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There is Turkey and Then There is Bodrum
Bodrum / Bodrum Castle / Food & Drink / Historic Sites / Holidays / Turkey & Turkish / Writing

There is Turkey and Then There is Bodrum

A few weeks back, I entered another writing competition with the marvellous ‘I Must Be Off!’ travel site. The piece is about Bodrum (naturally) and was adapted from my 2013 e-book ‘Turkey, Surviving the Expats‘. Somehow, my entry has made it to the last seven. Will I fall at the final fence? The competition is stiff … Continue reading

Turkey Street
Bodrum / Bodrum Belles / Books / Emigreys / Expats / LGBT / Politics / Turkey & Turkish / Turkey Street / Waiters / Writing

Turkey Street

The sequel to Perking the Pansies is the story of our lives weaved in between those around us. For a good few months, act two of our emigrey tales had the working title of The Sisterhood. Why? Well, the overwhelming majority of our big hitting cast, emigrey and Turkish alike, were women trying to steer … Continue reading

Goat Herder Required, Apply Within
Cats & Dogs / East Anglia / Holidays / Norwich / Property / Yalikavak

Goat Herder Required, Apply Within

House-sitting and house-swapping are fantastic low cost ways of getting to stay in some amazing places. We have old friends in Turkey who live in… …Gökcebel, a sprawling village in the foothills above Yalıkavak. Their impressive detached pile is surrounded on all sides by a well-manicured walled garden and patrolled by a trio of cats … Continue reading

The Oldest Gays in the Village
Bigots / Books / Britain / Equalities / Family & Friends / LGBT / Religion / Retirement / TV & Radio

The Oldest Gays in the Village

Aside from late starters, rent-a-womb celebrities and the yogurt pot and turkey-baster brigade, most people of a queer bent don’t have any children. The social revolution that enabled many of us to step out of the closet and skip hand-in-hand through the pansies also robbed us of a safety net. Where are the kids to protect … Continue reading

Istanbul Pride 2014
Bigots / Britain / Equalities / Istanbul / LGBT / Politics / Turkey & Turkish

Istanbul Pride 2014

It’s the summer marching season once again and the ordinary and the extraordinary all around the world are doing their bit for the cause (when they’re not being ostracised, abused, brutalised, beaten, jailed or murdered, that is). It was Gay Pride in Istanbul at the weekend (the largest in the Muslim world) and thousands of people marched … Continue reading

They Think It’s All Over
LGBT / London Olympics / Sport

They Think It’s All Over

A young inexperienced England Team crashes out of the 2014 World Cup, Mexican and Brazilian fans chant homophobic abuse, Croatian and Russian fans unfurl neo-Nazi banners and finger-licking FIFA are mired in accusations of palm-greasing over the staging of the 2022 competition in Qatar, a filthy rich absolute monarchy with no football tradition and summertime temperatures in … Continue reading

Gumusluk Travel Guide
Bars & Restaurants / Beach / Bodrum / Books / Food & Drink / Gumusluk / Historic Sites / Holidays / Hotels / Transport / Turkey & Turkish

Gumusluk Travel Guide

Roll, roll up for your free Kindle copy of the meticulously researched Gümüşlük Travel Guide: Bodrum’s Silver Lining by the incomparable Roving Jay. This one-time offer is available for two days only – the 7th and 8th of June – so grab it while you can. The book in Roving Jay’s own words: Whether you visit Gümüşlük for the … Continue reading

Wild Things
BBC / Norwich / Property

Wild Things

The old Co-operative Society depository that now ware-houses our micro-loft sits along one side of St Stephen’s Square, just outside the old city walls. Sadly, a modern road layout has rather robbed the square of its former character. Aside from the old warehouse, all that remains is a local pub for local people on the … Continue reading

The Lofty Visitors
Family & Friends / Films / Food & Drink / Norwich / Property / Toilets / Weather

The Lofty Visitors

English weather at its worst is a depressing and insipid affair – no drama or performance, just days of persistent damp greyness. A few weeks of low-lying gloom were brightened by a warm front of visitors to the Norwich micro-loft. The high pressure pushed the clouds aside, to leave the flatlands basking in sunshine. First up … Continue reading