Turkey have once again pulled out in 2017, citing reasons of not agreeing with the Big 5, and also the recent introduction of the 50-50 jury/televote rule. Sorry but good riddance if that's their attitude. They always had a unfair advantage anyway. (runmour has it they'll be back for 2016 though).
Can Bonomo, the man in the hat, will be jigging to a shocking ditty in 2012 for the Turks, that is unbecoming of a modern heritage in the Eurosong which few other nations can boast. It is here
It has to a pretty dire effort for the Turkish nation not to make the Final. So bearing this in mind Yuksek Sadakat are staring down the barrel of a finish outside the top Ten in 2011 with "Live It Up". Don't quote me on that though. Read more here
MaNga, the group that have a small aga, will sing "We can be the same" which seems to me a good place to end Turkey's entries, at a nice point of self-awareness. Read about it here

The Tourist Guide says

"Turkey is a paradise of sun, sea, mountains, and lakes that offers the vacationer a complete change from the stress and routine of everyday life. 
Turkey also has a magnificent past, and is a land full of historic treasures from 13 successive civilizations spanning 10,000 years. Even if you spend only a short time in Turkey, you can see a lot of this great past."
"There is no doubt that one visit will not be enough, and you will want to come back again and again as you discover one extraordinary place after another. All of them, no matter how different, have one thing in common: the friendly and hospitable people of this unique country."


"The seat of Turkey's government in the strategic heart of central Anatolia, Ankara is the city selected by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the republic's founder, to house the capital of the newly politically defined country."
"Dominating the modern part of the city, much of it constructed since Ankara's rise to prominence, is the imposing limestone Anitkabir, the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. Completed in 1953, this fusion of ancient and modern architectural concepts testifies to the power and grace of Turkish architecture".

A farmer's wife in Turkey has been taken to hospital after a cow was hit by a train and landed on top of her.
Nazmiye Serengil, from Mus, had taken her cows to graze on a field next to a railway track.
However, one of the cows wandered onto the tracks and was hit by a train.
The cow was hurled into the air and, according to daily newspaper Milliyet, landed on the woman, who was sitting a few metres away.
She was taken to hospital where she received treatment for a broken left foot.
A Turkish petrol attendant who lost his mobile phone dialled the number to discover it had been eaten by his dog.
The man, from the province of Konya, could not believe his ears when his dog's stomach started ringing.
The dog had picked up the Nokia phone and swallowed it when his owner wasn't looking, reports the Anadolu news agency.
The man thought a customer must have stolen the phone as he filled up their car with petrol.
"I'm just glad my phone wasn't stolen after all," he said, adding that nature's course ensured he was reunited with his Nokia the next day.

to come

A Turkish mayor has announced plans to dig up the deceased in his local cemetery and rebury them standing up.
Lütfü Efe, mayor of the north-western town of Yahya in Susurluk, has altered his own will to make sure he is buried standing up when he dies.
He says it is the only way of dealing with a shortage of available land on which to bury the dead.The mayor has refused to withdraw the plan despite an angry reaction from some locals.

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

Hakan Sukur

Neil Sedaka


Life expectancy

76.98 men 82.89 women
Airports 65
Radios 1000 per 1,000 people
Internet Users 2,464.8 per 10,000 people
Railway Network 3,236 miles
Death Penalty abolished in 1992