KEYWORDS TODAY:   ENERGY BOARDNIKOLAI KOBLIAKOVOUTLOOK 2020NATOUKRAINESANCTIONSSOTLOFF

Blunder Mars Bulgarian President 1st New Year Address

Society | January 2, 2013, Wednesday // 11:41| Views: 2401 | Comments: 1
  • Send to Kindle
Blunder Mars Bulgarian President 1st New Year Address: Blunder Mars Bulgarian President 1st New Year Address The collage of Lado, showing the now infamous picture of Aspen, CO, US, presented in the President's New Year's address as an example of the beauty of Bulgarian nature. Photo by Facebook

The first ever televised New Year's address of Bulgarian President, Rosen Plevneliev, stirred heated debates in the country with some applauding it and others ridiculing it over a serious blunder.

People who laud Plevneliev say the speech was emotional, touching and very different from those delivered for 10 years in a row by his predecessor and former socialist leader, Georgi Parvanov.

The new elements included the decision to record the address inside the library of the Sofia University, the backdrop with pictures from important for Bulgaria events in 2012, photographs of talented youngsters winning prestigious education awards, of people who risked their lives or perished in helping others, special greetings to Bulgarian expats and soldiers serving in the NATO mission in Afghanistan.

One picture, however, triggered a storm of reactions. In the speech, Plevneliev described Bulgaria as one of the oldest States in Europe, with ancient culture, rich history, and unique nature while the pictures scrolling on the background showed the Tsarevets fortress in the old capital Veliko Tarnovo and right after it – a picturesque mountain landscape with snow-covered peaks and lush meadows.

The ridicule flared after a well-known Bulgarian collage-maker, Vladimir Doychinov AKA Lado, recognized the landscape as being a picture from the Rocky Mountains in the US State of Colorado, and spread it on social networks.

Another interesting detail is the fact the same picture has been published on the official sites of tourist company Balkantourist and of Bulgarica.com as advertisement for one of Bulgaria's top ski resorts – Pamporovo.

Amidst an avalanche of comments, ranging from jokes to outrage, one of the largest Facebook groups "Occupy Bulgaria" asked if the US has been annexed to Bulgaria right before the arrival of 2013.

Society » Be a reporter: Write and send your article
Tags: collage, Lado, pictures, Aspen, president, New Year's, Bulgarian, Nature, Rosen Plevneliev, Rocky Mountains, US, Colorado, Pamporovo
Expats.bg All Are Welcome! Join Now!

Leave a comment


» To the forumComments (1)
#1
Chushki - 2 Jan 2013 // 14:20:14

"Serious blunder" - even by Novinite's standards of over-exaggeration this is pushing it.

Bulgaria news Novinite.com (Sofia News Agency - www.sofianewsagency.com) is unique with being a real time news provider in English that informs its readers about the latest Bulgarian news. The editorial staff also publishes a daily online newspaper "Sofia Morning News." Novinite.com (Sofia News Agency - www.sofianewsagency.com) and Sofia Morning News publish the latest economic, political and cultural news that take place in Bulgaria. Foreign media analysis on Bulgaria and World News in Brief are also part of the web site and the online newspaper. News Bulgaria