Tag Archives: Slovenia


Bike secured in Manhattan

He steals a bicycle and eventually has a run-in with a cop. Beyond that, I’m not sure what’s going on in this song by Leteči Potepuhi (The Flying Tramps). I have a funny feeling it’s not standard Slovene.

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As part of my continuing coverage of Crazy Slovenians (being ¼ C.S. myself), I’m sorry to report the death of one of the craziest (in the best sense, as usual). Back in 2008 the Basement saluted the winner of the Race Across America, Jure Robič. Last week Robič was fatally struck by a car while […]

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And now for a quick roundup of bicycling news. The city of Washington, DC, finally launched its long-heralded bike-sharing program. It proved to be a smash hit, and plans are afoot to expand it. Within days, an attempt was made to steal one of the bikes from its very public parking place. You didn’t expect […]

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Since I’m one-quarter Slovenian, and have observed quite a few Slovenians up close, it doesn’t surprise me that they are capable of remarkable feats of pigheaded persistence. You will recall how Martin Strel last year added the Amazon to the list of long rivers whose entire length he has swam. Now we hear that Jure […]

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“Plavam …”

Martin Strel likes to swim. In rivers. Long rivers. From end to end. The Danube. The Mississippi. The Yangtze. And now, the Amazon. Never mind the piranha and the candirú. It’s the Slovenian red wine that keeps him going—he laughs when he says it, but he drinks it as he floats on his back down […]

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  • Proverbs for Paranoids, 3: If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about answers.
    Gravity’s Rainbow

    ‘Is it about a bicycle?’ he asked.
    The Third Policeman