Category: Features

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‘Revolutionary’ Turkish Cypriot Hasan Raif dies aged 69

Veteran community activist Hasan Raif has died of cancer. He passed away in the early hours of the morning on the last day of 2017. The death of the married father of two has been greeted with universal sadness. Condolences were offered by Haringey Councillor Emine Ibrahim, who wrote on her Facebook and Twitter pages, […]

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How Halla Barakat inspired me as a Turkish Cypriot
 

  Halla Barakat was many things to many people. Many of you might recognise her as a pretty face that has been appearing in your social media news feeds in recent days, but maybe you haven’t stopped to read what all the fuss is about. For those of you who have, you would know that […]

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Love Island: Kem’s mum Figen Cetinay on her “sensitive boy”

  Reality TV shows are like marmite: you either love them or hate them. Those featuring semi-naked participants that jump into bed at every available opportunity generate even stronger opinions, with opponents claiming such programmes objectify contestants, while others label them as “sneak porn” due to their overtly sexual nature. So when Figen Cetinay found out […]

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Who was Mihri Müşfik?
 

  In the patriarchal world of Turks, it’s easy to overlook the many amazing women who have dared to be different, pioneering a new path for others to follow. Mihri Müşfik was one such lady. Of Circassian ancestry and the daughter of a military doctor, she was born in Kadıköy, Istanbul, on 26 February 1886, and […]

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Mother’s cancer battle propels Mazlum Kortas into acting

Mazlum Kortas mixes with the celebs and has done stunts for various films. The Gods are Playing Ninepins was his first proper acting job and after the show, he told T-VINE’s İpek Özerim what inspired him to get into this competitive field. How old are you and where do you live in London? I’m 28, […]

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Levent Büyükuğur on Frescobaldi and his never-ending Italian love affair

Since forming Istanbul Doors in 1993, Levent Büyükuğur has quietly revolutionised Istanbul’s nightlife and restaurant scene. His diners and clubs, Changa, Lucca, Kitchenette and Angelique among them, are bywords for sophisticated quality, while his compatriots have also been treated to new culinary delights through his introduction of international chains such as Zuma to Turkey. In […]