Children, Names And Other Things

Editorial / English / April 20, 2011

Ky postim ekziston gjithashtu në Vesionin Shqip

Good times in “Albanian” (this is the argot for the Albanian Airlines among company insiders). The number of the company’s soon-to-be mothers looking around for nice names for their babies is booming. Of course, everyone aims at digging out a unique name for their progeny. Everyone looks forward for a bright future for the child. And the name comes with it. Brand-new children names, resounding of unedited and undoubtedly colourful imagination, such as Amaranta, Ivon, Amos, Erblin, Frea, Keler have been mentioned in our offices. One of the babies is born already. Two more will soon be born, even before this article is printed. One more will be born a couple of months from now. The feeling of new life has made its way into the offices of the Albanian Airways. At times, our offices are inundated by the noisy routine that does not necessarily imply the sound of a jet taking off. Yet I work for an airline company and I could not imagine it before. Yet its’ a year now that our magazine travels along with our passengers. And I am pleased to forward in our passengers’ travel bags a couple of values that shouldn’t go lost. This number of the Sky magazine does its best to this purpose. In this number we chose to feature Verona, which as of June 2011 is well within your reach. Our jets will cover this route thrice a week. We also brought to you Përmet (maybe because we tend to try the great escape mostly when we feel the need for some re- ally fresh air). Also, we covered the Albanian photographer Gjon Mili, the inventor of motion photography. We brought to you Esela, an actor who is determined to win over the Albanian audience. Above all, we brought to you Gaqo Bushaka, maybe because of our need to revive the memories of our childhood, where Cufo the piglet, the sirens, the muses, and what not, still live their enchanted lives. As grown-ups need to shrink some times, while children need to grow. Still the need to get smaller is one of the strangest needs we feel. This magazine covers the months of May and June. For this reason we chose some stunning photographs from the Albanian coastline that invite you to spend your holidays there. You might need just to spend a couple of days or a weekend, just to retouch the colour of your skin with a light tan. In such an atmosphere, where life reproduces itself, where nature blossoms, when holidays start to unfold their temptations, where a child’s name is discussed back and forth before it takes its final shape, we wish to all of you a pleasant late spring and a wonderful, warm and sweet summer.

Ky postim ekziston gjithashtu në Vesionin Shqip

Irena Shabani
Is an Albanian freelance journalist and human rights activist specialising in investigative journalism. She co-founded Panorama, the leading newspaper in Albania, where she served as managing editor from 2002 to 2003. Prior to Panorama she was a journalist at Shekulli and Gazeta Shqiptare and has been part of the Albanian Human Rights Group from its beginning. She has collaborated on programmes for the International Research and Exchanges Board, investigating topics involving crime and political corruption and continues to collaborates with foreign organisations and local media focused on social problems and minority rights.

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April 20, 2011