Sunday Report with an added bonus of a beach selfie: The weirdest things happening in Slovenia (March 30-April 05)

I’m proud to declare this report late for all the right reasons: I sneaked away on holiday, which in itself qualifies as one of the least usual events around here. It’s true. I, a full-time professional translator, escaped the confines of my office and went frolicking about in Gorenjska*, a place so spectacularly beautiful you have to see it to believe it.

Strange things have happened while I was away… I used to rely on my assortment of weird theories to keep the people around me from falling asleep. But I’ve been finding myself increasingly hard-pressed to come up with fresh ideas because my weird theories keep turning out to be true, upon which they join the ever-growing ranks of the weird realities of living in this country and lose their novelty appeal. I used to claim ownership to a theory that so many people in power ended up publicly shamed for their plagiarism simply because they had felt above writing their own graduate thesis while the chap they (under)paid to do it for them hadn’t felt above stealing somebody else’s original work. By the looks of it, this isn’t a theory anymore but rather a hard fact. Our latest Minister of Education resigned after five (5!) days in the office after she herself – here it comes – requested her alma mater to check her Master’s dissertation for plagiarism. It turns out that a significant portion of it had been purloined from another student’s paper. My humble guess is that our newest ex-Minister didn’t know her dissertation was rife with plagiarisms because she was not the one who wrote it. But I honestly give her kudos for having the wisdom to check whether she was vulnerable to extortion before she had grown too accustomed to being called a Minister. I wish her all the best in her future endeavours and hope she now finds the time to honestly earn her MA. By the very act of her early resignation she has proven herself to be one of our most forward-looking ministers thus far, not that the competition is that tough. Anyway, students’ forums and classifieds feature an abundance of ads from people who, for a modest fee, are willing to produce any academic paper you need. This might seem an appealing option for somebody who’s far too busy climbing the social ladder to waste their time studying. The fact that such ambitious folks fail to realise that the person they hired could copy somebody else’s work, re-use the same template for every ‘client’ or out them to the press at any time doesn’t surprise me much; I have noticed that people who are dishonest usually think everybody else is too stupid to be just as dishonest as they are. I guess there’s a reason they say you can’t cheat an honest man.

*One of Gorenjska’s strongest selling points, and the reason tourists to Slovenia routinely evolve into its permanent residents, is the Bohinjsko jezero lake, where I found this secluded sandy beach…

Bohinj Lake Beach

Bohinj Lake Beach

… and went on to take a photo of myself there…

Translator on a beach

Translator on a beach

And this, by definition, qualifies as a beach selfie.

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