I’m ready for a new challenge

For the last few months, in addition to translating Alexandra’s book on the eiders (the end of the project is now in sight sometime in 2019) and teaching English (mostly to local kids), I’ve been looking where a motor yacht could fill up with quality diesel fuel between St. Petersburg and Murmansk. Now, with the yacht project over, 1/3 of my time and energy is freed up, and am ready to apply it to the benefit humanity and to help in paying our bills.

Examples of jobs done in the last three or four years, since our move to the Kola Peninsula: more >>

A night-time tour of Kandalaksha – am I still capable of staying up and active until 6am?

Motivated by greed, I’ve conceded to give an overview tour of Kandalaksha and area on the night from Saturday to Sunday, starting at 1am and ending at 6am. Now, as the day or, rather, night, approaches I’m starting to have doubts about the wisdom of my decision. Somehow staying up all night is something that no longer seems easy although I worked as a night watchman for a considerable time in Canada in my younger days. We’ll see if I’m still capable of pulling it off..

The City Day June 30 at the Monastery Cape

The festivities start at 12:30 and include historic reconstruction, the sale of local arts and crafts, and a sailing regatta.

A good opportunity to meet the active part of the local society for anyone for whatever reason is interested in Kandalaksha.

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New WW2 stuff from the swamp near the Salla Border Crossing point

A recent expedition by the Russian Geographical Society, the Northern Fleet, and the “Verman” group of the Russian War Artefacts search movement have pulled a bunch of war-related stuff out of a Salla Border Crossing point area swamp. 

Things found included tracks and other fragments of two Soviet VT-7 and one German T-II tanks, a part of the Soviet 44mm gun, a number of household items (like flasks), and remains of one Wehrmacht soldier.

Items found are said to eventually put on display at the Naval Museum of the Northern Fleet in Murmansk.

Some sort of paint-splashing event on June 14

Some PR company from Moscow thought up of touring small towns and putting on silly paint-throwing events. On Friday, July 14th, this questionable form of entertainment comes to Kandalaksha. The activity starts at 6pm near the former Spolokhi Hotel, at Naberezhnaya 130. They wrote me and asked me to help in promoting this craziness. Here I am, done.

A NEW BOOK: A WILD BIRD AND A CULTURED MAN

The Common Eider and Homo Sapiens: Fourteen Centuries Together

A popular science book by Alexandra Goryashko

Publication expected in 2019

The preparation of a popular science book on the world-wide history of the relationship between humans and the eiders – A Wild Bird and a Cultured Man (The Common Eider and Homo Sapiens: Fourteen Centuries Together) – for printing is nearing its end.

The author is the biologist and historian of science Alexandra Goryashko. This letter is to inform you about the upcoming publication which will be published in both Russian and English versions.

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Road kill black grouse dinner

Found a freshly killed black grouse female, which is actually gray, on the road on our way back from the dacha. Took it home, and at the moment it is in our largest pan turning into dinner. Haven’t eaten meat in quite a while, hope I won’t get sick. Plan to wash it down with a quantity of red wine as a precaution.

Garbage-related protests in Arkhangelsk continue

Large-scale protests against the authorities’ plans to ship Moscow garbage to the Arkhangelsk Region, apparently, continue in the City of Arkhangelsk.

Here is a recent goarctic.ru article, in Russian, explaining in detail the current situation. 

Some more recent materials, in English:

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Russian-Finnish Days of Cross-Border Cooperation

These take place in the town of Kola (~10km south of Murmansk) on May 23-24, 2019 at Zashitnikov Zapolarya 7. Here is the program of the event, in English. Seeems like an opportunity to meet most of the top brass of the region.