Bodrum is a town of two halves divided by a sturdy Crusader castle. The east is the rougher, overwhelmed by Bar Street, a procession of mixed-quality watering holes, eateries and hassle shops. The west end is a swanky affair and, for the most part, obscenely expensive, a place where the well-heeled go to get well-oiled.
It may sound grandiose, but blogging is an important democratising force, giving a real voice to those who might otherwise not have one. It’s a great social leveler too - anyone can do it, no qualification required. There’s no editor to correct your flabby grammar and no one to censure your words (unless, of course, you live somewhere with lively Internet police).
GayStarNews, one of Britain's most respected online publications for the LGBT community, recently published an article by Jack Scott about gay like in Turkey. The piece was adapted from Jack's recently published eBook, Turkey, the Raw Guide.
Read Jack Scott's new monthly column about writing in Displaced Nation.
One of our earliest Random Nomads, Jack Scott, drank deeply of the cup of expat life. He and his civil partner, Liam, moved to their version of paradise: Bodrum, Turkey. This decision enabled Jack to become a writer, parlaying his popular blog, Perking the Pansies, into a book, which was published about a year ago and reviewed on this blog. After so much success, why have the pair traded in Bodrum for Norwich, in East Anglia? Yes, that’s right, they’ve repatriated! More...
Perking the Pansies has been featured in top drawer Global Living Magazine, a gorgeous journal for living luxuriously. It's sitting on the glossy shelf alongside some great company.
Jack's Interview on Earth Laughs in Flowers
Moving to any foreign land throws up a host of practical and cultural issues that everyone has to cope with but with the right advice, a guiding hand and lots of patience it can be a hugely rewarding experience.
I was recently asked what inspired me to write my book and to sum up in one sentence what Perking the Pansies is all about. This got me thinking. It’s been so hectic since the book was first drafted that I’d almost forgotten how unambitious my original intentions had been. The blog actually began life as a monthly email commentary of our experiences in our foster land and the extraordinary people we encountered along the way. I called my dispatches ‘witterings’ and shared them with my wish-you-were-here’s in the UK.As the witterings grew, a blog was born and, as the months trickled by, a book started to form in my mind. It really was that simple. More...
Early retirement was never meant to be like this.
A bitter-sweet tragi-comedy that recalls the first year of a British gay couple living in a Muslim land
Best of Perking the Pansies, the Blog from the Turkey years.