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Tsvetana Pironkova From Plovdiv: The Next Famous Bulgarian?

Jun 29, 2010 No Comments by

Tsvetana Pironkova, from Bulgaria, beat Venus Williams at Wimbledon today. The 22 year old Pironkova was on fine form. For tennis fans, the signs were good for her before Wimbledon after she beat fifth-seeded, and former Olympic champion, Russia’s Elena’s Dementieva. But her Wimbledon result is more than tennis, it’s a little like the World [...]

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Bansko Jazz Festival Programme 2010: The Doctor Reveals All

Jun 24, 2010 20 Comments by

The Bansko Jazz Festival 2010 runs from 8th August to 13th August. So, as keen as mustard, I attended the media and press launch of the Bansko Internaional Jazz Festival 2010 programme at Sofia’s BTV building. The legendary festival organiser, Dr Emil Iliev, spoke about this year’s event and the programme of international musicians. I [...]

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How A Bolyarka Beer Saved Me From Blast Injury. A Trabant Fest In Velhiko Tarnovo

Mar 23, 2010 No Comments by

Nope not another Bansko video report! Time for a weekend escape. Trabant fans know that the picture above is from the medieval historical capital of Bulgaria, Velhiko Tarnovo and the Trabant Fest. So much to do and see, that on Saturday, after an early morning climb up to the Tsaravets fortress, I headed straight for, [...]

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Are My Top 12 Bansko Bars And Restaurants Yours Too?

Mar 02, 2010 37 Comments by

I recently reviewed some Bansko bars and restaurants which had music events that I had particularly enjoyed so far this season. Bars such as The Happy End, JJ Murphy’s first birthday party and the resident musician, “The Lizard” at Harry’s bar, have all shown what live music can bring to Bansko’s apres ski.  So what [...]

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JJ Murphy’s Party: Ani Lozanova And Free Beer

Feb 12, 2010 4 Comments by

Ani Lozanova and her band will be rocking the night away at JJ Murphy’s first anniversary party on Friday 19th February. It’s been one year since JJ Murphy’s opened its Bansko branch of their famous Murphy’s in Sofia. And what a party we have! Just check out Ani and her band in the video I [...]

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Bansko Bars And Restaurants: A Musical Theme

Feb 05, 2010 No Comments by

I’ve been taking in several Bansko bars and restaurants over the last six weeks. So it was high time that I offered an updated mention of those I have particularly enjoyed. So from gentle piano playing, to hard rock and to the upscale Sing Sing piano bar… it’s time to sample what Bansko does well: [...]

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Weather Forecast: Has Winter Arrived?

Jan 15, 2010 No Comments

Bansko weather forecast is for light snow flurries. No video report from Ivanka today or picture. The next best thing is surely this lady from the Happy End podium…  Enough of that. There is a weak weather front over South Eastern Bulgaria but the main warm front will remain in Greece. So snow falls will [...]

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