July 1st is Quiz Night!!

Amaze yourself with how much inane trivia you really do know!!!

What: Belgrade Foreign Visitors Club – “Pub Quiz”
When: Friday, 01 July, 7.30pm
Where: Sports Cafe (Makendonska 4)

Come along and have a few laughs, meet new people and give the ‘grey matter’ a bit of a work-out.
The night will be a lot of fun and it will be the last time that “Peter the Griller” runs the quiz, so let’s give him a great BGFVC send off!!!!!

· Great prizes (prize for best team name too!)
· Register your team (4-6 people) OR if you want to meet new people why not register as an individual as we will match you with others.
· Please register by MIDDAY Thursday (30 June)
Jules (064) 398 8025 or jules@belgradefvc.com

Ride the pony

A young colleague was playing this video this in the office (we have rotating DJ policy). Check out the hilarity of these ravers having it large. I particularly loved the “Ride the pony” pair at 02:28 followed by self-worshipping Mr Blue Suit. You need to play the video to see what I mean

C’mon and get ruggered up! (Saturday)

The pretty town of Beocin (100km north of Belgrade) in Vojvodina is hosting two rugby league matches this Saturday, 18 June.

BGFVC is able to offer transport to the game on the Red Star team bus and a meal afterward for 500 dinars.

TIMINGS:
13.00 – bus departs Belgrade
15.00 – kickoff for Nova Pazara vs Dorcol game
17.00 – kickoff for Red Star vs Krusevac
19.00 – after match meal (good Serbian fare – meat/salad/bread!)
22.00 – back in Belgrade in time for Amy Winehouse/Moby concert

FOR MORE INFORMATION, OR TO RESERVE A SEAT:
– Jules (064) 398 8025 or mail to: jules@belgradefvc.com
– Philomena (063) 120 8624 or mail to philomena@belgradefvc.com

Two more days to go and the battle will commence people!!

THE FAMOUS BGFVC “PUB QUIZ’ NIGHT – will next take place on Friday, 10 June.

Time: 7.30pm to register and form teams. 8pm start!

Venue: Sports Cafe, Makedonska 4

PRIZES:

1st place: 6 copies of The Oxford English Serbian Dictionary – said to be the best on the market. (Kindly provided by The English Book)

2nd place: 6 goodie bags courtesy of Metropolitan University

3rd place: 6 x 600 dinar bar tabs at Sports Cafe

Losing team: a bottle of good quality Metropolitan University wine
Best team name: prize TBA

FOR MORE INFORMATION, OR TO REGISTER AS A TEAM OR INDIVIDUAL:

Jules (064) 398 8025 or jules@belgradefvc.com

– Philomena (063) 120 8624 or philomena@belgradefvc.com

Savska Street Drama!

Disclaimer: I just want to start this blog entry by disclaiming that perhaps this is more an observation of humanity rather than something specific to Belgrade, however the specific event that prompted this blog post occured in Belgrade, hence why I am writing about it here.

Yesterday, I was walking down Savska Street in Central Belgrade towards the main police station, having just finished parking my car.  To paint the picture, I was approaching from the row of shops on Savska, approximatly 50 metres from Technomajia on the corner.   There were, by my estimation, around 25 other people walking along the same stretch of Savska, along with a fair amount of traffic on the road.

There I was, walking along the street when I hear an almighty crash, whip myself around within half a second, to see a large 18 wheeler truck slamming into a small red car and proceeding to push it a good 40-50 metres down the road.  About half a second after the impact, I was running towards the scene of the incident certain I would be presented with fatal injuries that would require my 7 year old RAF Air Cadet First Aid training to be used.   The crash itself however isn’t what shocked me.   The thing that truly shocked me was the fact that out of the 25 – 30 people that had been walking on the same stretch of road as I, only one other person had run across the street with me to offer assistance.

Not only this, but the vehicles that had been driving behind the truck and the red car, proceeded to drive onto the central reservation and continue on their way, instead of stopping (as required by law when witnessing an accident) and waiting for the police to arrive and take their statements.

It got me thinking, what is it with the mentality these days, where 90% of people turn around and walk away when there is a person or persons are in need.  If YOU were involved in an accident, would you not want people to come and help you? Its a worldwide problem – I remember watching a scene in LOST a few years ago where a woman was being mugged in an alleyway and only one person came to her rescue.  The man said “I just did what anyone would do” to which the woman responded: “Three people walked by the alley. They saw me. But they just kept on going. “

I remember thinking to myself at the time how sad that was and yet, in most cases its very true. Perhaps my view on the world is too pristine but I like to think that people should help other people in need.  We are all members of humanity and regardless of our background, color or creed, we are all equal and worthy of a little common decency, so I beg of you all, if you see a person in need, please go out of your way and at least offer your help.  Do not walk on by like its nothing to do with you.

Amazingly, the women driving the small red car was not injured at all aside from a little bit of whiplash.  I asked her to get out of the car as soon as I saw she wasn’t seriously injured because the truck had hit her car at a fairly high speed and for all we knew, the car could catch fire at any second.  I gave her some water and called for police and an ambulance (both of whom took over EIGHT minutes to arrive which is fairly bad in itself, especially given that the main police station was less than 150 meters away!).

The Truck driver attempted to blame the crash on the women, however myself and one other person had seen most of the incident and it was fairly clear that the truck had been attempting to move from the right lane into the left lane, hadn’t seen the red car, spun it out and pushed it down the road.   Both myself and the other witness gave statements to that effect although I am not sure what is going to happen to him.  I think the Truck Driver was just as shaken as the women and I think it was a genuine accident so I hope that he does not loose his license or anything, but I do hope that he learns to check his mirrors a little closer before changing lanes!

How would you have reacted in this situation?  Would you have run over to help or would you have kept on walking? Leave a comment and let me know!


First (but on the Second!!) Friday event June!!!

Hi everyone,

Your next opportunity to streeeaaatch the grey matter, give ‘constructive feedback’ to the quizmaster and be quietly confident that you are definitely the smartest member of your team is coming up again soon.

THE FAMOUS BGFVC “PUB QUIZ’ NIGHT – will next take place on Friday, 10 June.

Time: 7.30pm to register and form teams. 8pm start!

Venue: Sports Cafe, Makedonska 4

PRIZES:

1st place: 6 copies of The Oxford English Serbian Dictionary – said to be the best on the market. (Kindly provided by The English Book)

2nd place: 6 goodie bags courtesy of Metropolitan University

3rd place: 6 x 600 dinar bar tabs at Sports Cafe

Losing team: a bottle of good quality Metropolitan University wine
Best team name: prize TBA

FOR MORE INFORMATION, OR TO REGISTER AS A TEAM OR INDIVIDUAL:

Jules (064) 398 8025 or jules@belgradefvc.com

– Philomena (063) 120 8624 or philomena@belgradefvc.com

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Cheers

Philomena & Jules

Stranges loops

This afternoon I finished Jon Ronson’s “The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry“. At the beginning of the book, he meets a lady called Deborah Talmi, who has received a very odd book from a psychopath called “Being or Nothingness”. Hundreds of fellow academics also receive the book, which sparks off a huge community of people trying to figure it out. Ronson is there to investigate who the author/sender is. His sleuthing involves Professor Douglas Hoffstader, who’s famous book “I Am A Strange Loop” is quoted in the the book. Ms Talmi thinks the book involves Hofstader:

“That’s what I Am a Strange Loop is about,” said Deborah. “It’s about how we spend our lives self-referencing, over and over, in a kind of strange loop. Now lots of people are asking themselves, *Why was I selected to receive this book?’ They aren’t talking about the book or the message. They’re talking about themselves. So Being or Nothingness has created a strange loop of people and its a vessel for them to self-reference.” She paused. “I think that’s Hofstader’s message”.

Ronson ends up exchanging mails with HGofstader and investigating claims that Mr Hofstader has orgies with French women (all nonsense), but he sounds like an interesting guy.

At dinner, I brought my Kindle along as I am along in Copenhagen thanks to the Indian embassy not having my visa ready in time (that will be another story). I decided to start “The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement” by David Bloom. I read a rave review in The Guardian a few days ago and decided to bump it up to the top of the reading list.

Less than 20 pages in, still in the Introduction, and who does Mr Brooks quote? Professor Hofstader’s “I Am a Strange Loop”!

That’s as close as I will ever get to believing in ‘signs’. “I am a strange loop” ordered!

David Brooks also quotes one of my all time favourite psychology books “Strangers to Ourselves: Discovering the Adaptive Unconscious ” by Timothy D Wilson.

Its looking very promising so far….