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North Cyprus – Peace and Freedom Day 2014 – Airshow at the Old Kyrenia Harbour

 Peace and Freedom Day 2014

Airshow and Parade at the Old Kyrenia Harbour

By Ralph Kratzer

Sometimes it is a great advantage to be Secretary of The Foreign Residents in the TRNC (TFR).

Airshow_25When a friend of mine and member of the TFR learned that I wanted to watch the airshow on the occasion of the Peace and Freedom Day 2014, he invited me spontaneously to enjoy the spectacle on the balcony of his apartment in the middle of the picturesque Old Harbour of Kyrenia. Of course I could not miss this opportunity and accepted, full of anticipation.

So my girlfriend and I took the way to Kyrenia on the early afternoon of July 20th. We providently took one of the many frequently running minibuses (dolmus), firstly because the parking spaces in the city centre would be extremely rare on that day and secondly because we of course wanted to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Turkish peace intervention in Cyprus with a good bottle of red wine…

The balcony of our friend turned out to be the absolute box seat. What a privilege to be able to watch the airshow from there!

P1020343The Old Harbour gradually filled with spectators, the seats in the numerous cafes and restaurants were soon all occupied. Nevertheless, we first strengthened ourselves with delicious fish and Sheftali Kebab at a restaurant, owned by an old friend of mine – the well-known Canli Balik.

Then on time at 6pm the first attraction of the evening appeared in the sky, Solo Türk, probably the best jetpilot of the Turkish Air Force. His stunts with the F-16 were as always stunning and when he thundered low over the harbour the glasses wobbled on the tables everywhere around!

After that the Türkish Red Stars Aerobatic Team flew their absolutely precise formations and daredevil manoeuvers. The spectators all around were thrilled.

Learn more about Solo Türk and The Turkish Red Stars - click here!

Enjoy the photos in the slideshow, most of them were taken by my esteemed colleague, the professional photographer Susie Forster (you can also visit her website by clicking this link:

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Globetrotting – Travel to South West India and Sri Lanka

The Foreign Residents in the TRNC (TFR)

Travel to India and Sri Lanka

by Ralph Kratzer

Mike Maternaghan, board member of the British Residents Society (BRS) and also member of the The Foreign Residents in the TRNC (TFR), organizes, together with his partner Geraldine, wonderful journeys to far away exotic places around the globe.

This year, the trip went to Vietnam and the participants crossed the country from the capital Hanoi in the north to Ho Chi Minh City in the south, the former Saigon. A detailed travel report on this will follow shortly.

I myself have not had the opportunity to attend any of their former trips, but I’m already booked for the trip next year, because then it goes to South West India (Kerala) and Sri Lanka.

If you, dear readers, are interested in this extraordinary tour, please contact Mike directly.

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Cyprus dispute – Turkish President Gül: “It is high time for a solution in Cyprus”

Turkish President Gül:

“It is high time for a solution in Cyprus”


TC president Eroglu and Turkish president Gül

Turkish President Abdullah Gül has urged for a solution to be found on the divided island of Cyprus, speaking at a ceremony in Nicosia to mark the 40th anniversary of Turkey’s military intervention on July 20, 1974.

“The Cyprus problem has been on the agenda of the international community since 1963, when the Greek Cypriots attempted to seize control of the Cyprus and exclude Turkish Cypriots from the mutual state in 1960. There are hardly any disputes across the world, which have not ended in past 50 years.

Thus, it is high time to solve this issue,” Gül said during the ceremony, which was held in Dr. Fazıl Küçük Boulevard in Nicosia with the presence of Turkish Cypriot President Derviş Eroğlu.

“The negotiation process restarted this year on Feb. 11, following elections on the Greek side. The expectations for a solution in the international community have given hope to the Turkish side. But political will and determination is needed in order to realize these expectations. The international community, particularly the European Union, has to keep its promises. It is not possible to explain the practices that violate the rights of the Turkish Cypriots in any political, legal or humanitarian point of view,” Gül said underlining the growing expectations for a solution.

Gül also said that the Turkish Cypriots will not leave their demands behind during the peace process. “From now on, nobody should expect the Turkish Cypriots to withdraw from their rights to be the mutual owners of the island or live as a minority group in a Greek Cypriot state,” he also added.

Gül also praised northern Cyprus for becoming a state on its own despite all the difficulties it had faced.

Eroğlu, on his part, said that July 20 is the day when the Turkish Cypriots were reborn. Speaking of a tunnel project that will transport water from turkey to northern Cyprus via tunnels under the Mediterranean sea, Eroğlu said that they are expecting to see the completion of the “century’s project” very soon.

“We hope to increase our national income thanks to this water project,” said Eroğlu.

Turkey’s military intervention in Cyprus on July 20, 1974, following a coup that brought a hardline Greek administration to power on the island, resulted in the division of Cyprus and led to decades of scarce contact. Greek Cypriots rejected a peace plan in 2004 shortly after becoming an EU member, even after the Turkish community agreed to establish a new partnership with the Greek Cypriots.

Source: Hürriyet Daily News

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North Cyprus – Serhat Akpinar and Le Chateau Lambousa – The Vision Realised

Serhat Akpinar and Le Chateau Lambousa

The Vision Realised

By Margaret Sheard, Video by Chris Elliott

Some 12 months ago, we were privileged to have an opportunity of a meeting with Serhat Akpinar, Founder and Chancellor of Girne American University, as a result of which I wrote an article entitled Serhat Akpinar – A Man of Vision.  To see this article click here.  At this time we were made aware of the plans for the refurbishment of Chateau Lambousa Hotel in Lapta and the arrangement made between GAU and John Aziz Kent, another man with vision, who originally built the hotel.

Le Chateau 450

Having followed the progress of the re-birth of Chateau Lambousa to the new 5-star luxury hotel Le Chateau Lambousa, it seemed fitting to again talk with Serhat bey to have an insight into his reflections on this massive project.Ismet

We met Serhat bey at the now magniAybike smlficently completed hotel, which is considered to be the flagship for the TRNC, together with his team of Ismet Esenyel, the Project Manager and Aybike Alev Yanar, the General Manager of the hotel.   We sat and talked very informally about the project and the successful completion which was celebrated with the GAU 30th year anniversary on 30th May, and the official opening of the hotel on 14th June.   We asked Serhat bey to say a few words about how he felt about the hotel project from inception to completion and this can be seen on the video recording below, together with the reflections of John Aziz Kent.  To read all of our articles about Le Chateau Lambousa click on our Portfolio section to the right of this page or in the top menu bar.

Two men with vision and a love for their country, one who built the hotel and one who restored it to its former glory.

Serhat and John

Serhat and John

John Aziz Kent had the vision of tourism being the way forward for North Cyprus back in the 1960’s.  He founded the Hoteliers Association in North Cyprus and is now Honorary President. Serhat Akpinar had the vision of higher education in North Cyprus in the 1980’s.   Of course, through GAU’s extensive curriculum, hotel management and tourism have been at the forefront and to progress to the actual running of an hotel would be an inevitable step which is exactly what happened.

The hotel is a credit to all who had a part in its refurbishment and 7 The North Shield another wonderful viewindeed the additional features such as the beautiful pool and terraced area and the English style North Shield bar, which is a step back in time.  Everywhere in the hotel the furnishings are of the highest quality and the whole effect of the historical past can be seen and felt wherever you go.  The paintings on the walls are beautifully done and in keeping with the theme of Cyprus heritage and there are so many other lovely touches which are not always seen at first glance but as you gaze around you will suddenly notice a floral arrangement, a suit of armour, a sculpture which all blend in with the surroundings.

There are still some finishing touches to be made to Le Chateau, the Spa and Health Centre which will be situated under the pool area which will also have an indoor swimming pool.  Completion of this facility is scheduled for October 2014 and will be an additional asset to the hotel for its winter guests.

Serhat bey had previously mentioned a drive-in cinema and I asked him whether this was still planned, the answer was yes it is.   This facility will be situated on the open land between the hotel pool area and the bungalows and is scheduled for completion in 2015.

Le Chateau Lambousa is a success story for Serhat Akpinar and his team and a definite plus for North Cyprus.

Read more about Serhat Akpinar´s next plans – click here!

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Cyprus problem – Division must not become permanent Greek Cypriot president says

Division must not become permanent

Greek Cypriot president says

Introductory comment by Ralph Kratzer

What kind of game is being played here? While the Foreign Minister of Northern Cyprus, Özdil Nami, announced in a TV interview that the current peace talks have “collapsed” (click here!) and I parallely read in the German newspaper “Badische Zeitung” that many Greek Cypriots feel little desire for a reunification under the condition of a federation with two autonomous states (quote : … for [Greek Cypriot] Stelios Hadjiyianis, student of political science, only “all or nothing” comes into question: either the restoration of conditions before the [1974] “invasion” or the continuation of the division of the island between Turks and Greeks …. the current standstill of talks after a hopeful beginning is not a cause of concern for many Greek Cypriots. “Honestly, I’m even happy,” says political science student Stelios, he can not imagine a living together with Turks in the same state: “once they are there, they will roll over us Greeks…”), the Greek Cypriot President Anastasiades proclaimed, he could not imagine a permanent separation of the island!

May every reader form his/her own opinion!

Note: Terms such as “Turkish invasion” and “occupied areas” are Greek Cypriot nomenclature, more correctly is “Turkish peace intervention” and “Northern Cyprus or TRNC”.

And this is the concerning article in the Greek Cypriot “Cyprus Mail”:

Eroglu and Anastasiades

TC president Eroglu and Anastasiades

The island’s current division must not be allowed to become permanent, Greek Cypriot president Nicos Anastasiades said, ahead of the 40th anniversary of the [by Greek Cypriots called] “Turkish invasion”.

He also said that the tragedy of the “invasion” must not be allowed to run full circle.

In a statement to Cyprus News Agency, Anastasiades expressed the belief that current conditions allow a win-win solution of the Cyprus problem, provided the Turkish Cypriot side and Turkey understand this.

He noted that a solution that will safeguard the rights of Greek Cypriots, without denying the rights of Turkish Cypriots, was feasible.

And a solution would have political, social, and financial benefits.

“With the Cyprus problem solved, there will be more opportunities to exploit the hydrocarbon reserves in the Eastern Mediterranean and create conditions of reconciliation between Greece and Turkey,” he said.

“At the same time the solution will help consolidate a sentiment of stability and bring significant investments to the benefit of all the legal inhabitants of the country.”

Anastasiades added that the future of the country and its children would be brighter and more hopeful if the obstacles were overcome and the dividing lines were abolished through a federal Cyprus, in which the EU acquis communautaire would be applicable from Paphos to Karpasia and from Limassol to Kyrenia…..

Read the whole article by clicking here!

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Words of the Week 22/2014 – Dr. Seuss

Words of the Week 22/2014

Dr. Seuss

Dr. SeussTheodor Seuss Geisel (March 2, 1904 – September 24, 1991) was an American writer, poet, and cartoonist. He was most widely known for his children’s books written and illustrated as Dr. Seuss. He had used the pen name Dr. Theophrastus Seuss in college and later used Theo LeSieg and Rosetta Stone.

Geisel published 46 children’s books, often characterized by imaginative characters, rhyme, and frequent use of anapestic meter. His most-celebrated books include the bestselling Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat in the Hat, The Lorax, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, Fox in Socks, The King’s Stilts, Hop on Pop, Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose, Horton Hatches the Egg, Horton Hears a Who!, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas!.

Words of the Week 22_2014


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Summer Grilling 2014 – Grilled Pork Chops with Cherry Salsa

 Summer Grilling 2014

Grilled Pork Chops with Cherry Salsa

by Ralph Kratzer

Cherry Salsa

I hope the season for cherries is not over yet!!! My girlfriend still got some beautiful ones yesterday…

First a note about salsa. Just because many of us are used to salsa served with tacos doesn’t mean that salsas are inherently spicy. Salsa is just the Spanish word for sauce. In Mexico that usually means the addition of a spicy element such as dried red chiles or chopped fresh jalapeños. Salsa can also be Spanish or Italian inspired, without chiles, which is what we’ve chosen to do here. I actually tried without success to make a spicy cherry salsa; any chile heat ended up detracting from the sweet flavor of the cherries. We finally settled on this simple version with red onions, a little lemon juice, and some balsamic and a touch of sugar to intensify the flavor of the cherries.

Lovely served with grilled pork chops.


  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 pounds cherries, about 4 cups
  • 4 pork chops, about 3/4-inch thick
  • Salt
  • Olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 heaping teaspoon sugar


  1. Mix the chopped onion with the lemon juice in a small bowl and set aside. The lemon juice will help take the edge off the onions.
  1. Coat the pork chops in olive oil and sprinkle salt over them. Set aside at room temperature.
  1. Pit and de-stem the cherries. A cherry pitter is magical for this task, but if you don’t have one, use a small knife. Double check for stray pits, they always seem to find their way into dishes that call for fresh cherries.
  1. Put the cherries, onions and chopped basil into a food processor. Pulse a few times until you have a chunky salsa, with differing textures of cherry. Alternately, you can chop everything by hand.
  1. Mix in the balsamic vinegar, the 1/2 teaspoon salt and sugar. Add more of any of these ingredients to taste. Set aside at room temperature. You can make this salsa up to 8 hours in advance.
  2. BBQ PorkchopsPrepare your grill for high direct heat. Grill the pork chops over high heat with the grill cover closed for 3 minutes. Turn them 45 degrees on the same side to get a pretty cross-hatch pattern, then close the grill cover and cook another 3 minutes. Turn the pork chops over, but this time keep the grill cover open and cook for a final 2-3 minutes. Allow to rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.

Serve the pork chops with the cherry salsa.

Source: Simply Recipes

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