26 January 2007

Stories from 26 January 2007

Romania: EU Residency Permit

  26 January 2007

Csikszereda Musings has just received his third residency permit for Romania in two years: “Because now, of course, Romania is in the EU, and my ability to stay here is determined by that new status. (Romanians can't stay in the UK longer than 3 months, but fortunately for me the...

Romania: On Resourcefulness

  26 January 2007

Romerican reports on the amazing resourcefulness of Romanians: “When you have given up all reasonable hope of finding a corkscrew and resigned yourself to suffering without wine, the ingenious engineering mind of the typical Romanian kicks into second gear and — come hell or highwater — finds a method to...

Slovenia: Hospital Experience

  26 January 2007

The Glory of Carniola is forced to spend one night at a Slovenian hospital with his daughter – and ends up hating the experience: “Unfortunately, the boy had pissed all over himself in the meantime. I felt bad for not having gotten the nurse sooner, but in a way he...

Russia: Cops vs Tourists

  26 January 2007

Russia Blogs warns tourists of some of the dangers of Russia travel: “But there is also a dark side to the extended holidays for unsuspecting travelers visiting Russia’s cities – namely, Russian cops shaking down foreigners for bribes because they lack valid stamps on their visas.”

Romania: Media vs Blogs

  26 January 2007

Owlspotting writes about the situation with the Romanian mainstream media and bloggers: “So my problem with hailing Romanian bloggers as the salvation of Romanian journalism (or at least a serious threat to it) is that we’re comparing apples and oranges. Good journalism, great writing and great reporting is what anybody–no...

South Korea: Hongdae redevelopment

  26 January 2007

Matt in Gust of popular feelings blogs about his experience of Seoul city culture: eating places, cafes, etc. Such spaces are disappearing with redevelopment plan, the upcoming one is Hongdae redevelopment.

Japan: Namba Yasaka Shinto Shrine

  26 January 2007

Ampontan introduces the Namba Yasaka Shinto Shrine in Osaka: The outdoor structure is called the Ojishi-den, or Palace of the Great Lion. Visitors say it’s about the size of a three-story building, and officially it is 12 meters high, 11 meters wide, and 10 meters deep. The ferocious face is...

China: political reform

  26 January 2007

ESWN translates an interview with former People's Daily deputy editor-in-chief Zhou Ruijin published in Mingpao about the challenge for political and legal reform in China.

China: new Chinese movement

  26 January 2007

Joel Martinsen from DANWEI translated an interview at New Century Weekly with Tang Yi, an etymologist and world religions researcher, who argues that a “New Chinese Movement” is needed to return standards to the language.

Indonesia: Movie on Bali Bombing

  26 January 2007

The Swanker talks about a new movies on the event related to the Bali Bombings of 2002 has just been released in Indonesia. The blogger says “In a majority-Muslim country, the importance of a frank portrayal of Islam's role in driving the terrorists to murder cannot be underestimated and certainly...

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