Notable Personal Events Of the Past 5 Months

During the blog downtime:

Dragos and I moving to a larger house closer to the city. Moving washing machines and fridges up flights of stairs is not recommended!

– Natraj, an AIESEC trainee, arriving from Bangalore, India, to help out at work. My aim to travel overland to India has not weakened.

Ronnie and Bob visiting Mersin on their way through to the Middle East. The party involving Ronnie, Bob, Natraj, Dragos and myself will go down in history as one of the great parties.

– Spending a week with C. Gizem and friends in a cave home in Cappadocia. Being stuck for several hours on the side of a valley cliff was not planned. Thank you Gulcan and C. Gizem for your heroics rescuing me.

– Mum and Dad spending 8 weeks in Turkey. The end of Ramadan holiday venue was Syria. As well as seeing the always wonderful Bangali and Celine in Aleppo, we also visited Palmyra, Damascus and Hama. Palmyra, with all the old Mercedes and the date palms in the desert was probably the highlight.

– Seeing Mum’s cousin, Carol, and her husband, Danny, in Ankara. Danny is on the verge of retiring from the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office and one of his last stints was in Ankara. Mum and Carol had not seen each other for more than 30 years and it was a brilliant reunion. The Red Lion Pub, parties, full English breakfasts and education protests added to the fun.

– Receiving a couple of mentions in the Language Travel Magazine.

I’m sure there were other highlights I can’t remember at the moment. Apologies for any I have missed.

News

Much has occured over the past 5 months or so, both personally and news-wise. I will write more about personal happenings soon. Here are some of the news stories I have bookmarked over his period:

Mersin’s unofficial recyclers are similar to
Cairo’s devoted refuse collectors although they do not collect organic material. A few months ago an official paper and plastic recycling service was instituted in my council area.

Some excavations occuring at Soloi Pompeipolis on the outskirts of Mersin.

Was a Picasso painting found down the coast from Mersin?

An analysis of the Turkish nationalism following the ‘flag‘ incident.

Smuggling rort via Mersin Port.

Ryan Sidney, Mersin’s American basketballer moves to Israel.

Turkey seizes five in ‘bomb plot’: Five men have been arrested in Turkey in connection with a plot to carry out bomb attacks in the Mediterranean resort of Mersin, security forces said.

Mersin’s Port is privatised with Singaporean and Turkish interests paying US$755,000,000 to win the right to operate it.

Bomb kills one in Mersin. I found out about this story via a Herald Sun (Australian) article!

The new lira is taking over.

Mersin wants peace.

Call for Unity at ‘Hand-in-Hand for Mersin’ Meal: Representatives from various political circles, from various religious sects, and from various religions, have come together in Mersin, a city that has been experiencing a high number of riots recently, and delivered the message of “we exist in unity”.

Teachers exiled for teaching evolution theory: Five teachers were exiled in the southeastern city of Mersin for teaching the theory of evolution, which is believed to have shaken the religious beliefs of their students. The city’s governor, who exiled the teachers, had denied reasons behind the move and blamed it on violations of clothing regulations and other irregularities.


Turkey travel advisory warning ‘senseless’
: The Turkish Ambassador to Australia has slammed the Government’s travel advisory warnings, saying they “don’t make sense”.

A tragic accident causing the death of 2 AIESEC Ankara members on the way to a conference. (Article in Turkish).

Cricket is coming to 2 Turkish universities in 2006. (Article in Turkish).

Australia will open a new consulate at Canakkale, near the Gallipoli Peninsula.

Eva Balan, a fellow 2000 UniSA graduate and AIESEC alumni is now the Marketing Manager MSN Southeast Asia, Microsoft Operations Pte Ltd (Singapore).

Finally, the Blog is Back!

Thanks to the wizardry of Imran, this blog is back. In July, more than 5 months ago I destroyed the template. Today, Imran not only fixed the template but made the blog better than ever.

Thank you Imran!

Much has happened in the past 5 months and you should here about this soon.