Chris Cook answers the North Cyprus Free Press call for articles

King's Shilling

I left the UK over 40 years ago, as I did not agree with the way society was heading and felt that I would be better served working and making my life in other places.

Looking back over the last 40 years, the report card on western society is not one to give one hope and that it is going faster into a terminal decline is only illustrated by the accumulation of economic problems, but also from the fact that people are not happy; have lost most of their moral values, do not trust any Government, especially the EEC and are now very negative in their reactions, also more likely to favour ill informed radical solutions to problems.

After saying all that, one could assume I was a suicidal pessimist; yet in fact am very Happy, as I live in Cyprus.

I first came to Cyprus in 1955, as a 7 year old boy visiting his grandfather, who had retired here in the 30’s. After looking at many places around the world chose North Cyprus. Why the North?

It certainly leaves an impression on 7 year old boy to be shot at while being shown around the island by his grandfather, the fact that the Greek separatists then burnt down his house and stables, killing his horses did not help.

I must admit that it was some honest and ashamed Greeks who saved us when our car was shot up, so there are Good Greeks out there, let us hope their voice is still heard.

But why the North? Many things are great here, the weather, the people are very friendly & helpful, security and the laid back attitude all help, yet above all it is easy to live a stress free inexpensive life. I wake up every morning happy and that is the most important thing in life.

I understand that some ex pats are not happy with some aspects of life here; many trapped in the property problems expect the Government to solve their problems over night. Which is unreasonable as it is not a problem for the majority of Cypriots. The fact that people got bad advice and expected everything to be safe as buying a house in the UK is unfortunate.

Buyer beware is as true today as ever, and not only covers property, yet people all over the world are losing their houses, savings & pensions. Look further at what is happening worldwide and you will see millions of people are loosing their basic human rights and their lives.

Every boxer is told before he fights in the ring ‘defend yourselves at all times’ .

The other beef of the Brits, is the administration, just look at what we have to do to get our passports renewed now. I have lived in Africa for 20 years and it could take months just to get in the door and you would have to pay ‘dash’ at every step.

I had to get a paper signed and stamped by the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs the other day; it took me 45 minutes and to my shame I don’t speak Turkish. The next day I thought it wise to get the paper stamped by the Turkish Embassy, so pre warned about the long queues went early only to find over 200+ waiting at 7 am, I had twisted my knee and had a large knee support on, so was hopping along like a crab; when I arrived the Turkish officer waved me in at once and sat me down inside with ticket number 2. That is just one of the many things I love about this country.

The other big moan is work permits, before anyone next comments about this subject; remember that there are over 2,500,000 non British EEC nationals legally working in UK and how many more are illegal? Ask the unemployed in UK what they think of that; are you surprised that the Cypriots want to safeguard their jobs. Perhaps we should warn the Turkish Cypriots that if they join the EEC to expect hundreds of thousands of migrant works and that the cost of living will go up two or three times as a result of joining the EEC!

I hope the British community could do more to help North Cyprus in its efforts to get direct flights and recognition for their country, I feel ashamed that Britain has not done more to safeguard the rights of the Turkish Cypriots; I feel that the vested interests of the bases and not rocking the boat in the EEC, has clouded successive UK governments’ will. The lonely voices of a few MPs and those in the House of Lords is not enough to persuade the Government to act.

If anyone has any ideas of how we could help please speak up as it is time for us to nail our true colours to the mast.

Having read your reply. I accept your call & have read all the reports in your paper again. To be fare there are many interesting positive stories, although some not too new.
I should point out that I am not a fan of Cyprus 44 as it is too full of stupid hate mail & has become a public place to mouth off. I hope you can stop the same happening to your press.
I left the UK over 40 years ago, as I did not agree with the way society was heading and felt that I would be better served working and making my life in other places.
Looking back over  the last 40 years, the report card on western society is not one to give one hope and that it is going faster into a terminal decline is only illustrated by the accumulation of economic  problems, but also from the  fact that people are not happy; have lost most of their moral values, do not trust any Government, especially the EEC and  are now very negative in their reactions, also more likely to favour ill informed radical solutions to problems.
After saying all that, one could assume I was a suicidal pessimist; yet in fact am very Happy, as I live in Cyprus.
I first came to Cyprus in 1955, as a 7 year old boy visiting his grandfather, who had retired here in the 30's. After looking at many places around the world chose North Cyprus.  Why the North?
It certainly leaves an impression on 7 year old boy to be shot at while being shown around the island by his grandfather, the fact that the Greek separatists  then burnt down his house and stables, killing his horses did not help.
I must admit that it was some honest and ashamed Greeks who saved us when our car was shot up, so there are Good Greeks out there,  let us hope their voice is still heard.
But why the North?  Many things are great here, the weather, the people are very  friendly & helpful, security and the laid back attitude all help, yet above all it is easy to live a stress free inexpensive  life.  I wake up every morning happy and that is the most important thing in life.
I understand that some ex pats are not happy with some aspects of life here; many trapped in the property problems expect  the Government to solve their problems over night. Which is unreasonable as it is not a problem for the majority of Cypriots.  The fact that people got bad advice and expected everything to be safe as buying a house in the Uk is unfortunate.
Buyer beware is as true today as ever, and not only covers property , yet people all over the world are losing their houses, savings & pensions. Look further at what is happening worldwide and you will see millions of people are loosing their basic human rights and their lives.
Every boxer is told before he fights in the ring 'defend yourselves at all times' .
The other beef of the Brits, is the administration,  just look at what we have to do to get our passports renewed now. I have lived in Africa for 20 years and it could take months just to get in the door and you would have to pay 'dash' at every step.
I had to get a paper signed  and stamped by the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs the other day; it took me 45 minutes and to my shame I don’t speak Turkish. The next day I thought it wise to get the paper stamped by the Turkish Embassy, so pre warned about the long queues went early only to find over 200+ waiting at 7 am,  I had twisted my knee and  had a large knee support on, so was hopping along like a crab; when I arrived the Turkish officer waved me in at once and sat me down inside with ticket number 2.  That is just one of the many things I love about this country.
The other big moan is work permits, before anyone next comments about this subject ; remember that there is over 2,500,000 non British EEC nationals legally working in UK and how many more are illegal? Ask the unemployed in UK what they think of that; are you surprised that the Cypriots want to safeguard their  jobs.  Perhaps we should warn the Turkish Cypriots that If they join the EEC to expect hundreds of thousands of migrant works and that the cost of living will go up two or three times as a result of joining the EEC!
I hope the British community could do more to help North Cyprus in its efforts to get direct flights and recognition for their country, I feel ashamed that Britain has not done more to safeguard the rights of the Turkish Cypriots; I feel that the vested interests of  the bases and not rocking the boat in the EEC, has clouded successive UK governments will. The lonely voices of a few MPs and those in the House of Lords is not enough to persuade the Government  to act.
Having read your reply. I accept your call & have read all the reports in your paper again. To be fare there are many interesting positive stories, although some not too new.

I should point out that I am not a fan of Cyprus 44 as it is too full of stupid hate mail & has become a public place to mouth off. I hope you can stop the same happening to your press.

I left the UK over 40 years ago, as I did not agree with the way society was heading and felt that I would be better served working and making my life in other places.

Looking back over  the last 40 years, the report card on western society is not one to give one hope and that it is going faster into a terminal decline is only illustrated by the accumulation of economic  problems, but also from the  fact that people are not happy; have lost most of their moral values, do not trust any Government, especially the EEC and  are now very negative in their reactions, also more likely to favour ill informed radical solutions to problems.

After saying all that, one could assume I was a suicidal pessimist; yet in fact am very Happy, as I live in Cyprus.

I first came to Cyprus in 1955, as a 7 year old boy visiting his grandfather, who had retired here in the 30's. After looking at many places around the world chose North Cyprus.  Why the North?

It certainly leaves an impression on 7 year old boy to be shot at while being shown around the island by his grandfather, the fact that the Greek separatists  then burnt down his house and stables, killing his horses did not help.

I must admit that it was some honest and ashamed Greeks who saved us when our car was shot up, so there are Good Greeks out there,  let us hope their voice is still heard.

But why the North?  Many things are great here, the weather, the people are very  friendly & helpful, security and the laid back attitude all help, yet above all it is easy to live a stress free inexpensive  life.  I wake up every morning happy and that is the most important thing in life.

I understand that some ex pats are not happy with some aspects of life here; many trapped in the property problems expect  the Government to solve their problems over night. Which is unreasonable as it is not a problem for the majority of Cypriots.  The fact that people got bad advice and expected everything to be safe as buying a house in the Uk is unfortunate.

Buyer beware is as true today as ever, and not only covers property , yet people all over the world are losing their houses, savings & pensions. Look further at what is happening worldwide and you will see millions of people are loosing their basic human rights and their lives.

Every boxer is told before he fights in the ring 'defend yourselves at all times' .

The other beef of the Brits, is the administration,  just look at what we have to do to get our passports renewed now. I have lived in Africa for 20 years and it could take months just to get in the door and you would have to pay 'dash' at every step.

I had to get a paper signed  and stamped by the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs the other day; it took me 45 minutes and to my shame I don’t speak Turkish. The next day I thought it wise to get the paper stamped by the Turkish Embassy, so pre warned about the long queues went early only to find over 200+ waiting at 7 am,  I had twisted my knee and  had a large knee support on, so was hopping along like a crab; when I arrived the Turkish officer waved me in at once and sat me down inside with ticket number 2.  That is just one of the many things I love about this country.

The other big moan is work permits, before anyone next comments about this subject ; remember that there is over 2,500,000 non British EEC nationals legally working in UK and how many more are illegal? Ask the unemployed in UK what they think of that; are you surprised that the Cypriots want to safeguard their  jobs.  Perhaps we should warn the Turkish Cypriots that If they join the EEC to expect hundreds of thousands of migrant works and that the cost of living will go up two or three times as a result of joining the EEC!

I hope the British community could do more to help North Cyprus in its efforts to get direct flights and recognition for their country, I feel ashamed that Britain has not done more to safeguard the rights of the Turkish Cypriots; I feel that the vested interests of  the bases and not rocking the boat in the EEC, has clouded successive UK governments will. The lonely voices of a few MPs and those in the House of Lords is not enough to persuade the Government  to act.

If anyone has any ideas of how we could help please speak up it is time for us to nail our true colours to the mast.

 

If anyone has any ideas of how we could help please speak up it is time for us to nail our true colours to the mast.
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