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Friday, January 13, 2006

One of the recreations of Mr Justice Hughes, trial judge of "handless headcase" Abu Hamza al-Masri, is bellringing. Again, I entreat a British reader to explain.

Daily blogging will now commence... It's a delayed New Year's resolution.

Order of business: There are two occasional commenters (out of what, four?) named Jeff. Gentlemen, choose your handles.

I heard last night that the mayor of Sofia, Boyko Borissov, has a thing for Munich. Apparently he thinks Sofia should be more like Munich. I don't know why -- maybe he has a cousin there or something.

So along those lines, the popular Mr Borissov closed the city's main commercial thoroughfare, Vitosha Boulevard, to wheeled traffic, making it a pedestrian-only shopping zone. Thing is, the shopkeepers are pretty pissed off, and frankly it would seem far more Munich-like if it didn't look so damn deserted during the day (and late at night, for that matter).

3 Comments:

Anonymous Brian Glover said...

I'm not a British reader, but:

http://www.cccbr.org.uk

It's not as pointless as trainspotting.

Brian G.

10:38 PM  
Blogger June said...

Yeah, the ringing of the bells, mate. The fancy-pants name for bellringers is "campenologists," hence the phrase "as camp as a bus load of bellringers."

I really don't know if I just made that up.

2:24 AM  
Anonymous Doug said...

I think "more like Munich" can be safely translated as "richer". Which is exactly what you would think the mayor of an Eastern European city would want his town to become.

There may also be an implicit recognition that Sofia, like Munich, will always be a provincial capital, so if it manages to be rich and pleasant, it will be doing very well indeed. If Mr Borissov could ensure that the local soccer team is almost always in the Champions League, I think he'd have a job for life and an important square named for him after he has shuffled off this mortal coil.

9:36 AM  

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