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Old March 8th, 2017, 09:16 AM   #35841
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But they sang the song in Romanian.
Yeah, that may be a problem in this topic. A huge majority of interprets sings in English language, but only few of them are really of English origin. I used to be a fan of 90's dance music and I was really surprised when I realized that they are Belgians, Germans, Dutch, etc.

As for the music in Slovak radio stations - most of the songs are sung in English. There are some pop songs even recorded in their native language (like Enrique Iglesias or Shakira, who have their songs in more language versions). Then, obviously, Slovak and Czech language.

About the interprets there are some different "waves" of foreign music. We had a wave of Russian music (Tatu), Croatian music (Karma and Kolonia), Ukrainian music (Ruslana), Moldavian music (O-zone, Haiduci, Zdob-si-zdub) and Romanian music (Inna, Elena) and sometimes, German music is on too (Rammstein, Falco).

Out all of them, I don't like modern Slovak and Czech pop (which seems or heard to be like pretending to be something it is not - 95 % songs are now about motivation etc...) and also modern "electro-pop" - recently I got a feeling that the interprets keep repeating the same tune. But there are some exceptions.
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Old March 8th, 2017, 09:31 AM   #35842
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When we visited Poland 3+ years ago, we thought the music sounded kind of oldish, but it was an interesting change.

They also intensely played some Romanian artist (we never heard before)
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Old March 8th, 2017, 09:41 PM   #35843
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Once a quite popular song in Poland.

I didn't even know it's Romanian.

Well, you usually don't get it unless you just know the band/the singer.

Regarding Europe, quite many pop mainstream songs were Swedish.
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Old March 8th, 2017, 10:02 PM   #35844
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Once a quite popular song in Poland.

I didn't even know it's Romanian.

Well, you usually don't get it unless you just know the band/the singer.

Regarding Europe, quite many pop mainstream songs were Swedish.
We didn't know either, but since they played it so many times, we googled it
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Old March 9th, 2017, 02:40 AM   #35845
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Last time I was in Poland they were always playing Malgorzata Jemrozy, in English

too bad radio has no television property
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Old March 9th, 2017, 11:04 PM   #35846
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Spain skipped spring and jumped into summer today.

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Old March 9th, 2017, 11:15 PM   #35847
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We're having an unusually warm weather also there in Northern Italy. Not at the level of Spain, but we have around 14-16 °C during day, like it normally happens at the end of March (some years we had snow and ice in this period). Last time we had below-zero temperature was probably in early February.
That's in contrast with January, that this year was much more cold and snowy than usual.
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Old March 9th, 2017, 11:58 PM   #35848
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I though I had a quite comprehensive knowledge about border changes in Europe after WWII. However, I just discovered this:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kehl
Basically, the French occupied the Rhine bank opposite to Strasbourg until 1953, when it was returned to Germany. I knew about Saarland, but not this one.

A present-day strange thing, is the absence of a motorway link between France and Germany is Strasbourg area.
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Old March 10th, 2017, 12:42 AM   #35849
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We're having an unusually warm weather also there in Northern Italy.
In Poland it's on the contrary. We have very warm weather, up to 15 centigrades, until a few days ago, but now, especially today, it got back cold and it's around 0.

Concerning the motorway links near Strasbourg, it looks funny when you look at the map, and you see an expressway in Germany connecting the motorway with France, but leading directly... to the center of Strasbourg, and then, going to the south, a French N-road (expressway? motorway?) being a bypass of Strasbourg, having a continuation in Germany as just an ordinary Landesstraße, not even a Bundesstraße. It's at least good that it doesn't go through any town. Both sides missed the targets

Going to the north, there is also no motorway link in the area of Karlsruhe, but there is at least a Bundesstraße link from Kandel to Lauterbourg, with a bypass of the town also from the German side. Although if you come from the direction of Stuttgart, you must, practically, drive through Karlsruhe (OK, using the inner city bypass, but anyway) and cross the Rhine on the Karlsruhe-Wörth Rhein bridge. Or use, better, one of the links mentioned previously.
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Old March 10th, 2017, 12:43 AM   #35850
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Spain skipped spring and jumped into summer today.
Yup, so unusually warm here . Here we reached a max of 24.7°C.

Also today, they have opened a hypermarket of a certain chain, which immediately made me to remember this photo:
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21. Caution, supermarkets next 5 km.

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Old March 10th, 2017, 08:03 PM   #35851
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Another summer day in Spain... Murcia recorded 33.4°C which seems like a new March record high. It's not just a small pocket that recorded summer-like temperatures, 25+ was recorded in many areas of Spain, including Northern Spain.

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This will probably accelerate snow melt and allow earlier opening of road passes.
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Old March 10th, 2017, 08:26 PM   #35853
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Except that no road passes are currently closed AFAIK .
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Another summer day in Spain... Murcia recorded 33.4°C which seems like a new March record high. It's not just a small pocket that recorded summer-like temperatures, 25+ was recorded in many areas of Spain, including Northern Spain.
Indeed. Here the max has been 26.5°C today. Calatayud has reached 28.5°C, up from 3°C at 8:00 .

Edit: Alhama de Aragon, further upstream, has recorded a max of 28.8°C and a min of 1.7°C! That's a varation of 27.1°C.
Edit2: Now I see that magenta pocket of 30+°C. Hijar in Teruel province has reported 30.7°C!
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A 27°C daily variation is something highly unusual in Europe, it usually happens in desert climates.
However, Spanish interior seems having high daily variations in general. A friend of mine in Granada, said that this winter was not unusual to have +15 around noon and -5 at night.
Today in Italy highest range was in Florence, between +4 and +22.
https://www.3bmeteo.com/meteo/italia/temperature
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Wow, you have summer already!

Talking about "Dragostea din dei" - I have found a funny Dutch (Flemish) version, about... speeding on the road (to meet the beloved person):



Interesting, how such a song can change the topic

By the way, returning to the language discussion, it proves that Dutch is something between German and English.

Everywhere is überall in German. Über is over in English. So how will be everywhere in Dutch? It seems it's overall, at least according to the song. (Or I have misunderstood something, then please correct me, but I hear something like "sie stand overall" )

And I hear there something of French too, but maybe it's just specific for Flemish and not for Dutch in general.

By the way, the person worries in the song that he will get caught by the police for speeding, but he doesn't care he will be caught for using a mobile phone while driving...

Unless he just uses a headset.
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Old March 10th, 2017, 09:30 PM   #35856
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oo Numa Numa, whole Europe was learning Romanian with that song 15 years ago
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Old March 11th, 2017, 01:24 AM   #35857
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This will probably accelerate snow melt and allow earlier opening of road passes.
Typical Suburbanist statement. Who cares about global warming as long as we can drive over mountain passes.
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Old March 11th, 2017, 02:43 AM   #35858
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It didn't rain today in my part of Wales! I think it had everyday for almost a month, even if just a little bit. There was somewhere down the coast where it rained everyday for 50 odd days or something ridiculous last year.
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Typical Suburbanist statement. Who cares about global warming as long as we can drive over mountain passes.
or floods
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