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LITHUANIA ROCKS!

The Lithuanian Rock Scene has struggled through much animosity and contempt by the authorities in an attempt to become a mainstream style of music.

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Rules of Attraction

Researcher and government adviser Simon Anholt is famous for developing the ‘Anholt Index’ of National Brands.

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LATVIA’S FIRST BUSKER

One hot August day in 1987, Miervaldis Polis emerged from his flat in Agenskalns to take a walk through Riga’s city centre.

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The Great Chocolate WAR

Four years ago Latvia’s chocolate kingpin Laima sent its marketing and R & D departments on a mission to conquer at least one fourth of Estonia’s candy market by the year 2008.

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Puzzles and recipes

Puzzles and recipes

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The Measurement Man - The long shadow of a cultural icon

Countries take great pride in their UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and in the Baltics these are pretty special spots. But few are aware that one of the local winners of this accolade is a place in the mind rather than a man-made or natural wonder.

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VODKA, The Baltic Tipple

They say wine is the water of the Gods and vodka is the wine of the Eastern European people, who have for centuries used it to fortify themselves against bleak and cold winters.

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Hailing the Ladies, Riga’s feminine cab company

Anyone who has driven in the Baltics knows that many of the region’s cars are powered by two chemicals: petrol and testosterone. It’s dog-eat-dog on the roads, with speeding, insane overtaking and other macho maneuvers contributing to Europe’s worst traffic fatality rates.

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Crossroads of the Nations, Kedainiai, a multicultural pearl in rural Lithuania

Did you hear the one about the Jew, the Arian and the Scot? No, this isn’t the start of a bad taste joke, but it puts the history of one of Lithuania’s most unusual towns in a nutshell.

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