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Cyprus Mail: News Articles in English, 01-09-09

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Sunday, September 9, 2001


  • [01] Angela, 30, seeks her long-lost Cypriot father
  • [02] Greens slam Big Brother as 'Peeping Toms' show
  • [03] Cyprus links up for global line dance
  • [04] 'Unanswered questions' after shipwreck

  • [01] Angela, 30, seeks her long-lost Cypriot father

    By Jennie Matthew

    AN ENGLISH woman looking for her long-lost Cypriot father is appealing for anyone with any information to come forward.

    Angela Maria Curtin, 30, was born in London on October 1, 1971. She believes her father was a Mr Stavrou, who went by the name of 'Tim' and owned a café in Brick Lane in the early 1970s. Her Irish mother, Mary Curtin, lived at 36, Edwy House, on Kingsmead Estate in Hackney.

    Angela never knew her father and said her mother always insisted that both she and her half-brother Richard had the same dad, despite her daughter's Mediterranean colouring and her son's blond hair and blue eyes.

    It was only when she was 18 that the truth dawned when an aunt visiting from Germany began to talk about “Richard's father”. Angela said she asked the aunt: “Richard's father, surely he's mine too?” but the aunt replied: “Don't be ridiculous, of course he's not, look at you!”

    That was 12 years ago and she has been trying to find her father for the last seven years, armed with a custody order from Shoreditch, London, court and a photograph.

    The letter, dated in the early 70s, refers to a pending custody order, saying that proceedings would wait until Timothy Stavrou returned from Cyprus. The black and white print shows a man she says looks like Cliff Richard, standing in front of black-painted railings.

    “There's a lot of greenery in the back,” she told the Sunday Mail. “It looks like a place you'd go to feed the ducks.”

    A waiter in a Greek restaurant in Hackney, where she often eats, told her the picture was “100 per cent taken in Cyprus”. On the back is scrawled: “To Mary, from love with Tim”. Angela said her mother told her that 'Tim' had “run off”.

    The mother of her best friend, who used to live next door to the Curtin house, painted a different picture. “She said he used to come to the door armed with bags of clothes and money, begging her to let him see you.

    Angela said she was taken to Ireland to stay with an aunt in Cork for the first 18 months of her life, before returning to her mother in Hackney - she said it was part of an elaborate plan to convince Stavrou that she was adopted, rather than his child.

    Angela thinks he abandoned the café in about 1974 and returned to Cyprus. She has no idea when or where her parents met. She says she can't appeal to her mother for any more information -- now 63, Mary Curtin is ill.

    Angela thinks Stavrou probably lived in north-east London, somewhere near Wood Green which is home for so many Greeks and Greek Cypriots. She lives in Stanford-Le-Hope, Essex, with her partner and three sons - a boy and twins all under the age of five.

    Greens slam Big Brother as 'Peeping Toms' show

    Copyright Cyprus Mail 2001

    [02] Greens slam Big Brother as 'Peeping Toms' show

    GREENS yesterday called on the Broadcasting Authority to put a stop to the transmission of the Greek version of Big Brother, describing it as a show for peeping toms.In an announcement, the Green Party said the programme, a copy of Britain's hugely successful Big Brother series which will be broadcast on Antenna from tomorrow night, was an invasion of privacy and said its transmission was hypocritical.

    “A community that says it's insulted by the EU in matters of respecting personal sexual choices, a society unable to deal with equality in people's sexual activity and resorts to legislation that contradicts basic human rights, a society that nurtures through superficial puritanical morals and degenerates erotic relationships, and a society that recently condemned an art film as pornographic, seems to be able to handle the transmission of televised voyeurism with unrestrained gossiping and without any serious concern or worry,” the announcement said.

    “The acceptance of the participants to take part in this peculiar television game, which suppresses human rights, does not excuse the unethical and cultural wrongdoing on this point by the state. Silence is complicity and our party expects the Broadcasting Authority to examine the matter as soon as possible.”

    Greens slam Big Brother as 'Peeping Toms' show

    Copyright Cyprus Mail 2001

    [03] Cyprus links up for global line dance

    By Alexia Saoulli

    CYPRUS is set to take part in a bid to set a world record for the largest- ever line dance.

    The International Synchronised Line Dance event on October 7, which is hoping to establish a new Guinness World Records classification, is being held in support of MGA (Myasthenia Gravis Association), a UK-based charity.

    National and international barriers will be swept aside when thousands of people of all ages, races, and beliefs join forces for an event aimed at improving the quality of life for others while, hopefully, setting a world record.

    The dancing starts in Cyprus at 4pm on Sunday, October 7, at the Valana Hotel, Limassol. Participants will perform a dance, which will be at beginners level, choreographed by Maggie Gallagher, a well-known line- dance teacher and choreographer.

    Dancing is to a specially recorded extended version of a track by the Dean Brothers, the UK country music band, will accompany the dancers. The organisers are asking each participant to seek sponsorship of £10 sterling to raise money for the charity.

    They also plan to offer a number of incentives, from prizes for the most money raised by an individual at each venue to a draw for an international holiday for two people.

    The global event, which is being co-ordinated from Kent, southern England, has so far attracted line-dancing enthusiasts from east and west Europe, US, Canada, Australasia, the Far East and South Africa. Seaside piers, streets, golf clubs, supermarket car parks, sports centres, school halls and conference centres are among the wide variety of venues staging the event.

    Myasthenia Gravis is an auto-immune disease characterised by fluctuating, sometimes fatal, muscle weakness. The MGA is a charity aiming to increase public and medical awareness and raising funds for research in order to find a cure.

    Anyone interested in a sponsor form and dance-script for the Cyprus event should contact Joan Boyes on 05-731025 or 09-878647.

    Greens slam Big Brother as 'Peeping Toms' show

    Copyright Cyprus Mail 2001

    [04] 'Unanswered questions' after shipwreck

    INTERIOR Minister and Acting Justice Minister Christodoulos Christodoulou yesterday said there were some unanswered questions surrounding Friday's shipwreck off the Paphos coast.

    Christodoulou said the authorities had contacted INTERPOL to help in the investigation into the sinking of the Cambodian-flagged Lynn, which sank 12 nautical miles off the Paphos coast.

    “There are some unanswered questions surrounding the wreck that are being looked into,” the minister said. He referred to the fact that the ship had not signalled its presence to the authorities although it appeared to have been in the region for four days. “How and why did this ship sink is also an issue,” Christodoulou said.

    The seven crew members of the Lynn, which was carrying 650 tonnes of copper sheets, abandoned the ship when it began to sink early on Friday. The five Ukrainians and two Greeks were picked up by the coastguard. They claimed they were forced to jump ship after the engine room flooded.

    Greens slam Big Brother as 'Peeping Toms' show

    Copyright Cyprus Mail 2001

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