..this awesome trailer seems to belong to a new Glee-like Turkish TV Show.
Check it out:
Wake up to see this beautiful table all set and ready to go — my father’s turkish breakfast masterpiece:
The 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.
Best Turkish Investor to the UK
Most Successful Entrepreneur
Most Successful Businesswoman
Most Successful Businessman
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.
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!
“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!