Voices from Russia

Friday, 11 February 2011

How the Russian Websites Covered the “Year of the Rabbit”… Happy Chinese Lunar New Year! Xīn nián kuài lè! Gōng xǐ fā cái!

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11 March 2011. Sergei Yolkin’s World: Let There Be Snow!

Let There be Snow!

Sergei Yolkin

2011

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On the right, one sees the spire of the Petropavlovsky Sobor, the burial place of the Russian tsars from Pyotr Veliki up to Tsar Aleksandr Aleksandrovich. That’s one HEAVY snowfall…

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One can compare the amount of snowfall this winter in St Petersburg to the amount of rain that fell in the biblical flood, said Lev Karlin, the Rector of the Russian State Hydrometeorological University (RGTMU). Last winter (2009-10), when snow and ice removal in the city caused many complaints from citizens, the authorities called it an abnormal amount of snowfall. There were several heavy storms over a month’s time, and city workers removed more than 2.2 metres of snow. This December and January were also very snowy; there were several serous emergencies in the city as a result, which aroused wide public interest. However, the authorities believed that the cleanup crews were doing a much better job of clearing the city than they did last year.

9 February 2011

Sergei Yolkin

RIA-Novosti

http://eco.rian.ru/ecocartoon/20110209/332311435.html

11 February 2011. Sergei Yolkin’s World: Championship Icicles

Championship Icicles

Sergei Yolkin

2011

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A local Bryansk volunteer group, the Centre of Youth Initiatives (Центр молодежных инициатив) held a photo contest that found the longest icicles in Bryansk Oblast, Yelena Sorokina, a spokesman for the organisation, told RIA-Novosti. This was the first year for this unusual photo contest in Bryansk. Anyone could take part in it; they didn’t need to be local residents. However, the organising committee considered only those photos shot in the Bryansk area from 28 January to 4 February 2011. All winners of the contest won free tickets for the Зимний (Zimny: Winter) Skating Rink. According to Ms Sorokina, the largest number of photos for the competition from came from Volodarsky Raion in Bryansk. One of the locals there, 22-year-old Sergei Novikov, discovered incredibly long icicles on several homes.

10 February 2011

Sergei Yolkin

RIA-Novosti

http://eco.rian.ru/ecocartoon/20110210/332705079.html

Editor’s Aside:

I do believe that innuendo crosses linguistic barriers… “Ours is longer!” Hmm… that could mean only ONE thing to people who are suitably dirty-minded… do remember, I’m an open and unrepentant Chubby Brown fan!

BMD

It’s Time to Choose the Mascots for the 2014 Sochi Olympic and Paralympic Games

On Monday, 7 February 2011, the Winter Olympics organisers submitted a shortlist of 10 mascots for the 2014 Sochi Olympic and Paralympic Games to the public. Russians will vote by telephone and text message to select the winners on 26 February. By the way, my Nicky is all for Mascot #1, the Polar Bear. I favour Mascot #8, the Snowflake (with the Bullfinch as a strong Second).

Which one is your choice? Perspirin’ minds wanna know!

BMD

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Mascot #1: Polar Bear

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Mascot #2: Brown Bear… Nicky thinks that he “looks like a ragamuffin” compared to the Polar Bear…

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Mascot #3: Ded Moroz

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Mascot #4: Dolphin

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Mascot #5: Snow Leopard

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Mascot #6: Fire Boy

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Mascot #7: Bullfinch

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Mascot #8: The Snowflake

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Mascot #9: The Sun

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Mascot #10: The Rabbit

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The last entrant, the Matroshki Dolls, aren’t officially in the contest… apparently, they’re already a part of the PR for the coming event.

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