By Ismail Veli………
Daily News of Life and times in North Cyprus goes around the world
By Margaret Sheard…….
How many readers remember those day when you were woken up by the sound of birds whistling, dogs barking and the sound of your weekend newspaper being put through the letterbox and in remembrance of those far off days for some, we are bringing you you something to read this weekend.
By Chris Elliott…….
The memory of a great friend and mentor, Nigel Watson has been kept alive in the northcyprusforum.net blog complete with its forum that we created, but it’s now time to make some changes to reach out to a bigger audience.
By Chris Elliott….
With so much news and memories arriving on the publishing desk of cyprusscene.com we were delighted to hear from our good friend, John Aziz Kent about the progress of the refurbishing of the Gamblers Inn or Kumarcılar Han in Lefkosa which is close to the Buyuk Han.
John is a retired businessman and Hotelier who on returning from the UK many years ago was the first Turkish Cypriot to build an hotel click here, The Celebrity in Lapta followed later by the Chateau Lambousa hotel and holiday villas.
Such is John’s love of his homeland and its heritage that he purchased the ruins of the Gamblers Inn or Kumarcılar Han in Lefkosa 35 years ago and has been seeking support from successive TRNC governments to have this restored. This he finally achieved with a restoration grant of over £1,000,000 from the Turkish Embassy plus his own investment and that of the TRNC government who will manage the building for the next 10 years before control of the building reverts back to John Aziz Kent.
John is very grateful for the tremendous help and support given by the TRNC Minister of Tourism and Environment, Fikri Ataoğlu and his Undersecretary, Ismet Esenyel, without whose assistance this project could not have been completed.
John who is the Honorary President of the TRNC Hoteliers Association and has for many years been lobbying the government and other organisations to promote Cyprus heritage as a way to increase the numbers of tourists arriving in Northern Cyprus by offering them many cultural and historical events and places to visit.
During this past week John has visited the Kumarcılar Han and said. “When I visited the Kumarcılar Han with some friends I was truly amazed at this final stage of preparations to open it as many people had rented some of the ancient rooms and were setting up their businesses there and we were delighted to be offered coffee in the cafe that will be opening. Although it’s not officially opened I saw many tourists arriving to be greeted by a doorman who let them enter and look around at this lovingly restored Ottoman gem of Cyprus past.”
John said “After waiting all these years I am now delighted to see a dream fulfilled at long last and I would also like to thank my new friends Eren and Sermen Erdogan who run the Facebook page FROZEN CYPRIOTS click here through which its 6,541 worldwide members are discovering and sharing photographs of our marvellous Cyprus heritage for future generations to enjoy.”
By Steven Roberts…….
The normally quiet village of Buyukkonuk (or to use its original Arabic name – Kobi Kebir) attracted thousands of people to its ‘Eco Day’ on Sunday 9th October 2016.
The village’s main street was turned into a large market place with what seemed like hundreds of stalls offering a range of local produce mostly freshly prepared for the day. As you moved along the street you could see and smell kebabs, borek, fruits, bread etc. there were also several stalls with local craft products like woven goods, embroidered pictures, jewellery, and items carved and created with wood. Locally produced lemonade was also on sale, as were stronger drinks like wine and Zivaniya made with Cyprus grapes. (We bought all of these and can vouch for how good they taste!).
You could also see traditional crafts like basket and wooden chair weaving. The olive press was also open, and also attracted a lot of visitors.
The main square was host to entertainment all day long, mostly featuring local musicians and dance performers.
There was some irony in the fact that over 80% of the visitors seemed to arrive by car, but the parking was well marshalled by the Belediye and police, and there seemed to be constant flow of visitors coming and going.
The first Eco Day was held back in 1999, and the event seems to be going from strength to strength.
The next one will probably be in the Spring of 2017, so make a note of the date when it’s announced and go and see for yourself.