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There’s still a few good people out there (try Istanbul)

Reading our media, it would be easy to get the idea that there aren’t many good or decent people out there, with tales of Jew Hating neo-Nazi type from as near as Coatbridge, to a city and its surrounding that seem to be full of violent people out to do serious harm to selected individuals, or just anybody unfortunate enough to get in their way, or upset them for some trivial reason.

I spotted some pics that have also been spotted by the media, and these simply relate to a man in Istanbul who is covering sleeping stray animals with blankets to keep them warm during subzero temperatures. Although Istanbul (Turkey) does not experience the harshest of winters, it can still get pretty cold there. There are days when it gets so cold snow can blanket the city.

Most of the stories are like this, and concentrate on the stray dogs.

A mall in Turkey opened its doors to homeless dogs to escape the freezing cold.


I found one with pics that showed he helps ‘animals’, and that includes cats – which have a special status with the people, as we saw in this documentary film, ‘Kedi’.

Istanbul Blanket Man Cat Dog

Istanbul Blanket Man Cat Dog


23/01/2019 Posted by | Civilian | , , , | Leave a comment

Kedi and the cats of Istanbul

After yesterday somewhat grim video about the fate of unwanted Tibetan Mastiffs dumped by wealthy Chinese who no longer wanted their ‘fashion accessories’, something to lighten the mood and bring back a smile.

Hundreds of thousands of Turkish cats roam the metropolis of Istanbul freely. For thousands of years they’ve wandered in and out of people’s lives, becoming an essential part of the communities that make the city so rich. Claiming no owners, the cats of Istanbul live between two worlds, neither wild nor tame — and they bring joy and purpose to those people they choose to adopt. In Istanbul, cats are the mirrors to the people, allowing them to reflect on their lives in ways nothing else could.

Critics and internet cats agree — this cat documentary will charm its way into your heart and home as you fall in love with the cats in Istanbul.

See the home page: Kedi

And: The cast of cats

Kedi poster

Kedi poster

While there is a standard trailer for this pay to view documentary, I came across the same trailer with an extra few minutes of material from the documentary.



Someone’s daughter made a video of Istanbul’s cats as their homework in 2016.

And shows you don’t need a huge great expensive documentary team to produce a decent video:

After looking at these (and there are quite a few more ‘Cats of Istanbul’ videos to be found along with those noted here), not sure if I should just go live there, or if we should arrange for some Istanbulian cats to be imported to the east end of Glasgow, so I can get my hands on them in the street, and not have the dubious pleasure of little more than ‘catbutt’.

Also Odyssey Turkey: Cats of Istanbul

29/11/2017 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , , | Leave a comment


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