Voices from Russia

Friday, 13 December 2013

13 December 2013. The Holiday Season is HERE… Have a Smile and ENJOY It!

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Shop Assistants at GUM in Moscow RUSSIAN FEDERATION

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New Year‘s Fair on Red Square in Moscow RUSSIAN FEDERATION

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00 Ded Moroz Parade. Kazan. Tatar Republic. RUSSIA. 13.12.13

Ded Moroz parade in Kazan (Republic of Tatarstan) RUSSIAN FEDERATION

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It’s time to smile and be happy. Put another log on the fire, pop the top off another bottle, and love the one you’re with. Don’t listen to the naysayers with the long faces and the tight-arsed hatred of any fun (trust me, religion doesn’t make people do that, but “religion” does… ponder that one, kids). Emulate Our Lord Christ! He turned water into wine, not wine into water (Evangelicals, take note). Remember, before you can be a good Christian, you have to be a good human being. Throw the lectures, preaching, and moralising into the shitcan… that’s NOT what Our Lord Christ did, nor should we.

A big hug from me to ALL my readers. It’s a happy time of year… it’s no time to be condemnatory. I’m working on being decent… when I reach that, I’ll tackle holiness. You can’t have the second without the first… think on that one.

BMD

 

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Thursday, 28 November 2013

Case Closed: Kremlin Sends Louis Vuitton Packing from Red Square

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On Wednesday, Moscow municipal authorities said that they’re dismantling a giant designer suitcase-shaped pavilion installed in the middle of Red Square, following a wave of public outrage and many demands for its removal. The city’s media and advertising department said that the sponsors of the Louis Vuitton-backed installation were preparing to take it down on Wednesday afternoon, after the Kremlin and the landmark GUM department store asked for the removal of their new neighbour. On Wednesday afternoon, GUM confirmed that work began to dismantle the titanic trunk. Measuring 30 metres (99 feet) long and nine metres (30 feet) high, and adorned with the Louis Vuitton logo, the oversized travel case was due to house a “Soul of Travel” exhibition organised by the famed French fashion house from 2 December to 19 January. Consisting of historical suitcases and video installations, the display was one of several events scheduled to commemorate GUM’s 120th anniversary.

However, public ire over the litigious luggage reached a fever pitch in recent days as people criticised the suitcase’s placement in Red Square… a UNESCO Heritage Site and the first port of call for most visitors to the Russian capital… as well as the display’s timing over the New Year holiday period. Lawmakers in the RF Gosduma, based just across the road from Red Square, complained that the “obscenity” denigrated the landmark, which they called a sacred symbol of Russian government. On Wednesday, a GUM spokesman said that the department store decided to send the suitcase packing after an overwhelmingly negative public reaction, and a Kremlin source told journalists that the presidential administration hadn’t agreed to the pavilion’s construction. Presidential spokesman Dmitri Peskov said that the Kremlin issued no official orders to remove the pavilion. He said that there was nothing wrong with the suitcase, although he noted that those who designed it “obviously lacked a sense of proportion”. However, the lost luggage may yet find a new place to stay in the capital. Spokesmen from both Gorky Park (TsPKiO) and the all-Russia Exhibition Centre (VVTs), two of Moscow’s largest parks, told RIA-Novosti that they were ready to consider taking in the trunk, but that they haven’t yet received any requests to host the pavilion.

The fate of the “Soul of Travel” exhibition, a non-profit show to raise funds for supermodel Natalia Vodianova’s charity project, the Naked Heart Foundation, remains unclear. Vodianova, who founded the children’s charity in 2004, expressed hope that the exhibition wouldn’t face cancellation and that they could move the trunk to a new site. She wrote on her Facebook page, “If the exhibition doesn’t take place, not only will we be deprived of an exciting journey into history and beauty, but the charitable funds from ticket sales… which Louis Vuitton originally proposed to transfer to the Naked Heart Foundation… won’t be generated”. Louis Vuitton said that it planned to give the entire proceeds from the exhibition’s 200-rouble (6 USD. 6.40 CAD. 6.70 AUD. 4.50 Euros. 3.70 UK Pounds) admission charge to Vodianova’s charity. On Wednesday, repeated calls to the fashion house’s head office in London went unanswered.

27 November 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/russia/20131127/185059988/French-Fashion-House-Asked-to-Remove-Giant-Trunk-from-Red-Square.html

 

Monday, 31 December 2012

31 December 2012. VOR Presents… Moscow Prepares for New Year Festivities

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Muscovites wrapped up their preparations ahead of the New Year celebrations. The Russian capital put the final touches to its festive look since 1 December, whilst New Year trees made their appearance in streets and public venues closer to year’s end.

28 December 2012

Voice of Russia World Service

http://english.ruvr.ru/photoalbum/99528939/99528962/

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

11 December 2012. VOR Presents… Russia’s Main Store Awash with New Year Décor

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With New Year and Christmas celebrations just around the corner, Moscow squares, streets, and shops windows are getting their share of holiday décor.

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GUM, which is next to the Red Square, is leading the preparations with its new bedazzling look.

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GUM is just awash with New Year décor.

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A New Year’s bazaar sprawls across the squares of GUM, Russia’s most exclusive mall, ahead of the nationwide celebrations.

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A slide in the GUM attracts Muscovite kids.

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11 December 2012

Voice of Russia World Service

http://english.ruvr.ru/photoalbum/97608347/97608370/

Editor’s Note:

The Russians have the right idea… they keep the secular and religious holidays separate. New Year’s is full of human good cheer… Christmas is a meditation on the birth of Our Lord Christ in the flesh. We need BOTH. Fie on the prunish neo-puritans who rant about “pre-Christmas celebrations” and fie on their atheist cousins who get upset at any hints of crèches and angels. I can’t stand either sort… and, I’ll warrant, neither can you.

Santa and the Christ Child… 25 December and 7 January… they’re NOT mutually-exclusive. Keep everything in perspective and in its proper place. Look at the bright side… it means that the secular holiday is over when the religious season begins. That means that we won’t confuse the two. There… isn’t that much more modest and realistic than bootless complaining and kvetching is? Compare this to Mattingly’s latest snarky rant about “pre-holiday celebrations”… you can smell the Scroogishness in it, can’t you?

BMD

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