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Sunday, May 28, 2006

CDs, Get Your CDs Here

The war in the Balkans had ruined the economy. Most heavy industry had suffered and there was little light industry. Susbsistence farming had been a way of life for many but the ethnic cleansing and presence of mines prevented people from returning to their old way of life. For many of the younger generation the prospect of returning to an isolated village with no electricity or running water after a few years living in a major town was not a pleasant one.

So how do you make a living in a country like that?

It was quite simple really. You flogged CDs of dubious copyright legality to the peacekeeping forces stationed in your country. On some of the main routes there would be a small shack selling all the latest hits every mile or so. Outside some of the main SFOR camps there would be a whole host of outlets - all promising you the latest tunes at the cheapest prices.

The squaddies loved it.

And when your only opportunity for retail therapy for 6 months was buying CDs - you bought CDs.

Looking back at my CD collection now you can tell when I was in the Balkans by the number of crap CDs I own from a particular year. Did I really need that R Kelly - Singles Collection, I'm now wondering.


Blogger PI said...

At least you did your bit for the economy.

8:23 pm  
Blogger tideliar said...

Dude. I mean, you're peacekeeping in a war zone...hell on earth and all, but...R Kelly?

11:25 pm  
Blogger FOUR DINNERS said...

R Kelly as enough fer a collection? Shame. I missed em all. You must have been very desperate.

12:13 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

shoulda played it at night so all them buggers would stay inside

2:42 am  
Anonymous Stu Savory said...

Oh the moral despair of having to make a living by selling R.Kelly CDs in a whore zone (outside the SFOR gates)!

Bit like that pseudo(?)-nun they caught at Easter, selling pin-pricked(sic!) condoms outside the Vatican gates ;-)

5:53 am  
Blogger NF Girl said...

I don't see nothing wrong, with a little bump and grind.

R Kelly. You should be ashamed.

*shakes head*

5:40 pm  
Blogger greavsie said...

I'm thinking 'group-of-soldiers-huddled-around-the-tilly-lamp-singing-R Kelly-songs'

12:41 pm  
Blogger PI said...

R. Kelly?????

8:36 pm  
Blogger Universal Soldier said...

Probably best I don't mention the Steps album that came back from Kosovo.

3:54 pm  

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