Sunday 25 May 2008

Arse About Fez Facebook Group

To mark my 2 year anniversary of my arrival in Turkey, I've opened a Facebook group. Feel free to chat, post videos, pictures, links and generally spam each other.

I've been racking my brains trying to think of an appropriate way to declare the group open. In the UK, we might get a celebrity to cut a ribbon and say a few words. I contemplated smashing a bottle of champagne over my monitor. But, ultimately, this is Turkey and I need to follow the local customs.

Traditionally, the start of a new venture is celebrated with the sacrifice of a sheep and allowing the blood to flow over the entrance of the premises. The problem is, I'm a vegetarian and chopping a carrot on the porch doesn't really have the appropriate level of grandeur.

So, instead, I'm going to sacrifice by proxy and hand the proceedings over to the wonderful staff of Istanbul airport who felt a sheep just didn't cut it:

"Turkish Airlines took swift disciplinary action Wednesday after it emerged that members of its technical staff had sacrificed a camel to celebrate getting their job done.

Maintenance workers all pitched in to buy the beast to mark the long-awaited dispatch to Britain of the last of 11 RJ100 aircraft which Turkish decided to leave out of its fleet due to a series of accidents involving the planes.

The camel was sacrificed Tuesday at Istanbul's Ataturk airport and about 1,540 pounds of meat was distributed among the staff.

The event surfaced when several newspapers ran the story along with photographs of the camel being led into the airport grounds and of workers holding up bloody pieces of meat after the sacrifice." USA Today

So without further ado (or blood loss) I pronounce the Arse About Fez Facebook Group open.


Irreverent Italy said...

I love your blog! And, I love Turkey tremendously, even though I live in Italy (I even studied Turkish at one point in my life...don't ask)...I will be checking in on your antics from time to time...!
You might get a kick out of my blog...a sort of Irreverent Italy gig...
As they say, 'great minds think alike'
Teshekur aderim!


Anonymous said...

Cutting a tomato on your desk and whipping it over the monitor screen would be a close second to the sheep/camel.

You could then post photos of your self holding up a lump of it with the tomato smeered monitor displaying the facebook page proudly in the background.

That or turkish delight.