Thursday, October 23rd, 2014


“We are watching every step taken by Greek Cypriots and Greeks”


President Dr. Dervis Eroglu stated that every step taken by Greek Cypriots and Greeks are being watched and necessary evaluations are made moment to moment together with Turkey. Eroglu reiterated his call to the Greek Cypriot side to return back to the  negotiation table  instead of creating  tension and later  trying to take advantage of it. Reminding that there is a Continental Shelf Limitation Agreement  between Turkish  Republic of Northern Cyprus and Turkey, Eroglu stated that Barbaros Hayrettin Paşa’s operations are  within the scope of authority transfer made to Turkish PetroleumRead More

Foreign Minister Özdil Nami visits the TCCoC

Yesterday, Foreign Minister Özdil Nami visited the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce. At the meeting, Fikri Toros, President of the TCCoC, congratulated Foreign Minister Özdil Nami for his initiative to open a Representative Office in Hungary, and also expressed his views pertaining to the recent crisis related to the hydrocarbon exploration activities taking place in the Eastern Mediterranean. Foreign Minister Özdil Nami expressed that the TRNC Representative Office in Hungary opened within the framework of the Foreign Ministry’s strong vision aiming to integrate the Turkish Cypriots with the rest ofRead More

Greek Cypriots show strong response to UK, Sweden and Finland

It has been reported that the Greek Cypriot Administration showed a strong response to the UK, Sweden and Finland for the prevention of sending of a ‘note’ by the EU to the UN in relation to the Turkish activities in the so called Exclusive Economic Zone of South Cyprus. Greek Cypriot daily Fileleftheros reported that the content of the note is ‘very harsh and strong’ and the ‘main actor’ of this issue is London. According to the paper Greek Cypriot government Spokesman Nikos Hristodulidis made a statement and said thatRead More

Tina’s Trabez

This week are looking at fish recipes. I have to confess I have not tried any of these as hubby and I can’t eat fish so I hope they resonate with you all! I have tried to put a selection of recipes in… I have concentrated mostly on sea bass and sea bream as this is mostly what I have seen on restaurant menus… Fish and shellfish are good sources of essential vitamins, such as niacin, and minerals, such as selenium and iodine. White fish such as the bream andRead More

KITREB and Greek Cypriot Tourist Guides Association held a joint meeting at the buffer zone

The Board of Directors of Cyprus Turkish Tourist Guides Association (KITREB) and Greek Cypriot Tourist Guides Association held a joint meeting at the buffer zone. At the meeting which took place in Solidarity House it was emphasized that tourism is a peace sector and  the two association’s collaboration  is important for the future of tourism in Cyprus. Preparing proposals for mutual educational activities, overcoming  problems, institutional cooperation and developing the  profession of tourist guides were among the issues discussed at the meeting.

Laden Ince – a singer to watch

Laden Ince

Laden Ince is one of what is now becoming a long line of talented Turkish C ypriots who are making a name for themselves in the world at large. Laden is a young soprano -singing colatura as well as dramatic roles – who is making a name for herself in Germany, and following her appearance at the recent Turksoy opera night at Bellapais and GAU, she flew off to Germany where on the 18th October she took part in a concert with the chamber orchestra ‘Capriccio Fridericiana’ 25th anniversary in theRead More

Incredible monies on an ‘incredible evening’


An extraordinary Quiz Night with extraordinary results was held at The Fez, Catalkoy recently. Hayal and Gary made sure it was a wonderful night for the one hundred and two people who went to this somewhat extraordinary evening, the Alternative Quiz, as the night was full of quizzing and horse racing (no real horses were harmed along the way) and a raffle which is always extremely popular, but with the most extraordinary sum raised for Kyrenia Animal Rescue. An incredible 4630tl was raised and with further donations the sum ofRead More

K.A.R. meets with other animal workers – sharing and learning

Margaret Ray and Gwen Cassell as representatives of Kyrenia Animal Rescue attended the International Companion Animal Welfare Conference held earlier in the month at the Grand Cevahir Hotel in Istanbul. This was the sixteenth conference held by The Dogs Trust, U.K. They were but two of the three hundred delegates from forty one different countries, who had the opportunity of listening over the three days of the conference to twenty seven talks on various subjects and with ten different work shops . Among the subjects covered were ‘Shelter Building’, ‘AskRead More

A new flag for Cyprus??? Do we need it, and why?


As long ago as 2003, the United Nations held an open competition for the design of a new flag for a united Cyprus.  For some strange reason, never explained, no winner was ever announced, and the entire matter disappeared. Nothing more was said at all. For designers, Jenny Stevens and Ernest Fasanya, this was an interesting challenge, and they admit that they submitted a number of entries. To them this was an important matter, especially as Ernest was born in Dhekalia. As Jenny says “Coming across this work again recentlyRead More

The pinkest of weekends is NOW – 24th, 25th and 26th October

All this month, the Golden Girls of Tulips, Carole King and Sue Tilt have been organising events to raise awareness and funds for The Help Those with Cancer charity as part of the global ‘Pink’ time as steps along the way to try to help cancer sufferers and to work towards the day when research will find an answer to eliminate this killer disease. Not only they have been organizing, but local restaurants, businesses and schools, banks, supermarkets and more have all been playing their part, and the story isRead More

I’m still a tourist…

Last Thursday at around 10.AM, my dad turned up at the office I work at. Having planned that we’d go to apply for my citizenship two days before, I knew he’d be coming at some point that day. We had all the documents that were needed except my birth certificate, or at least that’s what I thought. Little did I know what was in store, it was 11.30AM when we left the office and drove to the nearest and affordable photographers to have my photos taken. Four passport sized photosRead More

Go Tom go – taekondo.

The Main competitor for the National TRNC Taekondo team this Friday is none other than Tomas Main, and proud mother Libby Main who is well known as a member of staff for Paradise holidays, says to her son ‘Go, Tom Go’. The entire family of father Alex, mother libby and sister Sasha (herself a Taekondo girl ) are joined by all their friends in wishing Tom every success. Tomas and sister Sasha joined the taekondo group in Kyrenia a few short years ago, and have both shown dedication and determinationRead More

On yer bike! Pedal power for cancer

As October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the KAV (the London based Cancer Research Organisation) is raising both awareness and fitness levels in Lefkosia as it advertises its ‘Pedal Power for Cancer’ day . At 9.00a.m. on Saturday 25th October in Lefkosa, in front of the Merit Hotel, Lefkosa, the event will commence and take off for a ten km guided bike ride. The organisers say that everyone of any age is invited to join the event. To say you do not have a bicycle is no excuse as bikesRead More

Coffee Cup Conversations

When any major event is being organised for the very first time the excitement and anticipation builds up in the final few days before kick off. North Cyprus is particularly famous for its festivals that range from music and theatre to the promotion of local fruit and vegetables. This year the very first film festival on the island will take place between the 7th and 13th of November. It’s time for the directors to shout, “Lights, camera, action!” The first Golden Island International Film Festival has attracted much support fromRead More

Jacqueline Jones is 3,635tl brave! Jumping for joy after jumping for KAR.

‘I think she is extremely brave!’ said Margaret Ray of Kyrenia Animal Rescue, of Jacqueline Jones, as she accepted 3635tl from her. The ‘bravery’ was due to Jacqueline having undertaken a paragliding experience to raise money for KAR. When Margaret was asked if she would do a similar feat the response with a smile was a definite ‘No’. In spite of requests from several people present at the time, Margaret most definitely could not be persuaded to repeat Jacqueline’s throwing herself off form a great height to raise as tallRead More

The Old Nicosia Revealed photography workshop 25-26th October

The ONR photography workshop funded under the H4C Small Projects Programme, met with intense interest from the community. Do not be sad you missed it because ONR team will be with you with a 2-day workshop on 25-26th October between 10.00-18.00 at the H4C. For details of the workshops visit


Through the years, the inter-communal Association for Historical Dialogue & Research (AHDR) has played an important role in the field of history education and education in general in Cyprus. The AHDR has been the main partner of the Council of Europe in the field of History Education in Cyprus, offering multiple opportunities to teachers from across the island to receive the highest quality professional development programs on history education. At the same time, the AHDR has successfully implemented a number of major projects, receiving funding from various international donors. Among themRead More

Random Ramblings

This part of my ramble is about naked women!  However, to the relief of my more puritanical readers, and (possibly) to the disappointment of those with raunchy imaginations, there will be no explicit details or images!  I am going to start with Lady Godiva, who is probably the most (if not the only) famous “naked” lady in English history.  Lady Godiva was a “real” person who lived in Mercia (modern “middle England”) in the 11th century.  She is mentioned in the Norman Domesday records of 1067 as being the widowRead More


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Why did the Berlin Wall fall? – Film series about life and society in East Germany in the Eighties

On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9th 1989 the Goethe-Institut Cyprus in the UN buffer zone in Nicosia presents from 23rd October until 18th December a series of films, which give an insight into East German society in the Eighties, which were characterized by ever growing contradictions between pretentions and reality of the communist regime, finally leading to the peaceful revolution in autumn of 1989 and the reunification of both German states in 1990. Some of the films were stillRead More