Anti-Fascist Movement Cleans Defaced Monument To Saban Bajramovic

At the website of antifascist organization from Nis, town in south of Serbia, a photo gallery was posted showing members of anti-fascist movement cleaning the paint and erasing the swastika drawn on the monument to one of the greatest singers and composers of Roma and Serbian folk music, Saban Bajramovic.

Monument to this Roma musician, which was built in 2010, was defaced with grafitti and cleaned several times. The last time monument had so much paint on it that the municipality intended to put up a tender to find the best offer to clean the statue.

However, members of the antifa movement proved this to be unnecessary, leaving behind an inspirational note: ”Long live Saban, screw the tender, death to fascism!”

Serbian Handmade Car Goes 230km/h

Dragan Pavlovic from Gruza, town in central Serbia, manufactured a handmade automobile which was sold in Monte Carlo for 230.000 euros. Orders for to more cars have already been placed, and during the year, only 11 such cars will be made.

Pavlovic worked on the car for eight years, bringing an idea that appeared in blacksmith store of his grandfather Dusan in the beginning of last century to life. The car was called “Faber” (Blacksmith – lat.) because his ancestors were in the blacksmith trade.

The automobile can run up to 230 kilometers per hour, and needs eight seconds to go from 0 to 100kmh. Last year it was the most expensive exhibited model at the Belgrade car show.

“Everything was made in Gruza, except for the engine, which is a C class Mercedes”, said daughter of the constructor Dragan Pavlovic, who avoids talking to media.

The handmade car is manufactured out of polyester and prochrome, and has Michelline tires. The dashboard is made out of wood, and the roof can be opened, and it has leather seats.

Gold Medal For ‘The Serbian Giant’ Asmir Kolasinac!

Asmir Kolasinac created history to earn Serbia their first ever gold medal – in fact it was also a first ever podium position – at a European Athletics Indoor Championships in Göteborg with a masterful performance!

The 28-year-old Serb, who had won a bronze medal at last summer’s European outdoor championships, had led the qualifiers into yesterday’s final and backed up that performance when it counted by producing the four longest throws of the competition.

In the final assessment Kolasinac’s fourth round throw of 20.62m was his best, however after leading with his first legitimate throw of the competition in round two (20.60m) he never looked likely to cede control of the final.

In silver, Hamza Alic claimed a maiden European Athletics Indoor Championship medal for Bosnia-Herzegovnia courtesy of a lifetime best effort of 20.34m in round four. Ladislav Prasil of the Czech Republic secured the bronze with 20.29m. There was disappointment for defending champion Ralf Bartels of Germany who has to settle for fourth with a season’s best of 20.16m.

Alic raised his arms aloft after opening with a season’s best 20.15m in round one to take an early lead in an otherwise forgettable first round, which witnessed just three other legitimate throws.

However, round two saw the final step up a notch as Kolasanic stamped his mark on the competition with a season’s best 20.60m. Portugal’s Marco Fortes also shifted into the bronze medal position with a respectable 19.90m.

Kolasinac looked frustrated with a 20.21m effort in round three. Meanwhile, Prasil elevated himself into provisional silver with 20.29m. At the halfway stage it was Kolasinac from Prasil with Alic in bronze.

An otherwise low-key final stepped up in class in round four. The first significant move was made by Alic, who switched podium positions with Prasil to move into silver with a personal best effort 20.34m. Kolasinac, meanwhile, further strengthened his grip on the final by improving his best by 0.02 out to 20.62m.

The penultimate round saw Prasil’s bronze medal position come under threat. Fortes of Portugal went out to 20.02m to briefly move into fourth until Ralf Bartels re-took that spot with 20.16m. Meanwhile, Kolasinac achieved his third longest distance of the day with 20.51m.

The final round was a little bit of a damp squib as there was no change to the overall placings. But perhaps appropriately the final word belonged to Kolasinac with a 20.49m effort.

Wedding Proposal Live On The Radio

Hosts of the popular radio morning show “Buđenje” on Radio Belgrade One, Gorica Nesovic and Dragan Ilic called at 6.55AM Nadezda and Vladimir, young man who previously asked for their help. Nadezda answered the phone while the show was on the air, and the hosts asked if Vladimir was beside her, and if they can talk to him.

The show host Dragan asked “Vladimir, do you have something you want to ask Nadezda”, at which point Vladimir kneeled down on one foot and asked his girlfriend to make him happy by marrying him. Excited Nadezda started laughing and crying at the same time and said that she loves him and agreed to marry him.

Hosts Gorica and Dragan were the first to congratulate, and then came the congratulations by others.

Vladimir and Nadezda have been together for two years and they listen to “Budjenje” every morning while preparing for work. Vladimir waited until they started living together to propose, and wanted to surprise her by proposing live on Radio Belgrade One show they wake up to every morning.

Germans Claim Corn From Serbia Toxic

10.000 tons of contaminated corn imported from Serbia was discovered in German province of Lower Saxony. The corn was intended for livestock feed, reported Ministry of Agriculture of that German province.

The German magazine “Spiegel” reports that at least 10.000. tons of corn is contaminated by fungi Aflatoxin B1, adding that the corn was delivered to 3.500 households in Lower Saxony province.

Allowed levels of Aflatoxin B1 in Germany is 0,02 milligrams per kilogram. In the batch imported from Serbia, the Aflatoxin level was 0,204 milligrams, the data showed.

His Highness Čvarak

Pork scratchings čvarak have always been pride and joy of Serbian traditional cuisine. Foreigners, visiting Serbia, either adore them or cannot bear them due to high degree of fatiness.

In the medieval times, Serbia developed its reputation of the top European pork exporter. Serbia maintained the title until the Communist state-run economy forced millions out of Serbian villages. Over the centuries, Serbian butchers learned not to waste a single part of a slaughtered pig. That’s how pork scratchings came to be.

The tasty salty mass is a product of a slow boil of pork bacon and meat in big cauldrons filled with water. Pork scratchings are the food many generations of Serbs grew up with. They can be eaten as a starter or a main course, usually with a pinch of chilly dry paprika.

Depending on the boiling period and the amount of added water, pork scratchings may be of harder texture, soft or fibre-like. The latter are known as tobacco pork scratchings.

They are one of the favourite Serbian winter dishes, because they provide energy, necessary for long outings in freezing cold Balkan weather.

Pork scratchings and the related culinary tradition are celebrated annually on two different locations – in the central Serbian town of Valjevo, renowned for its tobacco pork scratchings and the northern village of Kac, known for its rich and varied cuisine.

What To Eat In Serbia?

Visitors to Serbia were probably told many stories about the country. Serbian local cuisine is often praised.

So, what does make it so special?

Fruska Gora Bermet, sweet wine from northern Serbia, Leskovac aijvar, a type of relish, made principally from red bell peppers with garlic, and honey from the eastern mountain of Homolje are the only three licensed national brands from Serbia.

However, other 43 food products have been licensed on the national level.

For those who love meat and meat products, Serbia offers prosciutto and bacon from the western town of Uzice, a very special sausages, the most famous being kulen and salami from the northwestern region of Srem, quite different type of sausage from the town of Pozarevac in the east, pork scratching’s with texture that resembles tobacco from the town of Valjevo and legendary grill from the food loving southern town of Leskovac.

No food connoisseur should leave Serbia without tasting the famous cabbage brand from the northern village of Futog.

Those who appreciate a nice glass of wine should taste Riesling from the northeastern region of Banat, Rosé from the central town of Jagodina and blood red wine made in Serbian monasteries in Kosovo.

If one visits the eastern town of Kladovo on the right bank of the Danube, a local caviar brand is a must. Further south, on Homolje Mountain, one can taste the well-known local cheese.

Finally, there is the famous raspberry from the town of Arilje – the most successful Serbian food export brand.

If you managed to try at least one third of food products from this list, you can proudly say you tasted Serbia – undoubtedly, the better part of it.

Belgrade Learning Art Of Seduction

A Canadian seduction instructor, working under the name of Sasha Day-game, has arrived in Belgrade.

He has been travelling the world, teaching men how to approach and seduce girls – a rather pleasant course.

The fee of the first course of this kind in Serbia ranges from 250 to 4.700 euros depending on the level of seduction clumsiness. Classes may last from 2 to 7 days. Sasha spends every hour with his “disciples”.

He is being followed by five if his former course goers who will implement their “guru’s” advices in the Serbian capital.

Sasha says he chose Belgrade for practice, because local women are open and approachable.

Serbian Robin Hood?

A guard of the New Agrobanka vault has turned himself over to the police admitting to stealing 11.3 million dinars or 100.000 euros.

Velibor Grcic admits to having inserted less money than registered into the bank’s ATM machines while working on their maintenance.

However, when the police told him to return the money, Mr. Grcic said he spent it “on the poor”. The police have been investigating his allegation.

New Agrobanka was created a month ago, after the police arrested several high-level managers of Agrobanka on suspicion of granting unfunded loans.

The damages to the state and the bank’s shareholders have been estimated to several hundred million euros.

Late Mileva, The Liveliest Of The Dead

Late Mileva, a pseudo Twitter and Facebook profile of an imaginary dead person, diligently comments on multitude of life and after-life events.

Mileva’s page became a true social phenomenon. Her witty posts are eagerly awaited by hundreds of thousands of members of various social networks, popular in Serbia.

In classrooms, offices and cafes all over Serbia, a real army of fans retells satirical commentaries by late Mileva and her friends in after-life – Amy Winehouse, Slobodan Milosevic and Whitney Houston.

Marko Drazic, coauthor of satirical website, says Mileva’s messages to celebrities and public figures tap into public imagination and zeitgeist.

“Mileva is saying what many others would like to say. She owes her success to attacks onto unpopular public figures”, Drazic says.

However, Mr. Drazic wonders how much longer will Mileva’s page continue to attract public interest. He thinks all conceptual profiles are bound to lose popularity in a long run due to a particular way of self-repetitiveness.