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Tuesday, January 31, 2006


My grandfather, Nikos Pourpouris, is now in his eighties.He was born in Pentapoli, a village near Serres, ten years before the beginning of the Second World War.He had difficult times when he was a child, because of the war.He had to stop going to school when he was only ten, something very painful for him.

He got married when he was twenty years old to my grandmother, a very beautiful girl who was the same age as him.They had five children but only the two of them survived, my mother, Antigoni,and my aunt Kaiti.

When my mother was only 4 years old, my grandfather, went to Germany, to work in a factory,with my grandmother. They returned after one year and then he started his own farm.Four years later they all moved to Thessaloniki, to Oraiokastro and then to Sykies.

He now has his own farm in Pentapoli, where he goes with my grandmother every summer.He grows vegetables and some kind of flowers such as roses and other things.He is very busy, something that as he says, keeps him aliveā€¦


I'm not a fan of war movies usually,but when i sat down to watch BLACK HAWK DOWN,i couldn't turn it off.Here's a war movie which doesn't sugar coat.There is no crappy dialogue,no soppy love story tie ins,just the real deal,brutal battle scenes,the gruesome reality of war.Black Hawk Down is based on a true story,the bloody battle at Somalia and it leaves one drained.Its confronting,and exposes war in its true light-there's nothing glamorous to see.In two hours and a bit the viewer is able to imagine being there at the horrible battleground,and suffering like the soldiers did.It really makes you appreciate how lucky we are to be in a free country,relatively peaceful,and not having our lives threatened every second of the day.Everything about BHD is right; the setting of the film,the Somalians,the American soldiers going through hell,the brutality,the battle,the fatalities.Not for the faint hearted,or weak stomached,but a truly powerful,compelling motion picture.

Ridley Scott takes the viewer on an imaginative journey through Black Hawk Down and appeals to our emotions.A brutal,yet bearable war film.