To-Nite Only…

…Pengovsky steps out from the darkness. Given the brouhaha about photos in general and my physical appearance in particular two days ago I decided to post a couple of photos of me, myself and I. Tonite only, folks! After this, Pengovsky returns to the dark side… Let this post be a testament to the fact that I indeed write better than I look (sorry, mali!)


Pengovsky in 2001. Young and foolish.
And in love, might I add. Alas, it wasn’t to be


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My favourite, taken in 2004. I’m the one on the left 🙂
(thanks kk and Večer)


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The most recent one, taken a week ago. Slightly older, but none the wiser.
However, if you look closely, you might just see a touch of grey hair


That’s all, folks! 🙂 “…he wraps his cloak around him dramatically, disguising his face and slowly reenters the darkness from whence he came….”

Veseli december

It’s that time of the year, again…. 😀

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Ljubljana on a December night (source)

From December 3rd to January 2nd Ljubljana’s Old City will be filled with fast food joints, čevapdžinicas, makeshift bars and stands selling generally useless stuff. Except for slippers, which are highly useful, especially if one has – like Pengovsky – only recenlty moved into his new appartement and has yet to buy slippers (or copati) for visitors and has to, when people come to see him, utter the sentence “no, please, don’t take your shoes off” thus defying decades of tradition and upbringing, whilst every fibre in his body reacts with utmost disgust and shame, yelling “is THAT how mother taught you???


But upbringing aside, December is arguably one of the best months to see Ljubljana. Not just because the city centre is so lovely lit that people should actually be issued an emergency supply of insuline upon arrival, just to cope with the mooshines Ljubljana in December tends to bring up in an unsuspecting individual, but people in general go a bit bananas. Not in the Ausländer-raus-kind-of-way, but just beeing predominantly in a good mood and generaly drunk, with honney schnapps and kuhano vino being everybody’s favourite. (Yes, I still don’t know the English expession for “kuhano vino”… Michael, help!!!).

The lights will be officially switched on by Mayor Janković tomorrow at 17.30, and then the fun begins, so take a look at the programme and decide what’s your pleasure.

BTW: it has been unofficially confirmed to Pengovsky that Zoki has had a major say in the final outcome of the programme. Apparently he decided that Danijela, Petar Grašo, Gibonni and Oliver Dragojević should give performances, and so they will. For better or for worse 😉


I will try to report on the events in the Old City as they are within earshot of the Firm™, but don’t hold it against me if I don’t since I just might end up like on the bottom picture…

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Pengovsky in his natural state – seriously drunk

How can you take them seriously, then…

Slovenska oglaševalska zbornica (Advertising chamber of Slovenia) published new results on circulation for top Slovene dailies: Delo, Dnevnik, Večer, Slovenske novice and Finance, as well as other press. Personally, I couldn’t care less about this and other studies: a) It was commissioned by the Advertising chamber, which is a far cry from an independent institution for it consists of advertisers, i.e.: companies that provide the living for most of Slovene media. b) As with any statistic you can turn these numbers up, down and even sideways, as long as you get a favourable result. And last but not least c) these numbers speak only of circulation – which is NOT the same as reach or even close to the actual number of readers.

Combine these three reasons with the articles by Delo and Dnevnik on this study and suddenly you have the media selling their own “research” back to advertisers, slightly spinned, of course.

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Trg najbolj udaril po Dnevniku
Delova dnevnika zvišala tržni delež za pol odstotka

Ljubljana – Tretje četrtletje letošnjega leta se je, merjeno skozi prodane naklade časopisov (meritve so bile izvedene v okviru projekta Revidirane prodane naklade – RPN – Slovenske oglaševalske zbornice, SOZ), izkazalo kot zelo ugodno za časopisno hišo Delo. Istoimenskemu dnevniku se je naklada znižala najmanj med trojico političnih dnevnikov, Novicam pa je edinim zrasla; tržni delež naše hiše se je tako v četrtletju, ko so se naklade časopisov znižale za odstotek, povečal za pol odstotka.

Skupna naklada petih dnevnih časopisov – poleg Dela in Novic sem štejemo še Dnevnik, Večer in Finance, medtem ko Direkt in Primorske novice zaradi specifičnosti nista zajeta v meritve – se je v obdobju od julija do septembra letos znižala z 263.500 na dobrih 261 tisoč prodanih izvodov, torej za slab odstotek. V tem padanju je edina res svetla izjema dnevnik Novice, ki je naklado zvišal za 1,2 odstotka, znova čez 90 tisoč prodanih izvodov povprečno na dan. Dnevniku Delo se je naklada sicer znižala za 1,6 odstotka oziroma za tisoč izvodov, kar pa je v odstotkih najmanjše znižanje med tremi resnimi dnevniki.

Namreč, če je Večerovo znižanje za 1,8 odstotka oziroma za 850 izvodov še znosno, pa preseneča izjemen padec naklade Dnevnika, in sicer z 48.500 na 47 tisoč izvodov, torej za 1500 izvodov oziroma kar za tri odstotke; (source).

Delo v dveh letih že z 12 tisoč manj prodanimi izvodi
torek, 28.11.2006 22:30
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LJUBLJANA – Na podlagi podatkov, ki jih je v okviru raziskave revidiranih prodanih naklad objavila Slovenska oglaševalska zbornica (SOZ), je v tretjem četrtletju od julija do septembra letošnjega leta predvsem zaradi sezonskega vpliva poletnih počitnic padla prodaja vseh resnih dnevnikov:

Delu dober odstotek, Večeru za skoraj 1,9 odstotka in Dnevniku za nekaj manj kot 3,4 odstotka. Med dnevnimi časopisi so le Slovenske novice, ki jih izdaja časopisna hiša Delo, uspele povečati število prodanih izvodov za 0,8 odstotka.

Toda v primerjavi z enakim obdobjem lani je med resnimi dnevniki le Dnevnik uspel povečati število prodanih izvodov s 46.811 na 47.083 na dan, medtem ko je Delu prodaja v tem obdobju padla za dobrih 9 odstotkov. Večer je v zadnjem letu prav tako zabeležil padec prodaje za skoraj sedem odstotkov.” (source)

How can you take either of them seriously, then?

It reminds me of the Cold-war joke about Kennedy and Khruscev, who raced each other on a 100 metre track. Kennedy was first and Nikita was second, but the US papers reported on Kennedy winning and Khruscev being last, whereas the Soviet papers reported Khruscev second and Kennedy one-before-last.

BTW: Večer didn’t even report the story – at least not by 00:30 on Wednesday. Couldn’t put enough spin on it, I wonder?