08 février 2014

Farewell to Cicerone Ionitoiu

(Photo source) Oh, how sad... I have just seen a post on the Facebook page of La Maison Roumaine by its president Alexandre Herlea on the recent death of writer, resistance fighter and political prisoner under the communist regime Cicerone Ionitoiu. Here is a translation of Mr Herlea's words: 'Cicerone Aristotel Traian Ionitoiu, the great Romanian anti-communist resistant, died in Paris today, 26th January 2014. La Maison Roumaine announces the death of one of the most representative of Romanian anti-communist resistance fighters at... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 19:14 - Commentaires [5] - Permalien [#]

08 février 2014

Gabriela Moga Lazar

I have just received an e-mail from Simina Lazar who is currently organising an exhibition in Angers of some of the wonderful tapestries created by her mother, artist Gabriela Moga Lazar. She writes, "Moi, je continue avec l’organisation des  expositions de tapisseries de  ma mère, Gabriela Moga Lazar. Maintenant  j’organise une exposition à Angers (la cité de la renaissance de la tapisserie).  Il y a quelques années,  elle a eu déjà une exposition aux environs d’Angers. A l’époque, la conseillère de... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 17:32 - Commentaires [2] - Permalien [#]
30 janvier 2014

SOS!! Bucharest's Jewish State Theatre in tatters

(Photo source) It was a tragedy waiting to happen that could so easily have been avoided - and another example of 'merge si asa' from mayor oprescu... City Hall has been well aware of the urgent work required at the theatre for quite some time but did they move? Don't be daft. As recently as last year, the theatre accountant was informed that City Hall would prioritise renovation in 2013. But 2013 has been and gone and nothing has been done. Voilà, the result. (Photo source) On Saturday night, severe snowstorms destroyed 80m, ie 30%,... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 18:44 - Commentaires [0] - Permalien [#]
22 janvier 2014

In memory. And in anger.

(Photo source: Roza Zah) I don't want to go into details of the dramatic forced landing of a plane (misleadingly reported as a 'crash' by the majority of Romanian press) in the Apuseni mountains near Cluj on Monday afternoon. You can find reports all over the web. Suffice to say, this is another affirmation of "Copilul cu multe moașe rămâne cu buricul netăiat" (too many cooks spoil the broth) with tragic consequences underlining a fatal allergy to responsibility, accountability and professionalism in positions where dedication should... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 23:19 - Commentaires [9] - Permalien [#]
06 janvier 2014

Nastase back to porridge

(Photo source) Here we go again. Adrian Nastase has been sent back to Rahova for a further 4 years without parole for taking bribes in the Zambaccian case, this time accompanied by his wife Dana, sentenced to 3 years respectively for collusion. He was also barred from holding any form of public office position and is forbidden to run in elections for the next 5 years. The BBC has THIS to say: Romania's supreme court has sentenced former Prime Minister Adrian Nastase to four years in prison for taking bribes. He was also given... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 23:01 - Commentaires [1] - Permalien [#]
04 janvier 2014

Mirror, mirror on the wall...

Normal 0 21 (Photo source) The ‘new weapon’ used by protesters in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, is poignantly brilliant and shows what words cannot. They have already adopted other clever methods including nudity and humour, but this one, to me, beats them all hands down. It is the mirror. Yes, a common old mirror. The 'mirror protest' was staged on 30th December to mark the one month aniversary since the dispersal of a pro-EU rally. See video HERE. Taken out of context, the photo above shows an elderly lady holding a... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 19:44 - Commentaires [7] - Permalien [#]

02 janvier 2014

Visul unei nopti de iarna

(Photo source) (1) 'In case you didn't know: the gays and the non-Christians are plotting to take over the world. They are puppeteering world leaders such as Angela Merkel to dismember sovereign states and take over their resources. Romania, among other countries, is in immediate danger.  This is all about Angela Merkel bossing and threatening our poor Prime Minister, Mr Victor "Copy&Paste" Ponta, telling him he can choose to give away the country's resources with or without the country being dismantled.' (R.U) I read the... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 16:48 - Commentaires [2] - Permalien [#]
30 décembre 2013

Romanian authorities or Chevron?

(Photo source) Perhaps I am an idiot, but there seems to be a fundamental point  escaping me re: the protests in Romania right now.... Can anyone shed some light? Here's my question: Why is the first in line of fire for criticism and loathing from protesters (outside Bucharest, on the whole) NOT the Romanian authorities? What's with the disinformation?!? It is the Romanian government who invited Chevron to Romania in the first place - Chevron didn't just show up for a bit of sight-seeing because they had nothing better to do. It... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 16:46 - Commentaires [11] - Permalien [#]
28 décembre 2013

Tolstoï revisited - Stancu style

(Photo source) Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. George Stanca, a true renaissance man (engineer, writer, well-known journalist, publisher, founder of the trashy gossip magazine VIP, jazz singer, ex-chief architect of sectorul 6 and once-secretary of Cenaclul Flacara), has been found guilty of plagiarism and formally charged. Apparently, he signed a translation of a work from Russian to Romanian by Leo Tolstoï that wasn't his using his pseudonym ('G.S.' - very imaginative), 'modified' some 'details' and entitled it 'Memoires'. Genius. And... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 00:10 - Commentaires [3] - Permalien [#]
27 décembre 2013

No Christmas for Pungesti

(Photo source) How lucky most of us are to have spent Christmas safe, warm and stuffed to the gills. Those in Pungesti have been far less lucky. There, the abuse of unrepentant police intimidation at the behest of the Romanian government in the name of fawning to Chevron has continued throughout the entire holiday period. Stories coming from the town are overwhelmingly emotional. (Photo source) One of the most distressing (to me, at least) has been news of the hunger strikes. Alexandru Popescu (Sandu) began his strike in front of the... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 02:30 - Commentaires [1] - Permalien [#]