• Simpson Prize - 26 April

    Friday 27 April 2007 by Simpson Prize.

    We are now back in Istanbul for the end of our trip. On ANZAC Day we attended the dawn service and Lone Pine ceremony. We arrived at 1.30am and found some seats in the stands. It was very cold and there were thousands of people, many sleeping on the ground in their sleeping bags. There were films and interviews shown throughout the night to keep us entertained and informed. This included pictures and epitaphs of many soldiers buried…

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  • Sımpson Prıze - 21st April

    Wednesday 25 April 2007 by Simpson Prize.

    DAY 5 OF OUR SIMPSON PRIZE ADVENTURE! View larger image Today we met our Turkish historian Keenan Celia, who guided us through the important historical sites on the Gallipoli Peninsula that included Ataturk's house in the village of Bigali, trenches and memorials on the Turkish side, as well as the Turkish field hospital site and mass grave.  After teaching for many years in various levels of education, Kenan retired and…

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  • Sımspon Prıze - 18th & 19th April

    Wednesday 25 April 2007 by Simpson Prize.

    Simpson Prize students on tour Well here's a rundown of what we went through during our stay in Istanbul. The plane landed on time - for once - and after acquiring visas and collecting our luggage we boarded our bus and headed for the hotel, driving past the old city walls on the way. They tower over the road, and some houses are built atop of the walls, showing how strong they still are. The Taxim hotel was our next …

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  • Sımpson Prıze - 22nd April

    Wednesday 25 April 2007 by Simpson Prize.

    Today we went to Asia! We took the ferry across the Dardanelles, which was amazing because it only takes around 5 minutes. We got to look at the forts on both sides, which were bombarded during the naval campaign of the First World War. The fort on the Asian side has been converted into a museum, staffed by Turkish men serving their compulsory military service. We walked in a replica of the Nusrat and watched presentations about the …

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  • Sımpson Prize - 20th April

    Wednesday 25 April 2007 by Simpson Prize.

    View larger image Today we encountered various extremes, from shivering outside a church to sweltering as we hiked up hills at Gallipoli. We woke up early this morning to pack and get some breakfast before leaving Istanbul for the Peninsula. First, however, we visited the Chora Church Museum, which has functioned both as a Church and a Mosque during various periods. The ceiling is covered by some of the most beautiful …

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  • More for the group

    Thursday 19 April 2007 by John Lafferty.

    Just a quick note to let people know that the Simpson Prize students have arrived in Istanbul and will soon be travelling the the Kum Hotel (near ANZAC Cove). Read on

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