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Waiting for Godot/Περιμενοντας τον Γκοντο/Godot’yu beklerken (not a review)

Waiting for Godot/Περιμενοντας τον Γκοντο/Godot’yu beklerken (not a review)

Gogo: “Gidelim?” (Shall we go?)Didi: “Εν μπορουμε, καρτερουμεν τον Γκοντο.” (We can’t, we’re waiting for Godot) As if on a merciless loop, the words were uttered in desperation time and time again throughout the play. Didi and Gogo, played by Giorgos Kyriacou and İzel Seylani respectively, performed their parts in…

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Ode to Djus

Ode to Djus

Since re-learning Turkish some time ago now, certain new linguistic avenues have opened up to me. And with the re-acquisition of a language, comes a kind of responsibility, especially in a country like Cyprus, which has Greek and Turkish as its official languages, but where few young people speak both.…

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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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