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  1. Oh that's very useful, thank you!So yes, the quote I got from Garanti was for the whole year then.The link you posted, it must just be a rough guide since it isn't bank specific?
  2. I rang up Garanti and they said that with 5000 TL in the e-savings account on 33-45 day terms with 9.75% I would get, after taxes, net 374TL PER MONTH.That surely cannot be right? Must be per year? Otherwise, someone with 100,000 TL in the account would be getting about 9000TL PER MONTH interest - impossible right?Have Garanti told me wrong over the phone?
  3. What % is the tax on interest? Thanks for that aine, I'll definitely keep an eye out for that then when I open an account.
  4. I get compound interest, but I don't get why the first month wouldn't equal 39.58TL.I have this in my mind:Month---BALANCE------------------------------------------INTEREST1---------5000-------------<--9.5% of this divided by 12 = 39.582---------5039.58---------<--9.5% of this divided by 12 = 39.893---------5079.47---------<--9.5% of this divided by 12 = 40.214---------...............................5---------..................But that evidently isn't the case. Can you correct the above interest for me please?
  5. Ok, so I have a Garanti bank current account and also have internet banking. I want to stick some TL into a savings account, specifically Garanti's e-savings account which if I open online, I get a better rate. However, since I am used to the UK way of interest rates being displayed, the explanation of the rates for Garanti (and all other banks) confuses me somewhat. Can anyone help? Notice on the below table taken from Garanti the interest rates are far better than the UK, but what are these huge choice of 'terms' and how do they affect interest? So, if I put 5000TL in a 1-month
  6. Ok so on another note, if I decide to register one of the phones in Turkey, will the phone be registered to JUST MY sim or, once registered, can I put any sim in it?
  7. Also, here's an interesting letter from young academics in Turkey to the prime minister lamenting the course he takes on religion. It touches upon the 'hundreds of thousands of unrepresented atheist citizens'.Sorry it's in Turkish.http://www.dilekceonline.com/genc_akademisyenlerden_babakana_yant
  8. Haha, same here. Peanut butter is another one, and beans on toast prompts a response of shock. I don't know, would be interesting to find out, I shall see if I can. Damn well should be!
  9. I was not referring to the current Arab world but to the general Muslim one. Whether it's apostates being murdered, women being stoned or the annual scuffles that erupt in Mecca between Saudi Sunnis and Iranian Shias, the Muslim world has been and is far from a model of peaceable behaviour. 'Unpeaceable' behaviour is not simply drunkenness, drug addiction and disrespect to the elderly lady down the hall, it is also state-sanctioned murder, superstition-fuelled devotion and widespread propagation of ignorance by religious figures - all of which are common occurrences in the Muslim world. (The f
  10. Hmm, I checked some Turkish forums and yes that does seem to be the case, even if it's unlocked. No matter, I can go to the local Turkcell shop when I am back and register one of the phones with my passport, costs 5 TL apparently, and my partner another. The other phones when my family visit and go back to Turkey. I only ended up paying about £2 per phone anyway! Edit: Bummer, seems you need to BUY a new Turkish sim too, even though I have one: Pasaport Nüfus Cüzdanı Emniyetten Alınacak Ülkeye Giriş Kağıdı (Pasaportunda Giriş Tarihli Mühür Olanların Alması Gerekmiyor) İkametgah Belg
  11. The culture of fear spread by people like Wilders and the like are one thing, and anyone who can't see past their antics as purely pot shots at elements of society they simply don't like, is a fool. However, when people start using terms like 'true' Muslims/Christians whatever, it gets me thinking about the apathy many liberal westerners have for religion, which they often like to see through rose-tinted, spiritual glasses. One only needs to understand that a 'true' follower of anything is one that follows the rules of that thing, and the rules of a religion are written in books that, if re
  12. Key thing being tense there. The [developed] Christian world is no longer particular 'Christian' and thank god too. If you think the worlds Muslims live in harmony with each other, I respectfully suggest you do a bit of research!!
  13. emu88

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    Regardless of how everyone is supposed to tolerate such a practice because it is part of a 'religion', it is an utterly archaic form of mutilation, has been shown to inhibit sexual pleasure and is only seen as 'normal' because it was scribbled down in the old testament thousands of years ago! Religion makes otherwise good people do pointless and, in this case, barbaric things. I would not attend on principle!Edit: And how parents can be proud of the event that must, by definition, be harrowing for its victim at that age is testament to how much influence religion can have on otherwise good peo
  14. How you get on as an atheist in Turkey depends entirelly upon who you keep company with, and if you are in a private or public, or official setting. I know plenty of Turkish atheists, and you don't need to wander far into Turkish literary work to find a few prominent ones (not that their atheism is advertised much). Recently I have dramatically switched - due to work, location and relationships - most of the Turkish people with whom I associate, and the difference is quite marked. There is an ample availability of both tolerant (readily accepting) camps and harshly critical.My first years in T
  15. The phones I bought are all unlocked and will work on any provider, just pop in a sim. Additionally I paid just just a few pounds each for them, which makes 60TL seem pricey. Not bad phones either. Believe it or not, it's a very real possibility. All you need to do is use a cashback website, then go via them to mobiles.co.uk and choose a cheap pay as you go phone with a vodafone sim. You get a good standard phone for a few quid that would cost about 10 times as much in Turkey.Anywho, so your luggage gets scanned if you fly from Istanbul, what about direct to Antalya from Manchester with T.coo
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