With a strange haircut,that reminds of an Indian tribe,the well known Brasilian writer Paulo Coelho visited Athens,'his friends' as he said in order to give the usual annual party in honour of his beloved St.Joseph and it happened to be here when his new book- Manuscript found in Accra-where the protagonist is a Greek- was presented in Greek.

Why in Athens??

'' Because you ,the Greeks are the exponents of our values'' and this year I wanted to be in Athens,the birthplace of democracy,of philosophy and culture.'' We ought to Greece so much...in fact the whole modern civilisation is based on the principles Greeks first established.

The party took place in the hotel St.George Lycabettus,a beautiful hotel on the side of Lycabettus Hill.



The party started with cocktails, followed by prayers in many languages.

St Joseph is the patron saint of workers, we should remember that many people have lost their jobs and think of them.

That is why the party this year was being held in Greece. It gets a very bad press, the workers slandered as lazy. By holding the party in Athens, it gave people the chance to see a different side of Greece, the real Greece.

We are all travellers, we then have a different view of life if we travel.

The party was held in a roof top restaurant with excellent views of Athens, the centre piece being the Acropolis.

The party was smaller this year, a little over a hundred people, all friends of Paulo Coelho, a celebration together.

At midnight, after eating, after Greek dancing, and following plate smashing, a rock group played until 2am.

Reading from By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept, Paulo smashed a plate. This was symbolic of breaking the link with what is bad, what is holding us back.

At 1am the rock group was joined by Rudolf Schenker, who was then joined on vocals by Paulo Coelho performing Still Loving You.

Book signing.

All good things have to come to an end. The party ended around 3am. Some of us remained in the hotel lobby chatting. I finally got to my hotel around 4-30am. Others were checking out to travel to the airport to fly home.

On leaving, a special present, a relief of a classical subject, the likes of which can be found in the Acropolis Museum.

A special thanks to Paulo for such an excellent party.

Early in the day Paulo Coelho held a press conference.