Can Gazi

 

Coffee Cup Conversations

Have you ever found yourself saying, “I never knew that about so and so”? Sometimes you can be pleasantly surprised by certain things you learn about a friend or acquaintance. I have known Zeki Çeler for many years and always thought of him as a man solely interested in Cypriot culture – in particular folk dancing. However, his relatively recent entry into politics was a surprise to me, but that was before I heard from his own mouth that he actually has a degree in political science and public administration.Read 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


Coffee Cup Conversations

Moving to a foreign country is a journey, an adventure, that opens doors to new cultures and to magical experiences. However, as much we say we are open to change, sometimes it’s nice to have familiar things around us that remind us of the things we know. It’s been twenty years since I moved out here from the UK and I’ve only been back to London a few times since. Personally there’s not much that I miss. I love my current life in North Cyprus too much to even thinkRead More


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A successful, family run, business in North Cyprus brings almost everyone together: mother, father, son and daughter; for many it makes sense to “keep it in the family”. With arts and crafts an important part of our island culture, again it’s a good business move to work in this field. With over twenty years of experience in his line of work, Hasan Anılır is a man who knows what his country needs and is providing it. On the 5th of November the Anılır Art Gallery opened in Hamitköy, a villageRead More


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North Cyprus has become a multi-cultural nation thanks to the increasing number of foreign students coming to study at any one of our prestigious local universities. Young men and women from around the world are choosing to gain an education in a country that offers a warm and friendly welcome to everyone that steps foot on its soil. There is, in particular, a strong presence of African students in the TRNC and I recently had the pleasure of meeting three very strong minded individuals. Jubril Arogundade, Madaki Zachariah and AdedolapoRead More


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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


Coffee Cup Conversations – repeat with video

If there is one public figure that is synonymous with the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus it has to be founding President Rauf Raif Denktaş. Regardless of whether people agreed or disagreed with his political views, he was a very popular leader – a true gentleman. In spite of his busy schedule he always found the time to meet and spend time with people from all walks of life. His warm smile and charming personality meant that he was a well respected man. So it’s not surprising to hear thatRead More


Coffee Cup Conversations

If there is one public figure that is synonymous with the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus it has to be founding President Rauf Raif Denktaş. Regardless of whether people agreed or disagreed with his political views, he was a very popular leader – a true gentleman. In spite of his busy schedule he always found the time to meet and spend time with people from all walks of life. His warm smile and charming personality meant that he was a well respected man. So it’s not surprising to hear thatRead More


Coffee Cup Conversations

Most of the people who have moved out to North Cyprus from abroad have chosen this country because they “fell in love with it.” The climate, the beautiful countryside and the warm hospitality of the Turkish Cypriots have all charmed the thousands of visitors that come to the island each year. After settling down many expats find themselves wanting to give back to the community: whilst for many it’s helping a local charity or organisation – for others it’s sharing all that is good about the TRNC. Chris Elliott andRead More


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“He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.” Words taken from a post from a very popular and relatively new Facebook group called Hope 4 Pets North Cyprus. If, like me, you enjoy browsing through the various social media sites available on the World Wide Web then you may have seen messages and photos postedRead More


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Eating out and listening to good music! Just two things that form part of a popular night out, week in – week out, here in North Cyprus. “It’s not often you can go to an Indian restaurant and be serenaded by a talented singer, but in the TRNC this is the norm,” says local guitarist and vocalist Jamie Vincent. I was lucky enough to catch up with Jamie recently, and it was a great pleasure to hear him strum a few chords on his guitar as he sung some classicRead More


Coffee Cup Conversations

Sport, music, theatre, literature and art; they all come together to shape the culture of a country, and are a window into the world of the people who live there. Where war and politics have failed to resolve issues in the homeland and elsewhere, certain creative events can bring together people from all backgrounds, regardless of where they come from. My recent informative and interesting chat with Süleyman Akosman proves that certain people in important governmental positions in the TRNC care about the arts, and for the future of ourRead More


Coffee Cup Conversations

The number of charities organising fund raising events – and the variety of activities organised by hard working committee members – is increasing day by day. There isn’t one week in the TRNC that passes by without a coffee morning or quiz night being held in a popular restaurant, bar or hotel. Many organisations have at least one major fund raising event a year; but one well established cancer charity has to operate in ‘top gear’ all year round. The Help Those With Cancer Association was founded twenty-one years agoRead More


Coffee Cup conversations

Sometimes hobbies can take over our lives and become more than just a passing phase. In the majority of cases we can often predict the particular interests of our friends and relatives; some people are sporty, whilst others enjoy art and culture events. However I have to admit that never in a million years would I have been able to guess what retired policeman Brian Hills does in his spare time. The number of people who have jumped on the Tulips cancer charity bandwagon is increasing year by year; andRead More