Why Transylvania matters

Today, December 1st, is Romania’s national day. It marks the day in 1918 when Transylvania joined Wallachia and Moldavia to form (more or less) the Romania we know and – for all its many, many, faults – love today. Now, for anyone who may wonder why December 1st remains such a big deal, we suggest… Continue reading Why Transylvania matters

Quick one about the Crimea

Not a post which will win us many friends we fear, but then we are not in this to win friends… Anyway, here’s a question: If a majority of the people of the Crimea vote in a referendum to leave Ukraine (and either join Russia or become some kind of independent state) what exactly is… Continue reading Quick one about the Crimea

Playing the Moldovans at Tennis

Without question the funniest book ever written about playing Moldovan footballers at tennis, Playing the Moldovans at Tennis by Tony Hawks has been made into a film, staring Hawks himself. Telling the story of Hawks’s quest to defeat the entire Moldovan football team at tennis (for a bet) the film can be watched in full… Continue reading Playing the Moldovans at Tennis