my Cyprus, my Κύπρος, my Kıbrıs




Cyprus, I love you

Cyprus, I love you

As I sit watching the eerie clouds cover the Kyrenia mountains in their entirety, rendering them out of sight, I can’t help but think about yesterday’s horrific accident where three people lost their lives including two 16-year old school girls. Today, students have turned up in droves to demand the…

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Bureaucracy

Bureaucracy

“Well done,” they said. You’ve conquered your fears; crossing to the north every day and no less by car. However, it does come with a price, aside from the irritating time difference. First of all, I’ve realized how much paperwork is involved in certain actions; things you would never even…

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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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The power of ‘words’

The power of ‘words’

For many years now on both sides of the island, both communities have been reading newspapers (and probably other content too) that seem to highlight the estrangement, bitterness and finger-pointing that exists between the two communities: Turkish Cypriots in the north of the island and Greek Cypriots in the south.…

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