Thursday, May 18, 2006

This Week's NATIONAL ETIQUETTE AWARD goes to.... Bulgaria

Bulgaria Page in Wikipedia

Welcome to Bulgaria

I hereby grant the National Etiquette Award to Bulgaria, because it is the norm in that country to remove shoes when entering homes.

Bulgaria is seeking membership of the European Union. However, it may be a long time before it is accepted into the paper curtain; it has been given pretty big targets to meet in terms of dealing with corruption. Bulgaria suffers froma good deal of organised mafia-style crime.

Most British people know nothing about Bulgaria; they are moree likely to associate the name with the Wombles than with the country of that name. However, Bulgaria is acheiving some popularity as an inexpensive ski resort.

Bulgaria geographically corresponds with parts of the Thrace and Macedonia of New Testament times. Its people speak a Slavonic language, but their ethnic orign lies primarily in Central Asia.

Bulgaria was under Turkish rule for hundreds of years. When it was freed from Ottoman Turk rule, it became the centre of much diplomatic feuding between the Great Powers of the 19th century.

The former king hopes to reclaim his throne. He has been actively involved in the country's politics and served as prime minister until 2005, when a Socialist government was voted into power.

I met a Bulgarian girl who was doing a PhD in economics. I think she found me thoroughly patronizing. I knew a former private school pupil who was a bit of a fantasist. When he was at university he claimed to be dating a Bulgarian princess, though he often told similar tall tales.


The IBEX Scribe said...

I know very little about Bulgaria. Isn't that where Viktor Krum is from in the Harry Potter series (I can ask that now that I have publicly confessed)?

Socialist government - boo! I'm no fan of Socialism.

I knew a former private school pupil who was a bit of a fantasist. When he was at university he claimed to be dating a Bulgarian princess, though he often told similar tall tales.

There was a young man at my high school given to telling similar tales himself. I don't think anyone really believed him. I think having someone like that around when I was in school is one of the reasons that I find Napoleon Dynamite is so funny.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Not sure about where Viktor Krum comes from. That was the fourth book, I think.

I hate Socialism with a passion.

What is Napoleon Dynamite?

Every Blessing in Christ


The IBEX Scribe said...

Yes, that was the fourth book, you are correct.

Napoleon Dynamite is a movie about a really geeky high school kid. I thought it was going to be really stupid, but it is actually rather amusing (my mother even liked it). Napoleon says great things like, "I don't even have any good skills...You know, like, nunchauk skills, bow hunting skills, computer hacking skills. Girls only want boyfriends who have great skills!" (Really in touch with reality, you see.) He's got an uncle stuck in 1984 who tries to make money doing door to door sales, a brother who asks him to pull him into town (Napoleon on a bike, Kip on roller blades), a grandmother who has a pet llama and a couple of friends who are almost as geeky as Napoleon is himself. It is something of a staple among my friends, both here in New York and back in CA.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

I see.

Redeemed said...

I don't know much about Bulgaria either. But now I know a little bit more through your post!

I didn't even know that Bulgaria was seeking membership witht he EU. I thought it was only Turkey. That is interesting.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Romania and Croatia are seeking membership as well.

Redeemed said...

oh, guess I'm not up-to date with my world events.

Thanks, Matthew!

The IBEX Scribe said...

Romania is having trouble getting into the EU for the same reason Bulgaria is - corruption. I found that out when I was doing research for my National Etiquette Award.