The full moon rises in the sky above the domes of the Smolny Cathedral in St Petersburg on Monday, 8 September 2014. Monday night’s full moon, also known as a Harvest Moon, will be the third and final “supermoon” of 2014. The phenomenon, which scientists call a “perigee moon”, occurs when the moon is near the horizon and appears larger and brighter than other full moons. Italian architect Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli built the Smolny convent’s main church between 1748 and 1764, which is now a major landmark in Piter.
Mankind Without the Cross
Vitaly Milonov, a deputy of the Legislative Assembly of St Petersburg, appealed to Minister of Culture Vladimir Medina to bar Austrian singer Thomas Neuwirth (better known as Conchita Wurst) from entering the Russian Federation. Milonov put forth his proposal after the Eurovision Song Contest winner announced the start of an international tour, including plans to visit Russia, saying, “The Russian government shouldn’t allow this transvestite to enter our country. This ‘Bearded Woman’ is a gross insult to all the peoples of Russia”. Milonov has a reputation for proposing high-profile bills and proposals. In February 2012, he submitted a draft law in the Federal City of St Petersburg, later adopted, establishing fines for promoting paedophilia and homosexuality. In December 2012, he accused Lady Gaga and Madonna of violating Russian visa regulations.
“Conchita Wurst” is shameless and shameful, but we shouldn’t obsess over the situation. Russia should ban their entry and leave it at that. I don’t even like posting pictures of this person. I think that all decent people agree with me. Do have a care with this topic if you live in the West… certain lobbies are very powerful and can cause you great upset and trouble. Choose your arguments well… this is something best left unmentioned. However, the usual cast of suspects (both “left” and “right”) will have a field day. Stay out of the kids’ food fight… it’ll be much Sturm und Drang signifying nothing. I don’t know who’s worse… the so-called “religious” or the so-called “activists”. In my mind, I don’t care much for either.
Need I say more?
12 May 2014
Clowns Parade in St Petersburg as part of the 11th International Funny Festival to mark the anniversary of the birth of the author Nikolai Gogol. Smile awhile… it isn’t all serious (thank God for that!). Russia… you can’t understand it with your mind… you must grasp it with your soul. Here’s some good clean fun from the Evil Empire…
Seventy years ago, on 27 January 1944, the Red Army completely lifted the Fascist Siege of Leningrad (now St Petersburg). The siege lasted for 872 days.
27 January 2014
There was no original Russian text available for this infographic, sorry about that