If you saw just how difficult this is to do in real life, you would never snigger again. Especially when you discover those shoe pompoms are hiding a dagger!

Changing the guard, Greek style, means a muscle-screaming march of high steps, far reaches, tremendous balance, perfect timing and all of it done in slow motion.

If you still aren’t impressed, stand up and stick your right leg straight out in front of you at hip height and hold it there. Did you even manage the first part  – nah, didn’t think so.

So, sit back down and prepare to be amazed.

Oh, and the dog? Lucy is the most famous stray dog in Athens. She usually hangs out with the guards and often joins in, though her high kick leaves a little to be desired.