Community Sharing in North Cyprus

The Foreign Residents in the TRNC

Community Sharing

At The Foreign Residents in the TRNC we are delighted to be able to share news and resources with other members of our community on their social network sites and to share news and information to the largest local and worldwide audience.

With this initiative, we are pleased to be collaborating with the and the Cyprusscene TFR logoNorth Cyprus Forum to bring toncf logo you, the readers, the most interesting articles and news feeds that are available.

You can navigate to and the North Cyprus Forum on the web links below.

Kuzey Kibris BannerTo visit our German partner site with information and thousands of photos of North Cyprus – click here

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North Cyprus – Classic Film Evenings at The Food Lodge in Catalköy – June 2015

Classic Film Evenings

at The Food Lodge in Catalköy

June 2015

By Ralph Kratzer

The Classic Film Evenings at The Food Lodge Bakery and Bistro in Catalköy continue and have become a regular popular event! Our TFR members Sonja and Latifa just sent me the latest programme for June.

So, come and enjoy a good old blockbuster and tasty snacks together with friends and like-minded movie fans!

You´ll find The Food Lodge easily on the main road Girne – Catalköy after Tempo Supermarket on the right hand side.

Note: In summertime movies will be shown on the outside screen, therefore the event starts later at 8pm.

Get more information about The Food Lodge – click here!

Food Lodge Film Night 12

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History – Groovy Historian – Why is the Silk Road Important?

Groovy Historian

Why is the Silk Road Important?

by the Groovy Historian….

Hey there, this is the groovy historian : In this Vodcast I will be talking about the ancient Silk Road and looking at why it has remained so important over the centuries.

The network of routes that became the Silk Road were used regularly from 130 BCE, when the Chinese Han dynasty opened trade with the west, to 1453 CE, when the Ottoman Empire boycotted trade with the west and closed the routes.

The Silk Road pre-dates the Han Dynasty as the Persian Royal Road, which became one of the The Silk Routemain arteries of the Silk Road, and was established during the Achaemenid Empire (500-330 BCE).

The Silk Road, or Silk Route, is a network of routes over which trade and culture developed through regions of the Asian continent and was used by merchants, pilgrims, monks, soldiers, nomads, and urban dwellers from China and India to the Mediterranean Sea over the centuries.

The route is 4,000 miles (6,437 kilometres) and the name Silk Road comes from the carrying of lucrative trade of Chinese silk. Many other goods were traded, and religions and philosophies, technologies, as well as diseases, also travelled along the Silk Routes.

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I hope you have all enjoyed and do stay groovy.

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Words of the Week 21/2015 – Felix Baumgartner

Words of the Week 21/2015

Felix Baumgartner

BaumgartnerFelix Baumgartner (born 20 April 1969) is an Austrian skydiver, daredevil and BASE jumper. He set world records for skydiving when he jumped to Earth from a helium balloon in the stratosphere from a height of estimated 39 km (24 miles), reaching an estimated speed of 1,357.64 km/h (843.6 mph), or Mach 1.25, on 14 October 2012, and became the first person to break the sound barrier without vehicular power on his descent.

Words of the Week 21_2015

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Chef´s Choice – Cypriot Recipes – Cypriot Meatballs (Köfte / keftedes)

Cypriot Recipes

Cypriot Meatballs (Köfte / keftedes)

KeftedesMeatballs are a worldwide popular dish. A meatball is always ground or minced meat rolled into a small ball, sometimes along with other ingredients, such as breadcrumbs, minced onion, eggs, butter and seasonings. Meatballs are cooked by frying, baking, steaming, or braising in sauce.

Cypriot meatballs are always made with ground pork or beef and grated raw potato and are full of flavour of Cyprus which can be mint or cinnamon or lemon or a mixture of all.


Grated potatoes1 kg minced meat (beef or pork or a combination of both)

3-4 potatoes, grated

3/4 bunch parsley, finely chopped

2 onions, finely chopped

2 eggs

dried mint

oil for deep frying

2 slices of bread soaked in water and strained


salt, pepper


– After draining the grated potatoes add them to the minced meat.

Keftedes_2– Add the rest of the ingredients, parsley, bread, onions, eggs, mint, cinnamon, salt and pepper.

– Mix well and mould into oval or round balls.

– Deep fry in oil.

– Accompany with fried potatoes and salad.


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North Cyprus – KAR opens new shop in Girne

Kyrenia Animal Rescue

KAR opens new shop in Girne

By Margaret Sheard….

Kyrenia Animal Rescue (KAR) officially opened a new shop in Girne on Monday 18th May and Audrey Ellison, a long time resident of the TRNC gave a short speech and cut the ribbon.  The new shop is situated near to the existing shop opposite the Kyrenia Tavern and a short walk from the main car park past the Fire Station.

The new shop will be selling household items and linens and some furniture items so will be an added attraction to the existing shop which sells many items of clothing and bric-a-brac. Both shops are open from 9am to 3pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 1pm on Saturdays, volunteers to help in the shops are always needed so if anyone is interested please contact Gwen Cassell on the number shown below. 

Gwen Cassell, Marion Youdon , Ann BosleyGwen Cassell, a long time volunteer and supporter of KAR is responsible for both shops and can easily work between the two as they are so close together.

I am sure this will be an added bonus to raise much needed funds with a wider range of items for sale and cyprusscene wish the new shop every success.

If anyone has any unwanted items they would like to donate to either of the shops please call Gwen on 0533 868 9497

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North Cyprus – Rotary Club of Kyrenia presentation to Karakum Special Needs School

Rotary Club of Kyrenia Liman

presentation to Karakum Special Needs School

By Chris Elliott…….

A busy week came and a busy week went and it was so nice to sit down and reflect on the sight of so many smiles that I witnessed last week.

On Wednesday 13th May I went aA happy tiime for Karakum Special Needs schoollong to the Karakum Special Needs school to witness the presentation of 2  bicycles, an electric car, and a mini trampoline by Malcolm Mitcheson, the President of the Rotary Club of Kyrenia Liman.

The smiles on the faces of Headmaster Musa Saygi, the children, their teachers and Malcolm  and other Rotary members said it all. “Thank you” and what a great gift for the children so that with the bicycles and the electric car the children can be given tuition by the teachers on road safety and traffic awareness and if they have any energy left they can burn it up on the trampoline.

Events such as this are always so good to hear about and to learn of those kindhearted people who go the extra mile to help others.

Rotary Club of Kyrenia Liman presentation to the Karakum Special Needs school

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Animal care – Sasha’s Journey – care of Kyrenia Animal Rescue

Sasha’s Journey

care of Kyrenia Animal Rescue

By Kim Betts…….

KAR recently arranged for Sasha to relocate to the UK with her owners. Sasha is a 6 year old brown and white pointer cross who is quite nervous – so her owners were quite concerned about how Sashas Journeyshe would cope with the TRNC – UK journey.

I spoke at length with Sasha’s owners about the actual journey and all that it entailed and also shared previous owners’ experiences.

It was decided that, for Sasha, a bespoke wooden travel crate would be better than a pre-made plastic one –  one of the reasons is because they do not make the dogs feel over exposed and they can be darker inside making it easier for the pet to ignore what is going on around them. KAR arranged for one to be made (complying with the IATA regulations). Her owners also decided to purchase a herbal calming collar (from the UK) as KAR Pet Travel had seen these work very well on previous nervous pets.

Sasha’s flight entailed an overnight stop at Istanbul before flying on the first Turkish Airlines flight the following morning to Heathrow (currently the only airport/airline that pets can use from TRNC). Her owners were taking a different flight into Manchester and KAR arranged for a pet overland specialist company to collect Sasha from Heathrow and deliver her to her owners at their home in Yorkshire.

There was a last minute alteration to the flight schedule, for Sasha, as the aircraft on the Ercan to Istanbul route had been changed and the new one could not accommodate her box size. This was overcome with liaison between Kim, Turkish Airlines agent, the owners and the UK clearing and delivery team.

Kar new smlSome days ago Sasha was taken to Ercan by me for her final paperwork to be completed and security and customs checks prior to her flight. Then as per the new schedule her flight left the TRNC and she began her journey.

Throughout her journey I was able to provide updates to her owners who were sitting anxiously worrying about Sasha. Here are a few words from her owners after Sasha arrived home …..

Hi Kim, Sasha arrived home today just after 12 mid-day. She is in fine spirits, came into the garden, promptly left us a little present and proceeded to investigate the house. After a couple of hours of inspecting everything and us of course she has then slept all afternoon till tea time. The couriers were very good, they kept us informed and they even arrived at the time they estimated which we thought was very good given all the road works on the M1.

Once again Kim a big thank you to you and all your team for the help and the guidance that without you would have been an absolute nightmare

Kindest regards

Pat and Barry “

It is always a worry for owners who are sending their family pets to the UK (or elsewhere) – after all they are just that … “family”… but KAR Pet Travel will, and does, do everything that they can to lessen the stress and worry for both owners and pets. They are very experienced and have really good working relations with other professional pet shippers and agents. So if you need any help bringing your pets into or out of TRNC please contact me at KAR Pet Travel on 0533 869 4098 or email

To read more of Kar Pet Travel click here

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