Voices from Russia

Saturday, 25 October 2014

25 October 2014. My life in Russia: Bobby Rome from Virginia… Great Vid About an American Expat in Piter

00 Bobby Rome 02. russia. football. 25.10.14

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click here for the page with the vid

Bobby Rome is a professional football player from Virginia. For several years, Bobby has been in St Petersburg playing for the Vikings. Bobby’s wife Gabrielle convinced him to move to Russia, “I wanted him to pursue his dreams, because I know he has a lot of potential. I had to try to push and convince him… ‘Maybe we should take this risk, maybe we should take this leap of faith and go after it? We only live once, why not take full advantage of it?'”. As Bobby said, it was one of the best decisions he’s ever made.

21 October 2014

Russia Behind the Headlines

http://rbth.com/multimedia/video/2014/10/21/my_life_in_russia_bobby_rome_from_virginia_usa_40757.html

 

Friday, 24 October 2014

It’s Gonna be Napolitano in Karelia! Valaam Monastery to Send Monk to Italy to Learn Secrets of Mozzarella Makin’… No Lie

Sergei Yolkin. It's Not a Cow; It's a Dairy Centre Prodution Unit. 2011

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There have been all sorts of interesting (but expected) fallout from the sanctions. Makfa, which was already the biggest domestic pasta maker in Russia (they’re in Yekaterinburg), just got bigger… they’re cracking down on Mickey Dee’s… but this one is a “Strange, but Nonetheless True”. The famous Valaam Monastery in Karelia is sending one of the brothers to Italy… to ferret out the secrets of mozzarella makin’. Perspirin’ minds wanna know… are they gonna bring in gen-u-wine Eye-tal-i-an water buffaloes for the real deal mozzarell’ di bufala or are they just gonna make wimpy old cow’s milk mozzarell’ with the milk from their own dairy herd? On the other hand, is the said brother gonna do his best to convert Joey the Cheese-Maker and entice him to come to northern climes? In that case, he’d be “The Spy that Came INTO the Cold!” (A little riff on John le Carré‘s The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, for them in the know.) Now, that’s a mystery well-worth cracking!

BMD

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Russia to Honour Horwich World War Two Veteran Canon Colin Craston for Arctic Convoy Service

00 brit WW2 vet 02. UK. 04.10.14

Canon Craston in World War II as a Royal Navy rating

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00 brit WW2 vet 01. UK. 04.10.14

Canon Craston today

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A 91-year-old World War II veteran will be honoured for his bravery… by the Russians. Canon Colin Craston, of Lever Park Avenue, Horwich, will receive a medal from the Russian Federation for his service in Arctic convoys. The medal, with the presentation at Manchester Town Hall on 13 October, is to recognise his work as a wireless telegraphist on HMS Eclipse, an E-class destroyer of the Royal Navy, from March 1942 to March 1943. Canon Craston, a great-grandfather, received eight medals over the years recognising his Navy service, but next month’s event will mark the first time he’s ever personally received a medal. He said, “I’m very, very pleased to be receiving this medal… it’s a great privilege. I’ve heard for a long time that the Russians wanted to honour those who served in the convoys and I look forward to being given a medal in person. I remember my war years well. There were dreadful weather conditions along the way… ice, gale storms, you name it. I appreciated the experience… it was very interesting”.

Canon Craston sailed from Iceland to Russia in the destroyer, but his captain sent him ashore, as he’d been selected for a commission. Seven months after he left the destroyer, it sank in the Aegean Sea east of Kalymnos, Greece, killing 119 of the 145 crew members on-board. Canon Craston said, “My life was absolutely dependent on coming off that ship… my friends and colleagues were all on it. I’m 91 years old, yet I could’ve died aged 20. I didn’t even have to come off it. I didn’t find out it had sunk until seven months after it happened”. Canon Craston went to America to repair an aircraft carrier and went on to serve in the Far East, along the Indian Ocean, from 1943 to 1945. Originally, he’s from Preston, but moved to Bolton in 1954, where he served as priest of St Paul’s Church in Deansgate until 1966, and of St Paul’s with Emmanuel Church in Vicarage Street, Daubhill, until 1993. Canon Craston has two children, five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. He’ll attend the ceremony with his wife Brenda and daughter Carolyn Edmunds.

 2 October 2014

Neil Robertson

The Bolton (Lancashire. ENGLAND. UK) News

http://www.theboltonnews.co.uk/news/11509106.Horwich_World_War_Two_veteran_to_be_honoured_by_Russia/?ref=rss

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Putin Sez “Holding on to Power Using Any Means Would Be Unwise”

00 Putin in Sochi w China TV reporter. 19.01.14

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President Vladimir Putin said it was too early to say whether he’d run for a fourth term in 2018, but he pointed up that clinging to power using any means would be unwise. He said in an interview with Russian and foreign journalists aired on Sunday, “It’s only 2014; the election will be in 2018. What we need to do now is work, then, we’ll see. The worst and most dangerous thing that can happen to a politician is holding on to power using any means, focusing only on this. In this case, failure is inevitable, as he’s always afraid of taking the wrong step. This isn’t what you should think about; you need to focus on the results of your work. Time will show”. When asked about his plans for retirement, Putin said that he wasn’t eager to “play tough guys in the movies”, but that he’d possibly focus on hockey with the Night Hockey League for non-professionals aged 40 and older, saying, “Two and a half years ago, I couldn’t skate at all. Now, you may have seen me trying to show off sometimes. That’s what I enjoy. If and when I retire, I’d try to do things that I enjoy”.

19 January 2014

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/politics/20140119/186691182/Putin-Holding-on-to-Power-By-All-Means-Would-Be-Unwise.html

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