Surprise Birthday Party and Quiz

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My good friend and regular singer at King Bar Karaoke Eda, had organised a surprise 40th birthday party for her boyfriend Göksay, who also comes along to the Karaoke and blows everyone else out the water, what with him being a professional Opera singer.

I was due to host the quiz last night but I wanted to say Happy Birthday to him and also be there to see the look on his face when he realised the set up, so I put the start of the quiz back one hour and headed off to Lara in search of Bar Duck.

Although I studied the Google map a bit before going, I did go a bit off track and had to ask a few bouncers at some other bars where Bar Duck is located. It is a weird name for a bar and I think they thought I was asking for a Bardak (glass) at first, so I had to call it Bar Ördek. I found it eventually and if truth be told I shouldn’t have needed to ask as it was on the main road and fairly easy to spot.

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I think it is a fairly new bar and outside they advertise that they show LigTV (Turkish football) and wherever you sit you are sure to see the game as there were 3 large televisions behind the bar, 3 small tv’s at the table area and a very large screen in the entrance area.

However, as there wasn’t any football on they showed music videos that had nothing to do with the music that was actually playing. I find TV’s in bars like that a bit distracting as it’s bad enough people looking at their phones all night, without watching TV too. Anyway, that seems to be the way these days and who am I to judge. I guess some folks like it.

I had got there before any guests arrived and I spotted this board with 40 notes on why we love Göksay. I wrote on number 7 – I love Göksay because he sings at King Bar Karaoke.

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People started to arrive around 8pm as Eda had made sure everyone got the message to be there for Göksay arriving at 8.30pm. Not long after I had arrived Dave sat at the table beside me. I hadn’t met him before but we got to chatting, mainly about the Education system and how he controls the children in his class using a squeaky toy.

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Then Lanya joined the table and I forgot we had connection as she had contacted me through this website about a year and a half ago asking if I could help her find a job. Around the same time a school got in contact with me asking if I knew any teachers, so acted as the middle man to help both of them out. I had only met her in the flesh briefly once before at a party at Shaker Pub so I was a bit embarrassed when I didn’t recognise her. I think she forgave me though. 🙂

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At about 8.20pm, as we were talking I heard some cheering so I realised that the man of honour had arrived a little bit early and so darted out of my seat to take some photos of the look on Göksay’s face.

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I then switched on my video and you can see how taken aback he was with the scene. Eda had announced it on a private group in facebook and I thought the secret would get out but he was genuinely shocked at the scene so obviously it had been kept well.

As he was walking around in a bit of a daze I said Happy Birthday and grabbed him for a quick selfie.

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Even though a part of me really wanted to stay, especially when Dave told me there was going to be Russian Dancers, I had to head off to King Bar to do this weeks quiz.

There was a very small turn out this week with only the hardcore regulars turning up. It didn’t stop us from enjoying it though and the aptly named The Victorious came out victorious.

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Ken shared some of his prize of a Sex On The Beach with Anıl and myself.

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As the ladies left fairly quickly after the quiz, Anıl didn’t feel the need to sing to Ken and myself and so we skipped the Karaoke and went outside for a chat beside the pond, with Levent joining us.

After about 5 minutes Arzu and Bir came out of the Restaurant. Arzu told me I looked ugly without my beard, she is nothing if not direct. She is going to England soon and asked if I can hook her up with any of my English friends while she is there, you know, to act as a tour guide. 😉 I said I’ll see what I can do but I don’t think any of my friends are up to her standards.

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Ken then produced this Beard. He was going to use it to sing along with his karaoke song of choice, Man of Constant Sorrow, which would have been perfect.

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I think he should have kept it hidden until that opportunity arose but the cat was out the bag now and so I also had to try it on as I am not one to miss out on a cool photo opportunity and it certainly made up for my lack of beard and maybe brought some of my good looks back. 🙂

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As we were sitting beside the pond a few raindrops had started to fall so for a while I was thinking maybe I should head off but all of a sudden there was a huge crack of Thunder and the Heaven’s opened. That was my sign to hit the road, before they totally flooded.

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