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As I handed over the cash, I thought (but, being British, did not say), "I asked for the bill, not an on-the-spot fine." The kind of people who are inclined to drown their sorrows maintain that the world looks better through the bottom of a glass. I was gazing at the bottom of a glass, specifically an all-too-empty 25cl vessel that had latterly contained draught lager. For the previous hour I had been emulating millions of other British travellers: practising the art of sipping slowly.

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Bulgaria - I predict this place is going to be a big hit

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Small Talk: No sign of property blues in booming Bulgaria

Everybody knows that property prices in the UK are heading south and that the spectre of negative equity is once again raising its head. Not so in Bulgaria, apparently.

Poison umbrella murder case is reopened

Scotland Yard detectives have flown to Bulgaria in a fresh attempt to shed light on one of the murkiest and most controversial episodes in the secret history of the Cold War. A team of senior police officers travelled to Sofia last month, it emerged yesterday, as part of the investigation into the unsolved murder of the Bulgarian dissident Georgi Markov, who was stabbed with a poisoned umbrella while walking across London's Waterloo Bridge in 1978.

Murders prompt EU warning for Bulgaria over organised crime

The European Union has warned Bulgaria that it must take urgent action to halt the gangland violence plaguing the country's capital, after two prominent Bulgarians were shot dead on the streets of Sofia in as many days.

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