The authors thought it would be interesting for readers of 66 U.S. Dollars to see a few photographs depicting the life and times of the Durham family during their time in Famagusta. The Mini Moke pictured above first appears on page 50 of 66 U.S. Dollars and is featured several times in the book. It encapsulates the whole spirit of the Cyprus adventure.
Jack and David on the quayside waiting for the port's ancient steam powered floating crane to build sufficient pressure for the job in hand. On this occasion it was to lift a sunken fishing trawler from the bottom of the harbour. Some of the vessels moored in Famagusta were damaged and sunk during the 1974 conflict, and one of these wrecks was blocking the end of the shipyard slipway. The event took place on a Saturday morning, hence the informal attire of Jack and his young colleague.
Most of the glorious beaches in Salamis Bay to the north of Famagusta were deserted in the summer of 1978, presenting Mary with an ideal opportunity to tan out the strap marks. Of course, Jack was there with his trusty old 35mm camera, eager to record the event, but unfortunately they were not alone on this particular occasion. A patrol of young Turkish soldiers was observing them from the cliffs above. Pointing firearms at the dismayed couple, the soldiers shouted down, and started to descend the cliff path onto the beach. Needless to say, Jack and Mary decided not to wait around. They jumped back into their Mini-Moke and set off up the bumpy access track at full speed, ignoring the warning shots being fired over their heads! Not until they reached the safety of the main road did they dare to look back.
Susan, Mary and Wendy taking a break from bumping along in the Mini Moke
en route to Bogaz (Mary's journal entry on page 105 of 66 U.S. Dollars). Jack was very proud of 'his girls', and they were immensely popular with everyone they met throughout their time in Cyprus.
Described in Mary's journal entry on page 147 of 66 U.S. Dollars, this picture of Wendy, Jack and Mary was taken by Neil at the very north-eastern tip of the Karpas peninsular. Special dispensation had to be obtained from the Government to make the trip to this isolated part of the island. Apart from the mild discomfort experienced by the passengers as their vehicle bounced along the delapidated coast road, the journey was interesting in so many respects. The herds of wild donkeys mentioned in Mary's journal are a throw back to the aftermath of 1974. All those Cypriots who were relocated to the southern part of the island had to leave many belongings behind, so if they owned a working donkey the beast had to be turned out into the wild to fend for itself. It is a tribute to this gentle and much loved animal that it has thrived and survived so well on the difficult terrain.
Mary signing the marriage register - Jack's finest hour ! (PP 200 & 206 of 66 U.S. Dollars) Jack is looking pretty pleased with himself, but little Wendy appears to be uncertain that her mother is making a wise decision. Susan can just be seen behind Jack's left shoulder. Just what would an eleven year old girl be thinking of such a rash move by the font of all knowledge and wisdom?