KKT North Cyprus News issue #06Thu 19th Sept 2013                                   

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North Cyprus News

Marion’s Musings
By Marion Stuart

In a week where one constant theme seemed to dominate all other thought,
namely “Will they, won’t  they, will they join the war”, other confusing and challenging
things happened, not necessarily on our doorstep geographically but certainly invading
our realm of thinking.

Marion Stuart
Marion Stuart

What did you think of The Sun and the veil?

The Sun

The Sun in U.K had a front page article about the wearing of the ‘veil/burqa’and the paper wrote some stirring words which upset some folk who thought the Sun was being racist, bigoted etc, etc., it is very difficult for the U.K. now to find its way through the various rules and ideals of the many cultures which now squeeze into the small space of Great Britain, which seems to be losing its ‘greatness’ at an alarming rate. Much of the ‘racism’ started in the 1950’s when the British government invited West Indians to come and labour doing tasks that the average ‘white honkey’ (I can say that because I am one of them) did not want to do. People complained at the devaluation of their properties if they lived adjacent to these dreadful ‘black’ people with ‘disgusting cooking smells’ and ‘ dreadful music’  but of course most of these people were Christian, so that made is acceptable. Now there are other religions – does anyone remember the fuss about an Indian who wanted to wear his turban when working on the railways as it was part of his understanding of his way of life?- and of course Islam seems to have presented some of the biggest challenges particularly the wearing of the burqa.  People who oppose the wearing of it are accused of ‘racism’ which of course it is not, as it is to do with religious believes not racial ones. Others refer to ‘rights’ without realising that one person’s ‘rights’ are another person’s ‘duty’ and vice versa. 

Bill Cosby

There are, however, two great men who contributed some wise thoughts to this kind of situation, and if their thoughts were put into operation there should be no further problems.  The first was St.Ambrosia who is the patron saint of Milan (and was so long before his brand of rice pudding came on the market), for it was he who said (and his thoughts much in line with the Prophet’s in the Koran) “If you should find yourself at Rome, then do as the Romans do”.  The inference being that one obeys the law of the land in which one lives, or visits, and if conscience won’t permit that, then leave.

The second person is much nearer to home – Ataturk himself, for it is rumoured that he said (and it is confirmed on Google – the ‘Bible’ of modern times ) when he modernised Turkey and told women they were no longer to wear the veil. When this did not happen, he showed the wisdom of Solomon, by making a statement that ensured that nice, decent ladies, ceased to wear the veil.  The official Google statement is:  “With that as background, Mustafa Kemal made this announcement: “With immediate effect, all Turkish women are privileged to wear whatever they choose, however, all prostitutes must wear a burqa veil on their face.”

So with one stroke Mustafa Kemal manage to appease women by allowing them to wear whatever they want (including the burqa), but at the same time, he introduced a social stigma by associating the wearing of the

burqa with prostitutes.  So did the plan work?  According to press reports, the very next day no women in Turkey were seen in a burqa.

Does any Kibkom Times reader have a better solution?

Then racism really did raise its ugly head.

Miss New York, Nina Davuluri was crowned Miss America 2014 this week at the birthplace of the legendary Miss America competition in Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall, broadcast live on ABC. Nina became the second consecutive contestant from New York and the first contestant of Indian descent to win the Miss America Competition. Sadly no sooner was the announcement made than racist remarks appeared on Twitter, saying she was  ‘a foreigner’ an Arab and how indelicate it was to crown her so close to the date of 9/11, and even referred to her as a ‘terrorist’. The flow of hatred towards a beautiful, talented, intelligent girl was like hot, burning oil being dropped from a great height, not even looking at the recipient subject to see if they were truly enemy. 

Miss America 2014
Nina Davuluri - Miss America 20014

The new Miss America was probably entitled to the new role, not just because of her talent but because she was an American Indian, who, in case Mr Average has forgotten, were the original inhabitants of U.S.A.  here in North Cyprus, we have a former Miss Oklahoma – our very own Demetra George who lives at Catalkoy some of the time – who  quite rightly pointed out that virtually all of the residents of USA are of foreign origins, coming over on the Mayflower  and other means of immigration, but that the American Indian was there before them.

It would appear from the media that Nina Davuluri who was one of the original thirteen thousand applicants, and one of the final fifty three from whom the winner was chosen, has shown herself to be more than worthy of being chosen, as she has dealt with the biased, unfair and plain nasty criticism in a manner that shows true humility, grace, compassion and forgiveness to those who seek to destroy her, showing beyond a shadow of a doubt that she is a good, all round American girl.

Maybe the people that criticise and condemn her should also listen to the words of St.Ambrosia, and if they do not see America is made up of Heinz 57 varieties (as is most of the world) then perhaps look at their own glasshouses before they throw stones. 

One cannot help but wonder what the reaction from certain quarters might be if a former Turkish Cypriot became a future Miss America!

Look on the bright side and how to overcome bigotry and prejudice:

This is reputed to be true, and in fact is going around emails, and the media, so it has to be true, and as it is meant to be from Tunbridge Wells in the Beautiful Garden of Kent from whence surely no untruth could ever flow, one must believe it.

B&Q

Subject: B&Q JOB APPLICATION

This is an actual job application that a 75-year-old pensioner submitted to B&Q in Tunbridge Wells.  – and an application which got him the job:



NAME: Kenneth Way (Grumpy Bastard) 

SEX: Not lately, but I am looking for the right woman (or at least one who will cooperate) 

DESIRED POSITON: Company's Chief Executive or Managing Director. But seriously, whatever's available. If I was in a position to be picky, I wouldn't be applying in the first place - would I? 

DESIRED SALARY: £150,000 a year plus share options and a Tony Blair style redundancy package. If that's not possible, make an offer and we can haggle. 

EDUCATION: Yes. 

LAST POSITON HELD: Target for middle management hostility.

PREVIOUS SALARY: A lot less than I’m worth. 

MOST NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENT: My incredible collection of stolen pens and post-it notes. 

REASON FOR LEAVING: It was a crap job. 

HOURS AVAILABLE TO WORK: Any. 

PREFERRED HOURS: 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. 

DO YOU HAVE ANY SPECIAL SKILLS?: Yes, but they're better suited to a more intimate environment. 

MAY WE CONTACT YOUR CURRENT EMPLOYER?: If I had one, would I be here'? 

DO YOU HAVE ANY PHYSICAL CONDITIONS THAT WOULD PROHIBIT YOU FROM LIFTING UP TO 50 lbs.?: Of what? 

DO YOU HAVE A CAR?: I think the more appropriate question here would be “Do you have a car that runs?" 

HAVE YOU RECEIVED ANY SPECIAL AWARDS OR RECOGNITION?: I may already be a winner of the Reader's Digest Timeshare Free Holiday Offer, so they tell me. 

DO YOU SMOKE?: On the job – no. On my breaks - yes! 

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE DOING IN FIVE YEARS?: Living in the Bahamas with a fabulously wealthy Swedish supermodel with big tits and who thinks I'm the greatest thing since sliced bread. Actually, I’d like to be doing that now. 

NEAREST RELATIVE?: 7 miles 

DO YOU CERTIFY THAT THE ABOVE IS TRUE AND COMPLETE TO THE BEST OF YOUR KNOWLEDGE?: Oh yes. absolutely.

Reminds me of a job application I made when I returned to U.K having spent three years abroad and teaching. What to do when I got back? Travel rep sounded good and something I always fancied. I felt that maybe I needed to raise awareness of my suitability and because I was not under 25 years old, gave thought to what challenge I could issue without being arrogant or over assertive. I merely asked what they would consider the most important aspects of the applicant were their suitability to the job, and assumed that applicants such as Elizabeth Taylor, Raquel Welch, and Sophia Loren would be considered regardless of their birth certificate. I got the job! 

Has anyone else got a job based on ‘cheeky honesty’? I am sure that people such as Alex Main and others on the job market would love to do so, but somehow one cannot help but think that had Mr Kenneth Way applied to a local Yapi Market, he may well not have got through.

May the coming days be full of victory over circumstances and not full of ‘isms’ of defeat, for all of us, as we look with fear at the growing world problems and weather conditions which are causing terror to many, and yet give thanks for being where we are.

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