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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The Cyprus Talks – What’s it all been about and where is it going?

The Cyprus Talks

What’s it all been about and where is it going?

By Chris Elliott……..

Having lived in Northern Cyprus for a number of years it’s not surprising that I should develop an understanding and sympathy for the Turkish Cypriot plight and more so when you realise that their blood line goes back to the Ottomans who arrived here in 1571 from Turkey and ruled the island that remained part of the Ottoman Empire until it was ceded to Britain in 1878. During this period the Ottomans sent a sizeable Anatolian Turkish population to the island and some other nationalities who had also settled here on the island also adopted the muslim faith and became what would be considered  to be “Turkish Cypriots”.

So what has all the problems in Cyprus been about and when did it start and by who?

During the Ottoman rule the first unrest started with  many Greek Cypriots supporting the Greek independence effort that began in 1821 and this led to severe reprisals by the Ottoman Empire. When Greece became independent in 1829, many Greek Cypriots sought the incorporation of Cyprus into Greece, but it remained part of the Ottoman Empire.

Following the First World War, Britain declared the complete annexation of Cyprus into the British Empire in 1914 as the Ottomans had aligned themselves with central powers in WW1. The colony of British Cyprus was proclaimed a decade later, in 1925.

The United Kingdom granted the independence of Cyprus in 1959 following the Cyprus Emergency period of 1955 to 1959 which saw a terrorist campaign by the Greek Cypriot military group EOKA to remove the British from Cyprus so it could be unified with Greece.

The process of independance started in 1959 when the United Kingdom granted independence of Cyprus with an agreement conference by both Cypriot community leaders with Britain, Turkey and Greece that declared the Republic of Cyprus on 16 August 1960 with Greek Cypriot Archbishop Makarios III being elected the first president of independent Cyprus with Turkish Cypriot Fazıl Küçük, the  Vice President with extensive veto rights and in  1961 the Republic of Cyprus became the 99th member of the United Nations.

Makarios speaking at the Treaty of Guarantee in 1960 meeting.

With a revival of EOKA activities and renewed intercommunal fighting in 1963 the Turkish Cypriot officials of the Republic of Cyprus in protest at the changes being made to the constitution, withdrew from their state positions including the position of the Vice President.

The United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) was established in Cyprus under United Nations Security Council Resolution 186 in 1964 to prevent a recurrence of fighting following intercommunal violence between the Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots and to contribute to the maintenance and restoration of law and order.

The Akritas plan click here was created in 1963 by the Greek Cypriot part of the Republic of Cyprus government with the ultimate aim of weakening the Turkish Cypriot (ethnic Turks living in the Eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus) and then uniting Cyprus with Greece. The desired union of Greek Cypriots with Greece was referred to as Enosis…….  Continue reading

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North Cyprus – Reviews – Alistair’s “Random Rambles” (40)


Alistair’s “Random Rambles” (40)

KathyBy Kathy Martin…

Written November 2014

I recently read in the UK press that a 75 (yes, 75!) year old pensioner has not been taken to court to face the charge of “causing racially or religiously aggravated harassment, alarm or distress”! Really, Caruthers we absolutely must bring back hanging!

spainThe pensioner’s “heinous” offence apparently occurred when he was departing from Stansted airport to fly to Spain for a holiday.

During the security procedures before boarding the aircraft he was asked to remove his shoes. While complying with this request he is reported to have asked “I am not a Muslim, am I”? I don’t know if his tone was jocular or irascible, but one of the security guards called him a racist and called the police because he, (the security guard), was “upset by the remark”!

Although the pensioner was allowed to go on his holiday, he was arrested and charged on his return to the UK. From that time onward, the pensioner lived under the cloud and stress of an impending court case. The time span between his arrest and his not being put on trial is reported to be “over 200” days.

In other words his “cloud and stress” lasted for 7 months! In fact, according to the press report, the CPS (Crown Prosecution Service) only “dropped” the case the day before he was due to appear in court! The reason for not proceeding with the case was stated as “lack of evidence”!……  Continue reading

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