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Turkish guest by Spursfan on 24 October 2009 8:36am
We have one of our Turkish friends coming to stay for a few days from today. He arrived in England (first visit) yesterday, at Stansted Airport and has stayed overnight with some other English friends (who we also know). He's here in the UK for a month.

The husband spoke with him on the phone last night and he has done the main London sites (they live near Stansted).

He has told us he doesn't want Turkish food when he's here (obviously no pork products though!). I admire him for that - that's our view when we go anywhere!

Tomorrow we're taking him out for a carvery with our son and daughter-in-law.

It isn't the first time he's been out of Turkey; he's visited the US and Mexico (I think) and I also think he's been to Germany as they have relatives there, oh and he's been to Russia.

Got a bit to do before he arrives (though I made sure his room was spick and span yesterday); I am excited!!

Re: Turkish guest by suzulu on 24 October 2009 11:05am
Hope he has a great time - which I am sure he will.
Re: Turkish guest by peripatetically on 24 October 2009 1:48pm
Enjoy your friends and treat them better than you treat US! HAHAHAHAHA ; )
Re: Turkish guest by Spursfan on 24 October 2009 2:32pm
WELL!!! WHAT do you mean by that, Pats !!!


Re: Turkish guest by Spursfan on 26 October 2009 6:41pm
Hakan had a lovely day today (and so did we).

First I must explain that he is now a big fan of Wolves (Wolverhampton Wanderers). His first team is the Turkish team Fenerbahce (Fenner-batch-ay) but he loves Wolves.

The symbol of his political party (in which his Uncle is a regional leader) is a wolf. years ago we took him Wolves things, such as ties etc and over time he's become a fan.

So this morning we set off and didn't say where we ere going, but we took him to Molineux, the Wolves stadium. He was thrilled to bits and took loads of photos. Then we went in the Wolves shop (he was like a kid in a sweet shop, buying ties and other bits and pieces). Just by chance, two of the players arrived to sign Wolves books!!

Then we did some shopping and later went round Stafford town centre, showing him the Ancient High House (largest timber-framed town house remaining in Stafford) and he even asked to go round a church.

Re: Turkish guest by Spursfan on 17 November 2009 1:06pm
Well we still have Hakan with us (until Thursday) and yesterday we decided to take him walking on Cannock Chase, not far from us (we can see it in the distance from our house).


There are also the German War Graves and Commonwealth War Graves and the National Arboretum.



We had been to see the German War graves before - it is (sadly) massive with far too many graves.

This time we went to see the Commonwealth War Graves - far smaller in size. I even spotted a grave of a Polish man, who died in 1948 and worked for the Polish Rehoming Association.

Anyway, off we tootled, and we had decided to take Hakan in the motorhome, so we could make a cup of coffee and get some lunch, also to give him a new experience. He loved it!! We kept joking about us being gypsies, that we were going around Staffordshire putting on shows etc etc. We had a good laugh!!

After we went to the graves we had a walk on the Chase - and it was POURING down with rain!! Poor Tosun was soaked!

We came back, made some lunch and coffee and sat in the motorhome, looking out at the rain and the gorgeous views. It was great!

We had a wonderful day.


P.S. Sorry if this was boring, I just wanted to share.
Re: Turkish guest by johnnythemonkey on 17 November 2009 2:08pm
Ah, the motorhome. :)
Re: Turkish guest by bIG bLOGGER on 17 November 2009 2:45pm
There is actually a gypsy encampment in Hopton,it's been there several years now,and there are some quite well-to-do motorhomes on it.
Re: Turkish guest by Spursfan on 17 November 2009 2:56pm
I know that, b-b. A few years ago when they were going to build a new 'emcampment', probably mid-1990s, a neighbour brought round a petition against it and asked us to sign.

I refused point blank to sign it, as I believe in 'live and let live' and told her so, but I think from memory my husband and mother (who then lived with us) both signed it. There is an awful lot of snobbery in this village and I want nothing to do with it (the snobbery not the village). Yes there are lovely people too (well I'm here, ain't I HAHAHA!) but some of them !!

I think they are travellers rather than actual gypsies but there is obviously a hell of a lot of wealth there. Once a month on a Thursday they have a meeting at the village hall, just about opposite our house, and you should see the s....y cars parked outside!!

Yes, Johnny - ah, the motorhome.

Re: Turkish guest by Spursfan on 17 November 2009 2:57pm
Omigod - the site just censored the word s-w-a-n-k-y on my post above!!!

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