Voices from Russia

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

3 March 2015. Some of My Favourite Things… Georg Ots sings “Что так сердце растревожено” (What So Stirs the Heart)

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G K Ots (1920-75), People’s Artist of the USSR.

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Let’s get away from the war for a moment… here’s one of the great Russian voices… G K Ots… singing one of the old romansy

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Saturday, 28 February 2015

28 February 2015. Didya Know that the Vulcan “Live Long and Prosper” Gesture Comes from the Jewish Priestly Blessing?

00 Leonard Nimoy. live long and prosper. 28.02.15

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The Vulcan “Live long and prosper” gesture derives from the Jewish priestly blessingLeonard Nimoy said that he came up with it after remembering what he saw in Jewish services in his childhood… the Jewish gesture looked cool, alien, and mysterious, so, it became part of Star Trek. My thanks to the Cabineteer who came up with it. I wrote them:

 I’ve learnt a lot today. That’s what I like about this… I learn something new every day…

That’s what makes this so fascinating… I learn something new every day in the course of my research.

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28 February 2015. Didya Know What “Nimoy” (Нимой) Means in English?

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The word Нимой in Russian means “mute”… “unspeaking”. There’s no doubt that Leonard Nimoy‘s people came from Grodno Guberniya (in present-day Belarus). You’d also like to know that his zayde was a passionate socialist, a keen reader of the Forverts (Jewish Daily Forward). For years, Leonard Nimoy hung out at the Science Museum in Boston… he was passionately involved with real science. He’s not the only famous actor with a Russian connection… there’s also David Duchovny (Духовний)… he starred in the spooky X-Files. His surname means “spiritual”… believe it or not! Hmm… Jack Palance of the spooky voice was actually Vladimir Palaniuk of Luzerne County in NEPA… just as Natalie Wood was really Natalia Nikolaevna Zacharenko of San Francisco CA. Her parents were from Siberia… they weren’t “Ukrainian” at all. Yes… she stayed a loyal Russian Orthodox Christian all her life. You see, some names do have meanings… for instance “Fireri” (of Guy Fieri of the Food Network) means “proud” in English… and Guy Fieri does have a whole lotta chutzpah and confidence.

My thanks to the Cabineteer who proposed this idea. Some of my best ideas come from my friends… I’m truly blessed…

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28 February 2015. Leonard Nimoy Dies at 81… Mr Spock Is No More… Shalom, Lennie

00 Leonard Nimoy. 28.02.15

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Leonard Nimoy‘s roots were in Belarus… he spoke Yiddish as well as he spoke English (he acted in the Yiddish theatre in his younger years). We all grew up with him in Star Trek… another one of our adolescent icons bites the dust. I hope that he finds peace. You CAN light a candle for him tomorrow… there’s no limit on such things by private people. Say a prayer for his soul as you do so. We’re Christians, that’s what we do…

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Live long and prosper…

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