Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Wordy Wednesday

Military Coup

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.


Kat said...

Yeah, please if you can spare some, send some sun. We've had rain and thunderstorms here almost every single day. I am sick of it :)

Jean Knee said...

I'm the true first, everyone knows it

Brian o vretanos said...


I don't mind letting you have some sun - during office hours, at least ;-)

Jean Knee:

All that crazy Texan sun is obviously making you lethargic...

Jean Knee said...

sorry I couldn't comment before, my family can be sooo needy sometimes.

I think two of those sun bathers are nude. for real

Jean Knee said...

now your comment about mad dogs and Englishmen makes sense

it wasn't quite as hot today, might have only been 99

Bee said...

We are finally getting consecutive days of sunshine here too.

Did you hear that jean knee's brother's Oscar dried out??

Jean Knee said...

that was years ago, Bee

Brian o vretanos said...


Well, it's pouring with rain here, sadly.

I'm glad to hear that Oscar's off the booze.

for a different kind of girl said...

I think it's quite possibly more sunny and nice in England these days than it is in Iowa, where, for this point in July, we should be in a constant state of humidy-induced zombie-ism, only able to go around asking, "Hot enough for ya?"

Jean Knee said...

Brian, hey I want my own comment with my name on it, adressing me and no one else. how bout it?

Brian o vretanos said...


Maybe - it's miserable again here today.

Jean Knee:

What do you want this comment to say?

Jean Knee said...

I don't know

Dan said...

Sorry I've been away, I've been suffering from writters bloggers comment block.

Brian o vretanos said...


Nice of you to drop in. I thought the zombies had got you, for sure ;-)