Author: John Oakes

Holidays
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Escape the winter blues
 

North Cyprus If you’re looking to kick off the New Year with a zing, producing enough endorphins to get you through winter, then we have three special destinations for you. Any January holiday search has to begin with North Cyprus. Post-Brexit, your £1 still goes further there at any number of 5-star or smaller hotels. […]

News - Turkey
A shipwreck from the Ottoman period discovered in 300m of water. Many of its timbers are	carved. This image is a photogrammetric model created from photographs taken by cameras on the ROV, rendered with light sources (Credit: EEF, Black Sea MAP).
Ottoman wrecks emerge from the Black Sea by 3D magic

Beautifully-preserved wrecks of the ships which held the mighty Ottoman Empire together have been discovered during a climate-survey of the Black Sea bed. An international team led by Southampton University’s Professor Jon Adams has found over 40 wrecks from the Ottoman, Byzantine and Roman periods using state-of-the-art underwater ROVs (Remotely Operated Vehicles). The stunning remains […]

News - UK
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Turkish Cypriots: Britain’s forgotten soldiers
 

“Let poppies bloom in Lefke fields, For men have died from there…..” On Sunday, Britain will commemorate the end of two World Wars, and all those who fought in them and in subsequent engagements. As the nation pays tribute to those non-nationals from the Commonwealth who gave their lives to ensure our survival, the sacrifices […]

News - TRNC
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Praise for “miracle” of Turkish/Greek Cypriot co-operation and role of EVKAF in 5 million Euro monastery restoration

The historic St Apostolos Andreas monastery, located in the Karpaz peninsula in north Cyprus, has been declared open once more after an extensive repair programme lasting two years and costing 5 million Euros. The money was contributed jointly and equally by the Greek Orthodox Church of Cyprus and EVKAF, the TRNC’s major Islamic charitable foundation. […]

News - UK
London, United Kingdom - June 5th, 2016: The Cyprus High Commission to the United Kingdom, located at 13 St. James’s square.
Greek Cypriot High Commission “way out of line” in comments to British politicians visiting North Cyprus

London‘s Greek Cypriot High Commission used “strident and intemperate language” to stop British politicians speaking out over Cyprus. Lord Northbrook, a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group Friends of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) told the House of Lords during a debate on Cyprus on October 27th: “I myself received a sharp reminder […]

Art
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Ottoman art at Christie’s Islamic Art Week, on till Oct. 25

This week Christie’s  – London’s premier auction house – reminds us of the cascade of beauty which Islam has given to the world. Its series of Islamic-themed sales are from a galaxy of different Muslim civilisations spanning a thousand years. No art-form exists which has not been carried to sublime heights in the service of […]

News - TRNC
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“Hidden curriculum” in Greek Cypriot schools promotes a biased history centred on Greek nationalism

Dr. Christina Valanidou, of the Cyprus Academic Dialogue association, said this week that school curriculums in the south of Cyprus emphasised nationalism and chauvinism and, in essence, had not changed since 1812. Valanidou’s views were captured by award-winning writer Sevgül Uludağ in her regular column for TRNC daily Yeni Düzen last weekend.  The two have […]

Holidays
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Black Sea Pearls
 

For that genuine “get away from it all”  feeling, more and more tourists are finding Turkey’s lush and mountainous Black Sea Coast a welcome change from its busier and more developed southern coastline. Between the white-capped waves of the Black Sea and the steep slopes of the Küre, Kaçkar and Pontic Mountains, discover the picturesque […]

News - TRNC
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Will Greek Cypriots’ Güzelyurt/Morphou demands wreck the Talks?

The future of the UN Cyprus Peace Talks has been threatened by renewed Greek Cypriot demands for the return of Güzelyurt/Morphou, now part of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. Speaking on Sunday 14 August, Averof Neophytou, leader of DISY, currently the ruling party in the Greek Republic of Cyprus (RoC), said it would reject […]