We are well into the last 4 weeks of campaigning for the local elections. There are two front runners to be the first mayor of the New Bodrum "Big" municipality - both current mayors of Bodrum and Konacik. All the stops came out on Sunday with parties to celebrate the official openings of their election offices. Holding the meetings at the same time forced the fence-sitters to choose to be seen at one or the other.
|I hope Mehmet Tosun's photo standing in front of the windmills of my last post suggests he is going to do something to keep them standing.|
|Mehmet Kocadon's campaign is backed by before and after photos of how Bodrum has changed during the past 5 years|
Bodrum has certainly been spruced up along the seafront and I'm sure that another 5 years will see the sanitisation spread inland. All the flower beds, marble pavements, outdoor gymnasiums and matching sunshades are fantastic but I do miss the haphazard tattiness of old Bodrum. I'm feeling churlish even saying this, but the "touristic face" of Bodrum is beginning to resemble the inside of the many shopping malls that are proliferating in Turkey today. For anyone else missing old times, click and watch the intro of "Leylekli Melek", filmed in Bodrum in 1978 - persevere a few minutes more for some superb 70's macho moustaches and medallioned, hairy chests.
Photos c/o Eski Bodrum Facebook site