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Sunday 9 August 2009

Flare Up at the Greek Night

It’s probably fair to say that Stuart Feltham didn’t hit it off with Marina Fanouraki when the two encountered one another in the Cretan resort of Malia recently. Feltham is now recovering from burns inflicted after Ms Fanouraki allegedly threw inflammable liquid onto him and set it alight. The story might sound bizarre, but for Brits abroad, the worrying follow up is that Ms Fanouraki is being hailed a hero for her actions.

I’m not surprised. And neither should anyone who has visited that area of Crete in the recent past.

It’s one of those cases of resorts springing up close to airports: rather like El Arenal and Ca’n Pastilla in Mallorca, Malia and its companion resort of Hersonnisos aren’t far from the arrivals hall. And both are notorious for routinely bad behaviour, with the result that the locals are getting hacked off with the whole thing. Add to this the fact that Greek women are likely to react less favourably to the more explicit kinds of male attention – Ms Fanouraki’s lawyer has said that Feltham groped her – and what happened is not so difficult to understand.

Not that he’ll be in the mood for groping anyone for a while.

[UPDATE: Now there's been a fatality in the resort, as the Beeb has reported. My thanks to a regular watcher for the tip]

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