Today is the 80th anniversary of the Turkish Republic

Modern Turkey is a young country, established in 1923.

Today is an official public holiday in Turkey, ‘Republic Day’. There are thousands of Turkish flags flying from houses, lamp posts, boats, buses, businesses and everywhere else. Before work this morning, I walked to the yacht harbour and the Republic Square. On the square they were getting ready for some formalities.

After some discussion this morning, work will finish at 1 pm. In previous years I have worked all day on Republic Day.

In 1923, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk founded the Turkish Republic. This is one of the many changes he helped bring about. Ataturk, the changes he made and the legend he is in Turkey today is a massive subject, something I may attempt to detail later.