the apocalyptic forecast online two years ago after being alerted by a villager. He mentioned it at a council meeting, suggesting special security measures, perhaps army logistics, to handle an influx of visitors in December 2012. Someone at the meeting told the local press and before long world news agencies and Japanese TV crews were pacing the cobbles asking baffled villagers their views on armageddon.

Bugarach, in the French Pyrenees.


Bugarach, in the French Pyrenees. Photograph: French government’s dedicated sect-watchdog, known as Miviludes, was soon on the case, keen to prevent any apocalyptic sect activity, or ritualised suicide by doomsday cults such as the Order of the Solar Temple, which lost members in ritual killings in the Alps in 1995. French government officials had spotted 2.5m websites referencing the Bugarach end-of-the-world phenomenon by the end of 2010. These have now mushroomed. Meanwhile, rumours of the impact on Bugarach got more outlandish, helped by media that couldn’t resist the saga of a rural doomsday. Planes from America were said to have been fully booked for December with passengers who had only bought one-way tickets, hippy cults were claimed to have built bunkers beneath the village, and half-naked ramblers were said to be seen wandering up the mountain in procession, ringing bells. This turned out to be far from true. But as D-day approaches, the rumour has created a heavy atmosphere among villagers, who are keen for all of this – though not the world itself – to end.

At the tiny town hall, the leftwing, independent mayor of 36 years, Jean-Pierre Delord is dressed in jeans and wellies. “The Bugarach sign at the entrance to the village has been stolen for the third time – that costs a lot of money, you know,” he sighs. Not to mention the pebbles taken from the mountain above the village and sold online as talismans, something he has filed a legal complaint about. Or the online sale of “prayers”. There was even one idea by a budding entrepreneur to charge hopefuls five euros to send their last wills and testaments to Bugarach to be buried underground there for the end of the world, but it never happened

“The village has always attracted people with esoteric beliefs, they were here before and they will come afterwards, but this is something quite different,” Delord says. This corner of southern France has long been a cauldron of mystic fables and occult conspiracy theories. Nearby Rennes-Le-Chateau, described in the Cadogan Guide as “the vortex of Da Vinci Code madness”, is famous for its riddles of hidden treasure and a supposed cover-up of Jesus and Mary Magdalene’s married life in France. All around is the countryside of the Cathars, the mysterious and persecuted medieval heretical sect, who have now inspired a local tourism drive. Nostradamus is said to have spent some of his childhood in nearby Alet-les-Bains.

But in Bugarach, says Delord, “it’s all about the mountain”. At 1,320m, the peak of Bugarach looms over the village. It sits alone, not part of a range, and some believe its spooky shape inspired the mountain in Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Known as the “upside down mountain”, it is a geological oddity whereby the lower layers of rock are mysteriously younger than those at the top. It is also host to a bewildering number of caves. Strange sounds from underground and odd light effects at the top have for decades seen the mountain likened not only to a UFO landing pad, but a “UFO underground car park”, with regular spaceship vrooming and revving allegedly heard from within. UFO believers often travel here, looking for bits of spaceship amid the mountain rock. It has been claimed that the former French president François Mitterrand came here by helicopter to investigate.

For decades, the village has been a source of UFO sightings.

For decades, the village has been a source of UFO sightings. Photograph: Getty Images

Delord has no criticisms of anyone’s beliefs about UFOs, or otherwise, “It’s a magnificent mountain and people say they do see things – brilliance, lights, not necessarily extraterrestrials,” though he hopes aliens do exist somewhere in the universe. The number of ramblers who have climbed the mountain has boomed since the apocalypse prediction, from 10,000 in 2010 to 20,000 in 2011. Delord rejects suggestions by some that he stoked the media frenzy himself. But does he believe the world will end on 21 December? His eyes widen. “Of course not. This is the 183rd end-of-the-world prophecy since antiquity. But I can’t take the risk of a lot of people coming here, trying to climb the mountain and getting hurt.” He wants the local authorities to shut off mountain paths and control any crowds.

In the organic shop on the edge of the village, a couple of civil servants from Nice were just down from the mountain top, enthusing about the weird sensations: how their compass went haywire, the strange cloud formations “in the shape of a wide-toothed comb”. “There’s an energy that’s difficult to define but it does feel unique,” says Corine Leblanc, who has lived here for several years. But suspicions and counter-theories abound about the apocalypse prophecy. Could it be designed to distract people from a real debate about whether wind turbines should be built in the village, some ask. Leblanc’s partner, Patrice Etienne, worked in events management and communications in Paris for two decades and is sceptical. Could talk of the army closing off the mountain on 21 December in fact be cover for covert military operations and secret tests on paranormal activity? He’s cynical about details such as fears that cult members might arrive here to end their lives. “Why come to the only place on earth that will be spared the apocalypse if you want to commit suicide? Wouldn’t that be a bit like trying to drown yourself wearing a lifejacket?” he frowns.

“Is it that if you throw yourself off the mountain, then a spaceship would come by, scoop you up and save you?” wondered the owner of a guest-house in neighbouring Rennes-les-Bains, a spa-town known for its own esoterists, hippies and spiritualists, quick to add that she didn’t believe for a second that Bugarach’s mountain was an intergalactic Noah’s ark. Normally, she would be shut for Christmas, but this year after a slow summer she had bookings for 21 December, so far mainly journalists.

The oddity is that tourist bookings this year seem to be down slightly, not up. The usual walkers, eco-tourists and people coming for spiritual retreats seemed put off by news crews doing lives-to-camera on armageddon. One Estonian rambler had taken refuge in Rennes-Le-Bain’s thermal springs saying, “I went for one walk around Bugarach and was stopped by two TV crews asked if I’d prepared for the apocalypse.”

In Bugarach, looking round the tiny church, Barbara Delahaye, a Spanish tourist in her 50s and a fervent Catholic, said there was no harm in all the fuss. “As Christians, one must always be prepared for the end of the world, it’s not a bad thing to be kept aware of that.”

Marco, an Italian warehouse worker from Genoa, had driven here to spend two days “looking for traces of UFOs” on the mountain. “I expected more people to be here,” he says when he realises that he and a journalist are the only people at his guest-house that night.

In her restored terraced house, Valerie Austin, the local choir leader, summed up the odd atmosphere. “People come and look at us villagers as if we’re all peculiar and in contact with some other world. I’m just waiting for one of them to give us a banana, I feel like a monkey at a zoo. We, the people that live here, have nothing to do with this,” she says. Austin, a music teacher from Northumberland, moved here 24 years ago because “all the things I thought important in life seemed to be here: beautiful scenery, no pollution, clean water and kind of authentic, old-fashioned life-style.”

She manages a holiday cottage that lost bookings over the summer because “people who wanted a quiet holiday were put off by the media buzz”. The choir couldn’t plan their usual pre-Christmas concerts in local villages because they weren’t not sure whether there would be mayhem on the roads.

Does she believe any of it? “The Mayans couldn’t even predict their own downfall, could they?” she sighs.

Bugarach peak, which some believe will be spared the apocalypse.

Bugarach peak. Photograph: AFP

One of the most far-fetched claims has been of an apocalypse-inspired property boom in Bugarach as people allegedly rushed to set up home near safety. If prices have gone up in recent years, it has only been part of the long-running general move of city-dwellers looking for the rural dream. For-sale signs dot the village and neither sales nor prices have soared. “Why would you buy a house if the world was about to end?” asked one villager.

John Argles, a builder from London, was mid-construction on his dream house by the stream. An “atheist and a realist” he was surprised when he arrived that people asked him if he’d come for Doomsday. “That had nothing to do with it,” he says. It was the nature, including its resident flock of vultures, that had tempted him. “It’s the nearest thing to utopia I could find.” He plans to meet friends for a celebratory drink in the local bar on 22 December.

Whatever its origins, the Bugarach prophecy has implanted itself in France’s collective consciousness. Nicolas D’Estienne d’Orves, a novelist and opera critic for Le Figaro, released a book on it last week, The Village of the End of the World. A documentary on the life of villagers, The World Stops at Bugarach, will air on French TV, fittingly, on 20 December. D’Estienne d’Orves says it was “impossible” to get to the bottom of the genesis of the Mayan Bugarach rumour. “It was grabbed on to because this is a place where there’s nothing, so you can easily project your fantasies on to it. It’s like filling a balloon with air,” he says. His book includes the letters received by Bugarach’s mayor over the past two years of apocalypse frenzy, including one well-wisher proposing to organise “The Bugarach music festival: a new world beginning for humanity” to coincide with the end of the world, in which he promised to get together Peter Gabriel, Pink Floyd, Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Led Zeppelin, Jean Michel Jarre and the Black Eyed Peas.

The French government, however, is obliged to take it seriously. More than 700km away in his Paris office near the prime minister’s residence, Serge Blisko, head of Miviludes, says he would be advising local authorities on how to prepare policing and keep an eye for gurus and sects exploiting people. “After these moments, there can be a danger of psychological collapse. If fragile, vulnerable people expect an event like the end of the world and it doesn’t happen, they can feel let down and in anguish,” he says.

Meanwhile, on sale in the village is wine called “Cuvée Bugarach” labelled: “If there’s only one left, I shall be that one.” It helps “communicate with extra-terrestrials”, the blurb says.

Over the next weeks, the state will decide what level of security is needed in the village on 21 December, whether to close mountain paths and how to handle any visitors. Although if it’s snowing and icy, it would be almost impossible to access it by car via the death-defying canyon bends of the nearby Gorges of Galamus.

At the town hall, the mayor, while hoping the fuss would soon be over, was still proud of his village’s fame. “If I’d have have had to pay a communications agency for this kind of publicity, it would have been a fortune,” he says.

• This article was amended on 20 November 2012. The original gave the plural of talisman as talismen.


Beyond 2012: Why the World Won’t End December 21, 2012


Dec. 21, 2012, won’t be the end of the world as we know, however, it will be another winter solstice.

Contrary to some of the common beliefs out there, the claims behind the end of the world quickly unravel when pinned down to the 2012 timeline.

Below, NASA Scientists answer questions on the following 2012 topics:

  • End of the World
  • ‘Prediction’ Origins
  • Mayan Calendar
  • Total Blackout
  • Planetary Alignment
  • Nibiru/Planet X/Eris
  • Polar Shift
  • Meteor Strike
  • NASA Science
  • Solar Storms

Blue Marble - High-Res Image of the Earth

A ‘Blue Marble’ image of the Earth taken from the Visible/Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument aboard NASA’s Suomi NPP satellite. This composite image uses a number of swaths of the Earth’s surface taken on January 4, 2012. Credit: NASA/NOAA/GSFC/Suomi NPP/VIIRS/Norman Kuring
Question (Q): Are there any threats to the Earth in 2012? Many Internet websites say the world will end in December 2012.

Answer (A):The world will not end in 2012. Our planet has been getting along just fine for more than 4 billion years, and credible scientists worldwide know of no threat associated with 2012.

Q: What is the origin of the prediction that the world will end in 2012?

A: The story started with claims that Nibiru, a supposed planet discovered by the Sumerians, is headed toward Earth. This catastrophe was initially predicted for May 2003, but when nothing happened the doomsday date was moved forward to December 2012 and linked to the end of one of the cycles in the ancient Mayan calendar at the winter solstice in 2012 — hence the predicted doomsday date of December 21, 2012.

Q: Does the Mayan calendar end in December 2012?

A: Just as the calendar you have on your kitchen wall does not cease to exist after December 31, the Mayan calendar does not cease to exist on December 21, 2012. This date is the end of the Mayan long-count period but then — just as your calendar begins again on January 1 — another long-count period begins for the Mayan calendar.

Q: Is NASA predicting a “total blackout” of Earth on Dec. 23 to Dec. 25?

A: Absolutely not. Neither NASA nor any other scientific organization is predicting such a blackout. The false reports on this issue claim that some sort of “alignment of the Universe” will cause a blackout. There is no such alignment (see next question). Some versions of this rumor cite an emergency preparedness message from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. This is simply a message encouraging people to be prepared for emergencies, recorded as part of a wider government preparedness campaign. It never mentions a blackout.

Q: Could planets align in a way that impacts Earth?

A: There are no planetary alignments in the next few decades and even if these alignments were to occur, their effects on the Earth would be negligible. One major alignment occurred in 1962, for example, and two others happened during 1982 and 2000. Each December the Earth and sun align with the approximate center of the Milky Way Galaxy but that is an annual event of no consequence.

“There apparently is a great deal of interest in celestial bodies, and their locations and trajectories at the end of the calendar year 2012. Now, I for one love a good book or movie as much as the next guy. But the stuff flying around through cyberspace, TV and the movies is not based on science. There is even a fake NASA news release out there…”
– Don Yeomans, NASA senior research scientist

Q: Is there a planet or brown dwarf called Nibiru or Planet X or Eris that is approaching the Earth and threatening our planet with widespread destruction?

A: Nibiru and other stories about wayward planets are an Internet hoax. There is no factual basis for these claims. If Nibiru or Planet X were real and headed for an encounter with the Earth in 2012, astronomers would have been tracking it for at least the past decade, and it would be visible by now to the naked eye. Obviously, it does not exist. Eris is real, but it is a dwarf planet similar to Pluto that will remain in the outer solar system; the closest it can come to Earth is about 4 billion miles.

Q: What is the polar shift theory? Is it true that the Earth’s crust does a 180-degree rotation around the core in a matter of days if not hours?

A: A reversal in the rotation of Earth is impossible. There are slow movements of the continents (for example Antarctica was near the equator hundreds of millions of years ago), but that is irrelevant to claims of reversal of the rotational poles. However, many of the disaster websites pull a bait-and-switch to fool people. They claim a relationship between the rotation and the magnetic polarity of Earth, which does change irregularly, with a magnetic reversal taking place every 400,000 years on average. As far as we know, such a magnetic reversal doesn’t cause any harm to life on Earth. Scientists believe a magnetic reversal is very unlikely to happen in the next few millennia.

Q: Is the Earth in danger of being hit by a meteor in 2012?

A: The Earth has always been subject to impacts by comets and asteroids, although big hits are very rare. The last big impact was 65 million years ago, and that led to the extinction of the dinosaurs. Today NASA astronomers are carrying out a survey called the Spaceguard Survey to find any large near-Earth asteroids long before they hit. We have already determined that there are no threatening asteroids as large as the one that killed the dinosaurs. All this work is done openly with the discoveries posted every day on the NASA Near-Earth Object Program Office website, so you can see for yourself that nothing is predicted to hit in 2012.

Q: How do NASA scientists feel about claims of the world ending in 2012?

A: For any claims of disaster or dramatic changes in 2012, where is the science? Where is the evidence? There is none, and for all the fictional assertions, whether they are made in books, movies, documentaries or over the Internet, we cannot change that simple fact. There is no credible evidence for any of the assertions made in support of unusual events taking place in December 2012.

Q: Is there a danger from giant solar storms predicted for 2012? A: Solar activity has a regular cycle, with peaks approximately every 11 years. Near these activity peaks, solar flares can cause some interruption of satellite communications, although engineers are learning how to build electronics that are protected against most solar storms. But there is no special risk associated with 2012. The next solar maximum will occur in the 2012-2014 time frame and is predicted to be an average solar cycle, no different than previous cycles throughout history.

Νοστράδαμος: Τι είχε προβλέψει για την κρίση στην Ελλάδα και πόσο μέσα «έπεσε»;

Νοστράδαμος: Τι είχε προβλέψει για την κρίση στην Ελλάδα και πόσο μέσα «έπεσε»;

Απλή σύμπτωση ή απόλυτα επιτυχημένη προφητεία;

Απίστευτο και όμως αν ανατρέξουμε σε προφητείες του Νοστράδαμου θα καταλάβουμε πολλά για την παρούσα κατάσταση της χώρας μας. Οι προφητείες του Νοστράδαμου συμπίπτουν με προφητείες πολλών πατέρων της Εκκλησίας, όπως του Πατέρα Παΐσιου και του Ιωσήφ Βατοπεδινού.
Τι όμως είχε προβλέψει ο διάσημος Μισέλ ντε Νοστρεντάμ, όπως είναι το πραγματικό του όνομα;
Πάμε να δούμε τα σημαντικότερα αποφθέγματά του και την τωρινή τους απήχηση

1. «Στις Κυκλάδες, στην Πείρινθο, και στην Λάρισα, στην Σπάρτη και ολόκληρη την Πελοπόννησο, ένας τρομερός λιμός, μια μάστιγα από ψεύτικη σκόνη Εννιά μήνες θα διαρκέσει δίνοντας μορφή σε όλα.»

Η προφητεία αυτή συνδέεται απόλυτα με την παρούσα κατάσταση. Οι Έλληνες όπως τόνισε ο Γάλλος μάντης, θα πεινάσoυν και η έντονη αυτή πείνα θα διαρκέσει 9 μήνες. Η φράση «δίνοντας μορφή σε όλα» , θέλει να δείξει ότι τα πάντα θα αλλάξουν, οι άνθρωποι θα αναθεωρήσουν και οι σχέσεις των Ελλήνων μεταξύ τους θα γίνουν πιο δυνατές

2.« Η Κόρη του Φωτός, από τους φίλους της θα καταδικαστεί. Ότι τάχα το σκότος στη Παλιά Γη έχει φέρει. Θα την βρίζουν και θα την χτυπούν, θα λένε ότι αυτή φταίει. Αλλά σύντομα θα καταλάβουν το λάθος τους.»
Αυτή η προφητεία, είναι και η πιο χαρακτηριστική. Η Κόρη του Φωτός είναι η Ελλάδα. (Ελ=φως, ‘λάδα’ από το ‘λας’ που σημαίνει γη ή χώρα, δηλαδή Ελλάδα = Χώρα ή Γη του Φωτός) Τι σημαίνει όμως αυτή η προφητεία; Οι Ευρωπαίοι θα κατηγορήσουν, θα χλευάσουν και θα καταδικάσουν την Ελλάδα, ως μόνη υπαίτια για την άσχημη οικονομική κατάσταση της Παλιάς Γης, που είναι η Ευρώπη. Όταν όμως η κρίση χτυπήσει την κάθε χώρα ξεχωριστά και βρεθούν στην ίδια κατάσταση, εκεί θα καταλάβουν ότι δεν πρέπει να συνεχίζουν να διασύρουν την Ελλάδα.
3. «Η αρρενωπή γυναίκα θα ασκήσει πίεση στον βορρά. Θα δημιουργήσει δυσφορία σχεδόν σε ολόκληρη την Ευρώπη.Δύο αποτυχίες θα την θέσουν σε τέτοια έλλειψη ισορροπίας. Ώστε ζωή και θάνατος θα ισχυροποιήσουν τους Ανατολικούς Ευρωπαίους.»
Η αρρενωπή γυναίκα μας οδηγεί σε δύο πολύ γνωστές κυρίες που δεν είναι άλλες από τη Λαγκάρντ και τη Μέρκελ. Είναι γεγονός ότι αυτές «κινούν τα νήματα» και έχουν ενισχύσει τη δυσφορία όλης της Ευρώπης εις βάρος της χώρας μας. Η αποτυχία επίλυσης του προβλήματος της παγκόσμιας αλλά και ευρωπαϊκής οικονομικής κρίσης είναι οι δύο βασικοί λόγοι που εξοργίζουν την …αρρενωπή γυναίκα

Κλείνοντας όμως θα δώσουμε και μία πιο θετική προφητεία για το μέλλον της χώρας μας.
4. «Οι καταπιεσμένοι, αφέντες θα γίνουν. Γιατί ο Θεός την σειρά αλλάζει. Το φως της, τον κόσμο ξανά θα φέξει. Και τότε όλοι τους θα θυμηθούν ποια είναι αυτή.»
Η προφητεία αυτή θέλει να δείξει ότι η Ελλάδα που τόσο πολύ έχει ταπεινωθεί και καταπιεστεί τα τελευταία χρόνια, θα καταφέρει να ανέβει ψυχολογικά και οικονομικά. Η Ελλάδα θα ξανακερδίσει τη χαμένη της δύναμη και το φως της θα ξαναλάμψει.

Αυτές ήταν μερικές από τις σημαντικότερες προφητείες του Νοστράδαμου. Τι από όλα αυτά ισχύει και κατά πόσο οι ερμηνείες που δίνονται ισχύουν απόλυτα δεν το γνωρίζουμε. Το μόνο που σίγουρα ελπίζουμε είναι να βγει αληθινή η τελευταία του προφητεία, δηλαδή να αναγεννηθούμε!


Η Jennifer Aniston δεν είναι έγκυος!

Η Jennifer Aniston δεν είναι έγκυος!

Ίσως θα πρέπει οι εκπρόσωποι της Jennifer Aniston να ετοιμάσουν μια σειρά από διαψεύσεις για να μην ταλαιπωρούνται!

Για άλλη μία φορά τα δημοσιεύματα θέλουν την ηθοποιό να είναι έγκυος με το παιδί του Justin Theroux.

Όμως και πάλι έχουν πέσει έξω εάν λάβει κανείς υπόψη του την κατηγορηματική διάψευση τους. Χαρακτήρισε μάλιστα σκουπίδια τα νεότερα δημοσιεύματα σε δηλώσεις που έκανε.

Πάντως όλα δείχνουν ότι ο γάμος του ζευγαριού δεν θα αργήσει και πολύ.

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The Greek Welfare Centre is calling on the Greek Australian community to contribute to the Christmas Hamper

Help families in need this Christmas

The Greek Welfare Centre is calling on the Greek Australian community to contribute to the Christmas Hamper, that will help Greek Australian families in financial need

The Greek Welfare Centre is calling on the Greek Australian community to demonstrate their filotimo and contribute to the Christmas Hamper, that will help Greek Australian families in financial need.

In a joint effort between the Greek Orthodox Parishes, St John’s Greek Orthodox College, and Oakleigh Grammar, the Greek Welfare Centre has taken the leading role in organising and coordinating an Easter and Christmas Food Hamper and Toy Appeal with the solid support of the Parish Network of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia and the Greek Australian Community of Victoria.

Any non-perishable food items as well as toys, preferably new, are welcome.

Donated items include: oil, pasta, rice, coffee, tea, sugar, biscuits, canned food (including vegetables, meats, hams etc), sauces, flour, spices, snacks etc. Before purchasing or dropping off such items to the collection points, please check the used-by dates and that there are no ruptures to the packaging.

Toys can also be donated, but they need to be new, or at least as close to new as possible in their original packaging to ensure a pleasurable experience for the recipient children.

The non-perishable food and toys can be dropped off at any of the Greek Orthodox churches in Victoria or at St John’s Greek Orthodox College, 21 Railway Place West Preston or at Oakleigh Grammar, 77-81 Willesden Road, Oakleigh or alternatively at the Greek Welfare Centre at the Holy Monastery of ‘Axion Estin’ at 7 Hartington Street, Northcote.

For more information please contact Greek Welfare Centre on (03) 9486 6588.

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