Community Sharing in North Cyprus

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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.

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Cyprus History – Cyprus Memorial Rock – Unveiling on Sunday 21st August 2016

Cyprus Memorial Rock

Unveiling on Sunday 21st August 2016

By Margaret Sheard…….

Chris and I had intended to visit the National Memorial Arboretum to see the Cyprus Rock Memorial in November when we have a planned visit to the UK, however it was necessary to visit in August due to a family issue and as we would be in the Crewe area and only a drive of an hour or so to Alrewas, we were able to actually attend the unveiling on the 21st August.

Keith Rackham (left) with his son

Keith Rackham (left) with his son

On our way north to Crewe we stopped off at the Arboretum on Friday 19th August and were delighted to see Keith Rackham, the stonemason, who was carrying out the finishing touches to the Rock and Keith took our photo by the side of the Rock and then Chris was able to help him cover it with tarpaulin for the night.  It was lovely to actually see the Cyprus Rock at last in place.

On Sunday we made our way down from Crewe and arrived at the Arboretum to find hordes of people Cyprus Rock ready for the big daywho had arrived to attend the unveiling, we later learned that there were some 500 people who had come to witness this momentous occasion.  Among the many people attending we were able to see some of the veterans we have previously met in North Cyprus – Derek Chilvers, Terry Covell, together with Rosie the partner of the late Chris Veness (veteran of the Suffolk Regiment), Henry Wyn Jones, Mick Burland and John Douglas, Les Smith and his wife Shena.  We also were pleased to see Lord Ken Maginnis, Kim and Jenny Tyler who were representing the Royal British Legion – Kyrenia Branch, Stephen Day who represented The British Residents Society of North Cyprus, Chief Superintendent Sidney Mackay of the Police Roll of Honour Trust, and Cyprus veteran Major James Gibbs who read the Exhortation Major James Gibbs 2and Kohima Prayer.  James spent 3 years in Cyprus during the Emergency and was one of the lucky ones who returned home so he feels very close to the Cyprus Rock Memorial, he was celebrating his 80th birthday that day, accompanied by his wife Carol Blackwell-Gibbs.

At last I was able to say hello to David Littlemore who I have been in correspondence with for many months by email to promote this wonderful project on our website.  He has done such an incredible job of ensuring this memorial was put in place to honour those who lost their lives during the Cyprus Emergency, both military and police…… Continue reading

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North Cyprus – Vox Pop on BRT Television – with Viola Edwards

Vox Pop on BRT Television

with Viola Edwards

By Engin Dervişağa…….

For this weeks Vox Pop show, I went with my camera team to Çatalköy to meet Viola Edward who is a Relationship coach, Holistic Psychotheraphy, Breathworker and Colour and Image consultant.

Viola talked to us about her chilhood in the middle east before immigrating to Venezuela, and her childhood dream of studying psychology.

Viola Edwards demonstrating

Now Viola is a consultant in North Cyprus and demonstrated a number of her techniques on our show.

Please tune in to my Vox Pop show on BRT2 Television on  Sunday 28th August at 15.00 pm to enjoy this show which will be repeated on Wednesday 31st August at 11.00am.

To go direct to BRT 2 TV to watch these shows by live streaming on your PC at Cyprus local time click here and if you want to learn more of Bayrak Radio and Television  click here…..  Continue reading

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North Cyprus – Classic Film Evenings at The Food Lodge in Catalköy – September 2016

Classic Film Evenings

at The Food Lodge in Catalköy

September 2016

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 September.

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: Starting time during summer is 8 pm, reservation only!

Get more information about The Food Lodge – click here!

 Food Lodge Film Night 26

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North Cyprus – Reviews – Alistair’s “Random Rambles” (20)


Alistair’s “Random Rambles” (20)

KathyBy Kathy Martin…

Written June 2014

In a desperate attempt to save the economy in the Euro zone the European Central Bank (ECB) has reduced its interest rate to a “negative” amount; in fact it is now minus 0.1%! Imagine a high street bank trying to attract customers under these circumstances. “Open a savings account here and we will guarantee that, in a few months time, you won’t have any money left”!

EuroApparently this bold and experimental move by the ECB is an attempt to encourage the high street banks to offer more loans to small businesses, thereby, stimulating the economy in the Euro-zone.

By releasing money from their capital funds, these banks will reduce the erosion of the aforesaid capital assets and Europe will once more enter the “boom years”! I, for one, will not be holding my breath!

It appears that the ECB is simply trying to staunch a wound, rather than attending to the root cause. Regarding the economy, until there is one and only one currency in all of the economic and political country members of the European Union, and therefore only one central bank, the Euro as a currency is unworkable.

Regarding politics, until there is one and only one central government, the existing “national” governments of all the member countries must be downgraded to the stature of local (municipal/Belediye) councils; the political “union” is unworkable!

After all, single currency zones have (with the appropriate political structure) existed for hundreds of years. America, Britain, China, and India spring to mind. In these countries there must be rich and poor states or counties, as now exist in the European Union.

Cotton millIndeed, a couple of hundred years ago, when Britain was a major exporter of cotton cloth, the “mill towns” in the north of England were far more affluent places than the towns in the south.

While on the subject of the Euro, the Lithuanian economy has now reached the required heights (or depths?) that will enable that country to enter the Euro-zone on January 1st 2015.

OK, there are political requirements to enter the European Union (human rights etc).

OK, there are economic standards that must be met before a country can use the Euro as a currency……  Continue reading

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North Cyprus – Entertainment – Starlux Cinema presents Week commencing 26th August 2016

Starlux Cinema presents

Week commencing 26th August 2016

We give below the films which are being shown at the Starlux Cinema, Karaoğlanoğlu for week commencing Friday 26th August until Thursday 1st September 2016.

Starlux 26th August

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North Cyprus – The Main Event on BRT Radio with Claudia Hanna Veysel

The Main Event on BRT Radio

with Claudia Hanna Veysel

By Denise Phillips…….

My guest this week on The Main Event is Claudia Hanna Veysel who lives in the USA with her family and visits North Cyprus every year.Denise Phillips and Claudia Hanna Veysel

Claudia talks about her life in the States where she holds Mediterranean diet cooking classes in universities, teaching both men and women.

Her web page focuses on Mediterranean lifestyle with 5 pillars for Goddess Living.

Claudia and I chat about the many aspects of living a Mediterranean lifestyle and she also shares with us her choice of favourite music which we will be playing for you on Saturday 27th August at 15.00hrs and you can reach this show wherever you are online by following the links below.

This show will also be repeated on Sunday 28th August at 11am to 12 noon. For those listeners who would like to learn more please visit her Facebook page by clicking here

Happy listening and do have a great weekend….

To go direct to Bayrak International Live to listen to these shows by live streaming on your PC at Cyprus local time by clicking here  

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Cyprus Problem – The Draft of a possible Cyprus Settlement?

Cyprus Problem

The Draft of a possible Cyprus Settlement?

shared by Steven Roberts

Omphalos news service in the south of Cyprus has translated an article from Politis newspaper about the current talks aimed at finding a solution to the Cyprus Problem.  

Cyprus and the EUPolitis newspaper says that the atmosphere around the Cyprus talks has changed for the better over the last few weeks, according to well informed sources on both sides, in contrast to the feeling a while back that things had reached a deadlock.

Differences in the chapters on government, economy and the European Union have been greatly reduced with only a few details left to iron out, some of which may be  being held as last minute bargaining cards.

Two large differences remain, namely the property issue, which seems to be hanging on the issue of guarantees/security and to a lesser degree, how the solution will be financed.

President Anastasiades has made clear that he will not accept any guarantees and nor will the Greek Cypriots vote for any solution that contains any. Politis notes that the Greek Cypriot side is cautiously optimistic that some commonly acceptable formula may be found on this matter based on the fact that they haven’t been pressured by any external powers in this direction.

The financial aspect of the property issue is the other aspect that will determine whether a solution will be found. The Turkish Cypriots believe that the money for compensation will easily be found, whereas the Greek Cypriots and the IMF feel the cost of a solution must be reduced as much as possible because there is no easily available money and investors will only come to the island after the solution is implemented to reduce their risk. Thus the effort is focused on finding a formula for the property issue, as well as on the size of the federal government in order to limit bureaucracy and avoid inefficiency.

It seems everything depends on what will happen in the twenty days between 23 August and 14 September. It is hoped that on the first meeting the leaders will put the property issue to rest or at the very least to agree that it hinges on the territorial issue. The leaders have agreed to hold three meetings in August (on the 23rd, 29th and 31st) and four meetings in Septemebr (2nd, 6th, 8th and 14th) when they will discuss all the chapters in depth. If all goes well, this will pave the way for a joint meeting between Anastasiades, Akinci and Ban Ki-Moon in New York during which they will discuss the possibility of holding a conference in the fall on the external aspects of the Cyprus problem.

The paper notes that the coup in Turkey has created an atmosphere of uncertainty around Turkey’s intentions. However, it has strengthened the Greek Cypriot side’s position that the guarantees be abolished, while making the Turkish Cypriots more anxious than ever to disconnect themselves from Turkey’s internal strife.

The paper stresses that President Anastasiades is pleased with what has been agreed so far which he considers an improvement on the Annan plan. He is particularly pleased with the four freedoms, namely that people will be able to own property, reside, work and travel freely all over the island, as well as with the 4:1 agreement whereby for a Turk to acquire Cypriot citizenship a further four Greeks must also acquire citizenship. The population ratio has been agreed at 78.5% Greek Cypriots to 21.5% Turkish Cypriots, or 803,000 to 220,000, making the total population of Cypriot citizens on day one at 1,023,000.

 So far, the paper says, the following has been agreed……  Continue reading

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