Thursday, 23 April 2015
23rd April 2015, A date to remember.
I think I said all I wanted to say about 23rd April in 2012, and anything I missed out I added in 2013. In 2014 I was in Greece on 23/4 and this is where I took these two photos of a flag showing St. George about to slaughter a dragon next to St George's red cross pennant flying from the roof of a church in Hydra. I was sure that there was something deeply meaningful to say about the flag that was once a symbol of everything great in England but is now an emblem we are embarrassed to acknowledge lest we be thought racist (How did that happen!). About the flag of a saint born in what is now central Turkey, hoisted above a Greek orthodox church. But as you can see from the previous two sentences, this notion is not easy to articulate. So 2014's 23rd April post was left unwritten and having got this far, you are probably wishing that I'd left 2015's in the draft box too.
So why should this Thursday be a date to remember? Because I exchanged 100 pounds today and received 400 Turkish Lira. This is the first time the Lira has dropped so low and broken the 4 Lira barrier. The general feeling now is that the only way from here is down. On that depressing note here is a happy picture of a tree prettily decorated for Children's Day.