THE TOPIC OF THE MONTH : Red coloured Easter egg – love afire!
In the words of Dušica Kunaver, the Slovene coloured Easter eggs number among the most beautiful examples of European Easter eggs. Each province has a special name, distinctive motifs and particular methods for making them. In Carinthia they are called »pisánke«, in Styria »pisanke«, in the region of Eastern Slovenia (Prekmurje) and Porabje »reménke« or »remenice«; in White Carniola »pisanice«; in Venetian Slovenia »pierha«. Easter eggs from Brkini and Adlešiči and »drsanke« (slid eggs) from White Carniola have been known for centuries and the secrets of making them are passed down from generation to generation. The ethnologic collection of decorated Easter eggs has been expanded by new methods of production too, including the piercing of the eggshell, a characteristic of Easter eggs from Vrhnika.
A PRESENTATION : Professor Franc Copf
Professor Franc Copf, a seasoned orthopedic surgeon, began his professional in Maribor, in general and plastic surgery. From there he went to Switzerland in 1965. As early as 1962 the American Ford Foundation offered him a scholarship for the study of surgery in Detroit, which he could not then accept due to the opposition of the government in power at that time. In Switzerland first he was employed in Grenchen at Basel and then in Zürich-Uznach. In 1967 he became the head of a private clinic in St. Moritz and at the same time the supervising doctor of the regional hospital in Samedan. In his academic career professor Franc Copf devoted most of his professional attention to orthopedics, particularly to issues with hip and finger joints.
A TALK WITH A SUCCESSFUL FELLOW COUNTRYMAN : Boris Kambič
In San Carlos de Bariloche, a small town below the Andes, an active contemporary Slovene community numbers about 250 Slovenes. Some of them are famous – for their ice-skating, mountain – climbing and skiing expertise. Proving once again that Slovenes are indeed at the top of alpine nations. Many peaks in the Andes were named by the Slovene alpinists, that first came to the Andes at the end of the 50s in the last century. »I think, that we, Slovenes, have a longing for mountains and the hunt for new trails is in our blood and the memory of our mountains keeps us going, we’re always searching for similarities with or differences from our own mountains«, according to Boris Kambič, himself an acknowledged alpinist and board member of the Slovene Alpine society Bariloche.