Ottoman nostalgia and the reality

According to the current discussion and advice that is flying around these days, you would think that whoever learns Ottoman will be able to read all the calligraphy while deciphering the epitaphs on gravestones at the speed of an alphabet book, as well as understand and explain them.

Fan club çArşı wins this game

The Beşiktaş football fan club çArşı is a unique one with many unique acts. Its demonstrations carry small subtle messages filled with pangs of intelligence. Their cheers are humorous; their social campaigns are sentimental. For example, they went naked in the middle of winter to shiver together with Van earthquake victims.