Iphigenia, the weather and one Greek business - The story of a family business in crisis hit Greece
"Iphigenia was to Troy as many Greek businesses are to the eurozone. The only difference is that Iphigenia bravely stepped up and took her place at the sacrificial altar, while Greek businesses are being violently dragged there, kicking and screaming. This is the story of one such business.
During the 1950s, in the aftermath of the Greek Civil War, a young boy, Alexandros, aged perhaps 10 or 11, would walk the streets of Piraeus, battling to hold the reins of a flighty horse. The unwilling horse would be pulling a cart carrying blocks of ice, sold on a daily basis to households in order to store food and other perishables. This young boy, with his small and skinny frame, was unable to lug the blocks on his shoulders, as did his adult counterparts, so he would carry the blocks on his forearms, which would eventually go numb and turn blue. Today, Alexandros is in his seventies and, as a constant reminder of those difficult childhood years, the pain in his arms robs him of any peaceful sleep at night.”