My Camera Is Repaired

Canon’s Istanbul service centre unexpectedly repaired my Canon A710 IS camera (damaged 2 weeks ago) under warranty for no charge, even though I had bought it in the USA and they did not see a purchase receipt. I didn’t know it was fixed until I received a parcel sent by courier. Yippeeee! 🙂

The retractable lens cover piece was stuck and not broken as I had thought. If the camera required significant repairs I wonder if it would be fixed under warranty…

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Japanese TV To Feature Turkey?

Last week Yutaka emailed me, asking for assistance with questions about Turkey. Yutaka was an AIESEC trainee in Turkey in 2004-2005 and TBS, a Japanese TV station had contacted him via his website. They wanted to know specific answers about Turkey to help decide which country to base their end of year episode of Ichiteru on. Ichiteru is a talk-show featuring non-Japanese women living in Japan. I hope they choose Turkey!

As TBS required answers promptly, I have already sent my replies to Yutaka. I will disclose them on this blog later. In the meantime, what are you responses to the following questions?

In Turkey,

1: is there a job that is NOT likely to exist in Japan (or in any other countries)?

2: is there anything free that is NOT usually free in other countries?

3: how men satisfy their sexual needs by PAYING MONEY?
(since Turkey is a Muslim nation, the TV station simply wonders..)

4: what are criteria for good-looking men?

5: do you know anybody who personally runs her/his own zoo?

6: is there a TV show specially aimed for house-wives?
If yes, can you please name some (with details, preferably)

7: is there an interesting/funny/strange accomodation for students?

8: is there a special signal that you send when you want to have sex?
(like making eye contact, etc..)

9: is there a “taboo” present that you should never ever give?

UPDATE (2006/12/12): I have justed posted the answers I sent to Yutaka in the comments.
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Mersin And Turkey Links And News Stories

Below are some stories I had bookmarked earlier but only now got around to posting:

– Turkey’s senior women’s soccer team defeated Northern Ireland in Mersin as part of their EURO 2009 qualifying

– An Ak Party member of the Turkish Parliament from Mersin redefines the definition of political cowboy

– An Islamic version of creationism is being heavily pushed by mysterious forces in Turkey

– 2 women journalists arrested in Mersin were finally released after being held for 9 months

Mersin Sosyete (Mersin Society), a well designed local entertainment portal opened in the summer although I only noticed it recently

– For your viewing pleasure, a video showing some of Mersin Province’s highlights:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pb0WW99-sk0]

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Mersin Motor Show 2006

On Sunday the 26th of November I borrowed Levent’s bike and rode down the coast with Peter and Michael Can to the new Marina complex for the Mersin Car, Commercial Vehicle and Motorcycle Fair (Mersin Otomobil, Ticari Araclar ve Motosiklet Fuari). The weather was brilliant – sunny and mild, like most of the past month.

2.50 YTL each later we were inside the exhibition. As the names suggests, the fair was divided into 3 sections: motorbikes, commercial vehicles and cars.


MOFO‘6 sounds better than MOF’06 (Mersin Oto Fuari 2006), doesn’t it?


Peter and Michael Can’s dream family bike


Earlier this year, Mersin’s government-run bus system entered the 20th century, introducing new buses containing electronic signs and air conditioning.


A slightly better sound system than my 1979 Chrysler Sigma’s (R.I.P.) AM radio


I heartily endorse Coskun’s automotive supplies and services. To get this photo I played the foreigner card 🙂


Looking down the car hall


No Ferraris, Rolls Royces or Lamborghinis were on display but EUR 178,000 for a Mercedes 4WD is still impressive.


I don’t know how effective this backdrop for the Skoda display was


Peter accidentally set off this Ford’s car alarm


The gorgeous sunset, automobile style

Overall, a great day, except…

Part of the way home, we stopped at the park next to Cep Sinemasi for a kick of soccer. Unfortunately, at some stage my Canon A710 sustained damage to the lens cover. The camera is now at the Canon service centre in Istanbul and I’m waiting to find out how much the repair will damage my wallet. In theory, the replacement lens cover part should only cost a few cents. An alternative option is to fly to the US and get the camera repaired under warranty. However, the return flight maybe more expensive than the repair in Istanbul.

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Chinese Cabbage Sighted

I saw Chinese cabbage (‘Cin Lanasi’) in Mersin for the first ever today, at the weekly fruit and vegetable bazaar (‘pazar’) outside the stadium. As my fridge is full, I didn’t buy a monster 3 kg cabbage but my boss did and I took a quarter of his. Bring on the stir fries and salads…yum!

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