The Flowers of Idylness
In: Out of the loop5 Mar 2011
What a strange old time we have been having here in North Cyprus as the government tries to introduce austerity measures (is that a euphemism for cut backs?). The court personnel are on strike, the Trade Unions are planning strike action and we have had a tornado in Nicosia. Unfortunately the tornado was not at the seat of government but we live in hope.
I have just found out the new High Commissioner for Cyprus is Welsh. Mr John Christopher William Kidd comes from Aberystwyth which will be his undoing of course. Had he come from South Wales, I predict he might have made Prime Minister. He “popped over” to the North to give blood at the British Residents’ Blood Donor Day so it seems he is not such a bad egg after all.
Recently, our friends Brigid and John who live in Spain, came to stay. I think they enjoyed the break away as John is recovering from knee surgery but it seems a slow process.
We took them to Tango to Buddha for the Children in Need Foundation Italian evening and it went well despite my food being cold the first time around. The singer, Tony Wand, was very good and quickly had the audience singing along. The ladies, especially those of a certain age, seemed rather taken with him. We didn’t stay too late but I found out later that the organisers raised TL2,320 which has already been given to a Rest and Respite room at the Thalassaemia Centre in the grounds of Nicosia State Hospital. A very worthy cause!
One thing though, I dread to think what would happen if the ex-pat community stopped fund raising as they keep so many charities afloat. North Cyprus is just beginning to bloom as the weather is quite lovely at the moment. We have had rain, which we desperately need, but sunshine abounds too so everywhere is looking verdant and fresh. It’s a shame it’s almost time for the snakes to come out of hibernation. God how I hate them!
Slowly, people are beginning to return to our estate and it is good to see old friends again. Jashan’s restaurant will re-open this month which will, no doubt, please many people but I do not look forward to the smell of burnt spices wafting down the road. Oh well, live and let live I suppose.
As I write, James is away with friends; Bob is asleep on the sofa, as is Bilbo. Gracie is asleep on the floor and our latest guest, Bertie, an American water spaniel, is also asleep. Was it something I said do you think?
Time for me to go but ponder this: “Why is the man who invests all your money called a broker?”
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