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Vic801 last won the day on October 13 2016

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  1. Did I ever say I was interested in diving????

  2. The few tourists in Cappadocia at the moment will probably not notice anything. It is only when you live in a residential neighbourhood that you notice that nobody is sitting outside in the evenings as they usually do, everyone has moved inside and closed the windows so only the murmur of hushed conversations filter through. In Urgup non-alcoholic restaurants now outnumber the ones serving alcohol and the bars are mainly empty - people now drink at home behind closed doors. Our muhtar told us he was being paid for the number of "terrorists" he informed on and let us know slyly that he would not include us on the list if we made it worth his while. We told him we would need some time to get that sort of money together; we left 3 days later. Rural disputes used to be settled by shooting your neighbour's dog or poisoning his sheep, now it is even easier with a free hotline number to denounce your neighbour as a terrorist. Doctors, nurses, teachers, lawyers - all being arrested every day (and night). Nevşehir prison is now full, they are being detained in sports halls and closed Gülen schools. We have no news of some friends, we don't know if they are in hiding or have been arrested. One of our friends is in prison for a tasteless joke on Facebook about RTE and the AKP, he has been detained in solitary confinement since July and no date for a trial yet. His lawyer says he is likely to get 4 years at best.
  3. I always knew it would be something trivial. Now we have moved to the Republic of Cyprus. Too many friends in prison, night-time arrests, denouncing your neighbour and general climate of fear and suspicion in the Anatolian heartland. We have 8 eventful and fulfilling years but the post-coup New Turkey is not the same (to live in) as the one we fell in love with in 2007/2008 and it is time to move on.
  4. So on our last night in Cappadocia, Mr P went out with friends and met Semih and asked him why we had been fired from the caret emporium. And found out the true reason. Nothing to do with work permits, we know Japanese people who have been working in Cappadocia without a work permit for 10 to 15 years. No, it was purely a question of jealousy. A couple of weeks after we arrived, a girl came back from her holidays. Bottle blonde, very tight jeans, she was obviously used to being the centre of attention in a men's world where there were only 2 other women carpet sellers. And one of them was me. And when she walked in expecting a huge welcome upon her triumphant return, she was not pleased to see all the men in a circle around us,teaching us words and techniques and they virtually ignored her. She was a French seller although her French was cringe-worthy and she always used to push in front of me to get in the room first. The final straw was when Semih went to see the boss and said we had potential and that he'd like to give us further training so that we could start doing the presentations and the boss agreed. And she heard of this and threw a hissy fit, wailing that she had been promised that she would be the only French-speaking woman and kicked up such a fuss that the bosses being typical Turkish men preferred to avoid any confrontation and asked us to leave. So I am glad we got to the bottom of that mystery because I've always wondered why.
  5. I don't know many people on here still remember the ups and downs saga and how we got fired from a job in the carpet place that at least one of us, Mr P,was doing very well, but we finally found out why we were fired although he/we were doing so well. Anyone interested?
  6. And it is usually the other way round - you are trying to buy something on a non-Turkish website and they don't like Turkish state bank such as Ziraat but will accpet cards from gaanti because although it is Turkish, it is privately owned. Now with the new Moody credit rating, that may well change a lot of things.
  7. My Axcess Akbank card has a limit of 5000 TL, Garanti gave me 8000 TL credit but it is linked to a deposit account, Ziraat gave me 10 000 TL credit not linked to any account but Amazon doesn't take it and Envato and other US sites won't. Akbank automatically raise your credit limit yearly unless you call and oppose it.
  8. Garanti Bank credit card works on all the websites I have tried. Akbank card works on more sites than Ziraat which I agree is only really useful in Turkey.
  9. Yes, such a relief. We will be leaving Turkey soon as this sort of climate of suspicion, accusation and grassing on your neighbour is no longer tolerable.
  10. All signed and dusted and accusations cancelled. We had to get a dilekçe saying we refuted the debt and we took this to the İcra Dairesi with photocopies of our passport and they immediately cancelled any charges. To be on the safe side we extra copies signed and stamped in case the passport control asked for it but the Icra manager said it was unnecessary as all charges are dropped. Now if the guy wants to go any further he must take a lawyer and takes us to court. Knowing that 6 years ago just sending a letter of legal notice cost 1500 TL, I doubt he will go any further particularly as he would have to provide proof which does not exist. Our lawyer also confirmed that there was no need to remove funds from the bank. However if he does serve us with legal notice that he is taking us to court, it will be the first thing we do.
  11. Yes I live in Turkey Only a little bit of money in the bank. Should I remove it in case they block it?
  12. Thank you IbrahimAbi. I have now consulted a lawyer and a few other friends and Monday morning we are going to the İcra Dairesi to formally refute the accusation and as you say ask for proof of this supposed 3-year contract. We will be accompanied by a Turkish friend who runs businesses here and who knows how to formulate all the legalise stuff, an internet friend has sent me the opposition forms we need to fill in and several friends have said that they are wiling to attest that for years we have always turned up in a taxi or dolmuş! In a weird climate where informing on your neighbour for whatever reason has become national sport, it is good to know we have stalwart friends. And thank you too, IbrahimAbi, for taking the time to reply when I was stressing out. It means a lot.
  13. It was several times and not the same car although the demand letter gives a number plate of a single car whch we supposedly signed for rental for 3 years which we didn't. My partner remembers one occasion when he signed for insurance and he kept the car for a week but on the other occasions it was just an informal unwritten agreement.
  14. Looks like debt collection department
  15. It was from T:C: Urgup İcra Dairesi. Signed by Zabit Kulibi.
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