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Raziye Kocaismail receives 14,000TL on behalf of Tulips

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Golden Hearts were there for Tulips

by: Chris Elliott
Friday the 13th was the day when Tulips founder Raziye Kocaismail drove up early from South Cyprus to arrive at St Andrews Church, Kyrenia in time to greet all supporters and friends of Help Those With Cancer Association - Tulips, for the draw of the Golden Hearts raffle event.

This event was inspired and created last September by Carole King and Sue Tilt who have worked so hard to find sponsors who gave so much support and Carole will send us details of these generous people and companies so we can show you on these pages soon.

This was but the start of the hard work with a target of 3,000 tickets being targeted by our incredible duo for sale and they were delighted to sell 2,627 tickets which was an outstanding achievement and was as a result of the generosity and warm heartedness of all of those involved.

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Demon Barbers meet the Three Musketeers

by: Chris Elliott
The walls of the building were bulging as the crowds of excited people gather for the long awaited Beard Cutting event at Lambousa Market, Lapta on Saturday 7th January. So why should the brave three musketeers go up against the demon barbers who were equipped with clippers, scissors and cut throat razors.

The reason for this contest was simple; these brave and caring folk were raising funds for the Kemal Saraçoğlu Foundation for Children with Leukaemia and the Fight against Cancer.

So first to confront the splendid duo, Ahmet and İslam Sürek from the Alsancak Gents Barbers of Alsancak was the powerful Chinese Emperor, Ian Long from Karsiyaka. There was a long tussle with flying foam before with one click the beard was gone. Continued lathering and flashing of blades before a proud and smiling Ian arose to the applause of the audience.

Next into the spotlight strode Tony Woods from Alsancak, the master of flash photography and well known helper and promoter of charities and also Father Christmas lookalike. Suddenly the clippers came into view followed by Tony's eyes and then the grind of cutters commenced to reveal a half beard on Tony's still smiling but yielding face. What a brave contest this was.

By now Ahmet was concentrating so hard on attacking the other half of the beard which began to slowly yield with wisps of hair falling to his advancing clippers. Events moved fast

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Kemal Saraçoğlu Foundation joins our community
We are pleased to welcome the Kemal Saraçoğlu Foundation for Children with Leukaemia and the Fight against Cancer who have joined
Kyrenia Animal Rescue and Tulips (Help those with Cancer Association) as members of our Community.

We are very proud that they have agreed to become a member of our Community Forum and we look forward to working with them to both report their news and also help them develop promotional articles through these pages.

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Çatalköy, a Clean Start
New Organic Refuse Disposal Centre
by: Chris Elliott

When you go through life and you take interest in people you meet it should perhaps not be a surprise when they take an interest in you.

Recently I had the pleasure to visit Çatalköy to enjoy the festivities and meet so many great people that had been invited to the Çatalköy Christmas Party arranged by the Municipality with all guests being greeted warmly by the Mayor, Mehmet Hulusioğlu who was delighted to have the opportunity to welcome the expatriates and expressed the desire that they all live and work together to make Çatalköy a home town to be proud of.

To my surprise I was invited back to the Municipality offices this week to meet with the Chief Architect Ahmet Rençber who gave me a detailed briefing of a project and asked me on behalf of the Municipality to convey this information to the expatriate community together with the world wide audience.

Following this I was invited to attend a ceremony where there was the formal agreement and the signing of a contract for a organic refuse disposal centre to be built high up in the Five Finger Mountains above Arapköy in the next 4 to 5 months time. This facility will handle 200 cubic meters of sewage which will processed safely, in an environmentally friendly way.

At this meeting, Ünal Üstel, Minister for Tourism and Environment, Necdet Numan, Member of Parliament, Mehmet Hulusioğlu

Mayor of Çatalköy together with Mehmet Kahveci and Burhan Yetkili from Emek Inşat for the signing of this very important agreement.

Like the UK and elsewhere, North Cyprus suffers from fly tipping which is bad enough but with most properties needing the removal of refuse effluent from septic tanks there has been great concern that increasing amounts of this effluent has been dumped in unofficial areas where it will create great harm to the environment and animal life.

Currently wet and dry refuse has been taken to Dikmen which is now scheduled to close and also further away to Gürdön. Because of the distance to Dikmen refuse centre, increasing numbers of transporters have been tipping in unauthorised places which is why the Environment Ministry together with local Municipalities have agreed and authorised the construction of an organic refuse disposal centre which is under construction at Çamlibel and now the new Çatalköy centre.

The new Çatalköy centre will be constructed by Emek Inşat and the cost will be around 500,000 TL or £166,000 and this will be an organic site where refuse effluent is pumped into tanks where sediment settles and then black water is fed into wetland lagoons which have been planted with special trees or plants which will cleanse the effluent before this water outflow is fed away for use as

acceptable agricultural grade water supply. Some water which bypasses this system as grey water rejoins the system at this latter stage for further processing of natural cleansing through organic cleansing as required. See Wikipedia image which gives an impression of an organic refuse disposal system.

Although these systems are expensive to set up, once they start working, they mature and become very effective with a very low maintenance and running cost. When compared with traditional waste disposal systems this method is increasingly being used internationally as older methods rely on expensive chemicals, electricity, and maintenance and are labour intensive.

This then is phase one of a drive to improve the environment and when this site is opened it will have supervisory staff that will monitor the offloading of sewage for which a charge will be made. For the future the next phase is through education and the use of legislation, to stop the current practice of fly tipping of refuse and dangerous materials which is in everybody's future interests.

Living in our homeland we may have been critical of the perceived lack of progress or initiatives by our authorities and when we live in a foreign land with a different language, communication and progress is even more difficult to see and I hope in the future to bring you more important news that can help shape our lives and help people to come together and help build a better home for the future.

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Çatalköy Municipality offer Turkish lessons

by: Chris Elliott
Almost a year ago I had an accident that put me in hospital with a broken hip for five weeks and with the recuperation period, brought to a halt my Turkish studies. As we all know if you donít use it you lose it.

Living in a foreign land can be enjoyable but difficult if you cannot understand the language and understanding and communication is to say the least, difficult.

Now that I am communicating with more Turkish speaking people and organisations, it is sensible for me to recover the limited knowledge I had gained and I was delighted to receive an invitation from the Çatalköy Municipality to go along to their Turkish classes which were commencing at the İlk Olukü School. This is on the left hand side of the high road leading from Ozanköy that leads down into the town near to the Municipality offices.

When I arrived I was greeted by Derman Atik, the Director of Culture for the Municipality and Berrin Ozkaya a Turkish lady who as a volunteer, is helping the municipality with a number of projects that will bring all people together and form a bond and create more understanding and a harmonious relationship in a town that is growing fast.

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Not the 'brightest' tool in the box, but definitely, the most useful !

by: Paul Anthony
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Shiny, smooth stainless steel with rounded edges. A comfortable, hand-sized fit. Thoughtfully and purposefully designed to perfection. Heavily engineered and carefully manufactured - to last. Useful and reliable, but then of course, when your life may depend on it, it has to be !

Previously a proud owner and user of a Leatherman pocket tool that disappeared in not 'so' mysterious circumstances about four years ago, I had just about 'gotten' over the love affair that I had with 'my' Leatherman.

On Christmas Day, I received a completely unexpected surprise when I opened an after-shave-sized present marked "Loving Husband."

Yes, it was heavy which made me a little inquisitive, but as I tore back the layers of wrapping paper, wondering what 'it' could be, amongst all the other pictures that flashed through my mind, there was no Leatherman.

I instantly recognised the distinct yellow packaging - "wait a minute, could this be...is it ? It is, it's a Leatherman !"

Readers who own and use a Leatherman will understand my excitement at receiving one unexpectedly - they are just 'such' a useful tool !

When I decided to write this article, I thought that first, I should do some research on the History of Leatherman and so, I Googled it !

I fully expected to read something like ".....Leatherman is a two hundred year old company founded by a Californian gold prospector....." and was quite surprised to read that the company has only got a 28 year history.

In fact, Timothy Leatherman, a mechanical engineering graduate of Oregon State University, in conjunction with his business partner Steve Berliner, started the company - "Leatherman Tool Group" in 1983 following the successful patenting of Leatherman's multi-tool design.

This time, I will guard it with my life because one day, it might just depend upon it !

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GAU Students visit Kyrenia Animal Rescue

by: Chris Elliott
Over the years I have visited the KAR Centre, Arapköy, in the Five Finger Mountains, to take friends and family to see the cats and dogs and also to spend an hour walking dogs around the mountain but this time I was invited back and I became acutely aware what KAR is all about and the help that they desperately need.

Today I met Maggie Smith and Pam Kennedy who came together forming the educational team around 3 years ago and have been visiting English speaking schools initially but as they became braver, they visited Turkish speaking schools as well including 23 Nisan, Girne where they had 160 children to speak to with the help of an interpreter.

KAR had been providing education but when Maggie and Pam got together, they developed a pack for schools based upon the national curriculum relating to community and animal welfare. This pack is taken into the schools and gives the children the opportunity to learn how to care for their animals and they also do some worksheets related to this subject. This project has gone from strength to strength with many visits to schools, meeting and working with children up to the age of 11 years.

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Prue Lundie MBE - A reward so richly deserved
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There really are angels out there and when you meet one you cannot help but be impressed what they do for others. I have met one and had experience of the brilliant work that she does.

This angel is Mrs Prue Lundie, who moved to North Cyprus with her husband Vic in 1997 and a year later joined the British Residents Society as membership secretary before changing roles to become welfare officer. Since then she has helped set up blood banks and organised around 100 donor days. This has meant so much hard work for Pru and her team of helpers but they are working for a wonderful cause and maintain a database of about 650 donors and are ready to react when the call comes and work wonders when it comes to finding donors for the demand for rare blood types.

When I was a subcommittee member of BRS, I learned much of Pru's work and know just how dedicated she is when it comes to caring for people. She is a very private lady and does not say a great deal about her work but those close to her know she will always go the extra mile to ensure that the people get the help and treatment they need.

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The "Magic Square"
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I didn't discover the magic square and this is not the first time that it has been written about, but having received an email from a friend which included some information about this magic square, I decided to share it with our readers.

The magic square contains the numbers
1-16 which appear to be 'randomly' arranged in the square, but add any of the four-number combinations that are highlighted in red and the total is always 34.

The sum total of each of the numbers from the four corners is 34, but then, so is the sum total if you move clock-wise around the square to the next group of 4 numbers.

Each row, column and the two diagonals add up to 34 and so do opposing (symmetrical) patterns of 4.

What is even more amazing is that Albrecht Durer included this magic square in artwork that he created in 1514. Now, look at the bottom line of numbers in the square - "4" (the fourth letter of the alphabet and the first letter of his surname) "15" then, "14" (the year he created the artwork) and finally, "1" (the first letter of the alphabet and the first letter of his Christian name)

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The Anglo Turkish Association of Northern Cyprus
A Members Review

by: Chris Elliott
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2011 has come to an end and on the 21st January the Anglo Turkish Association will be holding their Annual General Meeting at the Pia Bella Hotel, Kyrenia at 10.00am when members will arrive to renew their membership and also hear much of what has occurred during the past year and learn more of the year to come.

As a member I will be attending and would like to say here that the Anglo Turkish Association is a great organisation with very friendly people wanting to share their time and experiences with each other, and for those looking to join an Association that brings many people together, this may be your choice for the future.

During the course of the year whilst not being able to fully enjoy all events, I have enjoyed a number of these as well as admiring some of the other functions and activities that have been arranged for the members and I would like to highlight some of these here as it may encourage more people to join and enjoy the Association.

Bringing people together is so important and here in North Cyprus, the opportunities of becoming one with another are so real and through leisure and entertainment, this is so often achieved.

During July 2011 I wrote in the newspaper of the launch of the Anglo Turkish Association new web site in English and Turkish which had been crafted with great skill and consideration for the members and this now proves to be a very informative and popular place to learn so much of the Association and its work.

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