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Re: Bench updates

Posted: Mon Nov 21, 2016 1:39 pm
by yoeri
liverpoolken wrote:...in the meantime folk are more than welcome to come and visit the beautiful and unspoilt greek island of schinoussa where we have had our very own leonard bench since the summer of 2015....ta ken



Seems the better way, to have a bench on every island in a few years!

Idd, thanks for all the effort in the Hydra bench. Some day, it will be there!

Re: Bench updates

Posted: Mon Nov 21, 2016 4:19 pm
by jarkko
Demetris has got some more info from Lakis in telephone.
According to Athens, it has to be a smaller and simpler bench, like the other benches on the island. however, they did not say that it has to be wooden (almost all benches I remember are made of wood but there are some stone benches as well).
Anyway, I have sent email to both the Mayor and Mr. Panagiotis Rappas (organizer of the 2015 tribute concert on behalf of the Municipality). I asked what they are going to do after this unfortunate decision, pointing out that we really need to have the bench ready in June. Also, the bench will now be dedicated to the memory of Leonard instead commemorating his 80th birthday). I told them again that it will be an important attraction for the island, and it would be a pity if we had to move the bench to another city.
Let's see what happens next.

Re: Bench updates

Posted: Mon Nov 21, 2016 10:22 pm
by Goldin
jarkko wrote:I told them again that it will be an important attraction for the island, and it would be a pity if we had to move the bench to another city.

That's a nice point. Thank you, Jarkko! Fingers crossed.

Re: Bench updates

Posted: Tue Nov 22, 2016 1:20 pm
by basecamp
Goldin wrote:
jarkko wrote:I told them again that it will be an important attraction for the island, and it would be a pity if we had to move the bench to another city.

That's a nice point. Thank you, Jarkko! Fingers crossed.


Thanks to all who are involved to our bench project! Much appreciated!
I think nobody can understand why this little bench causes so much trouble. Anyway, fingers crossed that the problem can be solved until June!
If not we'll go to to the island of Schinoussa! ;-)

Re: Bench updates

Posted: Tue Nov 22, 2016 5:12 pm
by Goldin
basecamp wrote:Anyway, fingers crossed that the problem can be solved until June!
If not we'll go to to the island of Schinoussa! ;-)

And will double its population by the very fact of our appearance there 8)

By the way, I always wanted to visit the world's first LC bench!

Re: Bench updates

Posted: Tue Nov 22, 2016 11:44 pm
by lizzytysh
I'm glad that you are staying on top of this, Jarkko and Dem. It feels more important than ever that it be positively resolved. Thank you both for every effort. I only wish that had happened while Leonard was still alive. That sentence feels so odd.

Re: Bench updates

Posted: Wed Nov 23, 2016 12:23 pm
by Greg Ross
As much as I like the Hydra bench idea, I really think the various Greek governments are simply not capable of running anything, even overseeing a park bench. It's very sad to see a civilisation in such decline, especially the cradle of our democracy, but I think it would be easier to just walk away from installing a bench in Hydra, as we say in Australia, "They couldn't organise a piss up in a brewery." Conversely organise something at the tavern? Otherwise, why don't we approach the relevant authorities in Montreal re something similar? Or, an even wilder option - build a bench in Auckland New Zealand, where he gave his last concert.

Re: Bench updates

Posted: Wed Dec 07, 2016 3:12 am
by sturgess66
This isn't really a "bench update" but in this tribute video from Hydra, the bench is mentioned, and also mentioned is that the street in front of Leonard's house will take the name of "Leonard Cohen."

Uploaded to YouTube by AFP News Agency
Published on Nov 12, 2016
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxAAe4VQCDY

Residents of Hydra remember Leonard Cohen
Among the legions of fans mourning the death of Leonard Cohen are the residents of Hydra, the small Greek island which held a special place in the heart of the iconic musician and poet.

Re: Bench updates

Posted: Fri Dec 09, 2016 10:08 am
by mirka

This cannot be happening.... :shock: :shock: :shock:
Two years of negotiations to build a bench ? I agree: the project should be taken somewhere else, where local authorities will appreciate the idea.

Re: Bench updates

Posted: Sun Dec 11, 2016 11:47 am
by jarkko
From Demetris:

http://www.tornosnews.gr/permalink/21390.html

The Mayor of Hydra met the Canadian Ambassador and agreed to commemorate Leonard next summer on Hydra

Mr Rappas, who is responsible for cultural events on Hydra, was present at the meeting

Re: Bench updates

Posted: Sun Dec 18, 2016 12:01 am
by mirka
jarkko wrote:From Demetris:
http://www.tornosnews.gr/permalink/21390.html

The Mayor of Hydra met the Canadian Ambassador and agreed to commemorate Leonard next summer on Hydra

Mr Rappas, who is responsible for cultural events on Hydra, was present at the meeting


Let's hope this time it's for real....

Re: Bench updates

Posted: Wed Dec 28, 2016 11:17 pm
by gallina
"Commemorate".....with our bench??? Or how?? Not really clear for me....