Voices from Russia

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

1 January 2014. Happy New Year to ALL of My Friends Out There in Cyberland! с Новым годом!

00 s Novym Godom! To the New Year! 01.01.14

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00 Happy New Year! 31.12.13

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Happy New Year to ALL of you! PARTY FOR EVERYBODY! This year marks my 60th birthday (in April)… I guess that makes me an “official” “old fart” and/or “elder”. I agree with Browning… this is the “last of life for which the first was made” (in a very positive and good sense). I have NO regrets… none whatsoever. I have many mistakes and sins on my plate, but I don’t whine, I don’t dribble on with cries of “I coulda been a contender!” I did what I did… I own up to the lot of it, for it made me what I am today.

How much longer do I have? That’s up to the Almighty… He doesn’t share such intel (not with me, and, certainly, not with the likes of Pat Robertson et al). I intend to smile until the end. I’ll fight and seek the truth for as long as God gives me breath. Let’s stand together! Life is good… let’s raise up a glass and cheer! It’s the New Year! God bless you all…

с Новым Годом! To Another New Year!

BMD

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Ded Moroz to Feature in Tajik New Year Festivities After All

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Ded Moroz (Russian for “Grandpa Frost”) will make it onto Tajikistan’s TV screens this New Year after all. A state media boss in the predominately-Muslim former Soviet nation announced earlier this week that he’d would ban Ded Moroz this year… a cheerful white-bearded figure equivalent to Father Christmas… as he isn’t in keeping with local traditions. However, Mahmadsaid Ubaidulloev, the influential mayor of the capital city, Dushanbe, put an end to that killjoy move and insisted that he be part of the festive celebrations. In recent years, Ded Moroz and other associated traditions, which are a legacy of Tajikistan’s history as a former Soviet republic, came under fire from hardline Muslims. The state broadcasting head, in announcing the Ded Moroz prohibition, said that New Year’s Eve programming would feature music, singing, dancing, and countdown festivities, but that they couldn’t show alcohol consumption. A Dushanbe city hall source insisted that no one slapped a ban, official or otherwise, on traditional New Year symbols, which typically include Ded Moroz and his comely granddaughter Snegurochka.

18 December 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/world/20131218/185664565/Ded-Moroz-to-Feature-in-Tajik-New-Year-Festivities-After-All.html

Friday, 13 December 2013

13 December 2013. The Holiday Season is HERE… Have a Smile and ENJOY It!

00 shop assistants in GUM. Moscow. 13.12.13

Shop Assistants at GUM in Moscow RUSSIAN FEDERATION

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00 New Year's Fair. Red Square. Moscow RUSSIA. 13.12.13

New Year‘s Fair on Red Square in Moscow RUSSIAN FEDERATION

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00 Ded Moroz Parade. Kazan. Tatar Republic. RUSSIA. 13.12.13

Ded Moroz parade in Kazan (Republic of Tatarstan) RUSSIAN FEDERATION

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It’s time to smile and be happy. Put another log on the fire, pop the top off another bottle, and love the one you’re with. Don’t listen to the naysayers with the long faces and the tight-arsed hatred of any fun (trust me, religion doesn’t make people do that, but “religion” does… ponder that one, kids). Emulate Our Lord Christ! He turned water into wine, not wine into water (Evangelicals, take note). Remember, before you can be a good Christian, you have to be a good human being. Throw the lectures, preaching, and moralising into the shitcan… that’s NOT what Our Lord Christ did, nor should we.

A big hug from me to ALL my readers. It’s a happy time of year… it’s no time to be condemnatory. I’m working on being decent… when I reach that, I’ll tackle holiness. You can’t have the second without the first… think on that one.

BMD

 

Thursday, 12 December 2013

12 December 2013. It’s That Time of Year! Have a Holiday Smile… from Masha and the Bear

00 Masha i Medved. Happy Holidays! 12.12.13

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One, Two, Three! Up with the Tree!

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00 Ded Moroz. 17.11.12

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Here’s one of my fave Sov multifilmsThe Wolf and the Seven Little Goats. Good things from the Evil Empire! You don’t need to know Russian to love this one…

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Have a most lovely holiday season… no matter which one you celebrate. Ura! It’s time for ALL of us to join hands… let’s have a world where we can all respect one another and live together in peace, despite obvious differences. Fie on all those who want to “convert” their neighbour… that’s where most mischief in society comes in. Let’s treat others as we’d like others to treat us… we can do it…

BMD

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