Category Archives: News

The end of the world as I know it

Well, if the Mayans are to be believed, the world is going to end today. If so, I’ll be quite annoyed as I’ve just spent quite a lot of time and money doing my last-minute Christmas shopping. But I’ve been … Continue reading

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Пуш-и офф?

When we arrived in Sofia in May, one of the first things we noticed was that unlike in the UK, there was no ban on smoking in public places in Bulgaria. The boys I lived with were delighted. I was appalled … Continue reading

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Where there’s smoke…?

There’s never a dull moment in Sofia… this evening on my way home I passed a ВМРО (Bulgarian National Movement) march going down Dondukov Boulevard. To be honest, I didn’t really know what was going on. I did know it … Continue reading

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Let’s call the whole thing off?

Well, I’ve written about tomatoes before on this blog. I’ve also written about protesting. But this post is about both. Earlier this week, Bulgarian dissident Nikolay Kolev sent a letter to the Parliament, the President, the Prime Minister and the … Continue reading

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How not to tackle hate speech

There was public outrage in Bulgaria yesterday when it emerged that a file uploaded on the Bulgarian president’s website contained an ethnic slur. The file, which contained Bulgaria’s National Roma Integration Strategy (2012-2020), a document which sets out various objectives … Continue reading

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A spirited performance

I’ll be honest, I’m a sceptic when it comes to clairvoyancy, fortune telling and the like. Having said that, I did once visit a witch doctor in The Gambia with a group of friends. They went in to see him … Continue reading

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Paws for thought

When I lived at home, dinner was signalled by someone ringing a bell that we have in our hallway. I’m still not sure whether this was just an efficient way of rounding up the household, or if my mother was trying … Continue reading

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