is the transcript of my 2 hour phone conversation
with a total stranger called Fikret Moral, a
surveyor from Istanbul, who had the room opposite
mine two years ago at my boutique hotel in
First a call on Viber which I did not answer at
Then I decided to answer his Whatsapp call an
'Curiosity got the cat' as the English expression
This call took place on Whatsapp at 22.38 pm!!!
One hour later I locked my bedroom door!
F - Good nigth, did you sleep?
J - Good photo of you on Viber. Good night. Have
a good journey back to Kadakoy. See you another
time. Here or there. Bye Bye.
F - Thank you. Your photo also very nice. Just
want to say good by. Tomorrow about 9., I live
from hotel. Sleep after 2 hours if you want to
J - Too tired. Sorry not in the mood for talking
now at after 22.00! I am going to sleep now. I am
tired. I think you have other thoughts on your
mind!! I am not a tourist, by the way. I am a
F - Sorry, what thougts? You are wrong thinking,
but also I apologise about that think. Just
saying good nigth. I am sorry. Respect to you,
please don't think like this.
J - OK, it's just in British culture that if you
want to talk at 23.00, it usually means something
else! I am not experienced in Turkish culture
meeting men. It's a learning curve. So I
apologise too. This could be a comedy of errors.
F - Be well Jilliana. You are nice. I liked you
J - Well why shouldn't you? I am an
interesting international woman! Remember your
family name is Moral.
F - Yes. Also emotional and romantic. Respectful
lady like you also.
J - That's what I thought! But you know the
meaning of the word Moral, don't you?
F - Of course. As a result....
J - Yes, I am waiting for your words of wisdom.This
is like a theatre script. Pity I am not a play
write. What shall we call the play? Dialogue
across the hall?
F - Rigth? Sorry ? Feel bad you? That so not good
J - What do you mean?
F - Not good translate, yes. Anyway mean, did you
feel bad about me? You asked me what is the play
name, isn't it?
J - Yes. Have you got a better title for this
F - Don't know, what is your idea?
J - I'm thinking. Is it a comedy?
F- OK. So, good nigth.
J - Right, a comedy of errors it is! But we need
a good title. I can see you have a sense of
humour. The space between the two bedrooms is a
landing. It is not a hall, which is long and
F - Have some sence of humour.
J - I think we need to use the word landing,
which has a double meaning! An emotional landing.
F - Which is second meaning of landing? OK
J - How about a Moral landing? I think that is it.
Two Fikets in one day is enough for any woman to
cope with. One with three carpet shops and five
children in Belem and a Geomancer with X number
of carpets and X number of children!! Should have
written an emotional Georomancer, surveying his
F - What do you mean? May be my English is not
J - A play on words.
F - Didn't get Georomancer.
J - Romance is a romancer (the Art of Romance) so
I merged the two words together. The word is not
in the dictionary. But artistically it is
acceptable. A play on words. After all this is a
play with two players across an emotional landing.
So far the play began at 22.38 and it is now 23.39
so the play has been running one hour!
F - Thank you for this English lesson, first.
J - No charge. The tickets are free.
F - Thanks.
J - For what?
F - Free.
J - The best things in life should be free!
F - Freedom is the most important on the life.
J - I agree but let's not talk politics or
F - OK.
J - Tamam.
F - anladum
J - Meaning?
F - Agreed!
J - Not come across that word. Now, what do you
want to express?
F - What can I say?
J - You don't seem to be a man stuck for words.
Are you into Personal Development? Psychology?
Leadership? What are your hobbies? Interests?
F - Are we continue to play?
J - We have ten more minutes. Then it's midnight.
Lights out then and the phone should be switched
F - Yes, too late. Questioning what you are tried?
J - Don't understand your English. You are free
not to answer my questions.
F - Sometimes not enough, may be my English,
J - What are your interests when you are not
working? That's an easy question. You have three
F - OK, my interests, taking photographs,
J - Abroad? I am a photographer too.
F - usually local.
F - What kind of photos?
F - I am not profecional, local. Travelling in
Antonia. Also I am always travelling for job.
J - Neither am I but I am working on my site
called 'Jilliana's travels'.
F - Understand. That's good.
J - I take faces and places.
F - Will follow. Take faces, animals, wiew,
J - What objects?
F - In the city of town, some interesting things,
on the street or shops, people. Trees sometimes.
F - OO good!
J - Perhaps we can go on a photo shoot day
time sometime here or there?
F - Why not? He is a perfect character.
J - Captions are the most important thing. I
owned a photo library in London for 20 years.
F - Wow 20 years!
J - Miao. I love Kedi! This is my cat.
Photos sent x 7
F - He's lovely!
J - I like your observations.
F - Thank you for your comment.
J - Time is up!!! 13 minutes past midnight!
Sevgiler, Jilliana. Lights out now and phone off!
Over and out. Bye Bye.
Photo sent x 2
F - OK, bye bye, good nigth.
J - Miao.
Good night from my Kedi at home in Brighton UK.
F - So pretty.
J - Me of the cat?
F - Of course first you, then Kedi.
J - Bye Bye. Miao! Playtime over.
F - What about me you are thinking? Angry? Bad?
J - Of course not!
F - Felt like that one hour ago.
J - Like what? Angry?
F - Yes angry.
J - But why? It's theatre. Not reality.
F - Yes, was playing.
J - Playtime over. Real time started. What is
real for you?
F - For me, actually all the life is theatre.
People are actor. Somebody is screenwriter. Most
of things lie.
J - We write our own scripts. I am a life writer.
That is what I write - my life which was and yet
to be! I am a writer/broadcaster/facilitator/storyteller
and an interviewer. Do you write? Poems?
F - Read and write poems. But unfortunately can't
J - Everyone can write! Everyone has a unique
story to tell. You just take a blank paper and
pen. Thoughts will flow believe me. It's called
Free Flow writing. Or, take a theme for example
Happiness. Write about a time when you were happy.
Feel the moment and write! There is nothing you
can't do in life. Mind over matter! I even walked
on hot coals!
F - Wrote some small poems.
J - You are 37 minutes over time and I am
switching off my phone now. Please don't send any
more messages of it will disturb me. Well good.
Keep on with the poems. Write more. Write about
your love for your kedi!
F - Will sleep now. Thanks for this good comment
and idea. Good nigth. Don't want to keep you late.
J - Night not nigth.
F - Yes, night.
J - Study this dialogue when you get home. You
can learn good English and improve your grammar.
I was once an English teacher.
F - You are good teacher, really. Learned a lot
of words tonight.
J - I am a Mentor and coach. No charge!
F - That's all for night. Miao.
J - Thanks. Miao!
I choose not to meet Fiket again. Obviously a
married man. The next morning from the airport,
he kept calling and back home in Istanbul.
I went to Istanbul for a month for a birthday
dinner party 2 months later but never called him
for the photo shoot. When he found out he was
most upset! I don't 'do' married men!