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Saturday, 6 July 2013

6 July 2013. Sergei Yolkin’s World. Events of the Week in Cartoons: 3-7 June 2013

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Events of the Week in Cartoons: 3-7 June 2013

Sergei Yolkin

2013

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Sergei Yolkin sketches out the events of the week: Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin’s resignationan emergency in the Moscow Metro, and Hugh Laurie presented a performance in Moscow at the State Kremlin Palace.

7 June 2013

Sergei Yolkin

RIA-Novosti

http://ria.ru/caricature/20130607/942133713.html

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Saturday, 29 September 2012

29 September 2012. A Photo Essay. Just Another Russian Urban Neighbourhood… Cheryomushki Raion in Moscow


Recycling bins for glass, metal, paper, and plastic

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Please! No animals allowed on the lawns!

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A bust of the poet Mikhail Lermontov

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Moscow is broken up into Raions (districts), which are part of larger units called Okrugs (which for unfathomable reasons, is always left in the Russian… they’re the equivalent of New York City boroughs). There are twelve Okrugs with 125 constituent raions. Cheryomushki Raion is in the Southwestern Administrative Okrug, the HQ of Gazprom is here. The Metro runs through the raion, using Profosoyuznaya, Novye Cheryomushki, and Kaluzhskaya (north to south, #6 Kaluzhno-Rizhskaya Line, it’s orange on the Metro map) stations on the western side. All riders have to travel north, towards the city centre, to transfer to other lines. On the eastern side, the Metro uses Nakhimovsky Prospekt and Sevastopolskaya stations (north to south, on the #9 Serpukhovsko-Timiryazevskaya Line, it’s grey on the Metro map). Riders can transfer to the #11 Kakhovskaya Line (it’s blue-green on the Metro map) at Sevastopolskaya station. For all other transfers, riders have to travel north, towards the city centre. Cheryomushki Raion is a fairly-modern district, most buildings are postwar construction.

Thursday, 30 August 2012

Burn, Baby, Burn

 

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For my final blog post, I would, perhaps appropriately, like to talk about a human invention that’s slowly but surely disappearing from our lives… the written page. I mean the actual written page. This isn’t some melodramatic metaphor about the end of higher education or poetry or whatever. The truth is, elderly people with their e-book readers on the Moscow Metro are making me feel like a dinosaur as I sit and dutifully underline sentences I deem most beautiful in my paperback copy of Orhan Pamuk’s latest (friends call me pretentious, but it’s an old habit). Very soon, bookshelves will become as quaint as Victrolas and ornamental piss-pots. It’s good news for the planet’s trees… and bad news for selfish people such as myself, for whom the automated sound of a turning page, standard even for a simple Android app such as Aldiko eBook (perfect for rereads of such public domain classics as the works of Hans Christian Anderson), can’t quite replace the real thing.

I can still remember being a high school student and downloading an excerpt from Stephen King (licensed, of course) onto my desktop computer… then, quickly deciding that if books were going to go electronic, we were going to have to do a whole lot better than that. Well, we have. I predict that eBook design will soon be taught as a major discipline in the humanities… particularly, when you consider just how much one can do with a digital book cover, as opposed to a paper one. However, what on earth will happen to that favourite pastime of reactionary organisations… book-burnings? Let’s all just admit it, breaking out your tinfoil hat, packing a lunch, and driving out to your local book-burning alongside your beloved wife (who, by tradition, is probably also your dear sister), just doesn’t have the same romantic appeal of, say, mutely pressing a “delete” button somewhere.

Surely, eBook deletion will have to gain a public, ritualistic aspect one of these days. Just imagine the technological possibilities! I want to be there to discover just what kind of horrifying and hilarious aspects it’ll take… although I won’t be writing about them in my capacity as the author of Matrix Mama, because this blog’s existence is also coming to an end (although I’m not entirely sure where its place will be on the historic continuum… hopefully, not next to the ornamental piss-pot). To quote a bad movie with a good soundtrack, “It was real, and it was great, and it was really great”.

22 August 2012

Natalia Antonova

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/natalya_antonova_blog/20120822/175366986.html

 

Saturday, 29 October 2011

29 October 2011. Video. Riding the Metro on Four Legs… Take a Look…

Filed under: animals,Russian — 01varvara @ 00.00
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This is in English. Moscow‘s stray dogs have learned to ride the metro just like everybody else… this vid’s a slow starter. The REAL DEAL doesn’t begin until 0:55 into the play. Take a look… hey, if dogs and cats can master public transport, does that mean that Stokoe and Lyonyo can too (or is that asking too much?). Here’s a little piece of trivia… the older vet is a Dr Poyarkov… the same family name as Metropolitan Yuvenaly Poyarkov (yes, THAT Metropolitan Yuvenaly… THE Metropolitan Yuvenaly… who had good feelings for the OCA until the Chancery Gang soured him (mostly Lyonyo, Connie, and Mark))? One wonders if they’re related in some way! Perspirin’ minds wanna know!

BMD

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