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      * Turkey marked the anniversary of founder Mustafa
      Kemal Ataturk's landing in Samsun in 1919, where he
      launched the struggle for national independence, on May
      Ataturk chose to dedicate May 19 to youth, so it is
      commemorated as Youth and Sports Day. The nationwide
      celebrations began yesterday with the country's top
      civilian and military echelons visiting Ataturk's
      Mausoleum in the Turkish capital Ankara, laying wreaths
      at the tomb.
      President Abdullah Gul signed the special guest book
      at the mausoleum and wrote, "The democratic, secular
      and social Turkish Republic governed by rule of law
      that you entrusted to the Turkish youth will stay alive

      * New regulations extending the smoking ban in enclosed
      public places came into effect in Turkey.
      The new law prohibits smoking not only in all
      enclosed areas, including taxis, ferries, trains,
      shopping malls and the courtyards of all educational,
      cultural and social service buildings, but also in
      certain open-air areas, namely stadiums and
      Cafes and restaurants – except for those located in
      shopping malls – will benefit from a transition period
      with a total ban only coming into force for them on
      July 19, 2009.

      * Turkey's top jurists made very harsh accusations
      against the government, claiming that it exerted
      systematic pressure on the judiciary on the eve of
      crucial rulings.
      "The latest developments are enough to prove that the
      government tries to create a pro-executive judiciary,"
      said the Supreme Court of Appeals' Chamber Presidents
      Council, in a written statement.
      "Since a year and especially recently, systematic
      attacks on the judiciary undermine the Republic's
      founding values. This is exactly the goal, but it must
      never be forgotten that human history never witnessed a
      nation and a state that satisfied its people with such
      a controlled judiciary," read the statement.

      * Leaders of the Turkish business world gathered at a
      meeting in Istanbul Wednesday to discuss their action
      plan against global warming to ensure a liveable planet
      for the future.
      Chief executive officers, or CEOs, discussed climate
      change and its impact on the economy at a meeting held
      at the Conrad Istanbul Hotel by Turkish economy
      magazines Capital and Ekonomist.
      "Unless public and privates sector officials take
      measures now against global warming, it will sweep away
      5 to 20 percent of the world's income,"
      James Leape, chairman of World Wildlife Fund, the
      global conservation organization, said at the CEO
      Forum, sponsored by pension and insurance firm AvivaSA
      Emeklilik ve Hayat.
      "However, the damage will amount to just 1 percent of
      the world's income should proper measures be taken on
      time," said Leape, who has been serving as managing
      director at World Wildlife Fund International since
      December 2005.


      * Mor ve Otesi representing Turkey in the 53rd
      Eurovision Song Contest in Belgrade will be going to
      finals as it managed to be one of the first 10 groups
      in the second semi final.
      Mor ve Otesi will represent Turkey with the song
      Here is their song:

      * The Istanbul International Jazz Festival, to be held
      July 2-16, plans to celebrate its 15th anniversary this
      year by converting Istanbul into a city of jazz,
      complete with a special anniversary program and some
      big-name acts, reports the Turkish Daily News.
      The festival, sponsored by Garanti Bank, will present
      nearly 40 concerts, bringing audiences prominent jazz
      artists from around the world, as well as esteemed
      figures on the pop, rock, folk and world music scene.
      The Jazz Boat, now a festival tradition, will stay its
      course with a wonderful Bosporus tour on July 6, while
      "street concerts" will continue to take jazz fever to
      the streets of Istanbul.
      Among these year's eminent musicians are: Herbie
      Hancock and trio, Al Jarreau, Dianne Reeves, Dee Dee
      Bridgewater, Stacey Kent, Raul Midón, Sibel Kose and
      the Al Schackman Band, Lenny Kravitz, Caetano Veloso,
      Carla Bley, Andy Sheppard, Steve Swallow, Billy
      Drummond feat. Paolo Fresu, Richard Galliano, Jan
      Lundgren, Paolo Fresu, Yasmin Levy, Funk Fever, Marcus
      Miller, Omara Portuondo, Tito Rodriguez jr. and Machito
      jr., Taksim trio featuring Zakir Hussain, New Folks,
      Rufus Wainwright, Ivan Lins special project featuring
      Nnenna Freelon, Maffy Falay Quintet, Sabri Tulug Tirpan
      & Wolfgang Puschnig Rhythm Section, Oliver Gronewald &
      Onder Focan group, Alp Ersonmez trio featuring
      Alexandre Tassel, Sibel kose & jean-loup longnon, Burak
      Bedikyan & Kestutis Vaiginis, Sarp Maden quartet feat.
      Stéphane Belmondo, Baki Duyarlar & Stanislav Mitrovic,
      and the Raul Midón, Istanbul saxophone quartet.
      For more information go to:

      * World-renowned pop star Kylie Minogue, who was on
      stage in the Kurucesme Arena Tuesday night, had arrived
      in Turkey with 21 trailers and eight buses, was given a
      gift, a caftan specially prepared for her as a souvenir
      from Istanbul, reports the Turkish Daily News.
      A caftan is a cotton or silk cloak buttoned down the
      front, with full sleeves, reaching to the ankles and
      worn with a sash.
      The caftans worn by the Ottoman sultans constitute
      one of the most splendid collections of Topkapi Palace
      in Istanbul. Some of them were so precious that they
      were given as rewards to important dignitaries and
      victorious generals during elaborate religious
      A 10-person team prepared Minogue's caftan over 15
      days. The caftan, which is handmade, has a tulip
      pattern on the front and back of it. On the skirt and
      sleeves there is a handmade crescent and star emblem.
      There are also crosses on the shoulders of the garment.
      The caftan, which is purple and light green, is
      completed by a mini skirt cut from the same cloth.
      Minogue told the audience that she loved the crescent
      and star figure, and that she was very happy with the
      After the concert, Minogue's fans waited at the
      entrance of her hotel. There were even foreigners who
      waited to see her.
      Her fans describe her as very sympathetic and
      warm-hearted. Fans raved that the concert was
      "colorful, energetic and charming.
      Here is more about Kylie:

      * The seventh Mersin International Music Festival
      started Wednesday in the Mediterranean city.
      During the opening concert to be performed by the
      Bilkent Symphony Orchestra, young violinist Janine
      Jansen was on stage.
      On the second day of the festival Bilkent Symphony
      Orchestra accompanied two world-renowned opera artists:
      Latvian soprano Marina Rebaka and tenor Aldo Di Toro.
      One of the liveliest concerts of the festival was
      held Saturday, when the quartet Vokaliz Grup performed
      songs without instruments.
      Mersin International Music Festival is being
      organized by the Mersin International Music Festival
      Art Events Association and is supported by many
      nongovernmental organizations as well as Turkey's
      Culture and Tourism Ministry and Mersin Governor's
      The festival will end June 2.
      More on the festival is at:

      * Dogan News Agency reports that Turkey’s first
      eco-village market will open in the Aegean township of
      Kusadasi’s Kirazli village on May 25.
      Local women will sell their homemade products at the
      market that will bring producers and consumers together
      every Sunday. It is expected that the market will
      contribute to bringing more visitors to the village.
      The Kirazli village known for its strawberries and
      natural landscape. The name of the village is also
      interesting: It means "With Cherries", probably
      abbrevitated from Village with cherries".
      The Eco-village project, initiated three years ago
      under the direction of the Kirazli local administration
      office, the Kirazli Ecological Life Association and the
      Watering Cooperative, has been turned into a marketing
      entity with the participation of 50 farmers.
      Local women will produce goods for the market just
      like they produce for their family and women will be
      able to contribute to their family's income.
      Meanwhile, the Cherry Festival, which is a 50-year
      tradition of the village, will take place on June 1. A
      series of events will be held during the festival.
      If you are around Kusadasi, check out the Kirazli
      village, only 7 miles away, and tell them that you hear
      about them in the US on the Turkish Cultural Program.

      * The Turkish Daily News reports that the 16th
      International Istanbul Theatre Festival is continuing.
      Last week two honorary awards were presented to
      Gulriz Sururi and Engin Cezzar respectively for the
      outstanding contributions they have made to
      contemporary Turkish Theatre.
      A third honorary award was presented to the
      Lithuanian director, Eimuntas Nekrosius, who is
      internationally acclaimed for his work in theater and
      opera, on May 25 at the Ataturk Cultural Center (AKM)
      Grand Hall, before the staging of the play "Faust,"
      which he directed.
      Featuring eight theater and dance companies from
      abroad, as well as 25 brand new productions from
      Turkey, the 16th International Istanbul Theatre
      Festival will showcase over 70 performances.
      The festival will ends June 4.
      Read more at:

      * Guneyli village, near the Gulf of Saroz on the
      Gallipoli Peninsula, has been developing into a popular
      spot for diving tourism in recent years, reports the
      Anatolia News Agency. Especially on weekends, the
      village is very popular among tourists due to the fact
      that is easily accessible from Istanbul.
      "There has been too much interest in Guneyli in
      recent years," said Savas Yapman, the founder of the
      Kadikoy Underwater Center and a Turkish Underwater
      Sports Federation member. He said divers and visitors
      coming to Gallipoli are always charmed by the beauty of
      region. "We think the revival of diving tourism in the
      Gulf of Saroz, which we call Turkey's Red Sea, will
      make a great contribution to the region's economy."
      See a photo at:

      * Anatolia News Agency reports that In the Aegean
      province of Mugla, 10 more beaches have been awarded
      the "Blue Flag," raising the number of blue flag
      beaches in the region to 57 this year.
      Following an evaluation by the international jury of
      the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), it
      was announced that 258 of Turkey's beaches and 13
      marinas were deemed worthy of carrying the blue flag.
      Blue flags are awarded to beaches for being clean,
      safe and well-managed.
      Here is one of Mugla's beaches:

      * A company in the central Anatolian city of Konya has
      started producing (tamarind), (water of life) and
      (cornelian cherry) sorbets, indispensable flavors of
      Ottoman cuisine that are mentioned in the Ottoman
      Kanunname (Compendium of Imperial Law), reports the
      Anatolia Newsagency.
      "There are many different and delicious dishes and
      sorbets in Turkish food culture," said Murat Dutar, the
      owner of the company, which was established last year.
      He said fast food and beverages like cola and fruit
      juices resulted in traditional Turkish beverages fading
      away. "We want our people to remember and appreciate
      these various kinds of drinks and dishes in our
      culture. That is why we decided to produce sorbets,
      which are indispensable elements of Ottoman cuisine."
      Dutar said they had studied the preparation of
      sorbets and their importance in Ottoman cuisine, and
      added, "During a study of three to four years, we
      examined the compendium of imperial law and books on
      Ottoman sorbet culture with some experts. Some books
      contained more than 25 sorbet recipes."
      Dutar said the sorbets were made entirely from herbal
      products, and held many benefits for human health such
      as alleviating stomach problems, increasing potency,
      strengthening the heart, inducing feelings of happiness
      and other things.

      * The revamped "Bakewell Ottoman Garden" opened
      Saturday in the Missouri Botanical Garden, one of the
      world's leading botanical gardens, in St. Louis in the
      United States.
      The Ottoman Garden, which is the first of its kind in
      the United States and reflects traditional Turkish
      garden architectural style, had opened for the first
      time in August 2006. The garden was rededicated during
      a ceremony Saturday with enhanced features and new
      flora. The Turkish Consul General to Chicago Kenan Ipek
      was present at the opening ceremony, held with the
      support of the Turkish Culture Foundation based in the
      United States. Professor Nurhan Atasoy, who is a
      consultant for the Ottoman Garden project, made a
      presentation on "The effect of Turkish garden culture
      on the western world."
      The garden provides a feast for the senses, with
      various fountains and architectural elements to provide
      a strong sense of authenticity. Seasonal oleanders
      lining the walkway lead to the central focal point, a
      shallow pool of water. Authentic flora includes citrus,
      fragrant roses, classic Turkish tulips and drifts of
      other bulbs and perennials, aromatic herbs,
      pomegranate, and lilac. An inscription in Ottoman
      script, gold on blue, above the arched doorway at the
      south entrance honors the garden's benefactor, the late
      Edward L. Bakewell.
      According to the Turkish Culture Foundation, the
      Bakewell family had relations with Mahmut II's mother,
      Naksidil Valide Sultan, a woman of French origins. The
      brothers Ted and Anderson Bakewell wanted to realize
      the will of their father Edward L. Bakewell to
      establish an Ottoman garden in the United States, and
      opened it in the Missouri Botanical Garden. Turkish
      architect Fazil Sutcu, who resides in St. Louis, also
      contributed to the efforts of the Bakewell bothers.
      For the Ottoman Garden, horticulturalists supervised
      the planting of nearly 9,000 bulbs including historic
      hybrid tulips, with varieties dating from the 1500s
      through the mid-1900s. "It is one of the largest public
      displays of such rare tulips in the United States,"
      said Jason Delaney, a horticulturist at the botanical
      Although tulips and other flowers had been known
      throughout the Middle East and Central Asia, many
      varieties were first introduced to Europe through
      contact with the Ottoman Empire.
      The Missouri Botanical Garden's display focuses on
      authentic "Rembrandt" tulips, which are infected with
      potyvirus. "The virus causes color breaks in the
      petals, creating a feathered and streaked appearance to
      the blooms," Delaney said. "As their popularity spread
      westward, the Dutch turned the Ottoman appreciation
      into a crazed obsession, buying and trading single
      bulbs for entire family fortunes during a period known
      as ‘Tulipomania' in the 17th century," he added.
      "It was not until the 1930s that this color-breaking
      and mutation was identified as a virus, and within the
      next few decades, the commercial cultivation of these
      types ceased. Look-alike Rembrandt tulips have been
      created through extensive hybridization and are now
      available to the home gardener in many different colors
      and styles," Delaney continued.
      Designers of the Missouri Botanical Garden have tried
      to recreate sights and smells common to the people and
      officials of the historic Ottoman Empire. While gardens
      in Islamic lands differ in layout, most share the
      purpose of resembling the Koran's description of the
      Gardens of Paradise, with flowing water and abundant
      flora. The religious-based gardens seek to establish an
      atmosphere of peace and oneness with nature, enhanced
      by the rich, colorful sights and the pervasive
      fragrance of blossoms and herbs. Scent is a strong
      component of the garden.
      Here are some views of the garden:


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      of Cappadocia Tour,we will again be hosting another limited series of
      charity tours this year.

      This is a wonderful opportunity to visit traditional and restored cave
      homes in Goreme and a unique experience for all participants.

      Your support is greatly appreciated .

      The dates for the 1st series are as follows :
      Saturday 24 May 2008 2.00pm

      Sunday 25th May 2008 10.30 am

      As all proceeds from the tour are for the Old Goreme Restoration fund.

      We would appreciate your support by either joining us with your
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      Ruth Lockwood & Pat Yale


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