Voices from Russia

Friday, 28 October 2011

28 October 2011. A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words. Modern-Day Cossacks in Kosovo…

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28 October 2011. Furry Friends… Scooter: Guarding the Church

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Scooter: Guarding the Church

Sasha Ressetar

2011

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I needed a break from all the schmutz. Maybe, not “lions, and tigers, and bears”… but I think that dogs and cats will do. God’s critters do help to keep us grounded. Try dealing with Poochie the Cat sometime (he’s jumping on “mommy” right now… he DOES know how to get one’s attention)…

BMD

RIA-Novosti Presents… “Cat Republic” in St Petersburg: First Cat Café in Russia

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Cat Republic in St Petersburg is Russia’s first café where guests can play with cats whilst enjoying a cup of tea or coffee.

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The café has won well-deserved popularity with children and adults in the two months since it opened not far from St Isaac Square in downtown St Petersburg.

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Cat Republic currently has eight feline residents.

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Four of them came from the State Hermitage Museum, where they used to hunt mice. The other four are purebreds acquired from breeders.

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The main rule of the cat café is that you shouldn’t insist on any interaction that the cat isn’t willing to engage in, because the citizens of the “republic” are free cats.

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On their first visit, every guest’s height is measured “in cats” with a “cat-meter” and their age is recalculated in “cat years”.

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Adults visit the café in the evenings; during the day, it’s the local children’s favourite haunt.

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This cat café in St. Petersburg isn’t only unique in Russia… possibly, in all of Europe. There are similar cafés in Japan, and they’re very popular.

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Cat Republic’s won popularity as a major city attraction and it’s already a part of the city’s “urban mythology”.

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22 October 2011

RIA-Novosti

http://en.rian.ru/photolents/20111022/167896495.html

Christ the Saviour Cathedral to Host International Concert

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Ludwig van Beethoven

Ode to Joy

Symphony Nr 9 in D minor, Op 125

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Giuseppe Verdi

Aida

Triumphal March and Chorus

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Sergei Rakhmaninov

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43: Variation 18

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On Tuesday evening, 1 November, the MP will sponsor a concert, Музыканты за мир (Muzykanti za mir: Musicians for Peace), at the Assembly Hall of Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow. As the concert’s been underwritten by benefactors, there’s free admission for the public. Organisers of the event told Interfax-Religion on Friday that the concert’s in honour of the Day of National Unity, it will feature musicians from Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, South Ossetia, Greece, Egypt, Israel, Cyprus, France, Serbia, Croatia, Japan, and Turkey. Listeners will hear works by Rakhmaninov, Khachaturian, Elgar, Gluck, Wagner, Liszt, Verdi, Beethoven, et al. The presenter at the concert will be the famous actress Maria Golubkina.

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Aram Khachaturian

Gayane’s Adagio

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Sir Edward Elgar

“Softly and gently, dearly-ransomed soul”

The Dream of Gerontius, Op 38

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Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, the head of the MP Department for Church and Society, said about the concert, “Let the life-giving beauty and wisdom of music played by people of different nationalities and followers of different faiths serve the reconciliation of peoples and nations. Music, like any true art, always unites those who aspire to the beautiful and who love the beauty of God’s world”.

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Christoph Willibald Ritter von Gluck

Orfeo ed Eurydice

Melodie

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Ferencz Liszt

Liebesträume nr 3, S/G541 (Love Dream)

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Richard Wagner

Siegfried Idyll

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In turn, Deputy Mayor for Social Policy Lyubov Shvetsova, quoted the organisers as saying that Russians would never forget the heroic events of 4 November 1612, when the opolchenie led by Kuzma Minin and Dmitri Pozharsky “gave us a standard of heroism and solidarity applicable to all people, regardless of origin, religion, or social status. Without these people, Russian history, with all its great victories and accomplishments, would be unthinkable. Today, the main purpose of the Musicians for Peace event is to draw public attention to global sore spots, those places with military, ethnic, and religious clashes and conflicts. I hope that the concert at the Cathedral Christ the Saviour Cathedral will be a significant cultural and social event”.

28 October 2011

Interfax-Religion

http://www.interfax-religion.ru/?act=news&div=42823

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