Category Archives: Slovakia in the Media

On Slovakia’s Rejection of the Referendum on “the Protection of the Family”

The reaction of pro-LGTB friends and colleagues on social media around midnight this Saturday gone was one of relief. It was over. It was time to move on. By this time, it had become clear the referendum on further limiting … Continue reading

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Embers

Somewhere, in an unspecified location in the wild Carpathians, an ageing General and his long-estranged friend Konrad are preparing for one final dinner together. It’s been 41 years since they last met up like this, and – one feels – … Continue reading

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On 25 Years Since the End of Communism in Slovakia

I’ve been away a lot recently. AWAY away: not in Slovakia (in Cuba in fact; hence the lack of recent posts). Coming back to Slovakia in December, as Christmas kicks into action across the country in the form of the … Continue reading

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The One About the Suspicious Border Guard, the Pretty Girl(s) and the Deer

I always love looking out for depictions of Slovakia on TV and Film – mostly Slovak or Czech ones, admittedly, but the occasional Western European one too. The other week I watched Move On, a gritty European road movie which … Continue reading

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Relaxation…

Relaxation – isn’t it wonderful? The old, fat sun-bronzed man in the very tight swimming trunks comes up to where I’m lounging in the Piešt’any spa – with that sort of belly-flop/breast stroke that only old, fat, sun-bronzed men can … Continue reading

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Happy Bratislava

You see? The Slovaks DO smile! This is part of Pharrell Williams-soundtracked series of “happy” videos shot in various locations around Europe. The stars of the video are the workmen, I think…  

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Dylan in Košice

Looking forward to heading east tomorrow to see one of my all-time favourite musicians performing in the Steel Arena in Košice. It’s still not too late to buy tickets! It’s going to be a good opportunity for Englishmaninslovakia to make … Continue reading

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The Fujara – Slovakia’s Unesco-listed Musical Instrument

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Dear Sweet Mother of God, We’re in Eastern Europe

These depictions of Slovakia never cease to amuse me. This one uses big chunks of the 2004 flick EuroTrip as part of a promotion to Erasmus students, however. Which I don’t think is necessarily a good idea… unless it’s to … Continue reading

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Slovakia’s Caves: A Peep Underground

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