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I am one of the joint owners of Greenhouse bookstore in Kadikoy, Istanbul, and have lived in Turkey since 1994. I am British, but also have Turkish citizenship. I assisted in editing "Culture Smart Turkey" by Charlotte McPherson, published by Kuperard, and am currently writing a book about Turkish history and culture for children.


I prepare a weekly book review for one of Turkey's top English language newspapers. Check the Arts and Culture pages on www.sundayszaman.com


BSc in Actuarial Science. I hold a UK and Turkish actuarial registration, and lecture in a masters programme on Actuarial Science at Bahcesehir University, Istanbul

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2013-02-05 question the importance of family and heritage:

Hi    The question "nerelisiniz?" where are you from normally means your family and origin (or your country if in an international group). It rarely means where do you live now.     For example, a young

2012-01-29 Turkish culture/family relations:

Dear Katya    I would suggest the best thing would be for you to read a really good book on the subject, like "Culture Smart Turkey" by Charlotte McPherson, published by Kuperard.    Charlotte also writes

2011-05-26 Photographer of Turkish Symbol:

Sorry, Jan, that is a tough one. I tried googling, but Orhan Çam is a common name and I got a university professor, the MD of a computer firm and about 50 others.  I guess if the photo house (who presumably

2011-05-16 Turkish Symbol:

Hi Jan    For specific information about the exact location of this tile, you will need to speak to Orhan Çam, but I can give you general information:    Tiles are a very popular form of art and decoration

2011-03-13 My father:

First of all, many congratulations on your father's coming birthday.    In Turkey, as in most of the Middle East, elderly are very greatly respected.    You show this respect, by a special form of kiss


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