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Happy May Day! The tradition of giving small baskets of flowers (often anonymously left on a doorstep!) to friends and neighbors on May 1st isn’t practiced much anymore, but you can still celebrate the arrival of this merry month by taking some time to stop and smell the flowers – wherever you may find them.  Lunch on this garden bench would be a perfect May Day indulgence!

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Greece has so much to offer to visitors, it’s no wonder it is one of the world's most popular tourist destinations. Ancient Greece is generally considered the cradle of Western civilization, having greatly influenced the arts, language, philosophy, politics, and sports of western society. If the stay is short, visitors may have a difficult time choosing between Greece's numerous ancient historical sights, the idyllic beaches of the islands, the towering mountain ranges, and the olive orchards in the south. The main touristic regions are divided as follow: - Attica (including Athens)- the Peloponnese- the Greek Islands- Crete- Central/Northern Greece

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Athens Currency : Euro Driver's License : International license required Electricity : 220 Volts, 50 Hertz Entry Requirements : A passport, valid 3 months beyond intended stay, and an ongoing or return ticket are required. It is the traveller's responsibility to check with the country’s Embassy for up-to-date information.GMT Time : +2hr. Daylight savings time is applied.Government : Parliamentary republic Land size : 130,647 km2 Language : Greek National Airlines : Olympic Air, now privatized Population : 10,767,827 approx Religion : Greek Orthodox 98%, Muslim 1.3%, other 0.7%Required Vaccines : none Tourist Season : April to June, and September to OctoberForeign Affairs and International Trade Canada : Consult the "Country Travel Advice and Advisories" of Greece

The traditional Greek diet is a Mediterranean cuisine, sharing characteristics with the cuisines of Italy, the Balkans, Turkey, and the Levant. It consists primarily of fresh fruits and vegetables with an emphasis on poultry and seafood, rice, grains, beans and pastas. Also important are olives, cheese, eggplant, courgette, and yogurt. Oregano, mint, garlic, onion, dill and bay laurel are favored for seasoning. Many food items are wrapped in phyllo pastry. Olive oil is a staple in Greek cooking.

With its extensive coastline and islands, Greece has excellent seafood. Traditonal dishes include grilled octopus, astakomacaronada (spaghetti with lobster) and achinosalata (sea-urchin eggs in lemon and olive oil). Lamb shares a same popularity as it is easily farmed here. Look for Oven-baked lamb with potatoes, moussaka, paidakia (grilled lamb chops) or Giouvetsi (lamb baked in a clay pot). Real Greek food has little in common with what is offered in Greek restaurants around the world. You can find certain staples that are considered more like junk food in Greece, such as gyros and souvlaki.

Popular appetizers (meze) include Dolmadakia (stuffed grapevine leaves), deep-fried vegetables, spanakopita (spinach pie), Saganaki (a fried cheese), Taramosalata (fish roe mixed with boiled potatoes), feta cheese and Tzatziki (yogurt with cucumber and garlic puree). A mixed meze plate is called a pikilía. A real Greek salad is essentially a tomato salad with cucumber, red onion, feta cheese, and kalamata olives, dressed with olive oil. Mezes are often enjoyed with a glass of Ouzo, an anise-flavored aperitif, or Tsipouro, the Greek Grappa.

Greek desserts are usually heavy nuts and honey, such as the classic baklava, finikia, (cookie topped with chopped nuts), Loukoumades (small crusty donuts) and Galaktoboureko (custard baked between layers of phyllo). Greek yogurt, much thicker than what we accustomed too, is served with honey as a dessert.

Greek coffee is prepared with the grounds left in. It is a thick, strong black coffee, served in a small cup either sweetened or unsweetened. During the hot summer months try a frappé, a shaken iced instant coffee called with or without milk, sweetened or unsweetened.

Wine is enjoyed with most meals. Almost every taverna has there own home wine which is usually of good quality. Specialty wines include the whites from Santorini and reds from Naoussa and Drama; the Imiglyko half-sweet red wine; the distinctive Retsina dry white wine with hint of pine resin used to seal the flasks and bottles. Culture Although Greek is the official language, English is widely understood, especially in touristic areas. Many Greeks also understand French, Italian, and German.

Greece is credited with the birth and development of science, literature, architecture, the fine arts, philosophy and democracy. The culture of Greece has evolved over thousands of years, from Mycenaean Greece, into Classical Greece, the Byzantine Empire and finally the Greek War of Independence. Greek culture was also influenced by the Roman Empire, Turkey, Italy, the Balkans, and the British Empire.

Byzantine art featured an abstract or symbolic approach, as opposed to classical art where being as realistic as possible was the main goal. Later the Cretan School describes an important school of icon painting. The Heptanese School of painting succeeded the Cretan school, showing an increasing Western European artistic influence and becoming less religious. Modern Greek painting began to be developed around the time of Romanticism.

Greece has a remarkably rich and resilient literary tradition. The first recorded works in the western literary tradition are the poems of Homer and Hesiod. Early Greek lyric poetry was responsible for defining the lyric genre as it is understood today in western literature. The Byzantine era had strong Christian influence. Modern Greek literature took shape with the independence of Greece.

The tradition of philosophy in Ancient Greece accompanied its literary development. The works of Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, and other Greek philosophers profoundly influenced Classical thought, the Islamic Golden Age, and the Renaissance. Hippocrates is referred to as the father of Western medicine. Thales of Miletus is regarded by many as the father of science. Pythagoras was a mathematician often described as the father of numbers. Other great Greek minds developed astronomy, cartography and physics.

Folkloric traditions go back into ancient times where choruses were performed for entertainment, celebration and spiritual reasons. Greek folk music is found all throughout Greece and styles can vary from various regions or islands. In the 19th century popular songs were the so-called Athenian serenades. The 20th century saw the birth of the styles Rebetiko initially associated with the urban lower and poor classes, the orchestral Éntekhno with elements from Greek folk rhythm and melody, and Laïkó which is a modernized form of Rebetiko. Laïkó music is mostly accompanied by the Greek instrumental bouzouki, an instrument of the string family. Other instrument used in the history of Greek music include the guitar, flute, sistrum, timpani (drum), psaltirio, Sirigs, lyre, cymbals, keras and kanonaki.

Greece dances run deep in the country’s folklore as well. In the Mycenean period, the ancient Greeks believed that dancing was invented by the Gods and therefore associated it with religious ceremony. Popular dances of this period included the Syrtos, Geranos, Mantilia, Saximos, Pyrichios, and Kordakas.

Certain topics are considered very sensitive or taboo so best to avoid them. These topics include the Macedonian and Turkish issues; do not degrade anything related to Ancient Greece and the Byzantine Empire; completely avoid the subject of the military junta of the late 1960s-mid 1970s; and the Cyprus civil war of 1974. Pay attention to some hand gestures: Greeks put out their entire hand, palm open, five fingers extended out, like signaling someone to stop. This is called "mountza" and means get lost, or worse. So when refusing something offered to you make sure to put your palm down to refuse, not up. Geography Greece is a country in Southern Europe but politically also considered part of Western Europe. Greece has land borders with Albania, the Republic of Macedonia and Bulgaria to the north, and Turkey to the east. The Aegean Sea lies to the east of mainland Greece, the Ionian Sea to the west, and the Mediterranean Sea to the south.

Athens is the capital and the largest city in the country. Administrative divisions consist of thirteen regions subdivided into a total of 325 municipalities. The regions and municipalities are fully self-governed.

Eighty percent of Greece consists of mountains with ranges extending into the sea as peninsulas, of which Mount Olympus is the highest at 2,917 m. Western Greece contains a number of lakes and wetlands and is dominated by the Pindus mountain range. Northeastern Greece features another high-altitude mountain range, the Rhodope range.

The Greek Islands are a collection of over 6,000 islands and islets that belong to Greece. Only 227 of the islands are inhabited. Crete is the largest and most populous island. The Greek islands are traditionally grouped into the following clusters:

- the Saronic Islands in the Saronic gulf near Athens - the Cyclades occupying the central part of the Aegean Sea - the North Aegean islands off the west coast of Turkey - the Dodecanese in the southeast between Crete and Turkey - the Sporades off the coast of Euboea - the Ionian Islands located to the west of the mainland in the Ionian Sea - the Cretan Islands that surround the island of Crete History While the area around Attica was inhabited during the Upper Paleolithic period (30000–10000 BC), the first advanced civilizations in Greece began with the Cycladic in the Cyclades Islands, the Minoan in Crete and Santorini, and later on the mainland (3000–1200 BC).

The next 400 years are referred to as the Greek Dark Ages, as the Cycladic and Minoan civilizations fell into decline following the arrival of the Dorians, who simply absorbed the later into their culture. Two of the most celebrated works of Greek literature, the Illiad and the Odyssey by Homer, were written during that period. At the same time we saw the rise of the Greek city-states and Greek settlements were also established in southern Italy and other coastal areas of the Mediterranean. The 5th through 4th centuries BC is known as Classical Greece when much of modern Western politics, artistic thought, scientific thought, literature, and philosophy developed. The Empire reached its climax during the rule of Alexander the Great, a period known as the Hellenistic era.

The empire broke up after Alexander's death, and Greece was eventually annexed by the growing Roman Empire. Although weakened politically, Greek Civilization continued to flourish under Roman rule and heavily influenced Roman culture. Christianity arrived in Greece during the 1st century AD. The Byzantine Empire existed for more than a thousand years, from the 4th century to 1453, when the Roman Emperor Constantine the Great legalized Christian worship and moved the capital from Rome to Byzantium, which he renamed Constantinople. During the 13th century, a weakened Byzantine Empire was eventually conquered by the Ottoman Turkish Empire. Greece fell under Ottoman Turkish rule.

Over the next centuries the Greeks tried several times to take arms against the Empire in vain but a strong independent and unified movement broke out in 1821 which led to the Greek War of Independence. Aided by three Great Powers, Russia, the United Kingdom and France, Greece finally claimed its Independence in 1830. During the second half of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century, Greece gradually annexed neighboring islands and territories.

Greece was invaded by Mussolini's military in 1941 during WWII. After liberation, a civil war broke out in 1946 between communist rebels and royalists, ending with the communist rebels defeated in 1949. By joining NATO in 1952, Greece experienced rapid economic growth and social change. A right-wing military dictatorship staged a coup in 1967. Democracy returned in 1974 with a parliamentary republic.

Greece rejoined NATO in 1980, joined the EU in 1981 and adopted the euro as its currency in 2001. The country's tourism industry returned in the 80s and began to experience remarkable economic growth in the 1990s. In 2004, the nation hosted the Summer Olympic Games in Athens. The Greek government debt crisis began in 2009. These austerity measures taken by the Eurozone have proved extremely unpopular with the Greek public, precipitating demonstrations and civil unrest. Nature Greece can be subdivided into six eco-regions: the Illyrian deciduous forests, Pindus Mountains mixed forests, Balkan mixed forests, Rhodope montane mixed forests, Aegean and Western Turkey sclerophyllous and mixed forests and Crete Mediterranean forests.

Some of the national parks are Parnassos, Iti, Prespes, Vikos-Aoos, Parnitha, Samaria and Mount Olympus. In Greek mythology, Olympus was regarded as the home of the Twelve Olympian gods of the ancient Greek world. It formed itself after the gods defeated the titans in the Titan War, and soon the palace was inhabited by the gods. It is the setting of many Greek mythical stories.

Greece is one of the most bio-diverse countries of Europe in terms of flora with some 5,500 species of flora. Common flowers include hyacinth, narcissus, gladioli, anemones, lilies, irises, cyclamens, and tulips. Forests are covered primarily with aspen, pines, conifers as well as chestnuts and beeches.

The wildlife of Greece comprises about 900 different species. On land you can spot the brown bear, wolf, marten, wildcat, roe deer, wild goats, jackals, and hedgehogs. In the sky you can observe ducks, falcons, buzzards, pelicans, ibises, cormorants, herons and egrets. Marine life includes dolphins, whales, flying fish, swordfish, tuna, sunfish, and the endangered Mediterranean monk seals and the Loggerhead sea turtle. The National Marine Park on Zakynthos is the prime nesting area for loggerhead sea turtles. Sports Greece is the birth place of the Olympic Games. The first ever competitions were recorded in 776 BC. The Ancient Olympic Games were held in the town of Olympia, from the 8th century BC to the 4th century AD. The Panathenaic Stadium in Athens, a replica of an ancient stadium in Olympia, hosted the first modern Olympic Games in 1896, under the International Olympic Committee. The Panathenaic stadium also hosted the Games in 1906 and was used to host events at the 2004 Summer Olympics.

In ancient Greece, wrestling was the number one sport of the Olympic Games and it remains a favorite sport to this day. The forms of wrestling we know today as Greco-Roman and Freestyle was first developed by the ancient Greeks. Wrestling was part of a soldier's training regimen. Wrestling is still one of the most significant Olympic sports in Greece, which has produced champions.

Football is the most popular sport in Greece. Its national governing body is the Hellenic Football Federation founded in 1926, which is member of FIFA and UEFA. Another very popular sport in Greece is basketball. Volleyball and water polo also enjoy quite a bit of popularity. There are many other sports practiced in the country, such as kickboxing, weightlifting, athletics, sailing and rowing, swimming and diving, tennis and handball.

Banks & Money
The Euro (€) is legal tender in Greece. One euro is divided into 100 cents.

ATMs are prevalent in all cities and even the smaller towns. Mastercard, Visa and traveller's checks in US dollars are widely accepted. For credit cards make sure to have your 4 PIN code with you and cards with chips may be the only ones accepted. Small shops and restaurants may only accept cash, especially on the islands.

If you need to exchange foreign currency, go to any currency exchange shop found in all major cities or at a bank. There are also automated currency exchange machines in some areas of the country. Usually, only the larger hotels will exchange money for their guests. Climate The climate in Greece is predominantly Mediterranean. However, due to the country's unique geography, Greece has a remarkable range of micro-climates and local variations. Summers are hot and dry with near-constant sunshine and sporadic flash showers, generally from April until November. The remainder of the year is characterized by a relatively cold, rainy period.

From mid-July to mid-August, the sun in the afternoon hours can be extremely warm, easily reaching in the 30s Celsius. It is best advised to wake up early, doing all sightseeing and errands in the cool morning hours, and then spending the afternoon in the relaxing shade or at the beach. The low levels of atmospheric humidity in most areas of the country prevent the air from trapping much heat, and temperatures tend to dip to very pleasant levels in the evenings. While the Dry Mediterranean climate characterizes most of the country, there are two other climate systems that are present:

The Continental Mediterranean and western islands are wetter than the dry Mediterranean and have cooler winters and summers.

The Alpine Mediterranean has a harsh winter with abundant snowfalls, while the summers are cool with frequent thunderstorms. This climate is to be found in the mountainous areas of Northwestern Greece as well as in the mountainous central parts of Peloponnese.

For monthly average temperatures please refer to your destination of choice. Communication The country code in Greece is 30. The telecommunications and postal services market in Greece is regulated by the Hellenic Telecommunications and Post Commission (EETT). Both the land line and mobile systems are widespread. Greece has three mobile telecom companies.

Payphones are widely available but most work only with phone. Pre-paid calling cards are sold in many shops and kiosks, as well as international calling card.

Internet Cafes are becoming common place and can be found in most towns. Mobile internet on 3G cellphone networks and Wi-Fi connections can be found almost everywhere.

ELTA is the state-owned postal service provider of Greece. The mail service of Greece is reliable but slow.

The ERT (Elliniki Radiofonia kai Tileorasi), the Greek Radio and Television broadcasting agency, owns 6 national television stations, 3 of which are digital, and 7 national radio station. Health Tap water is generally potable in most places but it may not taste very good, especially on some small islands. If in doubt, bottled water is always safer. Sun and heat stroke are common, particularly in the summer months. Make sure to use sunscreen and wear a light sun hat.

Medications are obtained at pharmacies where you can have your prescriptions from your doctor filled.

You do not need any vaccinations against illness to travel to Greece. As in any part of the world, it is advisable to have your anti-tetanus vaccination up to date if you are going to be in contact with nature and the countryside, as well as any other official vaccination program. Official Holidays January 01 - New Year's Day January 06 - Epiphany February/March - Shrove Monday March 25 - Independence Day April/May - Good Friday, Easter May 01 - May Day/Labor Day June - Pentecost Whit Sunday and Monday August 15 - Assumption of Our Lady October 28 - Ohi Day December 25 - Christmas December 26 - Saint Stephen's

Note: Greek Easter and Western Easter dates are not calculated with the same calendar so usually do not coincide. Safety Greece is a very safe destination for the traveler: the vast majority of people you interact with will be honest and helpful. General strikes and demonstrations have been taking place more frequently in Greece recently and these episodes have been almost exclusively motivated by internal politics and not directed at travelers or foreigners. Avoid all public gatherings and demonstrations.

Use good judgement, keep money and travel documents well hidden in a money belt and take advantage of the safety deposit boxes provided by the hotels. Always lock your hotel door or your rented car. Never leave any luggage unattended and be inconspicuous with jewellery, cameras, or anything of value. Try not to walk around empty streets or poorly-lit areas. After dark do not walk in the Athens districts of Monastiraki or Omonia, or around the two railway stations of Larissa and Peloponissos. Shopping Great purchases that can be made all over Greece include antiques, jewelry, designer clothes, olive products, fur coats, Backgammon sets, music recordings, rugs, wine, Ouzo, honey, leather goods (bags, sandals, coats), ceramics, paintings, evil eye beads for protection and worry beads.

It is considered rude to try to bargain in Greece, except in flea markets but only haggle if you are serious about buying. In Athens, head for the Plaka and Kolonaki. In the Plaka there is the Monastiraki flea market and Ermou Street for shops. Kolonaki is more upscale with designer stores. Many islands or regions sell their own specialties. Delphi is great for wool blankets and sweaters. Ioannina is popular for silver, copper and brassware. Santorini produces distinctive flavored wines from the volcanic-rich soil. Kos is known for its bathing sponges. Mykonos offers icon reproductions, incense and beeswax candles. Rhodes has beautiful hand-woven lace, embroidered linen and crochet work. Crete sells local olive oil, herb-based cosmetics, honeys, and embroidered linens. Taxes & Tips A departure tax of 12 Euro, per person, is to be paid when leaving the country.

The VAT tax in Greece is between 6.5% and 23%, depending on the goods or service. Goods not belonging to any special category are taxed at 23%. Refunds are made for the VAT on certain goods and merchandise if you are a non-EU resident and you spend a minimum of around 100€ in the same store on the same day. You must ask for a tax-free receipt from the store and then present the form with your purchases at the refund booth at the airport.

Tipping in Greece is not expected but it is always appreciated. Bellhops and doorman usually receive $2 per bag and chambermaids should get $2 per day. Almost all restaurants and hotels include a service charge, the VAT and municipal taxes in their prices. Round up to the nearest bill or leave about 10%. Transportation Elefthérios Venizélos International Airport, just outside the capital of Athens, is the country's largest and busiest airport. Other major international airports of importance are in Heraklion (Nikos Kazantzákis International), Thessaloniki (Makedonia International), Rhodes (Diagóras), and Corfu (Ioánnis Kapodístrias). Olympic Air is the now privatized airline offering services to Greece from several cities around the world. Its main domestic competitor is Aegean Airlines which also offers some international European flights. Airports are well served by many European budget airlines.

The Greek rail infrastructure is run by Hellenic Railways Organisation (OSE). Thessaloniki is Greece's hub for international rail service. There a small network of international bus service to its neighboring countries. If arriving by car, the easiest and safest way is to arrive overland by Italy, and then take a trans-Adriatic ferry from there. Several ferries depart for Greece daily. From Turkey there are ferries stopping at certain Greek Islands.

To get around the mainland and the islands of Greece you can choose from several options. Intercity buses are a very popular option for domestic travel. The system is efficient, reliable, and relatively inexpensive. Some routes even include routes to islands near the mainland as the ferry crossing is included in the price of the bus ticket. The national rail system is slow and limited but currently under major renovation. The project's completion is still a long way off.

The best way to island hop is by ferry. In the summertime the frequency is good but in the wintertime or if the weather is bad, schedules are not as reliable. There's no single official source for schedules. During high-season there are extensive connections from Athens (Piraeus, Rafina and Lavrio ports) and quite a few islands, but there may not be many intra island connections, or daily service. In high-season it is recommended to reserve ahead of time, if possible. Rule of thumb: be flexible, always have a backup plan and make sure to arrive a day ahead if flying out. Faster hydrofoil and catamaran services are becoming more and more popular but be prepared to pay more.

Automobile rental agencies are present throughout the country. Roads are usually well-marked and well-maintained. Road signs in Greek are usually repeated with a transliterated version in the Latin alphabet. Exploring the country by car can be an extremely rewarding experience and gives you the freedom to reach even isolated towns or archaeological sites. But driving in Greece can be a challenge. Drivers might appear aggressive and risk takers, the national accident rate is very high, and the presence of many twisty mountainous roads, sometimes hugging the side of a cliff can be scary. In big cities traffic and finding parking can be very difficult, and the ferries that allow car transport are slower.

Although you can find taxis all over Greece, it can turn into a harrowing experience. Greek taxi drivers do not have the best reputation, they will often refuse to pick you up if it is not a direction they want to head in, and if in a group they may try to insist each person pays the full fare. In daytime and inside the city limits make sure the meter has the 1 lit, not 2 which is night and out of the city fares. The best way to deal with a bad driver is to start writing down the driver's license number and threaten to call the tourist police, he will probably cave in.

Many cities, towns and certain islands have public transit such as bus routes. In Athens, trolleys and regular buses have frequent links to tourist attractions and places of interest. The Athens Metro is one of the most modern, fast, comfortable and reliable in Europe. The Thessaloniki Metro is scheduled for completion in late 2014.
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May Day Magic
Today, I went for a walk with my son. Even writing that has me grinning from ear to ear. Let me say that again. I went for a walk with my son. The one who can’t walk… who hasn’t walked above a few,...
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John Glen's A VIEW TO A KILL (1985, 131 min.) on Blu-ray.

As I prepare to watch "Spectre" this weekend (a prospect that I'm dreading more than looking forward to) I had the sudden urge to revisit the James Bond movie that I have seen more times than any other. Back in the 80's, after I taped this off of HBO, I must have seen "A View to a Kill" on VHS at least 100 times by myself, with friends, family, etc. I had the movie practically memorized, and thought it was the greatest Bond flick I'd ever seen (actually the only one) until I saw "The Living Daylights" a couple of years later (review below, Nov. 7). Of course I was a dumb kid back then who hadn't been exposed to Connery, "On Her Majesty's Secret Service," etc. And yet, seeing it with the truckload of giant flaws embedded into its narrative (wiping out Silicon Valley wouldn't stop the cheap manufacturing of microchips elsewhere) and cast (if I hear former "Charlie's Angels" star Tanya Roberts scream 'James!' one more time... arrghh!), there's a part of me that still loves "AVTAK." There's something comforting in seeing M (Robert Brown), Q (Desmond Llewelyn) and Moneypenny (Lois Maxwell in her last stab at getting James to notice her) dressed with their Sunday best for an Ascot Racecourse trip in which Sir Godfrey Tibbett (Patrick Macnee) briefs 007 (Roger Moore) about industrialist Max Zorin (Christopher Walken) potentially fixing horse races. A quick visit to Paris for some Eiffel Tower-jumping and stunt driving, and then it's off to Zorin's mansion-like stables. You know, a chance for Bond to bed Zorin's main henchman, May Day (Grace Jones), and for the KGB's General Gogol (Walter Gotell) to read Zorin the riot act for defecting from the Russian program that nurtured the psychopathic he was born with. Then a whole hour of San Francisco tourist hopping at City Hall (on fire), around in a firetruck (with unlocked ladder) and below a lake that loses a lot more than just fish.

Overwritten by Richard Maibaum and Michael G. Wilson for the type of actor playing Bond at the time (gentlemen Roger Moore is too old and suave for the physical stunts the screenwriters dream up) and about 20 minutes too long (which can't be removed without losing connective tissue in the rather-intricate story), "AVTAK" maintains the classy standards and high production values of EON's post-"Spy Who Loved Me" Bond movies. Yes, a Beach Boys tune playing while 007 snowboards away from Russian soldiers is silly, but the stunt work here and elsewhere is aces (Roger's too-obvious stand-ins notwithstanding). I personally enjoy the episodic nature of the 70's through early aughts' 007 adventures in which Bond is an efficient foot soldier in a shadow war against megalomaniac villains, a sharp contrast with the ongoing Bond-centered soap opera saga built around Daniel Craig's troubled past. I like that in "AVTAK" Bond is constantly using gadgets (X-ray glasses, camera ring, etc.) that Q didn't show him how to use, that the movie bothers to explain how and why Zorin recruited the grunts that build the mining crater where he plans to detonate the flooding-creating explosion (as impressive a set as the tanker interior in "Spy"), and that the stars of TV's "The Avengers" and "The Saint" get to share a handful of scenes for laughs. So what if the film doesn't live up to the caliber of the Maurice Binder title sequence, Duran Duran song and John Barry score? By the time 007 and Zorin are fighting to the death atop the Golden Gate Bridge (back in the quaint old days when the landmark wasn't getting destroyed in every other summer movie) "A View to a Kill" has played its strongest cards, and they're to die for in the mind of this 80's child. :-)
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SFMOMA to reopen in May as largest museum of its kind in U.S.
What started as an addition to display 1,100 artworks on loan from the Fisher family has ended up with more than 4,000 new works in the largest modern and contemporary art museum in America and the largest museum of any kind in Northern California, as measured by gallery space. When it does, it will have seven floors of exhibition space, and one of those floors, the fourth, is larger than all five floors from the original building designed by M...
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The May Day

Grace Jones’ May Day, a character created specifically for the film ”A View to a KIll” (1985), was one of those villains, or “henchwomen” who, like Pussy, Solitaire and Andrea before her, changed sides, but unlike most others, payed for this with her life. 

Ms Jones, though purportedly difficult to work with, managed to create one of the more impressive villains in the Bond franchise, and to her credit, did this at a time when the appeal of Bond films was on the decline and "her" Bond was an aging Roger Moore on his way out. She even managed to get her then boyfriend a job as an extra, portraying one of Zorin’s gunmen - Dolph Lundgren.
The May Day Cocktail 

1 part rum
4 ounces cloudy apple juice
4 strawberries, cubed
2 ripe peaches, pitted and roughly chopped
flesh and seeds of 2 passion fruit
2 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
1 Tablespoon superfine sugar
crushed ice
Apple fans for garnish

Blend all the ingredients with crushed ice, then pour the mix equally into two highball glasses and garnish with an apple fan.

The Grace Jones Cocktail

1 part dark rum
1 part ginger liqueur
1 part lime juice
5 mint leaves
2 drops of Angostura bitters
Champagne to top

Shake all ingredients with ice, fine-strain into chilled coupe and top with champagne and two drops of Angostura bitters. Garnish with a mint leaf floated on top.

Note: Yes, the title of the film is ”A View to a KIll” and not ”From a View to a KIll” which was the name of Ian Fleming's short story in the ”For Your Eyes Only” collection, though it was  the working title during the film’s production and can be found as such in the end credits of _”Octopussy” which was released a year earlier.

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