Tuesday, 12 February 2013

[EN] A few wonders from the UK / [RO] Câteva minunăţii din UK (31)

[EN] Anyone (more or less desperately) longing for the summer? I bet I’m not the only one…

[RO] Îi este dor (mai must sau mai puţin disperat) cuiva de vară? Pun pariu că nu-s singurul...

[EN] None of us can bring summer quicker just by wishing this :-(

[RO] Niciunul dintre noi nu poate aduce vara mai repede doar dorindu-şi :-(

[EN] What I can do is share these pictures of Ely, situated some 23 km NE of Cambridge Cambridgeshire.

[RO] Tot ce pot este să împărtăşesc aceste poze din Ely, situat la vreo 23 km NE faţă de Cambridge, in Cambridgeshire.

[EN] Taken by my reader C.L. in the summer of 2011.

[RO] Făcute de cititoarea mea C.L. în vara lui 2011.

[EN] Just as I was preparing this post, the sun came out over Bucharest for a short while :-)

[RO] Pe când pregăteam această postare, soarele s-a ivit peste Bucureşti pentru scurt timp :-)

[EN] Who else but God knows all our thoughts?

[RO] Cine altcineva decât Dumnezeu ne ştie toate gândurile?

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Friday, 8 February 2013

Romanians, victims of racism in Brighton [Români, victime ale rasismului în Brighton]

Some four and a half years ago, in August 2008, a Romanian “was battered with fire estinguisher” in King’s Road, a well-known seafront street of Brighton.

What an awful thing to happen in the fun-loving Brighton, often praised as a European capital of tolerance, open-mindedness, political corectness and restless partying!

The man – aged 28, father of two, and owner of a little demolition and earth-moving firm – would die after eight days in hospital.

Tragic as it was, the incident didn’t bear racial connotations. The Romanian victim, described as “a really kind-hearted guy” happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

This excuse doesn’t seem to be valid in relation to the last violent attack to which two Romanians fell prey in Brighton a couple of weeks ago, in late January.

The two Romanians were specifically asked where they were from before being punched. Again, the beating took place in central Brighton – on a bus stop near the Royal Pavilion (pics 1 & 7).
It is the Sussex Police, not I (nor the Romanian media), that treats the crime as a “racially aggravating assault”, appealing to witnesses to come forward and say what they known.

These are places where I personally felt safe. However, this is no longer the case for many third (or even fourth!) class European citizens from Romania and Bulgaria.
Less and less welcome in Britain, Romanians and Bulgarians have been the target of a smear campaign lately.

They steal the jobs of Brits, they overburden the social security system and they generally cause a mess that Britan would be better off without.
By the beginning of next year, the restrictions on the UK job market for Romanians and Bulgarians should be lifted, and tabloids are aghast with this perspective.

But they felt the same in late 2006, before Romania and Bulgaria joined the EU. And the hordes of unwanted immigrants didn’t plunder Britain, did they?

It is not this group of underprivileged immigrants – the target of prejudice just like the Irish workers were in Victorian Britain – that would make the UK’s situation much worse.

Sadly, even for flagbearers of democracy like Great Britain it is easier to put the blame on various scapegoats, rather than uproot the true ills of society which are of a moral nature.

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