22 octobre 2013

Romica Puceanu: Romania's own Cesaria Evora

(Photo source) As I sat waiting for my students to show up this morning, I had a recording of Romica Puceanu and the Gore Brothers playing on my pc.... Simply wonderful. They appeared with their coffee and sat quietly (pretty rare!) to listen, too. The original topic for my lesson sailed promptly out the window and instead, we talked about Romica which lead to a fascinating voyage through music, discussion and debate thanks to the info on the inside of my CD cover noted below, with Romica playing quietly in the background. If you... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 16:39 - Commentaires [3] - Permalien [#]

21 octobre 2013

Letter to UNESCO from la Maison Roumaine, Paris

(Image source) I have just received this letter by e-mail from Alexandre Herlea the President of La Maison Roumaine here in Paris, addressed to UNESCO's CEO Madame Irina Bokova, concerning Rosia Montana's position for World Heritage status. Personally, I do not have a shred of faith that the Romanian government will do the decent thing - and that makes Mr Herlea's letter of all the greater importance, for it asks UNESCO's help in putting on the pressure. Before saying, "but that won't do any good!", let's wait and see. La Maison... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 22:12 - Commentaires [2] - Permalien [#]
18 octobre 2013

Rocks, lies and video-tapes: Rosia Montana

It's amazing just how much news there's been in the last few days behind the scenes of the Rosia Montana project. It keeps coming at a rate of knotts. Hoards of it. Revelations, provocations, absurdities... So I'd better get it all down on paper before anything else happens. (Photo source) First of all, the National Audiovisual Council of Romania (CNA) banned all broadcasting of TV spots in favour of the Rosia Montana Project two days after TV presenter Eugenia Voda's open letter became public, insisting on "immediate and complete... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 15:24 - Commentaires [0] - Permalien [#]
16 octobre 2013

Outrage: Pungesti v Chevron

(Photo source) UPDATE 19h Thursday evening: News just in: Chevron has announced that activities for shale gas exploration have been suspended in Silistea, Vaslui. The communiqué comes after three days of protests (see below) from local residents who formed a human chain to block Chevron's access to the site, along with a huge solidarity rally in Bucharest last night. "Chevron can today confirm it has suspended activities in Silistea, Pungesti commune, Vaslui county," the US giant said earlier this afternoon. "Chevron is committed to... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 16:32 - Commentaires [2] - Permalien [#]
12 octobre 2013

Part I: Laugh and the world laughs with you... (cry and you're on your own!)

The news today that yet ANOTHER demolition in Bucharest approved by Bucharest mayor and demolition fiend oprescu (who says it's all peeeerfectly above board despite the fact that this particularly beautiful house on str. Cristian Tell is both a historic monument aaaand in a protected zone) is imminent and will probably be carried out over the weekend unless someone does something to stop it depressed me so much I needed to write something to cheer myself up (and you too, perhaps) - insensitive though that may seem. I realised earlier... [Lire la suite]
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25 septembre 2013

The Carpathian Garden at IFTM, Paris. Sad.

After having read THIS article yesterday in Business Magazin.ro, my curiosity was piqued. I had to go and see the apparently dull-as-dishwater Romanian stand here in Paris at the IFTM, for I simply could NOT believe a country in need of tourism (read also understanding) would make so little effort at this important international venue running until 27th September at Porte de Versailles. I was drawn in to a stand for 'Incredible India' first. Books, music, ladies in sarees. Full of vibrance and colour, I was somewhat transported and... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 18:53 - Commentaires [6] - Permalien [#]

16 septembre 2013

A unified and glorious NUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!

(Photo source: Daniel Vrăbioiu) It is truly wonderful to see!!! TRULY!! Tonight, the 15th consecutive day of protests in Bucharest against the gold-mining project aimed for Rosia Montana, tens of thousands of people have hit the streets protesting in the capital alone. The Romanian press report 8-15,000 but those out there say there must be around 25,000. Protests are also taking place right now in other major cities across the country (Alba-Iulia, Cluj, Iasi, Craiova, Suceava, Buzau, Constanta, Timisoara, Sibiu, Targu Mures and... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 01:10 - Commentaires [6] - Permalien [#]
06 septembre 2013

UNITI, SALVAM ROSIA MONTANA!

(Photo: Sarah In Romania) Protests have erupted throughout Romania and across Europe with people flooding the streets in their THOUSANDS, triggered by the Romanian government's approval of a draft 'law' granting national interest status to the Canadian gold mine project aimed for Roşia Montană last Tuesday. Roşia Montană Gold Corporation (RMGC), controlled by Canadian firm Gabriel Resources, plans an open-cast gold mine in the heart of Transylvania - a region praised by Prince Charles for its natural beauty and exceptional wildlife.... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 15:10 - Commentaires [1] - Permalien [#]
27 août 2013

Tabara de sculptura - Magura, Buzau

At approximately 30km from the city of Buzau, sculptures cut in stone from the limestone quarries of Naeni and Ciuta adorn scattered clearings in the hills of Magura. They are a tribute to local ancient stonecutting traditions and were created for the largest exhibition of its kind in the country and one of the biggest in the world. The Sculpture Camp, held between 1970 and 1985, was initiated by sculptor Gheorghe Coman and supported by the Union of Romanian Artists to mark 16 centuries since the first documentation of Buzau. The... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 14:33 - Commentaires [2] - Permalien [#]
26 août 2013

There once was a church... Biserica Sf. Apostoli Petru si Pavel – Cazaclii, Odobesti

In Odobesti, jud. Vrancea, southern Moldova stands a church. Or the remains of a church. More the shell of a church. If there is anything left to see of it at all, it is no thanks to contemporary efforts made, but to a spankingly solid structure built to last two and a half centuries ago. It is a masterpiece in architecture boasting impressive quality material and majestral ornamentation. But one can see very little of that today. Found on str. Cazaclii in the Satul Nou neighbourhood, the history of the church dedicated to Saints... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 21:25 - Commentaires [1] - Permalien [#]