For the next ten days, most Russians are going to be out of work on holiday, until 10 January. Ergo, I don’t think that there’s going to be much in the way of major Russian news. Of course, it gives me a chance to “catch up”… it’ll allow me time to “wrap up” the Bhagavad-Gita story (the court decided that the Gita wasn’t extremist… no surprise, there) and lessen my pace for a week or two, allowing myself rest. Just you watch… after saying all that, some big news item will hit the fan… such is the life of an internet journalist.
Orthodox Christmas is this Saturday… Old New Year‘s is 14 January. The Old English tradition has it that the animals in the byre kneel down on Christmas… but only on the Old Style (Julian) date… check it out… it may happen! Be good, and know that the holiday season isn’t done. “It ain’t over ’till its over”… and it “ain’t over” until we enjoy the fast-free Svyatki (Holy Days) between Christmas and Epiphany and jump into a hole cut into the ice on 19 January (c’mon… be a sport… “global warming” makes it easier every year). How much d’ya wanna bet that Vladimir Wolfovich will jump into Bottomless Lake wearing ridiculous trunks (a safe bet… he’s done it annually for years)? Will VVP jump into an ice-hole? Perspirin’ minds wanna know… but I’ll betcha that he wouldn’t allow photogs to snap his picture doing that… he NEVER brings his personal family life into the public eye. THAT is one of the reasons why I still respect him… GWB or VVP? There’s no contest, is there?
Enjoy the Orthodox Holiday Season! The BEST is yet to come!
с Новым годом! To the New Year!
Monday 2 January 2012