About The Blog

My name is David Bailey and I live with my partner Tamara.

We share our life with our 2 dogs and 4 cats.

I have had (and continue to have) anything but a boring life.

I have dabbled in Pirate Radio, been a Soldier, Climbed Volcanoes in the Ecuadorian Andes.

Travelled a bit.

Europe, Ethiopia, The Falkland Islands, Cyprus, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Canada, The United States, and worked in Kosovo and Afghanistan.

I have also been paralysed from the neck down for over 7 months (that was quite a few years ago though).

I speak German and Atrocious “Srpsglish”

I arrived in Banja Luka , in September 1998 as part of the British contribution to the NATO Stabilisation Force (SFOR). The Civil War in BiH had ended in 1995 but NATO assisted in providing a Safe and Secure Environment until 2005. The country has been “safe” in real terms since 2000.

My job was to set up a youth orientated radio station.

The station was called “Oksigen” but closed down in 2005 when the British contribution to SFOR ended.

Well we, (myself and some former team mates), have recently relaunched Oksigen Online.

Tamara and I met in 2002 (she had recently returned from being a refugee in Canada) and the rest is, as we say, history.

Not only have I fallen for a Balkans girl but also her city and country of birth.

It’s an amazing place, rich in history and culture. Where Christianity and Islam collided against each other for over 550 years.

Where 3 religions coexisted for much of the 20th century, even with some 50 years of that time as part of the Federal Socialist Republic of Jugoslavija.

This blog is about my “take” on Banja Luka. The thoughts and views are mine alone.

Politically and socially, Bosnia and Herzegovina is still very much a country in transition. It has its problems (like most countries). I don’t intend to offer any heavy opinions, criticisms or commentary on these topics.

This isn’t a current affairs blog.

It’s also not a travel blog.

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