Friday, 19 December 2014

Beautiful Balchik, Bulgaria - Part 7

As part of our occasional series showcasing Balchik, Bulgaria; here is a nice example of the inter-war architecture of the town.This building is located in Old Balchik, on the way up to the Town Hall.This building, as with most of the older parts of the town, dates from the period when Balchik and the South Dobrudja region in general was under Romanian rule (1919-1940). Balchik became the administrative centre for the area.


Balchik, of course, has changed rapidly, particularly since the 21st Century, when a lot of new investment has taken place, not only many new hotels, but also renovated buildings such as the Port Building which will be completed in July 2015, and will provide for a Museum of the Sea and 300 seat restaurant.

For more information about Balchik e mail info@gobg.co.uk




Thursday, 18 December 2014

Rouble rise prompts hopes that Russian economic crisis is easing | Business | The Guardian

Rouble rise prompts hopes that Russian economic crisis is easing | Business | The Guardian:


Uncle's Comment: The rapid drop in the value of the rouble will have a detrimental effect on the Bulgarian property market in that Russians are the biggest investors at the minute.However in the context of the property market, it may serve to drive prices further down and make them more attractive to other investors.The failure of the South Stream pipeline has already signalled a re-orientation of Russo-Bulgarian relations.



Jonathan Allen to Become Director of National Security at UK Foreign Office - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Jonathan Allen to Become Director of National Security at UK Foreign Office - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency:



Uncle's Comment: He is currently the British Ambassador in Bulgaria and a very capable one.




Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Best value skiing destination: Bansko in Bulgaria best for a cheap family ski break - Travel - The Independent

Trains in Europe: From the Channel to the Balkans, it is getting better - Europe - Travel - The Independent

Trains in Europe: From the Channel to the Balkans, it is getting better - Europe - Travel - The Independent:



Interesting news about the new Budapest-Sofia route.

6 charts that explain why Russia’s economy is in freefall – and what it means for you - Business News - Business - The Independent

6 charts that explain why Russia’s economy is in freefall – and what it means for you - Business News - Business - The Independent:




Thank you, Dobrich! Dobrich - News Dobrich | Dobrich Classifieds | Companies Dobrich

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Gunners from Dobrich supported beloved Arsenal Champions League match Dobrich - News Dobrich | Dobrich Ads | Companies Dobrich

Gunners from Dobrich supported beloved Arsenal Champions League match Dobrich - News Dobrich | Dobrich Ads | Companies Dobrich:



Uncle's Comment : Well I am a West Ham fan, but I appreciate their devotion


Setting up a Call Centre in Bulgaria ?

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/forget-india-call-centres-are-moving-to-bulgaria-8939055.html

Here is independent evidence of what I have been saying for years ; Bulgaria is perfect for setting up a call centre,it has a young educated workforce and high speed internet, and still in Europe.

If you are interested in outsourcing to a call centre in Bulgaria please e mail us on info@gobg.co.uk

Bulgaria ex Security Chief 'Intended to Disappear' - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Bulgaria ex Security Chief 'Intended to Disappear' - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency:




Mistral Air To Fly Sofia-Bari - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Mistral Air To Fly Sofia-Bari - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency:




Tuesday, 9 December 2014

M25 Lanes Partially Reopen After Crash Chaos

M25 Lanes Partially Reopen After Crash Chaos:



This section in Essex is always congested and the road merges and un-merges.

Review of the week in Bulgaria

Well it has been an eventful week in Bulgaria, and in Balchik.


Firstly, more shennanigans in parliament: the budget was passed, but not before there were rumbles about the News in Turkish on BNT.

Then there was the resignation of Slavi Binev as Chairman of the Culture and Media Committee...and then there was the pipeline, always the pipeline, for South Stream.

Then our coal boat sank in Balchik..and then, as usual, it got colder and colder.

And it appears the cheapest petrol in Bulgaria is in Stara Zagora, at 2.10lv a litre.

And all of this, and more, was covered on this blog !.Why not follow or like on twitter/facebook or even click some adds , it only takes a moment and your arm wont fall off !.

Bulgaria's Ludogorets Travels to Madrid in Search of a Miracle - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Ex Head of Bulgarian Intelligence Missing since Friday, IntMin Confirms - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Monday, 8 December 2014

Parliament Passes State Budget 2015 At First Reading - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Bulgaria May Launch Toll Roads System in 2017 - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Bulgaria May Launch Toll Roads System in 2017 - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency:



Uncle's Comment: An interesting form of back door taxation.

Repair of power provides a stable power supply in three villages Balchik Dobrich - News Dobrich | Dobrich Classifieds | Companies Dobrich

Repair of power provides a stable power supply in three villages Balchik Dobrich - News Dobrich | Dobrich Classifieds | Companies Dobrich:

Uncle's Comment : Frequent and annoying power cuts are a feature of life outside the big cities.The national grid is antiquated as are most of the power stations.In the winter this is not just annoying but life threatening.

NATO 'Mulls Monitoring Mechanism for Bulgaria' - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

NATO 'Mulls Monitoring Mechanism for Bulgaria' - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency:



'via Blog this'

Emergency Medical Teams Will Avoid Roma Districts unless their Safety Is Guaranteed - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Emergency Medical Teams Will Avoid Roma Districts unless their Safety Is Guaranteed - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency:


Saturday, 6 December 2014

Breaking News: Freighter sinks 1km from Balchik - Exclusive: On day of Patron Saint of Sailors

About an hour ago, at 4pm EET, a freighter (fully laden) from Balchik harbour encountered difficulties and sank.All crew were rescued. As yet the cause of the disaster is unclear, but overloading or cargo movement cannot be ruled out. More as it happens...

It is now confirmed it is a Russian registered ship the 'Elga 1' .Other sources suggest water leaked in via the propeller. The ship was loaded with coal heading to a Russian port. Sea conditions at the time were unremarkable. The ship was built in 1991.

The ship is laying in a shipping lane so will have to be salvaged,not to mention the hundreds of tonnes of coal on board.

Ironically this took place on St. Nicholas Day, the patron saint of sailors !.


St. Nicholas Day - 6th December in Bulgaria

It's St. Nicholas Day here in Bulgaria, he is one of their most revered saints and the name day for everyone called Nikolai or a derivative thereof, so I thought I would give you the background:


 In the Republic of Bulgaria, Saint Nicholas is one of the most celebrated saints. Many churches and monasteries are named after him. Saint Nicholas' day is celebrated as a holiday on the 6th of December.Nikulden is "The Day of Saint Nicholas" - a great winter festival celebrated by all Bulgarians on December 6th. It is the name day for everyone named Nikola, Nikolay, Kolyo, Nikolina, Neno, Nenka, Nikolina or Nina.

Saint Nicholas is believed to help all the sailors and fishermen. He was born during the third century in Patara, a village situated is Turkey nowadays. His wealthy parents, who raised him to be a devout Christian, died during an epidemic while Nicholas was still young. Obeying Jesus' words to "sell what you own and give the money to the poor," Nicholas used his whole inheritance to assist the needy, the sick, and the suffering. He dedicated his life to serving God and was made Bishop of Myra while still a young man. Bishop Nicholas became known throughout the land for his generosity, his love for children, and his concern for sailors and ships. Not only is he the patron of sailors and voyagers, but he is also a friend and protector of children. He is the master of the entire submarine realm - fish and water demons - as well as the sea winds. The autumn fishing season ends on this day. The day's catch is to be offered to the saint. Fishermen eat the first fish caught right on the shore, before bringing the rest home.

According to the folk-Christian myths, it is Saint Nicholas who makes the winds rage and cease. Saint Nicholas can walk on the seas and whenever there is a ship in trouble, he would save it. He is the protector of sailors and fishermen, a patron for those who bear his name, a personal or family protector. Like the Greek sailors, Bulgarians also keep icons of St. Nicholas on shipboard seeking protection from storms. Sailors' wives put icons of St. Nicholas into the sea, praying that he will bring their husbands safely back on shore. A special family lineage festival is arranged on Nikulden.

The traditional Nikulden meal in each household is based upon a fish meal - “ribnik” - a carp in dough - is traditional for the holiday. Carp is regarded as Nicholas' servant. There are also two special loaves of bread. The food is blessed at church or at home before being served. After wafting incense over the food, the host raises the bread high, and breaks it in half. He keeps one half while the other one is left on the table. It is on Saint Nicholas' Day that the table is open to all guests and is not cleared before the day is over. Relatives, sponsors and neighbours are invited, the table is sanctified and the feast day ends in songs and fun.

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South Stream Documents Contain No Gas Transit Contract with Bulgaria - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

South Stream Documents Contain No Gas Transit Contract with Bulgaria - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency:

Uncle's Comment: The plot thickens, and the government is claiming that they have received no formal notice of cancellation from the Russians !. This proves the point the EU have been making; about lack of transparency in this contract, it is clear that everything was being 'carved up' behind closed doors.