Lea Ferjan of Bled Cultural Institute who manages Bled Castle talks about the difficult balance of managing environmentally and culturally sensitive tourism.
Staying in an Air B&B on Rimska cesta Ljubljana took us from our usual patch in the old town and led us to do what I enjoy most, exploring.
A new English language news and current affairs website Total Slovenia News has recently launched.
As a special offer, a PDF of the Special Edition of Firsthand Guide to Bled is now available to download.
There are two places to enjoy wine tasting sessions in Bled and three major wine growing regions in Slovenia to drive through.
Wine is one of Slovenia’s biggest secrets. Celebrated every November on St. Martin’s day, only 6% is exported. Not to be missed on a visit to Slovenia
It has taken quite a while to write about Syrian music that I have found on this imaginary trip around the Mediterranean. After a slow start, I found at least two fabulous bands, and many other fascinating musicians.
The history of Bled’s Rowing Club reflects the history of not just Bled town, but Slovenia itself.
For tourists, the lake is a place for fun and recreation. But competitive rowers, come throughout year and from early spring you’ll see events from youth programmes right up to Olympic level.
On this episode of Bled Stories, the Bled Rowing Club.
Jernej Slivnik is Secretary General of the Slovenian Rowing Federation and and Co-Director of the Bled Rowing Organising Committee and my guide through the history of the club. The Bled Stories podcast is about the people who make Bled the place it is. The series is an accompaniment to The Firsthand Guide to Bled books. You can get more information about them here.
Slovenian wine? Oh, yes. Here’s a short introduction and some insider tips from young man about town Jani Pravdič about best bars and wine bar.
Earlier I wrote about books I was reading or going to read along this make-believe trip around the Mediterranean. I should probably begin to log my progress.
One of the new destinations of the Hop On Hop Off bus Summer 2018 is the historic town Tržič. But you don’t need to wait for special transport. Davy visited on cold November morning.
The first stop for adventure seekers in Bled is an old green shack. It looks a little out of place and a little out of time. Domen tells the story.
Explore amazing science experiments at the Antimuseum in Bled Slovenia. Book ahead to get a personal tour.
These are my favourite albums starting in Piran on Slovenia’s Adriatic coast and ending Tunceli in Anatolia.
Kristina Špec from the AntiMuseum in Bled takes me through Physland – a science play room for all ages.
My make-believe journey around the Mediterranean continues. From Greece to Turkey with some of the best music of this trip.
In the Firsthand Guide to Bled Standard and Special editions, both this and last year, I interview some of the people who make Bled the town it is. Now, I plan to release some of those interviews in a new podcast; Bled Stories.
We start this podcast early May 2018. A quiet Wednesday morning – about 10:00 am. This part of the town is still getting into gear. Shops are opening, not many customers yet. Delivery vans are delivering, shop keepers are keeping each other company, coffee is being sipped where last night beer and wine were being served. The alpine air is fresh and Jakob Ribnikar is opening his shop Mikame. It’s a tiny place, dwarfed by the Devil Bar next door, you could miss it.
But don’t – it is packed with local crafts. The address is Cesta svobode 15 4260 Bled Slovenia – email@example.com and the website www.mikame.si
Virtual reality on the podcast this time. Davy Sims talks to three people creating a VR and an immersive media industry in Northern Ireland. Dee Harvey is a producer as is Phil Morrow who runs the production company RETìníZE and Nigel McAlpine who runs Storyfx and Digital Catapult in Belfast.
My hyper-superficial imaginary music tour of the Med. continues. We are in Greece this time.
Music journalist Stuart Bailie’s new book Trouble Songs will be officially published in May, but it’s already starting to stir conversations and commentary. He takes on difficult stories from our history since the mid-1960s at the place where music meets social and political change and through interviews and analysis tries to understand and explain what happened.
It will be in the shops around now, but you can also order it on the web at TroubleSongs.com
On this episode the story of the Oh Yeah music centre with Charlotte Dryden and Paul Kane. There’s music from Hand Models, Reevah, Strange New Places and Cut in Blinks.
In this edition, women who work in tech, three leaders who were involved with the Women Techmakers summit which was held in Belfast last weekend. On Friday evening there were workshops and on Saturday the main event was in W5. Victoria McCallum was on the podcast to preview the event a few weeks ago, and she’s back to reflect on how it all went. Claire Burn and Daniella Topping were with Victoria when we sat down to talk about the summit and more generally women in technology here.
Innovations and new ventures in this episode of the podcast (with the really clever name). From TV to YouTube and celebrating collaboration with Digital DNA Belfast. Maxine Mawhinney’s The Moment and Digital DNA in Belfast
How do you fund creativity? If you are planning to make a business from your passion? Creativity and innovation needs support, funding and professional advice. Investment is the theme of this episode
The Woman in the Woods John Connolly, Three Daughters of Eve – Elif Shafak, Uncommon Type – Tom Hanks, The Anonymous Venetian – Donna Leon, The Bridge over the Drina – Ivo Andrić
Matthew Scott is the CEO of Navada Group. Navada HQ is in Newcastle Upon Tyne, but it has a presence in Belfast, London, New York and about to open an office in Sweden. But the founder is from Bangor. He lives there now in preparation for a major development expected to be announced officially in June.
We have two interviews. Victoria McCallum is one of the organisers of Women Techmakers Belfast – the event is to be held on 14 April in W5 Belfast. Andrew Bolster one of the founders of Farset Labs. He tells the story of the lab’s beginnings and expectation for the future.
Deepa talks about her journey from being a teenage photographer, studying social policy at the LSE in London, moving to Belfast to work as an equality officer in the city, becoming an artist and now a creator of virtual reality and immersive experiences.
With an investment estimated to be over £1million from its new owner the Wireless Group, Belfast radio station U105 has moved to new offices and studios in a lough-side development.
A week after a nervous mid-day hand over from Frank Mitchell who presented the last programme in Havelock House to Carolyn Stewart in the new City Quays HQ, I sat down with current station manager Peter McVerry and the first station manager John Rosborough.