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Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Holiday feud turns violent when stabby sister snaps

Have you ever fallen out with your friends over holiday logistics? If you did, did you attempt to resolve the issue ... with a knife?

Arguments over travel arrangements rarely get that heated. But they did in the case of feuding friends Marina Birks and Helen England, from Staffordshire. 

Fifty-two-year-old Birks was looking forward to the perfect holiday with her sister, Heather Dunn-Fox, and Miss England (Helen, that is, not the British beauty title holder). However, the three women fell out after confusion over room bookings for their June trip.

Marina Birks: Comb over here and say that!
Mother-of-six Birks sent a barrage of abusive texts to the other two women, and followed these up by threatening to stab England after a row outside a Leek cafe, actions that landed Birks in court.

Prosecution Heather Chamberlin told the court: "Birks unzipped her bag and produced something Helen England believed was a knife and pointed it at her. 

"She grabbed the defendant and they struggled. The defendant fell but as she got up she said, 'This knife is for you'.

"The defendant's mother intervened and slapped Miss England who returned to her friends in the cafe."

Birks was later arrested, but the knife was not found on her. Birks maintains she had in fact pulled a comb from her handbag.

Incredibly, the group are still flying to Bodrum in June. But it’s ok – they won’t be seated together on the plane, they will be in different sections. And when they get there, they will be staying in different areas ... of the same resort. Whew!

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Monday, 14 May 2012

BANNED: alcohol in Turkey

Don't panic - you'll still be able to procure your favourite tipple on holiday in Turkey. Unless you're thinking of heading to Afyonkarahisar,  that is. The mountainous Aegean town, which is 250km southwest of Ankara, has shunned the demon drink.

Citing the interests of the "public good," Afyonkarahisar residents (Afyonkarahisarians?) are forbidden from buying or consuming alcohol. The ban is the first of its kind of Turkey, and follows a statement by Health Minister Recep Akdag, who spoke out against alcohol abuse recently.

Banned: cocktails in Afyonkarahisar? Forget it.

Residents may not consume alcohol in public places - including parks, picnic areas, bus stations, gravesites, bridges, places of worship and abandoned buildings. Thinking of drinking and driving whilst in Afyonkarahisar? Forget about it: you may not drink in any vehicle whatsoever.

Afyonkarahisar's Governor's Office said the ban is designed to bring about "peace and security within the city's borders and prevent crimes."

"Alcohol consumers frequently occupy a number of places in the city, causing unrest in these areas and traffic accidents," the governor’s office said. "This regulation was formed to keep the public order intact within the city and to prevent traffic accidents from occurring."

Those who violate the ordinance can be assessed a fine of 82 Turkish Liras. 

Friday, 11 May 2012

Turkey boasts world's biggest boxes of pasta

The biggest box of pasta ever produced is about to hit the (possibly reinforced) shelves on Thursday.

And oddly enough, it's not being sold in the world's premier pasta-eating country Italy, but in Turkey, specifically Bodrum, Istanbul and Edirne.

Weighing in at half a tonne each, the boxes containing the penne pasta have been declared the largest ever at 1.5 metres high and over a metre wide - a feat that has caught the attention of the Guiness World Records.

If you've taken your runabout to the supermarket in order to snap up one of the boxes (a steal at £350) and are worried about fitting it in your boot, don't worry: delivery is included in the price.

Turkey ranks number five in the world for pasta consumption, scoffing 450,000 tonnes of the stuff every year.

Proceeds of the sales will go to UNICEF.

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Would you go to Turkey for a breast reduction?

Tens of thousands of people seeking to save on medical treatment costs are heading overseas for cheap operations – and Turkey is one of the top five destinations in the world for medical tourists.

Around 70,000 Brits head off to other countries every year to have medical and cosmetic procedures done as a way of getting around NHS waiting lists – or saving as much as £10,000. And industry experts expect this number to grow as the public health service becomes increasingly strained.

Last month, the Patients Association revealed that waiting lists for non-urgent operations grew by six per cent last year. If you’re in line for a hip operation the average wait is 99.2 days, and hernia surgery is up from 70 days in 2010 to 78.3 days.

But it’s not just crucial medical procedures that are sending fed-up Brits to hospitals in Turkey and beyond: research shows that four in ten medical tourists travel for cosmetic surgery. 

Andrea Standsworth travelled to Turkey for breast reductive surgery. Suffering from constant neck and back pain, she had repeatedly asked about NHS surgery over the course of five years. Privately, the procedure costs around £6000 in the UK. 

“I was in constant pain from the moment I got out of bed in the mornings,” Standsworth said. "When I realised the NHS wouldn’t come through for me I started looking abroad. I chose Turkey because of the cost and because it is a really nice place to rehabilitate.”

Standsworth paid just £3000 for surgery in Turkey and spent another £900 on travel for herself and her husband. She went from a 34J to a 34DD, and is now happier with her appearance and her health. “I’m so glad I did it, I am a new person.”

Research shows that a medical tourist travelling to Turkey and staying for a fortnight’s dental treatment would save £4700 compared to private treatment in the UK. More than 70 per cent of patients saved more than £2000 – even after accommodation and travel were factored in. One in ten medical tourists saves £10,000.

Top tips for medical tourists:
  • Make sure you find a reputable doctor or clinic
  •  Read up on the procedure, ask searching questions and read the contract carefully
  • Find out whether the clinic’s insurance covers action in the UK
  • Check your travel insurance carefully – some companies do not cover medical procedures.

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Turkish property floodgates open with law change

A long-awaited law change that has just come into effect in Turkey means that more foreign nationals will be able to purchase Turkish property.
Citizens of the Gulf countries, South America, Australia and other countries are now freely able to purchase property in Turkey after the Turkish president overhauled the reciprocity law.
Previously, only  certain countries were able to buy Turkish property, including EU countries, Canada and the United States. These countries hold reciprocity agreements with Turkey, meaning that Turkish nationals are allowed to purchase in these countries. The only way around the law was to establish yourself as a Turkish-registered limited company - a time-consuming, costly and beaurocratic nightmare.

The new law allows non-reciprocal countries to purchase freehold Turkish properties. 

Unsurprisingly, foreign investment in Turkey is expected to reach record levels, with numbers of Middle Eastern and Russian buyers, who have been waiting for the law change, poised to invest in the booming country. 

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Thursday, 3 May 2012

Bond upsets the orange cart in Istanbul

The name's Bond - blundering, bumbling Bond.

The suave secret agent never looked less undercover than he did yesterday, stumbling over oranges while filming a scene from upcoming Bond film Skyfall in Istanbul.

Chaos: Daniel Craig looks dapper in his suit as he films Bond movie Skyfall in Istanbul, Turkey 
British actor Daniel Craig knocked over a market trader's stall, sending oranges spinning across the ground.

What a mess: Craig's chase leaves an orange seller's stall in a right mess

The 23rd film in the franchise sees Bond's loyalty to MI6 head M (Dame Judi Dench) compromised when he discovers her secret past.

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

'Screenagers' suffering from internet overuse

A Turkish professor has claimed that excessive internet use harms childrens' intellectual development. 

Professor Necdet Unuvar, who is the head of the catchily-named Parliamentary Commission on Informatics and Internet Resarch, says the internet is a "double-edged sword", which can impair development if not used properly. 

A screenager in the making?
Unuvar quoted research conducted by the Gazi University, which reveals that 15-year-olds who use the internet excessively are two years behind their contemporaries in mental agility. 

"Today's youth can access more information with greater speed but this is the outcome," he said. He also claimed that attention deficit disorder stems from carrying out many internet activities at once, such as updating Facebook, playing games and reading news. 

Unuvar said today's "screenagers" - dubbed so because of their habit of quickly scanning huge amounts of information via monitors - cannot take in information in a quality manner. 

"A person in their early 20s has been exposed to a total of 30,000 hours of online information flow. A child uses the internet eight hours per week until he or she turns 12."

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Down and dirty in Istanbul's hamams

This account of a Turkish bath visit in Istanbul had me chuckling all the way through.
Personally, I've never been brave enough to go to a hamam. I imagine it looking a bit like the picture above. Have you? Was it like this journalist described? What did you think?