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FAMOUS CYPRIOTS

Postby Alasya » Tue Nov 23, 2004 1:26 am

Well Known Cypriots

Ancient History, Mythology & Religion
Aphrodite - Ancient mythological goddess of love
St Barnabas - Jewish-Cypriot Christian convert and an Apostle of Christ


Science & Philosophy
Zeno of Kitium - Phonecian-Cypriot Philosopher and the founder of the Stoic School of thought.


Leaders, Royals & Politicians
Caterina Cornaro - The last reigning Queen of Cyprus during the Lusignan/Venetian periods.

Mehmed Kiamil Pasha - Cypriot Grand Vizier (Prime Minister) of the Ottoman Empire)

Kibrisli Mehmed Emin Pasha - Cypriot Grand Vizier (Prime Minister) of the Ottoman Empire)

Dr Niyazi Manyera - Medical doctor, politician and the first Minister of Health of the Republic of Cyprus

Makarios III - Archbishop of the Greek-Orthodox Church of Cyprus and the first President of the Republic of Cyprus

Dr Fazil Küçük - The first Vice-President of the Republic of Cyprus

Osman Örek - Academic, author, lawyer and the first Minister of Defence of the Republic of Cyprus

Rauf Raif Denktash - Turkish-Cypriot leader and the President of the Republic of Cyprus

Glafcos Clerides - Leader of the Greek-Cypriot Community


Arts
Osman Türkay - Turkish-Cypriot poet, nominated for Nobel prize.

George Michael - British Greek-Cypriot musician, pop singer

Hussein Chalayan - British Turkish-Cypriot fashion designer

Tracey Emin - British Turkish-Cypriot conceptual artist


Sports
Fatima Whitbread - British Turkish-Cypriot Olympic medallist athlete

Muzzy Izzet - British Turkish-Cypriot Premier League Football (Soccer) player in England

Can any of you think of any others?
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Alp Mehmet

Postby Alasya » Tue Nov 23, 2004 1:30 am

I almost forgot,

Alp Mehmet, A Turkish Cypriot from Louridjina who is the present British Ambassador to Iceland. Check the British Foreign Office website.

www.britishembassy.gov.uk

www.fco.gov.uk

www.britishembassy.is (British Embassy Reykavik, Iceland)
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Postby erolz » Tue Nov 23, 2004 5:33 am

Cat Stevens ?
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Postby devil » Tue Nov 23, 2004 10:16 am

Under the heading of
Self-important persons:

George Lanitis
Tassos Papadopoulos
Most other politicians
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Postby insan » Tue Nov 23, 2004 10:13 pm

Ali and Robin Campbell from the British Raggea Band UB40

Two guys from the 80s most popular punk/new wave band A Flock of Seagulls(I can't remember their names now but I will never forget their classic "Wishing a photographic of you")
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Postby Alasya » Wed Nov 24, 2004 12:12 am

Devil wrote:

"Under the heading of
Self-important persons:

George Lanitis
Tassos Papadopoulos
Most other politicians"

Ha ha ha! Yes, I couldn`t agree with more.
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Postby Piratis » Wed Nov 24, 2004 8:40 am

Under the heading of
Self-important persons:

George Lanitis
Tassos Papadopoulos
Most other politicians


Well, Papadopoulos was voted by 52% of the people (from the first round). If he is just "self-important" then everybody else is also.

I thought this thread was about names of "famous" people. If we are going to give our comments about them then this thread is going to change significantly.
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Postby brother » Wed Nov 24, 2004 12:44 pm

Would you not say George Michael is the most famous cypriot.
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Postby Alasya » Sat Nov 27, 2004 10:58 pm

Controversial Alparslan Turkes is another famous Cypriot from Lefke. Famous in Turkey anyway! His party was a coalition partner to 2 Turkish governments.

who is he?

Alparslan Turkes
Period : 1917 - 1997
Biographical detail : The politician born in Nicosia, Cyprus, whose parents migrated to Istanbul where he won a place at Kuleli, the military academy whose previous graduates had included Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

Alparslan put into practice a brand of ultra-nationalism founded in the “Turanist” myth: Turks were a continuation of a brave race that came to Anatolia from the steppes of Central Asia. He believed the answer to Turkey’s problems lay in strong and radical dictatorship and certainly not in liberal democracy.

Alparslan was arrested after 1980 coup when he and 200 members of his party were charged with instigating civil war and murdering nearly 600 people. He was released on medical grounds in 1985 and a guilty verdict was overturned on appeal.

Alparslan Turkes endorsed, just before his death, the military’s all-too-public view that the pro-Islamic Welfare party was threatening the country’s democratic regime.
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Postby insan » Sat Nov 27, 2004 11:11 pm

who is he?

Alparslan Turkes



He is a kind of twin of the "Digenis" Georges Grivas. If both had been in Cyprus from 50s till 74, God knows, today; there would be no Cypriots in Cyprus ... Thanx God for kept at least one of them away from Cyprus... Though he caused thousands of leftist Turks and innocent peoples death in Turkey...
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