Supporting Matt and Rowan

02/24/2017 15:08:58 PM

Thanks for taking time to check out the work we are doing in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It means a lot to us. This post contains a quick overview of where you can connect with us online and how to find out more about Novi Most, the youth work charity ...

Eight months of weekly vlogs, and counting!

02/24/2017 10:54:00 AM

Our banner image used to proudly declare "blogging from Bosnia and Herzegovina since 2008". These days that would be a false claim. We have been in Bosnia and Herzegovina since 2008, all the time working as volunteer youth workers with Novi ...

Happy: we didn't make this!

01/26/2014 13:04:00 PM

Don't miss the nuance of the colon: the video is called Happy, and we didn't film or edit it. Rowan, however, did lend her smiling face and improvisational dance skills to the project. Internet people will probably have heard about Happy, the ...

Where's winter?!

01/19/2014 12:58:00 PM

Today is FIS World Snow Day. Last year we were out on a very patchy piste making the most of some less than ideal conditions at the slope above Jajce. This year there isn't a ski lift working in the whole of Bosnia and Herzegovina! You can't ...

Solving it

01/17/2014 12:02:00 PM

Lest our last post read as some sort of rant against English language music let us redress the balance. Last weekend we got to see the powerful impact some properly performed pop can have on people's imagination. The video below is a short clip ...

Make more music!

01/16/2014 11:13:00 AM

The main reason our blog had been sitting unattended was work winning the battle for attention. Part of what we do here is work with the Evangelical Church of Bosnia and Herzegovina on youth work projects. This includes summer camps and conferences. ...

Playing catch up

01/15/2014 07:38:00 AM

New Year has come and gone and we've missed the opportunity to tell some good stories here. Well we have if we enforce a new news policy. However, in the interests of letting you in on the interesting stuff we're going to do a bit of a rewind ...

AVNOJ...70 years on.

11/30/2013 09:15:00 AM

AVNOJstands for Antifašističko Vijeće Narodnog Oslobođenja Jugoslavije, or Anti-Fascist Council for the National Liberation of Yugoslavia. If you were to take a visit to the AVNOJ museum in Jajce – and understand enough of the different ...

Doing the YouTube cover thing

11/18/2013 13:14:00 PM

A couple of weeks ago one of my guitar students asked a question. Was it me who made the video of a girl he knew singing? Yes, was the simple answer I gave him. The slightly more complicated answer would have gone something like this.That video ...

They've done it

10/15/2013 16:56:00 PM

If you watch the video you'll see a guy lighting a flare in celebration moments after Bosnia and Herzegovina qualified for the FIFA World Cup in Brazil. For him it was a surreal evening. I don't want to speak for anyone else, but I know how ...

Still got it

10/13/2013 11:45:00 AM

On Friday night we took a group of young people to Zagreb to see Martin Smith and Matt Redman in concert. We first saw Martin Smith when we were teenagers too. His songs, and the music of Delirious, have been a big influence. Sometimes it's ...

Disunited democracy

10/02/2013 14:25:00 PM

Yesterday we arrived back in Bosnia and Herzegovina after three weeks in England. Most of the people we met during this trip have never seen this country. If they have heard of it their only frame of reference is usually news reports from the ...

60 Days of Summer is over!

08/31/2013 15:26:00 PM

Tonight we are officially at the end of our Novi Most summer activities for another year. We had a parents evening to finish things off, giving them a chance to see what their young people had been up to over the last two months. We crammed ...

Starting fires

08/16/2013 15:14:00 PM

At one of the summer camps we were part of in July there was a workshop on survival fire starting. It was a popular session, understandably. When young people see the seemingly impossible demonstrated they want in on the action. The guy leading ...

What does 'pedalo' mean to you?

08/08/2013 16:05:00 PM

Pedalo is a word with certain connotations, at least in my mind. At best, I'm imaging a slightly suspect water craft sporting original seventies' styling, the worse for wear as a result of almost four decades providing pleasure trips on a touristy ...

Fin(n)ished

08/04/2013 09:15:00 AM

We have a floorball team here in Jajce. That is unusual. Although I'd never heard of the sport until I arrived in this country it's not one of the main sports here. Football undoubtedly claims that prize, although handball, basketball and volleyball ...

Going nowhere

08/03/2013 14:07:00 PM

Yesterday I led a mountain bike trip for a group of young people. I used to do this back in the UK. The big difference: the distinct lack of mountains in the south of England. Here we were up at around 1000m, or 3300ft, depending how you like ...