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Sunday, 4 January 2015

Sputnik International Presents… Happy New Year 2015: Highlights from Around the World

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Revellers engulfed by confetti in Times Square just after midnight during New Year’s Eve festivities in New York (Borough of Manhattan. New York County) NY USA.


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Revellers play in spent confetti along a street after midnight in Times Square in New York.


00 new year 03. paris france. 04.01.14

People gather on the Champs Élysées in Paris (Département de Paris. Région Île-de-France) FRANCE before celebrating the New Year.


00 new year 04. paris france. 04.01.14

In wishing their relatives and friends a good year and good health, the French say, “Bonne année et bonne santé”.


00 new year 05. hong kong china. 04.01.14

An old-fashioned Chinese junk sails in Victoria Harbour before the New Year fireworks in Hong Kong PRC on 31 December 2014.


00 new year 06. Korea. 04.01.14

People gather to celebrate the New Year at the Imjingak Pavilion near the border village of Panmunjom, which has separated the two Koreas since the Korean War, in Paju (Gyeonggi Province), north of Seoul (Special City of Seoul) ROK.


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On New Year’s Day in Korea, believers try to recall their past lives and go to temples to pray for happiness. They also light candles which symbolise enlightened souls.


00 new year 08. japan. 04.01.14

The Japanese pay special attention to New Year food traditions. They prepare dishes of seaweed, sweet potato, soybeans, and fish cakes. Another cherished custom is giving money to children in special envelopes, known as otoshidama.


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Men ride on a portable Shinto shrine (mikoshi) as local people carry it into the sea during a festival to wish for calm waters in the ocean and good fortune in the New Year in Oiso (Naka District. Kanagawa Prefecture. Greater Tokyo Area. Kantō Region) JAPAN, west of Tokyo proper.


00 new year 10. iceland. 04.01.14

Icelanders celebrate the holiday with their families and set off fireworks at midnight, ushering in the New Year. Musical shows, bonfires, and feasting are also very popular.


00 new year 11. st petersburg russia. 04.01.14

Skating rink on Palace Square, St Petersburg (Federal City of St Petersburg. Northwestern Federal District) RF.


00 new year 12. ded moroz russia. 04.01.14

The main character of Russian New Year is Ded Moroz (Grandpa Frost), a wizard who brings presents to children.


00 new year 13. copacabana beach rio de janeiro brazil. 04.01.14

Brazil celebrates New Year with parties and music festivals on the famous Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro (Rio de Janeiro State. Southeast Region); oceans of people dressed in flashy and colourful clothes flood city streets.


00 new year 14. brazil. 04.01.14

Brazilian fishermen try to entice the Mother of Waters by going out in their boats with gifts of rice, flowers and even jewellery… which they throw into the sea.


00 new year 15. rome italy. 04.01.14

Italians observe an interesting food custom on New Year. When midnight comes, they eat lentil stew, one spoonful for each stroke of the bell. They believe that brings good fortune.


00 new year 16. big ben london england uk. 04.01.14

Scarcely has New Year arrived, than the English rush to open their back doors to see the old year off. Next, they ask the first dark-haired man they encounter to come in through the front door. Guests should bring salt, coal, and bread, symbolising having enough food, money, and warmth for the next year.


New Year Celebrations have just taken place all over the globe, engulfing the seven billion people of our planet in a spirit of joy and pleasure, granting them hope for a better year ahead, and leaving behind bad memories and misfortune from the last one. Let’s cast a glance on New Year celebrations from the sun-kissed beaches of Brazil to the shining skies of Iceland. “May your days be as glittery as diamond, may your friends be as good as gold, may your heart stay as green as emerald, and may your soul remain as pure as pearl”. The French celebrate the New Year with a traditional feast that includes crepes, foie gras, and, of course, champagne. When the clock strikes midnight, the French exchange kisses. New Year is clearly the most adored festival of the Chinese calendar, with Hong Kong residents heading to temples to pray for good fortune, followed by pyrotechnic shows and mythological spectacles which light up the city. Koreans celebrate the New Year twice… on 1 January, like the rest of the world, and on the first day of the Korean lunar calendar. In both cases, it’s a major traditional family holiday when Koreans visit their parents and remember their ancestors. In Russia, New Year is the happiest and most cherished family holiday. Ice skating is one of the main activities during the winter holidays.

1 January 2015

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4 January 2015. Winter Comes to Moscow…

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Winter started a bit late in Moscow and Moscow Oblast… but it came in with a bang on 25 December. It’s not quite an Old School Russian Winter, but it’s getting there.


4 January 2015. I’ve Broken the 1,000 Barrier in Followers

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As of today, I’ve got 1,005 followers… that is, I’ve broken the 1,000-follower barrier, so, even if I lose a couple temporarily (such happens), I’ll still be above the barrier. This spurs me on to HEIGHTEN my standards. I’m going to give you the best that I can do… in reporting, in images, in dedication. Remember the two indispensable dicta:

  • You gotta wanna
  • You gotta give a shit

If you can internalise these, all else is commentary. As always, I’m going to cover the usual mixture of Russian Orthodoxy, the Russian World, Leftist Politics, and Decent Humanity. Thanks for the support. Let my right hand wither if I forget that my main task is to SERVE.  Look at the above quote. Isn’t it sad that a quotation that applied to Nazi Germany also applies to Crapitalist-misruled America? Take my hand…


4 January 2014. Wounded Warrior Project? Read the Links and Make Up Your Own Mind…

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There are scads of ads on TV and radio touting the “Wounded Warrior Project”. I’d say, “Have a care and inform yourself before sending them any money”. The straight skinny is here. Don’t confuse this Free Market organisation with the Wounded Warrior Program and the Wounded Warrior Regiment… legit US Army and USMC outfits (and totally worthy of your support). My own experience is that the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) are on the up and square, too… they’re not perfect, but they’re better than the so-called “Wounded Warrior Project” is. Look at where the WWP money goes… a LOT goes for executive salaries. Fancy that. Tons of ordinary Joes join the service and end up maimed so that cowardly pigs like Rush Limbaugh, Richard Cheney, Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, Antonin Scalia, and Glenn Beck can live high… all of those named are members of the White Feather Brigade who didn’t serve… but scream for war and torture incessantly. I find that obscene and disgusting. I’ve got to walk away from this one, kids… it’s just too nasty. I’ve got to hurl to clear out my system. To think that those who didn’t serve, that they profit more than those who put their lives on the line… I know that there’s no justice in the world and that it can be very crank, indeed, but there are times when such is just “too much”. This is one such…

I’d tell you not to give to Wounded Warrior Project… that’s the bottom-line…


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