12th July 2019
The Greek Olive Refreshed
I’ve got a very soft spot for the Greek Olive restaurant on Faringdon Road – right across from the GWR Park.
I struggle to believe that four years have passed since I first wrote about the place on the blog here. Swindon’s Greek Olive is a popular place and with good reason. The people are lovely, the food is consistent and the portions are large. And who doesn’t like a large portion?! 😉 It’s a charming taste of Greece in the heart of Swindon.
I was about to say it’s an unchanging taste of Greece but that’s not true now, hence this post. For the Greek Olive has had a freshen up – starting with the outside. Here it is looking lovely and fresh.
So, a few days ago, perambulating into town as is my want, and approaching the Greek Olive I started to feel flotbot* and in need of food.
*As far as I know I got this term from the BBC TV Series All Creatures Great and Small. In this series one of the characters had a dog with a propensity for flotbot – meaning, I think, constipated. But I use it to mean going hypoglyceamic and in need of food. But I digress.
Seeing the door open I decided to dive in and ask for a plate of Greek meze to keep me going. Sorry for the lack of photos of said meze. Delicious as always – I demolished it in a flash! But, while there, I was delighted to discover that, as well as piffing up the frontage of the restaurant, they’d done a make-over on the tatty old courtyard. As you’ll see from the few photos below it’s now a charming, sunny slice of Greek courtyard atmosphere. It’s quite a transformation for sure. And a lovely spot for some meze washed down with a Mythos or a glass of retsina.
The Greek Olive in Swindon on Facebook.
Contact the Greek Olive
22 December 2017
Short Story Writing Competition
The Squat Pen Rests
Calling all wordsmiths! In particular short story writers. Here’s a short story writing competition begging you to dig out your inkwells and quills.
A certain Stephen Tuffin, creative writing tutor and writer and very funny bloke is organising a short story writing competition and performance of said stories.
”We are looking for six (or more) fabulous writer/performers to come along to our very first live reading event at ‘The Place’ in the Wyvern Theatre, Swindon.’
Here’s what you need to know in a nutshell. Full information here: http://stephentuffin.co.uk
When: Live event 7:30 till late. Friday 26th January 2018
Where: ‘The Place – upstairs at the Wyvern Theatre.
How to enter: Write between 1500-2000 words on the subject of your choice. Or you can use the prompt ‘new beginnings’ Then send your stories to Stephen for the chance to be selected to read your story on stage and maybe, just maybe, be crowned the very first ever Squat Pen Rests Writing Competition Champion of the World.
The serious stuff:
All stories will be read by the competition judge (or ‘me’ as I am otherwise known) who will then select six (or more) stories to go forward into the final.
Before entering, please ensure you are available to come along and read on Friday 26th January 2018.
Each of the entrants will receive free entry (of course), plus one complimentary ticket.
Closing date: 19th January 2018. Successful entrants will be notified no later than 22nd January.
To book tickets to be there follow this link to the Wyvern Theatre website: https://swindontheatres.co.uk/Online/tickets-the-squat-pen-rests-swindon-2018
PS: Should you not be in possession of a squat pen I know man, Simon Webb, who makes them!