Tag: Turkish Cypriot

Propa Turkish
#HellimProblems

There’s nothing worse than when you are flying back from the motherland and a distant cousin or auntie turns up the morning you are leaving and hands you 10 packs of hellim. They know the laws against bringing cheese back, as well as the weight restrictions, but they still make you feel bad if you […]

Entrepreneurs
How Ted & Mus conquered Turkish barbering
 

We may be living through the austerity years, but one sector that is booming is men’s grooming. Men’s desire to splash the cash to look good has propelled the sector to be worth some £1 bn. It’s not just about buying moisturiser and bronzers. Guys are also bypassing the cheap and cheerful barbers’ shop where […]

News - TRNC
Remembering inspirational woman Safiye Nadir

Safiye Nadir, mother of business tycoon Asil Nadir, passed away at her home in Bellapais on 17 April aged 94. Of Turkish Cypriot origin, she was born in Lefkoşa in 1920 to a police officer father Mustafa Şevki and his wife Havva, a housewife. Safiye was their first child and their only daughter. Based near […]

Entrepreneurs
Turkish Cypriot entrepreneur Touker Suleyman joins BBC TV show Dragons’ Den

A successful Turkish Cypriot businessman is among three new Dragons entering the Den for series 13, the BBC announced on Tuesday. Retail king Touker Suleyman, whose business portfolio includes fashion brands Hawes & Curtis and Ghost, joins Moonpig.com founder Nick Jenkins and Sarah Willingham, creator of restaurant chain The Bombay Bicycle Club and existing Dragons […]

Columnists
FOCUS: Remembering Osman Türkay on his 88th birth anniversary

Former Culture Minister of Turkey, a cultural historian, poet and translator Prof. Dr. Talat Halman once observed that Osman Türkay’s (16 February 1927 – 24 January 2001) work combined Blake’s apocalyptic vision which Eliot’s gloomy depictions of modern civilisations. Not only does Dr. Halman make this comparison, but he goes further to say that the […]

Theatre & Dance
Balıkçıoğlu Cabaret Theatre to stage a Turkish Cypriot variety show for cancer charity

A London-based Turkish Cypriot theatre group created by renowned actor Osman Balıkçıoğlu is putting on a special variety show to raise money for a cancer charity in North Cyprus. Taking place at St Monica’s Hall in Palmers Green, Balıkçıoğlu Cabaret Theatre has teamed up with stand-up comedian Ümit Dandul for two back-to-back variety shows on […]

Comedy
Turkish stand-up Şaban Kâzım wins London Comedy Store’s King Gong award

Şaban Kazim emerged the winner from last month’s competition for amateur stand-up comedians at the world famous Comedy Store in Leicester Square. The 31-year-old competed against 25 other acts to make it through to the final, where he beat five others to take the King Gong award. The southeast Londoner wasn’t on the original line-up […]

News - UK
New Turkish Cypriot student body launched in the UK

Students primarily from North Cyprus have launched a new group for young Turkish Cypriots in the UK. Called Kibrisli Turk Gencligi Ingiltere (KTGI), the group intends to form a strong professional and social network for those studying in Britain, along with promoting their Turkish Cypriot culture and identity. It is being supported by the TRNC […]

My World
My World: Ali ‘Babutsa’ Sönmez

A legend of the Turkish wedding circuit, he hit the big time with his group Babutsa. These days, he runs a café in Beckenham and performs weekly at a top London Turkish nightspot, while guiding the career of his singer daughter.  Tell us about your family life My parents are from Cyprus (İskele and Karpaz) […]