Voices from Russia

Monday, 29 September 2014

29 September 2014. Hey, Hey, Hey, It’s National Coffee Day!

00 Grey Cat. 23.09.12. Coffee... NOW.

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00 RIA-Novosti Infographics. Latte, Iced, or Mocha. What's Inside Trendy Coffees. 2013

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00 Do I Gotta Get Up. Where's My Coffee. 31.10.12

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01 Woman Drinking Coffee

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It’s NATIONAL COFFEE DAY! Hey, I need a cup o’ good industrial-strength joe to get the ol’ brain cells firing and up to speed (contrary to konvertsy rumour, I’m not just running on my brainstem). If you can put in a slug of something nice, well… that just makes a good thing BETTER. Trust me, try a fresh cuppa java with a shot of anisette… a little brown sugar and cream (no, not milk, you moron… cream… the real deal… NOT half n’ half)… now, that’s the ticket on a cold winter’s night.

Coffee… the staff o’ life of the civilised world… along with tea, of course. I split the ticket, having a foot in the Russian World and a foot in the American World. Which do I prefer? I take the Fifth on that one (and a slug off the fifth, if you catch my drift)… I like both equally… it’s like kids… you love ‘em all, but each one a little bit differently (but with the same intensity). Don’t leave home without it…

BMD

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

12 August 2014. A Photo Essay… There be GOOD EATS in the Russian Army!

00 russian army cooks 01. 12.08.14

They’re cookin’ up goulash, borshch, and kasha… the soldiers say that the enemy could tell their positions by the yummy smell (it spreads for metres around).

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00 russian army cooks 02. 12.08.14

A KP-30 field kitchen cooks meals for 30 guys.

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00 russian army cooks 03. 12.08.14

“I’m not a chef! I’m a COOK!” thundered Senior Cook-Instructor Vitaly Razamazov. For 15 years, he’s fed the crew of the Guards cruiser Varyag. He made his famous pea soup, stewed meat with kasha, and compote.

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00 russian army cooks 04. 12.08.14

Submariners get special rations, which include red wine and caviar. All ships on extended deployment receive additional allotments of kolbasa and meat.

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00 russian army cooks 05. 12.08.14

It only took five minutes! The cook decorated this vinagret with rosettes of carrot and pickles.

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Now, that borshch with salo… that’s GOOD EATS!

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00 russian army cooks 07. 12.08.14

Russian rations have 4,000 calories per day, the largest in the world.

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00 russian army cooks 08. 12.08.14

The standard bill of fare includes over 200 items… it includes Russian, Belarusian, Ukrainian, and Georgian national foods.

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However, the staff of life is still bread… and army bakers can still bake it under field conditions.

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Of course, the troops bitch and moan about the food (all good soldiers do)… they call it “Belka and Strelka” (two Sov dogs shot into space… it’s a Russian way of saying Ken-L-Ration). Nonetheless, they chow it down, and most of it is objectively good (just like the US mess halls… they do put out high-quality stuff… just pop in on Thanksgiving and find out).

BMD

Adapted from a piece in Komsomolskaya Pravda http://msk.kp.ru/daily/26266/3144635/

Friday, 11 July 2014

11 July 2014. From the Russian Web… Smile a’ While… There be Some BADASS Babi and Dedi Out There

00 badass babi and dedi 01. 11.07.14

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00 badass babi and dedi 02. 11.07.14

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00 badass babi and dedi 04. 11.07.14

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00 badass babi and dedi 03. 11.07.14

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Let’s lighten the tone for a post or two… here are some images of feisty babi and dedi that I found on the Russian web. I’m in the autumn of my years (60 isn’t elderly, it’s only on the cusp of same), so, I can testify that one doesn’t “age” in the brain… but if one does, you’re in the deep doo-doo. I’m as feisty as ever, and I intend to keep on being such until they plant me. God willing, someone else will pick up the torch then. However, do be feisty, but don’t be angry… that’s self-defeating. Be a happy warrior until the day you die… then, God will welcome you into the Last Homely Home… Well done, thou good and faithful servant

BMD

Thursday, 10 July 2014

10 July 2014. Strange Things DO Happen in This World…God’s Ways aren’t Ours

00 Vechnaya Pamyat... Memory Eternal

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Some sad news… many of us old-timers know the Burriaks. There used to be Lydia and her two sons, Peter and Alex. Everybody knows them. They seemingly did nothing but travel around to different churches and church events. 7 July was the patronal feastday in Mayfield PA, so, the two Burriak guys came to Mayfield for the weekend… as a otpust, I suppose. On Sunday, they confessed and took communion. Then, later, they attended Vigil. After that, Alex dropped dead!

WOW!

This saddened everybody. Now, Peter is all alone. Metropolitan Hilarion Kapral did the Вечная память for Alexander after the Liturgy (also for Metropolitan Vladimir Sabodan of Kiev). However, Peter did say that if one has to die, the way his brother passed was the best. Confessed, communed, at peace with God and man, after a Vigil on a Holy Day… “painless, blameless, peaceful…”.

That’s the way to go…

BMD

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