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Only in Albania!
"Come take a small wander with me through some of the more unusual corners of recent Albanian history and maybe learn a bit more on the way about this often mocked, often troubled yet beautiful and proud country."
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How did James Lyle Mackay, 1st Earl of Inchcape, earn his place in Albanian history?
He oversaw construction of the Albanian railway network
He was offered the Albanian throne
He was parachuted in to help the Albanian resistance in WWII
He suggested the name "Albania" for the country, after the Gaelic name for his native Scotland
Ahmet Bey Zogu, who ruled Albania as King Zog I from 1928 until WWII, introduced many modernising reforms during his reign in spite of countless attempts on his life from vested interests in what had been until recently a semi-feudal country. He survived probably the best known of these by personally firing back at his assassins - a definite rarity for a modern day leader. Where did this happen?
Driving through Marseilles
Coming out of the opera in Vienna
Driving through Sarajevo
Standing by a canal in St Petersburg
New Zealand author Lloyd Jones' book "Biografi" describes the author's visit to Albania in the early 1990s to try to meet Petar Shapallo, a dentist from a small remote Albanian village, who underwent a radical change of career in mid-life. How?
He became the most successful manager to date of the Albanian football team
He became the first Albanian in space under the Chinese Shuguang rocket progamme
He became Albanian leader Enver Hoxha's body double
He turned to acting and played Obi-Wan Kenobi in an extremely popular Albanian pirate remake of Star Wars
The strident multilingual shortwave broadcasts of Radio Tirana, the Albanian international broadcaster, were easy to receive in the Cold War era and were many Westerners' only exposure to the Enver Hoxha government's quixotic world view. What equally strident tune was used as the station's distinctive interval signal?
The Red Flag
With Pitchfork and Rifle
The East Is Red
Which British actor and comedian is a cult hero in Albania, as his films were virtually the only Western ones Enver Hoxha's regime allowed to be shown?
In 1967, what did Albanian leader Enver Hoxha effectively declare Albania's state religion to be?
Enver Hoxha's government became increasingly isolationist in its later years as it gradually fell out with virtually every other Communist country. Complete the following standard list of Albania's "foes," as regularly quoted in invectives in the media of the time. "The American imperialists, the Soviet social imperialists, the Chinese revisionists and...."
The French cheese-eating surrender monkeys
The Italian crypto-Fascists and saboteurs
The Yugoslav running dogs and plotters
The Turkish pseudosecular neoimperialists
What links a story by Albanian writer Ismail Kadare, the Enver Hoxha Museum in Tirana and widespread rioting and looting in Albania in early 1997?
What gift did King Zog I's only son, Crown Prince Leka of Albania, once give Ronald Reagan?
A thoroughbred Albanian stallion
An elephant he had bought from Harrods
A picture of the Tirana skyline made entirely out of jelly beans
A Rolex watch set with Albanian diamonds
The Albanian national fooball team first entered the European Championships in the early 1960s, entering the qualifying rounds for the 1964 finals. Their first scheduled match, however, versus Greece, didn't take place. Why not?
The coach carrying the Greek team was seized by brigands on the mountain pass between Greece and Albania
Greece refused to play Albania because the two countries were still technically at war
The entire Greek national team were quarantined with goat flu
A nearby Albanian hunter shot an eagle, which plummeted to earth and hit the referee on the head, knocking him out. The game was called off for this and for security concerns
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Compiled Jun 04 13