Sunday, April 18, 2010

Korada - Kanal at Soca

Corylus avellana. Common hazel.

Forest on the Korada mountain.

Forest on the Korada mountain.

The Soca river in Kanal at Soca. Picture taken from the bridge.

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From Sabotin to Korada

View of the Soca river.

Hikers on the mountain ridge above the Soca Valley.

Walking on the mountain ridge.

Salix caprea. Goat willow.

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The Soca River

Walking on the mountain ridge above the Soca Valley.

View of the Soca river from the mountain ridge.

The Soca Valley.

View from the mountain ridge above the Soca Valley.

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Notice 3

I am not permitted to submit comments about free press on the blog of a fighter for free press Brigitte Alfter.
It seems Brigitte is like our Slovenian "liberals".
Read this:
About 3 years ago one of the private TVs in Slovenia started emiting a one hour news program Svet na Kanalu A (World on Kanal A). It was soon among the most popular TV news programs. The editor was from the beginning Bojan Traven. He received a national award Viktor for special achievements in the year 2008. Because:

"... to break unwritten rules, to discover the pulse of people, to introduce different, fresh accession. To tell stories picturesquely, to play with dramarurgy. To introduce a new dynamics into the form. To encoutage others to follow you. To reject the seeming objectivity and to set up clear expression of views. To use the power of media so, that you move, change, to succed in helping "small people"to turn their stories for better ... These are the characteristics and reasons for the success of the project ... Today the news Svet na Kanalu A is recognizable for its own style and it has a wide circle of friendly viewers ... Svet na Kanalu A would not exist without its editor Bojan Traven."

But - in the autumn of 2008 came the election, the government changed. The coalition of left-wing parties took power at the end of the year. Soon it was clear that Svet na Kanalu A would not behave as expected: attacking Janez Jansa, now the leader of the opposition - as Slovenian media used to do for 20 years and more. Instead Svet na Kanalu A continued to be critical to those in power, they exposed the scandals, corruption, clientelism, lies ... inside the ruling left-wing parties and the circle of people connected to them.
Suddenly Bojan Traven became a most hated journalist - hated by the same people who had awarded him with a Viktor the previous year.
A few weeks ago Gregor Golobic, the Minister of Higher Education (philosopher Slavoj Zizek said about him: "He is my best friend! I love him! He is the future Slovene Stalin. He is a man of power. " From The Marx Brother, The New Yorker, 5 May 2003) said in an interview :
"I am talking about a trend, about a tendency, about what is obvious to everybody. Let's look about ourself. What is the role today of some pozars, some reporters, finances, kanalazations (meaning sewage system) media projects? (Pozar report, Reporter, Finance, Kanal A are the few independent media in Slovenia). Who are their bosses? Readers and viewers? So called "small people" whom they like so much to refer to?"
A few days after the interview the editor of Svet na Kanalu A Bojan Traven was fired.
The president of the Association of Journalists of Slovenia Grega Repovz wrote that Svet na Kanalu A is "from the viewpoint of journalism one of the problematic forms of pseudojournalism. It is a kind of populist journalism and if the decision of POP TV (Kanal A is part of POP TV) means that they reject this kind of journalism ... it is a new opportunity for restoring a serious journalism on Svet na Kanalu A and on POP TV in general. Journalists on POP TV demand that the media house cultivate profesional journalism."

Brigitte Alfter - fighter for free press - doesn't want to hear such stories.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Notice 2

I wanted to submit a comment on the Brigitte Alfter (the fighter for free press -whatever it is) blog. But the comment doesn't appear. So I will write it here.

Free Press

Free investigative journalist Magnus Berglund from Finland created a documentary TV program The Truth about Patria which was emited on Finish public TV YLE on 1 September 2008, 3 weeks before the general election in Slovenia. Immediately after that the program was presented to Slovenian public on Slovenian national TV. Slovenians could see how Magnus Berglund accussed Slovenian prime minister Janez Jansa of taking bribes.
"The Finish state-owned Patria bribed the prime minister of Slovenia" said Magnus Berglund.
Berglund presented no proofs, anyway the political campaign before Slovenian election was ruined. Nobody was talking about political programs any more. The sole theme in media and among people was the "corruption of JJ". The leaders of the opposition left-wing parties and their opinion makers were telling us incessantly about how credible the Finish media were and how Berglund certainly had proofs for his allegations.
Janez Jansa lost the election.
The left-wing parties won. Thus we now have (due to Magnus Berglund) a competent and honest government. See here.
When Slovenia brought a criminal case against Magnus Berglund (Brigitte Alfter wrote about it) the International Press Institute engaged in defence of Magnus Berglund.
Today more then 1 and a half year later it is clear that the accusations of Janez Jansa were lies. Will Magnus Berglund and IPI and Brigitte Alfter appologize to Janez Jansa and to Slovenians?

On the Way from Sabotin to Korada

Hikers on the mountain ridge. On the other side is the Holy Mountain with magnificent basilica on top.

St. Mary's basilica on the Holy Mountain above the Soca valley.

Hikers above the Soca valley.

Hikers on the mountain ridge.

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Monday, April 5, 2010

From Solkan to Kanal

Entering a cavern.



Hikers relaxing on the summit of Sabotin, watching towards Italy.

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From Solkan to Kanal

Solkan with the fountain in the main square.

From Solkan we ascended the Sabotin hill on the nothern side. We walked past the Austrian caverns from the WW I.

Austrian cavern.

Austrian cavern with the passage that leads to the top of Sabotin.

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Lower Carniola

Winter in March.

14 March - and over 50 cm of snow!

Wonderful day.

The walking was very hard - especially for those in the front of line.

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Monday, March 15, 2010

Hiking in Lower Carniola

Winter in March.

Ivy-clad trees in winter.

Break at the St. John the Baptist Church near Muljava in Lower Carniola.

Hiking in Lower Carniola.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Hiking in Upper Carniola

St. Mark's Church in Vrba.

The house in Vrba where the great Slovene poet France Preseren was born.

The house is turned into a museum.

Inside the house.

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Friday, February 12, 2010

Hiking in Upper Carniola

Village Zirovnica in snow.

Walking in snow.

Spring is near.

Church in Breznica.

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