The first tentative almond blossoms have just poked through their woody winter blanket, to gaze down on a mauve and green carpet of cyclamen and periwinkle. So we note the delightfully early advent of spring in North Cyprus. And here’s another marker of the season: the annual moan from the Greek Cypriot lobby about North Cyprus holiday advertising on London transport.
The ever-resentful Lobby for Cyprus is miffed about a poster on the Tube urging chilled passengers to Beat the Blues — and swap the daily grind for culinary feasts, vibrant waterfront, endless sun etc.
“Many refugees forcibly displaced from Cyprus by Turkey who sought sanctuary in London will suffer the further indignity of seeing their occupied lands, appropriated homes and properties promoted for tourism,” the Lobby intones.
Needless to say, they couldn’t give a stuff about the many Turkish Cypriots who were forced to leave their homes and flee to Britain due to Greek Cypriot campaigns of intimidation and murder, long before Turkey acted in 1974.
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