Issue 199

GENERATION DATA

Data science has the power to provide invaluable insight for the competitive advantage of businesses. When analyzed by experts, it can bring actionable information to the organization when it needs it most – enabling companies to measure, track and record performance as well as facilitate enhanced decision-making.

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CAR OF DISCORD

Everyone who has had some work to do with the Bulgarian police should have noticed the despicable conditions in which rank and file officers often work. Their uniforms are bad, their offices have been last repaired in the times when the Bulgarian police was called People's Militia, and they often have to pay out of their pocket for fuel to drive their rather old and rusty patrol cars.

Seemingly, some officers have found an ingenious way to drive something better. No, we are not talking about the confiscated Porsche that Sofia police used to patrol with in the 2000s.

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BULGARIA'S BEST ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES

Bulgaria has the greatest number of archaeological sites in Europe after Greece and Italy. Every tour guide worth their badge has proclaimed this at least once to Bulgarian and foreign tourists. The adage is a compelling image of the country, but it is misleading. The great majority of Bulgaria's archaeological sites are interesting to archaeologists only and/or are in a condition that is hardly inspirational or Instagram-friendly: overgrown, looted by treasure hunters, devoid of tourist infrastructure and even signage.

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THE REPUBLIC PASS CROSSES WHICH MOUNTAIN?

1. What do Bulgarians celebrate on 6 May?

A. St George's Feast

B. Liberation

C. Independence

2. Where do you go for spa delights and Roman ruins?

A. Velingrad

B. Hisarya

C. Devin

3. Where is Bulgaria's Railway Museum?

A. Sofia

B. Plovdiv

C. Ruse

4. Which is Bulgaria's longest and deepest cave?

A. Devetashka Cave

B. Kolkina Dupka

C. Devil's Throat

5. Who was the founder of Bulgaria?

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MOUNTAIN OF (NO) GOD

Gods and mountains go together. Zeus resided on the Olympus and a Tibetan Buddhist goddess – on the Everest, while God notoriously chose Mount Sinai as the place to give Moses the Ten Commandments.

One of Bulgaria's most spectacular mountains is also connected to a god – or to the lack of him. Pirin, in the southwest, was named after the Slavic thunder god, Perun, yet one of its summits is called Bezbog, or Godless.

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QUOTE-UNQUOTE

GERB want a Latin American type of stability – a handful of people and companies getting all the money while the rest of the people are poor or emigrate to escape being poor.

Asen Vasilev, Changes Continued

One of the political players, CC-DB, were unable to win the election. The other political player, GERB, were unable to lose them.

Arman Babikyan, political commentator

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'ALLO 'ALLO?

Today Bulgaria, reportedly, has one of the best Internet networks in the world. This may be hard to believe because the country connected to the World Wide Web rather late, in 1989, and only got its first website in 1993.

When you look back in time to see how Bulgaria adopted other means of modern communication technology, you will recognise a pattern – after a reluctant adoption, an innovation quickly becomes ubiquitous, mastered by an enthusiastic younger generation. The story of how electric telegraphy arrived in the Bulgarian lands is a case in point.

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WHERE IN BULGARIA ARE YOU?

Growing roses and extracting valuable attar of roses is a big thing here in springtime. And the area is doted with bigger and smaller mounds most of which conceal tombs belonging to ancient Thracian nobility. The area is squeezed between two major mountain ranges, the Stara Planina and the Sredna Gora. What is the name of the big town in the Valley of Roses?

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LAPSE OF TIME

Sofia, with its numerous parks, is not short of monuments and statues referring to the country's rich history. In the Borisova Garden park for example, busts of freedom fighters, politicians and artists practically line up the alleys. On some of those, like the 19th century revolutionaries and national heroes Vasil Levski and Hristo Botev, people still lay flowers.

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ON A LUXURY HOLIDAY IN BULGARIA

Modern luxury is all about subtle comfort, elegant aesthetics and the feeling that all of our needs have been met and catered for even before we have realised their existence. In Bulgaria, we find this in selected hotels and resorts that value their clients and provide them with a wholesome experience, where comfort and pleasure combine in an inimitable way, and nature and its beneficial effects are always nearby.

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BULGARIA DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR

What happened in Bulgaria during the Second World War? The events, the major and minor political players and their decisions, the role that bad and good luck played in this country between 1939 and 1945 are often contradictory and hard to explain to outsiders – or to Bulgarians, for that matter. The country started the war being neutral. It became an ardent Nazi ally, but refused to declare war on the USSR. Instead, it declared a "symbolic" war on Britain and the United States. It kept most of the Jews under its jurisdiction from deportation to the death camps.

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