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Cold, cold, cold

February 3, 2010

How, exactly, did this become a weather-obsessed blog?  There is plenty of anecdotal evidence that us Brits have a particular concern about anything weather related and it is true that the weather is a regular topic of conversation among ex-pats here in Cyprus … but how exactly did we fall into the trap of mentioning in quite so many blog posts?

Anyway, it’s cold again.  Really rather bitterly cold.  And windy; really very windy.  There was a small twister along the coast from us that resulted in a handful of people ending up in hospital.  It’s snowing at the top of Troodos as you can see from the Ski Cyprus webcam.  There has been talk that we might get snow down here near the coast.  That would be unusual, but not unheard of; 2 years when we were house-hunting we experienced a little snowstorm.  Incidentally, that isn’t the house we eventually bought; unbeknownst to us the owner of that property had already found a buyer.

In other news the UN-led talks went ahead.  About the best that can be said is that at least the two sides are still talking … and showing a remarkable determination for scoring points if they can’t actually make any real progress.

THE TURKISH Cypriot leadership set a “trap” for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on his visit to the north in an effort to upgrade their status, which “boomeranged” on them, said government spokesman Stefanos Stefanou yesterday.

According to Stefanou, Ban had been tricked into meeting Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat at the ‘presidential palace’ in the north, despite an earlier agreement to hold the meeting at his residence next door. The move backfired as UN Special Adviser Alexander Downer was forced to issue a statement clarifying that “the Cyprus Republic is the only recognised state and that Mr Talat is nothing more than the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community,” he said.

Apart from that we continue to throw yet more logs on the fire and wonder just when it might warm up a little.  This is turning out to be a long, cold winter.

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