Romanian Police Can’t Run Background Checks

There are few tabloids more lurid than Britain’s Daily Mail but once you get past the hyperbolic headlines you get to a nugget of truth: Police and immigration officers are searching for hundreds of ‘very serious’ foreign criminals in Britain after massive delays in obtaining their conviction records from Romania. UK detectives inundated authorities in…

Shooting Grandfather

I’m always on the hunt for interesting stories and developments in Romania, or by Romanians, but this one has to be one of the best that I’ve seen in a while. A Romanian photographer named Dragos Ionescu went to Britain to study photography. After a few years, he decided to shoot “cinematic” photos of his…

Romanians on Trial in UK for Prostitution

A court in Britain heard disgusting details of a Romanian-run prostitution ring in a squalid neighborhood in Ribbleton: Websites were set up to market the young women as prostitutes and they were forced to work long hours with little sleep, handing over all their earnings to the men. Each day the women were allowed a…

The Good, the Delicious, and the Ugly

Word Count: 620 The other day, I took the following photograph of a carrot I bought at Chisinau’s wild and crazy central market: If I told you that I paid 3.5 MLD/kg for it, or less than $0.03/lb (0.16 euro/kg), you’d probably just shrug your shoulders and say, “Eh, that’s Moldova for you”. But I’m…

Legitimacy

WORD COUNT: 2008 You know, folks, the more I think about my last post, the more I realize just how much it connects to my article from last year entitled Pana la ultimii 100 de metri, and how all of this is being connected together for me in a new way that has truly opened…

Losing Our Religion

A couple of days ago, I received a very nice email from one of the editors of WordPress, informing me that my post about Jamie Oliver was going to be featured on their front page. As a result, my post generated a lot of comments and other feedback. I think that merits a follow-up post…

Told Ya So (Redux)

After all these years of “covering” Romania-related issues, it really doesn’t give me a whole lot of satisfaction to find out, once again, that I was right. In the domestic media (here in Romania) for some reason there is never any coverage about Nigel Farage, the UKIP or all of the fearsomely waged internal politics…

In the land of fish and chips

Unfortunately the guy who posted this picture wasn’t enthused about finding a Romanian store in England despite the fact that there are 10,000 shops in Romania with an English name and/or a British flag. I don’t care, I love it.

If I were the ambassador…

I have to admit that I was initially quite happily surprised to see the latest letter published in the Huffington Post (UK edition) from Doctor Ion “Two Sheeps” Jinga because I thought that perhaps the same ghost writer who recently wrote on behalf of Crin Antonescu had helped the good “doctor” sound somewhat intelligent and…

Ghost Writer

As you (probably) know, I keep a sharp and vigilant eye on Romania and politics in this country. Although I have zero respect for Crin Antonescu, I was glad he went to England a few days ago to help lobby against the recent outpouring of hate towards Romanians (and Bulgarians) spearheaded by the UKIP in…

On Her Majesty’s Public Service

Yesterday was a bit of a banner day here in Unicorn City as a delegation from Rotherham, England (an official “sister city” of Cluj) as well as the prosaic British Ambassador to Romania, Martin Harris (who both has his own blog as well as an active presence on Twitter) were on hand to dedicate a…