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Commenting article: "Toto, I've a Feeling We Are Not in EU Any More!"

This is what Dorothy from "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" would have said to her dog friend Toto if they were in 21st century, EU-member-state Bulgaria.

Except in this case Dorothy and Toto would not be taken away by a cyclone as in Kansas. Instead, they could disappear with the kind assistance on part of the gangs of nice kidnappers that have been targeting prominent Bulgarian businessmen over the last several months.

The President of the Litex Football Club Angel Bonchev, his wife Aneliya Boncheva, the businessman Kiro Kirov, the still missing prominent manager Vene Sotirov - these are just a few of those who recently fell pray to Bulgaria's kidnapping mafia that abducts rich or prominent people for ransom...

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#1
Mat - 22 Apr 2009 // 16:43:17

Mobilise the army? What nonsense is this? Kidnappings may be high profile but at a couple a year they are hardly common....

#2
Phyllis - 22 Apr 2009 // 20:06:58

@SNA
Dorthy had ruby red slippers not silver shoes!

#3
Devil's Advocate - 22 Apr 2009 // 20:47:02

"Dorothy and Toto would not be taken away by a cyclone as in Kansas."

Oh SNA, I love how you miss use English! It is so humorous!

A cyclone is basically another word for Hurricane. You need lots of water and tropical climates for them to develop and since the state of Kansas is land-locked, I doubt we will see one there any time soon. Please take some time to look up tornado in the dictionary. That would be the most correct word! :-)

"Dorothy has got her Silver Shoes that could help her escape from her potential abductors but none of the prominent Bulgarian victims have anything like that."

Phyllis is correct they are ruby red slippers not "Silver Shoes" which is also erroneously capitalized b/c it is not a proper noun.

I only bring this up because it distracts from the message of the article.

#4
g_washington - 22 Apr 2009 // 20:59:32

Hmmm seems to me that "miss use" is a misuse of the English language...

btw, to all those who wrongly believe the author made a mistake with Dorothy's shoes - in the original book, she wore SILVER SHOES. the movie creators changed them to RUBY SLIPPERS.

here: "In L. Frank Baum's original novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Dorothy wore silver shoes. The movie's creators changed them from silver to ruby to take advantage of the chromatic possibilities of the new Technicolor film process."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruby_slippers

#5
CJB - 22 Apr 2009 // 23:11:15

They also have kidnappings of businessmen in Greece, which have reached "epidemic proportions" apparently. Are these Bulgarian kidnappers or local Greek ones? Answer me, Novinite!

#6
WickedWitch - 23 Apr 2009 // 15:07:53

Hah, shows who's read the book and who's only seen the movie.

In the original book, Dorothy wore silver shoes. That apparently wasn't good enough for MGM and she wore ruby ones in the movie.

DA, proper nouns can be capitalized in works of fiction if they are Objects of Importance, a rule which is completely misused in fantasy books, but still a rule.

The last erroneous assertion I have to correct is in the article. Dorothy's minions were not transformed by magic either by the wizard or by Galinda but by what they'd become in their quest.

I should know.

#7
Bill - 23 Apr 2009 // 15:50:01

WW:

I could well be wrong, because it's been ages since I saw the movie, and even longer ince I read the book, but didn't Dorothy get her red shoes off of the wicked witch after the house fell on her?

#8
iamsoobored - 23 Apr 2009 // 16:00:27

In the film, Dorothy acquires the slippers after her house falls on and kills the Wicked Witch of the East, freeing the Munchkins from the Witch's tyranny. In return for her unintentional good deed, Dorothy receives the slippers to protect her from the Witch's vengeful sister, the Wicked Witch of the West. Dorothy knows the slippers are magical, but she is unaware of their specific powers. Only at the end of the film does Glinda, the Good Witch of the North, reveal the slippers' secret: Whenever Dorothy wishes, she can return home to Kansas by simply clicking her heels three times and repeating, "There's no place like home".

In L. Frank Baum's original novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Dorothy wore silver shoes. The movie's creators changed them from silver to ruby to take advantage of the chromatic possibilities of the new Technicolor film process.

#9
van4eto - 23 Apr 2009 // 16:01:30

Compliments for g_washington!

Oh, Wichie Bitchie/ DA
You are the most prominent English language and lit experts my humble personality has ever come across.

Where is Nellie The Lady today? She should has posted something as well to top it all off.

#10
cymru - 23 Apr 2009 // 16:07:35

Devil's Advocate

'Oh SNA, I love how you miss use English! It is so humorous!'

Have you not noticed how the English language on the SNA site has improved a huge amount over the past couple of months? Yes still the odd mistake but generally much better I think.

Cymru - Mae Hen Gwlad Fu Nhadau

#11
Bill - 23 Apr 2009 // 16:09:42

WW;

That's certainly a possibility (the technicolor process). I was pretty young when that was invented!

#12
Bill - 23 Apr 2009 // 16:11:37

WW:

While I'm thinking about it, were you aware that Technicolor was the name of the company which did the work? That's why the films all say "Color by Technicolor" rather than "in technicolor".

#13
iamsoobored - 23 Apr 2009 // 17:18:29

"Toto, I've a Feeling We Are Not in EU Any More"

Actually, as far as Bulgaria is concerned:"Toto, I've a Feeling We Are Not Yet in the EU". All EU restrictions on Bulgarians will be lifted by 2014.

#14
WickedWitch - 23 Apr 2009 // 21:14:32

Bill,

Not in the book she didn't. In the book, she got her silver shoes once the witch's body dissolved.

#15
WickedWitch - 23 Apr 2009 // 21:17:18

vaniusha,

Given that you confuse Metamorphosis with Metamorphoses, I'm tempted to believe you. I think a real literature expert would run away from like diavol ot tamian.

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