Of Enosis and Taksim

10th October 2017 3% of the island of Cyprus is British territory. The military bases there, like Gibraltar and Northern Ireland, provide the UK with multiple land borders with the EU. The island – by then, used to conquerors – was useful to the British and their american allies for keeping tabs on the Soviets…

Hot, Hot, Hot

29th June 2017 We arrived in Paphos, the birthplace of Aphrodite, late at night. And it was hot. The town was dark, streetlights were few and we wandered to a shop for a snack dinner to eat by the pool of our apartment. I had never visited Cyprus before but a midnight dinner under the…

‘Happy’ Birthday

25th March 2017 The European project was begun in earnest 60 years ago today. But the festivities today will be rather muted. As we march through London today, I hope it will be seen as a pro-EU demonstration but cannot ignore its antipathy to out governments apparent negotiating strategy. Let’s suffice today with a brain…

HCA

December 2016 There is a man in the east London borough of Hackney who has been feeding the hungry and trying to bring together his compatriots since before I was born. In fact, my father was only ten when Turkish soldiers landed in northern Cyprus and my parents had only just met the year the…