Back in 2007, Rosemary Bailey Brown, an American woman married to a Serb, put up an interesting blog post noting that Serbian women are, on average, more beautiful than Americans… or Germans or Austrians or Hungarians for that matter.” Yup, it seems to be true.
An Indian man from Chennai working in software industry spent one week in Serbia. “Serbia is great, the people are good, food is not bad, night life is excellent, the women are the most beautiful on earth.” He also put up a blog post discussing size zero, noting that unlike in India, size zero is more of a norm here. He went on to say that Serbian women are much prettier than the women in Belgium/France:
“I have no idea whether it is genetic or because they take care of their diet and workout a lot. And it is not just the young girls who have an awesome figure. Even middle-aged women and elderly women are in great shape. In fact I have seen women who must be easily in their early sixties, who still retain the figure of a young girl.”
What is funny is that it was the same guy who claimed some years ago that Indian women were the most beautiful on earth. “Our women are known to be beautiful. In fact, I might not be wrong in saying that they are the most beautiful on earth.”
My take: Before claiming that Indian, French, American, or Italian women are the most beautiful on earth, visit Serbia.
About two weeks ago I went to Belgrade by myself, and I went to the Kalemegdan castle. I took the streetcar and the bus. I didn’t wait too much, about two minutes.
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Children who live in Belgrade, play basket ball, tennis etc… in Kalemegdan.
There’s a war museum near to the castle.
There’s an amazing view from the Kalemegdan! You can see everything, the center, and the New Belgrade too.
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There’s a really big garden in the castle…
Pobednik monument in Belgrade Fortress
This was one of the door of the old prisons in the fortress, it was a labyrinth inside, prisoners were dying because they were lost, and they had no food and no water. And dark, damp , moldy… It was a Turkish castle, they invade and occupy Serbia during 500 years.
Watch for more photos in the coming weeks.
I really try to avoid reading the British Ambassador to Serbia Stephen Wordsworth blog (and comments) because it just raises my blood pressure with a near constant stream of highly misleading arguments or just purely ridiculous claims. However, a bunch of folks have sent in the story that Ambassador Wordsworth is up to his usual tricks of taking some bit of news, twisting the context around completely, leaving out fairly important details and coming up with a conclusion that doesn’t even add up from his own twisted reasoning. I recently wrote about how Ambassador Wordsworth is interfering in Serbian political affairs. But, of course, it appears he can’t stop there. His latest move is to suggest that SRS and Serbian nationalism parties should be banned. Ambassador Wordsworth claims that “most people now realise that the Radicals’ brand of negative nationalism has no place any more in a modern European democracy, such as Serbia. And most of those who once supported them seem to have moved away, towards more modern pro-European options.”
First, it assumes that Serbian nationalism has no place any more in a modern European democracy. That, of course, is ridiculous. Serbian nationalist parties fit into the legitimate order of Serbian political pluralism, and are a manifestation of democracy. In fact, nationalism is a phenomenon of modern democracy, and Serbian nationalism is an inherent and, in a sense, unavoidable feature of Serbian democracy. Second, it assumes that most of those who once supported the SRS party have moved away, towards more modern pro-European options. In fact, it’s quite difficult to establish, with any degree of certainty, how many voters have moved away from SRS to support Tomislav Nikolic’s (ex SRS) recently-formed Serb Progressive Party (SNS) as Serbia has had only some repeated local elections. Ambassador Wordsworth seems to conflate polls and election results. As you probably know, a recent poll conducted by the Center for Free Elections and Democracy (CeSID) is saying that the Serb Radical Party (SRS) is supported by 6.9 percent of the electorate and Tomislav Nikolic’s (ex SRS) recently-formed Serb Progressive Party (SNS) would now gain 23.8 percent of voters in a parliamentary election. This has been one of our problems with politicians and Ambassadors relying on such Serbian polls. It’s notoriously unreliable. Back in April 2008, according to a similar CeSID opinion poll, the Serb Radical Party (SRS) was supposedly supported by the most of voter for the May 11 parliamentary election. As you know, CeSID was wrong on almost everything.
For years, we’ve had serious problems with the way Serbian journalists and bloggers bring better understanding of Serbia to the world. We see, time and time, again one-sided and simple-minded articles in the western online press, and only few online Serbian “journalists” bringing online the facts, and interpretation of the vast majority of these stories. It appears that Ljubisa Bojic, a prominent journalist from Serbia, may have come up with a creative solution to all of those things, founding a web journalism school in Belgrade. As the link above explains, the goal of the school is to help novice and experienced journalists to use new technologies, blog, social networking, and online marketing, so they could embrace web journalism, creating future trends in Serbian journalism.
The good news is that the school is useful for novice and experienced Serbian journalists considering that digital journalism is actually doing quite well, while Serbian newspapers may be in trouble. The bad news is that all the students blogs are in Serbian language. Ljubisa Bojic isn’t convinced writing blog in English is that important. This is exactly the sort of thing a smart web journalist school would encourage. His challenge is figuring out the language skills students will need while grounding them in technicals and news values. Of course, studying digital journalism take some time, so maybe students would bring better understanding of Serbia to the world next year. Hopefully, some bloggers (just to name a few), over at Belgraded, De-construct.net, Grayfalcon, Serbblog, Angloserb are already bringing online (and in English, please) interpretation and analysis of news that get plenty of facts wrong about Serbia.
These days, it’s become quite common to see many Ambassadors to Serbia pretty much involved in Serbian political affairs. There have been plenty of protests against such ‘interfering’, coming from politicians and bloggers but it hasn’t done much to stop them from spreading. British Ambassador to Serbia Stephen Wordsworth had an interesting post declaring that “People sometimes ask if that’s appropriate – isn’t it ‘interfering in internal political affairs’, for an Ambassador to show ‘support’ for one political party?” There is a lot to respond to here, and we’ll let folks in the comments respond to the questions over “‘interfering in internal political affairs” since Ambassador Wordsworth is notorious for being a prominent adviser to Serbian politicians. However, I’m not sure why it matters that Ambassador Wordsworth only go to meetings of political parties (leaders) if he is invited. It doesn’t change the fact that it’s being overly aggressive and abusing the purpose of Ambassador’s role. He tries to paint its activities as being perfectly normal, but that’s simply not true. We see a lot of diplomatic activity around here, and Ambassador Wordsworth is definitely a lot more combative on Serbian internal political affairs than most Ambassadors.