Ask me how much I knew about Albania before coming here and my list would be a short one: Enver Hoxha, bunkers and Sir Norman Wisdom. I have no idea when or how I acquired this extensive body of knowledge, but the association of Norman Wisdom with Albania was by far the most interesting part of it. I remember watching Norman Wisdom's old films on British television. My parents were fans of his wholesome, slapstick comedy, but apparently missed the ideological significance of Pitkin's relationship with Mr Grimsdale. Pitkin, the downtrodden and oppressed representative of the workers, triumphed every time over his capitalist oppressor, Mr Grimsdale - and he got the girl. It took a theorist of Hoxha's insight and profundity to discern this deeper political message. It always seemed tremendously unlikely, yet the story of Sir Norman's fame in Albania has been reported in worthy sources like the BBC , the Guardian and the Daily Telegraph . According to the Guardian, when Wi
And Alwyn he at least agrees with you at one point:
... The streets are a slow crawl of large cars: BMWs, Porsche Cayennes, blacked-out Range Rovers, Humvees and the ubiquitous tribe of Benzes – all stolen, of course, from Germany and Italy.
Great find anyway... I need to save this and give it my girlfriend when I need a reason to break up with her. I am sure after reading it, she wouldn't be caught dead next to an Albanian. So thanks again, MATE!
The problem ism lots of other people who also know nothing about the country might *gasp* take him seriously.
Nejse, s'po kam n'qief me humb hohen me budallet.
I was raised by honest parents in an honest way, my sister aims at being a doctor not a gangster bitch. And there are millions more just like them who strive daily, so you know, it's just hard to sit by and take his.
-"homeless incontinent’s toilet" -"distressingly skimpy second scrotums"
-"Albanians are short and ferret-faced, with the unisex stumpy, slightly bowed legs of shetland ponies"
-"a nation of dupes waiting to be taken"
-"grim, hunkered, crumbling commie squalor, with kids kicking balls and toothless ancients sitting like lonely loonies on benches, staring at the angry graffiti"
-"The smelly, tideless Adriatic limply washes nameless slurry onto the shore"
-"grim warrens of piss-stained grey boxes"
-"ripped up and smashed stretches of urban exhaustion and collapse"
Yep, get me the first flight to Mother Theresa Airport in Tirana, named "after a woman who devoted herself to helping people die."
As the old saying goes, it is all relative; to some the glass is half full and to some the glass is half empty. Obviously we (Albanians) have to see it as half full :)
he says nobody wears a watch. are you kidding me? next to the mobile phone vendors are the guys selling imitation watches, just like other minorities do here in nyc.
gill doesnt know what he's talking about. i never heard about this guy until tonight. hes a nobody.
What this idiot needs to do, is open up a history book and understand that his ancestors and the rest of Europe for centuries used Albania as a way to pay their debts amongst each other. Albania has been split, reunited, divided, invaded and destroyed by every single war in human history. This moron that wrote this article should take a look and write about something that he can be proud of in his own country before criticizing and making fun of another country. In my 20 years in Albania, I lived a fuller life than in just one day of my 10 years in America. There is not one day where I don't think about going back and contributing my work, experience and education to my country. It is absolutely the greatest country in the world. The last thing I'd like to say to this ignorant is: Rome wasn't built in one day!
GOD BLESS ALBANIA AND ALL ALBANIANS
Also, it is this guy's job to go to some of the best restaurants in the world and find something he doesn't like, like a napkin folded wrong or the ice-cubes being too big...Mr Gill you are a glorified dog.