Monday, June 25, 2012


Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

He may not be as famous as our Mountaineering Kanka Mk 1, Robbie, YET, but our Mountaineering Kanka Mk 2, Gokhan Unal, is doing his best to play 'catch-up'.

The photos were taken at the summit of Kizlar Sivrisi (Elevation 3,070 metres) in Antalya Province.   This mountain is in the Bey Mountains within the limits of the Taurus Mountains.

Gokhan conquered the summit during the weekend of 23/24 June 2012 and we all congratulate him on his exploits, especially as he took 'Ankaragucu' with him.

So, what's next guys ?    Everest ??!!

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Euro 2012. Fun in the sun

Sir Eski, Flying Dutchman, Spine and Oz enjoying the Carlsberg at the Dutch Embassy before the Holland  Denmark match

The half-time entertainment.  

Friday, June 01, 2012

Some financial figures from a Turkish club!

Spine reporting here:

Marking a congress at which Cavcav was elected chairman for the 21st time, Gencler have been shockingly open and published some of their financial statements:

assets and liabilities:

income statement: (address suspiciously empty url at time of posting, did they fear the taxman and take it down?)

Cash flow:

They're not super-detailed but they do show the following, if I am reading correctly.

  a) club not "debt-free": there was 9.3 million TL in short-term debts in 2011, some to banks, but the bulk to individuals and players. To be fair, debt has dropped sharply from 19.3 million in 2009.
  b) they report a doubling of sales income (I don't know what this line item covers) to 43.9 million in 2011 from 21 m in 2010. in the same period, operating expenditure rose to 34m from 25m
  c) which helps explain the net income of 17.4m reported for 2011, compared to losses of 3.9m in 2010 and 11.2m in 2009.

Finally, season ticket prices are out, and little changed for us: 100 in maraton: