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Entry no.: 957

7 Jan 2010, 9:35 AM

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Romania Winter crows 1

Winter crows, Cristian -Kit- Paul, Bucharest, 2010.

Bucharest. Click here or on the image to view video.

Entry no.: 928

9 Dec 2009, 9:25 AM

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Romania 20 years after

Aneta Bogdan, Cristian 'Kit' Paul in Irina Păcurariu's 'The Other Romania... 20 Years After', Bucharest, 2009.

Aneta Bogdan and myself in Irina Păcurariu's 'The Other Romania... 20 Years After'. Click here or on the image for the video.

TV producer Irina Păcurariu marks two decades from the Romanian Revolution of 1989 — and 20 of democracy — with the show "The Other Romania... 20 Years After", to be aired on Decembrie 15 at 11:00 PM on TVR1.

The segment will be further expanded in a subsequent edition, tentatively announced for January 13, 2010.

Also, you will recognize footage shot and edited by Camil Tulcan for the first and the second Cuculand episodes.

Update: "Our" segment is the one scheduled for January 13.

Entry no.: 903

20 Nov 2009, 9:47 PM

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Romania Decât o Revistă

Decât o Revistă magazine, cover, Bucharest 2009.

Decât o Revistă, cover.

From the launch of Omagiu Magazine in 2005 (noted here) nothing cool happened in the Romanian printed magazine landscape.

Until this month, that is, when Decât o Revistă (loosely translates as Just a Magazine although it fails to convey the sense of irony) hit the streets after a masterfully conducted teasing campaign mainly via social media (follow @decatorevista on Twitter or befriend it on Facebook) but not only — see the viral video about Apropo TV's T-shirts.

What sets this magazine apart is its voluntarism.

What sets this magazine apart is its voluntarism: all content was created pro bono by a core team of five people — Cristian Lupșa, Raymond Bobar, Lavinia Gliga, Gabriel Dobre and Sebastian Ispas — together with over 40 contributors, including my Brandient colleagues Bogdan Dumitrache, Eugen Erhan, Iancu Barbărasă and Ciprian Bădălan, as well as high-profile photographers Cosmin Bumbuț, Alex Gâlmeanu, Andrei Pungovschi and radio star Răzvan Exarhu.

Coperta contează (The cover matters) article featuring my brandient colleagues my Brandient colleagues Bogdan Dumitrache, Iancu Barbărasă and Ciprian Bădălan, Bucharest, 2009.

"The cover matters" article featuring artwork by my fellow Brandient designers Bogdan Dumitrache, Iancu Barbărasă and Ciprian Bădălan.

The editorial team's intentions with Decât o Revistă project were well documented by Cristian Lupșa on his blog: quality journalism, convincing visuals, sincerity, dialogue, accomplishing more with less, testing the market, having fun. All checked, I'd say.

Raymond Bobar (Omagiu Magazine, Romanian Esquire, Romanian Men’s Health) signs the magazine's art direction and his work is excellent. For a detailed look into the design process head to his blog.

Decât o Revistă, Lavinia Gliga's article on Romanian diacritics, Bucharest 2009.

Lavinia Gliga's 10-page article on Romanian diacritics.

I am happy to note that DoR's pièce de résistance is Lavinia Gliga's 10-page — outstandingly researched — article on diacritics wherein I'm quoted for my look into Romanian diacritic marks. Thank you, Lavinia.

Just perfect. Give me more.

Update: Yes, the project will continue. Godspeed.

Entry no.: 776

9 Jul 2009, 10:08 AM

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Romania Update on the status quo

I. L. Caragiale blindfolded Guantánamo-style, Cristian -Kit- Paul, Bucharest, 2009.

We better blindfold (Guantánamo-style) our critics and fathers, our role models and history — we no longer need them, they no longer know us.

Entry no.: 451

10 Mar 2008, 1:57 PM

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Romania Closer

Love is all we need, Cristian -Kit- Paul, Bucharest, 2008.

Please, give those architects some credit here—bringing people closer is a great, beautiful thing.

Entry no.: 273

4 Oct 2007, 2:17 PM

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Romania Undesigned

It's too dark to see, Cristian -Kit- Paul, Bucharest

A paralyzed man asked for my help this morning. He just crossed the road in his wheelchair and he was attempting to escalate the sidewalk curb—without a chance of succeeding. I did my best, but at one time, while climbing down the high curb, the frame touched the ground and the wheelchair got stuck.

Not without a sense of weird irony, all this was taking place on the sidewalk in front of Victoria Palace (the government building). The guards were watching.

The curbstones in front of the government building are brand new. A few days ago the old stone blocks were removed and the new ones placed in their place. Here's the catch: the old ones did have wheelchair ramps. The new ones don't.

Fuck that, why ramps? We're a healthy nation in perfect shape! Look on the streets: no infirm folks, no wheelchairs.

Because they cannot possibly afford to leave their homes.

I did not have the opportunity to share a disabled person's view on things—minor things, like high sidewalk curbs and lack of proper wheelchair access ramps turn into a living hell. Designed by incompetent morons and built by two-legged brutes, the streets are constructed against the handicapped.

A big hand of applause for the Mayor of Bucharest and for all those wonderful, decent people who run this city—thank you, guys!

Entry no.: 259

26 Sep 2007, 6:04 PM

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Romania Reconcile

Romanian Atheneum, Cristian -Kit- Paul, Bucharest, 2007

Romanian Atheneum in Bucharest, as seen last night.

We love to hate its guts, but every now and then we must concede: Bucharest has its moments. Yes, they are still few and far in-between, but they do exist and least we can do is stop in our way for a minute and acknowledge them.

Entry no.: 224

2 Sep 2007, 5:57 PM

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Romania Grand master, humble

Victor Rebengiuc, Cristian -Kit- Paul, Bucharest, 2007

Victor Rebengiuc, one of Romania's greatest living actors, Bucharest, 2007.

Accomplished greatness comes prepackaged with either ginormous arrogance or serene humbleness and it rarely falls in between.

With a monumental filmography comprising almost fifty movies — and spanning over more than 5 decades — Victor Rebengiuc manages to remain a sweet, gentle giant.

Entry no.: 197

1 Aug 2007, 3:55 PM

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Romania 26°C drop in a week

Weather goes berserk

From 41°C a week ago to 15°C today. Cristian Kit Paul, Bucharest, 2007

In Bucharest the temperature dropped from 41°C a week ago to 15°C today. That's a 26°C variation in a week. Many countries do not have such a contrast between summer and winter, let alone in a few days.

And the 41°C is the official figure measured just outside the city — while on Bucharest boulevards temperatures in excess of 45 were noted. That would mark a more than 30°C decrease.

Come on folks, we can do better than this! Now close the fridges and switch on the heaters to try this again.

Entry no.: 191

26 Jul 2007, 10:22 AM

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Romania Cultural statements

Mona Lisa stencil graffiti, Cristian Kit Paul, Oxford 2004

Mona Lisa stencil graffiti, Oxford 2004.

Mona Lisa stencil graffiti, Cristian Kit Paul, Bucharest 2007

Mona Lisa-Woody Woodpecker stencil graffiti in Roman Square, Bucharest 2007.

Oxford's stencil statement renders a scholarly tongue-in-cheek play on representation medium — art paint in spray-pait, 4 years in 4 minutes etc. Street-level postmodernism.

Bucharest street artist chooses to morph renaissance magnum opus into screwball comedy (Woody Woodpecker plays Mona Lisa or vice-versa) with a deeper layers of meaning: during communism (our childhood) among the few American1 cartoon shows allowed on Romanian Public Television2 were Woody Woodpecker episodes.

I see classroom pundit witticism vs. street retro-anarchy. What do you see?

1 Read "capitalist imperialism," as the communist propaganda machinery dubbed Western countries in general and America in special.

2 State-owned and then tightly controlled Romanian Public Television was the only television station in existence. Commercial TV station were unimaginable at the time.

Entry no.: 55

3 Jan 2007, 2:09 AM

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Romania What if

Becali claimes victory in Romania's presidential runoff

I don't enjoy writing about politics, but as 2006 was drawing to an end, developments were building up.

A few remarkable specimens crawled out of the sewers lately but they're marginal compared to the one who has the power to rule them all. And it's not even his merit. It is media's.

Some journalists have little reason for sleeping well at night — during 2006 they proved crassly irresponsible in a self-distructive kind of way by promoting the extreme-right "militant of light," Mr. Becali, a growing force that once created by reckless media people is rapidly becoming a serious menace.

Consequently, he clocks in second now in the polls and experts predict his figures will continue to climb in 2007. Consider the following dystopian scenario: a heart attack or an accident disables President Basescu in near future. What then?

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26 Sep 2006, 1:22 AM


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Romania Summit

The full half


This XIth Francophonie Summit in Bucharest will paralyze the centre of the city and the hysteria already begun. Closed streets, police, helicopters, poker-faced guys with swollen armpits, unavailable parking spots, closed institutions.

Even dogs have to get passing permits in order to have access on the closed streets.

We're opening up towards Europe by closing down the city to its own citizens.

However, let's see the full half of glass in the story — I think this is a reasonable price to pay for all the refurbishing that's going on in Bucharest for the last few weeks. We now have a cleaner city that hopefully will educate the citizens that cleaner is better. Even the Victory Square and its surroundings turned into a more civilized place.