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Simon Parke: Calling time on Satan

I AM LOOKING out over the Aegean, and taking a big risk — because, apparently, it can make you blind.

Our tour guide had prepared us, as the coach wound its way up the perilous mountain roads. This is what he said: “We’re approaching the village of Monolithos. This means ‘One stone’. Here we will find a drink so strong and illegal that it is sold only in unmarked bottles. You can­not drink it neat. If you drink it neat, my friends, you will go blind — or worse. It will do ...

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