Thursday, November 20th, 2014


Christmas events for Tulips

We are holding a Christmas stall at Chateau Lambusa on Saturday 29 November, where we will be selling lots of Christmassy goods.  Cards, toys, games, lights, Christmas clothing, etc, etc. loads of bargains to be had.  Don’t miss out….. Also: Who is brave enough to dip more than their toes into the sea on Christmas Day? Tulips is very fortunate to benefit from two Christmas Day Swims details as follows: East Side of Girne: At 10am on Shayna Beach (Catalkoy) there will be a sponsored swim for 3 charities ofRead More

“If the Greek side is devoted and sincere to reach a federal partnership, it should act to make it possible’’


President Derviş Eroğlu emphasised  that Turkish Cypriot side is at the negotiation  table, however the  time for Greek Cypriot  side to decide what they want has already passed and  added that  “if they are devoted and sincere  to reach  a federal partnership, they should act in that direction to  make it possible” At the speech he gave on the occasion of the 31st anniversary of the declaration of  TRNC, President Eroğlu stated that one of the happiest days of Turkish Cypriots is 15th of November 1983. Eroğlu said that “itRead More

Don’t Blame Me

As a child I saw Tarzan run around half naked, Cinderella stayed out till midnight, Pinocchio told lies, Aladin was a thief, Batman drove at 200 miles per hour, Popeye smoked a pipe and had tattoo’s, Snow white lived with 7 men, Pacman ran around to digital music whilst eating, Bill and Ben had fun with Weed, The 3 little pigs use to urinate in the street, Scooby Doo and Shaggy where hippies, who always had the munchies, And Peter Pan use to fly high on happiness, plus talk toRead More

Who dares abolish the Archbishop’s name day?

ALL SCHOOLS in the Republic of Cyprus had a holiday last Thursday because it was Archbishop Chrysostomos’ name-day. In 21st century Cyprus children still get a day off school to celebrate a living priest’s name-day. This is not a celebration of a national hero, a great benefactor or some fount of wisdom (the name-days of such people are not honoured), but of an undistinguished priest who managed, through sordid wheeler-dealing, to become head of the Greek Orthodox Church of Cyprus. Why are the schools of a supposedly secular state honouringRead More

Bozkır: “EP resolution has no validity for us”


Turkish EU Minister and Chief Negotiator Volkan Bozkır stated that the resolution of European Parliament (EP) has no validity for Turkey. Bozkır made evaluation during a reception was held before the voting of the EP resolution, containing also the issues concerning the activities of Turkish seismic research vessel Barbaros Hayreddin Pasa, at the General Council. Stating that the incorrectness of the resolution was expressed during the meetings with High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini and European Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement NegotiationsRead More

Nami meets with President and Board Members of MÜSİAD

Within the framework of his contacts in Germany, Foreign Minister Nami came together with the President and Board members of the Independent Industrialists’ and Businessmen’s Association (MÜSİAD) at the MÜSİAD centre and received information pertaining to MÜSİAD’s work in Berlin. Minister Nami also provided information pertaining to the Cyprus problem and current situation of the negotiation process. Minister Nami, who also responded to questions related to the topic, expressed that the recent situation related to hydrocarbons has demonstrated once again how essential and important the resolution of the Cyprus problemRead More

Çavuşoğlu: “Greek Cypriot side’s exploring natural gas while negotiations were going on is not sign of good will”

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu stated that Greek Cypriots’ exploring natural gas while the negotiations were going on in the island is not a sign of good will. On a TV program Çavuşoğlu answered  questions and said  exploration studies in the Eastern Mediterranean have no validity and added that those countries have made such an initiative due to their current conjuncture. Çavuşoğlu added “We have warned before that if they announce an exclusive economic zone, we will send our vessels there. Their steps do not contribute to a solution”. Hochstein:Read More

Current opportunity should be evaluated

Vice President of Atlantic Council, a US based think tank, Damon Wilson said that there is a special window of opportunity for the solution of the  Cyprus problem and this opportunity should be evaluated. At a meeting with a group of journalists from both sides of the island that took place at  the Cyprus Community Media Center (CCMC) in the buffer zone, Wilson said that US Vice President Joe Biden knows and follows the Cyprus issue very well. Adding that US President Barack Obama is also interested in the CyprusRead More

Number of unemployed people reached 70 thousand in South Cyprus

It has been indicated that the number of unemployed people as of end of October reached 70 thousand in South Cyprus and 81% of them are the Greek Cypriots. Greek Cypriot newspaper Alithia published that Greek Cypriot Rightist Workers Unions (SEK) declared that the number of unemployed people as of end of October reached 70 thousand in South Cyprus. In the statement, union said that 81% of the unemployed people are the Greek Cypriots and defended that the policy of providing jobs for the third country citizens should be amendedRead More

Eroğlu: “If we say ‘yes’ to all the demands of the Greek Cypriot side, we will not find anyplace to live”

President Derviş Eroğlu emphasized the  extreme demands of the Greek Cypriot side  and said “ If we say ‘yes’ to  all the demands of the Greek Cypriot side, we will not find any place to live”. President Eroğlu emphasized the  importance of owning  a state and  said  Turkish Cypriot side desires to form a new partnership with the Greek Cypriot side which  will be based  on  two equal states. President Eroğlu added that Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot peoples have been living side by side in peace however there isRead More

Random Ramblings

Recently, leading up to and including the “Remembrance Day” celebration/commemoration events, a great deal has been made in the press and media about the bravery of the common soldiers and other servicemen who sacrificed their lives, especially during World War One. I have never gone against popular opinion (oh, yes you have cry people who know me!), but, while some service men and women, or even many of them, were indeed brave, but, in trench warfare, the “common (British) soldiers” were forced to advance across “no-man’s land” with the optionRead More

One month, two months, three months more?

One month has already passed since I moved to this warm little island, although it’s not so warm now. As I type with my feet tucked under my bottom and a blanket wrapped around me, winter is slowly beginning to arrive in North Cyprus. Am I complaining? Certainly not! If there’s one thing I miss so much more than I thought I would is wrapping up from October on-wards. Hat, scarf, gloves, you name it and I’ve got them. But right now, they’re sitting on top of one another, nicelyRead More

KAR flight only winners

Catherine and John Hunter claimed their free flights from Ercan to Stansted from Libby Main, Destination Expert and Sales Representative at Cyprus Paradise on the 13/11/2014. Catherine and John have been living permanently in North Cyprus since May this year. They live in the beautiful village of Karsiyaka and have been visiting the island since 2004. They bought 2 raffle tickets for the Cyprus Paradise KAR draw at the Black Olive café in Alsancak. They like to support all the local charities and didn’t believe in their hearts of heartsRead More

Coffee Cup Conversations

When you meet someone for the first time, the first few minutes have a great influence on how we perceive that person. We only get one chance to make the right impression. The warm and colourful persona of Mo Davies hit me like a breath of fresh air the instant we met and shook hands. Her short hair tinted mauve, her large earrings and warm smile announce her presence in the room. My recent meeting with Mo was in regards to the “Heart N Art” art exhibition that she isRead More

New Castle cutout knight fools Daily Mail into print photos of a ‘ghost of St Hilarion Castle’

Under the headline ‘Ghostly figure appears in THREE holiday snaps taken by couple at Cyprus castle where traitors were thrown to death’, an article appeared in the Daily Mail online on 7 November 2014 written by India Sturgis that can be read at here. The day after his sister Janis’ wedding in October, 62-year-old Michael Holmes and his wife Wendy, 51, from Buckingham chose to visit St Hilarion Castle perched on the side of the Kyrenia Range overlooking Kyrenia and the Mediterranean Sea. During their long hike up the steepRead More

Carlsberg Winter Darts League 2014/2015

Results & updated league table following matches played on Thursday 13/11/14. Postponed match between O’Live Bar & Ayse Café Bar now rescheduled for Friday 28/11/14. Results for matches played on 13/11/2014 Carlsberg Winter Darts League 2014/2015 League Table 14/11/14 LEAGUE P W L F A DIFF PTS AYSE CAFÉ BAR  5  OLIVE PRESS ARROWS  4 BAROOSH FLYERS 8 8 0 60 12 48 60 BAROOSH BANDITS  4  MONTENEGRO SNIPERS  5 TOLGAS 7 6 1 48 15 33 48 JESSICS 7 7 0 44 19 25 44 SEMPATI RAMS  2  O’LIVERead More

Pork derivatives get everywhere

I find it interesting that the ammunition for the new Pattern 1853 Enfield Rifle was the final spark for the Indian Mutiny of 1857. The rifles had a tighter fit than the earlier muskets and used paper cartridges that came pre-greased but, to load the rifle, the sepoys had to bite the cartridge open to release the powder. The grease used on these cartridges included tallow derived from beef that was offensive to Hindus, or lard derived from pork that was offensive to Muslims. One of the East India Company’sRead More

As Cypriots view the world

Foreign Minister Nami meets with EP President Schulz

Foreign Minister Özdil Nami met yesterday morning with Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, within the framework of his contacts in Brussels. During the meeting, Foreign Minister Nami emphasized that the current problems pertaining to hydrocarbon reserves in the Eastern Mediterranean stem from the Cyprus problem, that dialogue is essential in order to resolve such problems and that it is unacceptable that the Greek Cypriot side has withdrawn from the negotiating table. Foreign Minister Özdil Nami expressed that EU institutions and the European Parliament should convey balanced messages throughRead More

Tina’s Trabez

This weeks recipes feature Figs – in my case I only had memories of them dried in a dried fruit salad – remember that?? Or some horrid concoction called syrup of figs which was to keep your system working properly!! The taste of fresh figs bear no resemblance to these luckily! Figs are high in natural sugars,minerals and soluble fibre. Figs are rich in minerals including potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron and copper and are a good source of antioxidant vitamins A, E and K that contribute to health and wellness.Read More