Hymn to Liberty

On the way back from Crowle last night Mum had 5 Live on in the car in order to listen to the Euro 2012 Poland v Greece match.

I have absolutely no interest in Football or sport of any kind, so I was plugged in to my iPod, where I currently have quite a lot of Giannis Ploutarhos‘ songs at the moment.

But I did pause the music and take my earphones out when they started to sing the Greek national anthem (‘Hymn to Liberty‘). I recognised the tune straight away. Mum didn’t.

I know all the words as well.

Σε γνωρίζω από την κόψη
του σταθαιού την τρομερή,
σε γνωρίζω από την όψη
που με βία μετράει την γη.

Απ’ τα κόκκαλα βγαλμένη
των Ελλήνων τα ιερά,
και σαν πρώτα ανδρειωμένη,
χαίρε, ω χαίρε, Ελευθεριά.

After the anthem had played, I plugged by iPod back in.

Would do you make of the fact that, blue-tacked on to the wardrobe in my halls of residence, is a sheet of paper with a Greek flag along with the words to the Greek national anthem?


Fred Hart

Stock Controller and Radio Presenter/Producer

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