Voices from Russia

Friday, 23 October 2015

23 October 2015. Fr Vasily™’s Cat… In 19th Century Russia, Did We Our Whisky Chill?

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Monday, 7 September 2015

7 September 2015. IS OUTRAGE! The Continuing Saga of Fr Vasily™ and His Cats! (A Riff on Alex Riggle’s “Onion Dome”)

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Lest you think that I’m making fun of the older émigré generation, this is actually a gentle tribute to them. I’m thinking of Archbishop Averky Taushev, Captain Nicholas Alexander, Fr Vladimir Sukhobok, and Nikita and Sophie Koulomzin. Without people like that (and their sometimes fractured English), we’d have no Church at all. They did more than all the loud newbies ever did… in their unassuming and quiet Russian way.

I salute them.


yes, they did talk like that sometimes… but they also had hearts as big and wide as the Russian steppe. I miss them…


7 September 2015. IS OUTRAGE! Fr Vasily’s Cat Speaks! (A Riff on Alex Riggle’s “Onion Dome”)

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Our Russian folk wisdom has it, “A cat makes a house a home”… therefore, “Many cats make a village”. As Alex Riggle’s Fr Vasily character is the quintessential ur-Russian, it stands to reason that he not only has a cat, but several. Besides, as a priest, he must own a cat… that’s unwritten law and custom… do ask Igumen Tryphon up in Washington State about that. So, if there was Fat Freddy’s Cat in the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers, there must be Fr Vasily’s Cat (or more than one, really)… you don’t think so?



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