Which side of me will win?

Slovenian names – what I think of when I hear them


Some would have it that it’s a low-down, cheap, possibly even racist brand of humour that laughs at foreigners for being different. It is. But this blog doesn’t count, okay?

I’m not so much laughing at how funny some Slovene names sound to me as I am helping them to laugh at themselves. And that’s not racist, that’s positively saintly (besides, I have to get all this out of my system – I’m laughing at them on the inside pretty much all the time).

Now, in alphabetical order, here they are… Read the rest of this entry »


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Ubi Žabara! Svi’ja Policija!

This weekend I went to a proper professional football match for the first time ever. I’d been invited to ‘The Eternal Derby’ by Vasja, a hardcore NK Maribor supporter whose piercing, homicidal stare belies a warm, friendly disposition. The Eternal Derby is the biggest grudge match in Slovenian club football NK Maribor versus NK Olimpija Maribor – the PrvaLiga (don’t ask me to say it… actually, it’s probably like, “ProwerLeega”) league’s two best teams representing the country’s two biggest cities. Read the rest of this entry »

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I’d like to show you Matic

One of the many reasons I want to stay in Slovenia is that many Slovenes love the British sense of humour and are big fans of classic British comedy, so this is one foreign country where I would probably be able to continue my hobby of performing stand-up comedy, in English.

I haven’t performed here yet, but one thing I do know is that in social situations it is an absolute piece of piss to make these people laugh. Like, hysterically. Half the time I’m not even being remotely funny as far as I’m concerned, but something as simple as the way I phrase something when I’m talking can elicit giggles, chortles and sometimes even guffaws. Read the rest of this entry »

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Jigglin’ titties! Who’d’a thunk of it?

This is going to seem really sordid and pervy and possibly quite sexist, but for the sake of full disclosure, honesty, journalistic integrity and the pursuit of truth, it’s necessary that I hereby describe a pair of breasts belonging to a girl called Katja at some length and in great detail.

Katja wouldn’t let Peter photograph her
tits, so here’s an inferior stand-in.

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Lunacy has found me, cannot find the ‘Bakery’

My last blog entry might have seemed a little bit downbeat, in a way. It was all about stuff that went wrong or, more to the point, stuff I’d done wrong. But don’t worry, everything’s all right. I just did so much stupid stuff it seemed worth cataloguing in one fell swoop. To redress the balance, I shall tell tale of what I got up to on Friday, the day after I arrived in Slovenia. It’s all very upbeat, I assure you.

I wanted to come here well in advance of the course to give myself some settling in time, but I specifically chose to come before the 22nd June so that I could see Skindred play in Maribor, Slovenia’s second city, about 100 miles to the east of Ljubljana. Read the rest of this entry »

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Top 5 stupid things I have done in the last week

I thought I’d present the first chapter of my Slovenia adventures into a easy-to-digest Top 5, suitable for consumption by an impatient, attention-deficient internet audience. So here goes…

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