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Romania’s soccer team drew 1-1 to DR Congo last week in a friendly game in preparation for the EURO 2016 France.

The weak performance against Congo (rated 52 by FIFA) drew the ire of two of the most popular FM radio disc jockeys in Romania, Morar & Buzdugan, the morning show hosts at Radio Zu (a privately own station with national coverage).

And they channeled that ire into an outright racist rant against DR Congo’s players. More, they dropped insults to France’s national soccer team (Romania’s opponent in the opening game at EURO 2016) and used a famous Disney song as a racist joke.

Buzdugan (first left) and Morar (second right) - source: RadioZu.ro Buzdugan (first left) and Morar (second right) offering apologies to Congolese diplomats in Bucharest – source: RadioZu.ro

 

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It takes only two little steps to uncover a couple of digital treasures of Romanian origin in the publicly available digital archive at the Toronto Public Library.

They are free children books published in … 1896.

Here is how to get them.

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1. Go to http://www.tpl.ca and follow the Digital Archive link.

 

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I was lucky to be around when multiple award winning, Romanian photographer Silviu Ghetie begun his career.

It was early 1990s, in our Transylvanian hometown Baia Mare, when I befriended Silviu, and occasionally served as a model during his shoots. I loved the cinematic quality coming out of his portraits, including mine. Have a look…

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