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Culture – What would the world be without favourite food and drink?

What would the world be without

favourite food and drink?

By Ismail Veli

For many people starting the day with a cup of tea or coffee is a natural part of our breakfast and indeed so many things we eat and drink which we take for granted as part of our life.  Very few of us even consider what life would be without our favorite foods and beverages especially tea, coffee, tomatoes, cheese, potatoes, chocolate etc. They are an indispensable part of our daily diet and without them our life would be Teamuch less satisfying. Many know of course that tea and coffee have only been used in Europe for  a few hundred years, but when and how were these items first used?

Starting off with tea, we have to rely partly on Chinese mythology. According to Chinese myth in 2737 BC (4751 years ago) a handful of dried leaves from a tea bush blew into a pot of boiling water which the Emperor Shen Nung (Divine farmer) was staring at. Why the water was being boiled or stared at by the Emperor is not known, all that is known is that the brew then became known as ”Tchai”. Strangely the name is still used by the vast majority of Asian people including the Turks. It was not until 1560 however that it was introduced into Europe by Father Jasper de Cruz of Portugal who was a Jesuit priest. England had to wait until 1657 AD for its first public sale and milk was then added around 1680 AD.

This precious drink was introduced to America in 1650AD by Peter Stuyvesant who by some strange coincidence was the last Dutch Director General of New Amsterdam (New York City). In fact tea was so heavily taxed (alongside many other Imports) that the Americans in a historic move raided the English ships and emptied the large amount of tea into the sea as a protest against the heavy taxation imposed by the British. This event has gone down in history as ”The Boston Turkish CoffeeTea Party”. This was in 1773 and is seen as the starting point of the American War of Independence. As a result drinking then became a patriotic duty. So if many modern tourists wonder why Americans are coffee rather than tea drinkers then this national habit dates to that period and it has now become the number one hot drink in the USA.

Coffee itself was first used by the Galla tribe of Ethiopia around 1000AD, but not as a beverage. After reputedly noticing that a goat who had eaten coffee beans then began to jump around hyperactively the tribe then began to mix the beans into animal fat and ate it so it would give them a boost of energy. The story of the magic  bean then spread like wildfire and many people of the region then took to grinding the coffee also. It was not until 1453 AD however that it was introduced as the hot coffee drink that we recognize  today. Due to the growing popularity of the coffee the first coffee shop named Kiva Han was opened in 1475 AD in Constantinople. The many Ambassadors and dignitaries took to the Turkish Coffee and by the 1500s it spread throughout Asia, Persia and Europe. Coffee houses became popular as gathering places. The First British Coffee House was not opened until 1652 in St Michael’s Alley, Cornhill by a Turkish immigrant. These coffee houses became so popular as places of learned discussions that they were dubbed as ”Penny Universities’, the reason was that a cup of coffee cost one penny…..

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Turkish Popstar denied entry into Greece for having Turkish Cyprus Visa

Turkish Popstar denied entry into Greece

for having Turkish Cyprus Visa

BengüTurkish popstar Bengü has been denied entry into a Greek island for having a Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus visa on her passport, the daily Hürriyet reported on its website.

Bengü, 35, was on holiday in Çeşme, a popular location in İzmir, before going to the island of Chios, on the other side of the Aegean Sea.

However, the pop singer was denied entry to the island by immigration officers, because she had a stamp belonging to Northern Cyprus on her passport, the Turkish side of the divided island, which Greece does not officially recognize.

Bengü had to return back to Çeşme the next day by ferry, the report said.

Following a brutal offensive by Greek Cyprus against Turkish Cypriots, the Turkish military intervened in 1974, resulting in the island’s division into the Turkish-speaking north and an internationally recognized Greek-speaking south.

A Turkish Cypriot declaration of independence is only recognized by Turkey, which maintains around 35,000 troops on the island.

Nevertheless, Greek islands have become a popular destination among Turkish tourists, which has resulted in an increase in ferry tours and direct flights to the Greek islands from Turkey.

Source: Hürriyet Daily News

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Cyprus problem – War for Cyprus still going on in school books after 40 years

War for Cyprus still going on in

school books after 40 years

North Cyprus flag

Turkish and North Cypriot flag

Forty years after the division of Cyprus, Greek and Turkish Cypriot schoolchildren are still being taught separate narratives of their shared legacy of pain.

On July 20, 1974, the first Turkish troops landed on the north coast at Kyrenia, with the declared aim of protecting the Turkish Cypriot minority after a coup to unite the island with Greece.

The coup failed but within weeks Turkish soldiers had intervened and seized 37 percent of the Mediterranean island.

Greek Cypriot authorities say the one-sided conflict against Turkey cost 3,000 lives and injured thousands of others, while 1,619 people were reported missing. Two quite different accounts have clashed ever since in the history books of the rival communities, torn apart by the invasion. For Greek Cypriots, 1974 and the ongoing occupation by tens of thousands of Turkish soldiers lie at the heart of the conflict, whereas for many Turkish Cypriots it was a “peace operation,” as Ankara still officially describes it.

“Two completely different meanings. This is reflected in history programs on the two sides,” said Tahir Gökçebel, the teachers union head in Turkish Cyprus.

“Both communities lived together for 500 or 600 years. They had weddings, celebrated events, shared the same bazaars and their daily lives together. Yet none of this is in the school textbooks,” said the history teacher. There is another fundamental difference. For Turkish Cypriots, the conflict dates back to intercommunal clashes between December 1963 and January 1964, violence which accounted for most of the almost 500 Turkish Cypriots listed as missing.

Rise of fear and distrust

This gulf in how the conflict is perceived gives rise to fear and distrust. “Look at ELAM,” said Gökçebel, referring to the ultra-nationalist fringe group modelled on Greece’s Golden Dawn, which has a following among Greek Cypriot youths.

Landing at Escape Beach 1974

Turkish troops landing at Escape Beach 1974

“How can such young people hate other people that they have never known?” he asked. “It’s about education… because if we teach them that the other side is the enemy, then they will hate each other.” Kyriakos Pachoulides, a Greek Cypriot history professor who heads an Association for Historical Dialogue and Research, echoed his views. “The new generations grew up with mono-ethnic narratives, mono-logical perspectives of what happened in 1974 and 1963. And they, of course, cannot avoid stereotyping the other, as the enemy, as the barbarian,” he said.

Petros, a 21-year-old student, remembers only too well his history books at school with their pictures of the now Turkish-held towns of Famagusta, Kyrenia and Bellapais in the north.

“I do not forget,” the captions read. Seated under the baking sun in a Nicosia coffee shop with friends, he spoke of how he discovered little by little that there was another way of seeing the past. Next to him sat Desiree, a Turkish Cypriot, and Andy, another Greek Cypriot. “All we were ever told was how heroic our heroes were,” said Andy. “We were never told about conflict between the communities, never.” Desiree said she was brought up on a diet of “Turkish nationalism” at school.

“We did not put into perspective the history that we learned. It was just the Greeks did this and that, and the Turks were victims. The victims were Turkish Cypriots and Turks came to save us,” she said.

Through bi-communal events, books and the Internet, said Andy, they discovered that “the other side has suffered too.”

At the official level, both sides try to monopolize victimhood.

Turkish Cypriots will celebrate the Turkish Peace and Freedom Day on July 20, while Greek Cypriot teachers were asked to bring in 1974 refugees to talk to pupils of their suffering.

Source: Hürriyet Daily News

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Ramadan Feast in Turkey and North Cyprus

Ramadan Feast

in Turkey and North Cyprus

By Ralph Kratzer

Ramadan feast_3Today, Monday 28th July 2014, starts the Ramadan Feast (Ramazan Bayramı) in Turkey and North Cyprus. It is also called The Sugar Feast (Şeker Bayramı) and is a three-day festival and one of the most important religious holidays in the Islamic world. It marks the end of the yearly period of fasting.

The Ramadan Feast in Turkey and North Cyprus is a time for visiting relatives and paying one’s respect to older people. Many Turks give away sweets and desserts during the festival, and children may watch free Turkish shadow plays.

What do people do?

Ramadan feastMany people wake up early on the first day of the Ramadan Feast. They put on their best clothes, called bayramlık, which they often buy specifically for the occasion, and have a large breakfast. This symbolizes the end of the fasting period, which many Muslims observe during the preceding month of Ramadan.

The Ramadan Feast has an alternative name in Turkey, the Sugar Feast (Şeker Bayramı), because people treat their guests to sweets and traditional desserts during the festival. It is customary to visit one’s relatives, especially older ones, and kiss their hand as a sign of respect. Children may go door-to-door, kissing hands of the Ramadan feast_2grown-ups and receiving sweets and small amounts of money in return.

Turkish shadow plays, such as Karagöz and Hacivat, are popular during the Ramadan Feast, and children can watch these plays at fairs free of charge. In a more recent tradition, some people use the official holiday to travel abroad or go to local resorts.

Public life

The Ramadan Feast is an official holiday that continues for three days in Turkey and TRNC. Administration buildings, schools and most businesses are closed during this period. Public transport may run less frequently, and fares for locals are usually lower compared to regular days. Roads may be overcrowded, especially in the morning of the first day and in the afternoon of the last day of the Ramadan Feast, as many people travel on these days.


The Ramadan Feast is the first day of Shawwal, which is the 10th month of the Islamic calendar. Each month in the Islamic calendar begins with the first sighting of the new moon. As a result, the exact dates of the Ramadan Feast change every year, according to the Gregorian calendar. Celebrating the Ramadan Feast after a month of fasting is one of the earliest and most important traditions of Islam.

Source: timeanddate


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Words of the Week 23/2014 – Homer Simpson

Words of the Week 23/2014

Homer Simpson

Homer Jay Simpson is a cartoon character in the animated television series The Simpsons as the patriarch of the eponymous family. He is voiced by Dan Castellaneta and first appeared on television, along with the rest of his family, in The Tracey Ullman Show short “Good Night” on April 19, 1987. Homer was created and designed by cartoonist Matt Groening while he was waiting in the lobby of James L. Brooks’ office. Groening had been called to pitch a series of shorts based on his comic strip Life in Hell but instead decided to create a new set of characters. He named the character after his father, Homer Groening. After appearing for three seasons on The Tracey Ullman Show, the Simpson family got their own series on Fox that debuted December 17, 1989.

Words of the Week 23_2014


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Summer Grilling 2014 – Easy Grilled Salmon

 Summer Grilling 2014

Easy Grilled Salmon

by Ralph Kratzer

Grilled Salmon_5Well, midsummer has finally come to Cyprus. And when the temperature goes up, the grill comes out. Who wants to heat up the kitchen when the AC is barely hanging in there? Here comes a method of grilling salmon, quick and easy. There are lots of marinades you can use with salmon – I’ve included three here.


  • 1 1/2 to 3 pounds salmon fillets, skin-on (figure 1/3 to 1/2 pound per person)
  • olive or grapeseed oil

Basic marinade:

  • 3/4 cup soy sauce
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced

Basic teriyaki marinade:

  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 1-inch turnip of fresh ginger root, grated
  • 4-5 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 to 4 Tbsp brown sugar

Teriyaki marinade with mirin:

  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup mirin (sweet Japanese rice wine) or seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 Tbsp minced fresh ginger
  • 1/4 cup minced green onions
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • Pinch chili pepper flakes


1. Combine marinade ingredients in a bowl. If sugar is an ingredient in the marinade you are using, stir until the sugar is completely dissolved.

Grilled Salmon_12. Cut filles 1 1/2 to 2-inches wide. Place marinade ingredients in a large casserole dish. Coat the salmon fillets with the marinade and then place them skinless-side down into the marinade. Marinate for 20 minutes for a quick marinade (can do this at room temperature while you are preparing the grill) or if you have more time from 1-2 hours chilled in the refrigerator. Before grilling, remove fillets from marinade and discard marinade.

Grilled Salmon_33. Prepare grill for high direct heat (if you are using a charcoal grill, allow one side of the grill with much fewer coals for indirect heating). When the grill is good and hot, spray or brush oil generously on both sides of fish fillets. Place fillets on grill, skinless side down first, so that they can get nice grill marks on the hot grill while the fish is still firm. Close the grill lid. Cook 1-3 minutes on the first side, depending on how thick the fillets are.

Once the fish fillets have been placed on the grill, do not move them until you are going to flip them over, otherwise they may fall apart.

Grilled Salmon_44. Look for grill marks on the fish and a small layer of cooked fish meat where the fish is close to the grill. Using tongs, and a metal spatula if necessary, carefully turn the fish onto the other side, so that the skin side is now on the grill grid. If you are using a charcoal grill, the fillets should be placed on the side of the grill furthest from the coals. If you are using a gas grill, just reduce the flame to medium. Close the grill lid. Cook for another 2-5 minutes, again depending on the thickness of the fillets.

Note: Better to err on the side of undercooking the salmon, rather than overcooking. You can always put the fish back on the grill, but once a good fillet is overcooked, there’s nothing you can do.

Remove from grill and serve immediately.

Source: Simply Recipes

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Health Care – The Importance of Deep Breathing

Health Care

The Importance of Deep Breathing

By Burhan Camlibel

For the readers of this website I would like to share with you my experiences gained through my previous work as a UK Nurse and also as an Energy Worker here in Cyprus and Turkey and this has been combined with other information you may find in many places on the internet.

Breathing is important for two reasons. It is the only means to supply our bodies and its various organs with the supply of oxygen which is vital for our survival. The second function of breathing is that it is one means to get rid of waste products and toxins from the body.

Why Is Oxygen So Vital?

Oxygen is the most vital nutrient for our bodies. We can do without food for weeks Burhan Camlibeland without water for days, but without oxygen, we will die within a few minutes. If the body does not get proper supply of this essential nutrient, it will result in the degradation of all vital organs in the body.

The brain requires more oxygen than any other organ. If it doesn’t get enough, the result is mental sluggishness, negative thoughts and depression and, eventually, vision and hearing decline. Old people and those whose arteries are clogged often become senile and vague because oxygen to the brain is reduced. They get irritated very quickly.

Poor oxygen supply affects all parts of the body. The oxygen supply is reduced to all parts of the body as we get older due to poor lifestyle.

When an acute circulation blockage deprives the heart of oxygen, a heart attack is the result. If this occurs to the brain, the result is a stroke.

For a long time, lack of oxygen has been considered a major cause of cancer.

Research has shown that lack of oxygen is a major cause of heart disease, stroke and cancer.

Thus, oxygen is very critical to our well-being, and any effort to increase the supply of oxygen to our body and especially to the brain will pay rich dividends. Yogis realized the vital importance of an adequate oxygen supply thousands of years ago. They developed and perfected various breathing techniques. These breathing exercises are particularly important for people who have sedentary jobs and spend most of the day in offices. Their brains are oxygen starved and their bodies are just ‘getting by’. They feel tired, nervous and irritable and are not very productive. On top of that, they sleep badly at night, so they get a bad start to the next day continuing the cycle. This situation also lowers their immune system, making them susceptible to catching colds, flu and other ‘bugs’.

Oxygen Purifies the Blood Stream

One of the major secrets of vitality and rejuvenation is a purified blood stream. The quickest and most effective way to Oxygen exchangepurify the blood stream is by taking in extra supplies of oxygen from the air we breathe.

Oxygen gets rid of the waste products (toxins) in the body, as well as recharging the body’s batteries (the solar plexus). In fact, most of our energy requirements come not from food but from the air we breathe.

By purifying the blood stream, every part of the body benefits, as well as the mind. Your complexion will become clearer and brighter and wrinkles will begin to fade away. In short, rejuvenation will start to occur.

Yoga permits us to tap into this vital nutrient.

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