Community Sharing in North Cyprus

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Review – Black Friday is like a Buffalo Stampede! – By Ismail Veli


Black Friday is like a Buffalo Stampede!

By Ismail Veli……..

Many people see ‘Black Friday’ as an opportunity to save money from discounts organised by main supermarkets. Personally I think it’s a lousy day. People queue for hours on end for stores to open just to save a few pounds. Very often tension, arguments, and even fights occur when some see their preferred items scooped up by other customers. I’m not just being stuffy, I have a reason for detesting this particular day.

Black Friday

There are 2 conflicting stories on its origins on why it’s called black Friday. Some claim that it originated with the practice of selling slaves the day after Thanksgiving. Slave traders were reputed to have sold slaves at discount prices to assist plantation owners in order to help with the preparation for winter which involved cutting fire wood etc. The sale took place the day after Thanksgiving. I don’t for one minute assume that today’s traders have any desire or support this past practice, but I personally find it hard to grasp that such an onslaught on discount items is desirable, as the time, frustration and effort are simply not worth whatever financial savings are made.

Others dispute this version vehemently and claim that black Friday has nothing to do with slavery. They claim the term did not come into use until 100 years after slavery was abolished. 1951 to be precise! They claim it originates in the practice that many workers called in sick after Thanksgiving as it was not common practice to pay workers on that day.

Whatever the reason both sides of the argument make  a strong case for their version of its origins. In an age of political correctness perhaps both sides of the argument try to defend what they consider either as a vile day by those who detest it, or just another way of making shoppers and stores feel guilty on a day that is essentially just a good old day for shopping and having fun.

Black Friday 2

As explained my personal reasons are simply that I cannot be bothered to wait for hours in the early mornings in the hope that I will save some money. I value my comfort and simple needs above the common stampedes that have become synonymous with this day.

In the final analysis it would be a ‘Black day’ indeed if I live to see the day when I’m so desperate to save a ‘few bob’ (to coin an old British phrase) that I risk myself in what I consider to be a human version of a buffalo stampede.

Black Friday 3

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North Cyprus – “Such a Night” – Concerts without Borders at the Bedesten, Lefkoşa

“Such a Night”

Concerts without Borders at the Bedesten

By Margaret Sheard….
Video by Chris Elliott….

BedestenThere was a song in the 1950’s entitled “Such a Night” which contained the words “oh what a night it was, it really was, such a night”. The concert at the Bedesten in Lefkoşa on Friday 20th November was indeed such a night. What a night and what a performance by Demetra George Mustafoğlu together with her guests Katie Economidou, Fikri Toros, Burak Besir, Maestro Rauf Kasimov and Ilhan Sami Ozulu.

Demetra, Katie and Fikri were recently the proud recipients of the US State Department’s Cultural Diplomacy Award.

This event had been planned by Demetra and her “A” Team to raise funds for the Children with Special Needs Centre in Lefkoşa (Lefkoşa Özel Eğitim Merkezi and the Lefkoşa Özel Eğitim ve iş Merkezi), which followed their fundraising event for the Centre with the Halloween Happening at Demetra’s Çatalköy home – Villa Diva. The “A” team includes Figen Rasmussen and Hatice Kerimgil who were so busy during the evening, not only greeting people as they arrived but also making sure that everything was running smoothly throughout the evening.

Mehmet Mustafoglu, Fikri Toros, Meral Akinci and President Mustafa Akinci

Mehmet Mustafoglu, Fikri Toros, Meral Akinci and Mustafa Akinci

The Bedesten was packed to capacity, people just kept arriving and eventually there was not enough seating but the latecomers were happy to stand and enjoy this wonderful concert, which exceeded all expectations.

Demetra and the guests were honoured with the presence of President Mustafa Akıncı and his wife Meral. The President and his wife joined the guests for cocktails and snacks before the performance and then everyone settled down to enjoy the concert which started with Demetra singing Brindisi from Verdi’s La Traviata, brilliant.

This was followed by Katie Economidou singing Schubert’s Ave Maria, again brilliant. At one point Katie invited soprano Laden Ince to the stage and they sang some lovely pieces together, including Time to say Goodbye, all of which were well received by the audience.

Demetra’s piano accompaniment was by her very good friend Maestro Rauf Kasimov and Katie was accompanied by Fikri Toros.

The flutist – Burak Besir gave some wonderful solo performances and also accompanied the artists on many occasions. Violinist – Ilhan Sami Ozulu gave a superb performance, wandering around the audience as he played and he also accompanied some of the artists during the performance. In addition there was accompaniment from Cemal Sommezkale on Bass Guitar and Ugur Guclu – Percussion.

As well as classical pieces, we were also treated to songs from the shows – Cats, Evita, Porgy & Bess with favourites such as Memories, Don’t Cry for me Argentina, and one of my all time favourites My Heart Will Go On from Titanic, sung beautifully by Demetra with accompaniment by Burak Besir and Ilhan Ozulu. The grand finalé was John Lennon’s “IMAGINE” which encouraged the audience to join in and ended with a standing ovation. What can we say, other than that this was an absolutely fantastic concert, with wonderful voices and musicians.

When the guests were arriving we recognised many faces, among which were Fehime and Ziynet from Şah Marketplace and some of the other members of their family. Şah Marketplace was one of the sponsors of the concert. An appropriate time to list the sponsors who helped to make this concert such a resounding success.

Cyprus Today / Cyprusscene / Iktisat Bank / Living Magazine / Şah Marketplace / Saraba Restaurant / Starling Market / Fraser Meridies.

We look forward to many more concerts of this calibre and maybe a larger venue will be needed next time judging by the number of people who came to the Bedesten. However, the Bedesten was a perfect choice for this event, with its peaceful and historical atmosphere it couldn’t have been a better setting.

Well done to Demetra and her “A” Team for all their hard work in making this wonderful concert a reality and such a success.

For those people who were unable to attend the concert and those who would like to see it again, please enjoy the videos below, which can be downloaded from Youtube.

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North Cyprus – Tulips “Pink October” Event – Ladies Bowling and Fun Night

Tulips “Pink October” Event

Ladies Bowling and Fun Night

By Sue Tilt and Carole King….

Carole King and Barbara Willbye - In the Pink

Carole King and Barbara Willbye – In the Pink

‘Pink October’ – Breast Cancer Awareness Month ran over into November this year with the Ladies Bowling and Fun night falling on 23rd November. The event was completely sold out and it proved to be a great fun night for all!

The bowling was a huge success with everyone entering into the spirit of the night. This was won by Jan Cobbing and the runner up was Ann Workman.

The meal put on by Kings Bowling was really good and gave everyone the energy to get up and dance the night away to Katie B, singing some fabulous songs.

Katie B

Katie B

We would like to thank lots of people for making the night so successful: Nurcan Hanim, Hasan Bey and all the staff of Kings Bowling who looked after us all so well, Katie B who once again offered her services for free for Breast Cancer Awareness and provided us with raffle prizes, all our sponsors, listed below, who generously provided prizes for the bowling competition and the raffle and of course to everyone who came along and supported this fabulous evening.

We say this often but we really do mean it, without your support these events simply would not be the success they are, so a huge thank you to all concerned.

Prize sponsors include: Erol’s Restaurant, Katie B, Kibris Sailing, Frank & Carole Ginger, Robin & Jane Yates, Heather Gordon, Esta Insurance, Funky Divaz, Aleyna Bags, Mo Dogacan, Tasha Atik, Emel & Ayten, Sev Kay, L’Artisan Patisserie.

The total figure raised was a massive 2,510TL! We are so pleased that the event raised so much for Tulips/Help Those With Cancer Association, this money is invaluable in helping people in the foreign community who are fighting cancer and so badly need our help and support.

Sue and Carole

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North Cyprus – KAR Christmas Bazaar – 5th December at Teachers’ Hotel, Girne

KAR Christmas Bazaar

KAR logo and holly

5th December at Teachers’ Hotel, Girne

By Margaret Sheard….

Christmas is approaching rapidly and there will be many events to enjoy in North Cyprus and of course a chance to stock up with Christmas decorations and have a look for presents and seasonal greetings cards for your friends and relations.Christmas tree

The KAR annual Christmas Bazaar is always a lovely event to visit and this will be held on Saturday 5th December at Teachers’ Hotel in Girne.

We have received a little reminder from KAR and this is what they say:

Don’t forget the KAR Annual Christmas Bazaar at Teachers’ Hotel on Saturday 5th December from 11am to 2pm.  Please come along and support us – there will lots of goodies to buy – delicious cakes, mulled wine, Christmas decorations plus lots more.  And Santa will be there!

If you have any unwanted gifts, toiletries or bottles of Christmas Timewine that the Charity could add to its raffle or use as tombola prizes, we would be very grateful. Please bring them to the KAR Office in Karakum, which is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. Perhaps you could bake some mince pies, cakes or savouries for the ever popular cake stall.  All donations will be much appreciated.

Please remember that the winners of the Grand Draw will be made at the Bazaar, where the first prize is return flights for 2 from either Ercan or Stansted.

We look forward to seeing you all!

Time to start getting into the Christmas spirit and planning all the great things to enjoy during the festive season.


Kyrenia Animal Rescue
PO Box 450 , Girne, Mersin 10, Turkey ..Tel +90 (0)533 869 4098
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KAR rely solely on donations for funding, please help us to help the animals of Northern Cyprus .
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North Cyprus Sports – Creditwest Cricket League Final

North Cyprus Sports

Creditwest Cricket League Final

Umpire George Ward excitedly described, last Sunday’s Creditwest T20 Cricket final, as one of the best finals he had ever witnessed, nothing short of a classic.

Two outstanding teams, both resplendent in their new kits, Gentlemen of Girne took on the Lefkoşa Fighters at the Alsancak Stadium. Before the match, scorer Ian Fell explained, the winner would need in excess of 140 as the bounce was very even and the pitch was playing particularly well.

Gentlemen of Girne

Gentlemen of Girne

Girne were soon amongst the Capital’s boys, with outstanding paceman Khattak dismissing the first 3 batsmen for 5 runs. Naqi 17 and Bilal 14 fought back, before spinner Shahzad removed both of them with the score on a modest 64. Osman 11 and Farman 9 resisted for a while, before the latter was bowled by Shahzad for his 4th wicket, and the innings petered out at 82.

By the interval, there seemed little doubt the man of the match would go to Khattak, with a spell of genuine class bowling and figures of 14-4.

Sitting in the warm sunshine, the spectators sat back to enjoy the local side’s expected cruise to victory, becoming the Creditwest League Champions and having the honour of representing North Cyprus against the Champions of South Cyprus in the All Cyprus Final on 13th December.

Lefkoşa Fighters team with the trophy.

Lefkoşa Fighters team with the trophy

Openers Captain Danish Afridi and Rehmat Khattack looked comfortable reaching 16 without any difficulty. Then the heavens fell in on Girne, a mere 4 overs later, the slow clever bowling of Imram Ali had ripped them apart. With 8 wickets falling for a remarkable 14 runs leaving the total on only 28. Shahzad 21 and tail enders Jan Wali 10 and Sajjad Kamel 12 weren’t about to surrender. Abandoning the gun-ho ill-discipline of the higher order they set about a comeback. With no pressure to score quickly, a dour determination to first survive was adopted, then to gradually pick off the runs. After 8 overs of intense concentration the 3 nearly heroes had got to within 6 runs of Lefkoşa, when Naqi hit number 11 batsman Shjjadpads, his anguish could be felt throughout the Stadium, as Umpire Kevin Horsford raised his finger and Girne’s dreams were over.

Imran Ali won the man of the match, Aun from the Cyprus All Stars the bowler of the tournament trophy and Doğanköy’s Sikander the batsman of the tournament.

For further information, please visit the TRNC Cricket Association’s Facebook page click here or call 0533 8248999.

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North Cyprus – TRNC News Today – 25th November 2015

TRNC News Today

Eide: “Progress achieved on certain issues in the negotiations”

President Mustafa Akıncı received the UN Secretary Generals Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide.

In his statement to the press after his meeting with President Akıncı, Eide stated that at the intensified negotiations at the beginning of November progress was achieved on some issues. Noting that the meeting with President Akıncı was positive, Eide stated that they will hold the 6th meeting in November and there will be more meetings in December and they will decide how to proceed with their next meetings.

Espen Barth Eide and Mustafa Akinci

Stating that the intensified talks simplified the approach to the issues under the headings in the negotiations, Eide said, “We have progress in some issues and we have seen how we should be organized in some issues.”

Indicating that it is not appropriate to make an explanation on the concrete developments, because it is the leaders’ responsibility, Eide said, “Tomorrow there will be a statement, and also this statement will be discussed at tomorrow’s meeting.

Eide also stated: “We are also discussing how to make the most of international support, because any settlement will also have some international dimensions and UN dimensions to them.”

British bases in Cyprus proposed to be opened to France

Greek Cypriot Alithia and other newspapers published the news regarding UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s proposal to the President of France, François Hollande, after their meeting on the issue of opening Akrotiri Air Base in South Cyprus to France for its use against DAEŞ.

France to use British Bases

According to the Greek Cypriot daily Alithia, UK Minister of Defence Michael Fallon qualified this as ‘a support for France’ and it is supported strongly by France, the UK and the Greek Cypriot government.

Alithia also noted that in his statement, UK Minister of Defence Michael Fallon expressed that British bases will be used as a movement point of France’s war aircraft against DAEŞ.

“Bi-communal Peace Initiative-United Cyprus” to organize “Peace and Reunification Walk” on Saturday

“Bi-communal Peace Initiative-United Cyprus” is going to organize a “Peace and Reunification Walk” on Saturday.

Peace Initiiative

The joint declaration which was signed by 73 political parties, organizations and non-governmental organizations was read during the press meeting held at the Home for Cooperation and those who desire unification of the island were invited to the Peace and Reunification Walk.

The Peace and Reunification Walk will start at 11:00 am at the TRNC Presidency.  Peace Initiative Representatives will submit a letter to President Mustafa Akıncı and to the Greek Cypriot leader Nikos Anastasiades.

PIO logoSource: TRNC Public Information Office –

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Cyprus Problem – Underlying acceptance of loutish attacks on Turkish Cypriots

Cyprus Problem

Underlying acceptance of loutish attacks on Turkish Cypriots

Damaged carLast week you could read a lot of news on our website about attacks on Turkish Cypriot cars and their occupants by followers of Greece’s Neo-Nazi Golden Dawn and members of far right party ELAM in South Cyprus.

Subsequently a couple of Greek Cypriot students, between 16 an 18 year old boys, were arrested by the GC police and now face their trial.

Here comes the commentary on these incidents written by Loucas Charalambous for Cyprus Mail:

IF ONLY things were the way our [Greek Cypriot] politicians and journalists presented them, and the culprits responsible for the attacks on Turkish Cypriots earlier this week were indeed some marginalised troublemakers. But unfortunately it is not so.

And all of our journalists and politicians who think they have done their duty by offering some routine verbal condemnations would do well to explore the matter a little more deeply, and look for their own responsibilities in the aggressive behaviour of the louts.

GC LoutsI have written in the past about the repulsive phenomenon of aggressive behaviour towards Turkish Cypriots who cross south either to work or shop. I had suggested that this hideous behaviour was fuelled, to a large extent, by the general climate of hate and hostility cultivated by many politicians and some of the media against the Turkish Cypriots.

The political demagogues and rejectionist journalists can express their opinions and criticise those who support a settlement, but they do not have the right to cultivate, so thoughtlessly, hatred and hostility between the two communities.

Even the reporting of news is done in a way that cultivates hostility towards the Turkish Cypriots. The opposite has been happening in the north, where school teachers for several years now try to explain objectively to children the events that led to division, teach the need for re-unification and try to promote a conciliatory climate.

ApoelIt is no coincidence that since 2003, when the checkpoints were opened, there have been millions of visits by Greek Cypriots to the north without any incident of violence against them being reported; in contrast there have been countless such incidents against Turkish Cypriots on our side. I will just mention the attacks on Turkish Cypriot cars at the traffic lights outside the Apoel [sports] club building in Nicosia. I witnessed attacks at this location on two occasions with louts rushing out of the club building and using iron bars to smash car windscreens and injuring the passengers. Nobody was ever punished for these disgraceful offences.

Above I also mentioned the role played by the media, and I will give an example of their irresponsible behaviour. In its edition of December 21, 2010, Phileleftheros, in a prominent position in its sports sections wrote the following: “There is information that Turkish Cypriots have shown an interest in visiting the free areas to watch tonight’s basketball match between Apoel and the Turkish side Karsiyaka at the Eleftheria stadium. Because in some cases the Turkish Cypriot supporters have been very provocative the police should ensure we do not have any incidents.”

Of course the police did not need Phileleftheros to advise it to take measures, but the report was inflammatory. The truth is that Turkish Cypriots have never caused episodes in our stadiums. They may have been very boisterous on one or two occasions when they attended matches at GSP stadium, but they did not cause trouble.

But the newspaper report could easily have roused passions. The louts could have easily thought, ‘as the newspaper reported they are coming to provoke we will go and show them…’ What other consequences could this so-called report have had?

The Turkish Cypriots never showed up that night, but the Karsiyaka players lived through a nightmare and were in danger of being burnt by fires started by the Greek Cypriot ‘fans’. Film footage and photographs were seen all over the world through the internet.

Greek Cypriot studentsOur politicians and journalists, instead of unequivocally condemning this hooliganism and demanding the punishment of the perpetrators, made statements the following day, that were more provocative than the actions of the louts. Having mentioned the “unacceptable episodes”, they went on to attack Turkey because it engaged in a “propagandist exploitation of events”. Their statements almost condoned the violence.

We should therefore not be surprised if the louts continue their thuggish behaviour as happened last Monday. And they will not stop as long as those, who should be taking a leading role in eradicating this appalling behaviour, are in effect condoning it and acting like accomplices.

Source: Cyprus Mail

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