Old rubbish

OK, time for a moan. I haven’t had one for a while and Micky P has just given me the chance I needed.

I finally had the chance to sit and watch Michael Palins ‘New Europe’ this evening and it really was, well – pretty crap.

The opening scene set in Slovenia’s Julian Alps naturally put a smile on my face but it was short lived. Actually, incredibly short lived as MP only managed to squeeze-in a 3 second train scene before skipping the entire country (Europe’s coolest country) and most of the Adriatic and declaring his first destination as Split in Croatia. And what did we get after that? What did he talk about? New Europe? …no, no – the war. The war that finished 15 years ago. The single most reported event to come from the region in the last 15 years wins again. Is it any wonder that the negative war-torn stereo types of the region still prevails in most of ‘Western’ Europe?

Maybe I’d expected too much, after all he had to squeeze the whole of the Ex-Yugoslavia and Albania into 1 hour but, instead of being well researched, insightful, different or interesting we got war talk in Croatia, war in Bosnia and war in Serbia. MP didn’t even manage to find anyone interesting to talk to or an insightful question to ask. True-to-form the old Croat talked about national pride and ‘winning’ the war, the Bosnians talked about the hardships of post war life and the Serbs shrugged their shoulders.

I didn’t even see a Burek, No Lasko, nobody driving like a twat, no lakes and not a single turqouise unifom. Bah!

The interview with Tirana’s Mayor made the final 15 minutes worth waiting for but only just. Maybe he’s kept the ‘New’ for next week.

OK, rant over – there’s more to my life than this TV show, honest.
I’ve been giving some serious thought this week about next year. I have a plan…

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10 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    hey ian,

    hope life is treating you well! greetings from belfast!!

    – Bartek & Marica ;)

  2. Anonymous

    hey ian,

    hope life is treating you well! greetings from belfast!!

    – Bartek & Marica ;)

  3. Anonymous

    waw, Ian has a plan!!!!!!
    this is a real surprise, I can’t wait to hear about it! does it include the cooler country in the world? I hope so!
    lepo se mej, poljubcek

  4. Anonymous

    waw, Ian has a plan!!!!!!
    this is a real surprise, I can’t wait to hear about it! does it include the cooler country in the world? I hope so!
    lepo se mej, poljubcek

  5. Obviously Michael Palin and their scenario writers don’t read read blogs. And you are right their is no Balkan without a burek and lashko!

    Old school talking about new school.

    B5

  6. Obviously Michael Palin and their scenario writers don’t read read blogs. And you are right their is no Balkan without a burek and lashko!

    Old school talking about new school.

    B5

  7. Anonymous

    Don’t wanto to be a hairsplitter but the war ended 11 years ago, in 1996. Started in 1991. Maybe it doesn’t matter to you but the people that went through the war still have strong memories of it. You’re right – maybe he shouldn’t talk that much only about the war although the consequences are still alive both in Croatia and Bosnia.

    Another poljubček (but not the same) from Slovenija with some burek and laško

  8. Anonymous

    Don’t wanto to be a hairsplitter but the war ended 11 years ago, in 1996. Started in 1991. Maybe it doesn’t matter to you but the people that went through the war still have strong memories of it. You’re right – maybe he shouldn’t talk that much only about the war although the consequences are still alive both in Croatia and Bosnia.

    Another poljubček (but not the same) from Slovenija with some burek and laško

  9. brano

    Well, I’ve just seen a ‘part’ about my country – SK … took about 5 mins (then 25 mins CZ and 30 mins DE) of showing showing some drunken highlanders slaughtering a pig. And then, off we go showing sofisticated arts and spas in CZ. If it was a joke, well then maybe, but as a piece of work. I already noticed it in the case of Slovenia and other countries. Either wasting time, or not allocating any. Hmmm, it looked to me that someone needed to complete project for the sake of the project.

  10. brano

    Well, I’ve just seen a ‘part’ about my country – SK … took about 5 mins (then 25 mins CZ and 30 mins DE) of showing showing some drunken highlanders slaughtering a pig. And then, off we go showing sofisticated arts and spas in CZ. If it was a joke, well then maybe, but as a piece of work. I already noticed it in the case of Slovenia and other countries. Either wasting time, or not allocating any. Hmmm, it looked to me that someone needed to complete project for the sake of the project.

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