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Tulip (lâle) is one of the symbols of Turkey and since hundreds of years, has a special place in our architecture, decorative arts, literature, names, etc. In Europe tulip is mostly known as the flower of Netherlands but as the real tulip lovers gonna know, the first tulip bulb is introduced and gifted to NorthWestern Europeans by a Turkish sultan, Süleyman The Magnificent.

End of march and beginning of april is the period when you can see dozens of types and colors of tulip everywhere in Istanbul, but the best place to celebrate Istanbul Tulip Festival is Emirgân Park at Bosphorus shore. Last three springs, we missed the tulip time of Istanbul, instead we enjoyed the daffodil time of London. That’s why yesterday we headed to Emirgân Park to catch up.

After a nice breakfast and relaxing under the sun like cats at Bosphorus waterfront, the over crowded park shocked us a little but anyway we enjoyed the tulip time (and took few hundreds of tulip photos).

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Yüzyıllardır mimarimizden, dekoratif sanatlarımıza, edebiyatımıza, isimlerimize vs. yer etmiş lâle. Sahip çıkmayıp dönerimizi, yoğurdumuzu komşuya kaptırdığımız gibi, lâlemizi de Türkler tarafından Osmanlı zamanında kendilerine armağan edilen bir lâle soğanını baştacı etmiş Hollandalılara kaptırmışız. Şimdi maalesef ne kadar tepinirsek tepinelim, lâle memleketi deyince dünyanın ilk aklına gelen Hollanda oluyor.

Her sene mart sonu, nisan başında İstanbul’u gelin gibi süsleyen onlarca çeşit, renk lâlenin güzelliğine doyum olmaz. Ama son üç bahardır İstanbul’un lâle zamanını kaçırıyor, onun yerine Londra ellerinde nergis zamanını bağrımıza basıp avunuyorduk. Bu nedenle bu sene, her ne kadar şehrin her yeri lâlelerle bezeli olsa da, o üç baharlık arayı kapatmak için, tıpkı çocukluğumuzdaki gibi, lâle zamanının tadının en güzel çıkarılacağı Emirgân Parkı’na gidelim dedik. Boğaz kıyısında güzel bir kahvaltıdan ve güneşin altında kediler gibi mayıştıktan sonra Emirgân Parkı’na gittiğimizde kalabalık ama asıl önemlisi ziyaretçi profili bizi tam anlamıyla şoke etti.

Çocukluğumuzun, ilkgençliğimizin, Emirgân Parkı’nın lâlelerinin tadını çıkaran, Sarı Köşk ve Beyaz Köşk’te çay-pasta, bira keyfi yapan (malûm, o zamanlar köşkler ve kasırlar, saygıyla andığımız Sn. Çelik Gülersoy yönetimindeki Türkiye Turing Kurumu tarafından yönetiliyordu, belediyeye geçmemişti, alkol yasaklanmamıştı vs) ziyaretçileri nerede, bugün ağzımız açık, şaşkın bir şekilde bakakaldığımız, her lâle öbeğinin başına (başlarına geleceği bildikleri için) diktikleri bekçilerin düdük çala çala, sözle uyara uyara bir hâl olduğu, insanın “Sanırım şimdi biri hüloooğ diye bağıracak”   hissine kapılmasına neden olan ziyaretçiler nerede… Neyse, sonunda her şeye rağmen birbirinden güzel, rengârenk, çeşit çeşit lâlelerin tadını çıkardık, hatta birkaç yüz tanecik de lâle fotoğrafı atmışız bu arada arşive abartıp.

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Yesterday evening in a theatre in Istanbul, Alkışlar Tiyatrosu players performed a story taking place in one of old neighborhoods of Istanbul, in Tatavla (actual name Kurtuluş). It was about Tatavla, it was about Turks, it was about “us”. It was about muslim, Greek orthodox, Armenian people of this country living together, sharing happiness and pain. Before the play, actors and audience shared a minute of silence for Berkin. He was a 15 years old boy, shot by police with a gas canister from his head last summer, during the protests against islamist government.

Yesterday, we farewelled him after 269 days of coma. Yesterday we felt ashamed for not being able to protect him. Yesterday, people talking of being religious but trying to divide this country as muslim, christian, jewish didn’t feel ashamed…

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Dün akşam Profilo Alışveriş Merkezi tiyatro salonunda, Alkışlar Tiyatrosu oyuncuları Bir Tatavla Masalı’nı sahneye koydular. İstanbul’un eski semtlerinden Tatavla’nın (şimdiki adıyla Kurtuluş), Türklerin, “bizim” öykümüzdü anlatılan. Bu ülkenin birarada yaşayan, acıyı ve mutluğu paylaşan müslüman, Rum, Ermeni halkıydı anlatılan. Oyundan önce oyuncular ve seyirciler Berkin için bir dakika saygı duruşunda bulundu, hep birlikte “Berkin Elvan ölümsüzdür” diye haykırdı.

Dün, 15 yaşındaki kara gözlü çocuğa veda ettik. Dün, onu koruyamamış olduğumuz için utandık. Dün, dindar olmaktan söz eden ama bu ülkeyi müslüman, hristiyan, yahudi diye bölmeye kalkışanlar utanmadılar…

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Berkin Elvan illustration source / Berkin Elvan çizimi kaynak: Twitter @ Sinan Güler

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Yesterday evening after few pints at The Dog&Duck, our favorite small pub in Soho, we went to Gielgud Theatre for Strangers on a Train, a play written by Craig Warner based on the same name novel by American crime writer Patricia Highsmith.

We didn’t watch the film of the novel directed by Alfred Hitchcock but we can say that the theatre version was brilliant and it was another London theatre production show. The projections they used in the play were impressive. The only actor we knew from before was Laurence Fox from tv series Lewis and we were excited to watch him in a live performance.  All cast was really successful and we are very pleased to have a chance to watch the play. Definitely recommended.

“A seemingly innocent conversation soon turns into a nightmarish and dangerous reality for Guy Haines when he meets Charles Bruno on a train journey, ahead lies a lethal nightmare of blackmail and psycological torment that threatens to cost Guy his career, his marriage and his sanity. His choice: to kill or to be framed for a murder he didn’t commit…”

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Saturday. Sun, certainly not warming the bodies but warming the hearts of Londoners. A walk through Stoke Newington. A break for tasting delicious quiches in a café in Church Street. Then tea time at West Reservoir’s cafe watching the brave people of North London Sailing Association over the water despite the cold weather. Afternoon, an early rakı table with delicious mezes. Happiness!

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Yesterday evening we were at Fortune Theatre in Covent Garden for The Woman in Black, a play adapted by Stephen Mallatratt from the novel of  British writer Susan Hill and performed by actors Crawford Logan and Tim Delap.

It was our first time in Fortune Theatre and we loved this old theatre opened to the public in 1924. We are not very big fan of novel adaptations in cinema except some brilliant examples but we love to see them in theatre -specially novels we read- and The Woman in Black was a very successful adaptation from the novel. Also it was very effective usage of only two persons in cast and the simple scenery to interpret the whole story and different locations.

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Last Friday, our last night in Scotland, we went to Glasgow’s old City Hall, built in 1841, to watch two Buster Keaton silent films  accompanied by BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra on its UK Première.

First film was a Buster Keaton short comedy, One Week (1920) and the second one was a Keaton classic, The General (1926) inspired by American Civil War and the railways.

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, conducted by American Timothy Brock who is also the composer of the musics, was brilliant.  The harmony of the music with films was perfect. Watching two classics of silent cinema with such a great music was a big pleasure.

After the concert, finding a nice place with a working kitchen at 23.00 in Merchant City, Exchange Square and having a relax dinner with couple of glasses of wine was the last nice little touch of the evening.

Oh, sorry, the last little touch of the night was taking these photos in front of an old train photo in our hotel, Grand Central Hotel which is an old train station hotel dating back to 1883 and designed by Scottish architect Robert Rowand Anderson.

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Since two weeks we were away and had a little road trip around our little kingdom. We visited nice places, enjoyed the incredible sun and joined some cultural events.

When we were in Edinburgh, in this beautiful Scottish city, we were lucky to find tickets to two concerts in Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival. First one was Mike Hart All Star Band playing classic hot jazz from the 20’s and 30’s. It was a beautiful night.

After this American jazz band, the next night, we choosed Scotland’s leading jazz repertory band, Ken Mathieson Classic Jazz Orchestra with a guest from New Orleans, clarinettist Evan Christopher who joined them for this concert.

The second concert was the icing on the cake for us in our last night in Edinburgh. We loved them, we didn’t want the concert finish and it was a perfect way to say to Edinburgh “See you next time!”.

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