I know almost nothing about Cyprus. What with the recent referendum and today's EU celebrations, the island-nation's been in the news quite a bit. Here's the only really remote tie I have to Cyprus. I used to live in Kenya, East Africa; the first president of Kenya, Jomo Kenyatta was a friend of the president of Cyprus, Archbishop Makarios. As an eventual result of this friendship, the Orthodox Patriarchal Seminary/Makarios Theological School was established near Nairobi. All this makes for an interesting study in Orthodoxy, nationalism, and geopolitics - a study upon which I'm not qualified to pontificate. Just recently, though, I scored some Orthodox hymnography in Swahili from that very seminary. I'm all for standardized liturgical practice, but it was nonetheless refreshing to hear the African voice breaking through the traditional tones.