Posts which write themselves

More Happy Peasants, this time from the AFP. It is the usual (now all too familiar) tale of how Romanians like nothing better than a day’s back-breaking work, in this instance picking elderflowers for two lei a kilo. Yes, two lei a kilo. The story even has a tenuous Prince Charles reference for extra points.… Continue reading Posts which write themselves

Romania in poverty porn boost

Posh people who love ogling at Romanian peasants doing back breaking work, or watching old women carry water up steep hills got an unexpected boost this week when it was announced that two further episodes of the documentary Wild Carpathia had been commissioned by the Travel Channel. You can watch the original film here, and… Continue reading Romania in poverty porn boost

Incredible film of Maramures in the 1960s

So Parmalat does have his uses. It was he who sent us the link to this rather amazing documentary film about village life in Romania sometime in the 1960s. A more precise date we do not have, but we would guess that the film was made around 1966-7, at the time of the – relative… Continue reading Incredible film of Maramures in the 1960s

Wild Carpathia: Saving Romania from the modern world one helicopter at a time

Only half in jest, Romanian president Traian Basescu earlier this year told a group of investors that while Romania was a wonderful country offering much to see, the poor state of its transport infrastructure meant that the best way to see the country was ‘by helicopter‘. We know not if the Middle Eastern investors he… Continue reading Wild Carpathia: Saving Romania from the modern world one helicopter at a time