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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

More Tastes of Turkish Things

US actress wearing Turkish T-shirt, Greek man on Turkish yoghurt carton, MSN guide to hand gestures in different countries
  1. "Ottoman Aid in the Great Irish Famine" (Fountain): There is a report that in 1845 the Ottoman sultan secretly sent three ships full of food along with money to the starving Irish. The English courts tried to block the ships, but the food arrived at Drogheda harbour and was left there by Ottoman sailors. The Irish have never forgotten the charity of the Turks. The Rev. Henry Christmas M.A. is said to have written in 1853 that this was "the true spirit of Christianity, and there is more it in the Mohammedan Sultan of Turkey, than in any or all of the Christian princes of Eastern Europe".
  2. 30 natural marvels you’ve probably never heard of (MSN UK): Contributor Charlotte Amelines has chosen the Göreme National Park in Turkey as one of thirty less-famous but amazing places around the world that have fallen under the international radar by accident of location, history or politics. Göreme is described as one of the world's most surreal landscapes.
  3. "40 Days and 40 Nights" (IMDb Trivia): The 2002 Hollywood movie starring Josh Hartnett sees a taste of Turkey when the two protagonists first meet at a laundromat - the girl is wearing a t-shirt that says "Türkiye" (Turkey) and has the map of Turkey on it.
  4. Innocent gestures that mean rude things abroad, or... (MSN UK): Travel editor Simon Busch's essential guide to hand gestures and customs in different countries reveals similarities in Greek and Turkish customs. In Greece and Turkey, for example, the OK hand gesture can be taken as highly vulgar.
  5. "Greek sues over photo on 'Turkish' yoghurt in Sweden" (BBC News): A Greek man is suing a dairy in Sweden for 50 million kronor ($6.9m; £4.5m) for using his image on pots of Turkish-style yoghurt. Relations between Greece and Turkey have long been strained and at times have turned into outright hostility.

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