18 Kasım 2017 Cumartesi

'Fake News', Islamic-style, at Istanbul Grade School

türkçe links to original Turkish article

(Milliyet Newspaper, 18 November 2017)

Sınıfta batıl  yasak iddiası
Sort of reminds me of the nuns I had in grade school, sigh...

In Istanbul, 4th-grade teacher H.P. told one of her students that her
name, İrem, is a sin and it is forbidden to speak her name in class. H.P.,
who teaches at the Beykent Adem Çelik Elementary School in the
Büyükçekmece district of Istanbul, told İrem that her name means
'false heaven'.

//ed note: Redhouse gives the following meaning for İrem: "the 
mythical gardens said to have been devised by Shaddad bin Ad 
in emulation of the garden of Paradise.//
Parents of the children in the class have been commenting on the
situation on 'eksisözlük' (a social media platform in Turkey), with
one noting that H.P. has told the children that "if there is a cat or
dog in your house, angels will not enter."  and another mentioning
that H.P. said that "only a grandmother can name a child.  If someone
else names a child it's a sin." 

İrem's mother spoke to Milliyet and said that "I didn't just hear these
things from my daughter, I heard them from her friends, as well. My
daughter said to me 'Mom, the name İrem is a sin.  My friends won't
say it anymore.  My teacher calls me by my middle name Zeynep.' "

Because of H.P.'s pronouncements, Zeynep Naz Ayka has taken her
son Ege out of the school.  Ayka lamented that "you can't imagine
what it does to a child's psychology to hear such things.  My son used
to be interested in space and the planets.  Now he says 'whatever God
created he had a reason for it.'  He didn't go to school for 4 weeks
because of this teacher."

büyükçekmece haritası ile ilgili görsel sonucu
                 Not quite heaven-on-earth.

17 Kasım 2017 Cuma

Cigarette Smugglers Unwitting Anti-Smoking Advocates

türkçe links to original Turkish article

(HaberTürk Newspaper, 17 November 2017)

Sigara kaçakçıları dolandırıldılar
         Filter cigarettes, minus the cigarette part.

Istanbul anti-smuggling police put a gang that was smuggling cigarettes
to Turkey from Iraq under surveillance and learned that the gang was
bringing 12,500 cartons of cigarettes to Istanbul from Iraq.  The gang
then sold the smuggled cigarettes to another gang in Istanbul for
125,000 TL (about $35K).  Police mounted an operation and caught
the receiving smugglers red-handed.

However, when police opened the cartons they found not cigarettes but
styrofoam and newspapers, placed in the cartons to give them the
expected weight.  The smugglers were as surprised as the police to see
that the 125,000 TL they paid was for naught (!).

anti-smoking ile ilgili görsel sonucu
Hoodwinked smugglers got t-shirts as compensation.

Bodybuilder a Credit to His Sport

türkçe links to original Turkish article

(Sözcü Newspaper, 17 November 2017)

Kredi çekip şampiyonaya gitti, Avrupa ikincisi oldu
    The world's most fit matador. Bulls beware!

This sportsman from Denizli is determined and successful! Mesut Ala
(26) works as a waiter during tourist season in Antalya and 5 years ago
he became interested in bodybuilding.  His efforts reached the point
where last September he placed 5th in the bodybuilding championship
in Turkey. 

Next, Ala applied to compete in the European Bodybuilding
Championship in Norway but, having no sponsor, he had to take 10,000 TL
(about $3,000) in credit from a bank in order to go to Norway for the 29
October competition. Ala placed second in Europe in the 70-kilogram
class (!). 

Ala has returned to his job as a waiter in Turkey and has started to make
the monthly payments on the credit he took out.  Ala's next target is the
World Bodybuilding Championship to be held in the USA in May 2018.
In this regard, Ala explained that "I can't take out any more credit but if
I find a sponsor I want to go to the USA and represent my country with

denizli antalya haritası ile ilgili görsel sonucu
From Denizli to Antalya and the world beyond...

16 Kasım 2017 Perşembe

Bitcoin Mugging in Istanbul

türkçe links to original Turkish article

(HaberTürk Newspaper, 16 November 2017)

türkiyenin ilk bitcoin gasp operasyonu ile ilgili görsel sonucu
Their hope for many little Bitcoins has faded into the ether...

The Istanbul police cyber crimes team conducted its first raid against
a mugging that targetted the virtual money Bitcoin. In Merter district
a 5-person gang forced a businessman into a minibus and demanded his
internet password at gunpoint.  The gang then took possession of the
businessman's 450 bitcoins, valued at 11 million TL (about $3.5 million).

The businessman later reached police and said he had been held in
the minibus for 8 hours and subjected to violence.  Detectives put the
5 suspects under technical surveillance and conducted simultaneous
raids in Esenyurt, Bağcılar and Küçükçekmece districts, arresting
Bitcoin muggers  Gökhan S., İbrahim Ö, Uğur K., Görkem S. and
Selçuk Ö.  İbrahim Ö. is a fugitive and Gökhan S. is already facing
a 30-year prison sentence on a mugging charge.

After the mugging, suspect İbrahim Ö. proposed to his girlfriend and
shared the happy moment on social media (!).

türkiyenin ilk bitcoin gasp operasyonu ile ilgili görsel sonucu
                    Is no place safe??!!

Elon Musk's Turkish Masseuse Gets Popular

türkçe links to original Turkish article

(HaberTürk Newspaper, 16 November 2017)

scrubbed see TNT's report about Musk's Turkish bath visit.

ali güvenç musk ile ilgili görsel sonucu
Says hamam on Mars will be grandson's inheritance.

Ali Güvenç, the masseuse who scrubbed Tesla owner Elon Musk at
Ankara's Şengül Hamam last week, has gained worldwide popularity.
Güvenç, who has been scrubbing customers for 41 years, said that
requests for appointments have markedly increased since news of
Musk's 'scrub' hit the news.

A Turk calling from Belgium told Güvenç that when he saw his
picture it reminded him of an old friend who had passed away so
he requested an appointment around New Years.  Lots of people
in Ankara are stopping by, as well, to get their pictures taken with

Some wags, referring to Güvenç's lighthearted request that Musk
give him an electric car, suggested that instead Güvenç should have
asked Musk for a plot of land on Mars (!).  Güvenç said his one
regret was that he neglected to have a photo taken with himself and
Musk, but "perhaps he'll come again." 

elon musk ile ilgili görsel sonucu
Musk's good scrubbing followed this encounter.

15 Kasım 2017 Çarşamba

He Misses "Röveşata" Badly; Turns Out He's Badly Missed, Too

türkçe links to original Turkish article

(Milliyet Newspaper, 15 November 2017)

gülbay türkücü ile ilgili görsel sonucu
How many of us would even dare to attempt a "röveşata"?!

röveşata and on a concrete sidewalk yet!

In recent days, the video of a young man trying (without success) to
make a 'röveşata' (bicycle kick used in football) of a balloon on the
street in Ankara has gone viral on social media.  It has now been
discovered that the youth's name is Gülbay Türkücü (22).

Türkücü's aunt, Serpil Kılınç, who lives in the Yunusemre neighborhood
of Elbistan in Kahramanmaraş province. said that Gülbay is her nephew,
the son of her sister Ayşe Özbay from her sister's first marriage.  Lately,
Gülbay had been having psychological problems and was going to Adana
frequently for treatment.  Kılınç explained that Gülbay's father abandoned
him at 6 months of age but after Ayşe hanım remarried her new children
loved Gülbay like a real brother. 

Görsel sonucu
                           Don't try this at home.

According to Kılınç, Gülbay has left home before but this is the first time
he has gone outside Elbistan by himself.  She added that "when he was
young his teachers continually had him play football.  He's been missing
for three months now.  When we saw him on TV we knew it was him.
We called the police to have them find him."

  elbistan haritası ile ilgili görsel sonucu