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20 May 2008

Water Shortages in North Cyprus

If only! Am I the only one being driven nuts by water deliveries that are allocated at random? Some weeks it's twice a week, other times it's been 10 days between deliveries, and it makes any sort of sensible life planning a logistical nightmare.

Now, I know water is short earlier than usual this year, but water shortages in North Cyprus are not exactly a novelty. We know they are going to happen well in advance by the simple observation that we haven't got wet very much during the winter! It's a simple equation; no rain in the winter, no water for the summer. We know that, the authorities know that, probably even my cat knows that.

On my last visit back to Blighty at Christmas, I noticed a chart stuck to my sister's fridge, giving her recycling bin collections dates for the whole year. Yes, the whole year, including alternative collection dates for Bank Holidays, and special 'green' deliveries to collect your old Christmas trees once you had taken them down mid January.

Why can't we manage such simple organisation, when water shortages are predicted months in advance? Such chaos smacks of "Alice in Wonderland' logic, as the White Queen remarked:'The rule is, jam to-morrow and jam yesterday - but never jam to-day.''It MUST come sometimes to "jam to-day,"' Alice objected.'No, it can't,' said the Queen. 'It's jam every OTHER day: to-day isn't any OTHER day, you know.''I don't understand you,' said Alice. 'It's dreadfully confusing!'

And the irony behind it all? Christmas in the UK was wet and horrible, and I spent Boxing Day helping my sister pump out her garage inspection pit because it was - flooded. Happy days!


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