Romanian Gypsy Dancers

Posted by carlyluvsunited on Monday, 10 August 2009

These guys are known as the Romafest Gypsy Dance Theatre. Here performing 'Verbunk'. I'm sure you will agree, they are quite spectacular to watch and indeed very talented.

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Vlad The Impaler

Posted by carlyluvsunited on Friday, 31 July 2009

If you were Vlad the Impaler (more commonly known as Dracula) of 15th century Romania, you took revenge on people by simply impaling your victims by forcing them to sit on a sharp and thick pole. The pole was then raised upright and the victim was left to slide further down the pole by his or her own weight.

Often, the pole would emerge through the sternum so that its tip could be placed under the chin to prevent further sliding. It could take the victim three days to die. Vlad did this to between 20,000 and 300,000. It is said he enjoyed having a meal while watching impalements.

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Divorced For Feeding Stray Dogs

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A Romanian pensioner has filed for divorce after 50 years because she is fed up with her husband spending their entire pension on stray dogs.

Eliza Barbu, 70, from Focsani, said her husband Mircea had begun giving scraps of food a few years ago to a pair of stray dogs, but he then started feeding a pack of more than 20 strays three times a day, leaving no food for them.

She said she couldn’t accept the fact that we are starving every week while he would use his entire pension to feed the dogs that gather around their house. More and more dogs come every week.

Romanian cities have had a huge problem with packs of feral dogs ever since the country's animal loving dictator Nicolae Ceausescu refused to allow the killing of strays.

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Cleopatra Stratan: Seven Years Old And Commanding £1000 Per Song

Posted by carlyluvsunited on Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Clepotra was born October 6, 2002 in Chisinau, Moldova and is the daughter of Moldovan-Romanian singer, Pavel Stratan. She is the youngest person ever to score commercial success as a singer, with her 2006 album La vĂ¢rsta de trei ani ("At the age of 3"). She holds the record for being the youngest artist that performed live for two hours in front of a large audience, the highest paid young artist, the youngest artist to receive an MTV award and the youngest artist to score a #1 hit in a country ("Ghita"
in Romanian Singles Chart).

Bomb Scare Keeps Steaua Bucharest Team Awake All Night

Posted by carlyluvsunited on Friday, 24 July 2009

A hoax bomb threat caused dozens of guests - among them the Romanian football team Steaua Bucharest - to evacuate their central Budapest hotel in the dead of night, the local news agency MTI reported Thursday.

The guests were only allowed to return to their rooms at 4 a.m. after a thorough search had been conducted, police press officer Laszlo Kalyo said.

Steaua Bucharest are in the Hungarian capital to play the second leg of a Europa League qualification match against the Budapest team Ujpest Thursday. The Romanian side won the first leg 2-0 in Bucharest last week.

An unknown caller phoned the emergency services from a provincial number at around midnight on Wednesday, claiming to have planted a bomb in the city centre hotel, the police said.

Motherwell Receive Steaua Bucharest Incentive In Europa Cup draw

Posted by carlyluvsunited on Sunday, 19 July 2009

MOTHERWELL will face a trip to former European Cup winners Steaua Bucharest if they can overcome Flamurtari next week.

Jim Gannon's side went down 1-0 to the Albanians in Tirana last night.

But today's Europa League third qualifying round draw handed the Steelmen the chance of a crack at the Eastern European giants.

Steaua beat Hungarian side Ujpest, managed by former Celtic coach Willie McStay, 2-0 in their first leg last night.

The Romanian Champions Are Coming To Scotland

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MORTON are to play Romanian champions Inirea Urziceni at Cappielow on Monday night.

And the good news for fans is that everyone will pay a flat rate charge of only £5 — the exception being under-16s who will get in for nothing.

The Romanian champions, managed by Dan Petrescu, have recenty added Dutch midfielder Edgar Davids to their squad and will provide Morton with a tough test.

The Romanians have pledged to play their strongest team.

Inirea have spent many years in the shadows of the teams from Bucharest and the signing of Edgar Davids shows they have intentions of staying at the summit of the Romanian Liga 1.

Gheorghe Popescu Confesses To Being Securitate Informer

Posted by carlyluvsunited on Saturday, 18 July 2009

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Gheorghe Popescu, the former captain of Romania's national football team, has confessed that he was an informer for the country's secret police during the communist era.

Popescu's admission comes just three days after he denied the allegations, calling a newspaper report that he had been a Securitate informant "a big lie."

However, he has now admitted he wrote four notes informing on teammates and other colleagues while he was playing at Universitatea Craiova.

The defender was part of a Romanian team that qualified for three consecutive World Cups starting in 1990 and for two European Championships. He also helped Barcelona win the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1997.

When the allegations surfaced on Monday, the 41-year-old Popescu said he had only signed a document in 1985 promising to "defend the national interests" during the regime of the late dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.

However, he has now defended his actions under communism.

"Even if I wrote notes, I wrote good things," he said. "I praised (those) people."

During Ceausescu's rule, the Securitate relied on an army of 700,000 informants in a country of 22 million to keep tabs on the population. The regime's security services kept tabs on Romania's athletes, and some players involved in international competitions were reportedly asked to share details of their conversations with foreigners.

Romania's star football player Gheorghe Hagi, who is related to Popescu through marriage, came to his defence, saying sports had brought glory to Romania in the communist era.

"We (sportsmen) were the ambassadors for Romania. They should look elsewhere" for Securitate agents, he said.

Hagi denied that he himself had been an informant, instead accusing Steaua football club owner Gigi Becali of working for the Securitate.

Becali vigorously denied the accusations. "If It is proved I was an informer, I will hang myself," he said in a televised interview. Becali is a member of the European Parliament for the far right Greater Romania Party.

Daily newspaper Adevarul reported Monday that Popescu had been an informant from 1986 until the regime was toppled three years later.

Road Rage Driver Bites Pedestrian

Posted by carlyluvsunited on Thursday, 16 July 2009

A road rage driver bit a pedestrian in Romania because he took too long to cross the road.

Mihai Nicoara, 36, told police the furious motorist leapt from his car and sunk his teeth into his belly at a crossing in Iasi.

"He just shouted at me and then grabbed me by the belly with his teeth. He tore my shirt and I have a pretty nasty wound now," he said.

Police say driver Radu Becali is now being charged with assault for the attack.

But Nicoara has vowed to hurry up crossing roads in the future.

"I didn't ever think I was slow at crossing the road. But drivers often beep their horns at me and I just thought they were being friendly," he said.

"Now I'll make sure I never dawdle again," he added.

So next time your dawdling about when crossing the road, let's just hope the drivers who are waiting are not Romanian.

The 'Nadia Comaneci' Clinic Opens In Bucharest

Posted by carlyluvsunited on Saturday, 11 July 2009

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The ‘Nadia Comaneci’ Clinic was opened within the ‘Sfantul Spiridon Vechi’ medical and social establishment on Wednesday 8th Jul 2009, in the presence of the former Romanian gymnast and her family. Also present was Ilie Nastase, the Speakers of the two chambers of the Romanian Parliament, Mircea Geoana and Roberta Anastase and representatives of the Romanian Orthodox Church.

‘The idea of this establishment came after a TV programme stating that the clergy was not committed to social welfare. At that time, I consulted with Patriarch Teoctist and commenced the project of the ‘Sfantul Spiridon’ establishment, for which we borrowed the name from the church, and I was so very happy to receive of the support of major personalities like Nadia Comaneci who has been with this project since the beginning’, stated the priest of the ‘Sfantul Spiridon Vechi’ Church, Ioan Iordache.

Nadia Comaneci said she had accepted the idea of Father Iordache because it sounded special to her. ‘I felt honoured to be invited to take part in this project and now I am enchanted to see that our ideas have come to life and I would like to share my joy with all my friends whom I invite to continue supporting this wonderful establishment where people in need will receive actual assistance’, Comaneci said.

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