I played badminton yesterday at the BIT center in Ljubljana and whilst we were relaxing in the sun afterwards, 4 cop cars screeched up, 8 or 9 coppers jumped out, drew and loaded their handguns and ran into the sports center. You don’t see that everyday!
Fortunately the action stopped there and the coppers returned 5 minutes later and drove off without wasting anyone. It turned out to be a false alarm as someone had called to say they heard shots in the center. They probably heard a few of my badminton shots (they can be pretty deadly) and the noise of my strings breaking 2 minutes before we finished playing. Besides, it wouldn’t have been a problem if (and I’m not sure why anyone would) someone had turned turn up with guns blazing as I’m pretty experienced at dealing with these issues. You learn a lot working at the Little Chef on Easter Sunday! Hmmmm… how many years ago was that?
Also, I heard the stupidest thing I’ve heard on the Radio for a while on Radio Slovenia International. The presenter finished a news report about a recent study which concluded that global warming is already having a catastrophic on the earth (no shit Sherlock) and she followed up by saying
“So, all we can do is continue to play some popular music and hope everything will be OK”
Now, pop music and hope have their place but, I suspect there’s a little bit more you could try before giving up on the world.
However, if the rest of Eastern Europe develops a taste for new cars like the Slovenes, we’re gonna need a lot of Abba and more than a few cans of hope. Slovenia apparently has one of the highest rates of cars ownership in Europe and I they’ve taken the car status-symbolism to a new level. Any Solvene will tell you about their obsession with new cars and distain for old bangers. It seems that people will live in a shoe-box flat and starve themselves of other luxuries as long as they have a new car. I mean, where else can you learn to drive in a BMW?
Strangely though – they don’t go for sunroofs. I don’t know if this is an odd social rule or the fact that they can’t afford the optional extras but they’re not very common.
Another uncommon sight in Slovenia is a flyover. It took me ages to work out why there are so many traffic lights in Ljubljana and so many scary intersections where everyone seems to drive at everyone and across on-coming traffic but, it’s all because there’s no (OK, hardly any) flyovers. I don’t know why I’m telling you this but, now you know.
Love and hope and happy Easter,
Oh, and phonetic werd of the dej is ‘Ekpres’