Another Saturday in paradise…..Take a look at these pics after the huge storm we had during the night.
Take a look at this pile of hailstones
- Looks just like snow
Big round hailstones, no wonder it was noisy during the night.
Next doors pool, which I emptied last Saturday
Last night, with the usual Friday gang, we went to the Veni Vici restaurant here in Lapta. we have not been here for some time and I said to Joan we should go more often as the food was lovely. They do an “Early Bird” special, where you get two courses for 25 TL, plus of course your drinks, but Joan and I never seem to eat that early, which is wrong, so maybe we will take them up on that soon. Nadine, one of the owners, collared me as e were leaving because some time ago I criticised them for charging 12 TL for a basket of bread, when you can buy a whole loaf for 1.25TL, probably a bit too critical because the food is superb.
Items of interest in the Saturday Cyprus Today. One headline suggests a crackdown on UK health care. This suggests that patients will be required to prove their nationality when registering with a UK GP in a new cost cutting exercise, which could affect expats living in TRNC. Pilot initiatives will require GPs to demand a valid European Health Insurance Card showing residency in either the UK or another EU country. The whole thing stinks. We have paid for years and years into a system but even if we were in UK on holiday we would not be entitled to GP services in UK, whilst migrant workers go into UK, get an address, sometimes with the rent being paid by the state, and can register and claim full health care. A bit like being denied heating allowance because last September it was warm here. (See pics above)
The TRNC Civil Services Trade Union is calling for a stoppage between the hours of 9 am and 3.30 pm on Monday next. This is about pay and working hours and you need to be aware of the extent of trade union control here in TRNC, bit like to old days in UK. The workers should be aware of the heavy criticism of the hours they spend just sitting around drinking coffee, getting inflated wages and pensions for doing very little work
An expat couple have gone back to the UK this weekend as a result of losing badly in one of the Gary Robb scandals. They had paid a £52 K deposit on one of his houses, lodged their contract with the land registry and paid stamp duty on their purchase back in 2004. Their property was auctioned off in 2013 for 510,000 TL (around £145,000) because Gary Robb had failed to pay the original land owner. They have now been told that the original auction was “normal” and they were not entitled to any compensation despite their contract being registered in line with the 2008 Estate Agents Law. So there is a lesson in there. Buyer beware, if you are not Turkish Cypriot and something goes wrong, it would appear that you are granted no legal rights. The decision is what can only be called a travesty of justice and despite all the TRNC governments promises that they will sort out the property problems, they have now decreed that the buyers, in this case, should be liable for the vendors tax debts. That cannot be legally right, anyplace in the world, except the TRNC.
The foundations have this week, been laid for a massive Ercan Airport expansion. An existing runway extension, a second runway capable of handling the big 300 seater planes and a huge new terminal, are to be constructed. The upgrade is due to be completed within 3 years. Somebody clearly knows more about what is going to happen here and the comments during our meeting last Tuesday, seem more valid than ever.