27 janvier 2011

Liana Dumitrescu dies aged 38

So very sad. May Liana Dumitrescu rest in peace. I do hope this isn't another case of malpractice: MP Liana Dumitrescu dies at 38 after cardiac arrest (Source: Bucharest Herald) MP Liana Dumitrescu died Thursday morning, after an almost two week struggle to recover from the stroke she suffered on 18 January, two days before turning 38. The patient arrested at  8.45 and though doctors tried to resuscitate her for 46 minutes, her heart did not respond, Elias Hospital, where the deputy was hospitalized, said in a press... [Lire la suite]
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21 janvier 2011

A final goodbye to Cristi Paturca: prophesy or anthem?

And so Cristi Paturca was laid to rest today not at all as he had planned, but nevertheless, the final goodbyes have now been said, en masse, and wonderfully captured for posterity HERE by TVR. The crowds speak for themselves and even the priest sings along to Imnul Golanilor. Very powerful. Very moving. Here is an article below from Ziare, terribly sad and very well written, though every word resounds like a knell. Cristi Paturca's destiny was as tragic as that of anticommunism. Cristi died poor, rejected by society, sick and... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 19:58 - Permalien [#]
20 janvier 2011

Bellu - a far cry from Pta Universitatii

A great sadness tonight to discover that Cristi Paturca's family have decided to have him buried at Bellu. One could not really get further from his wishes to be cremated and have his ashes scattered at Pta Universitatii than to end up at Bellu. It's an honour, yes, and he will doubtless be within strumming distance of Florin Pitis and Valeriu Sterian but it was not what he desired and I am quite horrified that someone's final wishes could be so glibly ridden rough-shod over... It shows that his family really didn't know him at all. I... [Lire la suite]
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19 janvier 2011

In homage: Mai bine mort decat comunist

The passing of Cristi Paturca has more elements to it than we in the west can ever know. For those of us who have connections with and love Roumania, his death resounds with great sadness, an echoing of enormous disappointment and nostalgia. Cristi Paturca died aged 46 of TB, oesophageal varices and cirrhosis. He had no intention of ever giving up alcohol or cigarettes and was found dead at home in Drumul Taberei. He repeated several times that he did not want a burial, but instead preferred to be cremated and his ashes scattered at... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 03:14 - Permalien [#]
16 janvier 2011

The crying crosses of Bellu

Cum “plâng” crucile din Bellu         15 Ianuarie 2011de RAZVAN VOICULESCU Cum “plâng” crucile din Bellu                             Mihai Eminescu, Ion Luca Caragiale, Nichita Stănescu, Eugen Barbu, Gheorghe Pituţ, Ion Iuga, Marin Preda, George Călinescu, Laurenţiu Ulici, Mircea Nedelciu, Zaharia Stancu, George Coşbuc, Traian Săvulescu, Adrian Păunescu. Marii scriitori enumeraţi sunt înmormântaţi... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 05:08 - Permalien [#]
15 janvier 2011

More on Pierre Michel

News on the little boy sold in Alfortville, France: Pierre Michel was taken from Fiuruta Lingurar by the French Child Protection Office and is currently in care in Alfortville. It appears that Lingurar (ex-Zimbru) was arrested in Timisoara as she got off the bus, but was later released. She is not allowed to leave Roumanian territory and will be judged in liberty. Proposterous when one imagines how Florentina Cirstea was kept behind bars for almost three months and THIS rogue is a trafficker. Incredible. The other two, Nelu and... [Lire la suite]
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15 janvier 2011

The sad return of Pierre Michel

(photo source) Newspapers on Wednesday reported en masse of how Roumanian authorities have started proceedings to repatriate a child sold in France in 2004, paid for in installments. The Rroma family from Salaj sold their baby for EUR 5,100 to another Rroma family, the Zimbrus, already settled in Alfortville, France. It appears that the baby's parents went to France to find work when Rodica Lacatus (29) was expecting the little boy. The couple could not find work and the Zimbru family whom they had known in Roumania promised to help... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 04:25 - Permalien [#]
14 janvier 2011

Florentina's trial date moved to 7th February

Florentina's trial date has been moved to 7th February and she is accused of involuntary manslaughter. Apparently, the 'negligence' plea does not exist in Roumanian legislation which is a massive omission in my humble opinion. She will be joined in the dock by Marinescu, Dima, Oprea and Tomas and depending on the papers you read, the order of culprits changes... Skip Can-Can, Prima and the motley gutter press who have gone back to their old ways of feeding Florentina to the wolves. Cries on the news and in comments below articles... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 05:51 - Permalien [#]
13 janvier 2011

Raul Volcinschi dies at 89

Raul Volcinschi, a former anti-communist Romanian dissident, dies at 89 By: Alison Mutler, The Associated Press 01/11/2011   Raul Volcinschi, an anti-communist dissident who risked his life to fight for democracy in Romania, has died. He was 89.   Volcinschi died Sunday at his home in Cluj city, said Octav Bjoza, head of Romania's Former Political Prisoners Association. The cause of death was not given. ... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 04:19 - Permalien [#]
11 janvier 2011

A night at the Opera

How lovely! This from Bucharest Herald: Verdi at Bucharest National Opera in January     Giuseppe Verdi, who died 110 years ago on January 27, will be celebrated by the Bucharest National Opera (ONB) with four performances based on the composer's works. The series of operas dedicated to Verdi opened on Saturday with 'Rigoletto,' with special guest tenor Robert Nagy as the Duke. On January 16, ONB scheduled one of the newest titles in its repertoire: "I due... [Lire la suite]
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