Voices from Russia

Saturday, 9 July 2016

9 July 2016. Further Adventures in Translation Land

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The literal translation of Не лей колу в рот! Выпей бабушкин компот! is “Don’t put cola in your mouth! Drink Grandma’s Compote!” is just jangly and no damned good as a catchy jingle (as it is in Russian). Therefore, my Englishing of this sentiment is:

Don’t drink cola; it’s bad.

It just drags you down!

Drink Baba’s Kompot, it’s cool.

You can beat the whole town!

That, I think, expresses exactly what the original poster had in mind. THAT’S what translation is all about… getting the essential idea from one language into another… yes, sometimes things do “get lost in translation”, and the brevity of this was one such…

BMD

Update 22.15 9 July 2016:

A friend sent me the following:

Don’t drink cola; it just drags you down!

Drink Baba’s Kompot; it’s the best in town!

Why didn’t I think of that one? God has blessed me with friends, not with money… which makes me very rich, indeed…

BMD

Friday, 8 July 2016

The Bear in the Slavic Imagination

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Illustration by Viktor Britvin

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Amongst the Slavic peoples, the bear is one of the main characters in folklore zoölogy, being a symbol of fertility, health, and strength. The Slavs have always respected bears… they considered them the masters of the forest. The Slavs dated the coming of spring with the bears waking up from hibernation. They believed that bears had special wisdom, which could protect them from witchcraft, disease, and all sorts of bad things.

7 July 2016

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Saturday, 2 July 2016

2 July 2016. From the Russian Web… Remember the Lvov Pogrom of 1941… The Nazis and the Anglo Neoliberals BOTH Loved the Galician Uniate Gangster Nationalists… Fancy That…

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The first caption in the image came from the original submission…

Reflect on this… both Chilly Hilly and Trump the Chump SUPPORT the Galician Uniate Nationalists who helped the Nazis carry out this pogrom. Only Jill Stein or Bernie Sanders would oppose them. Do vote accordingly. A vote for Trump or Hillary is a vote for sheer evil… full stop.

“Milk brothers” is colloquial Russian for two men who’ve had sexual relations with the same woman. Both liberals and conservatives defend crapitalism… neither one wants to change it at all. Therefore, they’re “two men who’ve had sexual relations with the same woman”… unfortunately, that woman is a whore with unmentionable and nasty social diseases… and they want to pass those diseases on to the rest of us.

You do NOT “have to” vote for Democrats or Republicans… do think on that.

BMD

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

29 June 2016. A Point to Ponder

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Metropolitan Mark Golovkov scrubbing hospital floors in Ryazan… that’s what bishops in the Rodina do. Do note that the loudmouth righties in the USA do NOT do likewise…

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I made the following comment on FB:

That is what the Church does… “start a revolution”. Look at Russia… things are imperfect, but the Church lives Christianity and its lit a fire of belief in many hearts.

No one’s arguing that the Revolution is complete or anywhere near such… it isn’t. However, they’ve made a good start… which is more than one can say about the West, especially, the USA and the Antichristian Evangelicalism regnant there (it’s contaminated far too many of our people, hasn’t it?). As Gill Scott-Heron put in, “The Revolution will not be televised, brother; the Revolution will be live”… just go to the Centre and see for yourself…

BMD

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