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How did Mackenzie get its name?

One question that many of our fellow citizens pose is where Mackenzie Beach got its name from?

The story begins around the end of the 1940’s, when a Scotsman, McKenzie, residing in Larnaca married a Greek Cypriot. He built a makeshift retreat in the coastal region, now known as McKenzie Beach, for personal and exclusive use.

This first makeshift of the area soon became a reference point for all Larnaca citizens, where they used to go for swimming, an area called “distant beach” by the citizens themselves.

The “distant beach” was the one by which McKenzie’s makeshift was built. The saying was “We are going to Mackenzie’s” or “Let’s go to McKenzie’s”. These phtrases quickly became common for local residents and then eventually all Cypriots and visitors alike. The name of Mckenzie stuck!

Watching TV Abroad


Times have changed significantly for Expats living abroad in the 21st Century. This would never be more true with watching TV in Sun. Once upon a time in the 90's the nearest we could get to BBC was the World Service on Radio.

Then came the Satellite dishes abroad hung from balconies and roof tops, Pirate decoders and the possibility to watch the somewhat outdated BBC Prime or other free or accessible programs from the skies. Some Expats even created a Sky set-up with a huge dish to capture the service. Over the years the dish got bigger and the picture less reliable, as attempts to scramble satellite signals in general deterred people living abroad to go the satellite route.

Today the full range of BBC programming is available on BBC I-Player through the Internet, which is of course the future. This includes Catch Up TV and even LIVE. Even all BBC Radio shows are available from the same Player. ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 have a similar service and NBC, CBS and others are available from the US. In fact most countries are offering a similar service.

There is sadly a snag, as such services are only available for people viewing from the home country; BBC in the UK for example. Many Expats figured out a work-a-round however via a VPN (Virtual Private Network), which is a kind of tunnel that transports the user to appear as though they are in the home country. VPN's were used to great effect during the uprisings of the Arab Springs.

Here below is in our view one of the best Companies offering the TV Abroad service...

The legality of such services is somewhat a grey area. The websites claim it is perfectly legal, but perhaps BBC and other channels have a different idea. Either way no-one to our knowledge has been taken to court as yet and if the legal course was pursued an awful lot of people around the world would be affected giving negative Press to the TV Channels.

Either way if you are an Expat wishing to see the latest dose of Eastenders, Coronation Street, Dragon's Den, Strictly Come Dancing, X Factor or even Doc. Martin, then all you need is a good Internet connection and a decent Laptop.

Happy Viewing!

The Premiership returns - How to watch LIVE football online for FREE!

The football season is back! After the shame of England's world cup performance, it's a chance to put the disappointment behind us and watch the greatest football league on the planet "The Premiership", which is spiced by a host of talented foreign players, many of which graced the World Cup finals in Rio.

There are many websites that offer paid subscription services to view LIVE Football with special focus on Premiership and Champions League. 

Sadly most of these are actually a con. The goal is to attract you to sign up and then the service offered thereafter is nothing more than a link to a free streaming site which anyone can connect to in the first place.

The secret is to know where the best free LIVE Football streaming sites are?

Look no further, by far the best free LIVE Football streaming site that has emerged in the last year or so is: http://www.thefirstrow.eu/. To view the football simply...
  1. Go to the above-mentioned site. 
  2. Select the Football game you want from the list.
  3. This will take you to a page of adverts.
  4. Wait until the advert on top of the Video Player runs out (around 30-35 secs)
  5. Press Play if not already on and expand the screen. 
The quality is surprisingly good once you get passed the adverts. There are several links the streams for each game to choose from in case the first one has a poor reception. 

Enjoy Football on TV!

Oroklini Lake - Raise Awareness


The “Restoration and Management of Oroklini Lake Special Protection Area” LIFE project released a 15 minute documentary regarding bird activity in the lake.

According to a press release by the project’s press office, the documentary “is a glimpse of the bird diversity of the lake, its rare vegetation as well as providing an overview of actions to protect the wetland under the LIFE Oroklini project.

The filming lasted about a year in order to capture the changeable habitats of the lake throughout the seasons and various unique moments from life on the lake. Migratory birds, Spur-winged Lapwings grooming their chicks and Black-winged Stilts defending their nests, are only some of the unique wildlife images captured”.

The documentary was produced by the Environment Department within the framework of the project “Restoration and Management of Oroklini Lake Special Protection Area, in Larnaca” with the contribution of the LIFE financial instrument of the European Union.

The makers of the documentary urged people to watch and share the documentary, “to raise awareness raising purposes so we can spread the message of the importance of this wetland and the need to protect it as well and other threatened wetlands”.

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