Category Archives: Visits from the Karagöz puppets

Learning Türkçe: Rowing in vain?


 Sometimes you try and try but you can’t get what you want because you are beating a dead horse and your endeavour is futile. In Turkish, the same concept is expressed with a different metaphor: “Boşa kürek çekmek.”  It literally … Continue reading

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Karagöz knits a sock on the head of the Turkish military


Can you knit a sock on your head? These days, Karagöz sits with me as a make my way through the English-language Turkish press.  I like to keep up to speed on Turkish goings-on as much as I can so that … Continue reading

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Enjoying a cuppa at the Çinaraltı cafe on Bozcaada


Nothing is more evocative of Turkey for me than the sound of tiny spoons clinking into glasses at a Çay bahçesi (i.e. tea garden or cafe). The puppets sigh with hiraeth at this thought.  They do pine for home now that … Continue reading

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