Although I had heard the term ‘podcasting’ many times previously, the concept did not sink in until I read a story on the BBC website: ‘Podcasters’ look to net money. The article is fairly comprehensive, very interesting and raises a number of points to ponder, such as:

It [Podcasting] is totally going to kill the business model of radio

Podcasting is something I may look to do in the future to complement this blog.

The Petrol Price Keeps Rising

Petrol is almost 2.50 YTL (US$1.85) and diesel, almost 2.00 YTL (US$1.48) per litre. This is extremely expensive but I doubt the price will be going down at any stage soon.

One good thing, though, is the petrol stations don’t have to keep adding zeros to keep up with the old lira.

Huseyin Abi Is Not Well

Today I walked to Mersin’s public hospital (Devlet Hastanesi) to see Huseyin abi and give him a bunch of flowers. Huseyin abi hurt his back in a fall in Adana. He has been in hospital for 2 weeks and does not know when he will be out.

Huseyin abi is staying in one of 6 beds in his room in the brain surgery section of the hospital. Apparently, the back patients stay in this section. When I received his SMS, I thought he was having brain surgery! His hospital room is okay but the toilets are disgusting for a place that should be hygienic and clean.

I hope Huseying abi gets better soon for his and his family’s sake.

Only In Turkey…

Where can you find large pictures of skimpy ladies next to a mosque entrance?

Camlibel (my suburb), Mersin, Turkey.

The “Park Camii” sign points to the entrance of the “Park Mosque” where the man is standing. The skimpy ladies are actually advertising shoes from the Turkish “Shoe & Me” shoe store.

The Smoothie To End All Smoothies

From Saturday evening:

2 bananas
1 kiwi
1 carrot
1 orange
250 gm pistachio icecream
fresh mint
juice of half a lemon
2 desert spoons of sweetened, condensed milk
soda water

1) Slice fruit and add all ingredients into a jug.

2) Blend

Note: the drink was delicious although normal water would probably be better than soda water.

Friday Night

Orhan and I had a few beers at the “Blue Sky” pub in “Antik Han” (Ancient Caravanserai) in the centre of Mersin.

For 6 new lira it was 2 Beck’s beers, nuts, carrot sticks and popcorn.

Afterwards we went I our separate ways home.

The port was still operating at 11 pm on a Saturday night.

The new coastal development includes the ubiquitous fountains.

Songs From The 80s

Orhan wanted me to give him a list of songs from the 1980s so he could make a CD. As a 21 year old Turk, he has not received much exposure to foreign (non-Turkish) songs of the eighties.

I started making a list and then could not stop. The list is not strictly from the 80s as there are a few songs from the late 70s and early 90s. For me some of the songs are cringe-worthy; all are memorable.

A-ha: Take On Me
Abdul, Paula: Rush Rush
B-52s: Love Shack
Bad English: When I See You Smile
Bananarama: Venus

Bangles: Walk Like An Egyptian
Basil, Toni: Mickey
Benatar, Pat: Hit Me With Your Best Shot
Big Audio Dynamite II: Rush
Blondie: Call Me

Bowie, David: Let’s Dance
Branigan, Laura: Gloria
Carlisle, Belinda: Heaven Is A Place On Earth
Carnes, Kim: Bette Davis Eyes
Charlene: I’ve Never Been to Me

Concrete Blonde: Joey
Cooper, Alice: Poison
Cross, Christopher: Ride Like The Wind
Crowded House: Don’t Dream It’s Over
Culture Club: Karma Chameleon

Dayne, Taylor: Love Will Lead You Back
De Burgh, Chris: The Lady In Red
Dead or Alive: You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)
Dexys Midnight Runners: Come On Eileen
Devo: Whip It

Dolce, Joe: Shaddap You Face
Duran Duran: Hungry Like The Wolf
Easton, Sheena: Morning Train
EMF: Unbelievable
Europe: The Final Countdown

Frankie Goes To Hollywood: Relax
Gaye, Marvin: Sexual Healing
Hart, Corey: Sunglasses At Night
Hawkins, Sophie B.: As I Lay Me Down
Higgins, Bertie: Key Largo

Hot Chocolate: You Sexy Thing
INXS: New Sensation
J. Geils Band: Centerfold
Juice Newton: Angel Of The Morning
Katrina & The Waves: Walking On Sunshine

Lauper, Cyndi: Girls Just Want to Have Fun
Lewis, Huey and the News: The Power Of Love
Lipps, Inc.: Funkytown
Loggins, Kenny: Footloose
Los Lobos: La Bamba

Madonna: La Isla Bonita
Madness: Our House
Martika: Toy Soldiers
MC Hammer: U Can’t Touch This
McFerrin, Bobby: Don’t Worry Be Happy

Men At Work: Who Can It Be Now
Morrison, Van Brown: Eyed Girl
Moving Pictures: What About Me
Myles, Allanah: Black Velvet
Naked Eyes: Always Something There to Remind Me

Nena: 99 Luftballons
New Order: Blue Monday
Newton-John, Olivia: Physical
Ocean, Billy: Get out of my dreams, get into my car
Opus: Life is Life

Palmer, Robert: Addicted To Love
Parker, Ray Jr.: Ghostbusters
Poison: Nothin’ But A Good Time
Pop, Iggy: Candy
Pretenders: Don’t Get Me Wrong

Proclaimers: I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)
Rabbitt, Eddie: I Love a Rainy Night
Run DMC: Walk This Way
Scorpion: Wind of Change
Simple Minds: Don’t You (Forget About Me)

Split Enz: Six Months in a Leaky Boat
Soft Cell: Tainted Love
Spandeau Ballet: True
Starship: We Built This City
Taco: Puttin’ on the Ritz

Tears For Fears: Shout
The Buggles: Video Killed the Radio Star
The Church: Under the Milky Way
The Cure: A Forest
The Pointer Sisters: I’m So Excited

Toto: Africa
Vanilla Ice: Ice Ice Baby
Vapors: Turning Japanese
Waite, John: Missing You
Warrant: Cherry Pie

Wilde, Kim: Kids In America
Deniece Williams: Let’s Hear It for the Boy
Wilson Phillips: Hold On
XTC: Dear God
Young MC: Bust a Move