September 11th

The weather is clearly cooling down now and getting much more comfortable, especially at night. Today being Thursday, Joan is off to her Aqua Aerobics at the Habana Pool Bar this morning. She finishes this at 11.30, so I had agreed to collect Barbara and go there and have a quick lunch, before the three of us nipped over the border to get cat food etc.

The lunch consisted of a full English Breakfast, bacon, egg, 2 x sausages, mushrooms, grilled tomatoe, baked beans + a slice of toast. A real feast at only 10 TL (£2.85) at today’s exchange rate, but we did have to buy a coffee or tea. Eat your heart out over there in UK

We had our lunch and then did the shopping and where back home by 18.30, shopping done and no need to worry about eating this evening.

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September 7th

Not a day to go to church, just a little late rising today after a wonderful night. At least it gave me the chance to look at liesure at the weekly English language newspaper.

Remember the problem I identified the other week about making sure that everything is in joint names. This includes cars, bank accounts, your property etc. There is another case of a widow being denied access to her husband’s bank account or his pension until in this case an enquiry has taken place as to the manner of his death. Had the account been in joint names then she would have had access in her own right. We also have another friend who cannot drive the car until probate is completed, if it had been in joint names the problem would not exist. So think carefully folks, think about getting out of that habit of “his and hers” which is so common in UK, it could make life very difficult here.

Two more kiled in fatal crashes this week. One was in fact a hit and run, where the driver had a false eye and defective sight in the other. Begs the question, How did he get a driving licence ? But then again maybe he just didn’t have one and what did he say to his insurance company. The other accident reported as usual saying the diver lost control of the wheel. Always the same excuse, I wonder why? Take a look at this You Tube link it spells out a great problem here in TRNC.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/JHixeIr_6BM?rel=0&autoplay=1&iv_load_policy=3

 

Lots more talk about the so called talks about bringing the island together. one politician is suggesting that too many people are profitering off the Cyprus problem to want a solution. The TRNC President has come out in the open about the walkout in July by the South’s President, apparantly he wanted to start new negotiations, ignoring resolutions already agreed, saying, No this is how it’s going to be !  The UN have appointed a new envoy to Cyprus, presumably because the old one was either time expired or threw his hat in. They have only been talking solution for 40 years, so why stop now ?

 

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September 9th

We had booked, with eight others, for “The Last Night of the Proms” to be shown on the big screen at The Wild Duck Cafe. This was organised by the local branch of the RBL and the idea was to take our own snacks and make a sort of picnic of it. Doors open officially at 1830 hours and tables booked in advance some weeks ago. We got there at 1840 to find that our table was right at the farthest point from the screen and the speakers.  A later investigation showed that table 14, our number, was nowhere near numbers 12 & 13 so clearly somebody had been doing a little shuffling, it also came out that tere were far more tickets sold by The Wild Duck than originally intended. So the end result was a dissapointing night but good company anyway. Shame about the music missed.

Joan and I will check with the lady at The Wild Duck, who sorted the tables, in the near future to find out how she allocated them.

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September 6th

Joan and I had been invited to a wedding this evening. This was held at The House, which is opposite The Colony Hotel in Girne. In fact The House is owned by The Colony and is used for functions, in fact we have booked to see a show there later in the month.

The wedding venue was all rigged out with stage and special place for the registrar to conduct the ceremony.

A  general view of the venue as prepared for the occasion.

A general view of the venue as prepared for the occasion.

The invite to this wedding was issued by Tony from Tiga Trading, a motor dealer whom we have known since 2002. He has twin daughters and this one Šebnen is the first of the two to get married, although her twin sister is engaged but not ready to take the final plunge yet. The two made a grand entrance and in local style walked down the central isle together to be met by the Registrar.

The groom and his bride.

The groom and his bride.

The whole family was gathered in a floral tent to be present at the official signing ceremony and as witnesses.

The bride and groom, the registrar and also the brides twin sister at tyhe signing.

The bride and groom, the registrar and also the brides twin sister at the signing.

 

 

 

 

 

Turkish Cypriot weddings are a totally different style to our English weddings. You get an invite to the wedding such as we had and this includes an opportunity to attend the whole thing and afterwards drinks and snacks. The alternative sort of invite is please come along and congratulate the couple and of course be prepared to put money in the pot. This is known by us expats as ” pin & p*** off wedding” because you just get a very small momento of the event, but help to swell the couples opening bank account. The idea is to go to lots of these style weddings, so that when your turn comes, many will come and help celebrate yours.

See what we mean by a queue forming to wish the couple well.

See what we mean by a queue forming, to wish the couple well.

Obviously this was a wedding from a well to do business family and we estimated that there were 400 like us, at the full official event and once the queue started forming of well wishers this went on for a full two hours. Tony was a very happy man and thorouhly enjoyed the whole evening and made it very clear that this was an occasion to show off his family and express his love for them all.

Tony talking to the other twin

Tony talking to the other twin

Proof that I can dance with the rest of them. Along side him is his business partner.

Proof that I can dance with the rest of them. Along side him is his business partner.

Father and daughter enjoying their time together on this special occasion.

Father and daughter enjoying their time together on this special occasion.

This was a tremendous night with music, dancing food and drink a plenty. Everybody there had a super time and the whole evening climaxed in the bringing in of the wedding cake. We didn’t hang around for a slice of that as it was already midnight so time to go home to bed.

Ahmet looked as if he had been enjoying the drink. Could be that knife might be dangerous for him.

Ahmet looked as if he had been enjoying the drink. Could be that knife might be dangerous for him.

 

 

 

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September 5th

Small group only for our Friday night eat out. Anne and Pat are away on the Anglo Turkish Association trip to the Silk Road. So only seven of us went to The Blue Song on the Lapta Strip this evening. This place is quite busy as of course it is high season now. The food quality is good and reasonably priced and the staff friendly. So a good enjoyable evening together with friends.

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September 3rd

Haven’t made any comments about last Saturday paper yet. Must have been the excitment of our anniversery!!

More speed cameras on our roads. The authorities seem to think that if they can slow people down they will control peoples driving habits. Some 10 months ago they introduced point to point speed cameras on the dual carriageway, east of Lefkosa and in that 10 months they have caught 900 drivers breaking the speed laws, on what is a very busy road, leading out to the airport. Now they are going to put these point to point cameras on the Girne by-pass and on the Girne to Lefkosa road. Add to this the fact that they are targetting around 1 dozen other locations around the country. Officials have been sent to Holland to see how these things really work. This is going to cost and will it solve the problem and reduce the accidents. In the same newspaper there are reports of two major accidents, where as usual it is reported, “the driver lost control of the wheel”. Couldn’t possibly be a mobile phone, or driving with one arm hanging out of the window, a sort of air con. The air blows up one arm on a short sleeve shirt and out the other side.

There are reports of authorities having a blitz on stray dogs. Not before time really but the new legislation on compulsary chipping of dogs, has caused a different problem. We can’t afford that, so we will just throw the dogs out. Also local authorities are required to check that the microchips have been inserted. Our friend Andrew has told me of two very large Kanga dogs near him, about the size of a shetland pony with very large sharp teeth., chained up and fed occasinally. Now show me the local authority man who is going to go up to them saying, “Nice dog, just let me check the back of your neck”. No way, if he has ant sense.

One of the TRNC’s worst droughts. Nine out of 17 reservoirshave run dry whilst levels in the remaing reservoirs are running low. If we don’t get rain soon the problem will get worse. Maybe there is some money left to pipe the water from Turkey around the island.

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September 1st

Got a call from Tiga Motors today reminding me that my Honda CRV is due MOT and a full service. This prompted us to go back to thinking, why do we need such a big car as a second vehicle. Mostly I am in it alone for 90% of the time so we have for some time thought maybe sell it and buy something smaller. The problem is that dealers don’t really want to take in a big car against a smaller one, so if anybody wants a full specification CRV, from 2008 with only 67,000 kms on the clock and full service history, please contact me on 0533 868 8579, or by leaving a comment here below.

Just a thought if anybody is interersted. There are dealers selling for £17,500 the same model and age. We would accept £15k for a private sale.

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August 29th.

Our 34th wedding anniversary today. Six years ago, on my 70th birthday, I had done a Tandem Paragliding thing off the mountain here, together with my mate from UK, Les who was out here to help me celebrate. About 1 year after that, Joan had also done the same thing together with Anne and they had raised church sponsorship. Ever since that she had always said that she wanted to do it again, so un-beknTheown to me she had booked it for this morning, quite a surprise but a pleasant one.

All kitted out to jump off, weel at least walk off the edge.

All kitted out to jump off, well at least walk off the edge.

The guy on the left is my French pilot and the one on the right is Osman, Joan’s pilot.

After we had taken off we could see Joan and Osman quite clearly but did not reralise they were taking pictures of us. It really is quite exhilarating up there

After Joan took off her pilot was taking picks of us following.

After Joan took off her pilot was taking pics of us following.

and it is only when you see the pictures, that you realise just how high you are.

Through a web of control cords.

Through a web of control cords.

Joan was having a great deal of fun up there and in this picture you can see Karmi in the back ground, high up the mountain. Also there was some light cloud up there and my guy insisted on flying up into it. Very strange feeling, you see it many times out of an airplane window but actually trying to touch it is something else.

You can see the village of Karmi, top left in the picture.

You can see the village of Karmi, top left in the picture.

My turn now to give you a view of Karmi from way up here, but also let you see what a guy on a jetski can do out here.

A thumbs up from me too.

A thumbs up from me too.

These jetskis operate out of Escape Beach and somtimes I worry about the contol. Clearly there is not the same sort of rules as in Europe and nobody to monitor them.

See the ever decreasing circle down there. With a bit of luck he will disappear up his own........

See the ever decreasing circle down there. With a bit of luck he will disappear up his own……..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the evening, to complete the celebrations of our anniversary, we went down to…”You guessed it… The Cabin, with ten others to enjoy a great balmy evening meal right alongside the beach area.

The long table along the beach area at The Cabin.

The long table along the beach area at The Cabin.

Of course Andrew just had to take my camera to record the happy couple. Thirty four seems a lot of years, but they have been good ones and long may we continue to enjoy.

A glass of red and a VAT help the world go round.

A glass of red and a VAT help the world go round. What is that glass of water doing there?

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August 27th

Fired up the new tablet this morning, but after 1 or 2 hours it started to play up by disconnecting APS etc and then I could not get Google and therefore no e-mails.Very dissapointing, seems like a faulty one. I called the company supplying, explained the difficulty of getting stuff delivered out here and that if I managed to find somebody going home to UK this coming weekend, I could do a pre-paid postage thing but didn’t know how long it would be before I could find an address for somebody to bring a replacement. On this basis, I asked for a refund in to our UK account, so hopefully that will happen and then I can start again.

We do have George and Susan coming to stay with us in just over 2 weeks time so providing I get the refund and can get another tablet to them, I should be able to start playing again. Watch this space.

Having spoken to Andrew this morning, he said he had a friend, who works for Royal Mail in the Liverpool sorting office and he was going back next Sunday. The ideal person, if he is willing to take the parcel.

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August 26th

After the aqua aerobics thingy this morning at Cabin Beach, Joan went off for a girlie day out to the South. When they came back, she had bought nothing but a few bottles of Whiskas cat milk and as they had a very light lunch, we both went down to The Cabin for dinner. Much more fun than a girlie day out.

Roger called me this evening as they had just arrived back from the UK and he had brought my new tablet. He knew I would want to play a.s.a.p., so is bringing round tomorrow morning. Look forward to that.

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