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Family reunion, London, July 2012
Several dozen bloodline Agelastos and friends gathered over the weekend, 14-15 July 2012. Saturday's events included a visit to West Norwood Cemetery (a guided tour by Colin Fenn of The Friends of West Norwood), vespers at St. Sophia, followed by a tour of the church museum and coffee with Archmandrite Theonas Bakalis and his warden. Then dinner at Halepi. We gathered Sunday at the Henry Moore Museum and Sculpture Garden, Perry Green.


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2012 London reunion
2012 London reunion
Saturday: despite the threat of rain, we gather for a guided tour of West Norwood Cemetery and its acclaimed Greek section where hundreds of our relatives are interred. 
 
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2012 London reunion
Colin Fenn, a member of the Friends of West Norwood, gives an overview of the cemetery as we walk to the Greek section.  
 
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2012 London reunion
The Greek section hasn't looked this good in years. Two monks recently spent six weeks gardening. The brambles and weeds are gone. A modern sculpture of a ship is part of the Olympics-related theme events. 
 
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2012 London reunion
Some monuments are still in disrepair but the grounds themselves are in good condition 
 
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A merchant with Ralli Bros, Anthony Alexander Vlasto is the husband of the 2 x cousin of Alix Vlasto 2 times removed. This is how she is connected through the Negroponte-Agelasto line. She would have a different relationship on the Vlasto family tree.
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Nicolas, Chiara and Quentin Argenti
Pandely Leonidas Argenti is the children's great great grandfather; photo taken July 2012 London family gathering
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2012 London reunion
West Norwood's Greek section is an architectural delight, full of listed structures 
 
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2012 London reunion
We were able to visit the Ralli Chapel built by the Ralli family to memorialize their son Stephen, who died in adolescence.  
 
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2012 London reunion
2012 London reunion
Vespers started at 5:30 PM and lasted about an hour. Orthodox services are mostly sung and four men participated, along with Archmandrite Theonas Bakalis. 
 
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2012 London reunion
Our group was most of the congregation. 
 
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2012 London reunion
the dome 
 
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The church kindly provided us a snack in the meeting room. Among the portraits is one of Emmanuel Antonios Mavrogordato, a famous merchant. Anthony and Jane are the 4th cousins 4 times removed of this man; photo taken July 2012 London family gathering.
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2012 London reunion
Dinner at Halepi Restaurant began at 8 PM. This restaurant is arguably the most authentic in Bayswater. It's like being in Greece [in the best of times]: good food, quick service, cramped, noisy and everyone is having a good time. 
 
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2012 London reunion
It was very quick service 
 
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2012 London reunion
Theo and Andrew are 5th cousins 
 
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2012 London reunion
Alix and Anthony are 7th cousins, once removed 
 
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2012 London reunion
An honorary Agelasto George Vassiadis is an extremely knowledgeable and helpful Greek genealogist 
 
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2012 London reunion
During a lull Jane checks her email 
 
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2012 London reunion
John and Jill among the hustle and bustle. The waiters squeeze through the narrow space between tables, somehow managing NOT to bump the backs of chairs. This is an acquired art, best practiced by those condemned to crowded (i.e., popular and space-constrained) restaurants. 
 
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2012 London reunion
John Papadachi is an expert in DNA genealogy 
 
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2012 London reunion
Patrick Streeter, left, a knowledgeable man on all things Greek, is another honorary Agelasto. He is engaged in conversation with Andrew and Theo. 
 
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2012 London reunion
Pam Ziffo arranged the St. Sophia visit. Active in the Orthodox church, the day after this dinner she is being celebrated for her years of service. She is retiring (so she says) from office.  
 
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2012 London reunion
The Serjeants 
 
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2012 London reunion
Two men peer through the doors, waiting to get a table. When we left at 10:30, late (well, not late for Greece) diners were arriving. 
 
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2012 London reunion
Steve and Jane are 6th cousins, by marriage 
 
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2012 London reunion
Patrick Streeter 
 
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2012 London reunion
Theo and Alexandra are 5th cousins 
 
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2012 London reunion
Sunday: we went to the Henry Moore museum and sculpture garden, Perry Green, north of London. 
 
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2012 London reunion
After a tour of the Moore residence, we walked the grounds where 30 Moores are planted 
 
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2012 London reunion
There are various out-buildings. Cousin Richard Calvocoressi directs the museum. 
 
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2012 London reunion
Eirene, Carolyn and Patrick Streeter take a breather. 
 
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2012 London reunion
After a walk we ate lunch at The Hoops Inn. We had about a 50% overlap from the previous day. John Hughes (right corner). 
 
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2012 London reunion
New arrivals include Joan and Michael Constantinidi and Carolyn Hughes (2nd cousins). 
 
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2012 London reunion
The Hoops Inn was owned by Moore... 
 
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2012 London reunion
...apparently so he could just pop out for a quick bite 
 
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2012 London reunion
Henry Moore: Knife Edge Two Piece, 1962-1965 
 
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2012 London reunion
Henry Moore: Locking Piece, 1963-64 
 
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2012 London reunion
Henry Moore: Three Piece Reclining Figure: Bridge Prop 
 
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2012 London reunion
Henry Moore: Large Sanding Figure: Knife Edge 
 
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2012 London reunion
Henry Moore: Hill Arches 
 
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2012 London reunion
Henry Moore: Mother and Child: Block Seat 
 
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2012 London reunion
Henry Moore: Upright Motive No. 7. The two adjacent bases do not have their Uprights. 
 
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2012 London reunion
Henry Moore: The Arch 
 
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2012 London reunion
Henry Moore: Sheep Piece 
 
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2012 London reunion
Henry Moore: Double Oval 
 

  

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