Yes, dear readers, another year is over and we’re taking this opportunity to summarise all we’ve written about over the past twelve months.

Yes, dear readers, another year is over and we’re taking this opportunity to summarise all we’ve written about over the past twelve months.

In terms of ‘Out and About’ we’ve told you about Kars and Sarıkamış in the far north east, Cappadocia, Konya, Ankara, Istanbul and, closer to home, we took you on a cruise along the Lycian coast and to Aphrodisias, Kybele and Labranda – less-visited ancient sites in the region.

We have also tried to publicise work by local voluntary groups and have featured stories on events organised by FIG, FETAV, Fethiye Times Gardening Club, ơlış Carnival Committee and the Üzümlü Cement Works Protest Group. 

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The latter won their fight in 2008 proving that we foreign residents can make a difference. 

We also covered local annual events: Calis Carnival, Hisarönü Carnival, Ölüdeniz Festival and the Ölüdeniz Air Games.

Fethiye Times Gardening Club held its usual nine meetings during the year including two day trips and two extra Christmas events: the traditional Gardening Club Christmas Quiz and the new Festive Frolics. 

The Gardening Club had almost 80 members this year, largest number ever, and you can join in 2009.

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As well as regular reports on financial matters, practical guides, Laxy Suzan and the weather we started a new feature in August:  our weekly news snippets which brings you up to date on what is happening locally, and sometimes nationally, outside of the resident foreign community.

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As regular readers know we like to have long-running series on hand for days when there is no topical story to post and in 2008 we finished our series on the Sultans and started writing about the famous ‘heads’ who have taken the form of statues on the Kordon in Fethiye.

The ‘heads’ are still being rolled out.

And no roundup of the year would be complete without a mention of Ölüdeniz Folk Dance Group – the older Brits who perform Turkish folk songs and dances. 

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They’ve been pretty low key for the past few months (apart from a spectacular appearance at the Air Games) but you should have an opportunity to watch them perform early in 2009 – watch this space.

Our Plant of the Month series continued throughout the year thanks to Ragip at the Palm Centre in Köyceğiz, and we have introduced a Book of the Month feature which reviews a book in some way related to Turkey each month.

We also brought you the step by step to renewing your tourist visa on the trip between Kas and Meis which has ben read by thousands of readers.

All in all we think we do a good job of providing you with information/something new to read each morning. 

Let’s hope we can continue throughout 2009.

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