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Another Use for Raki

Yesterday's Scotsman carried a Reuters story about Skender Prushi from Lac who owns a miniature copy of the Koran. Those who want to handle the little book have to wash their hands in raki first.

The National Examiner has a story about Rubena Sukaj, an Albanian volleyball player, now playing in the US.

Thanks again to Stephen Tanghe who drew my attention to a couple of pieces from the New Yorker. The first is a short story by Kadare, 'The Albanian Writers' Union as Mirrored by a Woman', and the second is an interview with Kadare.

Stephen also supplied a link to a series of articles on Albania from the Atlantic Monthly, published over a thirty year period from 1963-1993. Unfortunately, a subscription is required to view these articles, but local libraries may have access.

Finally, Paddie Holdsworth sent me a piece on Kruja that she wrote for the Yorkshire Gazette & Herald.


DAI said…

The other day I tried in vain to send you a comment about your great pics of "Autumn in the park", but had Internet problems......Anyway, I was suggesting that they were worth celebrating with a shot of raki (the home produced one, of course! ...;-)

Thanks for the great work of yours about the news collection about Albania!
Alwyn said…
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ourmanintirana said…
Your welcome. Sorry I haven't been in touch - food poisoning. Maybe I need some medicinal raki.

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