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One of the national sports of Turkey, Turkish Oil wrestling, is first and foremost a great show for crowds just like the NASCAR in the US and the Melbourne Cup in Australia. Although it has roots in the close combat training of the ancient Turkish armies, it is not a violent sport. The wrestlers drain themselves in olive oil and try to pin each others backs on the floor while their bodies are sublimated in manly ballets which amazes especially the foreign spectators. Wrestlers (called “Pehlivan” in Turkish) are in a way, actors in a theatre play showcasing their skills...

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On November 10, 1938, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, founder and first president of the Republic of Turkey from 1923 to 1938, died of cirrhosis in Istanbul. Deeply inspired by the West and the French Revolution in particular, Atatürk laid the foundation for today’s Turkey. Mustafa Kemal Ataturk photographed after graduating as a Captain in 1905 THE YOUNG MUSTAFA Atatürk was born as “Mustafa” in 1881 in the Kocakasim district of Salonika (then part of Ottoman Empire), in a pink three-storey house on Islahhane Street. His father was Ali Riza Efendi and his mother was Zübeyde. Ali Riza Efendi worked as a...

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Istanbul born Greek-Turkish writer Herkul Milas, compiled 4700 common words and 1275 proverb Turks and Greeks use in his book ‘Türkçe Yunanca Ortak Kelimeler, Deyimler ve Atasözleri’ When we talk about similarities between Turkish and Greek cultures, many may naturally think this would be a result of Greece being part of Turkey for four to five centuries. However, Turks and Greeks lived together for nearly a thousand years as there was a massive Greek population in the Anatolian mainland. This population was first reduced as a result of the population exchange agreement signed between Greece and Turkey resulted in the...

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Born in Ankara and migrating to Australia in 1969 as a 5 year old, Tarik Solak grew up in the Brunswick, Melbourne, with Turkish immigrant parents and a large family. The code was that street gangs were in control, fights were customary and Turkish kids had to stick together. There was racism, they didn’t fit anywhere. With almost no education opportunities provided, very few Turkish teens who grew up in this area managed to get out successfully. Most shifted into assembly plants, got married and had children. Others fell into prison or drug addiction. The unmerciful life in Brunswick motivated...

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You can experience an old world deli like you remember from your youth at Arzum Market. Arif and his family members will treat you or your family like one of their own at Arzum. You can either browse the packed shelves whilst navigating the narrow aisles or directly approach Mr. Arif’s team and tell them what you need. They would happily bring whatever you are after for you. If you have any questions about the product or the brand, they would also make recommendations while bringing your items. Narrow aisles with packed shelves await you inside Arzum Market. If you...

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