My Greek God - MGG - One Greek God You Have Probably Never Heard Of


Apollo - By Leo Caillard
Apollo - By Leo Caillard


What made me up sticks, leave England, leave friends and family behind, and jump on a plane to Greece, never to return?

Love made me do it; I met my very own, personal Greek God!


Apollo, Greek God of the sun, prophecy, light, poetry and music, son of Zeus , twin of Artemis.
Apollo, Greek God of the sun, prophecy, light, poetry and music.
Son of Zeus, twin of Artemis.


You’ve probably heard of the great Greek Gods Zeus, Apollo and Poseidon, but I bet you’ve never heard of a Greek God named Anastassios.

 Anastassios means, in Greek, the resurrection of Christ, my Anastassios, or Tassos, was born at Easter, hence his name, let me introduce him!

From now on, I shall refer to him as MGG – My Greek God.


MGG - My Greek God - looking the part in Rome (Think Mafia)
MGG - My Greek God - looking the part in Rome
(Think Mafia)

First off, let me tell you, I didn’t meet MGG on Mount Olympus, the usual hang out for Greek Gods; I met him in the most unlikely of places, Bradford, England.


Mount Olympus Greece, home to the Greek Gods    The highest mountain in Greece
Mount Olympus Greece, home to the Greek Gods
   The highest mountain in Greece


It all happened in 1975, a glance across a crowed shop, Boots the Chemist, in the Arndale Centre, where I happened to be working at the time.

Most days, at around four in the afternoon, a group of boys would make an appearance and mooch around for a while, I had worked out that they were foreign from their rather exotic air, and from the fact that they spoke a strange lingo, I knew not which.

One of them caught my eye, but who was he, and how could I meet him?


MGG -My Greek God
MGG -My Greek God

The dilemma of how to meet this boy was soon solved, one day, as the unknowns were wandering around in the shop, a co-worker heard me exclaim to my friend, ‘oh, look, he’s here’.

 The co-worker piped up, ‘I know him’, after some intense interrogation of said co - worker, I knew where he spent his evenings, that his name was Tassos and he was Greek.


MGG - My Greek God  Student days in Bradford, England
MGG - My Greek God
Student days in Bradford, England

As I lived in Leeds, and apart from work, I didn’t frequent Bradford much, ‘Kamares of La Ronde’ and ‘Tropicana’ were foreign to me, not surprising, they were Greek nightclubs.


La Ronde- Greek nightclub Bradord England 1970s
La Ronde- Greek nightclub
Bradord England
1970s

Long story short, I dragged my friend to above dives, and they were dives, eventually met mystery man, who was studying mechanical engineering at Bradford Uni, and had pretty grotty student digs on Laisteridge Lane, Bradford.


Laisteridge Lane  Student Digs  Bradford England
Laisteridge Lane
Student Digs, Bradford England

I was in love, not just any love, I was besotted, you could go as far as to say I was in a state of lunacy!


MGG - My Greek God Laisteridge Lane, Bradford, England.
MGG - My Greek God
1975 Laisteridge Lane, Bradford, England.

MGG - My Greek God England -  a passion for Alfa Romeos
MGG - My Greek God
England -  a passion for Alfa Romeos


My friends and my family, especially my father, told me to end the affair, were they completley mad?

They just knew how devastated I would be when the time came for him to return to Greece after finishing his studies, and that time was growing near.

The time for him to leave England was closer than I thought, his father died, he returned to Greece for a short while, on his return, he dropped a bombshell, he was leaving England for good, like next month!

 I felt as though I had been struck by lightning.

Get ready folks; get the violins out, grab a tissue, Tassos asked me to go to Greece with him!

Think about it, he said, I didn’t need to; I was already on on my way!


Congratulations Mr & Mrs Greek God
Congratulations Mr & Mrs Greek God

Me and My Greek God, loving Poros Greece
Me and My Greek God, loving Poros Greece

Happy Christmas MGG
Happy Christmas MGG

Birthday celebrations, mine, in Syros
Birthday celebrations, mine, in Syros
MGG giving a beard a go, didn't last long.
MGG giving a beard a go, didn't last long.

And here I am, forty one years later, there have been rough patches, no sooner  than  Tassos returned to Greece, he left to do his national service, two and a half years of it, two and a half years of being alone in a foreign country, and not speaking the language.


MGG doing National Service Greek Air Force
MGG doing National Service
Greek Air Force

There were battles with language and my mother - in - law, I missed fish and chips and the Yorkshire Dales, but, I’m still here, and I’m still in love with MGG. (Mostly!)


MGG feeling happy
MGG feeling happy

Please excuse the terrible quality of some of the photos, but I fear they grow old, along with us.

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