BALKAN NEWS MAGAZINE – Christmas 2019 Edition

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The London Property Boy

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THE LONDON PROPERTY BOY by Patrick Brigham.

Michael Mostyne, a thirty-something developer and property dealer, has fallen foul of Great Britains 1970s economic recession. A property crash like no other, it foreshadows the end of a promising career, but it is also the end of his unhappy marriage to Lavender Mostyne. The tale of his painful struggle to get back on his feet, whilst dealing with the past and an acrimonious divorce, Mike Mostyne leaves his provincial home, moves to London and gets a job running a West London real estate agency. Through hard work, success soon turns to success and his life begins to change for the better. By manoeuvring around his bosses, with their narrow self-interest, his own desire for big money and a wish to be financially independent, means he has to take huge risks.

London is not short of girls, and Mike Mostyne is rarely on his own. Christine, a West End PA and a good time girl, looks at him through a cloud of cannabis smoke. Sofie, a minor Dutch diplomat, disappears when Mike’s son Mark is mysteriously kidnapped by the IRA. And finally, there is Nadezhda Antova, who friends say is an Eastern European honey trap, but who he marries despite their warnings. From rags to riches, and with the next property crash waiting around the corner, will fate finally conspire to finish him off once again? Will he also find personal happiness with Nadezhda Antova, and why is MI5 so interested?

 

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What’s Happening in The Balkans?

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A reader of The Balkan News Magazine, recently remarked that the magazine doesn’t seem to have much to say about the Balkans. The BNM is a continuous magazine and added to as time permits, it also reflects the lack of news, or perhaps you may not have noticed? Unlike the EU or America, where things seem to happen in abundance, Balkan news is mainly about long-forgotten promises, and a strange 21st century phenomenon called Macro Economics. Often quoted by professional pundits in the Balkans, where an improvement in the Macro-Economic forecast for the region really means that very little is actually happening at all, it remains a good old journalistic standby.

Why The Gnome of Sofia?

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In the 1990s, most of Eastern Europe had only recently declared its transition from communism to democracy, although logically this was a load of rot, and the phoney realignment of noted communists into different political parties was rather like a game of musical chairs. People who had been busy toadying up to ex-President Todor Zhivkov a few months earlier, now wanted to be seen as enlightened philosophers, and free thinkers. No longer shackled to the communist party line, there was no end of drivel being spouted by these twerps, both to the ignorant masses – now called the electorate – and to most members of the foreign diplomatic community.

Alfred Prufrock’s Revenge

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This is the tale of an ordinary man, whose life has been spent in spectacular obscurity. Alfred Prufrock is not a man who chases distinction, nor fame or fortune, but is someone who studies life’s painted canvas, grateful that he is in it at all. Pleased to remember the simple pleasures of life, love on a budget, and cups of tea; how else should we ordinary mortals live our lives? T.S.Eliot remembered a time when London was beset by smog, where even navigating the streets of London was a perilous business, but these days the perils we have to face are far more frightening.

Press Release

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Evros writer releases his newest novel. Published on 1st May 2018, Goddess of The Rainbow is Patrick Brigham’s fifth book to date, and available from Amazon in either a paperback or in Kindle form. Asked by the Balkan News Magazine for a comment, the writer and journalist said –

“Each country is very different, but Greece has its own dignity and a special place in my heart.”

A series of short stories, they all occur in the Greek town of Orestiada. Stories, which simultaneously interlink and become a part of the whole, centre around Iris – the local DHL courier – who in Greek mythology is not only Goddess of The Rainbow, but also the Messenger of The Gods, thereby connecting the individual tales of this sixteen chapter book. Patrick Brigham said –

“When the heavens open up and swamp the town of Orestiada with incessant rain, it causes everyone to somehow change. Feelings and reactions, which have long remained dormant within the largely provincial Greek community, come to the surface.” 

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Scandal in the House of Commons

 

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Who Owns Your Body?

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Brexit Blues

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What Does Freedom Mean?

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My Random Road to Sofia by The Editor

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Patrick Brigham – Editor

“In the good old days, at the Sofia Western News Magazine”

 

Travel News by Mark Thomas

WHAT IS HAPPENING ON THE HOME FRONT?

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HOOKED ON TECHNOLOGY?

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SOFIA BED TIME STORIES

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Editors Choice

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The Invictus Games & Prince Harry

The Lost City of Petra by Stephanie Craig

What’s It Like To Be a JAM?

Princess Diana: Death By Popularity?

Brexit or Snakes & Ladders

A Day In The Life Of a Writer

Climate Control & Knobheads

The Secret Greek Island of Samothraki

Brexit & The Dreyfus Syndrome

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Julian Assange & The Denial Game

Brexit: The Story so Far

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CATCH UP WITH THE ONGOING BREXIT SAGA!

Going On A Balkan Holiday?

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ADVENTURE TRAVEL FOOD & WHERE TO STAY

Expats Corner & Balkan News

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CATCH UP NEWS & EVENTS FROM THE BALKANS

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 Balkan Performing Artists & Painters

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Greek Film Stars & Entertainers

Balkan Artists &  Personalities

 

Short Stories & Fiction

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A SELECTION OF SHORT STORIES & ANICDOTES 

Presidents & Prime Ministers

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WHO IS WHO IN THE BALKANS?

Comfortable House For Sale Evros GREECE

65,000 Euro Freehold – Subject to Contract

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House Details & Contact Information

 

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One thought on “BALKAN NEWS MAGAZINE – Christmas 2019 Edition

  1. Valentina Plahuta Simčič

    Dear Mrs./Mr.,

    I am writing to you on behalf of Days of Poetry and Wine, one of the most renowned poetry festivals in Central Europe.

    The festival is collaborating with Berlin-based Allianz Kulturstiftung to showcase the Letter to Europe project in 2019.

    Each year, the festival’s curators pick a prominent poet and give her or him an opportunity to address Europe and shine a spotlight on the problems they consider the most pressing.
    The first Open Letter was written by Flemish author Stefan Hertmans in 2017. His Letter was received very well and was discussed by political decison-makers as well as the general European public and was translated in more then 10 languages. The same happened with the letter, which was written last year by Swedish author Athena Farrokhzad.

    In August this year, the festival will present the third edition of the Letter, which will try to address Europe and the world and bring back to them the language of art, in a meticulous and precise manner. This year, our selected laureate is the Bolgarian-German writer, translator and publisher Ilija Trojanow. Since 2002 Ilija Trojanow has been member of the PEN centre of the Federal Republic of Germany. Among other awards he received the Bertelsmann Literature Prize at the Ingeborg Bachmann competition in Klagenfurt in 1995, the Marburg Literature Prize in 1996, the Thomas Valentin Prize in 1997, the Adelbert von Chamisso Prize in 2000 and the Leipzig Book Fair in the category of fiction for his novel “Der Weltensammler” (The Collector of Worlds) in 2006. You can learn more about him in the link https://trojanow.de/.

    Ilija Trojanow
    trojanow.de
    Die offizielle Website von Ilija Trojanow, Autor, Publizist, Übersetzer und Verleger. Aktuelles · Termine · Lesewelten · Geopoetik · Biografie · Galerie · Werk · Themen

    The Days of Poetry and Wine team would be delighted if you could publish Trojanow’s Letter to Europe in your media. The letter is already available in German, it will be available in English this week, and will also be translated in French and Spanish. We can send it to you to get an insight in it, but it can be only published after the 16th of August.

    We have contacted several prominent media worldwide with our request for publication and we expect the letter to be published in many different languages and countries.

    We sincerely hope you will find our offer interesting.

    If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

    Sincerely,

    Valentina Plahuta Simčič

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