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memoir


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Hope there are still some of you oldies out there who have not dropped off your perch. I was at King Richards about 1962 to 1966. My name at the time Brenda Denton my brother was Derek. Racking my brain for names - Lucy Wetton (Bootsy Lucy) Johnny Walker and his sister who could out race anyone on sports days, Susan Purdy, Annette Simms, Julia Bentley (who went on to Cheltenham Ladies College and got expelled for letting boys in dorm) love to know what she is doing now. Teachers, Miss Niven, Miss Proctor. Lefkaritis driver and orderly Costas and Mustafa who were best friends till Eoka told them not to associate. In earlier years I went to a school set up in the medical centre at Karalas Camp that did not last long as it had an atmosphere after being set up as an internment camp for Jews waiting to go to Israel. Then the RAF camp opposite Four Mile Point, finally to Ayios Nicholias where I spent a few years. Pine Trees at Troodos, The Beach Centre, Anchorage Club, whiskey sours



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hi Brenda,

I'm not ex KR but St John's Episkopi 60-62 except for a term or two at Berengaria first. Have only met up with two other ex pupils from that era. Hope you have more success. Last time I went to your old school was an athletic meeting in 1962.



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Hi Brenda,



I remember you and your little brother David as we were at KRS the same time and as coincidence will have it, I bumped into Julia Bentley in the Cabin bar - Lapta - about 18 months ago and she's living here in the north as well - hasn't changed !



Ron Adams



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Hi Brenda, I guess the RAF camp you refer to was RAF Ayios Nikolaos. I was stationed there 1961/62.

Great place to be stationed!



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Hi Ron and everyone, of course I remember you Ron, the king of the twist competitions at the Anchorage Club. Thank god they didn't have mobiles and youtube back then, wouldn't we all just cringe. So you are living out in Cyprus now? Julia too, gosh I never thought I'd hear about her again. Imagined her well engrained in the hunt set of the home counties putting Jilly Coopers heroines to shame. Say hi to her for me and say I hope she has got out of the habit of nicking the biggest and the smallest. She will know what I mean.

Ron, do you not remember my other brother Derek? He was 3 years younger than me. When he died his wife went to live in Israel and the two girls were brought up there. One lives in Holland now and one in London. Don't think they want to go back to Israel. David is still in Scarborough, he emailed me recently but we don't really see each other. David is just David - odd! What was the name of that guy who went to California and became a physio or something



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Message 2 Hi Steve,

I think I just missed you at Berengaria. Was there 1963 to 1965. Spent a lot of time at Happy Valley . I remember the sports facilities were fantastic. The only thing I recall at Berengaria school was the fact that the Headmaster was a dab hand at "slippering"!!



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Hi Brenda, I was at King Richards from 1965 to 67. Great sports days at Happy Valley. I remember Mr King, History teacher, Miss Pringle, needle work in the annex.Mr Bettsworth our head master. The Cessac club down the beach, which is still there.My dad used to look after the water-ski speed boats at the Anchorage. I use to go round with Chris Byrne, Dianne Hammond,Julie Wilson and Theresa Thew.I am still in touch with Chris and Dianne. I lived in Famag, then 4 mile point. Jenny Aguter the actress was also there when I was .



Carol Scott



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Hi Cazzy

Yes, I remember the name Chris Byrne and all the teachers. Think Dianne, Julie and Theresa ring a bell too. I remember at the Anchorage club when we all swam out to the boats jumping and diving off. Nicking crisps that were freshly made in the Constantia hotel. Twice swimming out the Camel Rock and thinking I was going to drown. Did you belong to the Saddle Club at 4 mile point? When the army instructors used to say, 'The front bites, the back kicks, stay on the buggar' They made us go over jumps with hands on heads, no saddles singing. Charwallas. Going to the cinema in town and sitting on canvas seats and watching such things as Ben Hur. Making all our clothes with material bought from Hermes Street. Bartering for shoes. Bra's like cones, before Madonna thought of them, that had to be stuffed to stop them collapsing in. What was the cafe called - Triannon ??



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I visited KRS in 1960 or was it 1961 as a member of the English School, Nicosia hockey team and had a match there. Does anybody remember that occasion?

ismet



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How I envy you all with all those links with the island and your younger days. The only person I know who went to my school is Figen, the Bank Manager at Karaoglanoglu. And I didn't know that until a week or so ago. But sadly we were not there at the same time.



the only scholastic link with here is that when I was at school, our class corresponded with some fellas (Greek Cypriots as I recall) as Pen Pals. I wonder what happened to them and if anyone here remembers writing as a Pen Pal to a girls school in Sydenham, London????



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Such fond memories of my life in Cyprus...my sister and I also went to Alias Nicolaus school, and lived on the RAF base ........we recently did a walk down memory lane and went to see the house where we lived, the school and the hospital where we were born .....huge part of our lives but sadly our father suddenly died so we were unable to return till many years later..... I was named Hilary after St Hilarian........



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so were you born here 'shrimp' or named in memory of your father's time here? Which RAF base? Famagusta or akrotiri. A couple here had a renewal of vows some 40 years after their wedding at Akrotiri, and they met as teenagers out here while the parents were stationed here. some lovely stories of the memories of many folk. Maybe someone should write a book. (|Heck, am I volunteering?)



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Marion, I was born there in Nicosia hospital, and lived at 4 Mile point RAF camp....such good memories and warm feelings when I think back, I actually think I was conceived at St Hilarian, but obviously didnt ask!! My sister was born 11 months before me, very prem and was kept in hospital for a few months, my father used to go and visit my mother and baby in hospital and I was somehow concieved before they came home which leads me to believe that is where I must have been conceived!

There used to be a cafe/bar in Farmagusta which had many black and white photos above the counter of RAF chaps and their morris minor cars, imagine our excitement in finding a picture of our father there on one of our trips, sadly last time we were over the cafe had now become an up market lounge bar.......



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solrry, I know we can now be accused of going off thread, but I am thrilled to hear your story Shrimp. and you made me giggle at the place of your conception! (and not 'immaculate' even if in a fairy tale castle!). Talking of black and white photos of the area, hav e you seen Richard Chamberlain's book of Photos of Cyprus 1954. He was stationed where your father was in 1954 with his twin brother and took hundreds of photos which languished in a drawer until he felt he should do something with them. It is a wonderful book covering many places on the island. If you haven't got one, I would recommend it (and I can tell you where to get a copy!) Take a look at http://www.cyprusphotos1954.com. So for how long were you hear Shrimp? and how would you compare the Cyprus of today with the Cyprus of then?



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I must have returned to Cyprus just after that so do not remember that event. Was out there off and on from 1952 - 66. Do remember that hockey played a big part of life out there though and not just in the schools. I loved it and usually played left back. Never played it in any of the schools in England though, just the dreaded netball that the taller girls excelled at. Did you keep it up after school?



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Shrimp

where did you live at 4 mile point? I was either 48 or 49 Seaforth Road. Next door to the Johnson family. We used to cut across the wadi down the dip and up to that big boulder on our way home from school. First group that got there used to throw stones at other coming up later - until mothers came out and chased us away. I remember getting hepatitis and feeling sick at school. I'd turned yellow and they sent an army truck to take me home. The soldier wouldn't come near me and I struggled to get into the truck. Doctor said I could eat what I wanted to get my appetite back so it was beans morning noon and night.



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I will have to look it up Memoir, will email you........thanks Marion will email you too, have ordered the book!!x



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Talking about hepatitis reminds me, did any of you have to go the the medical centre in Famagusta next to the Beach Centre to get your jabs. We all had to line up and be injected with horse needles. They were not gentle, just rammed the thing into your arm and told you to swing it around to make the pain go away. Lines of nervous children at one end and screaming ones at the other. The b....s were heavy handed on the dental side too. I hated the gas mask and gave one army dentist a good kick and stuck lucky. Had to go and sit in the waiting room until he had regained his composure. Couldn't understand why everyone was laughing.



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glad you have ordered the book shrimp. By the way, and that goes for all of you, richardChamberlain has some lovely tale sto tell o fhis time out here- one of them being that he was the only Life Guard who could not swim. His twin brother talked him into it!



Actually othrs of you on this threadmight also be interestedin taking a lookat the book. it really iis great! and well worth 25tl! r you can buy it direct from Richard from his web page.



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Hi Brenda,

I only did a term or so at Berengaria before being moved to St John's - I can't remember the head at all, and certainy didn't get beaten by him. In those days I was frightened of my own shadow. Happily that changed fairly quickly. Good to see you've had some response to your post.



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Hi Brenda, reading your post has brought back memories for me also. We lived here in 56.In Famagusta. I cant for the life of me remember the name of the school though.xxx



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Marion, the book has arrived today and there are some wonderful photos in it, really conjuring up the feel of the island in those superb , carefree days before the unrest.......through this post I have made some discoveries too, one of the posters on here emailed me some old school concert photos and asked if I was in it..I was actually standing next door but to one to her on the stage..........I found some more photos of that time and there she is again standing close by. I was only four or five at the time and this is all so bazarre that I can contact someone that was part of my everyday life in a different country fifty years previously........... technology is certainly amazing.........x



ps ...Lilli has given me your email address



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Hi Lilli, If you were at the army/wireless station side then you would have gone to Ayios Nicholias. Across the main road to Nicosia was the RAF side and they had their own school at that time. In fact we all went to the RAF school initially as infants but it was too small. They tried to save money at first and took us down to the internment camp near old city walls where the Jews had been held. It was decided that the atmosphere there was not good so they ditched that plan almost straight away. They eventually had to build AN. They did use the internment camp for a medical centre for a bit though, then that moved to opposite the Beach Centre. After jabs there was the old guy on his bike selling those little milk ice lollies. I can picture the whole layout of AN.

Do you remember the donkey derby's?



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Ismet, Did you know Ismail who had the London Bar just outside the old city walls in Famagusta. He was married to an English schoolteacher. He did the best mezza's ever and was a great bloke who did more to broker peace in the community than anyone. Wish I knew more about what happened to him. I heard he'd been shot but not sure. Makes me sad to think about that. I had a pair of kid leather shoes made in the old city that never scuffed despite my best efforts to scrap them along the floor from my bike. The boiled sweets given to me by the barber my father used also never went. Had to pretend to enjoy them until I could secretly fling them away. Can visualize the barbers shop but bet I could not find my way to it again. I also remember the lepers in the caves and rocks in the old city and people leaving food for them, seems incredible now.

Brenda



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I'm typing this within sight of Ayios Nikolaos school on the Seaforth Estate. Interesting to hear all your stories of this place in years gone by, and also interesting to think of all the many families and children who have lived in this house.



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Hi gbuck, are you near Sutherland Rd by any chance???????



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Hey, Memories have been triggered.

Anyone remember the exciting school journey from Akrotiri past the salt lake with flamingoes to Berengaria?

Was flooded many times and the old wooden cage buses used to carry the goats and sheep prior to the kids going to school so we had fun flinging the poo at the girls!!!



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yukkyyuk.....I think I would have remembered the flying poo but I do remember the flamingoes...........I remember picking pomegranites off the trees and eating the pips with a pin......I remember climbing up a huge water tower when I was about three and the soldiers having to climb up and get me down..that same water tower is I believe at the begining of the film Exidos......



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gbuck

Oh, someone on the spot at 4 mile point. You have probably set yourself up a task. I for one would love some photos.... 48 or 49 Seaforth Road, the one that veers away from the road towards the wadi.

Only kidding, if you started you'd be at it constantly. Do you live near there then? Happy carefree days of Clarks sandals for summer and wellies for the rain. Quite a shock to get back to UK with smog and have to wear vests, liberty bodices, shirts, jumpers, quilted coat liners and gaberdine coats topped off by a scarf and woolen hat and be forced to drink little bottles of horrid milk. I hated England, it felt claustrophobic - both with clothes and the fenced in fields. I missed the freedom of the wadi, joining the old shepherd to eat his bread and feta. We didn't speak each others language but we both enjoyed just sitting quietly on a warm rock. His bread always tasted good, it fizzed, no doubt with urine or something off the sheep from unwashed hands. Happy days.



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When we visited the base a couple of years ago, the security were ok about us going, (as long as we didnt stay long!) but was told under no circumstances could we take any photos......we did depate about hiding in the look out post- still there - on the wadi but decieded against it.............probably not a good idea, but nothing has changed at all. Our house looked exactly the same



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Yes Hilary, these were " golden days". Listening to the Top 20 on BFBS, playing Table Tennis and drinking ice cold KEAN in the club next to the NAAFI. I used to go on solitary expeditions into the Bondu to look for Roman Graves armed with with my shovel. Never found any.

Anyone remember the Earth Tremors in Akrotiri 1966? Was listening to the World cup on my bed when it slid across the room. Loved swimming to the PLATFORM anchored off the coast in the Base Area. It had a name which I cannot recall.



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Just remembered, Platform was anchored off BUTTON BAY



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Ha, first memories was of this platform, the young RAF chaps used to swim with us on their backs to the raft and throw us in the deep waters.......I could swim before I could walk.......trncoldboy, you should get Richard Chmaberlains book, it is amazing..........you would love it............



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memoir, the chap who sold the milk lollies, did he also sell those sweets in a plastic tube, they had disney heads on them, and you collected the sets, I think they began with P, pex???? You had to click the sweets down the tube, and they were ghastly colours, lilac, mauve etc....I have found some more old photos which I will email you, I think your mum might be on one, did she play for the ladies cricket team??



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such lovely memories for us all, its anazing reading this how the mind takes you back to re live it xx Thank you brenda and Shrimp for the memories xxxxxxxxxxx



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Message 33 Thanks Hilary. I will take your advice and see if I can purchase Richard Chamberlains Book.

I suppose being 13/14 years of age in a pleasantly cocooned environment with lots of outdoor pursuits made that time rather special.



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trnccoldboy i think i was about 11 then but such happy memories xxxx



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A great thread.



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Shrimp Message 34

Yes, I vaguely remember those sticks, also candyfloss. Our bobbley swimming costumes that would fill with air when you went in the water and bloated all around you making rude sounds when you squashed it out. Were you there when they took coca cola off the market for a while (it had a small amount of cocaine in it I believe) Being lathered in Nivea oil which was also taken off the market for a bit as being cancer inducing! How come we are still around! Not sure if my mother played cricket but she certainly belonged to every club going - bridge, whist, tombola, Scottish dancing, modern dancing. They also seemed to be into some sort of horse racing game with big wooden horse cut outs, not sure what that was. My mother always swam very gingerly doing breast stroke with head to one side so as not to get splashed. Avoided hair getting wet, probably because of the perms they all had then. Didn't help, I still splashed her.



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THE FLIT MAN & MOSQUITO NETS

How many of you used to sit outside for days on end waiting for the horrid smell of the spray the flit man squirted around the house at Four Mile Point? Trying to get inside the tent of a mosquito net and tuck it in again only to find a little sod had followed you in buzzing round your ears all night. Spraying the bottoms of chairs and beds and then finding a bit of clothing had trailed onto the floor so that in the morning all of your clothes were covered with ants. Suppose now there is air con that problem does not arise.



Is there any way of posting old photo's on this site of 50's 60's etc to see if people can put names to them? I am not very knowledgeable about how to work these sites.



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yes, thought the mosquito nets were a good idea until one day I woke up and there in side above my head dangling from a web was the biggest spider you ever did see.....after that I gave up on them and slept on the lino where it was coolest...........I also remember that swishy noise with the swimsuits.............that always made us giggle.....although in my ealy years there I remember having no swimsuit at all.............that wouldnt happen nowadays!!



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Hils the mind boggles. Memoir this is such a lovely post and lovely memories for so many. Thank you xxxx



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Great reading..

Write a blog and post your memories & pictures on. http://www.northcyprusfreepress.com/



I look forward to see and read more.



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Hi all,

Casting my mind back, I was very proud when I cultivated my 1st batch of water melons in our garden.

Father and I created terraces and watered these little babies religiously for what seemed like months. Boy, they tasted good.

I also remember being urged to join the ATC. Fab at the beginning what with free rides on the High speed Rescue boats , Helicopter Trip off the Coast etc. It got tougher though with boot cleaning and Marches etc so I left.

Also, spent time at the RAF Hospital near Akrotiri. Hernia in a sensitive place, I remember it well.

Beautiful views towards St Hilarion and Curium Heights. Can still recall the overwhelming smell of Tangerines,Oranges etc whence driving through the Orchard Areas near St Hilarion.



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you know trncoldboy I still have that lingering smell, now I know why. xxx



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Not quite the same at Guzelyurt Iam afraid. I think the tall Cypress Trees near st Hilarion concentrated the aromas Lilli



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Did any of you go on the trips the army arranged on the Z boats (I think that's what they were called) to Fig Tree Bay. BBQ's and jumping off the boat from as high as you dare and seeing how many turns you could do. The days when you could go by boat to any of the beaches and camp and be the only people there. Expect the pan handle is only place left for that now. Also the entertainers. Lonnie Donegan was a regular, leaping about the place. One who sticks in my memory doing a children's Xmas party was Tommy Cooper - and not for the reasons you may think! We were all told a magician was coming and so we expected magic. As 6 - 8 yrs old's we didn't get it as he dropped everything and so didn't laugh. He became incredibly abusive, screaming in our faces and making us cry. The man was horrible... a drunken b.... An army officer had to give him the hard word to make him behave and put on a magic show for us. Amazes me when I hear people saying what a good guy he was.



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Yes I remeber the Zed Craft trips. Parents on the Keo and Aphrodity wine and us kids getting away with murder, diving off the Zed Craft and swimming to the island at Fig Tree. Not a hotel or building in sight, except for the taverna, which I believe is still there. I also remember days on the chug, chug boats, which had a big fridge like container especially for the beers with a big block of ice to keep them cool (Of course, I was too young to drink).Does anyone remember going to Athens with the school (King Richards) in 1966. We went for 2 weeks and had a great time. When we set off the sea was so rough we were all sea sick! We docked in at Limasol at 5pm and all recovered enough in time to listen to the Top 20 on B.F.P.S.



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I remember that instance with Mr Cooper, I cant bear to watch him even now..............but does anyone remember John Quaile.......he was in the RAF as a young man in the early 50's and now is an actor, he has been in coronation st, and other well known tv programmes.............he used to be our regular babysitter...........



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Anybody remember Frankie Vaughan. Came into the youth club, interupted my game of Pool, shook my hand and cleared off to the Sgts Mess.

I think Harry Secombe was also a visitor to the Base around this time.

Also remember when I arranged a Party for the Lads at our Quarters whilst Parents were away.

I managed to rustle up a whole case of EMVA CREAM Sherry. Only 2 others turned up. Needless to say we were violently sick. I have NEVER touched Sherry or Port EVER again.



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phew....glad it wasnt cyprus sherrytrncoldboy.!!........It is great hearing all these old stories, and brings back so many memories.............



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It gives me just as much pleasure recalling these memories - Shrimp



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I used to absolutely love the Inter School games we had . The rivalry between RAF & Army Lads at Football,Cricket,Athletics. I was dead keen at Discus and Javelin and if you were good enough, you could even play against the Service Teams (MEN). Christ they were rough!!

Anyone remember when the Aircraft Carrier HERMES visited? Am I dreaming this or what!! I do recall being plied with the gluey Rum Ration and being carried off the monstrous hulk.



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Yes I remeber Frankie Vaughan, my mum thought he was great. He was staying at the George in Famagusta and my mum made me ring the George and ask if there were any tickets left. When I rang they put me straight through to Frankie. I have never been so tongue tied. He told me that he had finished and was off touring again. I remember Harry Worth and Mrs Mills up at the Tonanti Theatre, also Annita Harris and many more. Oh happy days!!



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dID YOU KNOW THAT rICHARD cHAMBERLAIN IS IN TOWN? Well, until the 26th he is. I had lunch with him yesterday and he was so thrilled that his book has given happiness to some folk through this thread. Anyone who is not in Kyrenia and cann't access it, can order it from Richard on line, but if you are in Kyrenia and around, I can tell you where you can buy it. In fact I have copies to sell for Richard, but am not currently on island. Always willing to help.



I think it is wonderful tha tyou have all met up in this way, - why doesn't someone arrange a reunion in N.Cyprus before it is too late???? Wouldn't it be great if you all met up?



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Hi there Marion, can you say hi to Richard and tell him I am thrilled with the book and I am meeting my sister in Cheltenham tomorrow to give her a copy too....tell him cheque is in the post, and wish his wife a speedy recovery for me. I am thinking a reunion is an excellent idea........How about next summer???



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Mark message 53.

I remember trips onto Hermes and various other ships including American 6th fleet. No such rubbish as health and safety in those days. I remember standing on deck as planes took off and landed. We were just told to stand back and put our hands over our ears.



Cazzy message 48.

I had completely forgotten about chug boats, bit uncomfortable if the sea was rough on return.



Shrimp message 49

Sounds awful but I enjoyed that b.... die on stage. He was so obnoxious.



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A reunion would be great. I take it that a lot of us are here in North Cyprus but for those who are in other parts of the world it could be a bit awkward. Any suggestions.



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I think a reunion would be fab and obviously someone in N.Cyprus will have to organise in essence. If I can do anything to publicise the idea, I certainly will (not that I was here in the 1960-s as I said earlier!). Anyone out there willing to volunteer to suggest a time and a place to which people could come for a few days.

Maybe wait to see when there are some cheaper air fares than usual, and maybe book into the same hotel, who I am sure would give special rates. As many people know, many old soldiers came over for the excellent event of the unveiling of the Memorial in Kyrenia , organised by a team (Brian Thomas played a major part in that),m so surely it owuld be possible for something similar.

As I say, if enough people felt they would want to be available, I could ask around about hotel prices and there are those connected with the travel industry who would arrange fares.

There - a suggestion to begin with.

And to Shrimp, I will surley pass on your message. It6 is peop



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cont.... people such as you who have given Richard such pleasure at knowing that his book was worth doing and it has brought back so many contacts from his time here and brought folk like you together through the board.

So, please, don't let it drop. It seems to me that you all have so much to share! Anything I can do to help, I mkost certainly will.



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Marion how the hell would you remember love, you were not born. If I can help in any way to arrange with you call me xxx



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I will be there, just let me know, when and where..........my sister and I will definately come over, any excuse!!



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I remember being on board a cargo ship on our way to Cyprus, there were only about three families aboard and we were the youngest being only about five or so......my sister lost a tooth and all the staff put money under her pillow, she was so excited that the following day tried to knock our more of her teeth with a toffee hammer!! The staff used to fetch us downstairs to the kitchens once our parents had put us to bed and feed us and play with us in the huge ships kitchen.......wouldnt be able to do that now of course..........



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There are 11 people lost their lives in my village went to work and never came back during early and mid 60s.



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Serkan

I am sorry to hear that. Where did you live? A house we lived in between Famagusta and Four Mile Point, red roofed on stilts in an orange grove, had flyers pushed under the door showing babies massacred in a bath and bodies in trenches - just like the Nazi's did. They would say, 'Look what the Turks have done to us' but in fact it was what the Greeks had done to the Turks. Very few Turkish villages remained at that time with people forced into the old cities. They were being systematically annihilated by the Greeks and starved in the old cities. They had been bulldozed down using tractors and equipment supplied by UK as part of deal for bases. The invasion may have left a difficult situation but it was necessary. My only wonder is they took so long to do it, they gave the Greeks years of warnings. The Turks in Cyprus were incredibly poor, they had nothing and were sitting ducks.



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There were some terrible things that happened in the past, in Cyprus and still happening in other parts of the world. However lets hope that people can move on.

Back to the reunion, I am also here so ,maybe we can get together and sort something out. For excample, evidently Senpati hotel are doing a deal at the moment, 199 for a week, including flights from the Uk.



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Yes, I am sure it would be mjore than possible.



Could I make a suggestion here. My e mail is marionstuart@hotmail.com. Why don't those of you who think you would be interested drop me a line, and maybe get together with Cazzy and see what COULD be arranged,but I really would like to know who thinks they would seriously be interested and what time of year and where to stay. There is Sempati and Mountain View as affordable west of Kyrenia, but maybe folk would want to be nearer to Famagusta or on the Karpaz.



Give me some thoughts, .



By the way, it is always sad to hear of those terrible stories of way back then, and to realise that there are some things very firmly standing in the way of reconciliation. But let the folk with good memories have a reconciliation of their own.



Over to you.



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Comments anyone?



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Marion, I would be definately interested in a re-union, it would be fantastic if this could be organized. sadly for us two we couldnt do it this year now as our holidays have all been arranged, but if it were to be next year (any time) my sister and I would love to be included.............



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Oh I think it HAS to be next year, Shrimp, to do it justice. It will give people time to decide if they want to come; time to save up; time to grab a bargain (such as a Sempati deal or Cyprus Pfremium deal - maybe I could ask them if they could do something) and give time if people have to book a special date for a holiday.



That is why I say I would like to have an idea of names and numbers, so I could do some asking around to make it viable.



But I also know a little of human nature, and initial enthusiasm can die as bank balances get inspected etyc.



Maybe I could get Richard (see him later in the week) involved to collect some info in U.K???



Time for bed now. Totally exhausted sitting on top of French buses and looking at the unaffordable in Galerie Lafayette!!!



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Marion

I am definitely interested, but like Shrimp it would have to be next year, a lot going on at the moment.

I am easy about where the hotel will be, although I would definitely like to hire a bike and trek around Famagusta trying to find all the old houses. (Probably have to do it by working out where the school bus dropped me and going from there) Memories of dodging a billy goat. Will contact you on your email about it. A friend wants to have a go at Zumba so guess I had better attack it with a bit of gusto!



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Memoir, we got a taxi from farmagusta to five mile point...they dropped us at the base and waited for us for about half an hour so we got to see the school, the house etc........the second time we went we just walked over the border to see the hosital etc where we were born ........Like you I too did the Zumba on friday, excellent fun will be going again!!



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* what am I like, not farmagusta, obviously Nicosia.........



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Is there any way I can get a copy of an old street map of Famagusta? Think I could find Spiridon street okay cos it wasn't far from town and the Triannon but Kodros Street I'd struggle with. It had a infant and junior school across from it. Can imagine it will be great fun, all of us cycling around taking snaps of the old houses. Perhaps they do sat nav's for push bikes!



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memoir ask Dutch he will do it for you, if you do not want to I can on your behalf if you give me details xxx



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Don't forget that a large part of Fama'g is cordoned off by the Turkish army - ready to hand back to the GC's ?? so you may not be able to cycle to parts you'd like, definately not the Triannon area - I tried.



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Have a look at this link to give you an idea -



http://www.flickr.com/photos/nigeandpat/sets/72157600034511341



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