Island life

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The work is about a small community of permanent residents, holiday makers and their homes on the Greek island of Salamina. In the past Salamina, which is the nearest island to Athens, attracted working class people who had no money and couldn’t afford to travel far. They built their holiday homes on the island in the 1960’s. Initially they built a room overnight with the help of neighbours. As there was no planning permission they risked, having it demolished by the local authority. Depending on finances, some managed to expand or rebuilt their homes, others changed little on them.

Nowadays many of those original houses lay empty and abandoned. Their owners have died and many of their children have turned their backs on their working class roots. The island has attracted a second generation of retired academics and professionals who choose to holiday or live there due to its proximity to the capital and the life style it offers.

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