Voices from Russia

Friday, 14 December 2012

14 December 2012. Sergei Yolkin’s World. New Year’s Coming… It’s Bringing Us Plugs!

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New Year’s Coming… It’s Bringing Us Plugs!

Sergei Yolkin

2012

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Here’s another visual pun from Yolkin. Of course, there’s “plugs” and “corks”… and that the champagne’s bottled up until we “pop the top” on New Year’s. In addition, the traffic’s bottled up until then, too. In colloquial Russian, пробки (probki) means “cork”, “plug”, and “traffic jam”… all at the same time. Add to this simmering slumgullion the mega-bung-up on the M10 motorway between the Centre and Piter. A Russian would see the joke and the play-on-words immediately… it’s a cultural thing.

By the way, Russians don’t give a rat’s ass what the EU says about “champagne”… it’s always been “Soviet Champagne”, and it’s going to remain such unto the ages of ages… EU or no EU. I told you that Russians have a Sicilian attitude to legality…

BMD

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Leonid Mednikov of the Yandex analyst service told RIA-Novosti that Moscow road conditions are congested and bunged-up in December; they’re close to their maximum traffic limits due to the pre-New Year fuss.

13 December 2012

Sergei Yolkin

RIA-Novosti

http://ria.ru/caricature/20121213/914635312.html

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Sunday, 3 June 2012

3 June 2012. A Picture IS Worth a Thousand Words… School-Leaving in Lugansk: They STILL Know How to Party Hearty

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If you thought that Russia’s reputation as a land of “party animals” was undeserved look at these images. All over the old Soviet Union, the same sort of wild hijinks take place in late May. The kids jump into fountains, drink Soviet Champagne (and anything else that they can lay hands upon), and generally do EVERYTHING forbidden by their former school’s regulations. It’s what kids have always done (and will always do in future)… didn’t we?

By the way, this is proof to starry-eyed konvertsy that Russia’s just an ordinary country, full of the same ol’ sinful-ginfuls that you find anywhere. Yes, Virginia, there IS “Holy Russia“… but it’s not obvious and you have to look for it (indeed, some of these partiers might surprise you). Things are NEVER what they appear to be… and there’s NOTHING unholier and more diabolical than a smarmy pietistic “religious” sort. On the other hand, “Unholy holiness” pops up everywhere… be prepared to be surprised. Oh, yes… don’t forget the church key

BMD

Saturday, 31 December 2011

31 December 2011. RIA-Novosti Infographics. Stages of Sparkling Wine Production: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2012!

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There’s a “Holy Trinity” of Russian New Year’s Parties:

If any of these is missing, you DO NOT have a REAL New Year’s celebration… you have a phoney-baloney blah and boring New Year’s Get-Together. You can substitute American or Australian domestic bubbly or Sekt for the Russian champagne. To use French champagne is pretentious, snooty, and oh-so-precious… only terminally-brain-dead social climbers do that (you know who they are… they live in ostentatious, blowsy, tacky, and tasteless McMansions in the “right” exurban gated community). Any old tangerine can replace the Moroccan variety so long as the fruit’s firm and of good quality.

That’s the recipe for a Happy New Year à la Russe!

с Новым Годом!

BMD

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The EU idiots who want to use the courts to try to force people to stop using the word “Champagne” for non-Champagne region bubbly are chock fulla shit… that shows ya what happens when there’s too many lawyers (as there are in the USA and the West). If it’s bubbly, it’s “Champagne”, and that ends the matter for me. I believe that I’m NOT alone in feeling that way.

31 December 2011

RIA-Novosti

http://en.rian.ru/infographics/20111231/170510998.html

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