Voices from Russia

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

19 April 2017. What’s Shakin’ at the Yekaterinburg Zoopark? Two New Lion Cubs, That’s What!

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Two cubs were born to Erni and Emma, an African lion couple, on 10 March 2017 at the Yekaterinburg Zoopark. They appear quite hale and healthy…

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Friday, 24 October 2014

24 October 2014. What’s Shakin’ at the Yekaterinburg Zoo? Eka, the Aardvark, That’s What!

00 Eka the aardvark. Yekaterinburg. Russia. 24.10.14

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A little Aardvark and the Ant fun…

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Aardvark Eka is the first aardvark born in a Russian zoo. Soon, Eka will go to a new home at the Dvůr Králové nad Labem Zoo in Czechia. “Hey, ant! Wanna come on over for dinner?”

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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!

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Friday, 18 April 2014

18 April 2014. Easter’s On Its Way… Making Easter Eggs in Yekaterinburg

00 Easter 01. Assumption Cathedral Yekaterinburg. 18.04.14.

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They’re gettin’ ready for Easter in Yekaterinburg (that’s in the Urals… it’s where the Imperial Family suffered martyrdom). People at the Assumption Cathedral are making Easter eggs for the weekend services. Yes, Virginia, things are achingly NORMAL in the Mother Church… thank God for that! Get those last-minute things done… it’s almost here! Remember… the Easter Bunny’s legit… he’s on pre-Revolutionary Easter cards with “Christ is Risen” on ’em… let your kids have some FUN…

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