- Garth Cartwright, Princes amongst men, p.209
Things I do
I ask people to draw maps...
· Draw the World
· Draw Europe's nations
· Crowdsourced Continent maps
I make map cards:
· See map cards
· Buy map cards
And other things I write about:
· Little moments from travel
· London art & museums
· Football with foreign fans
· London shop geography
About this blog
I may have asked you to draw me a map - have a look around, they're all here somewhere.
- Garth Cartwright, Princes amongst men, p.146-147
...the corruption continues. Maybe for people in Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, life is better now communism has ended. But in Bulgaria, we have never had good government and life is so much more difficult. OK, we have more freedom and it's much easier to buy things. You used to have contacts to get certain things. But beyond that, everything is worse. Before, Sofia was a clean city. They had lots of people employed to keep the city clean. Now, well, someone has a contract to keep the city clean but the money vanishes rather than is spent on employing cleaners. And before you never worried if you could feed your children, what you would provide for dinner that night. Now, it can be so tough. Before, life was very easy. We used to take two holidays a year. One on the Black Sea and one in the mountains. Now we can't afford to take holidays.
- Garth Cartwright, Princes amongst men, p. 274-275
This is one of the few unidentified songs I have in my collection. I think it's Swedish, but there's nothing to suggest this. So, if you know it, please let me know in the comments.
Also: Click here for a list of CDs I have on offer. Let's do a swap, swapping is always fun.
Labels: pop music
A compilation album of the best Polish music is released next week in the UK - evidence of the growing market for all things Polish in the UK, due to recent arrivals, but hopefully the songs will gather some British fans also.
This is fantastic: part geography, part europop.
The album has a whopping 76 songs, with many Polish Eurovision acts appearing - Edyta Gorniak features multiply, as well as Blue Café, Kasia Kowalska & Justyna.
One song title jumped out at me - Natalia Kukulska's Sexi Flexi. It turns out to be a slice of funky pop, with a simple but ace video. This song is from her tenth album - how many UK popstars achieve such an accolade?
- Check out The Best Polish Songs Ever
We have a winners: International pop blogging sensations PopPosterGirl & RobbingTheDead. Well done! & thanks to all who replied!
The answers are:
Song 1 - Netherlands - Jim Bakkum - Altijd
Song 2 - Spain - dancetastic Rosa Lopez - Más
Song 3 - Poland - Gosia Andrzejewicz - Nidgy Juz
Song 4 - France - the legend Mylène Farmer - Libertine
Song 5 - Finland - Antti Tuisku - Levoton
Song 6 - Ukraine - Ruslana - Kolomyika
Song 7 - Sweden - Amazing Lena Philipsson - Stopp! Nej! Gå Härifrån!*
(*Amazing pop song name. It means Stop! No! Go Away!)
Every week, in my office, we have a quiz. The quizzes usually have a geography theme (we're nerdy like that). This week I provided the EuroPopQuiz!
Now I'd like to offer the quiz to the dear readers of acediscovery. I may make this a regular occurance as quizzes are the ace fun.
So - listen to or download the mp3 and reply. The mp3 has 7 sound clips - each from a different country. The task is to identify which country the songs come from - hint: all the countries are in Europe.
I'll select a winner, and there will be a prize! (most likely a CD)