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Michael Palin explores a New Europe

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Michael Palin explores a New Europe

Post Posted: Wed Sep 12, 2007 3:55 am

This should be a good watch.


news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wo...968450.stm

 

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Re: Michael Palin explores a New Europe

Post Posted: Mon Sep 17, 2007 1:11 am

Absolutely, really looking forward to it. Might even put the kettle on and get sorted now so I don't have to miss a minute of it.

Palin is brilliant - his perspective on things is both humorous and touching at the same time.

Must dash and find the biscuits!

Jo Smile


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Re: Michael Palin explores a New Europe

Post Posted: Wed Sep 19, 2007 7:43 pm

Perhaps they could do 'New Europe explores Michael Palin'...or 'No-one expects the Spanish Inquisition' or 'The General Synods Life of John Cleese'

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Re: Michael Palin explores a New Europe

Post Posted: Fri Sep 28, 2007 2:14 pm

well what can i say after last sundays disappointing espisode. Fancy going to the Rila mountains and not visiting the famous Monastery. And then just to scoot through a gypsy ghetto in Plovdiv. When he could of visited many other interesting places. Im sure if anyone watched it i think they would of been put off exploring Bulgaria. Perhaps it would of been better if he had done just one programme on each country,then he could spend a whole hour trying to find out if Turkey joining the E.U. will be good for the rest of Europe. What a let down and i waited two weeks to see that (skambe) Tripe.

 

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Re: Michael Palin explores a New Europe

Post Posted: Wed Oct 31, 2007 8:36 pm

Hi, I've watched that program and my impression was, that the author wanted to show the world about reality in Bulgaria, something unusual... Unfortunately the gypsies' ghetto is a part of this reality Crying or Very sad . The next few lines give a little description of kind of people they are. The ordinary bulgarian has had enough of being classified like one of them (because for the rest of the world 'they' are bulgarians especially after Bulgaria joined the EU and the passport does not say 'gypsy' but 'bulgarian'). The actual picture is different though. Probably it's hidden to the outside world that their society can't be integrated in the bulgarian one, and yet they got the benefits in any case in this country which bulgarians do not have.They could commit any crime uncharged, they can live without paying bills etc. In interviews on national TV they'd say that they'd continue to steal, or rob because their children need food, and they'd never say they'd work to take care of their families. The European Human Rights Commision defends the human rights of the gypsies but if this minority was going to arrive on their doorstep, they'd say 'no, we don't want you', and it's understandable why. I don't want to comment more about this topic and it's obvious that Bulgaria can't chase the gypsies away, so please accept the life here with our strengths and weaknesses, as we do.
all the best - Bulgaria Smile

 

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Re: Michael Palin explores a New Europe

Post Posted: Mon Nov 05, 2007 3:54 am

At the risk of sounding racist, is the gypsy/roma/traveller situation in UK massively different? The demographics are certainy different but from what I read in the (totally unbiased, I'm sure) Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph it seems as though these folk can park their mobile homes freely on anyone's property without fear of retribution or eviction. The mainstream population does nort have that allowance.


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Post Posted: Tue Nov 06, 2007 1:43 am

From what I have seen in both countries the Roma in BG as a rule really don't seem to have any posessions of value whereas the 'travellers' in UK seem to have new, or nearly new, cars, 4x4s, caravans etc. I realise there are exceptions in both cases, however the common theme seems to be that they are disliked (or worse!) by the general population, often with good reason. Cool


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