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Charles Bukowski’s Top 10 Tips for Living a Kick-Ass Life


1. Don’t settle.
“I wanted the whole world or nothing.”
You shouldn’t settle for anything less than what you absolutely deserve or desire. Strive for the best and don’t accept anything except for what will make you entirely happy. There’s no point in giving up on your goals simply to settle for a sub-par result that will forever leave you wishing for more in regret.

2. Love yourself.                        
I never met another man I’d rather be. And even if that’s a delusion, it’s a lucky one.
No one’s perfect, that’s for sure, but there’s also no point in beating yourself up about it. Stop criticizing every minute thing about yourself that you wish you could change and show yourself some love. That’s not to say to never work on self-improvement, but be your own biggest fan while you’re at it, no matter what.

3. Live life to its fullest.
“What is terrible is not death but the lives people live or don’t live up until their death.”
Want to go skydiving but have never done it? Take the leap. Dying to get that degree in art-history but don’t know how you’ll use it? It’s time to enroll. You only have one life so you might as well live it to its absolute fullest capacity – right now. Why wait until it’s too late?

4. Don’t fear pain, without it, you can’t experience happiness.
“You have to die a few times before you can really live.”
Pain, sadness, anger, frustration, anxiety – negative feelings like that can be miserable and even downright painful sometimes. But you can’t fully appreciate the good emotions that life has to offer without experiencing  the hurtful ones. So when you think you’ve hit rock bottom, remember it can only go up from there, and the pain you’re experiencing in the moment will only make the happiness taste so much sweeter later on.

5. Be your own unique self and shamelessly express it in all you do.
It’s better to do a dull thing with style than a dangerous thing without it.
Don’t be afraid to be yourself – Charles Bukowski certainly didn’t hesitate to. Always show your true colors and express your own fantastic personality. It’s better to live your life being your whole self than trying to pretend to be something you’re not, simply for the approval others. Who cares what they think anyways?

6. You’re stronger than you think.
Sometimes you climb out of bed in the morning and you think, I’m not going to make it, but you laugh inside…remembering all the times you’ve felt that way.
Life is full of trials and hardships – you know it, you’ve likely experienced it many times. Yet, no matter what, you always make it through these difficulties in one piece. Always remember that you’re stronger than you may think, and you have it in you to get through the toughest of days.

7. Don’t fear death.
I carry death in my left pocket. Sometimes I take it out and talk to it: “Hello, baby, how you doing? When you coming for me? I’ll be ready.
“There’s nothing to mourn about death any more than there is to mourn about the growing of a flower.”
Death is unavoidable, so why spend your life worrying about it? Instead of obsessing about when you’ll finally go, take advantage of the life you were given. It’s much more worthwhile to celebrate life instead of fearing death, and you’ll likely be much happier because of it.

8. Have confidence in yourself.
“The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts.”
You are awesome, and all you have to do to let your true talents shine is believe that fact. Have complete confidence in yourself and you might be surprised with all you can achieve.

9. There are much worse things than loneliness.
I wasn’t a misanthrope and I wasn’t a misogynist but I liked being alone. It felt good to sit alone in a small space and smoke and drink. I had always been good company for myself.
It’s easy to fear being alone, and the company of others can often act as some form of a safety blanket. But there are much worse things than loneliness, and there’s no point in getting caught up in being alone when that time can be spent on so many more fulfilling and joyful things. Learn to appreciate yourself without others, and value your time alone.

10. Life happens, don’t always take it so seriously.
“Sometimes you just have to pee in the sink.” 
Unexpected, even crazy things are bound to happen in life, and sometimes you just have to go with it. Don’t get caught up in perfection and make sure to lighten up sometimes. There’s no point in taking everything seriously, and sometimes you just need to have some fun.

The North of Cyprus is beginning to outcompete Southern Cyprus in Tourism


The early signs of Tourism in spring are showing a rise of British Tourists to the North of Cyprus, which as a destination is currently out-competing southern Cyprus in value for money.

Oroklini News spoke this week with a leading Taxi Transportation supplier and they are reporting a notable increase in the number of British Tourists who desire a Taxi or minibus transfer from Larnaca Airport to Kyrenia or other parts of Northern Cyprus. In fact the increase is so significant that they claim 9 out of 10 tourists transferred actually end up in the North of Cyprus (most in the area around Kyrenia).

Speaking to British Tourists bound for the other side of the Island, we learned that 
their principal reasons for choosing the North are as follows:
• Hotel Packages are notably cheaper.
• The exchange rate from the GBP to the Turkish Lira is attractive at present. 
• A Pint of Beer at a Hotel in the North of Cyprus is around 2+ euro. In the south of Cyprus it’s more like 5+ euro.
• Cigarettes are nearly half price also. 

The reasons for the fact that Southern Cyprus is clearly not competitive are as follows: 
• VAT increases have started to out-price our Tourism Industry. 
• Recently introduced stealth taxes, company taxes and property taxes have all forced companies to increase Tourism prices overall, making the Republic of Cyprus an expensive place to visit with an unfortunately average service delivery. 

Well so much for the Governments plan to focus on Tourism. Did they not understand that by squeezing companies and raising taxes that our industry would be affected. Even if a reasonable number of Tourists do come to Cyprus this year, they will go home to tell 10 others how expensive and uncompetitive we are!

Oh what tangled and taxable webs we weave!