Coffee Cup Conversations

 
 

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 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


Coffee Cup Conversations

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

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