my Cyprus, my Κύπρος, my Kıbrıs

An eye opener

An eye opener

Sometimes when you look you don’t really see what’s there. And then there are the cases when you may have looked a thousand times but one day you might see it differently; notice a little something extra because you feel differently that day. Last week I took a group of…

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Some home truths

Some home truths

It is inevitable that having grown up in south Cyprus, surrounded mainly by Greek Cypriots and my Turkish Cypriot family members, I am more comfortable around Greek Cypriots. I’ve mentioned this on a number of occasions. However sometimes I feel it’s important to revisit certain topics as reactions and feelings…

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A theory of evolution

A theory of evolution

Evolution is defined as ‘the gradual development of something’. It is inherently inevitable; unstoppable. We must grow and we must develop as individuals and as a people. It might take a while though. According to President Nicos Anastasiades, in a recent address to parliament, under the solution being envisaged, the…

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Mothers and fathers

Mothers and fathers

The existence of motherlands and fatherlands (Greece and Turkey respectively) in Cyprus’ past and future has long been a topic of discussion. In fact, both leaders have made either obviously negative, or veiled negative remarks about their respective mother and fatherlands over recent months. Nicos Anastasiades referred to the negative…

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Putting the past to rest

Putting the past to rest

Funerals are always difficult; whoever they are, whatever age the loved-one is and the feelings that follow are unexpected in some ways. Two weeks ago we buried my 95-year-old Nene (grandmother) in Potamia’s Turkish Cypriot cemetery, where a number of ‘Potamites’ (people of Potamia), whom I had grown up with,…

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