News in Brief

Man hurt in balcony fall A 23-year-old Pontian Greek from Paphos was rushed to Limassol General Hospital early yesterday morning after falling from the second floor of an apartment block onto the first floor balcony. He fell at around 2am, suffering serious injuries, while attempting to climb down from the second floor after a brawl. The man was kept in hospital for treatment.

Wine is the fountain of life

LIMASSOL is gearing up for its annual wine festival, now into its 42nd year, which will take place between September 2 and 14. The town’s Mayor is promising unforgettable evenings to the thousands of locals and tourists who attend the event.

Turkey ‘had planned to hand over Varosha’

THE GOVERNMENT yesterday confirmed reports that Turkey had been planning to hand over control of the ghost town of Varosha to the Turkish Cypriot regime last month and that Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash had offered to allow Greek Cypriots to return and live under Turkish Cypriot administration.

Special body to be set up on rebuilding the north

COMMUNICATIONS and Works Minister Kikis Kazamias said yesterday that a ministerial committee would submit proposals to the cabinet within three months for the creation of a body responsible for rebuilding areas in the occupied north.

Denktash property tribunal a sham, says Markides

TURKISH Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash’s ‘property tribunal’ is a sham and an excuse to get Turkey off the hook at the European Court of Human Rights, former Attorney-general Alecos Markides said yesterday. Commenting on an article by Denktash published yesterday in the Cyprus Mail, Markides said it was obvious the Turkish Cypriot leader was “once again” propagating his position on two states.

Ambrosia’s Social Diary

My Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini hell I DOUBT if there exists any other item of clothing that is more capable of single-handedly reducing a woman to a crumpled heap of self-loathing than the innocent sounding ‘swimwear’. The word sounds so practical, friendly almost, belying its hideous and dark potential to ruin your life.

Tales from the Coffeeshop

SIX GLORIOUS months under the people-friendly government of big and substantive change are completed today. The foundations for the brave new banana plantation have been laid by el presidente and the commissar, who will now be able to focus their efforts on building a society in which social justice, meritocracy, fairness and compassion reign supreme.

Summer Movies 2003

“ONE Shocking Summer” read a recent cover-story in Entertainment Weekly, doing a post-mortem on this year’s crop of so-called ‘summer movies’ – so called because they come out in summer in the US and Europe, though of course we only get them from September to December.

Film Reviews

It’s your call, Colin PHONE BOOTH **** DIRECTED BY Joel Schumacher STARRING Colin Farrell, Forest Whitaker, Radha Mitchell, Katie Holmes US 2002 80 mins. BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE ** DIRECTED BY Adam Shankman STARRING Steve Martin, Queen Latifah, Eugene Levy, Jean Smart US 2003 104 mins.