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Going cold Turkey

December 30, 2016

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On Christmas Eve morning I bolted upright in bed from a panic attack. My heart was racing fast and the bed sheets were damp from sweat. Today I was packing up my London flat once more and hitting the airport with no return date. There was a feeling of trepidation because as much as I […]

Saudi Arabia

December 14, 2015

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Everyone has an opinion about Saudi Arabia, but the reality is few people will ever have the opportunity to see it for themselves. This week I was posted to the capital Riyadh for seven days. Entry into SA is strict. Women cannot go unless chaperoned by their husbands or fathers. As a correspondent for TRT […]

Elections

November 5, 2015

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Sunday saw Turkey hold its second general election in less than five months. It was big story for us, TRT World, and yours truly was the main anchor for the first half of the night. As the ballots closed and the first round of votes started to be counted, it was clear that the AK […]

Big Brother is Watching….

November 5, 2015

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Yesterday was my first day off post election coverage. I’d planned fun stuff to do in the day, meeting new people, yoga, a date and going to a screening to see an new film at Soho House. Well most of that went out the window and was replaced with unnecessary paper work, agro and irritation. […]

Flat hunting uphill struggle

September 3, 2015

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It has taken almost five weeks to find a flat.  I’ve slotted in viewings between shifts and on every available day off. What a flipin drag!!  I’ve been left fed up, tired and totally disillusioned. There’s no shortage of vacant properties in Istanbul, it’s more because apartments within my budget are decorated with furniture left […]

Hand grenade, gun fire and high heels

August 19, 2015

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My job is all about timing. Today was no exception. I left the flat dressed for a presenting shift. Heels, smart clothes, totally inappropriate for what was to unfold.  (Me this evening at 10pm when I got home)  As my taxi hit the seafront outside the Dolmabahce Palace at around 1430 local time, gridlock. Sirens, […]

Singledom in Istanbul

August 18, 2015

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Dating at almost 40 should come with a health warning. After things went pear-shaped with the chef (yes pun intended) I wondered whether I would ever meet someone who sought the same things I wanted out of life. I’m still wondering…. The last 18-months on the single scene have been a mixture of fun, excitment, […]