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Bob and Jacky
Our first visit to the Hotel Villa Side Residence saw a group of nearly one hundred players enjoying a superb bridge room that would have housed many more. The staff, and especially the local representative Natalie, deserve a special mention. They were extremely helpful and looked after us all very well.

It was a five minute walk down to the beach, where there was a pleasant cafe which belonged to the hotel and was part of the all-inclusive package. There were, in addition to a wide range of drinks, light lunches available, and on several occasions an open air barbecue tempted us with with an aroma of cooking meat and chicken. A similar gentle stroll in the other direction brought you to the local town of Kumkoy with many opportunities for a bargain. For those wishing to venture just a little further away there were many trips organised to Side, plus several nearby sites of historical interest and a large market near to a waterfalls.

Random Teams winners-1The lounge areas in the hotel were very popular after the evening bridge sessions and nearly all of the players gathered to discuss the hands and enjoy one of the wide selection of (free) drinks. The facilities in general were excellent, with a lovely indoor spa and heated pool, and many guests enjoyed the massage service and Turkish baths. Much appreciated was the weekly laundry service which was free of charge.

Finally, our thanks go to Ro and Chris who were always willing to help both before and during the bridge sessions and who were cheerful and friendly throughout. We look forward to working with them again on a future holiday.

Director's report
With nearly a hundred players at the recent holiday in Turkey there was often a good crowd for the afternoon sessions. To show that not all of the interesting hands occurred in the evenings, the following was hand dealt one afternoon:

Men's Pairs winners - Michael Whittaker & Jack Clarke

At one table East-West, despite vigorous opposition bidding in hearts, found the excellent contract of 6♣ played by West.

Declarer won the heart lead, discarding ♦2 from dummy, and, with eleven trumps between the two hands, laid down the ace of trumps. The 1-1 trump split failed to materialise and declarer crossed to dummy and took the diamond finesse. This lost to ♦K and the slam was one down. Rubbing salt into the wound, North then revealed that the ♦K had been singleton.

Admittedly declarer was unlucky, both with trumps (a 1-1 split is slightly more likely than a 2-0 split, although the bidding may have suggested otherwise) and then with the diamond king being offside. However, declarer could still have brought the slam home.

After cashing the trump ace, he should have played king, ace and queen of spades before ruffing the fourth round. Having eliminated the major suits he then throws North in with his ♣K. North must either lead a diamond (when the position of the king in the suit becomes irrelevant) or give a ruff and discard, when declarer can discard the remaining low diamond from dummy. In either case the slam is made.

Interesting News from the Arab World

by Polly_ibn_Polli

Poll: Jordan top anti-Jew nation; Russia most pro-Christian
SPECIAL TO WORLD TRIBUNE.COM
Monday, September 19, 2005
Jordan leads the Islamic world in its antipathy for Jews according to a new poll by the Pew Research Center.
The poll, which surveyed 17,000 people in 17 countries, said 100 percent of Jordanians viewed Jews unfavorably. The majority of Jordanians are Palestinians, but the late King Hussein and his son and successor, King Abdullah have been known for their pro-American stances.
Russia led all other countries with favorable views of Christians (92 percent) while Turkey (63 percent) had the most unfavorable view of Christians

Uranium Fruit [Today's News Poem, May 24, 2010]

by Jacquesderrierre

Uranium Fruit [Today's News Poem, May 24, 2010]
I am aching. The fullness of what
I've become is unstable and soon
I'll expand and fulfill the design
That the makers—who mined and then cut
Me for centrifuge—spun as a boon
From my essence. To them I define
The philosophy stones can command.
You may call me forbidden—the fruit
From a tree, but I'm nothingness. Dense,
I'm a paragon truly of grand

Wall street... America in turmoil (urgent news)

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That 14-30 today it was noticed by stock brokers
that the American dollar had gone missing
Having checked the world for it,
They discovered that it had gone missing at 12-15
After spending a further hour looking for it,to no avail,
They sent a memo to the president of the united states.
at 16-50 The White house released a press statement on behalf of the president g w bush.
( the press release as follows)
If by 2200 hours today the american dollar is not returned the united states of america will drop nuke's slap bang in the middle of all turkey farms on the continent of america

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