The archaeological research of the Thracian culture started in the 20th century and especially after World War II, mainly on the territory of Southern Bulgaria. As a result of intensive excavation works in the 1960s and 1970s a number of Thracian tombs and sanctuaries were discovered. More significant among them are: the Tomb of Sveshtari, the Tomb of Kazanlak, Tatul, Seuthopolis, Perperikon, the Tomb of Aleksandrovo, Sarmizegetusa, etc.
This is part of a revealing information about the video taken from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnY0knx2lb0 - Well worth reading the full account.
Sunday, 31 May 2009
The death toll of a bus crash in southeastern Bulgaria rose to 17 Saturday when a 31-year-old woman died of her injuries in a Sofia hospital, doctors said.
The woman was in a coma in Sofia's military hospital after she suffered multiple injuries in the crash in Yambol, 160 miles southeast of Sofia. The bus ran into a group of people Thursday, killing 16 people and injuring another 20, the Bulgarian news agency SNA reported.
The bus, carrying 19 elderly people from a nursery, was descending a steep road on Bakadzhik Moutain when the driver lost control and hit pilgrims walking up the hill to attend a Bulgarian Orthodox church festival.
Prosecutors opened legal proceedings against the driver and the owner of the bus on suspicion the vehicle's brakes were faulty, SNA reported.
Saturday, 30 May 2009
Prosecutor’s office had raised charges against company owner of the bus, which had overturned near the town of Yambol and killed 16 people. This is what a message, published on Prosecutor’s office’s web page, said.
Manager of the company will remain in the arrest for 72 hours.
Meanwhile day of Yambol citizens had passed under the black sing of sorrow.
Four of killed people had been buried. None of the injured people had been discharged from hospital.
84-year-old woman who had been in the bus during the incident is in very hard condition.
Whole country is involved with the tragedy.
Mayor of Yambol municipality Georgi Slavov have received money from companies, citizens and organizations since Thursday.
Bank account on fund-raising for families of killed and injured people will be opened on Saturday.
Friday, 29 May 2009
A national day of mourning has been declared on May 29, commemorating the 16 victims of the horrendous crash in the Bakadjik hills, near Yambol, a day earlier.
Bulgarian President Georgi Purvanov has cancelled all his meetings for several days, the presidency's press service said. Across the country, all administrative buildings will fly the national flag at half-mast.
The memorial service will and last laments be held at the Sveta Nedelia church in Sofia. The mourning in Yambol will last for three days.
The Cabinet has asked all Bulgarian citizens and political parties to abstain from any form of celebrations on this day and pay their respects to the victims of the disaster. All political parties said they would put their election campaigns on hold.
The accident that occurred early on May 28 at 9.20am, when an old bus ploughed into a group of tourists climbing the hill to participate in a fair on the Ascension feast day. The bus, a Bulgarian-made Chavdar model manufactured more than 30 years ago, reportedly had a mechanical malfunction, even though it had passed its annual check-up less than a month earlier.
The International Queer Solidarity Network calls for a European mobilization, with support from the United States, that will stand in solidarity with Queer Bulgaria.
On June 28th 2008, neo-Nazi groups aggressively attacked the first LGBTQ Pride march in Sofia, Bulgaria. A week before the march, the Bulgarian National Alliance, the most visible nationalist organization in the country, called for a “week of intolerance.” The BNA strongly encouraged nationalistic groups to organize themselves against the right of the queer community in Bulgaria to peacefully march, which resulted in loosely organized violence during the festivities. BNA members and other neo-Nazis threw molotov cocktails and small explosives at the participants of the Pride march. Fortunately, no injuries were reported. However, more than eighty skinheads, including Boyan Rasate (head of the BNA) were arrested for their attempted harm and direct violence toward pride participants.
This year neo-Nazi groups are once again organizing themselves against the march and Bulgarian queers’ ability to defend their human rights. The Bulgarian government not only tolerates but also encourages such attitudes. Two of the parties in the Parliament of Bulgaria are nationalistic and one of them, Ataka, called for “the men to beat up the gays.” In addition, the Prime Minister of Bulgaria and head of the “socialist” party, Sergei Stanishev, subtly, through hidden sparks of hatred, said that he did not like the “manifestation and demonstration of such orientations.”
Even though the rights of LGBTQ people in Bulgaria are protected by the constitution, this is yet more empty rhetoric in the hands of the powerful. The queer community refuses to give up its rights to a free assembly. There will be another Pride march on the 27th of June 2009. Let’s unite and stand together against the homophobic and transphobic state of Bulgaria and growing neo-Nazism in Europe.
Thursday, 28 May 2009
Disney reported late Tuesday that the Disney Channel will replace all Jetix channels in Bulgaria after taking full control of the Jetix group earlier this year.
The Disney Channel will replace Jetix channels in Hungary, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic and Bulgaria, hollywoodreporter.com informed.
Disney signalled Tuesday that it is winding down the Jetix brand, bringing five Jetix channels in central and Eastern Europe under the Disney Channel banner. The Disney Channel will now be available to 12 million viewers in Eastern Europe.
The move was announced by Giorgio Stock, general manager of the Disney Channel in Europe.
"Central and Eastern Europe is a key market for the Walt Disney Company and launching Disney Channel is central to our strategic growth plan," stated Stock.
Boy-skewed Jetix channels will be replaced by programs at pre-schoolers aged 2-5 and kids aged 6-14, including such shows as "Hannah Montana" and "Camp Rock."
Sixteen people have been killed and another twenty injured as a bus sliced into a throng of tourists near the town of Yambol in southeastern Bulgaria.
The tourists, gathered in the area on the occasion of the religious holiday Ascension Day, or the so called Spasovden, were climbing towards the Bakardzhik peak, when the bus, coming in the oposite direction, cut into them.
Police said the a technical malfunction caused failure of the bus's brakes.
The bus was a thirty-year-old charter coach, which had recently passed successfully a technical check-up.
Reports say people, who are gathered in the area for the holiday, are in panic and are worriedly searching for relatives and friends, if they have not seen them for the last few hours.
Rescue teams and ambulances have arrived at the location and the injured have been taken to the Emergency Room in the nearby city of Yambol.
Bulgaria signed Wednesday two agreements with Europe worth more than EUR200 million which will also improve the way it uses European Union structural funds available to the country by 2013.
A EUR200 million agreement with the European Investment Fund, an E.U. specialist unit, is aimed at facilitating access to finance for small- and medium-sized companies.
A second EUR33 million deal with the European Investment Bank will promote sustainable urban development.
At a time when funding for small companies has practically dried up, the EIF agreement was welcomed by Bulgaria's Economy and Energy Minister Petar Dimitrov and the fund's chief executive Richard Pelly.
Bulgaria joined the E.U. in 2007 as its poorest and most corruption-ridden newcomer.
Its failure to guarantee efficient and fraud-free distribution of European money prompted Brussels last year to freeze over EUR800 million to the country, EUR220 million of which have been definitively lost.
Some EUR11 billion in E.U. structural and cohesion funds available to Bulgaria between 2007 and 2013 could also be at risk if controls are not tightened up, experts have warned.
Wednesday, 27 May 2009
Have a listen and view the video extract - Pretty cool and laid back don't you think?
Who will you be supporting in the June 6 2010 World Cup qualifier between Bulgaria and Ireland in Sofia? What do you think the result will be?
What a question! I will, of course, be supporting Ireland but I will be happy if the better team on the night wins.
Litex Lovech beat Pirin Blagoevgrad 3-0 to win the Bulgarian Cup for a second consecutive year on Tuesday.
French striker Wilfried Niflore broke the deadlock at the Georgi Asparuhov stadium with a scrambled effort from close range after 20 minutes.
The Lovech-based club, lifting the trophy for the fourth time in the last eight years, sealed victory after Brazilian Doka Madureira and Krum Bibishkov scored in the second half.
Pirin, who eliminated Bulgarian giants CSKA Sofia and Levski Sofia in previous rounds, lost their fourth consecutive Cup final after failing to produce any clearcut chances.
"We deserved the win," said Litex coach Stanimir Stoilov, who is also Bulgarian national team coach. "We decided to play with two tall strikers and I think it was the key to our success."
Litex will participate in next season's UEFA Europa League.
Tuesday, 26 May 2009
Rakia Making - The ProcessRakia spirit in Bulgaria is in every home and doesn't just sit there for months on end it is drunk regularly in Bulgaria. It is the National drink and is very much a big part of everyday life here. Without Rakia Bulgaria certainly wouldn't be the same like a body without a soul. The combination of Rakia and Salad is unsurpassed in perfect compliment and the favourite or essential part of the kitchen table layout in Bulgaria.
A Spirit To Be Proud Of
Rakia has been homemade in Bulgaria for generations as had the very much integrated wine process. Who has the best rakia in towns and villages? This is a question repeatedly asked in every household. And in turn every household know the answer to that!
Just on that evidence the Bulgarian are indeed very proud of the rakia they process from start to finish. Their shyness in promoting it and showing it off by literally forcing more than a sample upon guests is legendary.
Monday, 25 May 2009
Series of quakes felt in Bulgaria over the last 24 hours
An earthquake with magnitude of 3.9 on the Richter scale occurred though with weak intensity in Southwestern Bulgaria at 7:50 on Monday morning, the Ministry of Emergency Situations said. Earlier during the night aftershocks occurred linked to stronger quakes on Sunday. Considerably weaker, they were not felt by the population. The strongest quakes were registered at 19:18 hrs on Sunday – 5.2 on the Richter scale, and at 22:37 on the same say – 4.5 on the Richter scales. Both quakes were felt in the regions of Western and Southwestern Bulgaria. Nobody was hurt and no damage has been reported. The epicenter of all registered quakes is 160 km to the southwest of Sofia, outside Bulgaria. The Ministry of Emergency Situations said no casualties or damage had been reported. Focus News Agency however, reports about cracks in the walls of old houses, fallen roof tiles and chimneys.
Sunday, 24 May 2009
I've know about Kaloyan Mahlyanov for quite a while now, he is a celebrity in Bulgaria an often on television. He’s a big lad and the story now reports that he has beaten Japan’s top Sumo in a Grand tournament meeting.
No doubt we'll see even more of him now in the Bulgarian media.
Saturday, 23 May 2009
A new Pop Folk compilation has just come out this month with all the big Pop Folk Diva names included. I might just go out and buy it. There are 40 titles, but additional songs as a bonus.
THE SONG LIST
(Artist - Song Title)
Emanuela - K'sam ti nervite
Ivana - The man
Andrea i Costi - Izbiram teb
Tea - S-klasa
Ilian i grupa K'ntri - 3... 4!
Dzhordan - Hotelski stai
Alisia - Imame li vr'zka
Angel - Ela bez nego
Krum - S blizalka v r'ka
Pavel - Demon s krasivi ochi
Sonia Nemska - Pusni Lei, Lei
Nasko - Hajde be kako
Gergana i Zhoro Rapa – Zabravi
Veronika - Losh navik
Ivena - Neshto malko cherno
Gergana - Blagodaria ti
Rumina - Cherpia vsichki
Slavena - Chuzhdi m'zhe
Tatiana - Ako s'm chuzhda
Emilia - Koi si ti
Cvetelina Yaneva - Avtor't e drug
Erik - Krai na igrata
Milko Kalaidzhiev – Shisheto
Gloria - Mozhesh li da me obichash
Yunona - Eh moe tialo
Slavena - Chuzhdi m'zhe
Biliana – 166
Galena ft. Malina - Mnogo sladko
Elena - Ne na mene tia
Yanitsa - Noshtna programa
Tania Boeva - Nazdrave za shtastlivcite
Teodora - Topli v'lni
Samir i Ekstra Nina - Sleda ot Pr'sten
Ivana – Pali
Stefani - Izdai me
Nasko - Diavolite plachat
Viktor - Vsichko za pari
Valentina Kristi - VIP zona
Gergana - Zashtoto te obicham
Anelia - Neshto se sluchi
Anna - Nai-losha, nai-lyubima
ValJa i Daniela - Glas't na s'rceto
Galena i Boris Dali - Vsiaka nosht
Galena i Ustata - Strast na kristali
Dzhena i Ilian - Za teb i men
Dzhina Stoeva - Zasrami se
Dzhina Stoeva i Tenyo Gogov - Chui kak zvuchi
Duet Simpatiagi - Taka ne biva
Elena i DJ Stamen - Koi shte slozhi kraya
Emilia i Sakis i BO - Vsiaka minuta
Erik - Lipsvash mi
Ilian i ork. Kristali - Ne, ne iskam
KameliJa - B'lgarski m'zhe
Konstantin - A-u
Konstantin - Znam dobre tova
Malina i Azis - Umiram az
Nelina i T. Dacheva - Sebe si b'di
Preslava i BRB - Az ne s'm angel
Raina - Mokri s'nishta
Bulgaria's sole nuclear power plant Kozloduy has reconnected one of its 1,000 megawatt reactors to the national grid after completing planned annual maintenance, the plant said on Saturday.
Kozloduy shut down the unit in early April and restarted it on May 22. The reactor was loaded with fresh nuclear fuel.
Bulgaria has permanently shut four older reactors at Kozloduy in the past several years as a condition for joining the European Union. As a result, the country lost its position as a major power exporter in the Balkans.
The nuclear power plant now has two remaining reactors of 1,000 MW each.
Friday, 22 May 2009