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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North Cyprus – Animal Care – Day in the Life of a KAR Meeter and Greeter

Animal Care

Day in the Life of a KAR Meeter and Greeter

KAR header logo

By Patricia Garrod…

patricia-garrodWhen I returned to North Cyprus in July this year, I was asked whether I would be interested in a new volunteer role at the rescue centre.

My day starts around 8am at the new visitors’ portacabin and making it look presentable for the visitors, giving a quick dust around and sweep of the floor.Not only would it be helpful to have someone ready to meet the visitors that came to the centre, they also needed someone to help with the admin, so that Elaine, the supervisor could devote her time to the dogs and cats, without having to worry about paperwork as well. It sounded like a good idea to me!  I get to spend time with the animals and stay reasonably clean into the bargain.

Visitors come in many guises:

  • People who have never been to the centre before and want to have a good look round and perhaps take some dogs for a walk.
  • dog-walkersThe wonderful people who sponsor dogs and visit whenever they are in North Cyprus, taking their sponsor dog(s) out for a run.
  • The lovely people looking to offer a forever home to a dog or puppy, cat or kitten.
  • Others may have found abandoned puppies or injured/sick dogs and bring them to us.
  • Some come along to donate food and toys for the dogs and cats.
  • And we must not forget our regular dog walkers.
  • Sadly, we also get people who for whatever reason, no longer want their own dogs and think they are doing us a favour by offering to give them to us.
  • Recently we had a lady called Carole, who came to visit and take some photos of our dogs for an exhibition she is holding. We can’t wait to see the photos!

So that’s the Meeter & Greeter part of my role.

On to the admin – this involves:

  • Pat in her Admin roleCompound moves/changes, neutering, vaccinations, vet records, homings, new sponsors – all have to be recorded.
  • Keeping the centre database up to date
  • Naming and entering new puppies, dogs, cats and kittens on to the system. Taking descriptions of them can be time consuming, a dog of one colour is easy but you would be surprised how many different colour combinations one animal can have!
  • I get the occasional assistance from Fletcher or Evie who like to pop into the portacabin, plonk their paws on to the keyboard and make a mess of what I’ve just typed. Mumble comes in for a tummy tickle and Freddy wants to sit on my lap. Life is hard sometimes!

The centre is open every day between 9am and 1pm, please come along and see us as the dogs and cats would love to meet you!

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North Cyprus – Animal Care – KAR catches Karmi Dog – Sadly not a “Lucky” one

KAR catches Karmi Dog

Sadly not a “Lucky” one

KAR header logoBy Kim Betts…

Please note there are “sad” pictures included in the article!

Concerned residents of Karmi have, this week, contacted KAR about a dog that had been seen in and around the village. Based on the very useful information that they provided, which included photos, it was very clear that the poor dog needed urgent help.

Karmi Dog

Karmi Dog

The Community Warden (Yulian) went to Karmi, but despite him searching, the dog had disappeared. He left a KAR trap there, with someone who knew how to use it, in the hope that the dog would be lured in, and Yulian set off to try and locate another desperate dog in the Çatalköy area.

The following day came the news that the Karmi dog was in the trap, so Yulian went back up to Karmi, to collect the dog and trap. The dog was brought to the office for a further visual assessment and logging for the report and was then taken immediately to a local vet.

Sadly the vet, after examining the dog, felt that his condition was so poor and he was in such pain that there was not real alternative, but to put him to sleep. If there had been any chance of treatment and full recovery then KAR would have agreed to pay for the treatment – as they do with many other cases – however, sadly, for this little dog there was no happy ending.

What is even more so very upsetting about the Karmi dog, is that a group of people were aware of his plight. They took photos of him and some other dogs in the same pack and posted them onto their Social Media site, as they wanted to help him and the others BUT this was in early December!

It was not reported to KAR, as if it had been then maybe KAR could have caught him over a month ago. The end result for the poor Karmi dog may not have changed, but at least he would have had a month less of suffering. The other dogs at the site are now being followed up by KAR, but they still have not been reported to KAR.

Sadly, there are many animals here that are stray – some may look thin, some may look disheveled, some may be cold and dirty, but they maybe are the “lucky”ones – they are being fed, they are not ill, they have a life albeit it is a life on the streets……  Continue reading

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North Cyprus – TRNC Drivers, do they drive with due Care and Attention?

TRNC Drivers

do they drive with due Care and Attention?

By Chris Elliott…….

Road Safety has been very much in the news here in the TRNC recently with 2 high profile road traffic accidents  which prompted us to publish 2 articles on a number of websites and in social media pages.  The first “Drive with care in Northern Cyprus and save lives!(click here) which was read by many hundreds of people with comments road-accident_2being made where the article had been pasted and in response to requests from Turkish speaking people, this article was translated into Turkish and published again with even greater readings. This article has a widely watched UK road safety video portraying the horrendous consequences of using a mobile phone whilst driving.

In our second article “ Don’t be a Lemming, Drive Safely and be Safe in Northern Cyprusclick here this had included  a dash/cam video sent to us by a reader showing the mad risks that drivers are taking on TRNC roads and the reading of this article far exceeded the other articles. The video we published was played 833 times and I know the owner of the video has told me it has been played 2 to 3 times more than 833 plays where he has shared it.

Morbid curiosity or what?

No doubt most of us could be guilt y of taking a chance when driving but that puts others at risk. Last week I was driving westward in the evening and as I was driving across the Pia Bella roundabout in Girne, a woman driving a white sports saloon drove in front of me from the left. Not uncommon you might say!

The real scary fact was that there was a child in the rear of the car standing up with its head out of the offside  window. Can you imagine if I had not been driving with due care and attention, that child could have been badly injured if I had collided with the car driving dangerously in front of me and worse still killed or even decapitated.  I wish I had a dash-cam in my vehicle as this incident could have been recorded.

What was that lady be thinking of. “Ohhhh I think I can beat this vehicle coming from the right”, and dashing forward just like the Lemmings.

Driving with due care and attention plus acting responsibly is a must for any driver who drives any form of vehicle on TRNC roads and a concerned reader sent us his views of an article published in a local TRNC newspaper which again highlights the need for everyone to act responsibly when driving…..  Continue reading

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North Cyprus – Charity – Events in Aid of CESV (Civil Emergency Service Volunteers)

Events in Aid of CESV

(Civil Emergency Service Volunteers)

By Laurence Floyd …..

Many of you based full time here in TRNC will be aware that the Children in Need Foundation is being wound up, and as such ceased operating at the end of last year (2016).Children in need foundation

With the amazing support of Supper Club attendees and many others we were able to achieve and fulfil most of our objectives focused on improving the lives of needy children here in the TRNC, and Delia and I are both very proud of our involvement with Mally Torris and the rest of the team over the last 8 years.

However, life goes on, and we have agreed to support Steve Collard’s CESV new logo smlteam at the CESV (Civil Emergency Service Volunteers), the guys in the orange jackets who do a wonderful job instructing in first aid practise for both schoolchildren and adults. In particular we are keen to support their initiative aimed at schools with respect to road accident prevention….a very topical matter on an ongoing basis here in the TRNC.

There will be 1 Supper Club event only in 2017 – Wed June 21st, at our favourite venue, the Colony Garden, and featuring the Funky Weekend show…a group of amazing singers who deliver a really up tempo show designed to get you dancing from the off!

On Saturday September 16th 2017 we will be bringing the Beatles show ‘BeatleMania‘ to the Girne Amphitheatre, together with support, for a truly memorable night out singing and dancing to some of the finest music ever created.

More details to follow in due course.

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North Cyprus – Classic Film Evenings at The Food Lodge in Catalköy – February 2017

Classic Film Evenings

at The Food Lodge in Catalköy

February 2017

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 February.

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 winter is 6:30 pm, reservation only!

Get more information about The Food Lodge – click here!


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Words of the Week 02/2017 – Meryl Streep

Words of the Week 02/2017

Meryl Streep

meryl-streepMary Louise “Meryl” Streep (born June 22, 1949) is an American actress and singer. Cited in the media as the “best actress of her generation” – a designation she objects to – Streep is particularly known for her versatility in her roles, transformation into the characters she plays, and her accent adaptation. She made her professional stage debut in The Playboy of Seville in 1971, and in 1976 received a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Play for A Memory of Two Mondays/27 Wagons Full of Cotton. She made her screen debut in the 1977 television film The Deadliest Season, and made her film debut later that same year in Julia. In 1978, she won an Emmy Award for her role in the miniseries Holocaust, and received her first Academy Award nomination for The Deer Hunter. Nominated for 19 Academy Awards in total, Streep has more nominations than any other actor or actress; she won Best Supporting Actress for Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), and Best Actress for Sophie’s Choice (1982) and The Iron Lady (2011).


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Chef´s Choice – Turkish Cuisine – Lamb Meat Balls with Apricots

Chef´s Choice – Turkish Cuisine

Lamb Meat Balls with Apricots

turkish-flagTurkish cuisine is largely the continuation of Ottoman cuisine, which in turn borrowed many elements from Central Asian, Caucasian, Jewish, Middle Eastern, Greek and Balkan cuisines.

Turkish cuisine varies across the country. The cooking of Istanbul, Bursa, Izmir, and rest of the Aegean region inherits many elements of Ottoman court cuisine, with a lighter use of spices, a preference for rice over bulgur, köftes and a wider availability of vegetable stews (Türlü), eggplant, stuffed dolmas and fish. The cuisine of the Black Sea Region uses fish extensively, especially the Black Sea anchovy (hamsi) and includes maize dishes. The cuisine of the southeast (e.g. Urfa, Gaziantep, and Adana) is famous for its variety of kebabs, mezes and dough-based desserts such as Baklava, Söbiyet, Kadayıf, and Künefe.


  • apricots-dried500g lean lamb, minced
  • 8 dried apricots, finely chopped
  • 50g breadcrumbs
  • 2 red onions, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 tspn ground cumin
  • 2 tspn ground coriander
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 10 g fresh mint leaves, finely chopped


Heat 2 tbsp of olive oil in a pan and cook the onions until softened. Add garlic and spices and gently cook for a few minutes more. Set half of the onion mix aside in a bowl to cool.

turkish-recipes-lamb-meatballs-with-apricotAdd the tomatoes and a pinch of sugar to the rest of the onions and simmer uncovered for a while until liquid has reduced a bit.

In the meantime, add the minced lamb, apricots, breadcrumbs and mint to the bowl with the cooled onions, season with salt and freshly ground pepper to your taste and knead thoroughly with your moistened hands. Shape the mixture into 3-4 centimeters diameter meatballs.

Heat another 2 tbsp of olive oil in a non-stick pan and fry the meatballs until browned. Stir in the tomato/onion sauce and simmer everything covered for a few mins until the meatballs are cooked through.

Goes well with bulgur or rice, or simply with fresh white bread and salad.

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