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Battered economy forces Greeks to return to the farm, leaving cities


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The steady shift to the farms and villages appears to be an unstoppable force fuelled by desperation in the cities

By filmmakers Philip Williams and Mavourneen Dineen
Aljazeera
Dec 28, 2012

Excerpt:

At the end of another year of painful austerity and mounting debts, Greece’s battered economy is seeing over 1,000 workers lose their jobs every day.

On the surface, many cities still looks prosperous, but the nation’s deep crisis is clearly reflected in the windows of hundreds of empty shops.

More than one million Greeks are unemployed, which is one-quarter of the workforce, and the country is facing a youth unemployment rate of 58 percent.

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1917 Punch: Potato golf on the allotments during WW1

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“The links being devoted to allotments, Mr and Mrs Bunker Browne practise approach shots, with the idea of filling their basket with potatoes at the same time.”

The ‘links’ are a particular type of golf course.
From Wiki: A links is the oldest style of golf course, first developed in Scotland. The word “links” comes via the Scots language from the Old English word hlinc : “rising ground, ridge” and refers to an area of coastal sand dunes and sometimes to open parkland.

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