This drug can turn a profit in a recession, chill the otherwise
stressed island people and it's responsible for many hours of idle talk.
Yes COFFEE is the drug that I am speaking of!
the boom years of Cyprus all the major brand names and/or franchises
such as Costa Coffee (UK), Starbucks (US), Flo Cafe (Greece), Gloria
Jeans (Australia), Coffee Beanery (US), Segafredo (Italy), Illy (Italy),
Caffe Nero (UK) and their many copies, actually convinced the
population at large in Cyprus that a simple Coffee (however dressed)
could or should cost as much as 5 euro. What's more astonishing, is that
they got away with it for such a long time and Cypriots/Expats alike
were literally hooked on a Coffee Budget of up to 10 euro per day!
applied every trick in the book by confusing us with sizes, when small
became > large, medium became > extra large (the unusual
norm) and large turned into a well, soup bowl! Intense marketing, comfy
sofas, wooden decking on the balcony, fancy umbrellas and fake claims of
sustainability, all duped us into buying more Coffee than we really
Then came the recession, which started to hit
the peoples pocket in 2012 and then it exploded in 2013. Suddenly, even
that overly sugary Frappuccino or luxury Frape was at risk of being cut
from the dwindling expenses of the average Cypriot household.
major franchises stuck with their unsustainable prices for as long as
they could, to squeeze tevery last drop of money. Occasional special
offers and discounts appeared on the market and the people kept drink
Coffee to moan about the financial crisis.
the new wave of Coffee Houses, that understand all the people really
wanted was a combination of a decent place to sit outside (perhaps to
combine with smoking), quality coffee and a reasonable price, which is
easy enough to deliver, as the mark ups are so huge!
of a sudden here in Larnaca we saw even more trendy Cafe bars opening
everywhere, from Ermou Square to Makarios Avenue and of course
Finikoudes. Coffee Island (Greece) has already relatively recently
opened 7 outlets in Larnaca alone (same as Limassol). In Nocosia they
operate 15 outlets and it's easier to partner with them.
Island and to a lesser extent Lavazza have understood the pulse of the
people by meeting the above mentioned criteria for a decent Coffee in a
recession. Many other small individual Coffee businesses have also
opened too and the market is going crazy at present (all be at lower
prices) even in a recession, such is the love of the Coffee culture
among all Cypriots.
At present conservationists are raising awareness with respect to the Oroklini Lake and the undesirable impact that 3 consecutive years of drought is having on the bird population that frequents the wetland.
The spokesperson for BirdLife Cyprus Melpo Apostolidou,
recently went on record to indicate that if the current situation
continues as is, the lake may completely dry out in the next few years,
forcing the birds that inhabit this environmentally protected wetlands
area to migrate. The logical place would be in the nearby Larnaca Salt
Lake or Achna dam as it still has some adequate water levels.
challenge is however is by merely adding fresh water to the lake, it
risks killing off vital algae and other spineless organisms that birds
feed off. A number of Oroklini residents have reported increasing
numbers of dead fish, spotted around the
banks of the lake each day, as the water levels continue to subside.
As it stands the lake is inhabited by:
66 Spur-winged Lapwings
A few dozen Mallard ducks
Several Black-winged Stilts
Various other species of visiting aquatic bird
apears the only solution in sight is just to pray for heavy rain will
fall soon, which is a kind of planet hope option. Yes the Oroklini Lake
is an environmental paradise in Cyprus and some even suggest it's our
most precious ecological heritage.
Ministry of Agriculture seems to be downplaying the concerns raised, by
stating that extended periods of drought is merely a natural phenomenon
in Cyprus and not at all unusual.
News joins the growing tide of voices to urge the authorities to
seriously examine this issue and find a solution to save the Oroklini
As we all know Halloween is a holiday that takes place on the night of October the 31st. The actual word Halloween is a shortening of "All Hallows" Evening, which has also been referred to as Hallowe'en or All Hallows' Eve.
night of Halloween seems to be steadily rising in popularity across the
world in the last 10 years. Traditional activities associated with
Visiting "haunted houses"
Irish and Scottish immigrants carried their own versions of the
tradition to North America in the 19th Century. Western countries fully
embraced the holiday in the late 20th Century including UK, Ireland, US,
Canada, Puerto Rico, Australia, New Zealand, Cyprus and many other
former British colonies.
Halloween takes its origins from the ancient Celtic festival called "Samhain".
In essence, the festival of Samhain celebrates the climax of the
harvest season according to Gaelic culture. Samhain was traditionally a
time used by the ancient pagans to organize supply stocks and prepare
for the harsh winter ahead. The ancient Gaels visioned that on the 31st
of October, the boundaries between the worlds of the living and the dead
somehow overlapped. They also believed that the deceased would come
back to life and cause havoc such as sickness or damaged crops.
Samhain festival often involved bonfires and it's believed that the
light of the fire generated great insect activity, which in turn
attracted Bats! Masks and costumes were worn in an attempt to mimic the
evil spirits or even to appease them.
today, is the is most common activity for children associated with
Halloween. This fun game-like activity, typically takes place before or
on Halloween night. Here, children move from house to house in scarey
costumes, asking for treats such as sweets or chocolate, as they pop the
question, "Trick or treat?" The "trick" part is a threat to play
a trick on the homeowner or his property if no treat is given. It has
become socially expected in most of the countries indicated above, that
if one lives in a neighborhood with children, is necessary to purchase
treats in preparation for the trick-or-treaters.