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Roy Garthwaite reports on the 2007
THIS year’s autumn EBU Congress took stone walls, is the Old Town, now design-
place in Rhodes. The island, situated in the ated as a World Heritage Site. Here one can
South Aegean Sea, has at various times been meander through the narrow streets bor-
associated with Rome, the Byzantine Emp- dered by shops and restaurants. Unlike
ire, and the Knights Hospitaller later known Egypt, it was enjoyable to walk through the
as the Knights of Rhodes. The Knights were streets without being hassled.
overcome by the Turks in 1522, who in turn
were ousted by the Italians in 1912. In 1948
all the Dodecanese islands of which Rhodes Love All. Dealer South.
is the largest were reunited with Greece. ♠A942 cash the king and then lead low towards the
Before looking at the hand below decide ♥AK jack. If this loses, East having followed with
the best way to play K-J-x opposite A-9-x-x ♦ K 10 7 5 a low card, it is a close decision whether to
for three tricks. ♣ A K 10 finesse the nine or play for the drop. On the
Traffic in and around the city of Rhodes is ♠ Q 10 6 5 3 ♠8 featured hand the finesse is marked.
very congested and there are nearly as many ♥ 7 N ♥ Q J 10 9 8 4 2 Mostly the weather was like a perfect
scooters as motor cars. While there are ♦ 42 S ♦J96 English summer day. Since May, Rhodes
white markings on the roads to indicate safe ♣ J8542 ♣73 had had only one hour of rain and none
places to cross, it is wisest to regard these as ♠KJ7 was expected until November. However, on
being purely decorative. Fortunately there ♥653 the Saturday evening during dinner we were
was an underpass between the hotel and the ♦AQ83 treated to thunder and lightning followed
beach. Interestingly, although most signs ♣Q96 by a storm which put part of the dining
are in Greek (often accompanied by the room out of service for a few days.
English version), vehicle registration plates Our thanks are due to David Jones, Neil
look similar to ours bearing Roman letters West North East South Morley, Peter Jordan and their wives for the
and numbers. 1NT organisation and smooth running of this
Those who went on the organised ex- Pass 2♣ Pass 2♦ most successful Congress.
cursions thoroughly enjoyed themselves, Pass 6NT All Pass The Congress finished with a well attend-
there being plenty to see especially the city ed farewell four-course dinner in the semi-
of Lindos with its fine Acropolis, which can This was a typical auction, the 4-4 diamond open air. The wine flowed freely, one’s glass
be reached on foot or by donkey. Also fit being hard to locate by those playing the being quickly topped up if there were any
visited was the ancient Hellenistic Dorian weak no-trump. The result was dependent danger of it being emptied. The weather
site of Kameiros, on which had been built a on the play of the spades. was kind enough to allow dancing under
Temple to Athena. The Temple was des- Whilst it may seem natural to play the ace the stars until after midnight to music pro-
troyed by an earthquake in 226 BC. Excava- first, this can never gain. The best line is to vided by a flautist and a keyboard player.
tions were started in the middle of the 19th
century and continued until the middle of
the 20th. Also visited was the Valley of the
Butterflies, which involved a long uphill
walk to a small church at the summit. Sadly
there were no butterflies as they had all left
for their winter home.
One of the seven wonders of the ancient
world, the Colossus of Rhodes, was a 125
feet high bronze statute allegedly situated in
the harbour although there is some doubt
as to its exact position A gentleman with a
transatlantic accent was overhead to say that
he was going to visit it. He would be un-
lucky as it was destroyed in an earthquake
some 2233 years ago. The city has a magni-
ficent harbour that can accommodate large
cruise ships. Within the city, surrounded by
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