my Cyprus, my Κύπρος, my Kıbrıs

My mother’s story

My mother’s story

Arriving on the island in 1978, still very much a young woman, my mother, of Irish-parentage, came to live in the mixed village of Potamia with my father, who had been living in London for 15 years with my auntie and grandmother, following the intercommunal strife of the early 1960s.…

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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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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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