The flag on the mountain

The flag on the mountain

THE star and crescent is revered with a passion by Turks and no one can begrudge them the occasional pleasure of seeing it replicated in the sky at night just before a crescent moon begins to obscure one of the big stars behind it.

But in Cyprus no such planetary alignment is necessary because the sky is lit up every night by the star and crescent on the Pentadactilos range north of Nicosia to the intense displeasure of Greek Cypriots who have learnt to grin and bear it. There is no respite in daytime either because it is conspicuously embossed on the mountain-side on a white painted background the size of four stadiums visible from the land and from the air for miles around.

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