Cyprus Today - - OPINION -

What bor­der?

THE Greek Cypri­ots have turned an­other bunch of Is­raeli tourists away be­cause they were trav­el­ling to the TRNC. This has sparked loads of ex­pat spec­u­la­tion on­line as to what will hap­pen to Brit ex­pats, res­i­dent in the TRNC, if they re­turn here via Lar­naca air­port af­ter Brexit. Good ques­tion. Who knows? Ex­er­cise cau­tion, is my ad­vice. One in­ter­est­ing con­se­quence fol­lows: how come the Greek Cypri­ots are stop­ping non-EU cit­i­zens cross­ing a bor­der they deny ex­ists?

Up and down

THE TRNC gov­ern­ment have an­nounced that a new “mul­ti­tar­iff” charg­ing sys­tem “could re­duce elec­tric­ity bills”. Will it can­cel out the ef­fects of their de­ci­sion to raise charges for ev­ery­thing from res­i­dency to driv­ing li­cences by 30 per cent? I wouldn’t bank on it.

Es­tate agents

I SEE that re­port­edly, there were just 18 legally reg­is­tered TRNC es­tate agents in 1987, while there are “over 1,000” to­day. The Cyprus Turk­ish Es­tate Agents’ Union claim that half of them are “for­eign na­tion­als legally barred from work­ing in the pro­fes­sion”. The union want to be “em­pow­ered” to over­see en­force­ment. I see. Why? To en­sure the law is up­held, or re­move the com­pe­ti­tion? Just a thought.


DID you no­tice that at the re­cent Golden Globe Awards, songstress Lady Gaga wore $5 mil­lion-worth of Tif­fany di­a­monds? If that’s not enough to make any­body go gaga, I don’t know what is.

Chi­nese on dark side

I SEE the Chi­nese have landed a space craft on the dark side of the moon — an out­stand­ing achieve­ment. The first take­away orders from the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion for Chicken Chow Moon are ex­pected shortly.

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