13 Aralık 2017 Çarşamba

Lottery Sinful But Ministry Accepts Winnings

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(Sözcü Newspaper, 13 December 2017)

casablanca your winnings ile ilgili görsel sonucu
Ministry official accepts winnings, although declared sinful.

The Turkish National Lottery's New Years drawing will pay out 61
million TL (about $15 million) to the winner but Turkey's Ministry
of Religious Affairs has just issued a ruling insisting that "buying
a lottery ticket is gambling and is forbidden." (!)

Nevertheless, the Religious Ministry reaps 255,000 TL per year
from the interest (also forbidden by Islam) of the lottery money.

milli piyango 2018 ile ilgili görsel sonucu
You gotta play to win, but at the risk of your soul.

Dumpster Diving for Kids

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(Milliyet Newspaper, 13 December 2017)

Yer altı konteynerinden oğluna atık toplattı
    Syrian refugee version of "The Apprentice"

In Adana, a father who put his son into a garbage container 3 meters
beneath the ground to collect refuse drew amazed looks from passersby.
The incident occurred in the central Çukurova district on Adnan Kahveci
Boulevard.  The Syrian child searched with a flashlight for recyclable
materials to hand back up to his father, who then put the items into an
electric cart.  When the child could find no more "treasures" in the
airless and dark depths of the container, his father pulled him back up
and the two went on their way.

Yer altı konteynerinden oğluna atık toplattı
Sort of like "space camp" for poor kids - this lesson: how to 
enter an airless space capsule without an airlock.

"Cirit": Turkic Polo in the Snow

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(Milliyet Newspaper, 12 December 2017)

Cirit aşkı Kar dinlemiyor
       The "cirit" equivalent of "gooaaallllllll!!"

The horsemanship sport "cirit" has been played in Central Asia and
Anatolia for centuries.  Both young and old living in villages in Selim
district of Kars province have taken cirit to a new level of interest. For
example, in Kekeç village cirit-lovers play the game on the snow in
the early morning, with temperature at minus-12.

The players in Kekeç, Başköy and Hasbey villages play for about two
hours, displaying all the beauty and fine points of the game.  Some
older men, too, mount the horses to recall their youth and even some
women, enthused by the spectacle, ride horses for the first time in
their lives.

Tahir Yıldırım (71), who left Hasbey village 40 years ago to go to
northern Cyprus, returned to his village to renew his love for
cirit, mounting a horse and joining in the game.   He explained that
"we used to play cirit just like this in our village in our 20s.  Sometimes
on the snow.  I'm so glad our young people are carrying on the tradition
of cirit."

cirit aşkı kar dinlemiyor ile ilgili görsel sonucu
Shouldn't he be wearing a helmet, or at least a hat?...

Muhammet Ekinci added that "the snow and cold can't deter us from
playing cirit and passing it on to coming generations.  Our horses
are a bit raw so they have to be trained but we play cirit well." 
Büşra Bayam, one of the lady spectators, said that after the game
finished she couldn't help but get on a horse and ride around a bit.

kars haritası ile ilgili görsel sonucu

12 Aralık 2017 Salı

Metrobus Knitting Tour

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(HaberTürk Newspaper, 12 December 2017)

metrobüste 3 saat örgü ile ilgili görsel sonucu
Much better behaved than the typical metrobus rider, for sure.

Volunteer university students who have a project to meet the winter needs
of children in village schools in Turkey, knitted (!) on the Istanbul
metrobus for 3 hours to call attention to their cause.  The students
participating in the "Yarını Aydınlat Gençlik Program" (Brighten
Tomorrow Youth Program) gathered at the Beylikdüzü metrobus station.

With their knitting needles and wool, the students boarded the metrobus
and sat in the back, knitting all the way to Söğütleçeşme and back again
to Beylikdüzü - a 3 hour trip.  The students will donate the scarves, hats
and gloves they knit to needy students in villages across Turkey.

metrobüs haritası ile ilgili görsel sonucu

Beylikdüzü, far left, Söğütleçeşme, far right.

"Trump" Radishes Eaten to Protest Jerusalem

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(Milliyet Newspaper, 12 December 2017)

Hard to imagine stronger condemnation, especially if they
don't brush their teeth afterwards.

A group of "muhtars" (village chiefs) in Antalya's Kumluca district ate
radishes upon which they wrote "Trump", in order to protest the U.S.
President's declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.  The chiefs
gathered in front of the Kumluca Muhtarlar Association building, led
by Mustafa Tüfekçi, the muhtar of Sarıcasu village. 

Tüfekçi read the group's announcement, which besides condemning
Trump, noted that Jerusalem is the most sacred place for the Islamic
world after Mecca and Medina.  Tüfekçi stated that all Moslems
should unite against the occupation by the West and Zionism.  After
the announcement was read, all the muhtars ate their "Trump"-
emblazoned radishes (!). 

antalya haritası ile ilgili görsel sonucu

11 Aralık 2017 Pazartesi

Troy Treasures Still Spark Controversy

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(Milliyet Newspaper, 11 December 2017)

troya savaşı sürüyor önder yılmaz ile ilgili görsel sonucu
Schliemann adorned his wife Sofia (but he called her by his
pet name Helen (!)), with gold he stole from Troy.

A report by the Turkish authority charged with returning stolen historical
artifacts to the country has revealed that the effort involving priceless
items related to Troy involves Turkey, Russia and Germany.   The report
identifies the first person to spirit such treasures away from the soil of
the Ottoman Empire as Heinrich Schliemann, who was given permission
to dig at, first, Hisarlık in Çanakkale, and, subsequently, at Troy, beginning
in 1868.

In 1873 Schliemann secretly sent 155 gold, silver and "elektron" items
like jewelry, cups, copper and bronze weapons and tools he found at
Troy to Athens.  These items were subsequently exhibited in England
and then sent to the Berlin Museum.  The Ottoman State filed suit against
Schliemann, who was fined 10,000 francs.  In April 1875 Schliemann
sent 50,000 francs to the Ottoman Ministry of Education for the money
to be used at the Müze-i Hümayun (Museum of the Sultan) in Istanbul.

troy brad pitt ile ilgili görsel sonucu
     What did he bring home to Angelina?...

A portion of Troy's treasures found its way to Russia and in 1990 it was
learned that these items were being held in the Moscow-Pushkin and
St. Petersburg Hermitage Museums.  The 16th paragraph of the friendship
treaty between Germany and the Soviet Union signed in 1991, to which
Turkey was a participant, stipulated that the Troy treasures in Russia
would be returned to Germany. 

The Russian Parliament, though, claimed that such items were Russian
property and this law was passed on the third try, after Boris Yeltsin had
vetoed it twice.  Consequently, the Troy treasures remain in Russia to
this day.  The visit of Valdimir Putin to Ankara on 11 December might
be an opportunity to raise this issue, according to the Minister of Culture
and Tourism Numan Kurtulmuş.

Some items from Troy, including 24 pieces of gold jewelry, were held
in the University of Pennsylvania Museum, after having been purchased
in 1966.  These items have been returned to Turkey and are currently
being held at the Ankara Anatolia Civilization Museum until the planned
museum at Troy is finished.

troy haritası ile ilgili görsel sonucu

Angel of Death Will Not be Denied

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(Milliyet Newspaper, 11 December 2017)

intihar gebze şehit gökhan ile ilgili görsel sonucu
"Yes, I see it too...the Angel of Death approaches..."

An unidentified man climbed a high-tension pole in Gebze district of
Kocaeli province and threatened suicide if he could not see his children.
The incident occurred on Şehit Gökhan Hüseyinoğlu Avenue in the
İstasyon neighborhood. 

The man came in contact with the electrical wire, though, and fell to
the ground, seriously injured.  He was taken to Darıca Farabi State
Hospital where, despite all efforts, he could not be saved.

kocaeli haritası ile ilgili görsel sonucu
Kocaeli (İzmit) province. Gebze district at left.