Let us start with something positive on this special day. I would like to wish a happy Independence Day to all citizens, inhabitants and friends of Lithuania. May we all grow together and have an opportunity to see this country become increasingly a better, more equal and more welcoming place for all.
One day as I was on the way to my office with my flatmate, a bus, navigating through a traffic jam, suddenly hit the brakes, having most people grab anything they could hold onto. One passenger (approx. in her 60s) did not do it in time. She flew towards the front of the bus, lost her balance and hit the glass. Someone helped her to stand up and sit on a seat.
For this reason Lithuania will be forced to import gas from Russia, which is a far more expensive fuel. The Opposition has gradually demanded the Government to start negotiations to extend the term of use for INPP. In joining the European Union Lithuania signed the Treaty of Accession Protocol No.
After the collapse of Soviet Union the consequences of the social and ideological contradictions can still be sensed in different areas of life. Architecture is not an exception. Is Soviet modernism a gloomy heritage or an unique trace in history? A specific social pressure at the beginning of XX century caused a discontinuity from the past.
There was no real winter in Lithuania this year, but the ceremony called "Užgavėnės" was performed loudly. Similar events sacred to sending the winter off can be seen in Poland, Germany, Austria, Ukraine and Russia.
From the beginning of the New Year in San Paulo, the fourth most populated city in the world, the municipal authorities are dismantling all public advertisement screens and panels. This is the unprecedented war against „visual pollution“. I cannot but wonder about this outbreak of political will in Latin America, therefore I decided to take a better look at the situation in Lithuanian capital.
“I hope that the Vytis, riding through the stars with his head raised high, on our new money will not be shameful for Lithuania” says Antanas Žukauskas, the author of the Lithuanian Euro coins. Lithuania was not able to adopt euro in 2007. High inflation rates and coming Parliamentary and Presidential elections are the factors, which won't be favourable for euro till 2010.