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A minute with

A minute with Loukas Panayi, teacher and author of children’s fairy tales

Where do you live?
I live in Cyprus, and more specifically, in Limassol with my favourite persons.

Best childhood memory?
Playing outside in the fields, with many friends until the sun sets. Endless hours filled with laughter, music and of course a lot of play.

Absolute favourite dish? What food would you really turn your nose up to?
I like Italian cuisine very much. I love spaghetti Bolognese. I am a foodie but I do dislike okra and snails.

What did you have for breakfast?
Toast and fruit.

Would you class yourself as a day or night person? What’s your idea of the perfect night/day out?
Day person. I feel I can do a lot of things during the daytime. I’m definitely not a night person because I usually feel sleepy.
A perfect day for me would be an excursion with my loved ones that would begin very early in the morning, with laughter, madness and a joyful mood. A day filled with beautiful unforgettable moments until late in the evening.

Best book ever read?
My favourite book is Living Loving and Learning by Leo Buscaglia. What I like most about this book is its writing style which does not tire the reader at all. It is written as if you are in a room and you are attending a lecture. It speaks about the important things in life, which are nothing but love for ourselves, for others and ways we can improve our lives so that others can love us. Excellent book.

Favourite film of all time?
Up, an animated film, because it moves me every time I watch it. It talks about our unrealised dreams. Years go by and we – due to various situations – forget to dream. And if we manage to dream, we set our dreams aside to live another life.

Favourite holiday destination? What’s your dream trip?
I love Greece and I often try to visit various parts of it. I want one day to say that I have visited all parts of Greece. It has great food, blue seas and many things to do and see. Also in Greece there is a feeling you do not find easily in the rest of Europe.
The trip I dream of and I have always wanted to go on is Disneyland because I’m writing children’s fairy tales and I love everything that has to do with animation, imagination and creativity. I also want to visit Thailand for a while and see their different lifestyle.

What music are you listening to in the car at the moment?
I listen to pop music on various radio stations.

What is always in your fridge?
There is always water, milk, ham, cheese and fruit. Oh, a piece of chocolate too.

Dream house: rural retreat or urban dwelling? Where would it be, what would it be like?
An urban dwelling but not in the city centre, but in a quiet area near the city with two to three bedrooms, a kitchen and living room. Somewhere close to the city with access to it.

If you could pick anyone at all (alive or dead) to go out for the evening with, who would it be?
I would choose two people; Giorgos Kapoutzides and Sakis Tanimanides. They are both very smart and charismatic. I like their take on things and the way they manage their public image. But above all, I believe they are good people who can teach me a lot. I try to be close to good people and drive toxic people as far as I can away from me.

If the world is ending in 24 hours what would you do?
I would try to spend as many moments as I could with my loved ones. I try to live every moment as if it were my last, so I would not change anything.

What is your greatest fear?
It would be for years to pass without being able to do what I dream of. I’m also afraid of loneliness, apathy and the superficial relations of the people of our time.

Tell me a joke…
A joke? I am not good at telling jokes. I like hearing jokes but I forget all about them right away.

Loucas Panayi has written so far six fairy tales for children that have been approved by the education ministry. He also makes experiential presentations of his fairy tales in primary schools and kindergartens. For more info visit: www.facebook.com/oragiaparamithi/

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