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SERBIA - National review, No 38
SERBIA - National review, No 38


Prologue

We can breathe a sigh of relief. They have repaired. Reconstructed. We have not slept for months, fearing whether one bad guy would manage to replace another. We have forgotten how far Kosovo has traveled released down the sugar water of the protectorate. As well as unknown airplanes releasing chemical loads over us. We have not paid for our summer vacation and have not brought the medicine to our aunt. The city has beaten us on the promenade. We did not even let you know which politician would certainly be arrested by the next elections, instead of the tycoon released to supervised freedom.
But we got startled at the last moment and prepared the new edition. In it we tried to show that life is not only another bad party. Welcome inside. <


GALLERY
Aqua Park in Aranđelovac (photo: Dragan Bosnić)
Lake in Garaši (photo: Goran Kovačević)
Bukovičke Banja Park (photo: Goran Kovačević)
”Viva Vox”, concert in Sava Centre, 2011
Entertainment on the Sava Lake in Belgrade (photo: Dragan Bosnić)
Gabor Sagmajster at ”Dakar Rally”
Wine celebration: Girls in a pimnica in Negotin
Ilja Rjepin: ”Barge Haulers on the Volga”, 1783
Rescue mission (photo: ”Dakar Rally”)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONTENTS 

Prologue
GLORIFYING THE PATHETIC, ACCORDING TO VUJAKLIJA
Human Right to the Heart

Vitrage
NUMBERS, EVENTS, INTERESTING THINGS

Album
WAITING FOR THE CAPITAL PHOTO-MONOGRAPH
Šumadija from the Air

Summer
HOW SERBIA WILL SWIM, COOL DOWN AND ENTERTAIN ITSELF UNTIL THE FALL
Laughter on Many Waters
In this period of history, not having access to the sea, Serbia approaches its water in a more witty, creative and interesting way than many coastal countries. From bathing in snow to skiing in water, it offers numerous surprises and joys. We know about its rivers, lakes, spa resorts, waterfalls and rapids, we know about the unparalleled skill to find joy in all this. In addition to this, aqua parks have been springing up all over, all-day-long exciting playgrounds on water

Text and photographs: Dragan Bosnić

Adventures
A LITTLE EXPEDITION OF ”NATIONAL REVIEW” IN THE CAVES OF FRUŠKA GORA
Deep in the Heart of the Mountain
We knew that the number of seven caves which have been discovered to date is not final. And that one is situated above Staro Hopovo, the second above Rekovac, the third on the Popovica, and below Popov čot, then near the Šakotinac Waterfall, two near Ležimir... But we didn’t know what exactly was waiting for us inside and how much courage we should pack in our bags. Experienced alpinists and speleologists from the Society ”Železničar” from Novi Sad knew everything, even this

By: Marina Gorski

Notebook
IN MOKRIN, AN UNUSUAL VILLAGE IN THE NORTH BANAT
Until the Russians Figure It Out
This is the birth place of Vasa Stajić and Mika Antić, Raša Popov and Bogdan Ibrajter, and Aleksandar Deroko used to brag that one of his grandmothers was from Mokrin. Mokrin wine and layered cheese are famous. Victory at one of the two local world championships, in fight of un-doped geese and championship in Easter egg tapping, enables you to treat and boas yourself all year long. Jokes are always welcome, especially if they are directed at people from Kikinda. In the territory of Mokrin there are 200 oil wells, and we hope that the new owners of NIS would look at this direction as well, it would only be right

By: Dragan Batinić
Photographs: Dragan Ristić

Examples
LISA BROWN, SERBIAN ENGLISHWOMAN, TEACHES US HOW TO REMEMBER OURSELVES
Two Homelands, One Hope
She raised a Vojvodina-style house in Krčedin and produces healthy food, she renewed the Rajačke pimnice near Negotin and makes wine there, she’s making a therapeutic ethno-village on Jelica. She, manager of ”English Book”, born in Serbia. She wants Serbian villages to become again full of people and tidy, with gardens and fields without chemistry, because that’s the strength and real opportunity of this country. She wants to show foreigners things which they can find only here

Virtue and Skill
MOTOCROSS DRIVER GABOR SAGMAJSTER, REPRESENTATIVE OF SERBIA AT ”DAKAR RALLY”
Ultimate Limits Are Within Us
Moving one’s own limits means increasing the area of freedom. The Rally isn’t driven through the sand ocean, but through one’s own self. There are no co-drivers, no navigators. Only the endless desert around. You must decide and believe in your decision. The race lasts two weeks, one sleeps three to four hours and drives about 800 kilometers a day, in temperatures ranging from minus 8 to plus 45, at altitudes of about 5.000 meters. One learns a lot about oneself, the world and life

By: Dejan Bulajić
Photo: Archive of ”Dakar Rally” and our guest

Traces
SERBIAN ARCHEOLOGY IN 150 STORIES: PREHISTORIC GRAVE UNDER PETER’S CHURCH NEAR NOVI PAZAR
Iron Age Princess’ Tomb
The tomb is from the late VI century B.C. The discovered objects and jewelry, especially those made of precious metals, glass and amber, indicate a female of high rank, perhaps belonging to the Illyrian tribe of Autariat. The entire discovery is kept in the National Museum in Belgrade

By: Vojislav Filipović
Photo: National Museum in Belgrade archive

Lighthouses
MILAN BUDIMIR (1891-1975), FAMOUS SCIENTIST AND TRADITIONAL TEACHER
The Deepest Heartbeats of the Balkans
He went a long way from Mrkonjić Grad to resolving the most delicate pre-Antique mysteries of the Peninsula. He earned his doctorate degree in Vienna in Indo-European religion. He knew Andrić and Kočić, taught Gavrilo Princip, traveled with Nušić to Masarik’s birthday. Although he went blind before the age of 30, he set the foundations of Serbian Balkan Sciences and fortified classic philology. He despised ”any kind of mad running after Europe” and called upon the ”resurrection of the Balkan spirit and Balkan Homeland”

By: Đorđe M. Srbulović

More than a Game
ALEKSANDAR GATALICA, WRITER OF ”CENTURY” AND ”THE GREAT WAR”, EXCLUSIVELY FOR ”NATIONAL REVIEW”
Under the Shadow of Lost Paradises
Humans have remained the same through millennia, ascensions and deaths. This can be seen in borderline situations, at final exams. From Scheherazade and Iliad to the very day, there has been no literature without a well told story. Heroes are walking on wires and going down dangerous roads instead of the readers. Don’t have illusions; artists are not the embodiment of the goodness of their art. There is no end to misfortunes, thus we should arm ourselves with patience and faith. Never cry over previous happiness, because paradise is not paradise while we’re living it, but when we lose it

By: Vesna Kapor
Photo: Dušan Stojančević and guest’s archive

Winner
VLADIMIR KULENOVIĆ FROM BELGRADE, YOUNG CONDUCTOR WITH GROWING POPULARITY WORLDWIDE
Entire Life in Art
He graduated from the Boston Conservatory, then from the New York Juilliard, the highest level of education for performers. He was immediately hired by the Utah Symphony and Opera Orchestra. He conducted with the greatest maestros of the world. About his performances with the Belgrade Philharmonic he says: ”That much soul, passion, authentic sentiment, charge and human experience, I cannot imagine anywhere else”

By: Radmila Tamindžić
Photo: Guest’s archive

Good Reputation
”VIVA VOX”, AN UNUSUAL TROUPE CONQUERING THE WORLD FROM ZEMUN
Chorus Created By Playing
At the beginning it was only their voice. Former students of the Zemun Gymnasium, members of the school chorus, wanted to continue associating and sharing joy through music. Then their clip on YouTube made a real boom and the ball started rolling. The brilliant performance in the ceremonial hall of the UN General Assembly last winter, when they were excellent ambassadors of Serbia and Serbian culture, made them true, irresistible stars

By: Dragana Barjaktarević

Ethno
MILICA MILISAVLJEVIĆ DUGALIĆ, PERFORMER AND GUARDIAN OF SERBIAN MUSICAL HERITAGE OF KOSOVO AND METOHIJA
If Singing Fades, All Will Fade
The great people of traditional Serbian Kosovo and Metohija singing, such as Voja Dimitrijević, Jordan Nikolić or Mara Đorđević, today seem as permanent values. They testify about the taste in music of a time much more authentic than the one we have today. In the present times, we must sing about Kosovo and Metohija, to ourselves and out loud, all the time. If the song continues living within us, all this that’s bothering us, however long it takes, will only be a temporary tempest

By: Miloš Vojinović

Memory of the Street
THE BALLAD OF VLADA GRK AND THE BEAUTIFUL RUSSIAN GIRL
Life Passes By like a Bad Party
No one knows who brought that boy with a glass eye to the Writers’ Club, to the water trough. Pera the Horse, Aca Sekulić, or someone else? But everyone knows that the apartment of Vlada the Good was the sanctuary of Belgrade homeless writers and painters, especially during long winters and starving years. He left behind a love, a war and a life. Illness caught him suddenly, at a curve, when he didn’t care any more. He departed silently, alone in a crowd, the way he lived

By: Nebojša Jevrić

Gatherings
FESTIVAL OF SERBIAN YOUTH CULTURE IN KNJAŽEVAC
For the Real Values
In times when the man stepped on the Moon for the first time, times of ”The Beatles” and ”Woodstock”, when girls put on mini skirts for the first time, the window into the world of rock-and-roll was Radio Luxemburg, and the first ”Gibson” guitars arrived to towns through relatives from abroad, the Serbian Youth Culture Festival was created in Knjaževac. And it has lasted until today

By: Ljiljana Pavlović

Guide
DAY OF WINE AND JAZZ IN ROGLJEVSKE PIMNICE NEAR NEGOTIN
Traditions, Old and New
In the old vineyard settlement, jazz sounded like nowhere else. Girls dressed in ”Gergina” collection, inspired by Vlach motifs, served the best wines. Once again Negotin showed that it has something to offer and that it knows how to do that

Invitation
RICH CULTURAL AND ENTERTAINING SUMMER IN VRNJAČKA BANJA
Jolly, Colorful, With Good Quality
Based on the latest data from the Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia, Vrnjačka Banja is the most visited tourist destination in Serbia. In addition to typical attractive spa resort contents, this summer the guests will enjoy the Carnival, Screenplay Festival, diverse concert season, youth ”Love fest”... Permanent exhibition of the Museum of Science and Technology will also be opened

Jubilee
GYMNASIUM FROM MITROVAC AND ITS 175 SUCCESSFUL YEARS
Educational Pride of Srem
States were being made and destroyed, dynasties came and went, social orders, epochs, ideologies and historical environments were changing, and generations were going through this respectable school and building a foundation to become the true elite in various areas. And now it is still just the way it used to be

By: Mirjana Đorđević

Road Sign
THE VILLAGE OF DEBELJAČA, IN KOVAČICA MUNICIPALITY, WITH THREE CENTURIES AND FIVE LAKES
Praise What Others Have, but Stick to Your Own
Founded in the 18th century, through the planned resettlement implemented by Austro-Hungary, the village has survived and developed. It has rich territories, full barns and excellent location: 50 kilometers from Belgrade, 29 from Pančevo, 110 from Novi Sad. The first name of the village, Debelare, comes from the Latin word meaning ”to win”

Connections
TWO IMPORTANT GATHERINGS IN BELGRADE BUSINESS SCHOOL
Networking of Knowledge and Economy
Trade and Employment Fair gathered employers and the unemployed, as well as employment professionals. Special guests were businessmen from Srpska, with whom a series of good quality agreements was reached. At the Education Fair, were 25 high schools and gymnasiums presented themselves to elementary school pupils and their parents. Belgrade Business School, as the host, confirmed its leadership position in high vocational education

Knowledge
PROFESSOR VERKA JOVANOVIĆ, ”SINGIDUNUM” UNIVERSITY
Development Planning
The foundation of every country is its space. Developed countries have in their computers their territories in 3D, all data on resources, they know the quality of the soil, water, what segments of the depopulation live where. Decisions must be made on the basis of knowledge, and not improvisation or intuition

By: Rozana Sazdić

Introducing
COLLEGE FOR TEACHERS AND BUSINESS INFORMATICS EXPERTS IN SREMSKA MITROVICA
Education for the Shaping of the Future
For five decades this school has been educating professionals who will, by educating our children, have direct influence on the future. It is accredited for five study programs in undergraduate studies, it has a program for specialist studies, and they are currently in the process of obtaining accreditation for distant learning

Letter
EXCEPTIONAL RESULTS OF CHILDREN FROM SRPSKA AT THE INTERNATIONAL OPEN CALL ”SLAVIC LITERACY”
To Think and to Feel in Cyrillic
”In public life in Serbia, the national alphabet is present only in 12 percent of the time! We are going through a real drill of Latinization, which is an intentional strike on deep codes of identity. In the old times, elimination of Cyrillic used to be one of the first measures of the occupying forces, and it seems that today we are completing these occupation tasks ourselves, against ourselves. If we do not want to help ourselves, we have a duty to help our children”, says Milan Milutinović, president of the Association of Slavic Literacy and Protection of Cyrillic Alphabet

By: Milica Despot

Projects
”TELEKOM SRBIJA” HELPED IN CREATING THE VIRTUAL MUSEUM OF MIHAJLO PUPIN
In Honor of the Great Scientist
The museum is a special virtual three-dimensional area where you can enter and see the exhibition like in the real world. In ten days, from Idvor to Norfolk, from pastures to the scientist, from professorship to a patriotic action and benefactions, before us is an abundance of good quality material. Many things will now be available to the public for the first time. It is planned to change the exhibition every three months

Energy
IN THE MINING BASIN ”KOLUBARA” EVERYTHING IS READY FOR THE NEW ERA OF DEVELOPMENT
Two Feats in One Day
Dredge ”Glodar 1”, maybe the biggest device ever created by human hand, was moving at the speed of 400 meters per hour, crossed the Kolubara, and from the mine ”Veliki Crljeni” reached  ”Tamnava – Zapadno polje”, about ten kilometers away, where it will continue the exploitation. And the cemetery in Vreoci, which is lying on top of estimated 55 million tons of coal, has been relocated to the cemetery ”Lazarevac 2” and other 24 locations throughout Serbia and Krajina