I appear to have missed the big event of 2009 despite the drama unfolding only yards from my hotel room balcony. I can only assume I had punctuated the 8am to midnight working day with a mid-afternoon deep sleep as the nearby delphini restaurant went up in flames causing uproar and commotion across the village.

News of this event caused a flashback to 2007 when an ablaze car came to rest under my balcony.

On both occasions, and in particular at the delphini restaurant, bravery and rapid reactions of locals  avoided tragedy.