XaW Files continues through the beautiful Balkans with a poetic tour of Serbia,
history, famous people and nature, derived entirely from Wikipedia.
It also includes some references to the history of the XaW Files story, harking back to Chapters 1 and 2; and includes some totally unrelated people for comedy wordplay.
In the last episode, Stella Lagerwolf-Bruno; inspired by Stella McCartney, Karl Lagerfeld and Sacha Baron Cohen’s gay fashion correspondent character Bruno; tuned in to Serbia’s Happy television station, literally, and now the others learn about the country through her.
Chapter 5 Episode 8
I said that sounded a great idea
let’s sit back, relax and have a beer
we thought we’d better start with historians
learning that during the Iron Age time modern Serbia
was occupied by Thracians, Dacians, and Illyrians.
I’d read epic poetry is popular
for telling the history of Serbia
so Stella showed how the 19th century
was divided between Romanticism and Reality
a bit like my rambles I guess, thinking comparatively.
There was a popular Romantic called Jovan Jovanović
followed by a famous Realist named Laza Lazarević
Jovan wrote nursery rhymes and was nicknamed Zmaj
Laza focused on medicine and psychological analysis
the latter has been compared to Gogol like Simo Matavulj.
Losing the picture, is Happy T.V. having a jamboree,
Love contacts Tesla, expert on electricity,
remembered by SI derived unit of magnetic flux density
passed on to Pupin, telephone extension pupinization theory
Milankovitch cycles thaw Stella’s satellite preventing calamity.
Because a brilliant nature show was about to start
about Serbia’s mountains and rivers national parks
including protected wolves, lynx, bears, foxes and stags
I was reminded of Palmer-Tomkinson by the mountains of Tara
while corn crakes evoked fond memories of growing up in Latvia.
Talking of birds, it’s time to fly
need a fitting finale to leave the poetry
we entered with a music celebration
so how about exiting through the Exit Festival
come on Stella Love it’s time for lycosmotion.
Gogol was first mentioned in XaW Files Chapter 1 Episode 24.
Tara Palmer-Tomkinson: celebrity socialite.
Serb history on Wikipedia: During the Iron Age, Thracians, Dacians, and Illyrians encountered by the Ancient Greeks during their expansion into the south of modern Serbia in the 4th century BC; the northwesternmost point of Alexander the Great‘s empire being the town of Kale-Krševica.[
Serb writers on Wikipedia – The first half of the 19th century was dominated by Romanticism, with Branko Radičević, Đura Jakšić, Jovan Jovanović Zmaj and Laza Kostić being the most notable representatives, while the second half of the century was marked by Realist writers such as Milovan Glišić, Laza Lazarević, Simo Matavulj, Stevan Sremac, Vojislav Ilić, Branislav Nušić, Radoje Domanović and Borisav Stanković.
Serb inventors on Wikipedia: Nikola Tesla, electrical engineer and inventor, best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system including the AC induction motor. The tesla is the SI derived unit of magnetic flux density and was named after Tesla.
Mihajlo Pupin discovered a means of greatly extending the range of long-distance telephone communication by placing loading coils of wire (known as Pupin coils) at predetermined intervals along the transmitting wire (known as “pupinization”).
Milutin Milanković is known for his theory of ice ages, suggesting a relationship between the Earth’s long-term climate changes and periodic changes in its orbit, now known as Milankovitch cycles.
Serb nature and environment: Serbia is a country of rich ecosystem and species diversity – covering only 1.9% of the whole European territory Serbia is home to 39% of European vascular flora, 51% of European fish fauna, 40% of European reptile and amphibian fauna, 74% of European bird fauna, 67% European mammal fauna. Its abundance of mountains and rivers make it an ideal environment for a variety of animals, many of which are protected including wolves, lynx, bears, foxes and stags.
Mountain of Tara in western Serbia is one of the last regions in Europe where bears can still live in absolute freedom. Serbia is also home to about 380 species of bird. In Carska Bara, there are over 300 bird species on just a few square kilometers. Uvac Gorge is considered one of the last habitats of the griffon vulture in Europe.
There are 377 protected areas of Serbia, encompassing 4,947 square kilometers or 6.4% of the country. The “Spatial plan of the Republic of Serbia” states that the total protected area should be increased to 12% by 2021.Those protected areas include 5 national parks (Đerdap, Tara, Kopaonik, Fruška Gora and Šar Mountain), 15 nature parks, 15 “landscapes of outstanding features”, 61 nature reserves, and 281 natural monuments.
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