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Sunday, 2 October 2016

2 October 2016. It’s Rosh Hashanah… The Start of the High Holy Days

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Today is the start of Rosh Hashanah (commonly called “Jewish New Year”)… the beginning of the High Holy Days that end with Yom Kippur (that’s 11/12 October this year). Except for Pesach (Passover), this is the holiest time of the Jewish liturgical year… Chanukah doesn’t even come close. If your Jewish friends or coworkers need a hand during this period, give it to them! It’s a hectic time of year for them. Do whatever good that you can do for them with a good heart, expecting nothing in return (“Yes, I WILL have some of the honey cake and Carmel wine… thank you, very much!”). We’re Christians; that’s what we do.

One last thing… remember the words of a humble Greek country pappas during the German occupation in World War II… “Our Lord Christ lived and died a believing Jew”. We should have the same attitude. Respect others and their faiths… full stop. That IS our duty as Christians. If we fail to honour that, we’re no Christians, and I’m not afraid to say so. I confide that I’m not alone in thinking that way…


Tuesday, 6 September 2016

6 September 2016. It’s Time for the “Silent Hunt!”



It’s time for the “silent hunt”… that’s what people in Eastern Europe and Russia call the search for mushrooms in the autumn forest. Everybody has their “secret spots” hidden from all others… as you can see, hoo boy, the haul is humongous. Just about everybody dries most of them for the winter. As for me, I’m partial to gribi (mushrooms) any way that I can get them… I’m not picky… get yer grubbies on and get on out there!


Saturday, 3 September 2016

3 September 2016. Only in the Rodina… It’s Arbuz Appreciation Season!

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These girls are eating watermelon at the Kamyshin Watermelon Festival in Volgograd (Volgograd Oblast). Trust me, “arbuz” is very popular in Russia… the Cossacks even pickle it!


Sunday, 31 July 2016

31 July 2016. Krokodil Gena Shows the Way…

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Now, this is the ticket… have Krokodil Gena (Cheburashka’s sidekick) as your centrepiece at your party…

I saw this on the RuNet… good, no? You can even eat it with your vodka… we’re not a bunch of drunks, are we?


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