Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Fast Food Pizza Creeping In

It's only a matter of time when fast food will become the norm here. The fashion for healthy food is coming to an end in Bulgaria as I speak!
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GMJ Restaurants picked as Pizza Hut representative for Bulgaria

Over the next months, the chain will be revamped into full-service restaurants. GMJ will be the first company to launch the Pizza Delivered Fresh service in Bulgaria. The formula is in place in the US, the UK and other countries. Bulgaria is the first country in Central and Eastern Europe country in which the service will be available.

Polish company AmRest also holds rights to develop the Pizza Hut brand in Bulgaria. The company, which stepped on the market last year, also represents Burger King and KFC in Bulgaria.

GMJ Restaurants International will be the new representative in Bulgaria for the Pizza Hut franchise, Tsvetan Trenchev, a partner in the newly founded company, said. The chain was formerly represented by Excel Associates, where Trenchev also had a stake.

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St Sofia Day

Celebrations in Sofia today, yet another Bulgarian day to party.
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Bulgaria's Capital Celebrates St. Sofia Day
Bulgaria's capital celebrates Wednesday St. Sofia Day, the date when the Orthodox world pays homage to the Holy Martyrs Sofia and her three daughters Faith, Hope and Love. The flag of the capital was hoisted at an official ceremony attended by President Georgi Parvanov. The mayor of the city Boyko Borissov has not joined the festive event as he was paying an official visit to Israel.
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A liturgy was held in front of St. Sofia church during the official ceremony. In 1992 Sofia municipal council selected this date for Sofia's Day at the proposal of the former mayor. Between 1979 and 1992 Sofia's Day was marked on April 3, the day when Sofia was pronounced Bulgaria's capital back in 1879.

Monday, 15 September 2008

Fire Brigades Busiest Period

Yambol firemen have been working overtime recently as the lack of rain leaves areas tinder dry.
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Fire brigades in Bulgaria put off 40 fires
4 September 2008 | 19:54 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Fire brigades in Bulgaria have received 229 signals since midnight on September 3rd until 18.00 September 4th, Ministry of Interior press center reports. 212 of the signals were for fires, 12 were for emergency rescue activities and 5 of them were fake. The fire brigades have tried to put off 40 fires.
They had received a signal for a fire in a house in Bulgarian village of Hadzhidimovo, Yambol region at 15.27. 59-year-old man had been injured in the fire. He had at about 8% burnings on his hand. There were material damages. The probable reason for the fire was a technical fault in the gas installation.
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Saturday, 13 September 2008

European Volleyball to Bulgaria

There is a good chance that Bulgaria and Greece will host the European Volleyball championships in 2011.

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Bulgaria in the running to co-host volleyball Euro 2011
16:55 Fri 12 Sep 2008 - Elitsa Savova

Bulgaria and Greece’s joint application to host the men's European volleyball championships in 2011 had a strong chance of winning, European Volleyball Confederation (CEV) president André Meyer said in Varna as quoted by Dnevnik daily.

Varna Palace of Culture and Sports director Simeon Varchev said that the sports hall needed reconstruction to meet the new standards. The court would be widened, cutting into the stands, but two additional stands would be built to compensate.

The other candidates to host the event are a joint bid made by Czech Republic and Austria, Denmark, France and the Netherlands. The final decision would be made on September 25 or 26.

Meyer said that it was his last inspection in Varna and he was satisfied with what he had seen. He promised to recommend CEV’s board to approve Bulgaria and Greece’s bid.

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Tips to Cure Hangovers

If you have had too much Rakia the night before, here are some recommendations.

I bet you all have had crazy nights with tough mornings after...
Here are the TOP 10 hangover cures, according to Forbes:

  1. Water (Lots Of It)
  2. Sports Drinks
  3. Pain Relievers
  4. Vitamins B6 and B12
  5. Berocca
  6. Prickly Pear
  7. Tripe Soup
  8. Haejangguk
  9. Rosiglitazone
  10. Breakfast of Champions
Read the full article here for more info.

Well I couldn't help adding the Greek recommendation for a bad hangover: Patsas soup (similar to #7). It's served hot and spicy, with garlic and vinegar, in the early hours of the morning. Guaranteed results!

What's your local hangover recipe?? I want to hear! :)

Wednesday, 10 September 2008

Ismet Durel the Circumciser

A most relevant advertising campaign.
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Ismet Dural is a circumciser who owns a clinic in Istanbul, Turkey. To spread the words on his specialize business he needed an easy and economical advertising solution. Healthy People by Grey, an advertising agency hired by Ismet came up with a very simple yet creative idea. They created a long poster with perforated edges so that if you rip a piece off you will get his contact info just like a business card along with the circumcised part of the penis. Very well executed and suitable ad for the purpose of the business. I can’t think of a better idea for advertising a circumcision clinic! Can you?

Ismet Dural: Circumciser as a Profession

Advertising Agency: Healthy People by Grey, Istanbul, Turkey
Creative Director: Nurcan Yıldız
Art Director: Tarık Akın
Copywriter: Erçin Sadıkoğlu
Released: January 2008

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