Events Calendar – Issue 4/2014
24th January 2014
By Margaret Sheard
Daily News of Life and times in North Cyprus goes around the world
By Margaret Sheard
|25th January – Saturday||Andrew sings….. will be at Rafters Restaurant in Ozanköy. You can be sure of a good night’s entertainment and good food.|
|25th January – Saturday||BRS Blood Donor Day at Girne State Hospital.|
|26th January – Sunday||Andrew sings….. will be at Melly’s Bar on the Bellapais Road, Girne. This should be a good night’s entertainment.|
|27th January – Monday||Friends of the TRNC Emergency Services will be holding their monthly quiz night at the new venue of Santoria Village, Alsancak, starting at 7.30pm. 15TL includes a supper of Chicken Casserole with Chips or a Vegetarian Quiche. If you don’t wish to eat the price will be 5TL.Places need to be booked by calling Brenda on 0533 840 7834 or Jenny on 0533 876 1483.|
|30th January/31st January and 1st February (Thursday/Friday/Saturday)||KADS will be performing 2 one-act plays – Bang You’re Dead and Strictly Sex Factor (on ice) at the Girne Municipality Cultural Centre.Invitations at 15TL can be obtained from Lambousa Saturday market or at the door.Profits are to be donated to Kyrenia Animal Rescue and SOS Children’s Village.|
|31st January – Friday||The Black Olive Cafe will be having a Ladies Night from 7pm with an angel or tarot reading of 10 minutes. 15TL for the reading but don’t delay as there are only a few places left. 20TL for dinner.Booking required for both by calling Vicki on 0533 835 5133 or email email@example.com|
|31st January – Friday||The Corner House, Ozankoy will be holding a Chinese New Year event to mark the Year of the Horse. 7pm. Chinese style 3-course menu at 50TL per person.To book a table telephone 0533 845 3465|
|7th February – Friday||The Olive Press will be holding their combined Bingo/Quiz Night which will be hosted by Brian and Adele Thomas. 7.30 onwards.|
|10th February – Monday||RBL Quiz Night at 7pm – Deniz Kizi Hotel.|
|11th February – Tuesday||NCCCT Coffee Morning will be from 10.30am at the Rocks Hotel in Girne. Always a nice venue to attend.|
|12th February – Wednesday||Friends of the TRNC Emergency Services will be holding their very popular Afternoon Tea Talk at The Mountain View Hotel, Karaoglanoglu at 3pm. The speaker will be Pembe Ibrahim from Citizens Advice who will be talking about wills and other legal queries.12TL will cover sandwiches, cakes and tea/coffee. There will also be a raffle and the fun of Mike’s famous goodie bag.To book – Telephone Brenda on 0533 840 7834 or Jenny on 0533 876 1483.|
|14th February – Friday||Valentine’s Night at Windy Hill, Esentepe. There will be live music and a buffet. Cost to be confirmed later.|
|14th February – Friday||The British Residents’ Society have arranged a Valentine’s Dinner and Dance at The Dome Hotel, Girne. 7.30 for 8pm. Black tie/suit. There will be a welcome drink and music by Tuxedo Junction.Tickets 75TL for members and 85TL for non-members|
|15th February – Saturday||The Olive Press will be holding their combined Bingo/Quiz Night which will be hosted by Brian and Adele Thomas. 7.30 onwards.|
|17th February – Monday||NCCCT Bingo at the Pine Bay Hotel, Alsancak starting at 8pm. The rollover jackpot stands at 1000TL, well worth trying to win.35TL for a book of bingo sheets and a mini Mars or Snickers Bar for winning lines or a house and of course there is the free raffle as well. Snacks available if ordered on arrival and these will be served at half time.Please come along to support Carole and Mike and have an enjoyable evening’s bingo.For further information contact Carole Lloyd on 0533 8600357|
|23rd February – Sunday||KAV 11th Orchid Walk from Kozanköy to Karşiyaka. Tickets 30TL available from Deniz Plaza shops. For further information call 0533 863 4929 or 0542 857 3408.To see article and poster click here.|
|4th March – Tuesday||RBL are arranging Pancake Day at The Courtyard Inn, Karakum followed by a Speakers Lunch “Britannia”. 12.30pm.|
|7th March – Friday||The Olive Press will be holding their combined Bingo/Quiz Night which will be hosted by Brian and Adele Thomas. 7.30 onwards.|
|8th March – Saturday||BRS Blood Donor Day at Lapta Medical Centre|
|8th March – Saturday||KAV Coffee Morning. Further details to follow later.|
|10th March – Monday||RBL Quiz Night at 7pm – Deniz Kizi Hotel.|
|14th March – Friday|
|29th March – Saturday||BRS Blood Donor Day at The Black Olive Cafe, Alsancak.|
|6th April – Sunday||Esentepe Fun, Run and Ramble 2014 will be taking place starting at the Magic Bar near Esentepe.There will be a 2km, 5km and 8km race with registration starting at 8.45am. Sponsorship forms will be available from mid-January and can be pre-requested by emailing firstname.lastname@example.orgMore information to follow later.|
|11th April – Friday|
|14th April – Monday||RBL Quiz Night at 7pm – Deniz Kizi Hotel.|
|18th April – Friday|
|25th April – Friday||George Roper Entertainment and Auction evening at Stevie’s Restaurant, Kucuk Erenkoy.Live music and buffet. Cost to be confirmed.|
|12th May – Monday||RBL Quiz Night at 7pm – Deniz Kizi Hotel.|
|24th May – Saturday||BRS Blood Donor Day at Girne State Hospital.|
|7th June – Saturday||Black Olive Cafe – Provisional date for Glastonvicki.More details to follow.|
|7th June – Saturday||KAV Coffee Morning – Further details to follow later.|
|9th June – Monday||RBL Quiz Night at 7pm – Deniz Kizi Hotel.|
|28th June – Saturday||RBL are arranging Armed Forces Music Night at The Courtyard Inn, Karakum. 7pm.|
|July||RBL will be holding their Mediterranean Supper at the Deniz Kizi Hotel, starting at 7.30pm.|
|14th July – Monday||RBL Quiz Night at 7pm – Deniz Kizi Hotel.|
|11th August – Monday||RBL Quiz Night at 7pm – Deniz Kizi Hotel.|
|6th September – Saturday||KAV Coffee Morning – Further details to follow later.|
|8th September – Monday||RBL Quiz Night at 7pm – Deniz Kizi Hotel.|
|9th September – Tuesday||RBL Last Night of the Proms in the Park starting at 7pm at The Wild Duck in Lapta. Bring your own food and drinks.|
|27th September – Saturday||BRS Blood Donor Day at Girne State Hospital.|
|10th October – Friday||RBL will be having a Beetle Drive at The Olive Press Bowling Club in Lapta starting at 7.30pm.|
|11th October – Saturday||BRS Blood Donor Day at The Black Olive Cafe, Alsancak.|
|13th October – Monday||RBL Quiz Night at 7pm – Deniz Kizi Hotel.|
|1st November – Saturday||RBL Poppy Walk starting at 11am at JK’s Bar, Lapta.More details later.|
|7th November – Friday||RBL Poppy Ball – 7pm at the Savoy Hotel, Girne. Dress of WW1 period (optional) or Black Tie.More details to follow later.|
|9th November – Sunday||Remembrance Service at the Old British Cemetery, Girne. 12.30pm. Followed by lunch at The Ship Inn at 2pm.More details to follow later.|
|29th November – Saturday||BRS Blood Donor Day at Girne State Hospital.|
|8th December – Monday||RBL Quiz Night at 7pm – Deniz Kizi Hotel.|
|17th December – Wednesday||RBL Christmas Sing-along starting at 7pm at The Courtyard Inn, Karakum|
|17th December – Wednesday||RBL Christmas Sing-along starting at 7pm at The Olive Press Bowling Club, Lapta.|
|December||The RBL Theatre Players will be putting on their popular pantomime.Dates and venue etc. to be confirmed later.|
By Chris Elliott
In preparing to publish Can Gazi’s BRT2 “A Cup of Conversation” show article for this week, we were fascinated to note that UN Padre Andrew Oliver was one of Can’s guests.
Following the Remembrance Day Service in Kyrenia in November, Margaret and I took 3 British ex-service men plus fellow writer Ismail Veli the following day to meet the UN at Ledra Place where we were then taken to Wayne’s Keep Cemetery to be greeted by Padre Andrew Oliver who along with Sergeant Mark White led us to a number of graves our guests wanted to visit and then Andrew conducted a very touching service for us.
From the information we have been able to gain it would seem that Andrew, who has 2 months mandrewore to serve in Cyprus, wanted to do something for charities on both sides of the border before he leaves and with a number of caring folk helping out, a fund raising event has been arranged.
Andrew, together with around 10 soldiers, will walk the buffer zone from west to east covering around 180 KM! Their walk will take them around 4/5 days and they will camp out overnight and not return to base. Naturally being in the demilitarised zone there will be hazards to be avoided including perhaps the last of the land mines.
Donations collected as a result of this walk will be divided equally between the SOS Children’s Village in Lefkosa and another charity in Cyprus.
Do tune in to Can Gazi’s TV show by clicking here for live streaming when you will be able to watch his show on your PC, and learn much more of this great fund raising event.
By Can Gazi
This Saturday, the 25th of January, at 5pm, watch A Cup Of Conversation on BRT2 TV. My guests are Carol Blackwell Gibbs, UN Padre Andrew Oliver and the director of fundraising at SOS Children’s Village, Cemil Hafız.
On the 1st of February Andrew will begin a four-day walk along the UN border in Cyprus, from west to east, raising money for charity along the way.
To find out more be sure to tune in. The repeat of this show will be on Tuesday the 28th of January at 2.30pm. Happy viewing!
Do tune into Bayrak International Live where you can join me on a number of great radio shows that bring you great music and thoughts and comments of the day,
We are transmitting these shows on 6.150 MH/z. Short-wave, 87.8 and 105 FM Stereo. You can also tune in to live streaming of these shows on your PC by clicking here. These great shows full of entertainment, are as follows :
Northern Exposure: A tourism show that gives information about the history, geography and culture of North Cyprus. Mainly features local events that are of interest to the public.
Take 5: A request show dedicated to playing all types of music; requests mainly taken from Facebook.
The Breakfast Show: A weekend morning show with interesting world news, Facebook quotes and an affirmation slot read by a regular listener, Alice Smith.
Monday : 1700 to 19.00 Northern Exposure with Fatoş Baykal and Can Gazi
Tuesday : 1700 to 19.00 Northern Exposure with Fatoş Baykal and Can Gazi
Wednesday : 1700 to 19.00 Northern Exposure with Fatoş Baykal and Can Gazi
Thursday : 1700 to 19.00 Northern Exposure with Fatoş Baykal and Can Gazi
Friday : 14.00 to 16.00 Take 5 with Can Gazi
Friday : 1700 to 19.00 Northern Exposure with Fatoş Baykal and Can Gazi
Saturday : 07.00 to 10.00 The Breakfast Show with Can Gazi
Sunday : 07.00 to 10.00 The Breakfast Show with Can Gazi
By Ralph Kratzer
It is now six months ago that my beloved dog Laika was attacked on our day’s hike in the mountains of Alsancak by a free-running fighting dog and fatally injured.
My article “Danger – Big Dogs are no Toys” was read by a lot of visitors to our website. To remember the post – click here!
Now I have learned from Doris, a member of “The Foreign Residents in the TRNC”, that her little dachshund “Trude” was attacked and seriously injured by two running loose Kangal dogs a few days ago, while walking along the small fishing harbour in Alagadi. Only thanks to the courageous intervention of her husband Malcolm, it was that the dangerous dogs left Trude and the pet escaped with its life.
The assailants, belonging to a restaurant owner living nearby had, according to the research by our member, previously bitten other dogs, so they were well known for their aggressiveness.
This fact is extremely annoying and incomprehensible.
What needs to happen is that biting dogs, and especially their careless owners, will be punished with all severity? Do people have to be seriously injured or children be bitten to death?
These unconcerned dog owners have no sense of responsibility towards their surroundings and their fellow citizens. On the contrary, some of them seem to be even more proud of their aggressive dogs!
The owner of the Mastiff, which killed my dog Laika, had not even thought it was necessary to apologize to me!
I have also learned a few days ago that death was caused to a young Husky and a tame donkey by a pitbull attack in Alsancak. Although the owner was cautioned and is aware of the lethal danger, this killer dog is still running around! My girlfriend and other dog owners in the area no longer trust walking with their animals for fear that they might run into this monster!
What is this?
A dog owner who is unable to educate and socialize his animal properly so that it poses no threat to the surroundings, not only should be severely fined, but he must also be prohibited for a lifetime to keep a big dog!
In many European countries the authorities have already taken action, in Germany for example owners of dogs that are on an index for dangerous breeds, are imposed under penalty to provide a muzzle and a leash for their animals while walking them and to keep them in the kennel for the rest of the time. Owners of dogs, through which people were injured or even killed, expect not only a significant fine, but also go to jail under certain circumstances!
By the way, there is a regulation in Northern Cyprus, that dog owners are obliged to leash their animals when in public areas. The penalty for violations is a minimum monthly net wage, at the moment 1.357 TL. Why is this regulation not enforced?
I can only hope that the authorities and the government recognize the existing danger as soon as possible and do something about it before the first person will be killed by aggressive dogs!
The following supplement to this issue I received from Margaret Ray of Kyrenia Animal Rescue (KAR):
KAR would like to have the report given to them of all incidents relating to dangerous dogs. The report should be given to our office on 0533 8694098 or via email (email@example.com). This will enable us to warn other pet owners of the dangers of walking their dogs in certain areas. We would also like to learn whether the police were involved and if the owners of these dangerous dogs were notified, the dogs registrations checked and if any further action was taken.
By Chris Elliott
Terry Carter the Founder and Former Operations Director of the Civil Emergency Service Volunteers (CESV) having read Can Gazi’s cyprusscene.com article about the Traffic Monster in the TRNC has written the following reply to Can and has also asked us to share it with the largest audience possible.
To read Can Gazi’s article, please click here.
“For Attention of Can Gazi.
As you know I was, and still am, involved in the training of the emergency services in the TRNC and despite training to advanced standards they are routinely abused and assaulted by the very people they try and protect while trying to save lives.
The TRNC road accident rate is the highest in the western world/middle east and it is appalling that this situation is allowed to occur. The public are to blame NOT the roads nor the Government as they drive like grand prix drivers in all sorts of weather and road conditions. The police must be more proactive and not just speed check at the end of the month but more officers must be deployed instead of being office bound so that more offenders are caught. But it’s not just speeding but wearing of crash helmets!!! just look how many openly flaunt this very important law.
I did a series of first aid programmes for BRT and I strapped a pomegranate to a model babies head and bashed it onto a table it flew all over the studio just to illustrate what happens if a child hits a windscreen unrestrained. 200 telephone calls were received that day all said they didn’t realize what happened if their child was injured or killed. How many times do you see families with kids hanging out of the car/sun roof or bouncing on the back seat!!! an everyday occurrence.
What happens after every accident is they throw up their arms wailing and sobbing and blame everyone but themselves – it’s got to STOP. What effect does their irresponsibility have on the emergency services – most have wives and children themselves and having to go and pick up and treat maimed bleeding and dead on a daily basis just stop and think – would they like to do it.
I have advocated on more than one occasion the drunks, the young speeders and the people who just drive madly and badly should be forced to work in A&E departments and visit the morgues and see just what happens as a result of their carelessness.
I worked for many years with Dr Avci of the Traffic Accident Prevention Association (TKOD) in trying to get the message across but it appears that most people in the TRNC suffer from deafness and blindness on road issues but have very long tongues when complaining.
I am coming back in August for two months doing advanced training with the CESV and Emergency Services and hope to see you then.
Editors note: The opinions, thoughts, postulations or proposals within the articles (news etc.) are but reflections of the author and do not, in any way, represent those of Cyprusscene.com.
By Margaret Sheard
I have noticed over the years of living in North Cyprus that, although yavaş yavaş (slowly slowly), there has been a lot of improvement in some of the various Government Departments.
Some years ago when the Taxation Department was situated in a small building off the main road near Bariş Park with a later extension in shop premises across the road, I dreaded the thought of having to renew road vehicle tax etc. it was a nightmare with a great number of people crowded into small spaces awaiting their turn and outside no adjacent parking facilities.
Then we had progress with a brand new building nearer to Girne with a huge car park (although this should have been double in size as it is always full!!). However, the process of renewing car tax, paying taxes and other related matters, is now so easy and most of the staff are very pleasant and helpful.
I have a tax bill to pay which I deal with on a quarterly basis and I usually aim for a very nice lady in this particular section. When I went to the Tax Office a few days ago she wasn’t to be seen but as I waited to be served she came back from lunch and as she passed me she smiled and took my form from me and promptly dealt with it.
There have been times when I have had to queue at the Pay Desk for quite a while but to be fair if you go along at lunchtime you must expect there to be fewer staff as they need to take a lunch break as well.
We noticed some forms on the counter for a Public Satisfaction Survey which are in English and thought it a good idea to make these available for the public to complete. The form can be accessed by clicking here and we would ask the public to take a few minutes to print it off and complete it and email it to the address shown or take it to the Tax Office. Time has been taken to conduct a survey to improve the service so we should take time to assist with our comments.
North Cyprus is definitely moving forward in some areas and as expatriates we should accept that changes are being made for the benefit of all in the community so we should also help them to help us.