Tuesday, August 18, 2009

THE MARMARIS INCIDENT

"I don’t know why I did it."
~ Thomas Strong.


Uh-oh:


Thomas Strong, 19, from Carlisle in Cumbria, approached the quayside statue while on holiday in Marmaris on Sunday and dropped his shorts, before launching into a tirade of abuse.

Local boat men were so furious at the insult that they called the police to arrest Strong.

The offence of insulting Ataturk, the former Army Officer who led the Turkish national movement and established the Republic of Turkey in 1923, is punishable by imprisonment for Turks.

Ayhan Hatay, who watched Strong’s actions in horror, said: “We couldn’t believe what we were seeing. Lots of tourists come and look at the Ataturk statue and take pictures. But this lad was something else – he stripped his clothes off and started waving his manhood and swearing at Ataturk.


I'm trying to keep a straight face. Really . . . I'm trying.

Hehehe . . .

7 comments:

Gordon Taylor said...

It's spreading. Earlier in the year a cow got loose in the East (Silvan? Batman?) and knocked over several Fred statues that were in a schoolyard. The cow was exiled to a village.

And now this. But how can we expect human beings to behave themselves if animals don't set a good example??

Renegade Eye said...

Your post beats mine.

hamo said...

A country where even the islamist president and the PM need to pretend that they respect and salute their butcher!

Anonymous said...

Oh man, you people have never seen the disrespectful birds? Ah those sparrows and swallows. I just wonder how many hours per year are spent just to clean the bird poo! Lottery tickets anyone?

Gordon Taylor said...

I was wrong. The cow who started this was in Malatya:

http://www.todayszaman.com/tz-web/detaylar.do?load=detay&link=175113

It too was naked at the time.

Mizgîn said...

Gordon, you have been to the region. You know these cows have minds of their own. If they're not busting up Fred's statues then they're out on the street at the crack of dawn bellowing to one of their friends at the other end of town. This becomes particularly annoying when you're trying to sleep on the roof or the balcony. Honestly, they are worse than the roosters.

The birds are almost as bad but make less noise.

Thanks for the additional recipes, Renegade. I might have another one to send along that would be excellent with ayran.

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