Voices from Russia

Saturday, 6 February 2016

6 February 2016. Here’s the Old-Timey Russian Answer to Dayquil… BABA KNOWS…

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Wanna get rid of that cold? Do one or all of these:

  • Breathe deeply over a steaming-hot pot of boiling potatoes
  • Eat raw garlic and onions
  • Go to bed, cover yourself with an electric blanket set on high (this is the 21st century, after all), and snuggle up with the cat
  • Shake some black pepper into a shot of vodka and power it down

Now, don’t bother me with this-or-that scientific study… Baba KNOWS… that does end the discussion…

BMD

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

27 January 2016. A Blast from the Past… Maya Kristalinskaya Sings “Я тебя подожду” (I’ll Wait for You)

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Lyrics:

I’ll wait for you; outside the window, in rain and in snow.

You looked at me

You searched for me everywhere.

I used to run, keeping you always in view.

Now, you’re not there.

For some reason, you’re not there.

I just want you to gaze at me.

Chorus: 

Outside the window, in rain and in snow,

it was time to sleep, but I couldn’t sleep.

Always the same yard, always the same laugh,

and I miss you a little bit.

I’m going out,

beyond my familiar haunts.

With Natasha at the cinema, I don’t hurry; I’m not with you.

But the windows of your quiet home

send your greetings

like the old guys still clicking their dominoes.

(Chorus) 

I go over and over

in the darkened courtyard.

You said you’d come, even though it’s night.

This evening to me

Is nothing but a grain of sand.

I’ll wait for you, only you, even if it’s forever.

(Chorus)

Thursday, 14 January 2016

It Was Just Another Christmas Eve in Moscow… Bishop Panteleimon Shatov Brought Joy to the First City Hospital

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Honey, tea, candy, and… love. On 6 January, our volunteers from Tsarevich St Dmitri parish and St Dmitri School greeted patients at the Moscow First City Hospital (MPGB) on the Nativity. Thank you to all who took part in our action “Gifts of Joy On Christmas” and brought gifts for the patients!

13 January 2016

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Wednesday, 13 January 2016

13 January 2016. Tomorrow is the “Old” New Year!

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To the Old New Year!

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Tomorrow, 14 January, is the Old New Year. No, that’s not a contradiction in terms… it’s 1 January on the Julian Calendar. Therefore, for some Russians, it’s time for ROUND TWO of New Year’s celebrations! We’re in the midst of the Svyatki between Christmas and Epiphany (which is next Tuesday, 19 January). It’s a time to feast, feast, feast… and I, Tyotya Vara, will carve the roast beast!

Pass the jug and cheer… did you really need an excuse to do that?

BMD

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