On July 15th 1974 a military coup was orchestrated in Cyprus by the Athenian Junta (who ran Greece from 1967 - 1974), deposing the government of President Archbishop Makarios III. Early reports of Makarios' death proved to be incorrect - he managed to escape, got to a radio station in Paphos where he made the announcement that he was still very much alive, and then left the island, spending the next 6 months or so abroad.
Five days later, on July 20th, Turkish forces invaded the island, and 35 years on, with "The Cyprus Problem" remaining unsolved, they still occupy a large area in the North of the island.
Today Greek Cypriots held services to mark the anniversary. Hopefully one day it will become a historical event rather than something that is still an ongoing issue for both Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities.
I took my car to the garage today. When it was having it's annual MOT test a little while back, they warned me that some parts of the suspension were starting to crack and would need replacing. I've got no idea what happens if your lower front rear bush gives out, but it sounds painful, so I got it changed. I'm happy because it didn't cost as much as I thought it would.
Rain or Shine
We've had a lot of rain the past few days, but things have brightened up today. So I feel justified in posting a sunbathing picture.
Picture by quimby at Flickr, covered by
I hope you're getting all getting some summer weather, with the exception of Jean Knee, whose dog is in dire need of our rain, or at least our clouds.