01 janvier 2010

News on Ion B

Dear Everybody, The story of Ion B (see this article from Hotnews) has really got my attention. Was the video shown on HBO portraying a helping hand or the real and dispicable profitting of an old man's artwork to benefit an art gallery owner? Well, it seems that Ion B is actually pretty well-known these days thanks to Dan Popescu, the guy who discovered him: his artwork is exhibited in Western Europe and even over here in the US. He is described as a contemporary of Warhol and I heard today from a reliable source that he lives... [Lire la suite]
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30 décembre 2009

article by Ion Vianu

Viewpoint from Ion Vianu printed in Nine O'Clock: 1989-2009: from tyranny to oligarchy published in issue 4588 page 4 at 2009-12-29 On December 22, 1989, Ceausescu relinquished the power he had held on to so tightly for twenty-four years and an illegal regime of more than four decades came to an end. Two days later, on Christmas Eve, the tyrant-dictator was executed following a sentence passed by an exceptional tribunal. A typically communist show-trial, a basic denial of justice. Even Ceausescu summed it all up: ‘You... [Lire la suite]
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30 décembre 2009

Home truths

An excellent article of truth and lucidity laced with good, old fashioned common sense. See here from The Romanian Digest, a Herzfeld and Rubin publication.
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29 décembre 2009

Let there be light...and there was

Sent this morning by Dan. Thank you so much: http://www.lumeavazutadeionb.ro/ I hope you can watch it straight through as I had cuts every five seconds. Maybe the network stops at Finland again! Here's some additional info. This film tells of a homeless man living rough near the gunoi of apartment blocks, I suppose, in Bucharest. He is Ion B, a talented artist of Dada style. Painter, creator of collages. He says that as long as he is living the way he does, he can be nothing but a drunk. One day, he is discovered by a man with an art... [Lire la suite]
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28 décembre 2009

Superb article from Romania, Libera în Viitor: Ne-aţi trădat, emigranţilor! Ba v-am salvat, nefericiţilor! , de Stefan N. MAIER (Material propus pentru publicare la data de: 19-12-2009) Aşadar, ne-aţi trădat, emigranţilor!Aţi plecat din România în căutarea libertăţii, a unui trai decent şi a fericirii NUMAI PENTRU VOI. Ne-aţi lăsat fără inteligenţa şi fără priceperea voastră, fără forţa care s-ar fi putut aduna AICI şi nu ACOLO pentru construirea unei lumi mai bune. V-aţi construit case, v-aţi găsit slujbe, v-aţi aciuiat... [Lire la suite]
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26 décembre 2009

Resolution musings for 2010

Maarvellous! The cold I have been fighting off for the last week seems to have wriggled its way into my sinuses once and for all and taken over my nooks and crannies. I have 8 days left here in CT and I refuse to spend it with the sensation that my head is full of expired hamsters along with their bedding. So... I've hit the oscilliococcinum plus vics vapour rub and neurofen, the cinnamon, nutmeg, honey, clove and rum concoction and am hoping for the best. Sarmale helps a lot, of course, and I may even have a mustard sandwich later to... [Lire la suite]
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26 décembre 2009

CNN's Autumn of Change

Hi everyone! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas. Ours was snuggly here in Hamden, CT, with the snow and the tree, sarmale, Midnight Mass, togetherness ... lovely! I just checked out "The Autumn of Change" series on CNN: Fionnuala Sweeney was in Bucharest and interviewed .... er .... 'the former Prime Minister of Romania', Petre Roman. Of all the people she could have interviewed, she ended up with him. Vai de capul meo. There are a few vids viewable on the CNN site. Please go and have a look. Enjoy Boxing Day and... [Lire la suite]
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24 décembre 2009

Sarbatoare Fericit!

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24 décembre 2009

We'll never speak of this again...

Thanks for this, Little Me, from the Guardian Film Blog. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days comes 7th in a vote for best films of the noughties (nought indicating the zeroes of this decade and new century). It was indeed a fabulous film and I believe it was written to educate we, the ignorant non-Roumanians and those born after 1989 with very little knowledge if any of how life was under such a cruel and oppressive regime. For most of my friends who lived this period it was either too dreadful to watch (they understandably didn't want to... [Lire la suite]
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24 décembre 2009

The Barricade Revisited

Bucharest barricade, rebuilt 20 years after the Revolution Precisely 20 years ago, on 22 December 1989, the communist regime was overthrown. This was the day when Ceausescu ran away from Bucharest aboard a helicopter, as hundreds of thousands of Bucharesters took to the streets. published in issue 4586 page 3 at 2009-12-23, Nine O'Clock Events marking the 20th anniversary of the 1989 anti-communist uprising continued yesterday in Bucharest and across the country. At the Romanian Patriarchy in the capital, a special religious... [Lire la suite]
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