I feel sure my detractors will point out that what follows is yet another of those niggling problems, which plague the – well; let’s say the 5%, shall we?Details
Lucy Milne made two rather foolhardy bets last night over the sukiyaki and sushi.Details
On one thing, at least, Vladimir Putin and I can agree: this week has been uphill work.Details
Today is Valentine’s Day! Russians have taken to this holiday with gusto! You can’t move in Moscow today without tripping over something heart-shaped or red.
St. Valentine was a Roman who performed the Christian marriage rite when Christianity was about as legal as gay marriage. He was imprisoned and…well, you know the rest.
How well do you know the world’s largest country?Details
Cabin Fever Strikes
A sinus infection – I seem to get one each time I re-enter Russia after an absence of more than two weeks – has kept me indoors for a few days, resulting in an ancillary case of cabin fever. I’ve been a little too listless to work but alert enough to become borderline obsessive about two of the week’s top news stories.Details
Day of the Bureau of Technical Inventory BTI/День инвентаризатора (День работника БТИ): HRH Updates His Dream Home
HRH and Jennifer dust off their Bureau of Technical Inventory documents for an apartment renovation that sounds so much better in French!Details
Russians don’t go in for the notion of climate change, and given recent events, can we blame them?Details
Democrats like me are still sighing with relief at President Obama’s victory in the most recent election. It was a close run thing – so close that rumor has it Mitt Romney did not even have a concession speech prepared. It’s clear from recent post-election analysis that the Romney camp is still scratching its head…Details
AGGGHHHH! I hate this last week before Election Day!Details
Day of the Oil, Gas, and Fuel Industry Workers/День работников нефтяной, газовой и топливной промышленности: It Just Keeps On Gushing!
Auntie Mame: You left a taxi running in the middle of a Depression?
Uncle Beau: Well, Ma’am, I’m in oil. It just keeps gushing, ain’t nothing I can do about it…”
~ Patrick DennisDetails
“Of all the arts, for us, the most important is cinema.”
Today is the Day of Russian Cinema!Details
Last one in is a (frozen) rotten egg!
If you’ve ever thought about having a polar bear experience, this may be your lucky day!Details