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Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Groundbreaking research shows English originated in Turkey

A new study claims that the English language originated in Anatolia - present-day Turkey.

An international team of scientists, led by Kiwi Quentin Atkinson, used groundbreaking methods to analyse words from more than 100 ancient and contemporary languages. The boffins fed the words through a computer program similar to one used to tracing the origins of virus outbreaks. The scientists claim their findings demonstrate that the Indo-European language family originated in Anatolia, 8000 years ago.

The language family has more than 400 languages and includes English, Persian and Hindi. These tongues are spoken on every continent, by around three billion people.

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

US reality TV 'stars' head to Bodrum

Bodrum's dumbing down.

Twenty-eight US reality TV 'celebrities' are poised to head to the popular Turkish holiday home resort to compete in MTV's long-running competition show The Challenge.

The 'stars' are all former contestants of MTV's The Real World, a Big Brotheresque show in which a group of strangers live together and compete to be the last to be voted off.

The Challenge, which starts next month, will see the contestants completing a series of tasks to stay in the game in order to win $250,000.

None of the contestants look particularly sharp, and one can be heard in the trailer stating that "These people really are as dumb as they look."

MTV has no doubt been attracted by Bodrum's rising popularity in the wake of visits from Rihanna, Salma Hayak, Tom Cruise and others. But do we really need these people in Bodrum? I think not.

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Gladiators prepare for battle in Antalya

Gladiators, are you ready? Visitors to Turkey's southern resort region Antalya will have the chance to watch gladiators fight slaves to the death. Well, maybe not to death ... and they're not real slaves, but still.

 From today, dramatisations of Roman-style blood sports will be staged at Aspendos's ancient arena twice each week.

Eighty performers will fight each other on the arena's dusty floor. Dressed in authentic costumes and armed with handmade weapons, the event is thought to be the first of its kind in modern Turkey.

Ancient fights were usually staged between gladiators and slaves, or slaves and wild animals. This passed for entertainment in the Roman era, with thousands turning out and baying for blood, a lot like a modern-day football game, when you think about it.

 The modern-day gladiators have been trained in sword fighting, dance and (most intriguingly) dance, to ensure the scenes are as authentic as possible.

 A consultant for the Aspendos Gladiator Arena says the performances will do a great deal to boost tourism and holiday homes in Antalya. T

he performances will start at 9 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays and will run until the end of November. Tickets cost 25 Lira.

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Brave Turkish athlete receives ovation

A Turkish runner who insisted on finishing her 800 metre race with an injury received a standing ovation yesterday.

As Merve Aydin limped over the finishing line with an ankle injury and tears streaming down her cheeks, the 80,000 strong crowd rose up and began to cheer the bravery and spirit that saw her determined to complete her race.

Aydin was leading the race until an injury sent her sprawling and dashed her hopes of an Olympic gold.

The stalwart Turk's actions is another reminder of the galvanising Olympic spirit that has had millions of people all over the world glued to their screens.