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Happy New Year ROMANIA

Rupert Wolfe Murray    ianuarie 2, 2017 27 comentarii 2,788 Vizualizari
This is the time of year for greetings, congratulations, optimism and hope. I’ve sent my Christmas cards, eaten my roast ham and welcomed in the New Year. But something is missing. I feel the need to say something important, new and unknown – not just that tired old phrase Happy New Year. I want to ... citeste tot articolul

Is Macedonia a “Fully Fledged Mafia State”?

Rupert Wolfe Murray    martie 23, 2015 5 comentarii 1,213 Vizualizari
A friend recently emailed me from Macedonia and said “we are witnessing a fully-fledged mafia state being endorsed for EU membership by some of the leading democracies on the planet.” I groaned. I couldn’t be bothered. I was on the road, visiting Istanbul at the time and I didn’t have time for this. I’m fed ... citeste tot articolul

A Beautifully Written but Unconvincing Book about Romania

Rupert Wolfe Murray    martie 16, 2015 9 comentarii 980 Vizualizari
Problem with reviewing a book is that you have to read the damn thing before writing your opinion of it, easy enough if you’re a speed reader but I read too slowly and by the time I get to the end of a book my enthusiasm to share has often evaporated. This book about Romania ... citeste tot articolul

Romania’s Monty Python Institutions

Rupert Wolfe Murray    martie 10, 2015 24 comentarii 2,212 Vizualizari
Getting into a Romanian public institution is like accessing a medieval castle in a Monty Python film: you bang on the door, a beefy guard appears, blocks the entrance, asks angrily what you want, demands identification and sends you packing if you look too lowly or happen to be a Roma gypsy. Their job is ... citeste tot articolul

Scotland Contemplates Suicide

Rupert Wolfe Murray    septembrie 14, 2014 28 comentarii 2,296 Vizualizari
I wish I could believe in the promise of an independent Scotland: a land that will be free, green and wealthy. I have listened to passionate nationalists who tell me that Scotland has been exploited for centuries, that we pay more tax than we get, that we have vast reserves of North Sea Oil, that ... citeste tot articolul

Why I Love Bucharest

Rupert Wolfe Murray    iulie 24, 2013 49 comentarii 6,016 Vizualizari
I’m looking at a map of Europe and trying to work out if there are any European capital cities where you can reach the sea or a high mountain range within a couple of hours. I assume you can do this in Lisbon, Rome, and Athens but I’m not sure. I know you can do ... citeste tot articolul

Why Go Camping?

Rupert Wolfe Murray    iulie 13, 2013 15 comentarii 1,117 Vizualizari
Recently I was walking the south west coast of Crete, a stunning and rocky wilderness populated by goats, insects and very occasionally other walkers. By day I walked up and down the mountains along the coastal path and at night I would search beaches, ruins or caves for somewhere suitable to sleep. I was travelling alone. ... citeste tot articolul

Was Romania’s Revolution a Fake?

Rupert Wolfe Murray    decembrie 21, 2012 38 comentarii 2,306 Vizualizari
On Christmas Day 1989 Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife Elena were shot by a military firing squad. Ceausescu was the last of the Central European dictators to be swept from power in that momentous year when Communism was overthrown in Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary and Poland. It was the end of the cold war. The ... citeste tot articolul

The Best Christmas Present

Rupert Wolfe Murray    decembrie 20, 2012 10 comentarii 816 Vizualizari
Why not give yourself a great Christmas present? It doesn’t cost anything – in fact it will save you a lot of money – and it’s really good for your health. The only problem with this present is that you can’t give it to anyone apart from yourself, and that doesn’t really fit with the ... citeste tot articolul

I prefer the trains in Romania

Rupert Wolfe Murray    noiembrie 30, 2012 30 comentarii 4,995 Vizualizari
I really miss CFR. When a train is delayed in Bucharest there is no fuss. The delay is mentioned on the big board and that’s it. People expect it and don’t complain. Romanians are used to a dysfunctional train service and seem grateful they have one at all (I know I am). I half expect ... citeste tot articolul

Classifying Addiction as a Disease Could Save Billions

Rupert Wolfe Murray    octombrie 26, 2012 10 comentarii 782 Vizualizari
Romania’s ministries of Finance, Health, Education and Social Work would all save money if they classified addiction as a disease — surely a good idea in a time of recession. If addiction was recognised as a disease and proper treatment was offered to alcoholics, drug addicts and those who bankrupt families by compulsive gambling, these ... citeste tot articolul

The Blessing of Alcoholism

Rupert Wolfe Murray    septembrie 28, 2012 15 comentarii 1,128 Vizualizari
Books about therapy don’t usually sell very well and when Dr M. Scott Peck, an American Psychiatrist, wrote The Road Less Travelled he wasn’t sure he would sell any. After all it was about the role that spirituality can play in therapy, a concept that was widely ignored by western psychiatry at the time (the ... citeste tot articolul

Should Cannabis be Legalised?

Rupert Wolfe Murray    septembrie 6, 2012 46 comentarii 1,703 Vizualizari
The legalise cannabis lobby should be reeling from recent reports that show the negative impact of cannabis: a group of New Zealanders were studied over 40 years and the results show that the IQ levels of teenagers can be permanently reduced by the drug; and a report from California describes the failed promise of “Medical ... citeste tot articolul

Scottish Rats and Romanian Dogs

Rupert Wolfe Murray    septembrie 4, 2012 13 comentarii 2,167 Vizualizari
I can’t stop listening to the new album by the Stagger Rats, a charismatic rock band from the small Scottish town of Dunbar. They remind me of all the best music I have heard over the last 30 years. Some critics use the word “Beatles” when trying to define their sound and you can see ... citeste tot articolul

Moarte si arta

Rupert Wolfe Murray    iunie 16, 2012 1 comentariu 609 Vizualizari
Am scris pe Twitter o fraza care mi s-a parut destul de desteapta: „Nu citi o carte, citeste un autor”. Din pacate, nu am fost coplesit cu mesaje care sa ma felicite pentru intelepciunea mea sau care sa ma intrebe ce inseamna. Asa se intampla cu majoritatea tweeturilor, nu am primit nicio reactie. Ceea ce ... citeste tot articolul


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MIHAI MACI – Cel de-al doilea volum din Colectia

"Atunci când abdică de la menirea ei, școala nu e o simplă instituție inerțială, ci una deformatoare. Și nu deformează doar spatele copiilor, ci, în primul rând, sufletele lor. Elevul care învață că poate obține note mari cu referate de pe internet e adultul de mâine care va plagia fără remușcări, cel care-și copiază temele în pauză va alege întotdeauna scurtătura, iar cel care promovează cu intervenții va ști că la baza reușitei stă nu cunoașterea, ci cunoștințele. Luate indi­vidual, lucrurile acestea pot părea mărunte, însă cumulate, ele dau măsura deformării lumii în care trăim și aruncă o umbră grea asupra viitorului pe care ni-l dorim altfel." - Mihai Maci

(An essay by Vladimir Tismaneanu and Marius Stan)