Ruins, casinos and abandoned construction mark Cyprus

Special to The Washington Post

N ot far from where I live in south London, there’s a cafe, the sort of simple joint that we Brits affectionately call a “greasy spoon,” serving up fried breakfasts and mugs of tea. It was a couple of days before I was due to leave on holiday that I noticed the poem. Hanging above one its white laminate tables, on the same wall as a soft-focus photo of Princess Di, it betrayed the owner’s affiliation with the country I was about to visit.

“Cypriot people, close family bound, Sent here by war in their homeland.”

As a work of literature, it wasn’t quite Whitman. But as I sat there eating my bacon and eggs, this naive couplet brought the realization home: You really can’t go to northern Cyprus without being aware of its politics.

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One Comment;

  1. Holiday BayHoliday Bay said:

    A weird article written by a confused author. Not sure if even he knows the point he was trying to make. He talks about how he doesn’t like the development in North Cyprus, and somehow manages to link it to the invasion, even though he mentions that the south is more developed…

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