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Jim Demetrakis Ioannou was born in 1949 in a little picturesque village called Ora on the island of Cyprus. Growing up in a family of four boys during the occupation of Cyprus by the British was not very easy. In 1970 he migrated to South Africa where he met his wife Irene and in 1973 they got married in the Greek Cathedral Church of Johannesburg. They had two children Christalene and Angelo and in 1977 they decided to move to Melbourne Australia, where Irene was born, to re unite with her parents and the rest of her family where they live up until this day.