23 juin 2014

Dangerous liaisons

(Photo source: Mircea Basescu) Never a dull moment when it comes to scandals in the Romanian news. The latest polemic involves President Basescu's brother Mircea, who was placed under preventive arrest for thirty days last Friday for his alleged role in a corruption case. He is under suspicion of taking a bribe amounting to 250,000 euros in return for influence peddling to secure a reduced sentence for convicted underworld mobster, Sandu Anghel.  Sandu Anghel (better known as Bercea Mondialu') was convicted in May 2011 to 8... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 16:55 - Commentaires [6] - Permalien [#]

18 juin 2014

The Patriarch, the paint-roller and the offense

(Photo source) After my initial howls of helpless laughter, the news of Patriarhul Daniel and his holy roller-on-a-pole blessing technique (zic BBC) used to inaugurate the studios of church-owned Trinitas Radio and Television has left me with a terribly dismal feeling in the pit of my stomach. The whole silly charade has become a viral internet sensation both at home and abroad, leading to finger-pointing and lots of guffawing on an international scale - see the BBC, Gawker, Business Review, The Daily Mail, The Daily Star and VICE... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 18:07 - Commentaires [1] - Permalien [#]
06 juin 2014

Who is Simona Halep?

(Photo source) Simona Halep, the first Romanian woman to have made it to a tennis Grand Slam singles final since Virginia Ruzici (today Halep's manager) in 1978, has given her compatriots a good and worthy reason to be proud of one of their own. It comes at a time when unearthing a contemporary national figure to look up to is more than just a struggle (check out the politicians for proof of that), and the love and support poured out for Simona is all over the social networks. I have seen 'proud to be Romanian' again and again... I... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 20:33 - Commentaires [2] - Permalien [#]
03 mai 2014

Gabriel plans to bash Romanian government for billions

(Image: source - VN) Canadian company Gabriel Resources is planning to bash the Romanian government in a Vienna court for billions over the blocked arbitration of its highly controversial gold mining project in Rosia Montana. This probably doesn't come as much of a surprise to anybody since Ponta predicted the possibility of such a lawsuit even before Gabriel threatened to sue for "multiple breaches of international investment treaties" last autumn. The Romanian parliament’s chamber of deputies is to vote on a bill (PL-x 520/2013) on... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 10:42 - Commentaires [5] - Permalien [#]
25 avril 2014

Saving Casa Enescu, Mihăileni - Give a leu for Enescu!

(Photo source) Pianist Raluca Stirbat is forever tireless in her love and determination to save George Enescu's mother's house in Mihăileni, Botoșani. Its deplorable state has further degenerated since THIS post in January 2013 - scandalous in a country that professes to hold its national composer so dear, along with the endless promises from authorities and the house's inclusion (finally, after much faffing about) on the list of historic monuments last November. I won't even mention the huge success of the George Enescu Festival... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 17:13 - Commentaires [0] - Permalien [#]
20 avril 2014

Hristos a înviat! Simplicity, passion and joy!

(Image source: Viorica Ana Farkas) Hristos a înviat! Paste fericit tuturor alaturi de cei dragi! What better day for a post bursting with joy than this? I have always adored Naïve Art, particularly from Romania. This post is therefore dedicated to all those who love it too, along with the artists who have filled and continue to fill our hearts with such energy and unbridled exuberance. According to Wikipedia, Naïve art is often characterised by a childlike simplicity in subject matter and technique. While many naïve artists appear... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 17:51 - Commentaires [8] - Permalien [#]

18 avril 2014

Arethia Tătărescu - the lady and the bust

(Photo source) Too busty. Too voluptuous. Too suggestive. Doesn't correspond to reality. It must go! According to the Ministry of Culture, this sums up the bust of Arethia Tătărescu by Paul Popescu erected in Targu-Jiu and inaugurated last October in the park named after her. The nearby bust of her husband (also rather voluptuous) Gheorghe Tătărescu, who served twice as Prime Minister (1934–1937; 1939–1940), three times as Minister of Foreign Affairs (interim 1934 and 1938; appointed 1945-1947) and once as Minister of War (1934) is... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 15:19 - Commentaires [7] - Permalien [#]
29 mars 2014

Prahova: A child dead, a father beaten, compunction absent...

(Photo source) I've just read THIS article (in French) dated 22nd March and am staggered. This is 'old news' now in Romania, but 'new news' to me, and I can only say WTF???! WHY isn't the death of this child in Ariceştii Rahtivani, Prahova being yelled from the rooftops and internationally condemned on a massive scale?? WHY aren't officials being removed from their positions, brought to book and thrown in jail?? Here is my translation with links added where possible and (my) notes in square brackets: A child dead, a father beaten:... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 16:06 - Commentaires [3] - Permalien [#]
25 mars 2014

Happy Birthday, dear Ana Blandiana!

(Photo source) How difficult it is to find words rich enough that describe Ana Blandiana, one of Romania's most outstanding contemporary poets. With every bit of the country of my heart that gets destroyed and abused, my faith in humanity dies a little. People like Ana Blandiana, Doina Cornea, Ion Varlam, the not-long deceased Vasile Paraschiv, the much-mourned Cicerone Ionescu and others like them bring that faith back to life again.... I must admit to having become something of an 'Ana-groupie' over the last fourteen years. Sighetu... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 15:09 - Commentaires [3] - Permalien [#]
22 mars 2014

David Croitor - 'dor' on canvas

(Image source: David Croitor - Acoperisuri in Bucurestiul vechi) Not long ago and quite by chance, I fell upon the work of artist David Croitor on my Facebook newsfeed. Instantly charmed by his style, colours and subjects, I rushed off to find out more. Befriending him on FB, I discovered not only a deeply sensitive artist, but a very nice chap holding the brush. Member of the Writers' and Artists' Association in Vatra Dornei (his home), the "Nicolae Tonitza" Art Association in Suceava and the Artists' Association in Mures, David... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 17:25 - Commentaires [4] - Permalien [#]