Strongbow is not real cider. The real stuff is on the way

Oh they love a freebie, those Romanian bloggers. Send them a crate of plutonium and they’d wax lyrical about how fantastic it is, just as long as they got to keep some. The latest product to turn up on their desks is the new-to-Romania Strongbow, that awful would-be cider which no right-thinking cider drinker would… Continue reading Strongbow is not real cider. The real stuff is on the way

Victor Ponta just gave one of the world’s richest and most profitable companies your money

In a stunning new victory for Romania’s beloved prime minister Victor ‘Copy Paste’ Ponta in his neverending quest to find new ways of wasting the taxpayer’s money, we read with not a little outrage yesterday that he had handed a whopping €8.19 million to those needy people over at, ahem, Vodafone. (Yes, the same Vodafone… Continue reading Victor Ponta just gave one of the world’s richest and most profitable companies your money

See you in court

Romania’s journey back to the Dark Ages is complete. It appears that while everyone was worrying about gold mines, fracking and immunity from prosecution for politicians, Romania’s delightful parliament yesterday adopted an amendment to the penal code which will once again make libel and slander criminal offences. (Note: slander and libel had been decriminalised and… Continue reading See you in court

Save us from the good taste do-gooders

UPDATE: We notice that they are after Mircea Badea now, too. This of course is the problem: where does it end? Will our moral guardians decide that us block-dwelling masses need to be protected from football too, and start bullying advertisers into boycotting that? — A local media blog, Pagina de Media, has launched what… Continue reading Save us from the good taste do-gooders

‘Media education programmes?’ Really?

From The Economist’s Eastern Approaches blog: After being forced to consume only censored media during the communist regime, Romanians now live in a society where they can choose their media freely. To help them make the right choices Romania should implement media education programmes that could enable future generations to develop a critical capacity for… Continue reading ‘Media education programmes?’ Really?