Hot, hot, hot and we have new guests in the Omac villa this evening so we needed to make sure everything was ready, arrival time supposed to be 2055 in Ercan, then collect the hire car and meet up with us at the end of the by-pass. Unfortunately the flight was 45 minutes late so that meant a late night all round.
We got them settled in around midnight, then came back home and finished the bottle of wine we had started at dinner. Well you need to have something to wash the night pills down with. Lets hope they are happy in there for the next two weeks.
Oh yes, there is yesterday’s newspaper to deal with:-
“AGA BUYERS TO RECEIVE THEIR HOMES”. The lead paragraph says that a planned amendment to the TRNC’s citizenship regulations is set to provide a historic solution to one of the country’s thorniest property problems. Some 10 years ago, an English guy named Gary Robb operated a developers business here and for some unknown reason was given citizenship. Must have been in the days when the government stationers still had a stock of brown envelopes. Buyers in the Amaranta Development lost hundreds of thousands of pounds and then Gary Robb was sent back to UK where he is doing time for drug related crimes. He was then stripped of his citizenship and it is this which is now allowing the current government to act. Unfortunately the homes were never actually built bot the original buyers may be able to salvage something out of the mess. Only time will tell.
The country’s first ever “Heist” took place this last week. Gunmen seized 3 million TL by ambushing a hire car being used to take the money from the Cooperative Central Bank to a branch in Guzelyurt. The bank is saying that the money is insured but they are conducted an investigation as to whether proper procedures were adhered to. Should there have been a police escort for example.
What news of the talks re integration between the North and the South. Not much I think as the Greek Cypriot leader stormed out of the meeting this last week. Apparently proposals by both sides were read out at the meeting, 17 by the GC side and 15 by the TC side. At a point where 7 of the proposals were to be agreed the GC leader said that things favoured the TC side too much and he stormed out. I think I said a couple of weeks ago, that the talks were dead in the water so maybe that was right. 60 years and still they talk and try to put blame on each other.