Once we had surfaced this morning we went over to Lefkosa after breakfast (brunch, I think) to see Omac about his villa here.We need to get some sort of decisions out of him about the pool, outside decorating etc, prior to next year. The pool in particular is a problem as the balance tank is leaking and needs to be drained completely and the re coated to waterproof standard.
Al;so, whilst we are in UK, at the end of this month, Omac wants me to go up to London and meet with the bankers and solicitors about his London flat. There appears to be some problems over the contract that have never been resolved, probably because the original UK solicitor involved, was struck off a few years ago. Have to meet first with his solicitor here and get authority to act on his behalf. Should be an interesting day out.
Joan wanted to walk across the border to Debenhams, so we were able to do that whilst in Lefkosa. She was also able to read me a few of the interesting points in the Saturday paper whilst on the way over. The major front page article refers to the monopoly that the two mobile phone companies here have. It appears that there is a sneaky 10% rise in charges being imposed by both companies, at the same date. Not much we can do about that, as the chances of ever getting a land-line are about zero. Many have said for years that they should allow a third mobile company to operate and that would stimulate competition, which could mean operations similar to those you have in UK. Can’t see that happening soon, so in the meantime we are grateful for Skype operations when making overseas calls.
The Greek Cypriots have put forward a list of the TRNC villages they want in the event of a settlement. When you read this list, I would imagine that the government here would immediately say “No Way”. I think that they have just further jeopardised any chance of a Federal settlement. Maybe there is some sort of plan in their thinking. A protest letter about the latest stand-off in the Cyprus Peace talks is to be handed to the United Nations by officials of the Association of Turkish Cypriots Abroad, next Tuesday. The letter, addressed to the U N Secretary General, is asking the world body to take a fresh look at the Cyprus issue in light of the Greek Cypriot recent withdrawal from the talks. The letter will draw attention to the need for a two state solution because of the continued breakdown of all proposed plans for a Federal solution. The letter will also highlight other issues, such as the injustices faced by Turkish Cypriots, the launch of false Greek Cypriot propaganda against them and calls for international human rights laws to be implemented and an end to the isolation of Northern Cyprus. Surely, after all these years, people in authority must see that a two state solution is the only one possible.
The hunting season has started again. This will occur every Sunday from now to the end of the year. It is a big sport here but also results, every year, in more stray dogs at the beginning of the New Year. One would wonder about things here, when another article appears in the same newspaper, saying “Dog Chipping Not Enforced” . This article suggests that local authorities are not being responsible for their actions and have not submitted lists of registered animals. My feeling is that local people are not prepared to pay the costs of chipping and registering, so it will always remain a problem.
This evening, Joan and I watched a DVD, lent by a friend, which was three episodes of the film Cilla. Amazing, I saw details of clubs such as The Cabin, that I used to go to in my student days. An excellent film that also brought back memories of very happy days in my Liverpool home. In addition we considered the film to be extremely good.