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The Battle of Waterloo 1815 by Ismail Veli

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The Battle of Waterloo 1815   By Ismail Veli……. There have been many battles in history that have been called ‘Turning points in history’, or at least have captured the imagination of historians.… Continue reading

The great maps of Medieval Cyprus by Ismail Veli

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The great maps of Medieval Cyprus   By Ismail Veli…… Many people are familiar with the amazing map of Cyprus drawn by Jacomo Franco. Printed in Venice in 1570, it contained the names of… Continue reading

Cyprus – In search of old and dear friends by Ismail Veli

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Cyprus – In search of old and dear friends   By Ismail Veli……. Like many people who look through old family albums of their parents, there are always some photos that inevitably attract… Continue reading

Tommaso Porcacchi, a 16th century travellers view of Cyprus – By Ismail Veli

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Tommaso Porcacchi, a 16th century travellers view of Cyprus.   By Ismail Veli…… Tommaso Porcacchi was born in Castiglione near Arrezo, Italy, and moved to Venice in 1559. His visit to Cyprus left a vivid… Continue reading

A short history of Lurucina/Akincilar and surrounding villages by Ismail Veli

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 A short history of Lurucina/Akincilar and surrounding villages   By Ismail Veli…… As with many small villages in Cyprus that are not on historians radar, the village of Lurucina/Akincilar was largely forgotten or… Continue reading

What is the reality behind the Armenian tragedy of 1915? – BY Ismail Veli

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What is the reality behind the Armenian tragedy of 1915?   By Ismail Veli…… Not having much knowledge of the Armenian and Turkish arguments about the 1915 ”Genocide”, ”Massacres” or ”expulsion”, whatever one… Continue reading

From Jack Johnson to Muhammad Ali – The great ”Fights of the Century” – By Ismail Veli

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From Jack Johnson to Muhammad Ali The great ”Fights of the Century”   By Ismail Veli…… Many Boxing matches in the past have been labelled as the ”fight of the century”. The upcoming… Continue reading

A new chapter in Cypriot Politics, or is it? – By Ismail Veli

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A new chapter in Cypriot Politics, or is it?   By Ismail Veli…….  The Turkish Cypriot people have elected a new President. Mustafa Akinci who won a resounding victory by winning 60.5% of… Continue reading

Gallipoli, the 100th Anniversary by Ismail Veli

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Gallipoli, the 100th Anniversary   By Ismail Veli On 25th April 1915 the Western allies Britain, France, Australia, New Zealand and many other Commonwealth troops landed at the Gallipoli peninsular, in Turkey. The… Continue reading

Understanding our past through the eyes of a camera by Ismail Veli

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Understanding our past through the eyes of a camera.   By Ismail Veli Photos and images of the past have and continue to fascinate millions that have an interest in the way of life and the world… Continue reading

Lobbying for Turkish Cypriots rights. Who cares?

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Lobbying for Turkish Cypriots rights. Who cares?   By Ismail Veli I first observed the power of lobbying at the age of 17 during the Yom Kippur war between the Arabs and Israelis… Continue reading

Memories of Cypriots frozen in time

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Memories of Cypriots frozen in time   By Ismail Veli In the last few years social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter have revolutionised human behaviour like nothing else in history. The ability… Continue reading

Historical habit of insulting our fellow humans‏ – By Ismail Veli

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Historical habit of insulting our fellow humans‏   By Ismail Veli…… From time immemorial, humans have relished the delights of verbal warfare. It is a paradox of our own inarticulate age the  pleasure… Continue reading

History and Legends of Tokni/Tashkent by Ismail Veli

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History and Legends of Tokni/Tashkent   By Ismail Veli……. The village of Tokni/Dohni situated about halfway between Larnaca and Limassol is a typically medium to small sized village of Cyprus, on close inspection however… Continue reading

Komi Kebir and its legends by Ismail Veli

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Komi Kebir and its legends   By Ismail Veli…… The village of Büyükkonuk/Komi Kebir in North Cyprus lies about 4-5 miles north-east of Boğaz in the lowland foothills of the Beşparmak Kyrenia mountain range, which is the… Continue reading

Hobbies. One of the keys to contentment! By Ismail Veli

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Hobbies – One of the keys to contentment!   By Ismail Veli……. Many people go through life working hard, trying to enjoy themselves and save up for a comfortable retirement. Nothing wrong with… Continue reading

Cyprus Past and Present by Ismail Veli

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Cyprus Past and Present By Ismail Veli….. The ending of Venetian rule in Cyprus in 1571 was followed by 306 years of Ottoman rule. For the ordinary Cypriots life was often hard and brutal.… Continue reading