We continue our weekly round up of the local news from Fethiye, Muğla and surrounding area.

James Bond and Cycling Event Closed Roads

The first half of the week would seem to have been notable for its road closures.

Monday and Tuesday roads were closed in and around Koca Çalış due to the filming of scenes for the new James Bond movie ‘Skyfall’; Wednesday the road closures were more widespread as the 48th Presidential Cycle Race pedalled its 4th stage from Fethiye to Marmaris.

The local press were not happy at being excluded from the film sets, but the cycle race organisers made up for that by giving lots of interviews.

The crux of these were that the Fethiye – Marmaris stage was akin to a day off after the riders had battled their way up to Elmalı the previous day. Although the riders would have had to battle through the extensive road works between Fethiye and Dalaman.

This year’s race has 25 teams with a total of 191 riders.

The race finished in Istanbul on Sunday 29 April.

Snakes and Ladders

This week’s ‘only in Turkey’ event happened when a taxi driver, pick-nicking with friends near the Üzümlü road, noticed a snake slithering under his vehicle.

By the time he moved the car the snake had disappeared – it had climbed into the car’s innards.

So the taxi driver (who later proudly told local press he was not at all frightened of snakes) drove to the fire station in Fethiye, while friends phoned to tell the fire fighters he was en route.

It then took two hours for fire men to remove the snake without damage to taxi or animal.

The taxi driver then drove the snake back to the picnic site and released it.

If only snakes could talk, what stories they would tell?

Fethiye Truck Fire Extinguished

Local fire fighters did get to do their normal job later in the week when a container truck being loaded with vegetables for export to Russia, at the Çamköy wholesale fruit and vegetable market, caught fire.

Apparently the fire was short-lived but spectacular and resulted in 150k TL’s worth of damage.

No-one was injured.