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Posted by Andy Hockley on 12 October, 2006

In the absence of any content from me today, I’d like to point everyone in the direction of Dumneazu’s post about the peasant market at Negreni this last weekend. Sounds fantastic. Having read it, I asked a couple of people here if they knew something about this peasant market “Oh, yes, Fekete Tó” they all said, like it was common knowledge and I should of course have known about it. I’m definitely going next year.

And for one more link of the day, the website of Hans Ven der Meer, Dutch photographer, who has managed to put together a fantastic series of pictures of football being played in various different settings. Doesn’t sound too promising, I know, especially if you’re not into football – but believe me, it’s worth a look. There are two pictures from Romania, in case you need local interest, and for Hungarian readers at the end of the strip are some fascinating shots (unfootball related) from mid-80s Budapest.

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Links

Posted by Andy Hockley on 12 October, 2006

In the absence of any content from me today, I’d like to point everyone in the direction of Dumneazu’s post about the peasant market at Negreni this last weekend. Sounds fantastic. Having read it, I asked a couple of people here if they knew something about this peasant market “Oh, yes, Fekete Tó” they all said, like it was common knowledge and I should of course have known about it. I’m definitely going next year.

And for one more link of the day, the website of Hans Ven der Meer, Dutch photographer, who has managed to put together a fantastic series of pictures of football being played in various different settings. Doesn’t sound too promising, I know, especially if you’re not into football – but believe me, it’s worth a look. There are two pictures from Romania, in case you need local interest, and for Hungarian readers at the end of the strip are some fascinating shots (unfootball related) from mid-80s Budapest.

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Move along now, nothing to see here.

Posted by Andy Hockley on 20 February, 2006

Back from a quick visit across the Carpathians to Bucharest, but since I didn’t get home till about 3am, I’m a bit spaced out today, and not really able to craft the post I want to about one of my experiences there, so instead I’ll regale you with some mere trifles

I came a creditable, but distant, second in the AFOE “Best SE Europe weblog” to Dragos’s @rgumente which has been around longer and is a lot more “bloggish” and deserving of the award. Felicitarii to Dragos, and gratulalok from Ţara Secuiesc. If you’d like some reading from the region, I’ll recommend taking a look as well as at Catherine’s Illyrian Gazette which was also nominated. I haven’t had the chance to look at the other two, but will do soon. I came nowhere in the best expat weblog one (I have questions about what “expat” actually means, but maybe I’ll come back to that later)

The Ice Hockey final is going very badly. Steaua Suki (as they now seem to be called) are 3-1 up in the best of 7 series, and are likely to wrap the thing up in the next game in Bucharest. They don’t deserve it (a) because they get only half the number of fans to their games as we do – and that’s from a huge city whereas we’re in a small town; (b) the decisions have tended to favour them (two disallowed goals in the last two games may have turned both of them in their favour; and last but not least (c) Steaua are owned by the foulest most repulsive man in Romania, that corrupt, racist, bigoted egomaniacal cretin with a Jesus complex, Gigi Becali. The only man in the country who can make Vadim Tudor look like a well-rounded and balanced individual.

In a couple of weeks I’m heading off to Germany to buy a car. I’m not the buyer, I’m just accompanying a friend who is, on some kind of spring road trip. I anticipate lots of crazy hollywood style episodes and adventures, possibly culminating with us driving off a cliff into the Grand Canyon (or Turda Gorge, at least). It’s because second hand cars in Germany are reasonably priced, whereas in Romania they are insane – in Bucharest I saw a 20 year old Oltcit driving around with a sign in the window offering it for sale at 1500 Euros. You’ve probably never seen an Oltcit, unless you’ve lived in Romania, but trust me, a new one would be barely worth that. There’s a 1992 Opel Astra on our street for 4000 Euros. I mean really. It’s utterly insane. Even with flying out to Munich, accommodation for a night or two, all the petrol and road taxes involved in driving home, and the tax you have to pay to the Romanian government to import it, you still end up about 1000 Euros up on the deal compared to Romanian second hand prices.

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Move along now, nothing to see here.

Posted by Andy Hockley on 20 February, 2006

Back from a quick visit across the Carpathians to Bucharest, but since I didn’t get home till about 3am, I’m a bit spaced out today, and not really able to craft the post I want to about one of my experiences there, so instead I’ll regale you with some mere trifles

I came a creditable, but distant, second in the AFOE “Best SE Europe weblog” to Dragos’s @rgumente which has been around longer and is a lot more “bloggish” and deserving of the award. Felicitarii to Dragos, and gratulalok from Ţara Secuiesc. If you’d like some reading from the region, I’ll recommend taking a look as well as at Catherine’s Illyrian Gazette which was also nominated. I haven’t had the chance to look at the other two, but will do soon. I came nowhere in the best expat weblog one (I have questions about what “expat” actually means, but maybe I’ll come back to that later)

The Ice Hockey final is going very badly. Steaua Suki (as they now seem to be called) are 3-1 up in the best of 7 series, and are likely to wrap the thing up in the next game in Bucharest. They don’t deserve it (a) because they get only half the number of fans to their games as we do – and that’s from a huge city whereas we’re in a small town; (b) the decisions have tended to favour them (two disallowed goals in the last two games may have turned both of them in their favour; and last but not least (c) Steaua are owned by the foulest most repulsive man in Romania, that corrupt, racist, bigoted egomaniacal cretin with a Jesus complex, Gigi Becali. The only man in the country who can make Vadim Tudor look like a well-rounded and balanced individual.

In a couple of weeks I’m heading off to Germany to buy a car. I’m not the buyer, I’m just accompanying a friend who is, on some kind of spring road trip. I anticipate lots of crazy hollywood style episodes and adventures, possibly culminating with us driving off a cliff into the Grand Canyon (or Turda Gorge, at least). It’s because second hand cars in Germany are reasonably priced, whereas in Romania they are insane – in Bucharest I saw a 20 year old Oltcit driving around with a sign in the window offering it for sale at 1500 Euros. You’ve probably never seen an Oltcit, unless you’ve lived in Romania, but trust me, a new one would be barely worth that. There’s a 1992 Opel Astra on our street for 4000 Euros. I mean really. It’s utterly insane. Even with flying out to Munich, accommodation for a night or two, all the petrol and road taxes involved in driving home, and the tax you have to pay to the Romanian government to import it, you still end up about 1000 Euros up on the deal compared to Romanian second hand prices.

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Number 5!

Posted by Andy Hockley on 8 January, 2006

You’ll be excited to know that this blog is the fifth most influential expat blog in Central Europe. I’m not 100% convinced that Romania is actually in Central Europe, but there you go.

Don’t believe me? Look here.

Still a fair way behind Doug and Claudia in Bucharest, mind you.

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Number 5!

Posted by Andy Hockley on 8 January, 2006

You’ll be excited to know that this blog is the fifth most influential expat blog in Central Europe. I’m not 100% convinced that Romania is actually in Central Europe, but there you go.

Don’t believe me? Look here.

Still a fair way behind Doug and Claudia in Bucharest, mind you.

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Sacked

Posted by Andy Hockley on 23 September, 2005

I saw this story reported on the TV the other evening, but thought it so bizarre that I didn’t trust my on translation of it (and thankfully there were no graphic images to accompany it). But now, I see that I did get it broadly correct. I didn’t know it was a sack of grain that he had dropped on his, ahem, member, but other than that I’d got it pretty much spot on. Not much to add, but I hope I’ll be able to uncross my legs in an hour or so.

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Sacked

Posted by Andy Hockley on 23 September, 2005

I saw this story reported on the TV the other evening, but thought it so bizarre that I didn’t trust my on translation of it (and thankfully there were no graphic images to accompany it). But now, I see that I did get it broadly correct. I didn’t know it was a sack of grain that he had dropped on his, ahem, member, but other than that I’d got it pretty much spot on. Not much to add, but I hope I’ll be able to uncross my legs in an hour or so.

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Going to the dogs

Posted by Andy Hockley on 20 September, 2005

The counterpoint of the following two sentences from
this article, is fantastic. I’m glad to see Bush is finally getting the press he deserves…

George Bush, Adolf Hitler and Nicolae Ceausescu are being used to persuade people to adopt stray dogs in Romania

“Our idea is to make people sensitive to what an animal can offer in terms of affection by showing them that even the most hated dictators on this planet received love from their dogs.

[Disclaimer added for those on the right who are determined to read everything completely literally: I do not think George Bush is the equivalent of Adolf Hitler. I just thought it amusing that this article appeared to be implying that. Apologies for not treating anyone who reads this as a complete imbecile.]

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Going to the dogs

Posted by Andy Hockley on 20 September, 2005

The counterpoint of the following two sentences from
this article, is fantastic. I’m glad to see Bush is finally getting the press he deserves…

George Bush, Adolf Hitler and Nicolae Ceausescu are being used to persuade people to adopt stray dogs in Romania

“Our idea is to make people sensitive to what an animal can offer in terms of affection by showing them that even the most hated dictators on this planet received love from their dogs.

[Disclaimer added for those on the right who are determined to read everything completely literally: I do not think George Bush is the equivalent of Adolf Hitler. I just thought it amusing that this article appeared to be implying that. Apologies for not treating anyone who reads this as a complete imbecile.]

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