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Family and friends at the funeral of Ramadan Ahmet, from Polemi, Baf/Paphos. Mr Ahmet went missing in Dec. 1963. He was buried on 2 Dec. 2016.
“Missing persons” – the tragedy of Cyprus
 

He was a giant of a man. Our gentle giant. “Uncle Pasha,” we called him. “Huriye, let us take the children for a ride. Gather them round,” he would call out to Auntie Huriye, his wife. We would jump in his shiny black Dodge he had recently purchased with screams of delight. I remember he […]

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A small contribution to peace
 

My last wish When I die Is that you bury me in Cyprus Let my body be merged With the soil of my native land My head to my guts in the South My loins to my feet in the North Let me have two graves In the North and in the South For I […]

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Genco and Nâzım in church
 

On a bitterly cold January evening, I walk with trepidation towards a grand, imposing church. Why trepidation? Because I know the temperature inside this magnificent venue is not going to be that different from the outside; I spent many hours trembling inside Union Chapel attending union meetings. The choice of the venue is perhaps anathema […]

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Children of the World
 

Another year has passed. We have arrived at 2017. A new dawn, or same old, same old? We always complain that the year has passed too fast. Really, we are expressing fear of our approaching old age. Ask the children of the world if the year has passed too fast. Those children who are dodging […]

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A triumph for Trump – but the world holds its breath
 

2016 is certainly going to be remembered for many things. In years to come when you get a quiz question “in what year….?” there will be a good chance the answer will be 2016. The year of the underdog continues to back the most unlikely scenarios. No-one gave Leicester City a chance of winning the […]

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Labour’s New Dawn
 

The intriguing Labour leadership contest finally drew to an end on 25th September 2016, when Jeremy Corbyn won a resounding vote of confidence – a second victory in just 12 months. The Labour Party is now the largest political party in Western Europe with a staggering 600,000+ members. Over 300,000 have joined in the last […]

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Jo Cox
 

In the blink of an eye she was taken away from us. Years of compassion, dedication, courage gone. Two little children denied of a wonderful mum, her husband of a cheerful, compassionate partner. Why is it that the impact of the death of certain people is so much more profound? I did not know Jo […]

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Ukraine triumphs in Eurovision thriller
 

As Eurovisions go, it appeared that Australia (yes, we know it’s not in Europe) had it sown up this year. Way out in front with votes from the juries of the participating countries, we were looking at a comprehensive Aussie win. Though Ukraine was picking up a few 12 points, Australia was more consistent with […]

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Eurovision – it’s getting political
 

Now it’s getting tasty! The line-up for Eurovision 2016 is complete with the second semi-final revealing which countries are now locked in for the final this Saturday. I wonder how Russia (the favourites, remember), feel about Ukraine getting through with ‘1944’? This controversial song references the Tatar deportation by Stalin in 1944 and the song […]

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Eurovision City aka Stockholm calling…
 

If you had one chance to spend Eurovision in any country, it would surely be Sweden and in particular Stockholm, wouldn’t it? The Swedes have got this Eurovision thing sussed. Winners of this most prestigious song contest umpteen times, no-one knows this contest better than the birthplace of the mighty Abba. And if you are […]