Archive for November 2011

Hatice’s wedding

Last weekend I went to the wedding of my friend Suleyman’s daughter. She had asked me to take some photographs so in an effort to make it easy for her to share them I made a website so that she could send the address to all her friends. Here is a LINK to the site if you’re interested in having a look.


Posted November 29, 2011 by cukurbagli in Uncategorized


About three years ago the remote control handset for my satellite decoder started acting up. I fitted new batteries and pressed the buttons harder but it didn’t make any difference so naturally, being me, I took it to bits. After a few minutes examining everything it seemed to me that the rubber buttons that you push have a carbonised rubber tip which touches two contacts on a printed circuit board and makes a connection. The carbonised rubber was worn and cracked on some of the buttons causing the connection not to be made. Ok I thought, I can glue some tinfoil on the business end of these buttons and it will work again. So I did and it did and everything was sweetness and light in my house…..until last week.

The remote control stopped controlling, anywhere from remote to very very close. I went to town to see about getting a new one. It was seven years old and an unusual model (of course it bloody was!!) so I could not get a new one. ¬†Universal remotes don’t work with my “unusual model” decoder. I had to buy a new decoder complete with remote control. So I did. Yesterday.

So in the evening I sat down with a glass of wine and the user handbook (in Turkish) and the new remote controller to see about setting it up. It’s only a new piece of electronics and my Turkish is ok, not fluent but I have a dictionary. How hard can it be?

This afternoon the man from the shop came and put the decoder card in the right way up!!!!!!!!

Oh the shame!!!



Posted November 15, 2011 by cukurbagli in Uncategorized