Entering the Yugosphere

Yugoslav era monument, Bela Crkva, Serbia.

Yugoslav era monument, Bela Crkva, Serbia.

Brilliant article at The Economist about the “Yugosphere” and the fact that the Former Yugoslavia is patching itself together:

AT A recent summit of the cold-war relic called the Non-Aligned Movement, Serbia’s president, Boris Tadic above left, remarked that companies from former Yugoslav republics should join forces to bid on construction projects or specialised military-equipment contracts. His Croatian counterpart, Stipe Mesic right, responded approvingly. Companies from “our countries”, he said, were too small to compete in other markets by themselves.On the face of it, these comments were both obvious and inconsequential. The firms are indeed small by global standards. Yet the use of the term “our countries” by the leader of one ex-Yugoslav republic to refer to everyone in the group, enemies as well as friends, points to a bigger change. From Slovenia to the Macedonian border with Greece, most people in the region still have a lot in common, even if they do not talk about it much. Every day the bonds between them, snapped in the 1990s, are being quietly restored. Yugoslavia is long gone; in its place a Yugosphere is emerging.

Former Yugoslavia patches itself together: Entering the Yugosphere | The Economist

Via Belgraded Blog.

Facebook Hate Speech Idiocy

Two groups of idiots battle it out on Facebook:

I Bet I Can Find 1.000.000 People Who Hate Serbia (11,000 members)

I bet i can find 500.000 people who hate Albania !!!! (14,000 members)

25,000 known idiots parading their racism and stupidity.

Please visit both groups and at the bottom of the Group page, click Report Group (as below) and report them for Hate speech.

You might also like to join the anti-hate speech group “CLOSE GROUP I Bet I Can Find 1.000.000 People Who Hate Serbia“.

Warning: Stones in ABC brown rice

Last month K found a small stone in amongst some ABC brown rice she had just cooked for us. She actually bit down on it but luckily did no damage to her teeth. We put it down to a fluke and thought no more of it. Until yesterday.

Last night we found not one, but TWO pebbles in a single bag of rice!Here is a scan of them with a one dinar coin for scale. They look like they may be pieces of pumice.

Two small pebbles found in  a bag of ABC brown rice bought at Maxi on Gospodar Jevremova street in Dorcol. Pictured with a one dinar coin for scale.

Two small pebbles found in a bag of ABC brown rice bought at Maxi on Gospodar Jovanova street in Dorcol. Pictured with a one dinar coin for scale. Click image for larger version.

This is the exact product:

Two stones were found in a bag of rice just like this one purchased at Maxi on Gospodar Jevrovama

Two stones were found in a bag of rice just like this one purchased at Maxi on Gospodar Jevrovama

This brand of rice is excellent, but after shattering a tooth on an olive stone left in a salad by a fearless pizzeria (this is a hint) I can assure you that you do not want to risk chewing on one of these stones.

Since this rice is only packaged here, the local company may not even know about the stones. I will be writing to them this week to ask them if they know about it and if they will investigate.

In the meantime, if you are using ABC brown rice, chew slowly and carefully, I am serious.

PS. Destoning is a key part of the rice milling process. It is clearly not that effective with this wholegrain rice.