I remember the first time I saw him launching a series of amazing sixes that landed on scaffolding and one left the ground - I was nearly in tears. His contribution to retrieving the Ashes, constant modesty, amazing sportsmanship (comforting Brett Lee after the Aussies had lost the match by 2 runs) and the way he stepped into the captaincy in India and got an amazing win in Mumbai to square the series: everything he has touched has turned to gold. He is an inspiration, an Englishman of the old kind, tough, modest, resolute and loyal - who brings out the best in his team mates. James Anderson said "Everytime Freddie tossed me the ball I seemed to take a wicket" Even the Aussies said, "He's good enough to be Australian!" A heartening modern English phenomena - a loveable, human, giant of the noble game.
Opou kai na taxidepso i Ellada me pligonei (Wherever I go Greece wounds me) - Seferis
I also adore the country and its people - the extraordinary light, mountains and sea. Once you have lived there, or even better learnt to speak the language a little with the inventors of philoxenia (hospitality) you will never be the same again. No wonder they love their own country - i mana mou Ellas (my mother Greece) - it, its history and culture and the beauty of landscapes ravish any sensitive mind and create the loyalty and fierce idealism which leads to Kazantzakis' immortal Greek statement: I want nothing. I fear nothing. I am free.
The country's best vegetarian restaurant - but more of a revelation than a restaurant. Ground-breaking, innovative vegetarian cookery, mind-boggling combinations of flavours and textures - all sourced for freshness and organic purity. Not just that, but the puddings are without doubt the most delicious I have ever tasted anywhere. Mind-blowing freshness plus combinations of fruit, puddings, sorbets and home-made ice creams to moan, collapse and die for.