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Tuesday, 31 January 2012

McGuinness eyes Windsor Park match - Yahoo!

McGuinness eyes Windsor Park match - Yahoo!

Former IRA Commander to attend Northern Ireland football match is a headline few thought they would see, Peter Robinson went to Gaelic Football the other day...amazing !.

Selling your property in Bulgaria ?

Like many people in the past few years you may be considering selling your property in Bulgaria.Times are hard and you may want to recoup your money, or at least some of it.I have always preached realism on this blog and if your property is in relatively good condition, near the coast and in the Dobrich or Varna counties, then I can market it for you.Properties offered must normally be under 50,000 Euros unless exceptionally good.If you are in doubt then submit them for valuation at info@gobg.co.uk or via the link in the post heading to my website.

Cold days, hot cars – car thieves seize opportunities in shivering Sofia - Bulgaria - The Sofia Echo

Cold days, hot cars – car thieves seize opportunities in shivering Sofia - Bulgaria - The Sofia Echo

This only goes to show how amazingly naive people can be here.But crime in Bulgaria is nowhere near as prevalent as, for instance, UK cities and certainly not with opportunistic crime or muggings.

Sofia fines more than 300 for not clearing snow from pavements, removing icicles - Bulgaria - The Sofia Echo

Sofia fines more than 300 for not clearing snow from pavements, removing icicles - Bulgaria - The Sofia Echo

A good idea but can you imagine this in the UK ?. I think not.

Visiting this Blog all the time?


If you are doing what many more appear to be doing these days, and coming here all the time, then why not subscribe or become a follower ?.Just scroll down the right hand column and you come to the relevant buttons.This way you get told when new posts come online and you can read them at your leisure.
Uncle is particularly fond of labour saving devices !.

Tory who dressed as Maddie McCann now represents party at European meetings | Political Scrapbook

Tory who dressed as Maddie McCann now represents party at European meetings | Political Scrapbook

Ex-BNP chiefs accused of £1m fraud on GLA and taxman | News

Ex-BNP chiefs accused of £1m fraud on GLA and taxman | News

West Ham move to sign Ravel Morrison from Manchester United | Football | The Guardian

West Ham move to sign Ravel Morrison from Manchester United | Football | The Guardian

Blue marble mystery rains over Dorset garden | UK news | The Guardian

Blue marble mystery rains over Dorset garden | UK news | The Guardian

Guns n' Roses in Sofia

Sofia Rocks 2012 Festival will be graced by their presence on the 8th July at the Army Stadium on the second day of the two day festival.

Friday, 27 January 2012

The Bulgarian Orthodox Church: Angels and demons? - Reading Room - The Sofia Echo

The Bulgarian Orthodox Church: Angels and demons? - Reading Room - The Sofia Echo

30,000 page views milestone passed

Well the last two days have been a record breaker for this blog.Yesterday we had 50 new readers and today over 30,000 page views.Today we have had even more visitors because of the awful weather and the frequent updates by yours truly which tend to generate more traffic in a crisis situation.

Open roads in Dobrich three Dobrich - Dobrich News | Classifieds Dobrich | Dobrich Companies

Open roads in Dobrich three Dobrich - Dobrich News | Classifieds Dobrich | Dobrich Companies

Bulgaria: Polar Cold Wave to Hit Bulgaria Next Week - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Bulgaria: Polar Cold Wave to Hit Bulgaria Next Week - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

It just gets worse .....

Greek village priest held over church 'treasure hunt' - Europe - World - The Independent

Greek village priest held over church 'treasure hunt' - Europe - World - The Independent

Five villages are without electricity Dobrich Dobrich - Dobrich News | Classifieds Dobrich | Dobrich Companies

Five villages are without electricity Dobrich Dobrich - Dobrich News | Classifieds Dobrich | Dobrich Companies

Stefanovo is a big village near Dobrich and power should be back before too long.The others only the Lord knows !.

Weather Request

I have had articles related to the current atrocious weather in Bulgaria viewed 61 times since yesterday.I think that some of these are people who are due to come to Bulgaria soon.I can tell them about some of the conditions here in North East Bulgaria and about airports that are I know that are open or closed.

However, it would be helpful to these people if those of you who are reading this blog in Bulgaria could post about the conditions in your village/town/area/region to help them plan their journeys more effectively.

Do not go on the road, if necessary, call of Balchik and Gen.. Toshevo Dobrich - Dobrich News | Classifieds Dobrich | Dobrich Companies

Do not go on the road, if necessary, call of Balchik and Gen.. Toshevo Dobrich - Dobrich News | Classifieds Dobrich | Dobrich Companies

All roads in the area are closed at 7:00 this morning Dobrich - Dobrich News | Classifieds Dobrich | Dobrich Companies

All roads in the area are closed at 7:00 this morning Dobrich - Dobrich News | Classifieds Dobrich | Dobrich Companies

Banned the movement of private cars in Dobrich Dobrich - Dobrich News | Classifieds Dobrich | Dobrich Companies

Banned the movement of private cars in Dobrich Dobrich - Dobrich News | Classifieds Dobrich | Dobrich Companies

Cold Weather Update

The cold is horrendous, the latest forecast is that it will be below freezing till Sunday 5th February.Not snow every day so hopefully the main roads can be cleared.The fire is on in my house but the cold still feels penetrating.

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Code Red weather warning declared for the whole of Bulgaria: Update - Bulgaria - The Sofia Echo

Code Red weather warning declared for the whole of Bulgaria: Update - Bulgaria - The Sofia Echo

BBC World News says 300 villages are now without electricity. I will be updating the blog with further news as I get it.

Traffic in Dobrich to 17.00 hours Dobrich - Dobrich News | Classifieds Dobrich | Dobrich Companies

Traffic in Dobrich to 17.00 hours Dobrich - Dobrich News | Classifieds Dobrich | Dobrich Companies

No closed roads in Dobrich Dobrich - Dobrich News | Classifieds Dobrich | Dobrich Companies

No closed roads in Dobrich Dobrich - Dobrich News | Classifieds Dobrich | Dobrich Companies

Bulgaria / Romania Snow Conditions & Weather Map

Bulgaria / Romania Snow Conditions & Weather Map

It looks like North East Bulgaria is getting off lightly with 0-5cm.

Snow so and more snow !

Finally we are getting some snow here and accompanying freezing temperatures.It will be down to -12c on some nights and the next day it will get above freezing looks likely to be February 2nd.
I know that for friends around Veliko Turnovo they are already stranded in their village, as the snow has been bad for days, but we always have more mild weather near the coast.This weather is ok if you are warm, have plenty of food and tv/internet, but power cuts are frequent and long in the remote areas.

On the blog front we are now approaching 30,000 readers which is very pleasing and,due to the weather, I have plenty of time to update it's content.Balchik appears to be in the lead in our 'favourite place in Bulgaria' poll and please feel free to register your votes.

Portugal's borrowing rates rise to record 19.4% | World news | The Guardian

Portugal's borrowing rates rise to record 19.4% | World news | The Guardian

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

New UK ambassador in Sofia takes up office on January 30 - Bulgaria - The Sofia Echo

New UK ambassador in Sofia takes up office on January 30 - Bulgaria - The Sofia Echo

'Code Yellow' weather warning in Sofia, other districts - Bulgaria - The Sofia Echo

'Code Yellow' weather warning in Sofia, other districts - Bulgaria - The Sofia Echo

More Russian tourists expected in Albena, Dobrich - Dobrich News | Classifieds Dobrich | Dobrich Companies

More Russian tourists expected in Albena, Dobrich - Dobrich News | Classifieds Dobrich | Dobrich Companies

As I have written before the growth in the numbers of Russian and Romanian tourists (amongst others) just accelerates the trend towards Bulgaria as a regional rather than a pan-European holiday destination.For Western Europeans Bulgaria is just not competitive anymore in both price and quality in it's resorts. Romanians can simply drive here, and Russians can just speak Russian here and the flight distances are relatively small.I cannot find a week Bed and Breakfast in a 2 star for less than £300 from the UK.

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Uncle Bulgaria's blog on all things Bulgarian

This Blog continues to move up the Blog rankings.Under 'Bulgaria Blog' we are now second, but the first is the 'Expatblog' super website which also has our listings.We are due to hit 30,000 visitors in the next few days and my 'GoBG' property website is now easily through 80,000 visitors.

A sincere thanks to all our readers, and I reiterate my offer for regional contributors from around Bulgaria for the blog.Just e mail me at info@gobg.co.uk if you are interested.

It's finally snowing !


Well, seemingly days after alot of people, it is finally snowing here.It started a little while ago and the temperature is below freezing so we can expect it to stay till tomorrow.It is not the snow I object to too much it is the ice that accompanies  light snow, or when it starts to thaw out.From the medium term forecast it seems we are not in for the usual big snowfall, at least not just yet.

Balchik New Airport

Balchik New Airport

I have been searching the web for any news about Balchik airport.Absolutely no news except this facebook page from last October which is 'liked' by just 23 people.I think we are all in for a severe disappointment

Student sends Oxford University rejection letter for 'taking itself too seriously' - Higher - Education - The Independent

Student sends Oxford University rejection letter for 'taking itself too seriously' - Higher - Education - The Independent

Police raids aim to stamp out sales of Barbie dolls - Middle East - World - The Independent

Police raids aim to stamp out sales of Barbie dolls - Middle East - World - The Independent

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Luxury Apartments in Sunny Beach only 45,000 Euro's



Here is a really special offer, two 84m2 apartments in the centre of Sunny Beach.The apartments are luxury standard and include all the furniture,tv etc ready to move in immediately.The price is rock bottom and an amazing bargain at just 45,000 Euro's each. Click on the post heading for more pictures and details under 'Black Sea' and 'Apartments'

Monday, 16 January 2012

British Tourism to Revive in Bulgaria ?

The Bulgarian Tourist Authorities are flying in several UK Travel journalists to show them the best that Bulgaria's winter tourist delights can  offer.This includes Bansko and Rila Monastery.

In 2010 300,000 British tourists visited Bulgaria and the target is 500,000. Obviously getting some travel hacks over here on a jolly up is a pretty good idea, but the Bulgarians are in fact simply playing 'catch-up' with UK holidaymakers.The UK market probably peaked in 2007 with the holiday home market, and the statistics quite clearly show that people who go on holiday to Bulgaria never come back for a second helping.Principally this is due to poor service and bad infrastructure.

Therefore until the service/infrastructure issues can be addressed the Travel writers will have a tough time selling Bulgaria to those who have been before.

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Balls warning sparks union anger - Yahoo!

Balls warning sparks union anger - Yahoo!:

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Comment is Free

Please feel free to provide comment and feedback on this blog, after all it's the only way we can tell whether the feedback is positive, negative or simply indifferent !.We value and take notice of opinions offered.

BBC News - Are Hungary's reforms a step too far?

BBC News - Are Hungary's reforms a step too far?:

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A nice article outlining the background behind the latest protests in Hungary.

Thatcher's dad: mayor, preacher, groper - News - The Independent

Thatcher's dad: mayor, preacher, groper - News - The Independent:

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Uncle's Comment: Well this is a turn-up for the books old Alderman Roberts less than whiter than white.The strange thing is that this article is from 1997 and never got wide publicity.

The French Connection


This is the kind of lunacy that the Republican Party is saying to American voters.Truly mad.

Friday, 13 January 2012

Bulgaria’s tourist traps - Business - The Sofia Echo

Bulgaria’s tourist traps - Business - The Sofia Echo:

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Obvious tourism companies worry about lack of tourists, and then when the snow comes at peak season the infrastructure collapses.You could not invent it !.

Hitting hooligans hard - Sport - The Sofia Echo

Hitting hooligans hard - Sport - The Sofia Echo:

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The sentences seem very light to me.What do readers think ?.

Getting cross - Bulgaria - The Sofia Echo

Getting cross - Bulgaria - The Sofia Echo:

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This goes a long way to explain the Varna Bishop controversy.Most Eastern European churches were compromised under communism, and it is startling that even now there are power structures still in play protecting one another.

Six Piccadilly stores in Bulgaria to be closed - Bulgaria - The Sofia Echo

Six Piccadilly stores in Bulgaria to be closed - Bulgaria - The Sofia Echo:

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I think the Piccadilly in Varna that is to close is the one in the West next to Bricolage.

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Borissov condemns populist over-spending, promises sound finance - Bulgaria - The Sofia Echo

Borissov condemns populist over-spending, promises sound finance - Bulgaria - The Sofia Echo:

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Bulgarian Posts starts international money transfers express service - Business - The Sofia Echo

Bulgarian Posts starts international money transfers express service - Business - The Sofia Echo:

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Property Website



Here are some latest offers from my website the first is a 170m2 shop on 234m2 of land just 7km from the Albena resort.The village is modern and the shop has a good trade.There are three big rooms including a bar area and a toilet as well as an outside WC.The property is also suitable for a house conversion. All for just 23,000 Euro's.

The second is a 470m2 plot in regulation near Albena for 15000 Euro's.

Please join the other 80000 people who have been to my website for this and other offers.Click on the heading link to go there.

Friday, 6 January 2012

Ralph Vaughan Williams - English Romanticism and Impressionism

Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony The Waves

Vaughan Williams - greensleeves

BBC News - Bob Holness, former Blockbusters host, dies aged 83

God 'Can I have a P Please Bob' was one of my childhood slogans.
BBC News - Bob Holness, former Blockbusters host, dies aged 83:

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Pound surges against Euro

Uncles Comment : What this actually means is that nearly a year ago it was close to £1 for 1 Euro. Now the pound buys 20% more, coupled with the 40% fall in property prices in Bulgaria, it makes this country attractive to investors again.
Fascinating article from the Guardian

sterling has hit a one-year high against the euro.
The euro just fell below the 83p mark for the first time since early January 2011, hitting a low of 82.99p. That means one pound is worth €1.2049.
The word in the foreign exchange markets is that traders are shifting out of the euro and back into "safer assets". This morning's economic data - which strongly suggested that the eurozone is heading into recession - has added to the pressure on the euro.
As Gary Jenkins, analyst at Swordfish Research pointed out this morning:

The most likely scenario is that a lack of growth and the large debt levels in Europe will lead to investors approaching some of the peripheral bond markets as one might approach a hungry lion. That is, very carefully, if at all.
2.26pm: As the graph below shows, it's barely three years since the pound and the euro were almost at parity (€1 reached 98p on 29 December 2008).
Euro against pound exchange rateEuro against pound exchange rate
Even at today's one-year low, the euro is still strong against the pound in historic terms (having traded between 60p and 72p to the pound for most of the last decade, before rising towards near-parity once the financial crisis began).


    January Sales

    Please take a look at my  property website.Virtually all properties on it are discounted from the prices shown to reflect the recession.If you cannot find something that fits your requirements just let me know and I will see what I can do.Remember that Bulgarian prices are down around 40% since 2008.

    Thursday, 5 January 2012

    Bulgaria Investor Thread for the New Year

    I am trying to promote investment in Bulgaria for 2012, and am interested in the views of people who are investing in Bulgaria or are thinking about it.If you have invested recently I would be interested as to why you did so, or if you are thinking about it what are the pro's and con's you are weighing up ?.

    Bulgarian FinMin Dyankov to meet banks about cost of borrowing - Business - The Sofia Echo

    Bulgarian FinMin Dyankov to meet banks about cost of borrowing - Business - The Sofia Echo:

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    Ataka closes its mouthpiece newspaper, blaming Borissov: Updated - Bulgaria - The Sofia Echo

    Ataka closes its mouthpiece newspaper, blaming Borissov: Updated - Bulgaria - The Sofia Echo:

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    Fox News redraws map of Eastern Europe, abolishing handful of countries - South Eastern Europe - The Sofia Echo

    Fox News redraws map of Eastern Europe, abolishing handful of countries - South Eastern Europe - The Sofia Echo:

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    Woman, 98, suffers sexual assault - Crime - UK - The Independent

    Woman, 98, suffers sexual assault - Crime - UK - The Independent:

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    This sick bastard must be caught !.

    Ed Miliband rings Diane Abbott during live interview on Twitter race row



    There are many candidates for dumbest MP, but this woman has a record for stupid public statements.She loves self-promotion and playing the race card.

    Bulgaria: 3 Roma Barons Arrested for Assassination Plot against Bulgarian Prosecutor - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

    Bulgaria: 3 Roma Barons Arrested for Assassination Plot against Bulgarian Prosecutor - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency:

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    Wednesday, 4 January 2012

    Thirty-two per cent increase in Bulgarian visas issued to Russian citizens in 2011 - Bulgaria abroad - The Sofia Echo

    Thirty-two per cent increase in Bulgarian visas issued to Russian citizens in 2011 - Bulgaria abroad - The Sofia Echo:

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    Budapest, Skopje at top among ‘Europe’s top 20 places to invest in property’ - Property - The Sofia Echo

    Budapest, Skopje at top among ‘Europe’s top 20 places to invest in property’ - Property - The Sofia Echo:

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    New Years Eve in the Hotel Bulgaria

    I can report a really enjoyable evening in Dobrich. There was great food, a superb band/singer/cabaret and dancers and great company.The event was a sell out with 200 people attending, and everyone had a great time.
    Congratulations to the organisers.Well worth 60lv with lots of wine,soft drink and rakia on the table.

    Bradford rockers Smokie play Kremlin gig | World news | guardian.co.uk

    Bradford rockers Smokie play Kremlin gig | World news | guardian.co.uk:

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