Voices from Russia

Monday, 8 January 2018

8 January 2018. Only in Russia… Shashlik for Christmas… on the OUTDOOR Grill

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This is a real-deal Russian preparing grilled shashlik for CHRISTMAS. I shit you not. I do believe that the eaters are waiting inside… it’s true that shashlik over charcoal is legit to the max, but sometimes we Russians justify the Western view that we’re Europe’s crazy cousins. Not that I’d want to change that…

BMD

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Saturday, 25 November 2017

25 November 2017. Another Grumpy Cat Meme… On Black Friday

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I was NOT in any store yesterday. Save for grocery shopping, I tend to avoid malls and stores during the holiday rush. It’s just too DEPRESSING. Am I the only person to note that most of the people that you see are harried and frazzled, not in any holiday mood at all? However, the nadir-point of it all is Black Friday… a day that I call “the Black Mass of American Consumerism”. Note well that those who organise and take part in this charade fancy themselves “superior” to the rest of mankind.

I seem to think that it indicates otherwise…

BMD

Monday, 17 July 2017

17 July 2017. An Observation on Working-Class Football Culture in Europe

“Ваше место тут” (“Your place is here”… idiomatically, “You belong here”)… the rowdy backers of FK Lokomotiv Moskva in the (in)famous South Stands at Lokomotiv Central Stadium

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You back a side because your dad does; all his mates do, as does the entire neighbourhood. You’ve seen the people going en masse to the matches! It’s neighbourhood and team pride all rolled up in one. If we’re talking REAL football… let’s not forget Fr Christos in Thessaloniki who shows up at all the matches. Some tight-arsed people complained… but the people put up a FB page Hands Off Our Father Christos! The bishop didn’t ban him from the pitch…

Some middle-class people look down their noses at this… but I’d remind them that people CHOOSE their pastimes and that backing this side or that one is a far less harmful occupation than some of the things indulged in by the scornful bourgeois. Indeed…

I do confide that their real problem with it is that it’s “common”…

BMD

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

30 May 2017. Another Reason Why the Scots are a Brae Braw Lot

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I saw this on FB:

If you put rapists in prison with murderers in Scotland, you’d have only murderers left in the morning. Rapists go to protection with the beasts and nonces.

Any nationality that hates child molesters, snitches, rat finks, and rapists has a lot going for it. Now… where’s my jigger? There’s good whisky to drink down…

BMD

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