24 mars 2012

From glory to rubble - Casa Miclescu, bdul Kiseleff nr. 35-37, Bucharest

(Photo source: Reptilianul / Hasnas from Radu Miclescu's Archive) My thanks to the dedication of passionate bloggers for the following historic information of what used to be the very beautiful Casa Miclescu on bdul Kiseleff, Bucharest's most beautiful avenue. Today, Casa Miclescu looks as if it has been hit by an unimaginably vicious tornado. The roof is no more, allowing for snow to pile up in the once stunning ballroom where the painter Mirea lived and decorated the ceilings himself, doors hang off their hinges, windows smashed... [Lire la suite]
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21 mars 2012

Message from Serban Sturdza, Pro Patrimonio condemning the destruction of Hala Matache. Please share.

The following message comes from Serban Sturdza condemning the (willful?) destruction of one of Bucharest's historic monuments, Hala Matache, earlier this month. We are asked to disseminate this message far and wide - particularly on an international level - to architects, journalists, members of the EUP and anyone else we can think of. My thanks to you in advance. Şerban Sturdza, Fundaţia ProPatrimonio DISTRUGERE (VOITĂ ?) A UNUI MONUMENT ISTORIC, ora 11, sâmbata 3 martie 2012 HALA MATACHE, BUCUREŞTI, ROMÂNIA Eliberarea... [Lire la suite]
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03 mars 2012

Cine este Nicusor Dan?

Many thanks to Mihaela Mihaila for this translation into Romanian from the original article posted HERE dating from 1st December, 2011. Today, with the news of the attempted demolition of Hala Matache (see post below HERE), Nicusor Dan is no longer a CHOICE for mayor of Bucharest, but a NECESSITY. Please share, distribute and post. Nicusor Dan's name can no longer remain a whisper. The elections are in June - just around the corner - and, by now, EVERYONE should know the name of Nicusor Dan. Once again,my thanks to Mihaela... [Lire la suite]
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03 mars 2012

ALERT!!!! Demolition begins at Hala Matache....?

(Photo source: Observatorul Urban) Very troubling news just in from the Matake cause site on Facebook (see also Arhi Forum HERE) - it appears, as reported by architect Raluca Munteanu, that demolition of Hala Matache began early this morning, perhaps even during the night. Two holes have been made on the south side which could lead to the collapse of the rest of the building at any moment. It's not exactly clear WHO is responsible for this (owners: PMB) since they vanished when cameras appeared to photograph what was going on. It's... [Lire la suite]
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27 février 2012

"Ekh! Rumania, Rumania, Rumania … Geven amol a land a zise, a sheyne."

(Photo source) "Aaaaah, Rumania, Rumania, Rumania, Rumaaaaaaaaaaania!!!" As I worked this morning, the Barry Sisters (Claire and Merna Barry - originally Clara and Minnie Bagelman, born in the Bronx in a Yiddish-speaking home) came on the radio with their marvellous rendition of Aaron Lebedeff's ode (first recorded in 1925) to the country of my heart. According to THIS site, "Aaron Lebedeff (1897-1958) was the Maurice Chevalier of the Yiddish stage and one of the top song-and-dance men of the Yiddish theatre. A star of the Second... [Lire la suite]
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22 février 2012

A moment with Andrei Codrescu

(Photo source) Andrei Codrescu, Romanian-born American poet, novelist, essayist, magazine editor, screen-writer, radio commentator and University Professor, was born Andrei Perlmutter in Sibiu in 1946. Richard Collins writes, "When Codrescu left Romania at age nineteen, he by no means left his birthplace behind. Along with "the sensual pleasure of the sounds" of the Romanian language, Codrescu also internalised Romanian literary culture, both ancient and modern. Aside from his claim that he has not stopped telling the tale of Miorita... [Lire la suite]
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20 février 2012

Constantin Brancusi

(Photo source) Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi's (pronounced Brancoosh and not Brancoozy as non-Romanians call him) 136th birthday fell last Saturday, 19th February. In his 81 years, Brancusi's works include some 215 sculptures and over 1,000 photographs inspired by Romanian folk art and imbued with spirituality. He grew up in the village of Hobiţa near Târgu Jiu, close to Romania's beautiful Carpathian Mountains, an area known for its rich tradition of folk crafts, particularly woodcarving. When he was 18, Brâncuși... [Lire la suite]
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18 février 2012

Doru Maries's 90 days of hunger

(Photo: Mediafax) I was astonished to read this morning about Teodor (Doru) Maries's hunger strike over the last 90 days. As far as I know, it has had as good as ZERO media attention. Googling, I found this article in Ziare dating 22nd December 2011 and another in Romania Libera marking the beginning of the hunger strike. Since then, a deafening silence, apart from this one article from Epoch Times dated 7th February - obviously the press is otherwise occupied with the terrible weather conditions and more 'urgent' political topics.... [Lire la suite]
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14 février 2012

Happy 124th Birthday to Ateneul Roman!

(Photo: Sarah In Romania) The steps of the Romanian Athenaeum concert hall in the centre of Bucharest are my most favourite of all places for watching the world go by, the sun go down or simply 'holding the moment'. Of course, attending a concert or three in its beautifully ornate, circular, domed main concert hall (or even the "Mouse Hole" downstairs) is just as much cause for a deep and contented sigh. When my students used to ask me which monument I thought best represented Bucharest (it was one of their favourite questions to ask... [Lire la suite]
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09 février 2012

A Postcard from Bucharest by Cristian Ghita

An excellent assessment from Cristian Ghita in the Liberal Democrat Voice on the cause of the 'discontentment' in Romania today, which has forced thousands out into the streets despite viciously freezing temperatures. Please post your comments at the original source for Cristian Ghita. This is the very best summing up I have read (in English) since the protests began three weeks ago: A Postcard from………Bucharest   By Cristian Ghita | Published 8th February 2012 - 11:55 am The wall on the Liberal Democrat Voice office has... [Lire la suite]
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