Kulaklarınızın pası silinsin! 

New Turkish Lira has a new symbol.
Good luck incorporating it to the keyboards and ascii symbols though.

New Turkish Lira has a new symbol.

Good luck incorporating it to the keyboards and ascii symbols though.

MUCK :) looks awesome!

..this awesome trailer seems to belong to a new Glee-like Turkish TV Show. 

Check it out:

Bakın ne buldum: Abdülcambaz
Turhan Selçuk bir numaraydı valla!  Eskileri dökmek iyi geldi. 

For my friends who don’t speak Turkish or know who Turhan Selçuk is:
Turhan Selçuk is considered to be one of the few cartoonists in Turkey back in the 60s and 70s, who paved the way for the current Turkish caricature scene.  He was the founder of the Turkish Cartoonists Association together with Semih Balcıoğlu and Ferit Öngören.  I am a big admirer of Turhan Selçuk, and always enjoyed his semi-superhero semi-total-human Ottoman character Abdulcambaz.

Bakın ne buldum: Abdülcambaz

Turhan Selçuk bir numaraydı valla!  Eskileri dökmek iyi geldi. 



For my friends who don’t speak Turkish or know who Turhan Selçuk is:

Turhan Selçuk is considered to be one of the few cartoonists in Turkey back in the 60s and 70s, who paved the way for the current Turkish caricature scene.  He was the founder of the Turkish Cartoonists Association together with Semih Balcıoğlu and Ferit Öngören.  I am a big admirer of Turhan Selçuk, and always enjoyed his semi-superhero semi-total-human Ottoman character Abdulcambaz.

Turkish Breakfast

Wake up to see this beautiful table all set and ready to go — my father’s turkish breakfast masterpiece:

Hakki Tatar becomes the most successful Turk in the UK…

Hakki Tatar - Most Successful Turkish Businessman in the UKThe Business Network’s “Most Successful Turks" is an awards program recognizing success, innovation and ethics across business within the UK. 

Qualifying entries were individuals and companies originally from Turkey and Northern Cyprus (Turkish Cypriots are a large community in England) doing business in England.

The winners were announced at the Awards Ceremony on 27 October 2010 at White Hall, Banqueting House. 

My friend and college classmate, Hakkı Tatar was rewarded with the “Most Successful Turkish Businessman" award.    

Winners include:

Best Turkish Investor to the UK
TURKISH AIRLINES

Most Successful Entrepreneur
ZEYNEP TURUDİ

Most Successful Businesswoman
ŞADİYE ARSLAN

Most Successful Businessman
HAKKI TATAR

Hakkı is the founder and Chief Executive of Pussy Cat London —a beautiful clothing line for young, hip females; representing today’s independent woman.

When Hakkı won the most successful businessman title I felt a special pride.  Our friendship dates back 25 years, to 1986.  We attended and graduated from Uludağ University, Tourism Trade Management and Hotel Administration program (aka BTIOYO) some 20 years ago.

Shortly after graduation Hakkı moved to England and I to the United States.  He did his masters degree in London, and I in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  Neither of us came from money, and those were difficult years, years of most humble means. 

In those years we touched-base during my few trips to London on business.  A highlight was when we made a home-cooked meal in his humble apartment, and our other friend from college, Tarık Çandar joined us that night.  It’s a terrific memory for all three of us, we still talk about it today.  (Tarık is the CFO of Pussycat London today).

Hakkı started his entrepreneurial moves during his grad school years, selling various items and clothing in flea markets to pay for the tuition and make a living, which led the way to his Pussy Cat clothing line, now becoming a very successful online and offline enterprise.

Hakkı has earned every bit of his success, and it makes me very proud and happy to be his long time friend.

Kudos Hakkı! 

Demokrasilerde Çare Tükenmez ~ Süleyman Demirel

Not that I’m a big fan or anything…  Growing up, my family has been on the other side of his views; and as I got older I didn’t stay as far to the left, and Demirel wasn’t as far to the right in his late years anyways; so I can appreciate him more now.

This phrase is a “classic" by Süleyman Demirel — a lifelong Anatolian, a peasant (maybe a pretended one, but the peasants identified with him anyhow), politician, head of AP (Adalet Partisi — or Justice Party), a prisoner (after the 1980 Turkish military coup), a Turkish Prime Minister, and a President of Turkey…

Demokrasilerde Çare Tükenmez”

What does Demokrasilerde Çareler Tükenmez mean?

It means: “In democracies, solutions are endless.

…and that applies to personal, political, and business life my friends. 

I find myself often quoting this timeless phrase when there is a dilemma and the situation calls for it:

In Democracies, Solutions are Endless!

Remember that!

Ağzı olan konuşuyor!

"Ağzı olan konuşuyor" is a Turkish proverb, which means "whoever has a mouth, talks."  I always had a hard time making sense to this saying until the arrival of Twitter and Facebook