16th century Cyprus and Serbs in Ottoman Empire

Saint Triad Basilica- Rizokarpaso

Did you know that when Ottoman Empire conquered Cyprus from Venice in 1571 Grand Vizier was Sokolu Mehmed Pasha and that the commander of the Ottoman army was Mustafa Lala Pasha both from Bosnia with Serbian origin. They like Pertev Mehmed Pasha, Piyale Mehmed Pasha, Zal Mahmud Pasha and Huseyin Pasha who also were of Bosnian Serb origin were moved to imperial court together, and later became viziers or admiral. Sokollu Mehmed Pasha entered Imperial court after serving Iskender Çelebi for 13 years.

Curiosity is that all of them were in the viziereal council in 1571 the year Ottoman Empire invaded and conquered Cyprus. 

They were not united in their interests and aims and it is said that Mehmed Pasha Sokollu and Lala Mustafa Pasha were fierce enemies. 

Lala Mustafa Pasha was in favour of conquering Cyprus while Sokollu Mehmed Pasha was concerned at the begining.

Legend says that his relative Makarije who was appointed as a first Patriarch of renewed Serbian Orthodox church was the one who established a connection between Orthodox priests in Cyprus and Ottoman court in order to attract the interest of Ottoman Empire towards the state of affairs on the island. At that time Catholic bishop was the prime ruler of Christians getting approval, unwillingly, from Orthodox church as well. Even attending liturgies in the same Churches, Orthodox Christians were entering the Church from side doors, something you can see at the Church of Panagia Eleousa in Rizokarpaso area.

After achieving consensus at the Imperial council and Lala Mustafa Pasha got approval to prepare. Ships were build and campaign started. As he had difficulties of conquering Famagusta, Mehmed Pasha Sokollu, using his deep connections, concluded secret separate peace agreement with Venice thus stoping the supplies reaching the city. 

This is how Marko Antonio Bragadin , the commander of Famagusta was forced to surrender. 

As there is a talk now in 2019 about Famagusta old city and property issues the legend says that when Selim II heard that Lala Mustafa Pasha lost many many soldiers in conquering Cyprus he ordered for him to be deprived of any profit from Cyprus campaign and gave the right of profit to Sokollu Mehmed Pasha.  

Just to mention that some sources say that Sokollu Mehmed Pasha wealth was at 18 000 000( eighteen million ducats).

Sokollu Mehmed Pasha, Bajica Sokolovic, was not the first family member of Sokolovic family to be taken to the court through “dervişirme”. The first one was Deli Husrev Pasha, who even became the second Vizier of Sultan Suleiman in 1543 (from”Sokollu Familly” Encyclopedia of Ottoman Empire 2009 New York).

This information sounds right as all Janissaries which were proceeding upward wanted to have family members near them in order to feel safer and to make so called household which would give them even more power and possibility for advancement. It is quite possible that Yeşilce Mehmed Pasha acted per instructions of Deli Hüsrev Pasha to recruit Bajica Sokolovic, then 18 years old, together with his brother Lala Mustafa Pasha all in order as said above to strengthen his clan. 

However it looks like that plan backfired as Lala Mustafa Pasha and Sokollu Mehmed Pasha became enemies. That is to be confirmed many times one being the aim to conquer Cyprus where Sokollu Mehmed Pasha was against and Lala Mustafa Pasha in favour of Cyprus invasion. 

There is to this day the dispute in historiography if parents gave their children voluntarily or they forced to do so. 

What it looks like is that it was a mixed phenomenon, different from family to family. 

To be continued …

This article was published in October 2019 and republished now with some new information

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Life is beautiful

Paphos, Cyprus, 29/11/2019

Love! Love unconditionally! Do not ask for anything! Just simply love. Get nervous, ask questions, comment and shout, kiss and softly fondle! All that is life. Be passionate. But LOVE! As by loving your nervousness is easy, your shout is humble and your questions respectful. And again and again, simply LOVE ! You will understand why you exist! You will feel the world and every breath you take! You will feel your blood passing through your veins. Just love! Do not define the feelings. Just and only love !

And tomorrow? Even that it could be reserved for sorrow, again love! Love the pain you get from love! Love the breath smoothening your soul. Again and again and get tired of simple love ! Happy weekend!

Where will you be in ten years time

This title meant to be a speech delivered during a section on public speaking in one of the universities in Cyprus. As I could not attend, speech was never delivered, but the paper stayed in my wallet, most probably as a sign not to be forgotten and to be delivered to the public not as a speech but as a short essay. Or if the word essay is too much, then let’s baptise it just as thoughts shared.

So decision made and I started to think how to fulfill the promise made first to myself and to write about the future.

I found out that thinking about future at the time of your life where you know the begining and can see the end is not easy. The help is needed! The help of the past! Then you realise how important is to cherish your past and even more important not to forget it! Memories are beautiful when you settle them. All of them have their special place in your soul . Some good, some not so good, some not at all good, some excellent and the rest of those in between all mentioned emotions.

So I started to look at my previous diaries, and there are a lot of them. I read again my essay, written when I was 14 years old, which was valued with the highest mark from memorable professor. Big deal, you would say, but it was, as it became an inspiration to continue writing. Diary, some poems, some short stories, some essays. In general all were “revolutionary” expressing the wish for changing the world, fighting against injustice! Also romantic poems about love and caring. About sharing. About the family values and every day family atmosphere as well as the special feelings during holiday season.Some beautiful warm conversations with my children. Three of them! Unique and refreshing with so much of common sense involved that I had a thought to apply it now and today again and again, as that kind of ideas and thoughts exchange is in short supply today.

Those written words reminded me how nice is to be romantic. Then I remembered the book about Eminescu called “The last Romantic” and started thinking why the word “last”have been used. I felt romantic then as I feel know! So, even after Eminescu there were other romantic people! And after us there will be other romantic human beings! The thought of being romantic overwhelmed me! Romantic in all you do! Something like Don Quixote of great Miguel de Cervantes! Romantic before the Romanticism, at least for me! Different and genuine. Human, something like a Beduin!

And the answer to the question from the title came by itself!

In ten years time I want to continue being Romantic, even if I would be the last one!

As one great speaker in Toastmasters competition said : ” I see something in you!” and I would continue- That you are irreparably romantic!-



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Nikola Tesla and common sense

Tesla at Colorado springs
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LIGHT, BEAUTY, LOVE and COMPASSION! TESLA vision,free Internet and advance of humanity

“The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.” Nikola Tesla

Nikola Tesla, magician of human time had a vision for our advance!

He was a kind of Samurai. Working alone, sharing his thoughts with only few people and going “SAM U RAJ”. In Serbian means “ALONE IN PARADISE”.

The interest in life of Nikola Tesla never stops. Some people are just now learning about him and some will be learning.

He visualized his thoughts putting it in to the practice all the time.

In 1904 Tesla writes for the ELECTRICAL WORLD : “The Transmission of Electrical Energy Without Wires ” saying that the Earth,even with the size it has,responds to electrical currents like a small metal ball.” That was 1904 !

“Somebody says God and somebody says laws of Phisics”

When asked if he is religious he replied:

“I am deeply religious man. I believe in one God which is not described in any of existing religions”

He knew that the future will be his!

“I am working for the future” he said!
He also knew the system.
He knew the people from the deep inside of the system.He knew that greed could cost us our existence and he never revealed how his weapons could be made. He had so called “open vacuum tubes” where he actually produced vacuum using tubes geometry combined with electromagnetic fields making car running without any fuel. To repeat- Without any fuel. It looks like he was playing with the nature and as he had a fine tuned attitude towards it ,the nature let him to understand it’s mechanisms knowing that Nikola would never”sell” that trust. To repeat, he probed in 1931 radiant energy car ( Radiant energy is energy that travels by waves or particles, particularly electromagnetic radiation) with no fuel and using tubes as convertors of energy of vibration.

Even that he knew the secret of planetary energy he never revealed it to the people of the time.

The younger brother of the father of Mr.Donald Trump , Mr. John G. Trump , who was the head of research at MIT( Massachusetts Institute of technology) decleared after examining Tesla Papers taken from his hotel suite after his death 7th of January 1943, that there was no evidence except rumours that Tesla actualy developed “Death ray” particle beam weapon. To believe or not to believe that is the question, especially when you find out in newly declassified FBI Tesla files that FBI was not in charge of collecting and examining Tesla documents.

Courtesy of Museum Nikola Tesla Belgrade

But even so some “popular” weapons are invented from the hints he left making him very disappointed and lonely.

He even tried to prevent second world war and offered then British Prime minister Neville Chamberlain his so called ” wall of Ionic plasma” or “Scalare Interferometer” as a protection of any penetration in the air space. Technical stuff I will leave to you readers to Investigate further,but will mention that Mr. Chamberlain accepted the offer and allocate for those days astonishing 200.000.000 USD ( two hundred million dollars) for stations to emit potentials throughout UK. It was just before Munich agreement and soon after Mr. Chamberlain resigned and for some short time Mr. Baldwin got the Prime minister position. As he was a man from the navy, and when he saw the amount allocated to Nikola Tesla he cancelled the agreement saying that it is not acceptable to entrust the defences of Great Britain to the 80 year old man. He instructed for the funds to be used for ship building instead.

Tesla, that brilliant man, had in mind what St.Augustinus in his Confessions sixth century A.D. said, that this world did not originate in time but from time. He also knew that to fight, some say inherited aggression of humans and need of human to subdue other humans for egoistic interest is possible. He had a vision and knew how to leave behind him the ideas, structures, hints which will firstly be used as profit making tools thus giving the impression to the oligarchs that they are in control and dizzy from their success and wealth not to be able to comprehend that the process which started will in some stage become the tool for expanding free thought, ideas and advance of humanity. Like Internet.
Internet today is the biggest community on earth. In 2018 the estimate is that 4.1 billion people or 54% of the world population are using it. And it is growing!
Those that comprehend that and other irreversible processes occurring, even today, will still have time to adjust, hopefully.

Many analysis, hypothesis and facts have been written about Nikola Tesla the son of Serbian orthodox priest Milutin Tesla and Djuka Tesla (Nee Mandic).
More will definitely follow as his legacy is practically deep affecting our everyday life which without his inventions and projections, vision and mentality would not be possible.
He was a master of human behaviour as well. He introduced new and projected further advance of technology. Knowing that he will not be recognised during his life as Edison was, he as a comer to America, found out with his inborn ability to foresight what was needed to be done, utilizing and combining a desire for profit and power of different financiers with the general advance of humanity. And he left us with numerous interviews with then “alternative” newspapers!

Reading between the lines was one of the virtues he has learned! He abandoned famous Graz University of Technology over, not only the dispute with his professor about “Gramme dynamo” and his vision of induction motor or ASYNCHRONOUS motor but also having his own ideas about life and experiences.
He was reading and definitely comprehending the book of “mysterious Serbian” ( From ” The Morning of the Magicians” book page 350) The theory of Natural Philosophy which this independent student of Jesuit College Of Rome Rudjer Boskovic wrote and published in Vienna 1758. His thoughts were based on idea of DISCONTINUITY whereas German philosophers who were leading the research up to the First World War believed in “continuous structure”. He came through with an account of light, magnetism, electricity, chemical phenomena some discovered since some still in waiting to be discovered, having also provided clear and scientific translation of alchemist language.
Mentality does not recognise time! Or it does?

Nikola Tesla was highly aware of tremendous possibilities of his inventions that he did not want only one country to have it. He knew that he could become culpable for letting it happen. This could be the reason that some of his inventions were registered in Soviet Union at the time. They say there are four of them which exist without possibility to go in to details yet.

Does just some months months ago a new announced weapon systems by Mr. Vladimir Vladimirovic Putin have to do with some of Tesla ideas?

He said that they ( Russia) are interested in normal constructive interaction with the United States and the European Union and that are expecting that common sense will prevail and that the partners will choose fair and equal cooperation… ” Our policy will never be based on aspirations for exceptionalism, we are defending our interests and respect the interests of other countries “

It remainded me of an event occurred 1622 when, it is said, the posters covered Paris stating:

“We, deputies of the principal College of Brethren of the Rosy Cross are amongst you in this town, visibly and invisibly, through the grace of the Most High to whom the hearts of all just men are turned, in order to save our fellow men from the error of death”
Even considered as a joke at the time by other non-informed people this announcement was a sign that Rosicrucian’s possessed secrets (transmutation of metals, prolongation of life, telepathy etc…)
If the technological advancement revealed by Mr.Putin in the sphere of military which precedes development of the same for civilian use is accurate, than there fundamental question is to be answered. What has happened with the education system of the West?
Here is part of US General Education Board statement from 1906:
“The present education conventions (intellectual and character education)fade from our minds, and unhampered by tradition we work our own good will upon a grateful and responsive folk. We shall not try these people or any of their children into philosophers or men of learning or men of science. We have not to raise up from among them authors, educators, poets or men of letters. We shall not search for embryo great artists, painters, musicians, nor lawyers, doctors, preachers, politicians, statesmen, of whom we have ample supply. The task we set before ourselves is very simple… we will organise children… and teach them to do in a perfect way the things their fathers and mothers are doing in an imperfect way.” No need to comment.

Years have passed and since the pressure from laity was growing the “concept” guys started “producing” ,as Nicholas Taleb explained in his article, “The intellectual yet idiot”. You can follow the link below and read the article. Common sense.


In his essays Michel de Montaigne gives to us an account of Persians by Xenophon where you learn that Persians taught their children virtue, as other nations do letters.
“Plato tells us that the eldest son in their Royal succession was thus brought up; after his birth he was delivered not to women, but to eunuchs or the greatest authority about their Kings for their virtue, whose charge it was to keep his body healthful and in good plight; and after he came to the seven years of age, to teach him to ride and to go a-hunting. When he arrived at fourteen he was transferred into the hands of four, the wisest, the most just, the most temperate, and most valiant of the nation: of whom the first was to instruct him in religion, the second to be always upright and sincere, the third to conquer his appetites and desires, and the fourth to despise all danger.”
Or to mention Mr. Carroll Quigley and his book Tragedy and Hope to illustrate the time that Nikola Tesla was living in.
“A few things do seem evident, notably that the twentieth century now forming is utterly different from the nineteenth century and that the age of transition between the two was one of the most awful periods in all human history(we know). Some, looking back on the nineteenth century across the horrors of the age of transition may regard it with nostalgia or even envy. But the XIX Century was, however hopeful in its general processes, a period of materialism, false values, hypocrisy, and selected vices.
It was the working of these underlying evils that eventually destroyed the century’s hopeful qualities and emerged in all their nakedness to become dominant in 1914( beginning of First World War- directed not by those we are falsely taught but by the winners…). Nothing is more revealing of the XIX Century than misguided complacency and optimism of 1913 and early 1914 and misconceptions with which the world’s leaders went to war in August of 1914.“

Tesla comprehended how the system operates, and lived to be the witness of America’s decision to enter First World War when then US President Woodrow Wilson won ellections by promising to keep USA out of war and then, just immediately after election win and under the influence of Colonel Edward M. House opted to enter the First World War.

The same was with continuation of First World War which was obviously the Second World War. That America did not want to be influenced but to influence. It managed to form new structure like Federal Reserve thus making easier to influence others. But even that and current try to introduce crypto currencies will pass! New humanity is being born and this is process Nikola Tesla initiated.

Photo of Philosophyofgoodnews taken at Sachi and Sachi gallery London

No regulations can disturb further development of internet and spread of the knowledge to ALL the people. Even that concept has been made to make us consume our time trying to follow corrupted existential material obligations being cleverly presented to us as “life style”, “way of living” etc.. as supply is controlled and mechanisms made to protect the issuers of “thin air”, we will get rid of false values.

There are people in this world that take serious our Earth and life on it. Concept is changing…Maybe, the process is postponed due to concerns and antagonism of concepts but it is irreversible! And Nikola Tesla knew that.

Long live Tesliana!

More of Tesla will follow

First published in February 2019 and republished with some changes 21/11/2019

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Sour cherry pie

Sour cherry pie ,you and I
Once upon a time
I made sour cherry pie
Just to try to get your smile.

It was more than expected
as I got also a little attention
and, surprisingly, some genuine affection.

We both learned that sour can become pleasant and sweet
as long as two souls are open to really meet.

And that has happened with your look
with that special angle your lively eyes took.

The rest would be history
If there was a date of expiry.

But, but, but it was just the beginning
giving to sour cherry pie
all the new meaning!

First published 13/8/2019 and republished 20/11/2019

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Time is life

“Did you sleep well?”, she asked.
Yes! Fine! Exactly as needed.
Then I was thinking
Looking at the other side of the bed
Where did you disappear?!
And realized that you are
In your home town
And that I briefly had amnesia.

Amnesia is a way to protect yourself from overwhelming feelings?

Those that can disturb our living concept. We might think that is our concept but is it?

“IS there a bigger picture than Gas, Energy security, paper money and power? Is there a huge eternal “picture” behind low and high, exceptional and ordinary, crypto currencies and central and above central banks and, and, and…?

Yes! There absolutely is.

Simple it is yet difficult to achieve even that it is every day in front of our eyes.

Simple because we are governing it and at the same time difficult because the whole concept is made to take it from us and in a way manage it for us.

Just simple TIME.

Time is the begining. It is a full stop.

So concept is made and put in place to”teach” us our obligations from the beginning. To teach us to “evaluate” and to accept to be evaluated. To present to us humanity and universal values and immediately degrade it with antagonism over various test results and deceiving issues.

Everything is made to be measurable from that sample of one meter to be seen in Paris after French revolution. What do we really know about French revolution?

One word then is made and placed upon us.

The word “progress”! What a word. In the name of progress they say.

It became international and is used everywhere. Ask your self what progress? To make us lazy and indifferent? To teach us greed? To force us to antagonise instead of doing things together. To teach us that we are too many on this planet ? With the layers of humanity always! Just to cover nicely the real purpose and being ready to react to the thoughts of all who use common sense and are awake and aware and immediately etiquette them.

All in place to take the time without giving too much back.

It is not about paper or metals it is about time as there is a process of awaiting.

What? Those they await they know. Simple.

Simple as

1) There is absolute control of the supply of money. Paper money presented to us not as a debt as it should be , goods being an asset , but as crucial means for existence. Also, as technology grows, money became electronic. Easy to manipulate.

2) As number 1 applies number two is to make us DEPENDENT on paper money, or any kind of money as without money we are just disappearing from the existence.

3) As 1 and 2 are applied than we have number 3 to produce greed and make us wanting, remember WANTING, more and more and more not realizing that when you have more and more and more of more to more of more you are still simple pawn. It was a great reply from my dear friend when I ask him how is the situation now in the market. He said ” Both , those who have money and those who do not have money have headache!

4) Once 1,2 and 3 are applied there is number 4 which is crucial and it is crucial as it represents educational system, educational concept.

It is made to become a tremendous business depending on money for the survival. Who controls money supply? And all the concept of governing ?

It is developing towards total control over common sense loosing rationality. First and very important aspect being – losing concentration for substantial development.

Could it be that WE THE PEOPLE are presented with LIES where the truth is known only to those that are from inside?

Could it be, as suggested by some, that LIE is divided in LIE 1 and LIE 2 and then WE THE PEOPLE are positioned between those two ?

Do it by your self.

Everything else derivate from the first 3 incorporated in number 4.

All that for what?

For awaiting what?

Could be called final time ? Just there is a simple issue. No continuity.

Theory of natural philosophy of “mysterious Srb” Rudjer Boskovic has some interesting thoughts elaborated.

Is there a possibility that word “Sustainability” is being introduced to a wide public just like that? After so much of a progress we are in need of sustainable growth. So they say.

Is it possible that public figures are openly talking that there are too many of us living on this planet? Are we blind and deaf? Sleepwalkers, with amnesia?

Instead to use , yes use, that tremendous energy of plenty of human beings to work TOGETHER towards development of “Perpetuum mobile” society we continue to be indoctrinated with extreme stupidities.

Each of us has to govern own time freely, and for that one decision is needed. And the things will continue to change as they have started to change already.

Even that it is difficult to explain simple facts and thoughts we need to try and try and try and try and we will succeed.

Have you noticed as well, that when you try to explain something simple, majority of the people are loosing interest to hear?

That is another product of education system made to produce more and more and more explanations just in order to make things even more complicated making you to LOSE TIME without going anywhere out of the circle. Crippling common sense!

Just imagine if we all, all of us, use our time for free thoughts and observations! Just imagine what would happen to our earth and us as humans. Imagine wrongly etiquetted UTOPIA to become reality! And it is possible. This is why concept is made to look free and to present to you other ideas which are then so much inflated and washed in the “collective” brain that you do not pay attention to it as THERE IS NO TIME! Those are invisible chains.

And then you have a creation of quotes!


Instead of maybe




It would be interesting if we could make the concept to serve us THE PEOPLE instead of WE THE PEOPLE serving the concept.

Observations of free mind are creative and productive. Contrary to the education system which is made just to explain and discuss already known knowledge ,crippling desire to invent, to proceed. We can overcome manipulation and it is worthy.

As it is our Time.

Lets make the time to become our servant instead of being the servant of time! We can do it. Just take time , invest time for real productive thinking.

It is in our nature as human beings just it is hidden deep inside of us.

Take it out! I am so convinced that there are very many people on this planet who will contribute for the simplicity to finally win , as “simple things are not crucial(only), they define everything” !”

First published April/May 2018 and now republished with some change. Things are the same as then. Chains are at place for both having and not having. Togethernes is the ultimate goal!

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Everything takes time. As we are born some time is taken to learn how to walk and talk. Then some other time of our life is deducted as we go to school and start having tests and getting marks and being evaluated. That is slowly but definitely,as a part of the concept process, making us to start sleepwalk. Every day the same, one issue dealt, with another arising never to stop. Than we go to deep sleep trying to protect ourselves. At least we think that is the way to be protected. Than we lose ourselves and try to compensate it with material things. And than it comes! Just it is the matter of choice To take or not to take the challenge! Unknown it is as we are somehow emotionally crippled and full of fear to proceed to the open, to the sunshine and the beauty of our world.

I visited couple of times monastery of Apostle Andreas situated on the “nose” of Cyprus at the place called Rizokarpaso.

Every time when going to and from the monastery you pass a huge sandy beach. It always made me to wish to spend one night and feel the energy when it settles from visitors,renewing its, I thought,healing properties.

And it happened.

It was early afternoon when I came to the place overlooking the beach, about a kilometre from the monastery.

The view was different from other times. Or my expectation and feeling made it different !?

I was asking myself why I have decided to spend night now and not before. Could be that all what we wish to happen takes time, giving us the opportunity to recognise that divine force and let it overwhelm us.

I decided to spend some time overlooking the beauty, trying to digest it ,awaiting for the sunset.

Sand, some bushes, trees, rocks and sea ! And waves and sounds and Moon and Sun looking at each other.

Is it possible that Moon was winking to the Sun or maybe,just maybe Sun to the Moon? At least that was what I felt. Or they both were making jokes about me! Saying something like ” Look at this sleepwalker! It looks like he is trying to awake himself! What will happen? Will he succeed to be one of those taking and making the challenge work for him?” I was thinking if this kind of conversation was possible. But it is definite, with Sun and Moon everything is possible and impossible!

That was the time.

You feel it without any interference of anyone. Just you and your inner self.

I started slowly to go towards the sea. While walking from the hill top something has happened.

What , you might ask with doubt that anything of importance could have occurred during a “simple” downhill walk.

I felt that I passed away and was awakened in the paradise! Tears, a lot of tears started to flow with no logic explanation. But logic and paradise do not go hand in hand.

When approached the sea I went inside, started to swim and felt that I was born again !

I felt that I was born again!

I did feel that I was born again.

I did not want this to finish before it was somehow memorized and stored in newly created, or let’s say renewed soul.

All the pain has left. All negativity gone. Just a pure soul and my body caring it.

Do you seek paradise? You will find it! You will once find it inside of yourself. Give it a try!

Let sensors to give you the sign that the time has come. The initiation for me came from the atmosphere around Apostle Andreas Monastery and Sandy Beach.

But even that this place carries tremendous spiritual energy, it can go wasted if you are not prepare to receive it.

So just be patient and set your inner self free of pain. And it will come. The soul will take it’s right place connecting you with the divine.

At least that is my feeling.

Happy Awakening.

P.S. And awakening it was as I repeated the same procedure early in the morning this time talking with the stones and bushes. Such a beauty the conversation was!

First published 14/8/2019 and republished with some additional thoughts 12/11/2019

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It is not how long, it is how strong

This is the article about a friendship. About the man who was born in Dikomo and passed his youth years in Kyrenia, serving his Cyprus till the last second of his life. He passed away today 11/11/2019.

He took refuge in 1974 in Nicosia but never forgot his friends from the beautiful years of his youth. He was raised in the mixed neighbourhood ,where peacefully Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots were living, sharing all what life can bring. Happinies, sadness, life and death, celebrations and funerals. And in between the best olive pie I eat , backgammon games in the nearby coffee shop, fishing excursions towards Kyrenia sea shore, and dreaming, dreaming of the world without wars!

Panikos Violettis was my friend for last two years. I think that it was exact time for us to meet as we both had before stereotypes which were somehow not allowed us to think freely with more of common sense employed. He passionately loved history and real history. It was an eye opener for him. He knew what to look for and how to classify all those informations into the beautiful,meaningful mosaic. For new generations to be more awake than ours, he said.

The word which accompanies Panikos is togethernes. Togethernes which can unite all of us! Which will help to unite his love! The Island of Cyprus! He, because of his work, knew so many events and characters and was well aware about the mentality and thoughts of average, hard working, family values oriented Cypriots. He had a dream ! He had a dream of one Cyprus! Of united, prosperous, respectful Cyprus. Of hospitable and happy Cypriots. He was of the opinion, like me , that patriotism is to unite not to divide! That to be the true patriot one needs to practice togetherness. With all the people. With those up and those on the other side of the law. With those down and those in the middle. With anonymous and eponymous. In a word with ALL the people. Panicos was the man who conected people showing them that Cyprus can function for the good of all !

He respected to be respected. His words were following his deeds. In practice and in hard every day life Panicos showed how one should act to be a MAN !

One of the moments showing how Panicos was respected has happened recently.

Namely we visited Kythrea begining of April this year. In the bus with us there were some new faces of our compatriots who joined us for a short but very emotional trip.

One of the men in the bus with whom I started to talk asked me usual where do I come from etc.. and then after letting me know where he lives and works asked me :” Is this Panicos Violettis?

He remembered him as he looked at one of the Panicos hands whith injured fingers.

I met them and he said that Panicos was his officer and that he was the real leader helping all in need during difficult years Cyprus was passing. “Itvwas and still is difficult to find people as Panicos” Barberis concluded.

Being a man is difficult and Panicos carried all that difficulties with honor and pride of being Cypriot. And serving Cyprus.

This is not cliche it the truth! Panikos will be remembered for generations to come for his future oriented work and pure human genuine ideas of togetherness and brotherhood.

Dear friend , may the memory of you be eternal !

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