TRNC Water Project update: Water expected in Cyprus in May 2015

Guven Karacuha, Vice-General Director of the State Hydraulic Works, has said that the terrestrial part of the project has completed, and when work to secure the pipes at sea is finished, “water from Alakporu will start to flow to TRNC from May 2015″.

However, despite the advantages of water supply to the island, there has been some controversy surrounding the pipeline work.

Protests have been held by local residents who have been ordered to evacuate their homes for he construction of a dam. They are demanding new houses, free of charge.


Cypriot ship overturns in Scotland, major search launched

Images taken from BBC Scotland

Images taken from BBC Scotland

A major search has commenced after a Cypriot registered cargo ship overturned north of Scotland.

According to BBC Scotland, eight people were reported to have been on board the cement carrying ship.

The upturned ship was found by a passing ferry in the Pentland Firth.

Two rescue helicopters, four lifeboats and other vessels are being used in the search for the crew of the Cemfjord ship. Shetland Coastguard are co-coordinating the rescue efforts.

Brise of Hamburg, managers of the Cemfjord, said in a statement that the crew consisted of seven Poles and a Filipino.

It added: “No distress call was received from the vessel. Bad weather prevailed in the area at the time and conditions remain difficult at the scene, with storm force winds.

“The company is in the process of informing the families.”


A must try: Top things to do in Kyrenia

The following are ranked by Trip Advisor as the top 20 things to do in Kyrenia, North Cyprus.
  1. St. Hilarion Castle
  2. Bellapais Monastery
  3. Kyrenia Castle
  4. Kyrenia Harbour
  5. Buffavento Castle
  6. Ancient Shipwreck Museum
  7. Alagadi Turtle Beach
  8. The Cyprus & Carob Warehouse
  9. Green Heights Park
  10. St Andrews Church
  11. Baldoken Ottoman Graveyard
  12. Archangelos Michael Church & Icon Museum
  13. Essayed Emin Efendi Water Cistern
  14. Kyrenia Icon Museum
  15. Hasan Kavizade huseyin efendi fountain & stone steps
  16. Lusignan Period City Walls & Towers
  17. Agha Cafar Pasha Mosque
  18. Kultstatte Myrtou Pyfades
  19. Chysopolitissa Church
  20. Diana Beach
For further information, maps, photos and reviews visit TripAdvisor.

North Cyprus currency: No euro worries with the Turkish Lira

Many people do not realise that the currency in North Cyprus is the Turkish Lira. (TL)  The economic problems with the Euro are limited only to the southern part of the island.  North Cyprus is self governing, and has a separate financial system which does not use the Euro. In North Cyprus the banking system is functioning as normal and, thankfully, it is not affected by any financial problems caused by the Euro.

When visiting North Cyprus you can change your currency to TL before you go, or whilst you are there at many exchange outlets.  The exchange rate is favourable so you will find that eating out, sightseeing and shopping all represent excellent value for money.  There is an array of shops selling gold, electrical and leather goods; all at competitive prices.

A holiday in North Cyprus is the perfect opportunity to relax and spend time with friends and family, exploring the island, sampling the traditional foods at a pace of life which is unhurried and the local people are welcoming and friendly, with no euro worries with the Turkish Lira

More information of currency can be found here: Click here

Burgers are as popular as ever


According to Google Burger Recipes top the list when searching for foods and nothing better than the comfort food itself.  Whether it’s meat, vegi option it’s top of the list and many a recipe has been pulled together to satisfy all tastes.

Recreate the authentic American diner experience with burgers in soft white bun, add fries and salad to your requirements and washed down by a thick vanilla milkshake.  (recipe taken from BBC – Food – Recipes: Cheeseburger and fries)


For the cheeseburger
For the fries
For the vanilla milkshake

Preparation method

  1. For the cheeseburger, put the mince in a large bowl and season with salt and pepper. Use your hands to shape the mince into four burger-shaped patties. Wrap the patties in cling film and place in the fridge for an hour.
  2. Heat a large frying pan and add the oil. Once hot, add the burgers and cook each side for 2-3 minutes. When cooked, set aside to rest.
  3. In a small bowl, mix the mustard with the mayonnaise.
  4. For the fries, preheat a deep-fat fryer to 180C/350F. (CAUTION: hot oil can be dangerous. Do not leave unattended.)
  5. Fry the chips for 3-4 minutes, then drain on kitchen paper and season with salt.
  6. For the vanilla milkshake, place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
  7. Just before serving, pour the milkshake into glasses.
  8. To assemble the burger, place each patty in a brioche roll topped with the gherkins, sliced tomato, lettuce, a few onion slices, cheese and beer mustard mayonnaise.
  9. Place the burgers on serving plates and secure with a wooden skewer. Place the fries alongside and serve with the milkshakes.


What’s Your New Years Resolution?

Let’s face it, we all have one but in reality do we stick to our New Years Resolutions?  The easy part is coming up with it, the hardest part is sticking to it. Here are our top 5 resolutions:

1.  Shifting the Christmas Bulge:

I’m sure you can all relate to this one. If it isn’t Turkey, it’s pigs-in-blankets and if it isn’t Christmas pudding it’s a cheese cake. Yep, tis’ the season of indulgence but of course, ‘this year will be different’.

2.  Design the Keep-Fit Plan:

Forget the ridiculously expensive gym membership this year. Go old school. Invest in a decent pair of trainers and get jogging.

3. Sort the Love Life Out:

Remember, life is too short to waste it being unhappy. Be yourself and everything else will fall into place.

4. Organise the Finances:

Most people think that they budget, and budget well. When in reality if you’re spending more than what is coming in, it’s time to sit down and analyse where your money is going. Do your research and get clued up!

5. Every reason not to keep to the resolution:

Do yourself proud this year, be the person you want to be.



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