Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Handel - Largo (from 'Xerxes') Opera

Entertainment news

It has been announced that Sting will play in Sofia in June accompanied by a symphony orchestra he has previously played in Sofia and Nessabar.Shakira has announced some eastern european dates but, as yet, none in Bulgaria.I will keep an eye out for further announcements.

Saturday, 19 February 2011

Slavi Trifonov - Fynk off - best quality of the song

This is the latest musical offering from Slavi Trifonov, Bulgaria's answer to Michael Parkinson, or David Letterman. Its spectacularly gory and over the top. Spartacus meets Snoop Dog..or something !.

Cost of a weeks shopping in Bulgaria

I have mentioned before that it is comparatively cheap to live in Bulgaria.Here as an illustration is my shopping extravaganza this morning at Penny Market in Balchik :

50 Tea Bags
2.5 L Cola
2 pieces of chicken
0.5 Kilo mince meat
Large Pizza
Pork Loins
7 Tins of beans, peas, pate etc
3 tins ready meals
1 belt (says leather)
tomatoes, peppers, potatoes
Bread and baguettes
Bottle of Vodka
2 L of wine
Chicken Schnitzels
1 bottle of red wine
1 L of cooking oil

Total 64 leva/33 Euro/28 GBP

Friday, 18 February 2011

Morning Missive

Today we have reached a new high point of 6000 page views, also we have passed 500 UK readers.Many thanks to everyone for using this blog, and I will continue the steady flow of information and news.

As spring approaches I will introduce some new features including restaurant reviews. I am also looking for correspondents to cover all parts of Bulgaria with topical news.E mail me at info@gobg.co.uk if you want to send articles.

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Golf Holidays | Golf Breaks | Cheap Golf Breaks | Golf Holidays Abroad

Golf Holidays | Golf Breaks | Cheap Golf Breaks | Golf Holidays Abroad: "TO"

I placed this link on as soon as I saw it.However I checked in detail this morning and, when you put it your holiday preferences, it just draws a blank.This is supposed to be a new promotion.Who do they employ at Balkan Holidays ?, monkeys ?. There is no point in me placing information like this on the blog when it turns out to be a red herring.I am not impressed.


Just a gentle note about a couple of things.Firstly there is the followers list.If you keep checking in here for new posts, its a lot easier to click on the 'Followers' link and you get notified of any new posts.

Secondly there is the opinion poll on the left so please participate.

http://dess.moonfruit.com/  here you can book places at the DESS Cheese and Wine afternoon on 6th March in Dobrich.

Also please don't forget the building and real estate offers on our website just click on our post heading.

Monday, 14 February 2011

Trifon Zarezan day - Life - The Sofia Echo

Trifon Zarezan day - Life - The Sofia Echo

Trifon's Day - holiday and coopers Dobrich News, Classifieds Dobrich Dobrich Companies

Trifon's Day - holiday and coopers Dobrich News, Classifieds Dobrich Dobrich Companies

Dobrich News, Classifieds Dobrich Dobrich Companies

Dobrich News, Classifieds Dobrich Dobrich Companies

Please note you will need Google Chrome to translate these pages into English.

Bulgaria: Southeastern Bulgaria Stunned by Early Spring - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Bulgaria: Southeastern Bulgaria Stunned by Early Spring - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Bulgaria: First Bulgarian Gardener at Prestigious UK Flower Show - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Bulgaria: First Bulgarian Gardener at Prestigious UK Flower Show - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Bulgaria: Bulgaria Invites Investors from Northern Ireland - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Bulgaria: Bulgaria Invites Investors from Northern Ireland - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Sunday, 13 February 2011

Dobrich English Speaking Society Social Event Sunday 6th March

I had a very brief meeting this morning with Frank and Lucy from Dobrich English Speaking Society (DESS) and I am happy to publicise their first event, a Cheese and Wine/Quiz event at 2pm on Sunday 6th March at the Villa di Poletta Hotel in Dobrich.The hotel is located in the city centre on the opposite side of the road to the big car park area and near the petrol station.I for one have put it in my diary.They are working hard to create something quite nice for anglophones (english speakers) and I hope everyone can make the effort to be there, have a drink and a chat and put forward a few ideas for future social occasions.If you want to notify them of your attendance/book a table just let me know.

Saturday, 12 February 2011

Internetless Day

No internet all day, felt totally lost and pissed off, I watched TV, then fidgeted about, then got annoyed, then ate ...twice.

I think I am addicted to this stuff, I have become a jacobin of the internet revolution, or is it a librarian ?.

Friday, 11 February 2011

Land 150 metres from the beach in Tulenovo, Bulgaria for sale

1121m2 of regulated land in the seaside village of Tulenovo, 30 minutes from Albena, near the popular Russian developments in Krapets,only 16000 Euros, 1500m2 in the same village 23000 Euros.5 minutes walk from the beach.Hotel and restaurant, plus unspoilt sandy beaches.Varna airport 55 minutes.

Thursday, 10 February 2011

U2 - Pride (In The Name Of Love)

As part of the facebook campaign to get U2 to perform in Sofia.

West Ham to win Olympic stadium bid

Yes folks it looks as if West Ham have finally won something !.The Olympics Committee have recommended to the Mayor of London that West Ham's bid be preferred over that of Spurs.

Whilst I am personally pleased, there are a number of worrying questions.Firstly watching football with an athletics track between the spectator and the game is bound not to be a great experience, especially compared to the intimacy of the Boleyn Ground.Someone who works at West Ham has already expressed concerns about parking and access, but Green Street is pretty awful for that too.

A more serious concern is financial, after Sunday's dire performance against Birmingham, West Ham are in deep crap in the relegation zone.If they get relegated they will immediately lose 30-40 million pounds in TV rights, followed by associated sponsorship and merchandising.How on earth can they afford it ?.

As a very wise owl said to me today, 40 million quid exactly matches the 40 million pound loan Newham Council are lending Gold and Sullivan at West Ham.That ,as they say in East London, will be 'See ya later money'.

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

February 14th - A Bulgarian take on Valentines Day

Most other places in the world it is the commercial celebration of a non existent Catholic saint called St. Valentine.However in Bulgaria it is also St. Trifons Day, which is the orthodox saint for wine.This is also referred to as 'men's day'. This is particularly prevalent in the villages and basically consists of guys going into the countryside and eating and drinking.I am invited on Monday so will give you a full report, but I have to make sure I spoil my girlfriend with compliments before we disappear off !.

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Building, Renovating or Buying in Bulgaria

Many of you will have read about the Bulgarian property boom and latterly decline.It's true to say that the 'gold rush' of 2004-2007 brought out the worst in a lot of people. My comparison is this ; a few years ago lawyers were doing very well so everyone was a lawyer, then the property market was doing very well, so everyone was an estate agent or a builder.In Bulgaria, if astronauts were doing well every Bulgarian would try and be an astronaut !.

As a consequence a lot of people got their fingers burnt, primarily when the international property market collapsed, or they were cheated by a dodgy builder or agent.

It is now 2011 however, and there is light at the end of the tunnel.The agents and builders left around after this will be those who were not 'fly by nights' and far more able to give proper service.

If you are in need of  help with building, renovation or buying in Bulgaria, then please go onto my website by clicking the heading and e mail me for a free consultation.

Alexis Jordan - Happiness

Just something nice to wake us all up this morning.

Monday, 7 February 2011

MP's wife denies stealing his lover's kitten - mirror.co.uk

MP's wife denies stealing his lover's kitten - mirror.co.uk

Uncle Bulgaria Blog Update

I am very pleased that our friends at www.gooverseas.com have included this site in their top 5 Bulgarian blogs and, in the time honoured principle of 'you scratch my back and i'll scratch yours', they get a mention in our illustrious columns too.On another note we had over 1000 page views in the last rolling month which is pretty good stuff, particularly bearing in mind that people looking for information on Bulgaria normally do it in the spring before they come here for the good weather, or before they come here property inspecting, which also is normally in the spring.Consequently to get this level of interest in yours truly's blog in the month of February is pretty good.

I hope people are enjoying the revamped blog and the dramatically increased output of news/opinion. I was also asked by one reader to help his child with their school project on Bulgaria and was happy to oblige.I just hope they got a good grade !.

As I said before, if any readers have any particular questions I am happy to help either through the comment section or to my e mail address info@gobg.co.uk.

Saturday, 5 February 2011

Useful information for those in and around Dobrich



First one is related to translation, the second one is the new Dobrich English Speaking Society.

The diplomatic car that ran over 20 people in cairo (28th-Jan-2011)

This is a truly terrible sight, one sees the distressing scenes with a heavy heart.I am publishing this as it is the reality of what is going on in the Egyptian revolution, and won't be shown on the TV news.Let us hope that Mubarak will get out soon and the people of this country can have peace and democracy.

Friday, 4 February 2011

Summer Bulgarian deals

Bulgarian Census Take Part or 120lv fine !

Winter Hols in Bulgaria

Cheap Hotel in Sofia


Thoroughly recommend this budget hotel from 19 Euros a night and close to the centre and rail and airport.

Market Research..well sort of !.

I have just been checking through the blog stats and was bemused to find that the words 'hooker' and 'prostitute' feature in 3 out of 10 of the top search phrases.Uncle Bulgaria has written about Bulgaria's prostitution problem in the past, hence why the site is being picked up on these searches.However I would remind readers that, whilst I have a ribald sense of humour, I am definitely not able to tell sex tourists where they can 'phone a friend' !.

Italian MP caught browsing escort website in parliament | Political Scrapbook

Italian MP caught browsing escort website in parliament | Political Scrapbook  found this highly entertaining web for those interested in what Disraeli called the 'greasy pole'.

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Weather Update

The worst cyclone in recorded memory hits the seemingly cursed state of Queensland, enormous snow storms are visited upon the US Eastern seaboard, and there are floods in Saudi Arabia.Conclusive proof most would think that climate change is now a stark reality.

Here in Bulgaria we are used to short sharp winters beginning at Christmas and ending in early March.Salient features of this winter include serious amounts of snow leading to disruption of road, rail and air links.However this winter has been very mild with only a few days of snow.There is snow on the ground now, but it fell days ago, the temperatures are barely below freezing in the day and circa minus 6 at night, but we have plenty of sunshine.This weather is very moderate.I don't know the science behind this but it sure beats freezing your butt off at -15 and more !.

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

House of the Month - Balchik/Topola, Bulgaria

Hot off the presses is our house of the month.It's a high quality home of 129m2 with two bedrooms and the possibility of an additional bedroom.There are two bathroom/WC's, one en suite.On the ground floor there is a through lounge and fitted kitchen as well as a store room.There is a large balcony as well.
Externally there is a patio and a large swimming pool and gardens shared with another house within this gated complex.There is a 2 metre stone wall around the site and off street parking for each house.
The three international golf courses are 2km away and Balchik 4km.The village in which it is situated has shops and a bar/restaurant.Varna airport is 45 minutes away.This is great value at only 70,000 Euros.
Contact me at info@gobg.co.uk for information, or via my website embedded in the post heading.