Category Archives: Opinion

  1. Ankara

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    Wednesday 16 March, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    For those who consider this part of the world some war torn dung-heap slum of rabble-rousing mobs who deserve nothing …
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  2. International Women’s Day

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    Tuesday 08 March, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    As much as men think they rule the species, covet those positions of power in politics, business and the home, …
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  3. Maya once more…

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    Sunday 07 February, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    Playing in the snow in the Anatolian Plateau is fun. Like any kid, Maya, an eight-year old Turkish pianist I met, …
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  4. Maya’s back….

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    Sunday 03 January, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    Young Maya, the cheeky little eight year old pianist I met from Türkiye is progressing pretty well, tinkling the ivories …
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  5. Dream on…

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    Thursday 26 November, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Well I might as well, coz never gona seat my butt in one of these babies. There are more important …
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  6. Thanksgiving 2015

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    Thursday 26 November, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Here’s wishing my family, friends, followers and readers in the US, a peaceful and blessed Thanksgiving. . .

  7. Diwali 2015

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    Wednesday 11 November, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Yes, it’s that time of year again when my friends who follow Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism celebrate the festival …
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  8. WPC ‘Happy Place’… Not here, Not today.

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    Saturday 10 October, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/happy-place/

  9. Rock guitarists are not all the same!

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    Wednesday 07 October, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Think of the great rock guitarists… What ‘s the image? Pretty sure most of conjure up pictures of long hair, …
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  10. Out of respect. 911

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    Friday 11 September, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Normally I post about musical memories on a Friday. Not today.

  11. American Memories on July 4th

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    Saturday 04 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Having spent time in the states both as resident and visitor, and having numerous cousins living in five different states, …
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  12. Turkey – the future?

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    Saturday 06 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    I am not one to get too involved in politics, and certainly not on my blog. In my humble opinion, …
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  13. “Knowledge does not equal understanding”

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    Thursday 28 May, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    “Knowledge does not equal understanding” For those who reckon education is the answer, think again. Now that’s a very brave …
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  14. The natural beauty of a woman

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    Friday 22 May, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This a music video, and yes, it’s one that I could consider one of my Tunes I Love, but this …
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  15. “Ok then Bro, which way now?”

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    Thursday 21 May, 2015 by Uncle Spike

  16. Mother’s Day blossom

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    Sunday 10 May, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Blossom varies from tree to tree, from species to species…. but this is my favourite from all the citrus trees …
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  17. Gallipoli: lifelong dedication

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    Friday 24 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This is my second post about the one hundred year anniversary of the Gallipoli Campaign of World War One. Large official centennial memorial …
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  18. Gallipoli: 100 years

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    Friday 24 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    One hundred years ago, the almost 9 month Gallipoli Campaign of World War One ended. The Allied forces withdrew from the peninsula, …
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  19. Today, we think of Japan

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    Wednesday 11 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    It’s been four years since the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011 at 2:46pm local time. Yesterday …
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  20. Art From Where You’d Least Expect…

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    Saturday 07 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This isn’t a post about my own work, something I have crafted myself or even a tale I have to …
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  21. And That Was My 2014 Was It?

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    Sunday 28 December, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Similar to last year, but different… It’s been a very busy but largely uneventful year (that’s a good thing), but …
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  22. Christmas…

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    Thursday 25 December, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    It’s a beautiful and gorgeous winters’ morning here today in southwestern Türkiye. It’s cold (5/41) at night, but warm (20/68) …
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  23. Being A Muslim At Christmas

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    Sunday 21 December, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    The vast majority of followers to my wee blog are located in the States, Canada and the UK. Irrespective of personal …
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  24. Thankful at Thanksgiving – from Türkiye

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    Wednesday 26 November, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    It’s that time of year again when three things happen. One – over half my readers disappear to gorge on …
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  25. Respect : Remembrance Sunday

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    Sunday 09 November, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Originally posted on Uncle Spike's Adventures:
    Lest We Forget In countries of the Commonwealth, today is known as Remembrance Sunday, with the…

  26. Volunteering Is A Must

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    Tuesday 04 November, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    These days my adventures in ‘volunteering’ tend to be limited to spending 8 hours with a backpack brushcutter to clear …
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  27. Diwali 2014 Starts Today

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    Wednesday 22 October, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    I’m a Muslim, born to a Christian mother and an Atheist father… yep, we like to keep things a bit wacky in our …
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  28. The Turkey Tag

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    Sunday 19 October, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Like most of us, I spend a little time every day to peruse the offerings of my fellow bloggers. Now, …
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  29. Seize the day; because it’s YOUR life !

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    Saturday 11 October, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Today I read an article and saw a video about a young woman who will soon be dead. She is …
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  30. Memorial page for Rhonda

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    Tuesday 23 September, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    I came across a memorial page for Rhonda, just in case any of her fellow bloggers are interested. You can …
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  31. We lost one of our own…

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    Saturday 20 September, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    It is with a heavy heart that I write today. I have just found out that one of our Spikey’s, …
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  32. Nine Eleven

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    Thursday 11 September, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    September 11, 2001 2977 people from 62 countries lost their lives. I remember that day vividly. I was here in Turkey on …
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  33. Spoken With Dignity

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    Thursday 28 August, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    All men are created equal…

  34. Are You REALLY In Love?

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    Sunday 24 August, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Love A simple, yet probably one of the most widely over-used, emotive, underrated and misunderstood words in the English language. …
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  35. Remembering Robin Williams

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    Tuesday 12 August, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Originally posted on TED Blog:
    Robin Williams hijacks the TED2008 stage before the BBC World Debate. Photo: Andrew Heavens It’s 2008,…

  36. Turkey: Interesting Times Lay Ahead

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    Saturday 09 August, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Tomorrow sees the first ‘public’ vote for President of the Turkish Republic. Up until now, the President has been appointed …
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  37. Pushy Mom Scores One

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    Saturday 09 August, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    We all like to blab about our kids, and all think they are the smartest or most beautiful on the …
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  38. Our Planet, Our Time, Our Shame

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    Sunday 03 August, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    We only have one planet upon which we may dwell (as far as I know). So why do we seem intent …
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  39. Respect for Your Boss

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    Saturday 02 August, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    I’m no fan of bottom-feeders; those underlings who spend their careers attempting the crawl up the corporate ladder by way of …
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  40. Pad Parent : Good Parent

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    Thursday 31 July, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    It is a sad fact how many times you read, here or see cases of just plain old ‘bad parenting’. …
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  41. MH17… A Most Despicable Act

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    Friday 25 July, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Whatever you nationality, politics, background, or circumstance, the downing of flight MH17 was a senseless and despicable act of terror. …
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  42. Adventure Travel Anyone?

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    Sunday 20 July, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    I absolutely LOVE to travel, as you may have guessed anyway from my writing. For me, the destination is not …
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  43. Anti-Social Media (?)

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    Sunday 20 July, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Social Media; the bane or backbone of modern existence. See it how you will, we have ALL been dragged willingly …
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  44. Wassup Grandad?

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    Thursday 17 July, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    My maternal granddad died in the mid 70s when I was still in short trousers at school. But I have very fond memories …
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  45. Media and the Near/Middle East

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    Thursday 17 July, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    So often we are ‘informed’ about events taking place in my part of the world, the Near/Middle East, but from …
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  46. Let’s Share Some Good News

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    Friday 11 July, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Read a post in the wee hours this morning (suhoor/brekky time) from one of our more famous Spikey’s… Remember a …
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  47. Imagine The World Will Be As One

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    Sunday 06 July, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    These next few minutes will make you… believe in the priceless love of a mother… think again about the definition …
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  48. Grand Budapest Hotel

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    Saturday 05 July, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Today, Aunty Spike and I watched this truly epic, bizarre and wonderful piece of cinematography. What an absolute delight… . . …
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  49. Hey America, Happy Birthday!

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    Friday 04 July, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Yes it’s the Fourth of July, American Independence Day! So from all of us at Family Spike, enjoy your special …
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  50. Where are you darling?

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    Sunday 29 June, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    One year ago, the LGBT Pride March in Istanbul was as controversial as ever. Our conservative quasi-religious government struggle immensely …
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