Future UK diplomats :P

Well, to say the truth, I agree with professor Bieber`s doubt that some of his students will be in diplomacy. Ever. Especially those ones that made one of the funniest answers in exams in University of Kent, Canterbury, UK where he works as a lecturer in East European Politics at the Department of Politics and International Relations. Luckily for UK diplomacy ๐Ÿ˜›
What am I talking about? Here`s a link to a professor Bieber`s blog. Also, I recommend you to read some of the comments to that article ๐Ÿ˜†
I have found professor Bieber`s explanation about his blog entry in another blog (scroll down). I agree with some of his statements there – people are ignorant about some other countries, especially the ones that are not in their immediate surrounding. For instance, I doubt that more than 5% of people in ex-Yugoslavia has ever heard about Burkina Faso, for instance, and I doubt more than 0,1% knows about its history. But, then again, you would expect a bit more from students of political studies at university. At least that they have finished primary school with some basics in world history :doh: And geography. Serbia is in Europe and Algeria is in Africa. Countries of ex-Yugoslavia are in Balkan peninsula (south east of Europe) and Baltic region is in the north. Check people from central Europe has nothing to do with creation of Kingdom of Yugoslavia in 1929. :doh: And goulash is an excellent dish :chef: ๐Ÿ˜†
I don`t support conspiracy theory – once when you start with it you end up in finding conspiracy in goulash. Or even in cevapcici :chef: On my personal opinion, western diplomacy has made some big mistakes in Balkan during 90s because they made ad-hoc solutions made by interest and neglecting the history. Baron Carington tried to implement some of the solutions he tried in Zimbabwe (for professor Bieber`s students that may stumble on this post, Zimbabwe is in south Africa ๐Ÿ˜› ) but failed. Then some other people came (Vence and Owen) and did what they did but were soon replaced by some other people. So, today people in Balkan feel as a prouct of an political experiment. I wonder do they know what are they doing in Iraq and Afghanistan (again for those students, both countries are in Asia)? Is it going to end up like in Somalia (Africa)?
But I hate to write about politics (and especially about politicians) so I will stop here. For the conclusion of this post I will put one interesting photograph.


Hungarian goulash, an excellent dish. Trust me. I had it for lunch numerous times ๐Ÿ˜€

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67 Responses to Future UK diplomats :P

  1. Furie says:

    Vegetables? :yuck:

  2. SittingFox says:

    Hmm. British people have never struck me as being particularly ignorant of world geography / history. I don't know. Maybe things have changed since my day ๐Ÿ™„

  3. qlue says:

    Originally posted by gdare:

    Zimbabwe is in south Africa

    :no:. It's not that bad here! yet! :insane::lol:.

  4. Furie says:

    I haven't a clue about geography. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ I know Australia is close to New England, but that's about it.

  5. gdare says:

    Mik, goulash? No, it is mostly meat and some vegetables, yes. But meat is the most important :chef:New England in USA? There is a whole world between two of them :lol:Adele, sometimes I am surprised, I saw one research about how many books kids in Serbia read these days. I am ashamed to admit the results :cry:Aadil, I wrote "south" with small `S` so what I meant was `south of African continent` :PWhen I was a kid I could say the name of the capital of almost all countries in the world. Now, after changes in 90s has gone I am not sure I have ever heard of some of the countries. If I did, it was mostly because there was a war or some other ways of killings that bursted out in that part of the world :left:

  6. Spaggyj says:

    I must admit that my geography, too, is lacking. I know where most countries are, but I do not know my own country well. My history is not bad… But not good. I have a bad memory for things of importance, and a good one for nonsense. What vegetables are in the goulash, exactly?

  7. Dacotah says:

    I'm not good at geography.Nice photo. Never had that Hungarian goulash before. The one my mom made I don't think was really a Hungarian goulash, but it tastes good. ๐Ÿ˜€

  8. Dacotah says:

    ๐Ÿ˜€

  9. Spaggyj says:

    Ah, it is not for me. But it sounds very interesting!

  10. ellinidata says:

    :chef: pulls chair! ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks fr sharing

  11. claudeb says:

    Originally posted by gdare:

    I saw one research about how many books kids in Serbia read these days. I am ashamed to admit the results

    Don't be. They probably read the equivalent of a novel every few days on the Internet, but nobody's going to measure that, now will they?And I knew there was a country called Burkina Faso. I just didn't know anything about it. Good point, though.

  12. Suntana says:

    Darko, that Hungarian Goulash does look pretty good! I'd certainly try it. Do you normally eat it with bread? I'd of course want to eat it with either Chips & Salsa or Tortillas & Salsa.However, the link to which you provided a link for a recipe doesn't seem to reflect the Hungarian Goulash in the Pic. In the Pic I see carrots and potatoes. Those don't seem to be in that particular recipe. Not that I'm actually going to engage in trying out that or ANY recipe. :jester:

  13. Suntana says:

    :sherlock: Hmmm? Diplomats … Dip – lo – matsMats for putting underneath the Sour Cream & Onion Dip at parties so that when people dip down really low into the dip, they don't cause a big mess on the expensive table. Okay, maybe not … but, it COULD be if this comment "goes viral." Maybe I should go submit this new term to Urban Dictionary.

  14. Suntana says:

    Burkina? Ahhh, why yes, of course I know Burkina. Isn't that Christina Aguilera's cousin? Actually, I did know a Burkina. On the TV Show Grey's Anatomy, back when the characters Burke and Christina were a couple, they were collectively known as Burkina on the Message Boards. So, keep that in mind the next time y'all find yourselves on a Game Show. Don't go foolishly yelling out the answer that Burkina is a country.

  15. Suntana says:

    Or a Diplomat could be what Dancers use at rehearsal when they're practicing the Tango or whatever dances require dipping the woman really low. The Diplomat protects the woman in case the guy drops her. :yikes: :insane:

  16. gdare says:

    Originally posted by Spaggyj:

    Ah, it is not for me.

    Why? :left:Angeliki, I guessed you would like it. I think you don`t have hot and spicy food in Greece (for those students, south of Europe ๐Ÿ˜› ) but it could be prepared without hot spices at all :chef:Felix, I even know it was called Upper Volta until about 20 years ago. I guess it puts me in those 0,1% :yes:Carlos, ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜† this is the most complete explanation of word "diplomat" I have ever heard :yes: I prefer that one with sour cream and onion dip :chef:

  17. Spaggyj says:

    I am not fond of beef or tomato ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  18. sanshan says:

    *wondering if Dare can follow a recipe and actually cook somethingk?* ๐Ÿ™„

  19. Stardancer says:

    That goulash looks really good, Darko. Save me some, please.:D

  20. sanshan says:

    2 cups of wine!? Do you drink that before you start cooking? ๐Ÿ˜†

  21. gdare says:

    Kimmie :awww:San, actually, I made puszta goulash ( http://www.vivarmenia.com/recipes/recipe/Puszta_-_Guly_s___Goulash__/15/ ) once and it was much better than I expected, it was excellent :chef:Star I bet you would like it :DLinda, originaly, hungarians put hot spices in their food but it could be done without them as well :chef:

  22. gdare says:

    Linda :lol::sst: I guess you meant Upper Volta. Upper Volga would be area around the Moscow, Russia where it rises ๐Ÿ˜€

  23. L2D2 says:

    My geography is spotty to say the least. And didn't recognize Burkina Faso, but DID remember upper Volga. Nearly every country in Africa has change it's name during my adulthood, and in South America, also. I still prefer the name Ceylon to Sri Lanka. Just hoping that the United States of America doesn't soon become the Subjugated States of Barak.

  24. L2D2 says:

    That does look good for sure. About to go and look at that recipe. I love every vegetable I have ever met, and I love beef, pork, chicken, turkey, fish, seafood— Not sure about hot peppers if that's what they are. I don't like hot.

  25. gdare says:

    Of course! When you open a bottle, it is a waste to leave it just like that :drunk:

  26. studio41 says:

    the goulash looks great!

  27. studio41 says:

    oh wait! was this a conspiracy to get Furie to eat his vegetables? Originally posted by Furie:

    Vegetables?

    ๐Ÿ˜€ "once when you start with it you end up in finding conspiracy in goulash" –Darko

  28. raniakasim says:

    well Darko , the extent of the political propaganda plays an important role in this aspect . students depend completely on their teachers to get knowledge about other countries and their history which is somehow limited resource , as i think . for example take the Zionism movement and its lobby they successed in fraud the facts ,the history and alleged that it is their right, though it is ours, and what western people know? They know only what the Zionic Lobby let them to know

  29. Furie says:

    Never! :knight:

  30. qlue says:

    How can anyone who has an email address not be well aquainted with Burkina Faso? :lol:.

  31. edwardpiercy says:

    Darko, I am surprised and shocked to find such a blatant support for Goulashism on your blog. Shocked!:p :pOriginally posted by gdare:

    I wrote "south" with small `S` so what I meant was `south of African continent`

    "south" is in fact correct as meaning a direction, although it could also be "southern" as in southern Africa. They are used interchangeably in English, as in south Texas or whatever. So you were correct. Just FYI.

  32. gdare says:

    Rania, I would not go that far because it would become conspiracy theory in no time. There is a little bit of truth in every story, though…Jill, I knew you like conspiracies :devil:Mik, c`mon, you know you want it :devil:Aadil, some of us have good anti-spam filters :PEd, thanks for explanation. I thought South Africa is written with capital `s` though (like in Republic of South Africa) :left:

  33. edwardpiercy says:

    That is correct also, of course.

  34. SqueakeyCat says:

    ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜†

  35. gdare says:

    Kim ๐Ÿ˜€

  36. SqueakeyCat says:

    hello, long time no be here, but if you read my blog as of late, you will understand why.how are you doing?

  37. qlue says:

    Originally posted by edwardpiercy:

    it could also be "southern"

    South Africa is just the one country. Southern Africa is the entire region of SADC countries! :up:. (or at least, that's how I understand it! :left:)

  38. raniakasim says:

    ur answer is so diplomatic, i think u deserve the title :up: any way i agree with u , there is no need to go so far

  39. edwardpiercy says:

    @ Mad.That's exactly what I said — "south" or "southern" in terms of direction, South Africa for the country.Which makes me bring this up — "he was born in northern South Africa.""Texas is located in southern North America."and of course let's not forget…"He attended the University of Northern Eastern South Dakota."

  40. gdare says:

    Kim, being very busy this year I had to neglect some of the blogs I visited regularly; it was not my intention but I simply didn`t have time; I promise I will find it to go to visit your blog soon :up:Rania, I have to be diplomatic ๐Ÿ˜€ My friends and other people who visit this blog are different from religion and nation background; also, my intention was not to offend anyone but to make a point – someone who want to be in diplomacy for some region should know a bit more about it from the very beginning – history of Balkan proves that this is sensible area with a lot of religions and nations; and some of them are not friendly toward each other; interfering needs a lot of knowledge and skill :up:EdOriginally posted by edwardpiercy:

    "He attended the University of Northern Eastern South Dakota."

    :faint:

  41. raniakasim says:

    ur right , i will consider ur comment as an advise for me thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  42. SqueakeyCat says:

    Very understandable Darko.

  43. gdare says:

    Rania :)Kim, thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  44. studio41 says:

    Originally posted by Furie:

    Never!

    ๐Ÿ˜€ Originally posted by gdare:

    Jill, I knew you like conspiracies

    :coffee: Originally posted by edwardpiercy:

    I am surprised and shocked to find such a blatant support for Goulashism on your blog.

    ๐Ÿ˜†

  45. gdare says:

    ๐Ÿ˜€

  46. Marike79 says:

    that goulash look good! yummyMy geographical knowledge was baaad ๐Ÿ˜ฎ until I went to England and lived and worked with people all over the world ๐Ÿ˜€

  47. gdare says:

    ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜†

  48. gdare says:

    So, can you tell where the Serbia is, now? ๐Ÿ˜€

  49. gdare says:

    Wow!!! I am amazed!!!:P

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