13 juin 2008

La revedere!

Dear Everyone, Rosie and I are off to Brasov for the weekend. Very impatient to see Lidia and Marian - it's been seven weeks since we were last together so there's a lot of catching up to do. The coolness of the mountains isn't far away. Here in Bucharest, it's 29° (so they say but it feels hotter)... And for a change, we're going first class. The difference was 20 ron so thought it was about time we travelled in style. Never taken first class before except the night train to and from Sighet. Rosie has packed her case, the taxi... [Lire la suite]
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12 juin 2008

Marin Sorescu and Shakespeare

Whilst in Dalles yesterday, which professes a wonderful second-hand bookshop, I stumbled upon a book of his poetry deliciously translated by various translators. Suffice to say that it's in Romanian, English and Italian, and I'm so thrilled to have found it. What a 'trouvaille'! There I was surrounded by piles of old books, the smell of musty pages in my nose. So what can I tell you about Marin Sorescu? Well, he was born in Bulzesti in 1936, and although invited to places such as Mexico to read and take part in poetry festivals, here... [Lire la suite]
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12 juin 2008

Mihai Eminescu - 'Now far I am from you'

Mihai Eminescu (January 15, 1850 – June 15, 1889), born Mihail Eminovici, was a late romantic Romanian poet, unanimously celebrated as the greatest and most representative of his country. Nicolae Iorga, the Romanian historian, considered Eminescu the godfather of the modern Romanian language.  Eminescu achieved a comprehensive, penetrating and visionary synthesis of the old Thracians, Dacian custom and Latin traditions that have merged over the past two millenia into an original Romanian cultural pattern, extended over the... [Lire la suite]
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12 juin 2008

Football rules, jokes for free Nine O'Clock, issue 4201, p. 1, 12/06/2008 The European football gala has kicked off and it shows its capacity daily for making a show. Millions of fans await evening after evening for the spectacle with its emotions, dramas and joys brought to them on the small screen between the 16 national teams who qualified for EURO 2008. It has hardly started and some of us already wonder: what shall we do when it's all over?Although we speak about football, we shall not speak of results. We will leave... [Lire la suite]
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11 juin 2008

French TV station M6 fined for calling Romanian team "hen thieves" de Radu Rizea HotNews.ro Miercuri, 11 iunie 2008, 14:50 English | Top News The French authority for radio and TV regulations and survey decided to impose sanctions against the M6 TV station, which broadcast live the Romania - France (0:0) football game, given the fact that a journalist referred to the Romanian national team as "hen thieves" (Fr.: "voleurs de poules").Journalist Dominique Grimault said during the "100%... [Lire la suite]
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09 juin 2008

Tiav Gallery

From Nine O'Clock: Tiav Gallery to open a new exhibition room published in issue 4198, p. 12, 09/06/08 The Foundation SOCIETA Club UNESCO will open a new exhibition room at the Tiav Gallery in the old part of Bucharest (end of str. Cauzasilor, sector 3, just north of Bd. Unirii, off Mihai Voda) on Wednesday 11th June. A group of artists both from Romania and abroad will have permanent exhibitions here. Among them are Letitia Oprisan, Mircia Dumitrescu, Lorin Lucan, Aurel Pastrascu, Radu Dumitru, Rares Pantea, Andrei... [Lire la suite]
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08 juin 2008

Sunday Morning Walk With Eugenia

Dear Everybody, Happy Sunday! I've just come back from a lovely walk around the Kiselef area with Eugenia. Nicole sent me an album with some gorgeous houses, some of which were in this neighbourhood, and I was keen to go and see them. Eugenia was just as keen, and we'd already had a lengthy discussion regarding the Toma Stelian House. So, this morning we hit the road. Wending our way down str. Bruxelles and str. Washington, we found ourselves on Piata Quito. Flori and I had spent a lot of time here trying to fathom a strange... [Lire la suite]
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07 juin 2008

Welcome Home, King Mihai.

From the Herald Tribune BUCHAREST, Romania: The Romanian government said Thursday it would return a castle and other confiscated property to former King Michael. Peles castle was built in the mountain resort of Sinaia in the late 19th century by Romania's first German-born king, Carol of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen. It was confiscated by the former Communist regime after Michael abdicated in 1947. The nearby Pelisor and Foisor palaces also will be returned. Michael, 85, hailed the return of his castle, a... [Lire la suite]
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07 juin 2008

Small update

Dear Everybody, Following the outrageous video released by Virgin Media in UK for the Euro Cup, I scribed a rant on Wednesday night and removed it yesterday as it really WAS a stinky rant. Regret removing it now. Should have left it there. VM have since withdrawn the film, due to a massive reaction from the public, which showed Italy symbolised by the Colosseum, Germany by the Brandenberg Gates and Roumania represented by...fat gypsies complete with 'burta' and gold chains with huge Becali style crosses on the end. I was so... [Lire la suite]
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05 juin 2008

Update so far

Dear Everyone, Lots of you have asked about the results of our mayor vote. Glad you're taking an interest even outside Roumania. Imagine how proud I was to vote for the mayor of 'my' sector...and he won! Chiliman knocked'em dead in Sector 1. Hurrah! The mayors for Sectors 2 and 5 remain the same. The fight continues for central mayor, to be voted in two weeks. A very difficult decision though since it's between Oprescu and Blaga. It'll have to be Blaga however as Oprescu as mayor is unthinkable. Diaconescu is out. It reminds me a... [Lire la suite]
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