Kitchener, Horatio Herbert, and Cyprus

Image from the book of M.A.Sofocleous- “Pissouri, a village bathed in light.”

“Cyprus, a little world in itself… no wild beast or reptiles disturb the solitude. The water is sweet and cool, the wine is nectar, and the food plain and good: above all, I know that my grave will be respected and that kind hands will close my eyes.” – From the 1936 book Historic Cyprus of Rupert Gunnis. 

While visiting the famous HANI restaurant and coffee shop with still amazingly tasty halloumi cheese and tomato sandwiches, in the village of Pissouri, halfway from Limassol to Paphos, I heard the traditional talk about the history of Cyprus and the organization of the island land registry. I was excited to have the privilege to be at this place at the right time and enjoy a lively exchange of knowledge. 

Time stopped for a while. I remembered my many stopovers at this place when the highway did not exist. Memories awoke and became alive again. Here we always had discussions about everything! From the exploration of the universe, the Cyprus issue, water supply, or simply daily news. Beautiful times when people were more relaxed, when simple common sense held all diplomas of this world, and when smiles, open hearts, and curious eyes were a regular feature. That was the secret, as said in the Little Prince-“It is quite simple: man sees well only with their heart.”

Those times are gone, but still, I confirmed once again that there are places, the oasis on this beautiful island you can find and feel the warmth of pure human souls. They are always right! Always! 

My attention got tickled further by the mention of Kitchener’s name. It was a short story about then lieutenant Kitchener I did not know. Kitchener came to Cyprus, did his job, and left to go to the legend! 

He became a famous and visionary brave man with the rank of Field Marchal and 1st Earl Kitchener. He became the British Secretary of State for War in 1914. He had tremendous authority in the whole British Army and he held that position until his sudden death on June 5, 1916 while on board HMS Hampshire. He was going for strategic talks with Russia by the order of then Primeminister Asquith who wanted to ensure that Russia would stay at war. Someone said that the “Good authorities concur that he was the one man who might have sustained Russia.” 

Strange things happen but never by coincidence! Especially if you learn that Primeminister Asquith resigned on December 5, 1916, to be succeeded by David Loyd George. Conclusions are yours, having in mind how the Bolshevik revolution developed and who were the organizers. If you do not know, investigate. 

As my memory refreshed, we started talking about the land registry and the experts that the British Crown sent to survey in 1878.

Here is the quote from https://maps.nls.uk/cyprus/info.html that explains the historical events and presents the work of Kitchener.

“In June of 1878, the Congress of Berlin took place where the “Great Powers” negotiated over the distribution of the Turkish possessions in the Balkans and elsewhere following the Russo-Turkish war of 1877-78, in which Russia liberated almost all Ottoman European possessions. Through independent agreements with Russia and Turkey, Britain was given the administration of Cyprus. As a result of these negotiations, the island of Cyprus was ceded to Britain and came under the control of the Foreign Secretary, the Marquis of Salisbury, in 1878.

During the three hundred years of Ottoman occupation, there had been no detailed surveys or technical advances in the land mapping of Cyprus. Some considered the “best” existing map at the time of possession as that by the Venetian artist Giacomo Franco, printed in about 1570. The Foreign Office immediately recognized that a proper survey of the island of Cyprus was required. Kitchener was recommended to take on the survey work based on his recently completed trigonometric survey of Palestine. Kitchener’s Palestine survey was recognized as a model of its kind and one of the first where difficult terrain had been mapped with consistent accuracy.

Kitchener’s remit was to produce a survey of the island of Cyprus that would meet the requirements for administrative and revenue purposes.”

Kitchener, then a young rising star lieutenant of the Royal Engineers, came to Cyprus in 1878 after completing a survey of Palestine. 

It was another assignment he took seriously by personally visiting all the places in Cyprus overlooking the map making. 

The owner of Hani Restaurant and Coffee shop, who was quietly listening to our lively conversations, surprised me by presenting a copy of two articles posted on July 1st, 1927 in the Alithia newspaper and December 5th, 1936 in Cyprus Mail. Both were talking about the event that happened on December 5th, 1882 at the toponym known as “Strongilolaogo” at Pissouri village. 

So, what has happened?

Namely, on December 5th, 1882, while he was at the Pissouri village inspecting the road at the toponym “strongilolaogo” shots were fired at him! 

Image from the book of M.A.Sofocleous- “Pissouri, a village bathed in light.”

As one Moustafa Merixian of the Plataniskias in the Limassol area that was accused of the premeditated murder of one Mouharem Salih Aga of the same village, together with Salih Kritikos of Stavrokonnou who was accused of stealing sheep and goats from the farms in his village in Paphos area, escaped from detention and were wandering around Pissouri.

They spotted Kitchener in uniform riding the white horse. They thought that he was a policeman. Frightened that he was looking for them, Moustafa fired at Kitchener. The first bullet missed. He fired the second shot. Fortunately, Kitchener got just bruised by the second bullet and stayed alive! How would the history developed if Kitchener was assassinated one can just imagine. However we know how history developed when he drawn

Image from the book of M.A.Sofocleous- “Pissouri, a village bathed in light.”

He reported this incident and a month after that, on January 4th, 1883 he left Cyprus, to go some years after directly to the legend! 

Darko Richard Lancelot

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21/10/2022

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Cyprus Dreamers

❤ Cyprus

We met. Cyprus never stops surprising us! At this first Cyprus Dreamers gathering we all had the honor and utmost pleasure to meet people that have Cypriot roots and people who came to this magical island to create their own roots. Common denominator? Love and togetherness that are interweaved with the dream for peace, equality, respect, compassion.

We exchanged thoughts, poems,  about the future. FUTURE! As our purpose for existence IS to work for the future. Of course, for those advocating that we live in present, we say yes! We use every present moment to mark the FUTURE! NO ONE IS FOREVER, EXEPT FOR THOSE THAT WORK, THAT AIM FOR THE FUTURE. Remember Aristophanes or Rumi? Or Shams Tabrizi, Emre or Kavafis or Sophocles? They were living in their present leaving work to inspire us for centuries and centuries and even more centuries. That is called in one word-forever. So, if it is necessary to follow the logic of mathematics then 2+2= immortality!

Do you want to be immortal? You can! Leave deeds behind. Deeds that people would remember, not because you said something, or you did something, but because you made them FEEL something, as Maya Angelou beautifully said. That something has translation and it is pure LOVE!

Current confused laws of Phisics that are limiting us instead of inspiring, say that we came from somewhere we do not know, to wander here for a while, and to go somewhere we do not know. That makes us to experience constant topsy-turvy.

Well that can be dealt about!

Instead of looking or, God forbid, wishing how to make the Donkey of the neighbour to die, go and make him/her/them a surprise visit and, over traditional Cyprus coffee and sweets( Zivania and Raki can be included of course!),contribute for the Donkey to live longer and be happy! That feeling of togetherness is what will stay behind you! That feeling of respect, compassion, genuine and pure love will be mingling around your descendants forever! So, to use that mathematical equation again-2+2=YOU ARE IMMORTAL!

Cyprus Dreamers can not do much! It can not buy you new Ferari. But it can inspire you to start dreaming more and feeling better, making people around you to experience the same!

Who wants can join us next time! Will not regret! Actually there are NO REGRETS!

As, we said yesterday, the aim is not to go to the moon and back! The aim is to transfer all this posetive energy to the universe! WE DID IT YESTERDAY BY SENDING OUR TOGETHERNESS THROUGH MILKY WAY TO OUTER SPACE, AND WE WILL BE DOING IT EVERY NEXT TIME!

You can laugh, but maybe, just maybe it is better to start dreaming with CYPRUS DREAMERS!

Wishing all health and happiness

For Cypruswelove.com

Darko Richard Lancelot

30/9/2022

Nicosia, Cyprus

Gerovital in Cyprus

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Amazing products now in CYPRUS WE LOVE!

GEROVITAL H33 DERMA PREMIUM CARE

Code: 484
7 ampoules x 2 ml
The intensive anti-aging complexion care program is designed as a 7-vial kit, specific to the particular routine of every day of the week, each one offering the benefits of one type of skincare action.

  1. Monday – Oxygenation
  2. Tuesday – AHA Exfoliation
  3. Wednesday – Anti-wrinkle
  4. Thursday – Lifting
  5. Friday – Oxygenation
  6. Saturday – Anti-wrinkle
  7. Sunday – Vitamin booster

Target
Oxygenation: Provides the necessary energy for the skin in accordance with its own needs and pace throughout the day, it stimulates resistance to UV radiation stress, accelerates skin cell renewal.
AHA Exfoliation: Provides gentle exfoliation, skin regeneration from depth to the surface, effective hydration.
Anti-wrinkle: Matrixyl Synthe’6™ stimulates the collagen synthesis in the skin acting synergistically with the ferulic acid which protects these fibers anti-oxidatively. By mutual intensification of the active principles lasting anti-wrinkle effects are obtained.
Lifting: The lifting vials contain a complex of marine origin collagen and elastin and liposomes with hyaluronic acid, active ingredients that restore the extracellular matrix and improve elasticity and firmness.
Vitamin booster: The vitamin booster is a vitamin E, A and C cocktail which neutralizes the harmful effects of free radicals, with beneficial effects for regenerating the collagen and elastin fibers, hydration boost, skin texture, uniformity and brightness improvement.

Directions for use
We recommend to use the Program at least once per month. Each vial shall be applied in the evening, preferably on the recommended day on your face, neck, décolletage and hands. Do not use more than one 7-vial kit per week!
Empty one vial in your hand and apply gently massaging. Do not rinse.
After the exfoliating treatment the Soothing protective cream will be applied. During the exfoliation treatment it is recommended to avoid sun exposure, use high UV protection sunscreen, avoid potentially sensitization cosmetics. It is recommended for the treatment to be done in less sunny seasons.
To protect your hands, wrap the vial in a tissue before breaking.
Avoid contact with your eyes! FOR EXTERNAL USE ONLY!
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26/9/2022

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The Virgin Mary Church of Catholics-Kouklia Village near Paphos

This magnificent 13th Century church is located within a short distance of the medieval manor house that hosts the Aphrodite temple and museum. It is also called Panagia Odigitria. Odigitria can be translated as the one who shows the path, who leads.

Built from the stone used from the ruins of Aphrodite temple destroyed during the earthquake. Idololatric temple was at the place of the church.
What is interesting to mention are the arches that are still there. The idea of Arches was introduced by Etruscans that lived in tribes in and around today’s Tuscany. Later it was used by Rome, like the famous Shewolf of the Capitoline. Romulus and Remus and the tale came after.

To tickle your curiosity, Etruscans used letters that looked like the Cyrillic alphabet today. The only way to decipher those ancient writings is by using the Cyrillic alphabet. Ultimately, everything is simple as long as you have a clear mind and a clean soul.
Cyprus hides many mysteries, and the time will come to reveal many of them.

30/8/2022

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Kolossi Castle and beccaficos(“Ambelopoulia”) birds

Just outside of Limassol, the visitor can find beautiful Kolossi Castle.
It was built around 1210 when the Hospitallers, Knights of St.John of Jerusalem, arrived in Cyprus and were given the state of Kolossi by Lusignan King Hugo I.
The area controlled by the Castle is surrounded by 60 villages, the Kouris river, and fertile land with many vineyards, olive trees, carob and cotton plants, sugar plantations…
The present shape was erected in 1454 by order of Louis de Magnac, Grand Commander of Knights in Cyprus. It is about 75 feet high with walls 9 feet thick, divided into three floors. On the second-floor wall, you can still see a large mural painting of the Crucifixion bearing coat of arms of Louis de Magnac. He was succeeded by John Langstrother, who later was beheaded by King Edward IV. At the beginning of the XVI Century passed into the possession of the Cornaro family, with the first owner being Cardinal Marco Cornaro, brother of Queen Caterina. After the Ottoman
conquest, the Cornaro family lost the property.
After 1799 when the House of Cornaro died out, the property was claimed by Count Mocenigo of Zakinthos( Greek Island), who married the heiress of the Cornaro house. It was in possession of this family till 1954, when the last descendant Count Alvise Nicolo Mocenigo, died.

As there were many vineyards, they were “visited” by little birds caught on lime twigs, plucked, and packed in jars with vinegar. The knights introduced that specialty to the gourmets of Europe and beyond. That is now forbidden, but it is practiced secretly. In the early XVI century, by the writings of John Locke, they exported to Venice. Some 1200 pots, apart from those that were consumed in Cyprus. Their Greek name is”Ambelopoulia.” In free translation, “vineyard birds.” Even today, it continues to be a specialty, but the law protects those birds in Cyprus.

Just near the castle you will see an old church and sugar mill complex.

Warmly recommended for the visit as you will enjoy the view and the surroundings

2/5/2022

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Go Digital Cyprus

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That is what you will find participating at the “Go Digital Cyprus” conference!
Plus you will have the chance to meet highly innovative and sucssefull personalities, exchange views, and get new PRACTICAL ideas about the ways of starting new or improving existing ventures!
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The rest is just up to you, as always!
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18/9/2022

Unique experience to start the week-Coffee Island Pallouriotisas

Coffee Island Pallouriotisas

Comming to the usual place Monday morning always hide new surprises. Meeting friends, talking about passed weekend events, basketball, football, politics, weather, art, history. Electricity bills. You name it.

Beautiful people passing. Some smiling some not. Some in deep thoughts some without thoughts, flying and flying. Those people, with their lightness of being, radiating unique posetive emotions, inspire others to the unmeasured levels.

Those are unforgettable moments!

To mention some of them.

Soteris, Andros, George, Pavlos, Maria, Andri, Georgia, Anna, and so many others leave part of their ideas, their souls here, to be shared by all of us. We all have different lives, different priorities. However at Coffee Island Pallouriotisas all those ideas, concerns, thoughts, views become united, enriching our souls and making us wiser and more posetive!

That is simply and genuinely called togetherness. No need to be explained by words. A look of respect and curiosity, a smile, or just a hand move enlightens all.

Storing this memorable moments in our souls is a must. We jealously guard them as we know that they will be there for us in the times of need when we feel disappointed and depressed. And the times we live in, can be very demanding and stressful.

Here, at Coffee Island Pallouriotisas they confirmed many times that their business is not a coffee. Their aim are the people that come to be served beautiful tasty coffee, always accompanied with genuine smile!

Coffee Island Pallouriotisas is the Oasis of posetive energy and inspiration. It is about people, for the people, serving absolutely tasty coffee and ,believe it or not, tasteful protein bars!

My favourite is yogurt and cranberry. If you wish you could try it.

Have a great week ahead, and join so many of us here.

One smile will do!

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12/9/2022

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Atlantica Mare Village

Atlantica Mare Village

Atlantica Mare Village one of the leading resorts situated at Ayia Napa Protaras Road is a remarkable and exeptional place for all kinds of holidays. Including weddings! Or just inspirational book reading and writing…

The writer of these words did not see anywhere else more book readers and genuine satisfactory smiles. I had a feeling that visiting Atlantica Mare Village left” all my troubles far away.” That explains such a posetive atmosphere, firstly from the highly professional staff projected to all visitors and partners of this great establishment.

Another observation that approached my mind and developed while I was staying at Atlantica Mare Village is that I felt that I am mastering telepathy! Without asking, the staff knew what we need and more specifically, they all knew how to approach us and humbly ask or offer their valuable services. Amazing! Humanity will prevail!

This short story will be developed further as my experience in Atlantica Mare Village is growing and developing deeply every moment.

In the meantime pack the things take the plane and choose Atlantica Mare Village for the unique experience!

Darko Richard Lancelot

8/6/2022

Cypruswelove.com

https://cypruswelove.com/2022/06/08/atlantica-mare-village/

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Music Through The Ages-Kolossi Castle

At Castle of Kolossi unique event!
H Tatiana Stupak παρουσιάζει το open-air concert
“Music through the Ages” για το ΚΥΦΑ
Παρασκευή, 10 Ιουνίου, 2022
Στο Μεσαιωνικό Κάστρο Κολοσσίου
Δεξίωση: 18:30
Κονσέρτο: 19:30
Τιμή Εισιτηρίου: 30 euro
https://shop.tickethour.com/ticketmaster_se_3828.html
H Tatiana Stupak παρουσιάζει το open-air κονσέρτο “Music through the Ages”. Το πρωτότυπο κονσέρτο θα παρουσιαστεί στον ειδικά διαμορφωμένο (εξωτερικό) χώρο στο Μεσαιωνικό Κάστρο Κολοσσίου. H εκδήλωση θα ξεκινήσει στις 18:30 το απόγευμα με δεξίωση και στις 19:30 θα ακολουθήσει το κονσέρτο.

Στο κονσέρτο θα παίξουν οι μουσικοί:
• Tatiana Stupak (Piano)
• Ester Kandinova (Soprano)
• Antonios Koutroupis (Tenor)
• Trio Triptych (Piano, Violin, Cello)
• Olivera Rialas (Violin)
• Dušan Stojanovic (Cello)

Παρουσιάζει η Άννα Μαρία Ευτυχίου.

Η εκδήλωση τελεί υπό την αιγίδα της Πρώτης Κυρίας, κας. Άντρης Αναστασιάδη και όλα τα έσοδα θα διατεθούν για το Κέντρο Υποστήριξης Ανθρώπων που ζουν με HIV/AIDS στη Κύπρο – Κ.Υ.Φ.Α.

Κύριος Χορηγός: Igor Dzigora
Διαμαντένιοι Χορηγοί: Max – Sports, Wimbledon Park

Περισσότερες Πληροφορίες: 99 575074 / 99 140240

Hope you enjoy this unique event !

Gerovital Cyprus-The Beauty that inspires

GEROVITAL CYPRUS

This is not advertising! This is the life stance!
Did you know that GEROVITAL products, the trade mark of World Renowned Romanian biologist and physician Ana Aslan can be found in Cyprus? From the shop in Nicosia GEROVITAL is available for delivery in the whole of this magic island. When enthusiasts want everything becomes possible! Stay tuned forvthe story of GEROVITAL and GEROVITAL CYPRUS. In the meantime you can see more at https://www.gerovital.com.cy/
Presence of Gerovital here in Cyprus is another confirmation that Cyprus is highly inspirational place that enables original ideas to flourish.
You can find links at each of the photos and enjoy the journey inside of GEROVITAL CYPRUS.

To be continued…

16/5/2022

Darko Richard Lancelot

Cypruswelove.com

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