September 20th

Today is the day of the BRS Summer Ball. This time it has been organised at the new Merit Premier hotel and everyone hopes as it is outside that the weather holds. Our present events organiser has done her very best to make this an event to remember. Our friends, George and Susan will be with us and they remember past BRS events from the days when they lived here, so look forward to it all.

The terrace area all set out for us. Looks lovely.

The terrace area all set out for us. Looks lovely.

The evening entertainment is by Tuxedo Junction, a duo we have had at BRS events before, brilliant. The food and the service from the people at the Merit was very fine and everybody is saying we should use this hotel more often.

Another view of the terrace area and the people enjoying their food and wine.

Another view of the terrace area and the people enjoying their food and wine.

Joan was charged with selling raffle tickets, this is clearly her "come on, pay up" look.

Joan was charged with selling raffle tickets, this is clearly her “come on, pay up” look.

All in all a very enjoyable evening from which we made it home at gone 1 a.m. Probably give church a miss tomorrow, Too much wine and beerr and too much energy spent dancing. A great evening  and a good fund raiser for those beds needed in the local hospital.

Note that there were more ladies with the energy to dance !!

Note that there were more ladies with the energy to dance !!

Being Saturday, I did get a quick read of the local newspaper which had a headline saying “Homes Left Dry After Debt Spat”. Now this time we were one of those homes. The local council have been having an argument about who should pay the electric bill for the pumps which keep us supplied with water in our storage tanks. The Electricity Company are finally getting stroppy about unpaid bills and are cutting off supply, in the case of our municipality, they are believed to owe 6 million TL, which is over £1.5 million. We are supposed to be getting water reconnected on Monday and this will be followed by meetings to resolve the situation. We are not the only municipality in trouble, but common sense would have started this row long ago and it would have been long ago resolved. Common sense doesn’t always prevail here, but you get used to it.

The water from Turkey is planned for just 70 days time. This will not resolve the above problem but will be the starter, we hope for no more major shortages. Even if and when it does arrive, the infra structure to get it out to us, still needs to be completed.

Remember me mentioning a couple of weeks ago, that a woman had been attacked on her way back from the beach bar to her home. Well she has finally decided to file charges against the attacker who has been identified. She did not file charges originally because she was wrongly advised that to do so would be at her expense. No doubt we will eventually get to hear more.

There have been demonstrations for tougher traffic laws. We might say at last, because on the same page there is a report of another head on collision. Once again the driver lost control of his vehicle, don’t you ever wonder why?

 

 

 

 

 

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September 19th

Joan and I went off to Aqua Aerobics first thing this morning, probably almost getting to the end of these sessions now as by the time we get back from Holland, on 8th October, the sea might be a bit colder !!!!

Afterwards we quickly went home for a shower and then took George and Susan with us round to Anne Chalis’s home as it is her birthday and she was having a little bash. Also it meant that they were introduced to them in advance of tomorrow night’s BRS do, when we will be sitting on their table. Anne is of course Sec to the BRS so always has a committee table.

In the evening we gathered at the cabin but due to a stomach bug that is doing the rounds now, we where reduced down to only six of us. Still an enjoyable evening with good food and company.

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September 17th

George and Susan had brought over my new Android Tablet, so whilst everybody went out and about, I had a grand day finding out how things worked. Been looking forward to this for a couple of weeks now. I bought an Asus MeMo pad which had some very good reviews, so hopefully I will enjoy the using. The idea is that it is a better travelling companion than a laptop. I’ll let you know when I have worked it all out, maybe I need to borrow a 9 year old from someplace to show me how.

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September 16th

Joan and I went to the lunch at Acmenya restaurant, organised by Jewel as a celebration of John’s life. As I have said before he will be missed by many of us but today was a time to remember the good times we had together, such as that wonderful China Trip where together with Pat & Bryan we traveled to Beijing, Xian, Shanghai and had a Yangtze river cruise, back in 2007.

John & Jewel in a Chinese Rickshaw.

John & Jewel in a Chinese Rickshaw.

Bryan, Joan, Pat & John enjoying a huge, wonderful Chinese meal.

Bryan, Joan, Pat & John enjoying a huge, wonderful Chinese meal.

It is the keepsake of lovely pictures like this that help us all to remember the good times.

In the evening our visitors, George and Susan arrived. We had bought a large cottage pie from Jacqui on the market last Saturday so this heated up with a can of beans and a few beers made a very tasty supper. It is good to see these two again.

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September 14th

Church this morning as it was our turn to do tea and coffee afterwards down in the church hall. Not really very busy yet as there are still many people in UK, getting away from the summer heat. we actually made it home by around 1.30 and were able to complete preparations for George and Susan’s visit which commences on Tuesday next.

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September 13th

Saturday again and this week the Cyprus Today tells us that there is a “Disney Park” plan for the TRNC.  A plan has been submitted for a 100,000 sq m development to the East of Lefkosa, near to Ercan airport. The company behind the project says it is waiting for the TRNC government to allocate land and to grant the permissions so that they can start the project. It is hoped that the completed park would create 300 jobs. I suppose we have to wait and see if this comes to fruition.

Ex-pats in TRNC are being targeted by e-mail bank fraudsters it is claimed. It is suggested that People are being asked for account information and transfer details. One ex-pat is said to be claiming a considerable sum because he was conned by these e-mails. The banks are recommending  individuals to be very careful with their internet security, but my understanding has always been that you do not take mail of this sort on face value and self protection is paramount.

The annual Pantomime, planned for early December is having to be cancelled as the mayor of Girne has plans for the redevelopment of the theatre so there is for the time being, no place to rehearse and no theater for the show. Shame really we always enjoyed the performance.

Some of the local municipalities are saying that dogs should be housed whilst strays are gathered up. This is a spin off from the compulsory microchips and registration procedures introduced.Can’t say we would be unhappy if it happens in Lapta, as being woken at 4 and 5 i the morning by dogs shouting at one another is not our idea of fun.

Joan and I had a quiet evening in today, we are sort of preparing ourselves for our Holland visit at the end of the month.

 

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September 12th

Sad news today. Our friend John Pearce died in the early hours of the morning. A blessing really for both him and Jewel as there was no hope of a recovery and he had suffered long enough. Unfortunately we only found out late in the afternoon when we telephoned to enquire how he was, only to be told that they were on their way back from the funeral. It seems that Jewel had sent an e-mail round to inform but ours had gone back to her as an incorrect address and she had not realised it. The funeral was organised very quickly as their two daughters needed to get their flights back to UK.

There is to be a gathering to celebrate his life, at Acmenya restaurant next Tuesday at midday, so we will go to that.

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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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