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We missed you too

I know we’re a bunch of terrible terrible people for not having given you an update in so long but you know how it is, life creeps up on you and pulls you away from the activities you enjoy doing the most (like blogging for IST @ Metblogs for instance).
We’re just asking for a little patience on your side and we promise we’ll be back bigger and better than Istanbul Metblogs V1.0 – just wait ;)

Thanks in advance for being such a patient and lovable bunch of amazing readers! ( I promise I’m not sucking up )

– Idil

Cengiz Han’s New Crib

It seems that Genghis Khan has found new digs…The Sabanci Museum is hosting a new exhibit until April 8 on the life and times of the great Mongol and his hairy horde. Situated on the waterfront in Bebek the grounds and buildings of Sabanci Muzesi are a destination in their own right. 10YTL entrance fee, discounts for students and teachers.
The exhibit runs for just a few more weeks…On April 8, Cengis will be stepping out to the steppes, catch him before he disappears.

For the english speaker in you

As you may remember from a couple of months ago, I posted an entry about job opportunities for english speakers. It’s that time of the year again so those of you who are native or close to native or native-ish can contact me for a job opportunity based in Istanbul. This is fairly urgent so stop thinking and start emailing!

BBC advisor in town!

This Friday morning Mr. Smith will be lecturing on Representation of Children on Media. For the last 18 months, Paul Smith has been working in the BBC’s editorial Policy unit, advising producers and developing policy for the BBC.

Speaker: Paul Smith (Editorial Political Advisor, BBC)
Date: January 19, 2006 Friday
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Place: İstanbul Bilgi University Dolapdere Campus, BS 1

Ebru: Turkish Marbling

Photo: Courtesy of BÜMED

Ebru has always fascinated me-the patterns, the colours… how colours blend into each other: colours dissolving into each other yet being there independently…

BÜMED-alumni association of Boğaziçi University- arranges series of lessons on ebru.
Those of you who are interested in those ebru courses can find information here or contact through 0212 359 58 13 or 0212 359 58 19 for information and reservation.

I’ll be there…

Kanyon gets the Architectural Award…

Suzy Menkes in A futuristic mall is new Turkish playground says:

It does not have quite the cachet of the Hagia Sofia or the Blue Mosque. And it was not on the itinerary of Pope Benedict XVI’s visit last week to this city of domes, minarets and traffic jams. But the futuristic swoop of Kanyon’s arresting architecture is a landmark in Istanbul’s burgeoning consumerism. In a city that has become a hip destination for visitors and a magnet for its own country’s population, this shopping center for the 21st century is Turkey’s new playground….

I think as Ms Menkes says Istanbul’s malls might be a real attraction for Istanbul visitors in near future… Time to rewrite guide books:)

Vatan newspaper just announces that Kanyon was given the Cityscape 2006 Architectural Review award….

A late notice- here is a possible Friday programme for you!


All events to take place in Dolapdere Campus of Istanbul Bilgi University
# Recent developments in Turkish Film Industry
Ezel Akay, Director
# Film on TV: What is the offer in Turkey?
Cengiz Semercioğlu, Hürriyet
# Watching Cinema on TV, Comparative Ratings
Arzu Eder, AGB Türkiye

Luce Vigo, Film Critic

12:30 BREAK

# French funding system: How does it work?
Xavier Merlin, CNC, International General Manager
# European funds and how to get them?
Ahmet Boyacıoğlu, Eurimage
# Cinema funding: How are Turkish films financed?
Mehmet Soyarslan, Özen Film

15:00 BREAK

# BBC and Cinema: What kind of a relationship?
Jane Wright, Head of Rights and Commercial Affairs, BBC Films
# Canal +: Why is cinema so important?
Olivier Zegna Rata, Manager, External Relations, Canal +
# TV and Turkish Cinema – A historical perspective
Prof Dr. Nezih Erdoğan, İstanbul Bilgi Üniversitesi
# Turkish cinema and TV – A cooperation model
Murat Saygı, Doğan TV

TV Broadcasters’ Association

The Stone Council, Directed by Guillaume Nicloux

For the interested ones, this should not be missed. Sorry for the late announcement:(

changing europe changing migrations

saturday, 26th of november, at bilgi university.


Kasparov in Istanbul


I hear that Garry Kasparov, one of my geeky childhood idols, will be in Istanbul on Nov 3, oh that is today! He will first attend a press meeting organized by İş Bankası Kültür Yayınları to promote the Turkish translation of his book, My Great Predecessors, and then he will sign his books next day at the TÜYAP fair….I could not find much info on this Turkish translation though…Neither ideefixe nor İş Kültür site contains any info at the moment…

Hayirli Bayramlar

We would like to wish our muslim friends a happy Eid! Best wishes to you and your family.

Size ve ailenize hayirli bayramlar, saglik ve mutluluk dileriz.

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