Friday, 5 August 2011

"Can you throw 'em o'er your shoulder like a regimental soldier?"

Standing with a Greek Presidential Guard (Tsolias). The Tsoliades have to protect the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (behind them), the Hellenic Parliament and the Presidential Mansion. 

I feels so sorry for these chaps. They have to keep a straight face while tourists (like me) go and stand next to them and take a picture. And if that's not bad enough, they have to wear a skirt and shoes with huge pompoms on them. Some people really have horrid jobs.  

The changing of the guard. 
These boys are actually pretty hardcore. I read that during a protest in 2001, a protester through a  Molotov cocktail at one of the guardhouses. Obviously the guardhouse caught alight but the Tsolia didn't even blink until he was given the order to move. By then his  uniform was scorched on the one side. 

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