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    More tea?

    A few weeks ago we were in Adana. We went to the cash and carry. Lutfiye said we should buy the big five kilo bag of Ceylon tea. Ceylon tea is our tea of choice, by the way. It is the tea Lutfiye's family drink, so it is the tea that was here when I arrived. Anyway, I did a quick bit of mental...
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    Tea

    I grow up in a working-class, Irish household. Tea came in mugs with milk and enough sugar to ensure diabetes. It also came strong enough to allow your spoon to stand up in it on its own. I now live in a middle-class, Turkish household. Tea comes in small glasses, without milk but people still...
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    Anamur-Alanya-Antalya

    We are flying to London from Antalya this year. Lutfiye has friends there so we will stay with them for a few days before jetting off. Antalya is about 400km west of us so we have decided to do a short road trip to get there. Here is our itinerary, what I have just planned. Hurrah for me. If...
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    Pest control

    BBC News - How common are fox attacks on humans? This isn't about the article. It's about the first comment: Right here in Woodford there are foxes who come into open kitchen doors and steal runners [trainers] shoos etc .They are as bold as brass, and very cheeky, the problem is people feed...
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    The goalkeeper's fear of the penalty kick.

    The mistake by Rob Green highlighted the inherant danger of being a 'keeper. A goalie can have a brilliant game and have one piece of luck (bad) and lose the game. A striker can have a dreadful game and have one piece of luck (good) and win the game. The only time the pressure of the...
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    Now here's an idea...

    Please spare a thought for poor Mike Phelps who wrote this to the Daily Mail. I had not realised one of the new goverment's first acts was to pass a law compelling everybody in the UK to watch every football match televised. Thinking about it, if that had happened I am sure someone would...
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    Cry havoc!

    We now have dogs. Two puppies. Of course after the decision to adopt them the next biggest decision is their names. Hoping they wil grow up to be loyal companions ready to sacrifice themselves to defend the family I suggest things like Deimos and Phobos (fear and terror) or Donner and Blitzen...
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    Fly the flag?

    I wrote this four years ago before the last world cup but, unfortuneatly, it still applies for me this year. "To be standing by the flag not feeling shameful, racist or partial." Irish blood, English heart - Morrissey This I'm made of. My parents are Irish but I was born and raised in London...
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    Is anything sacrosanct?

    There was a quote in a recent thread that got me thinking: "each faith has its own code of ethics which no one should question or attack, they should each be respected in equal measure irrespective of content". I strongly disagree with this. People should be able to question anything. If...
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    Which would you choose: Religion or music?

    One of the arguments often cited in defending religion when atheists say it is a bad thing, is that religion has inspired mankind to create great beauty. Amazing art, awesome architecture, magnificent music. It’s not an argument that washes in Iran. Ali Bagherzadeh, head of the private...
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    It ain't necessarily so.

    This is an elected politician in the UK. He wants creationism to be given equal status with science in museums, Northern Ireland minister calls on Ulster Museum to promote creationism | Politics | The Guardian Well, why not. Alongside the fossil displays, the explanations of carbon dating...
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    Sarpedon

    I have put this in the history thread, but it isn't really history. Its more mythology. I was raised a good little Catholic, so I know that Jesus was the son of God. However being the son of God, or rather being the son of a god, isn’t the big deal I used to think it was when I was that good...
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    Inspired by the flowers at an ancient site...

    "Look at all those poppies," says Lutfiye. "I only ever see poppies where people have lived for ages. In ancient sies. There are no poppies around Kum Mahellesi because it's new land, reclaimed from the lake. I think they are the souls of the dead. I love them. They look so vibrant, so...
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    Citizen Joe.

    I haven't been around on this forum for a while but I'm back now, so - Hi. Again. Anyway I just thought I'd post that I now have dual nationality - I am a Turkish citizen! I'll now spend some time catching up on what's been going on here.
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    Ankara

    I am going to Ankara tonight. I get on a coach at 10:30 tonight, spend 8 hours on it and get to Ankara at about half six tomorrow morning. Then I spend less than a day there (at the British Embassy sorting some paperwork out) before getting the coach back at 10:30 tomorrow night. Now, I have a...
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