24 comments on “The year was 1974…

  1. Anna,What a lovely yet sad post. I personally find issues such as these very difficult to get my head around. I have always (and will always) be of the belief that we are all the same. Putting it simply, I say to my children that we all have different shades of skin, I for one am very white (read blue lol), my children are a different shade of white, they have friends across the world who have the same colored skin and those who have different but at the end of the day we are all the same. Here's to the future and hopefully changes in the right direction. X

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  2. A lovely post Anna. I get so frustrated here (I live on the edge of a town with a very large south Asian population) by the number of people, including educated people who should know beter, who are constantly moaning that the town has been ruined by "too many brown faces". Why can't people see that wherever we live, with all our variations of colour and creed, we all have the same basic desires and wishes, and hopes and dreams for our families, our homes, and our children's futures, yet some people are so determined that good fortune should be for their race, and theirs alone.

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  3. Oh such a poignant post Anna. I knew Cyprus was divided and I knew it had its troubles, but I had no idea the country became divided in my life time. It's about time we looked beyond race. Let's hope lots think like you and that things will continue to change for the better and the country can become one again.

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  4. What a beautifully written but sad post Anna. It's just such a shame it had to happen. I just wish people would realise that we are all the same, regardless of colour/creed. The world would be a much happier place if everyone could live together in peace. xx

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  5. What a beautifully written but sad post Anna. It's just such a shame it had to happen. I just wish people would realise that we are all the same, regardless of colour/creed. The world would be a much happier place if everyone could live together in peace. xx

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  6. Very well said, Anna..I've met several Greek Cypriots who share the same feelings with you and I'm pretty sure that the inhabitants of "the other side" would feel the exact same way..A very tasty choice of dessert, we grew up with it in Greece also, having it as a treat when we went to the movies..Lots of memories..Have a great weekend my dear, XO

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  7. Oh Anna, what a magnificently touching post. So heartfelt and honest. And yet I envy you your pride in your homeland. Having lived everywhere except where I come from, I don't have that deep connection to a place. My friends were very recently in Cyprus, the south, and they were explaining about the borders and the divide and I remember thinking if that made any sense. India and Pakistan, you could argue, is of a similar vein. A common thread runs through us all, despite differences in colour, religion or status. You've explained that so beautifully. And the cake looks wonderful!

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  8. What a beautiful, heartfelt post. You literally brought a tear to my eye this morning as I read it! (The cake looks beautiful too, what a lovely gesture).

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  9. that was a ripping, heartfelt post. Thanks so much for sharing that with us. "I would rather see the similarities than the differences in us". That's the wisest thing I've heard today, and I'll keep it to heart.(the cake sounds delicious and a wonderful way to bring together food and friends and family)

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  10. That's a great post Anna :)It doesn't make sense to me either, differences are ok, why do some people have to make a difference a division? They do say if warring factions sat down for tea and cake the world would be a better place, maybe this is the cake for Cyprus! xx

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  11. What a lovely post, as others have said.And that cake looks mightily delicious too! Would 'regular' semolina work in it? And I have never heard of mastic tears…

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  12. Hi Kate,I'm sure regular semolina would be ok, it would just have a less grainy texture, which you may prefer anyway. Mastic tears are the resin from a special gum tree, they are available from Greek/Middle Eastern grocers, they lend a particular fragrance and chewiness to recipes, but they are entirely optional. Hope this helps. X

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  13. Beautiful words.
    You have brought a lump to my throat!
    And memories…..
    A dear friend lived in Paphos for more than 10 years & I was lucky enough to visit on many occasions.
    Our “local” was owned by a man who had fled Famagusta with his family in ’74.
    On the wall of the bar was a framed collection of stones with an inscription to say that other than their memories, this was all they had left.
    It ended, “I want to go home”

    So sad, even more so that he died before getting that chance.

    I think I have something in my eye…….

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  14. If people were to stop hating others just for being slightly different then the world would be so much of a better place, lovely post Anna, need to make this cake xx

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