Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Protests Against Bulgaria's Eurovision Song Entry

If you look at the previous post and my coments, this is no surprise.

Bulgaria Musicians, Citizens Protest against Local Eurovision Contest Results

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Prominent Bulgarian musicians and members of the social network Facebook are protesting Tuesday against Krasimir Avramov's song "Illusion," which was selected to represent Bulgaria in the "Eurovision 2009" contest finals in Moscow.

As soon as the results were announced, the song and its author, Krasimir Avramov, became subject to fierce criticism on the part of some of the country's top musicians. Renowned composer Nayden Andreev appealed to Avramov to immediately withdraw his bid, while famous performers, Yordanka Hristova and Kiril Marichkov, directly accused Avramov of singing out of tune.

There is an online petition in Facebook demanding that the vote's results are annulled. The petition is titled: "Krasimir Avramov's Song for Eurovision Is a Disgrace to Bulgaria." In less than 48 hours, the online group collected 5,000 signatures.

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Monday, 23 February 2009

Bulgarian Eurovison Entry For 2009

I can't believe this song won, I thought it would be in last place, I don't know how it got into the finals here in the first place. The guy can't sing in tune to save his life.

One of the longest national selection shows for this year's Eurovision Song Contest is over. Krassimir Avramov has won tonight's Bulgarian show with Illusion.

After a series of quarter-finals and semi-finals, finally twelve songs made it to tonight's stage in the Sports Palace in Sofia. The grandiose show, with the famous Russian pop star Philip Kirkorov as a guest, was ended by the reprise of the winning Illusion by Krassimir Avramov.

A graduate of the National Academy for Theatrical and Film Arts (NATFIZ), he trained in pantomime. But Krassimir, being blessed with a very rare and unique male voice, the tenor-altino, could not stay silent for long. His 1997 debut album, Silent Voices topped the pop charts in Bulgaria. One year later Krassimir’s journey would continue in the entertainment capital of the world, Los Angeles, California.

clipped from www.eurovision.tv

Saturday, 21 February 2009

Big Snowfalls and High Winds Cause Havoc in Bulgaria

From Sofia to Burgas the fall of snow and strong winds cause major problem throughout the country on Friday. With freezing termperatures over the weekend the ice will set in and cause more problems.

Ice and Snow Continue to Cripple Bulgaria

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Many of Bulgaria's main roads and mountain passes are impassible or entirely closed for traffic after the heavy snowfall that began early Thursday morning with snow turning into ice due to very low temperatures, the National Road Agency reported.

The Bulgarian Traffic Police warns citizens to avoid driving unless absolutely necessary.

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Tuesday, 10 February 2009

Bulgarian Tennis Youngster - Chance of a Lifetime

Opportunities like this don't come very often, but this young Bulgarian tennis player has come up trumps with the opportunity, but will have to cause a major upset. It won't happen though, but you never know. If it does, Bulgarian will make it another day in the year to add the yearly calander of celebrations. As if they didn't have enough already.
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After receiving a lucky wildcard for the first top ranking hard court tennis tournament of the year, Bulgaria's young talent Grigor Dimitrov has already put down his mark, beating the 23rd ranked player in the world Tomas Berdych.
The 17-year-old Dimitrov will probably now get the chance of his career so far, a match up with superstar world number 1, Rafael Nadal, who is fresh off his victory in the first Grand Slam of the year in Australia.
In the first Masters tournament of the year in Rotterdam, Holland, Dimitrov defeated Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the first round, moving ahead to likely take on Nadal in the 1/8 finals. Now Nadal has to secure what is a simple victory on paper, in his match against Simone Bolelli of Italy in the first round.
Grigor Dimitrov is currently ranked 478th in the world and will definitely enter the top 400 next week after this performance.

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The lad did well, he lost bit took Nadel to three set winning one 6-3. Gained much respect by achieving this from tennis fans around the world.

Tuesday, 3 February 2009

Nearly 1M Gypsies in Bulgaria - No Suprise!

If you have seen the Gypsy ghettos and the size of them, plus the other smaller areas that populate every town in Bulgaria, this is no surprise.

It's old news (2007) so the figures have gone up since then. Gypsies have been on a baby boom for decades now and their population is growing at a much faster rate than the Bulgarian population.

800,000 Gypsies Live in Bulgaria

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More than 800,000 Gypsies live in the country, the half of them are isolated in ghettos, informed professor Svetoslav Ivanov on a discussion, organized by ‘Gypsy union for sport and culture' NGO.

64% from the Roms in Bulgaria live with less than 3 BGN (1,5 EUR) per day, more than 50% are unemployed.

According to the professor's statement 20% of the gypsies are ignorant, only 70% finish their elementary education.

Government has seriously engaged with solving Roma's problems: education, labor qualification and others.