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PEARL ROCK BAND

Charity Event to raise funds for Tulips - Help those with Cancer Charity

The Almond Sports Lounge in Alsancak - 24th February 2012

The next important date for Pearl fans' diaries is the 24th February when Pearl will be performing at the Almond Sports Lounge in Alsancak. Surprisingly, this is only the second charity fund-raiser that Pearl have done on the Western side of the Girne, but West-siders are set to see a lot more of them this year because the Almond Sports Lounge have agreed to stage regular charity fund-raising events for Pearl who as usual, will be performing free to help raise funds for various local charities.
The Almond Sports Lounge is a very special venue which is well-designed and appointed and gives guests a feeling of elegance and sophistication. The purpose-built stage and sound system enables musicians to perform without any fold-back sound because they can hear themselves clearly through the built-in sound system. This guarantees that the resulting sound is as good as it can be. The audience listens to the sound through exactly the same sound system as the musicians - for the audience, it is almost like being on stage with the musicians.
The ability to show all the major sporting events on large flat screen TVs in High Definition and the facility to show several live English Premier League, European or, International football games simulataneously, means that the Almond Sports Lounge is already a very popular venue in Alsancak.
Pearl believe that their charity fund-raising events at the Almond will be very well attended and are looking forward to performing for the Almond's existing clientelle and West-side Pearl fans who, haven't been able to see Pearl since last year.
This year, a photographer will be attending all Pearl's charity fund-raising events and taking pictures of the band and the audience. An on-line picture album has been created where all these pictures will be published together with other important information and announcements. People will be able to add comments to the pictures and publish their comments about the event.
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769TL Raised for Tulips

300TL Donated by the Almond Sports Lounge and a further 469TL donated by the audience. Well done to everyone !
What a Fantastic Night and a Brilliant Result for Tulips - Well Done to Everyone !
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The walls and floor were vibrating! Oh what a night it was!

by: Margaret Sheard
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I had never been to the Almond Village complex before and when I entered the Sports Lounge I was very surprised at what an incredible place the Sports Lounge is, the décor and layout is superb with subdued lighting, swirling lights, and images on TV screens. Glasses with dips and popcorn were put on the tables, a nice touch. This gig was in aid of Help Those with Cancer Association - Tulips with Pearl playing for this charity as they have done so many times before and they are now registered with them through Paul Alldred, the drummer. It was very well attended and the room was full to capacity.
My partner said this was a memory trip for him as it took him back to those days when as a "Mod" he toured Soho venues including the Marquee, Scene and Pink Flamingo as well as going to Hammersmith Palais and The Locarno in The Strand. His greatest claim to fame is being picked by Patrick Kerr and Cathy McGowan to appear as a dancer and crowd member on Ready Steady Go which was great as one of his all-time favourite singers, the late Dusty Springfield, was appearing on this show.
Pearl arrived and started things going and before long the walls and floor were vibrating with the sound of their music. It was not long before people were getting up and dancing to the music. There was an additional member with the group last night, a young man playing saxophone who asked if he could join in with the Band, this was Ivan Kramor who came to North Cyprus from St Petersburg, Russia 2 years ago with his wife and son. After a short period of acquainting himself with the type of music the band were playing he fitted in very well and played some excellent stuff.
Dan did his extraordinary walk the walk to the popular "Another Brick in the Wall" during which the 2 sealed collection boxes provided by Tulips were taken around the audience for donations to this very worthy cause. The boxes will be taken to the Tulips' office on Monday and they will total up the collection and issue a receipt for the amount. As soon as this is known this will be published through our forum and the new Cyprus Observer.
Pearl have included a lot of different songs in their already excellent range so it was nice to hear some new songs, all performed so well. Everything they played received a huge round of applause and towards the end of the evening there were calls for more. The music and dancing went on well into the early hours and I think it could have gone on and on as everyone was enjoying themselves so much.
I am sure this will be the first of many appearances by Pearl at the Almond Village Sports Lounge in the future. Don't forget - Look at this article on Tuesday to see how much Pearl, the Rock Band, raised for Tulips.
The Gig - the Band's Perspective
Just before Pearl went on stage, they were approached by Ivan who asked them whether he could do some numbers with the band. Most artists, if approached in this way literally, at the last minute, would just 'flatly' refuse to allow someone to come in to perform with them, but not Pearl ! Why not let Ivan play and give the awaiting audience a night to remember !
Afterall, even though the numbers that Pearl perform have been arranged to suit a 4-man line-up (Drums, Bass, Keyboard, Guitar), some of the numbers that Pearl perform (Mustang Sally, Simply The Best) include memorable Saxaphone moments and solos and the chance to add that dimension to some of Pearl's numbers was a chance that just couldn't be missed.
Ivan and the band didn't let the audience down ! With the dance floor packed to capacity and the whole audience acting as back-up singers, the band performed Tina Turner's "Simply the Best" and the atmosphere was nothing less than euphoric ! They must have been able to hear it in Lapta !
Daniel's guitar solo to Pink Floyd's "The Wall" is always a treat for the audience. Daniel walks around the audience performing a 10-15 minute guitar riff with eager helpers manoeuvring his trailing guitar lead through the audience. These are closely followed by the box rattlers who tempt charitable donations from the audience for Tulips Cancer Charity. This time however, the audience got an extra treat in the form of Ivan and Daniel duelling musical riffs in the centre of the dance floor - professional 'musicianiary' at its absolute best ! When the number was over, the audience was 'still' stuffing their charitable donations into the Tulips' sealed and locked donation boxes - brilliant !
At this moment, the efforts of the back-up team, without who's help none of this would be possible, should be noted by everyone. Pearl's Charity fund raisers are a team effort with several dedicated people working behind the scenes ! On top of taking the pictures of the event, Chris and Margaret did exceptionally well in rattling the contribution boxes, but their tireless work didn't stop there. They then, returned home to write up their stories covering the event which can be read here and in several local newspapers - well done !
Everyone involved donates their time for free. No expences are taken, no money is spent out of the charitable contributions - on anything. All the money raised goes directly to Tulips. No back-pocket money changes hands between the band and the venue - the band perform freely as long as the venue makes a charitable donation which on this occasion, was 300TL.
Once Tulips have opened the boxes and counted the money, we will announce the total sum raised and the date and venue of the next gig.

PEARL ROCK BAND

Charity Event to raise funds for Tulips - Help those with Cancer Charity

Windy Hill Restaurant and Bar in Esentepe - 14th February 2012

As official, voluntary fund raisers for the Tulips Help those with Cancer Charity, Pearl Rock Band kicks off their 2012 charity fund-raising schedule with a Valentine's Night concert at the Windy Hill Restaurant and Bar in Esentepe.
Eighty booked diners are paying 20TL for a hot buffet meal and will be joined by others who will pay 5TL entrance fee on the night to hear Pearl play their favourite 60s, 70s and 80s rock classics - live !
The last Charity fund raising gig that Pearl did in Esentepe was a sell out too and is remembered by the band as one of the most enjoyable fund-raisers that they did during a year in which they helped to raise more than 20,000TL for worthy causes in Cyprus.
On that occasion, the venue was the Tumba Restaurant in Esentepe and 120 fans enjoyed the night's entertainment provided by Pearl, who only perform to raise funds for local charities and worthy causes in Cyprus.
Pearl's job is to ensure that everyone who attends one of their charity fund-raisers has a good time and on the night, their efforts will be focused on making this another memorable occasion for everyone and, apart from a brief interval at 10-15pm, mid-way through their performance, when a sealed Tulips collection box will follow Daniel around the tables during one of his legendary guitar solos, Pearl fans as usual, can expect to witness a 2+ hour, non-stop musical extravaganza.
Others in attendance, who also give up their time freely, will be helping to raise funds for Tulips by
visiting your table just before Pearl's performance begins at 9-15pm and tempting you to buy raffle tickets with the chance of winning one of several prizes that are included in the raffle.
Tulips will receive a minimum donation of 300TL from the Windy Hill Restaurant, but with donations from Daniel's guitar solo and the proceeds from the raffle, everyone is hoping, thanks to the generosity of the charitable people in the audience - without whose help none of this would be possible, that a substantial sum will be donated to Tulips.
Pearl's members put a lot of hard work and effort into preparing for and performing for a charitable cause and naturally, they want every event to be a success. This relies upon the support of their fans and the generosity of their audiences.
Audience satisfaction is one way of measuring success and Pearl is committed to making sure that everyone has a good time on the night. Another way is by the amount of money that is raised for charity. Pearl believe that people are prepared to give to charity as long as they are confident that their donations go to the charity and are being put to good use. In their fund-raising efforts, Pearl promotes complete transparency:
Donations are placed into sealed boxes supplied by the charity. The donation boxes are delivered to the charity who open them. The donations are counted and a Makbuz issued. A copy of the Makbuz is published on this web site.
What a Fantastic Night and a Brilliant Result for Tulips - Well Done to Everyone !
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Everyone had a good time and 1550.60TL was raised for Tulips

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I could describe what happened on the night, but instead, let me just invite our readers to look at the photo album. Happy smiling faces and here's the reason why.
Valentine's Day is a special day of the year. A day for couples to celebrate their love for each other. A day for a romantic night out, holding hands across the table, enjoying a meal at a favourite restaurant - dimly lit with ambient music and a lovely atmosphere.
Sounds wonderful so, why would more than a hundred people choose to line up together to enjoy one of Windy Hill's wonderful Hot Buffet Feasts - missing out on such a special night of the year for couples ? Simple, to help raise funds for Tulips (Helping Those With Cancer) - if there was 'ever' a worthy cause - this is it !
Tulips doesn't recognise race or, creed - just illness and need. They are a group of dedicated people who are doing their best to try and help everyone who walks through their door. The British Expatriate Community want to help Tulips because Tulips are helping everyone - including the British. Tulips don't need money for excessive administration costs or, remuneration packages or, unjustified overhead costs, they need money for expensive drugs and treatment to help cancer sufferers.
George Roper who is a long-time cancer sufferer and his team, have helped to raise many, many, many thousands of pounds for Tulips and he is the one who, largely, is responsible for the success of this fund-raising event. Pearl would like to publicly thank him for his fund-raising efforts on behalf of cancer sufferers in Cyprus and want him to know that whenever he needs free entertainment for a fund-raising event - Pearl will be there to help and support George and his team.
Everyone enjoys listening to music from their favourite musical genre and we all have our own different musical tastes. Listening to a live rock band hammering out heavy rock numbers for two hours is not everyone's cup of tea and that's not what Pearl is about. Pearl's band members just love playing music - any kind of music !
Playing from a repetoire of a hundred or, so numbers, Pearl plays the music that the audience want to hear. They don't work from a pre-prepared set list of ordered numbers. Of course, they do have a list of songs, but they only choose what they are going to play about 5 seconds before they begin to play it and they choose which song to play according to the circumstances and mood of the audience.
Windy Hill Valentine's Night Party Revellers were treated to an assortment of slow, quietly played love songs and smoochy numbers (perfect for Valentine's Night) eg: "Wonderful Tonight" which were mixed into some popular 'easy-to-dance-to' tunes eg: "Brown Eyed Girl", some very popular soft rock classics eg: "Living on a Prayer" and several blues guitar virtuosos eg: "Still Got the Blues" from Dan who, as usual, completed a 10 minute guitar solo (amazing the audience) raising 200TL for Tulips.
Pearl's band members really enjoyed doing this gig - the dance floor was full and the applause loud - why wouldn't they ?
Please help Pearl to help all the kind-hearted souls who freely give up their time to raise funds for worthy causes in Cyprus. To help, all that you need to do, is to come along to one of our fund-raising gigs and have a good time !
The next gig is at the Almond Sports Lounge in Alsancak and a bit further down the page, you can read all about that too.
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Burns Night 2012 - Lunch at the Old Grapevine Restaurant

by: Chris Elliott
Guys work hard and should relax with friends from time to time and this I do once a month when I go out to lunch and we sit and talk and put the world to rights.
From time to time we have a guest speaker who enthrals us with tales of sometimes dark deeds extraordinaire and mystery which lifts the soul and sends us home happy after a sumptuous meal and a wee tipple.
So this day we gathered to enjoy our feast and were regaled by our northern cousins from above Hadrian's Wall who had come south to teach the Taffys and Southerners the truth and mysterious wonder of Robbie Burns and the Burns Night Festivities.
Firstly we gathered in the castle keep and were served a selection of wee drams of the fiery liquid called whisky by a pretty maid. The Clan Chief regaled us with the secrets of 3 potions and sought to find our preferences. He said, look here ye Sassenachs, know it thus, our drink is not fit to drink for fifteen years unlike that heathen brandy that you quaff which is like water. Heads reeling we made our choices and retired to the banquet hall to take our place for the feast to come.
Again the Clan Chief regaled us with mysterious sayings of wondrous things and then having said a mystic prayer bid the feast to start. All now were hushed and standing tall in honour of the Haggis which was brought to the clan table with great honour by the Grand Chef. Many a salute and praise were made to the haggis whilst glasses were held high and when the sharp knife slashed deep into the haggis, we were all bid, be seated !
More tributes were made by the Liege Lord before we settled with great reverence to enjoy haggis, tatties and neeps. Now there followed, our chosen main course and tempting platters of smelly cheese or sweet offerings to complete the feast.
Suddenly the lights were dimmed and into the room with lantern in hand came, "Holy Willie" in his nightgown to recount his conversation with God and none dared speak until he had finished. What a wonderful event this rendition of Robert Burn's poem, "Holy Willie's Prayer" was, This poem was in commemoration of the church elder, Willie Fisher of the Parish church of Mauchine, in Ayrshire.
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Happy Days at Cheshire Homes

by: Chris Elliott
Cheshire Homes Press Release
2nd February 2012

We received today at 13.00pm a statement from Cheshire Home that we are sharing with our readers that are looking for answers and information.
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The Committee of Cheshire Home is working with all parties of the Festival 11 project to arrive at an auditable set of accounts. This has taken longer than expected, but we are confident in completing this task by 14th February.
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Friday 20th January was a happy day at Kyrenia Rehabilitation Centre (Cheshire Home) when many visitors came to call and to learn all about the centre, its needs and what help was needed.

First to arrive was Richard Frost the Chaplain of St Andrews Church together with his wife Jill and their friend Sally Birt. This was a visit of great joy for Richard as the Kyrenia Rehabilitation Centre was founded by a group of Turkish Cypriot and British volunteers, led by Canon Arthur Rider, the then vicar of St Andrew's Church together with founding President Attila Berberoğlu to provide help and facilities for physically handicapped people in North Cyprus.

Since it opened it has had up to 54 patients a week and was open for 5 days a week. Since then a Government institution has opened offering similar care and the Cheshire Home Centre now cares for 10 patients for 3 days during the week. Many have been with them for many years and it was great to see the friendship that existed between carers and patients. They also have many visitors including increasing numbers of expatriate patients seeking advice and physiotherapy treatment as well. The centre can also offer the loan of disability equipment for those that need it for which a donation is made to the Centre.

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Doctor Ali Toker and Rahmi Ozhan together with committee members Nurten Emiroğlu and Naciye Kirci the Physiotherapist were there to greet Richard and his party and to take them on a tour of the Centre and meet the patients.

With all of this happiness, it was great to see the arrival of Steve and Denise Bisson together with

Sue and Bob Rigg from the Phoenix Line Dance Club whose group had raised 2,000 TL recently for Cheshire Home and wanted to visit the centre a spent a great deal of time talking to Frances Allen, a former committee member and great friend of the Centre to learn more and to see what else they could do to help. Speaking to Steve and his group I was so impressed with their desire to help and will write and tell you more of this group soon and what they are doing to help others.

Seeing the happy smiling faces of the patients and their carers, it is so apparent that we must try to help them to continue this vital service to the community and this can only be achieved by fund raising as the Centre receives no financial support from the Government and with ever increasing costs, it needs all of the help it can get.

I am sure there are many other ways that they can be helped so if any readers wants to help by perhaps visiting and talking with the patients or helping with manual tasks please contact Dr Ali Tolka on 0392 815 3785 or Fax 0392 815 3752

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Coffee Morning at The Rocks - A great Success for NCCCT

by: Chris Elliott
I have to my shame, only been to one North Cyprus Cancer Charity Trust, Coffee Morning and this was in the early spring when it was hot but very windy at the Dome Hotel on their rear terrace and I looked around, bought a few things and clutched my raffle tickets waiting for the big winner which never came.

What I surprise I had, when I went to the Rocks Hotel recently and on entering the ballroom I was amazed to find it full of tables with say around 200 eager visitors chatting at tables while many more people were queuing for coffee and yummy cakes.

The first person I met was Mike Alican a committee member, who had a stroke the day after New Year's Day and two weeks later I saw him in a wheelchair and looking very poorly but very determined to walk again

Since then I have seen Mike a few times and he is now walking and driving and getting stronger by the day. Today, Mike was full of vigour and so pleased to be back helping NCCCT to put on a great event which may take some beating.

Great event, I'll say it was, with so many people there with friends and also a large number of stalls selling all sorts of goodies which made for fascinating browsing. A raffle was held and hosts Angela and Pauline called out the numbers and the happy winners came to collect their prizes with much applause and cheers from the audience.

Yes, it was a great event with around 3,320TL being raised and this will be set aside along with other donations whilst the committee establish what equipment the hospital requires so they can then focus their efforts in making this wish list a reality. I hope to write more of this in the weeks to come and bring this information to you.

Getting to know a few people I also met some other committee members including Angela Hasman, Chairperson and Pauline Smith. Vice Chairperson, together with Liz Doherty and Ron Brown and it was nice to exchange ideas and information and I hope through Cyprus News Review and the Community Forum we can really help NCCCT with development publicity and also news of events as well.

As I will also now be writing in the new weekly Cyprus Observer which his just been re-launched, I will be able to give a great deal more exposure to this and other charities in the future which can only be helpful.

So a great event was drawing to an end for NCCCT and now we can look forward to a new event on the 13th March with the venue yet to be confirmed. Please continue reading our articles and we will give you the latest information as soon as it arrives.

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9th Orchid Walk

A walk of hope
In memory of Maureen Hutchinson and so many others
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Chris Elliott
It was a bright sparkling morning as I drove up into the mountains past sleepy Arapköy and as I drove around a bend, I came to an abrupt halt in a queue of cars and many coaches. Sitting there in the queue, I could see the police ahead and all of a sudden many people who were sporting Orchid Walk tee shirts walked by and went further up the mountain road.

Like many others I was frustrated, more so as I could see ahead many people on the right hand side who seemed to have many balloons. All of a sudden cars came by on the outside and all of us that had become trapped in this line of parked vehicles were able to move ahead and when I reached the police check point I pulled over to the left and parked on some waste ground and from here walked to the Orchid Walk marshalling area.

On arrival I saw many happy faces of people taking part and they were being given more balloons and packed lunches before moving off in a line of walkers who were all disappearing up the track into the mountain area on the 15km hike to the finish in Çatalköy.

As I was not participating I waited and met a few friends who went up the track to the mountains followed by Laurie Briggs from Anglo Turkish Association, Rob and Sharon Goodber followed by the Minister of Finance, Ersin Tatar and his friend Ezcan Özse.

Now I had some free time to do a few tasks before I went to Çatalköy where I met Derman Atik the Director of Culture for Çatalköy Municipality and we had coffee and awaited the arrival of the walkers.

Suddenly down the street moving at a fast pace came Brian Thomas MBE the Chairman of Royal British Legion

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Announcement

by: the Executive Committee
The Executive Commitee of the Cheshire Home is pleased to announce the Festival 11 results as follows:

Revenue........111,319.00TL
Expences........68,366.00 TL
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Net profit........42,953.00 TL


The Committee apologises for the delay in providing these results due to administration difficulties. These have now been resolved.
The Committee wishes to thank the Festival Committee: Richard Currie, Hal Crompton, Tony Elkin, Ziggy Watkins, Brian Poloczek, Claire Morley, for organising a successful week of entertainment raising this considerable amount of money. The prize draw for two air tickets to the UK was intended to be part of a 3 day concert . The Haluk Levent show has been carried forward to 5th May 2012. The draw will take place then. Our thanks also go to Graham Ash, a retired accountant who has worked independently to bring this Festival's accounts to a successful conclusion.
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