Lay on, Macduff!

I have to admit that yesterday my curiosity was greatly piqued by the way certain information was transmitted. The big “super immunity” story, by which the Romanian Parliament re-classified themselves as private sector employees in order to escape jurisdiction by the anti-corruption agencies, was a hot topic all over Romanian media yesterday. What surprised me…

Fais c’que tu veux, tant pis

The other day I got a remarkable letter, quite lengthy and extremely erudite, commending me on writing The Complete and True Story of Rosia Montana but at the end he chastised me (quite mildly) for the paragraph where I called Dan Sova “Ponta’s bitch”. I was quite taken aback by that letter, not by the…

The Complete and True Story of Rosia Montana

I didn’t need any television reports to tell me last night that the protests against mining in Rosia Montana were going strong – I could hear the drums and whistles well past 11 pm from my apartment here in Cluj-Napoca. A review of the media today tells me that similar large-scale protests occurred in Bucharest…

The Ronald McDonald Wig Defense

I’ve been a big fan of the television show Drunk History for a while now although it is relatively obscure even in America and completely unknown here in Romania. The current Comedy Central version is much slicker and better produced but it’s actually based on an earlier internet-only version which was far funnier (for the…

3 Little Birds

Still busy as a beaver these days but here’s three little stories all in one post for your enjoyment! The guy who absolutely insisted on a full Securitate dossier on me but never got one managed to make his money just fine, this time by selling a photograph of me to CanCan, Romania’s #2 gossip…

Bicycles In The Basement

You know, pretty soon I’m going to have to make a new category of posts, one called “Twilight Zone” or “High Weirdness” or “WTF Shit That Happens In Romania Damn Near Every Day”. Certainly today’s post will fall under that heading because after I read this, I almost lost it. If you don’t speak Romanian,…

Much Ado About Nothing

I have to confess that I’ve become somewhat addicted to watching B1TV, especially their two-hour long program at 8pm, which features a group of people (usually politicians and/or journalists) sitting around debating, arguing and discussing what’s going on in Romania. Heck, I’ve always liked these kinds of shows ever since I was kid, even though…