Csíkszereda Musings

My life in and around Csíkszereda, also known as Miercurea Ciuc.

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Ageing

Posted by Andy Hockley on 3 March, 2008

On the day that I turned 42, Russia elected a president who is also 42. I grew up in a world in which the Russian (then Soviet) presidents were basically the oldest men in the world. Anyone remember Konstantin Chernenko for example? A man who seemed so old that he could barely appear on TV, and who proved to be just as frail by expiring soon after ascending to the role of leader. With these memories, being as old as the president of Russia is a little bit sobering. I think I’m going back to bed.

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The answer

Posted by Andy Hockley on 2 March, 2008

to the question of life, the universe, and everything.

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Soz

Posted by Andy Hockley on 18 February, 2008

Sorry for not posting anything here for a while. Been very busy with work and not really had the chance. I am currently in Kathmandu, and do realise that I have a lot of catching up to do.

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Compliments of the Season

Posted by Andy Hockley on 23 December, 2007

Eid Mubarak, Crăciun fericit, and Boldog Új Évet. I’m off line for the next two weeks, enjoying the festive fun and frolics with various families in Marosvasarhely, Cambridge, and elsewhere. Normal infrequent blogging will resume in 2008. Cheers to all, and have a good holiday

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Uninteresting miscellany

Posted by Andy Hockley on 13 December, 2007

Just discovered through a friend that the Romanian Orthodox Church in London (which actually exists inside another church called St Dunstans) is led by the marvellously named Father Pufulete. A pufulete is a kind of repulsive puffed corn snack that dissolves into dust in your mouth. They are very popular in Romania for some unknown reason (though it is quite amusing to put a couple in your mouth and then say “pufulete” since it occasions hilarious amounts of corn and additive dust exploding into the air around your mouth).

Just in case you don’t believe me: Romanian Orthodox Church in London (scroll down about 1/3rd of the way on the left hand side under contact details). Pufuleti (that’s more than one pufulete) as reported upon by Sean Romerican, sadly no longer with us (he’s not dead, just living in Texas, which to an non-Texan sounds almost worse).

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Back

Posted by Andy Hockley on 30 August, 2007

From a very enjoyable holiday in some bits of what used to be Yugoslavia. I’ll post stories from the road as I get round to writing them. We just missed out on some kind of apocalyptic storm on Saturday night which apparently shook the walls of houses, lit up the depression for four straight hours of middle-of-the-night lightning, and was described by a 75 year old neighbour as being unlike anything he’d ever seen or heard before. Some actually wondered if it was the end of the world.

On my way back from Barcelona before setting off I read this obituary of Patriarch Teoctist, head of the Romanian Orthodox Church who apparently commended Ceausescu for his “brilliant activity … wise guidance … daring thinking” when he sent troops to massacre demonstrators on the steps of Timisoara’s Orthodox cathedral. Somehow, despite this, he managed to regain his position at the head of the church following Ceausescu’s subsequent demise. Can’t say that this wanker’s death seems like a big loss to the world or to Romania.

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Tancat per vacances

Posted by Andy Hockley on 8 August, 2007

Just back from a work trip to Barcelona, a town filled with signs reading the above, yet filled with tourists. We too, are just off for our long drive to the Croatian coast, and subsequently Slovenia. Should be a good two weeks, and I get to be a real dad (driving my family on holiday and telling the kids to be quiet and to stop kicking the back of my seat. I’m looking forward to it immensely (I really am). Anyway, this blog too is now tancat per vacances.

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Och Aye

Posted by Andy Hockley on 19 April, 2007

I am still alive, and have much to blog about, including impressions from Karachi, where I spent last week. This week I am in Aberdeen, where the weather is, let’s just say, slightly colder than both Pakistan and Bangladesh. Normal blogging ought to probably resume next week, when I will be back in my Transylvanian castle (or 3 room apartment)

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Och Aye

Posted by Andy Hockley on 19 April, 2007

I am still alive, and have much to blog about, including impressions from Karachi, where I spent last week. This week I am in Aberdeen, where the weather is, let’s just say, slightly colder than both Pakistan and Bangladesh. Normal blogging ought to probably resume next week, when I will be back in my Transylvanian castle (or 3 room apartment)

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Apologies for Absence

Posted by Andy Hockley on 14 February, 2007

Been somewhat swamped of late since this week I have not one but TWO book deadlines. (Meaning I’m writing them, not reading them).

Lest you start to wonder whether I am in fact some widely published author, aside from one manual I wrote for a training company some years ago, these are actually my first and my second book. So, you won’t find my name on Amazon. Yet, anyway.

So, I’ll go back to my bunker mentality for now and attempt to find the time later to asnwer the tag I got regarding 5 dishes and my random thoughts on my short Bucharest trip.

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