Kyrenia Animal Rescue (KAR) are looking for an experienced person to manage their three Charity Shops (two in Girne and one in Karakum)
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By Richard Chamberlain …
I was only 18 years old when I arrived in Cyprus on 28th May 1954 and landed at the old Nicosia International Airport. There were about 100 soldiers on the old propeller aircraft. On the way to Cyprus we had to land at Valletta in Malta to refuel. The planes in those days could not make it to Cyprus without refuelling on the way. All the soldiers had to take their boots off before getting on the plane so as not to damage the carpet with their hobnail boots. We had to sit with our boots on our lap!
When we arrived at Nicosia Airport, there were army lorries to take us to Ayios Nicholias (4 mile point) just outside Famagusta. I was a wireless operator in the Royal Signals Regiment and was billeted with all the other wireless operators.
As soon as I arrived, the Sergeant in Charge told me to get ready to march in the Queen’s Birthday Parade which was in about a week’s time. In the next few days I was marching up and down the parade square with the other soldiers. After about 3 days, the Sergeant in Charge told me I had not had enough practice at marching like the other troops so I could have the day off. I was pleased because I could go down to Famagusta Town (near Maraş) to photograph the Queen’s Birthday Parade with the camera I had taken with me
After the parade I went round the old town photographing almost everything I could see. It was all so different to me being in this lovely country away from the small town where I lived in England. I could not believe my luck being sent to this magical island! After that day in June 1954 every time I went anywhere I took my little film camera with me to capture as much of the way of life of this beautiful island and the Cypriot people as I could.
The army had a photographic “dark room” in the town of Famagusta so in the evening I used to go and develop the film I had taken to see what the photos I had taken during the day were like. Then I used to print them. Readers of this have to realise that there were no digital cameras then, only film cameras.
I took many photos but the one I am most pleased with is the one taken on the old Famagusta city wall of an old cannon and the historic city of Famagusta. I used this photo for the cover of my book of photos of Cyprus which I have published.
When I returned to England after my 2 years army service had been completed, I put the photos and negatives away because I didn’t think they were of much interest at that time. More recently, as Cyprus is more in the news, I have put all the photos together and published them in a book entitled “Cyprus Scenes and Way of Life in 1954”. It has proved to be very popular now that the photos are like modern history and show how things used to be in Cyprus 63 years ago. I have sold and given away about 1,000 books up until now and have just had another 1,000 books printed. They are available in black/white at 40TL and colour at 70TL and can be purchased from The Round Tower, Best Seller Bookshops in Karakum and Alsancak, or by telephoning me on 0533 859 7663.
When I returned to England I resumed as an apprentice in the printing industry for another 3 years. I also continued with my love of photography. I have re-visited Cyprus many times, still taking photographs of this lovely island. Finally, I have moved to live here.
I have now tried to visit all the places I photographed in 1954/55 and taken the photos again showing the differences, if there are any. I have now published another book with some of the 63 year old photos alongside the photos taken more recently. Sometimes there is a big difference and sometimes there is hardly any change at all. This book is also available from The Round Tower, Best Seller Bookshops and by telephoning me.
I am now 82 years old and love living in Cyprus. I don’t want to live anywhere else. I still have my lovely old camera with which I took all the black and white photographs of Cyprus and now of course modern digital cameras.
When I pass on, I will request that my old camera, plus film, be buried with me in case there is anything to photograph in the next world!!
We wanted to tell K.A.R . supporters about two great offers currently available:
Whilst you are coming along to take advantage of these great offers – remember to bring along any unwanted items that we can sell on – clothes, bags, books and/or household items would all be most welcome and hugely appreciated.
If you have larger donations that require collection please call us on 0533 869 4098.
By Margaret Sheard……
When visiting the Gardens of Irini a little while ago to attend a photography exhibition of Jay Wadams, he told us of the book which was to be published for Deidre Guthrie who had come across the writings of her father John Guthrie and which she was very keen to have published for others to read about her family’s life for many years in Bellapais. Deidre can still be found at the Gardens of Irini where you can relax with a cooling drink and a snack high up in Bellapais in her delightful garden.
On Thursday 8th September 2016, the book “A Bell in Bellapais” was launched at Bestseller Bookshop in Karakum and Deidre was there to carry out book-signing for the many people who had arrived to acquire a copy of the wonderful story told by her father.
We were greeted by Jay Wadams and Markus (Max) Betzmeier-Wadams who had been very involved with the preparation of the book. Max told me that they had recently set up a publishing house, MBW Publishing Enterprises, in their hometown of Munich, Germany, and they were so pleased to have the opportunity of handling Deidre’s book which is their first enterprise and they will also shortly be printing a cookery book currently being written by Jay. Good luck to Max and Jay with their new enterprise.
Jay welcomed the large group of people who had come to the book signing and introduced Deidre who read a short passage from the book and this was followed by a Bellapais resident and author, Paul Davis, who also read two further passages. Jay is a wonderful photographer, as we have seen from his exhibitions, and he had produced with Max an image of the cover of the book which they presented to Deidre.
As is normal at this type of event, there were many familiar faces and a lot of conversation and Deidre was kept very busy signing many books for a large number of people.
I am just starting to read the book and am sure it is going to be very enjoyable learning of the Guthrie family’s life in Bellapais all those years ago. My review of the book “A Bell in Bellapais” will follow in the near future.
A Bell in Bellapais is available at Bestseller Bookshop, Karakum and through Amazon UK.
By Margaret Sheard…..
There will be a selection of women’s clothing sizes 18 upwards at KAR’s Glad Rags from 6th to 10th June, which will include swimwear, tops, trouser, shorts, lingerie, dresses and much more, and all items will be displayed on dedicated rails.
The shop is located at the KAR office in Karapasa Plaza on the main road travelling east from Girne and is between Cagra Yapi Market and the Stroll Inn restaurant, it is open Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 4.30pm, so why not go along and see what you can find from the many bargains on offer at the Glad Rags Big is Beautiful week.
Glad Rags is yet another means of raising funds by Kyrenia Animal Rescue (KAR) so, while choosing something nice for yourself, you are also helping the Centre and the unwanted dogs and cats of North Cyprus.
By Margaret Sheard…..
I had previously heard reports of the wonderful 1001 Airport Mall, which is situated on the main Lefkoşa/Gazi Mağusa road at the junction to Ercan Airport, and we decided it was time to go and visit the Mall ourselves. We were not disappointed, it is indeed a great place to visit and for sure we will go again.
On arriving at the parking area it was good to see that thought had been given to the hot summers and the majority of the car parking area is under canvas awning so no more returning to a vehicle which feels like entering a sauna.
The Mall entrance area was decorated with balloons, natural foliage with a large statue and sheep ornaments and we noted there were wheelchairs for disabled people. In the Mall itself we were very impressed to see areas to our left and right with many shops selling a good range and variety of items.
We started on the left side where there was an information counter where we talked to the staff who were very helpful, there are a number of quality clothes shops, linens, porcelain, a bank, computer, TV and white goods, and a huge yapi market where there was I would think everything you might need for the home from furnishings and lighting to decorating materials, plastic-ware and much more. At this end of the Mall were the toilets and I must say they were excellent – very modern and very clean.
After wandering around this end of the Mall we started on the other end where we found jewellery, shoes, mother and baby, more clothes shops and a huge toy shop. There is a large seating area surrounded by food outlets giving a large range of different types of snacks. As we didn’t want to eat we chose to have a coffee and sat in the outside seating area to relax and discuss what we had seen.
Throughout the concourse there were a number of antique and very colourful 3-wheeler trike trucks with the Arcelik logo on the front, and we noted one of them, a bright red truck, was filled with all manner of sizes and colours of bra’s.
After our break we continued exploring the Mall and came to the area which is dedicated to the younger generation and children. There is a huge play area for the younger children with a host of playthings to keep them amused. In a smaller area there are games for the older children. All around the Mall we were seeing staff dressed as cartoon characters walking around and having fun and photos taken with the children.
The building which was originally occupied by 1001 has had a major facelift and refurbishment and we finished our tour with a visit to 1001 and were very impressed with the layout and items on offer. The 1001 store boasts a food hall with a large vegetable section as well as their normal range of many goods and there is even a very nice small cafeteria area where you can sit for a drink and perhaps one of their delicious looking cakes.
So our impression of the 1001 Airport Mall – brilliant, and we will certainly visit again. I believe this is the first authentic modern style Mall in North Cyprus and it would be nice to see more springing up in other areas in the future, to enjoy stress free shopping in a very nice environment. On a previous visit to the UK we visited the Lakeside shopping centre in Essex which has a huge mall, much larger in scale than the 1001 Airport Mall but North Cyprus is now getting to be so much more advanced and sophisticated to 12 years ago when I first came to live here.