Friday, January 29, 2010

Latvia's Firewood Follies

According to a LETA survey, demand for firewood in Latvia has doubled due to the recent cold snap. This year a truckload of firewood sells for LVL 100, down from LVL 150 last winter, though some clever new capitalists have placed fresh locks on the Statoil firewood sheds and are forcing buyers to leave five lats on the dashboard of a police vehicle parked nearby in order to gain access to the shed. For those without the means to purchase cut wood, Latvian parliament members are selling chairs and furniture from the front entrance of the Seima and will often deliver it to your home in the boot of their Mercedes Benz for the promise of a hot bowl of borscht or sexual favors from female members of the family.

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