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

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

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

Ertug said that Greek Side created confusion on issue of territory

Presidential spokesman Ertug said that Greek Side created confusion of ideas on the issue of map. Ertug recorded that the statement of the Greek Cypriot Spokesman Nikos Hristodulides on the issue of territory which was published yesterday was falsifying and the aim can be to create a confusion of ideas on this issue in order to conceal their maximalist approaches. Indicating that the Greek side’s claim that they only brought criteria to the negotiations regarding the issue of territory is not true, Ertug said that they voiced specific names ofRead More

Two months into the St Andreas restoration project

Another view of the restoration work at St Andreas Monastery

This will be the first-ever collaboration between the communities on both sides of the UN-arbitrated Green Line as the Greek Orthodox Church is located in the northern, Turkish Cypriot part of the island. It has taking years for the two communities to agree to this restoration project that will require equal involvement and is seen by some as a test project that hopefully will be extended to other monuments. The creation, in 2008, of the Technical Committee for Cultural Heritage, co-chaired by a Turkish Cypriot and a Greek Cypriot, hasRead More

Never-ending story of demagoguery and fairytales


LAST WEEK TUESDAY the general manager of Noble Energy (Cyprus) John Tomich put an end to the fairy-tale about the construction of a LNG terminal in Cyprus – a fairy-tale that had been served to the people of this country by all our political wizards in the last three years. Speaking at The Economist conference in Nicosia, Tomich surprised our politicians and journalists by stating that the quantities of gas found did not justify the construction of a liquefaction terminal on land or sea. This served as another reminder ofRead More

‘We are overwhelmed’ – Tulips girls well and truly in the pink


At the end of the long Pink month of October, when numerous events took place , some organised by the Dynamic Golden Girls of Tulips and others organised by various bars, restaurants and more, all of whom wished to play their part in raising money and awareness for cancer, in particular for Tulips, the final total has now been announced. The ‘girls’ tell is how it is for them: By Sue Tilt and Carole King We have just finished collecting all the monies raised during Pink October and we haveRead More

CESV went for the ‘triple. – an honour to honour those who gave their lives for others to live


It was an honour for members of the Civil Emergency Service Volunteers (CESV) to be asked to attend all three remembrance services as part of their duties. The first was held on Saturday evening at the Old British Cemetery, Girne to remember the sixty two police of three nationalities who fell in the line of duty during the Cyprus troubles between 1955 to 1959.  A monument to the British Cyprus police was unveiled and blessed by Reverend Wendy Hough and Reverend Canon David Wilbraham.  As the sun set over theRead More

Admiral Bülent Bostanoğlu: “We shall move within the given rules of engagement”

Regarding tension arising from South Cyprus, Commander of the Turkish Naval Forces, Admiral Bülent Bostanoğlu, said: “Rules of engagement have been conveyed by the Prime Ministry to the Office of Commander in Chief and by the Chief of Staff to the Commander of Naval Forces. In case of any conflict we will move within the given rules of engagement.” Bostanoglu said that they are closely and carefully watching all the developments in and around the seas and mainly in the Eastern Mediterranean. Bostanoglu said: “Turkish Naval Forces has been closelyRead More

Random Ramblings

A few days ago, preparing for a social evening with friends I opened, well, “tapped” I suppose, a 5 litre box of wine.  This action, compounded with a recent viewing of Simon Reeve’s travelogue about Australia, set my little brain into contemplation mode about how my, and, I presume other peoples, attitude to wine has changed over the recent decades. “When I were a lad” in Rhodesia, bars and shops were stocked mainly with beers and spirits, but very few wines, despite neighbouring South Africa being a major wine producer. Read 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

CMC Hurma Competition

Sunday at CMC was the Hurma ( date) competition, and the winners were presented with their trophies & a kilo of fresh dates each. The winner, who  overcame the windy weather conditions best was John Eldridge with Caner Barin in second and George Offord third.  

Xmas is a coming and the geese are getting fat – please put some money in Santa Bobs hat.

Bob Betts (Kim’s, from the KAR office, other half) who braved the icy sea off of Kerveransary beach last Christmas Day in aid of KAR is joining a group of like minded (mad !!) Catalkoy residents, who are having a Christmas dip at Shayna Beach Club in Catalkoy this year. Because Christmas is all about giving and sharing the group of Catalkoy residents will be pooling all of the money they receive in sponsorship and it will be split between 3 charities – Kyrenia Animal Rescue, Tulips and The KarakumRead More

Carlsberg Winter Darts League

Results & updated league table following matches played on Thursday 6th November.   Results for matches played on 06/11/2014 Carlsberg Winter Darts League 2014/2015 League Table 11/11/2014 LEAGUE P W L F A DIFF PTS BAROOSH FLYERS 7 7 0 54 9 45 54 JESSICS  7  BAROOSH BANDITS 2 JESSICS 7 7 0 44 19 25 44 TOLGAS 6 5 1 43 11 32 43 MONTENEGRO SNIPERS  3  SEMPATI RAMS  6 EUCALYPTUS 6 6 0 37 17 20 37 THE ROLLING STONES 6 3 3 31 23 8 31 SH-BOOMRead More

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu had a telephone conversation with US Secretary of State Kerry

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu had a telephone conversation with his American counterpart John Kerry. According to some diplomatic sources, during the telephone conversation which was made upon Kerry’s demand, developments in Syria and Cyprus issue were discussed. It is reported that, Çavuşoğlu stressed Turkey’s support to the  resumption of constructive negotiations in Cyprus and added that a fair, permanent and comprehensive solution based on political equality should be reached in the island by mutual agreement, which  should be based on the Joint Statement  made between  the leaders on 11Read More