November 18-19, 1952

MARIA CALLAS: London, 13 – British newspapers are continuing to publish enthusiastic praise of the Greek soprano Maria Callas (Kalogeropoulou), who was met with a storm of applause at a recent performance of «Norma» at Covent Garden. This was how the Daily Mail reviewer described the Greek artist: «(…) She sings wonderfully, acts superbly and that combination of voice and acting ability is unforgettable to those who have heard her. All London is enchanted by her art. (…) In 1945, Maria Callas worked as a clerk in Britain. At that time, when inflation was rampant, she could not afford to make ends meet on her wages and so was very fortunate in being able to augment her income with a second job.» FOOD MARKET: Over the past week, the food markets in Athens, Piraeus and the suburbs have been stocked with plentiful supplies of basic foodstuffs, particularly meat, poultry and fresh fish. (…) In the meanwhile, the olive presses have begun to sell this year’s olive oil (…). Greece’s rice crops, even those of the best quality, become soggy as the rice is unpolished. Cheese, butter and fats are in plentiful supply and their prices are unchanged, as are those of soap, pulses, sugar, coffee and nuts. (…) Prices of sunflower oil, bran and barley remain unchanged.

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