The day job

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Six months late and well over budget the digital version of Bucharest In Your Pocket has had a facelift. Go and take a look.

It’s still not entirely finished, which is why this is a (very) soft launch, but there is plenty of flesh on the bones of the project, designed by a Pole whose remit was homogenise and streamline our brand identity (the print guides had their own redesign this time last year), but most of all to make the very best of our cities have to offer stand out from the dross.

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As such, much of the clutter has gone. Good photography is in. Features are given far more prominence than ever before, and we have started to label our favourite places in the city as Editor’s Picks: the days of listing endless numbers of restaurants are over. Travellers are too savvy and far too busy these days: our market research told us that what people want are recommendations. A push in the right direction. Given that our own raison d’etre remains ‘making travel easier’ we were happy to oblige.

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We still list hundreds of venues and sights in Bucharest but the also-rans no longer get in the way of what’s essential.

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The new platform is fully responsive (it will display on any device) and includes a search function which actually works, content filters (you can search for all non-smoking venues in a chapter for example) and free PDF downloads of all our guides. It is also much easier to navigate: finding what you are looking for should be easier than ever.

As we say, the new site is not wholly complete. A brand new events platform will follow soon, as will an app, currently in development. Some of the functionality does not fully work as it will (notably some of the maps, which will be completed later this week). The mobile version also needs some work. All in all though, this is the greatest digital leap forward we have probably ever taken. Not that we intend taking any time off. Improving the site is an ongoing process: it must be if we want to remain a publisher of essential city guides dedicated to making travel easier.

15 thoughts on “The day job

  1. Congratulations! It’s impressive. As for an events database, wouldn’t it be wise to hook onto other databases (same for opening hours and such)?

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  2. Looks great Craig and thanks to the membership of the EU, we can move freely and without any draconian questions or problems at border control. Let’s hope for a mass influx of tourists and let’s hope to see Bucharest become as multicultural as London, sometime in the future.

    Oh and who are you voting for? I’d vote for the Greens, Liberals or SNP (if I could)

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  3. Oh dear Craig. It looked good until I scrawled down to the jewish section. “Romania was not, however, immune to the anti-Semitism of 1930s Europe,” Are these your words Craig? You sound like one of them terrible travel writers always calling Bucharest ”The Paris of The East” that you so despise. You don’t know what the word anti semitic really means and if you know your history about jews then you would know that nearly all countries have at some point tried to kick them out. Why is that eh? Because they are a cancer on this Earth! Stop promoting their thieving murderous child raping ways!

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    1. The evil Legionnaire scum who took great pleasure in hanging hundreds of Jews from meat hooks in abattoirs and raping and torturing their wives and children are, I think, evidence enough of the anti-Semitism of the 1930s. Read Radu Ioanid or the Weisel Report. It leaves little room for doubt.

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      1. Whenever I hear jews mentioned I’m always reminded of that football chant about Liverpool “always the victims, it’s never your fault”. I think you’ll find Radu along with Wiesel are a pair of shills and should be ignored. Nobody hangs people from meat hooks! What utter laughable tosh; Sounds like something out of Bob Hoskins The Long Good Friday? Slightly off topic now but recently you were poking fun at some chap who claimed that Bucharest was the greenest city in Europe, remember yes? Point is, you claimed that he was talking rubbish and right you were. So how come you never mentioned about that lovely little (sadly now gone!!) Albert Square Eastenders type garden that has been bulldozed to make way for another pointless holohoax memorial? Where you maybe wondering? It was situated right opposite the old Whispers Pub? Not a word of protest from you about that, I wonder why? Yet you get the right steaming ‘ump if someone nicks a tiny bit of space from another park to build a luxury apartment. And if they had to vandalise Bucharest to make way for a memorial, then why couldn’t they put a memorial for the genocide that happened in Rwanda, or Yugoslavia or even Palestine eh?

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      2. ‘why couldn’t they put a memorial for the genocide that happened in Rwanda, or Yugoslavia or even Palestine eh?’

        Possibly because Romania didn’t take an active role in those genocides?

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      3. “Possibly because Romania didn’t take an active role in those genocides?”……………Very true, and nor did Romania ever take part in any other genocide either! Have you ever met Romanians? Nice people yes? Not the sort of people to go all Bob Hoskins on ya and hang you by the meat hooks. I thought you would keep quiet about that garden that use to be opposite Whispers pub. I’ll keep a look out for the next time you moan when some local mayor hacks down some trees or sells off some land for development!

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      4. The Weisel Report is quite clear: “of all the allies of Nazi Germany, Romania was responsible for the deaths of more Jews than any country.” Now stop trolling and move on. As for that park, it was hardly a park, but I certainly agree the monument to murdered Jews of Romania could have been placed elsewhere: Piata Revolutiei perhaps, which is already concrete.

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      5. Just been doing some research on your mate Wiesel. What a sick puppy he is. No doubt he was a buddy of Jimmy Savile?

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  4. Will the print edition continue to have the full list of restaurants, cafe, bar and club reviews? It’s the most comprehensive one around and a great resource if you’re in Bucharest for a while or live there.

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    1. Print guide remains unchanged. But not that there are in fact a lot more listings online than in print – we haven’t taken any down. It is just easier to find the places we really like now. In that sense, the online version is now more like the print edition.

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