Yesterday drove through 250km of snow and blizzard on the insistent request of my mate, who apparently needed some variety to clear her head off the eider thoughts. If anybody does not know, she is intensely working on a book on the relationship between humans and eider ducks. Sometimes that results in brain overheat, thus the need for a cooling trip once in a while.
The Trip to Kolvitsa, partly prepared by Alexandra, is about the history of the village of Kolvitsa on the south edge of the Kola Peninsula. The book cobmines reminiscences of Kolvitsa old-timers, photos from their family archives, documents from the Murmansk archive and Local History Museum.
A Singer from Chapoma was compiled by the local history expert Stanislav Borodkin and the Kola Center for Wild Nature Preservation. The book contains interviews with people who knew singer Avgusta Vladimirovna Alexeyeva (Suryadova),and the texts of her songs.
The event is held on Nov. 15 at 3pm at the Central City Library at Kolsky prospekt 93.
Apart from having translated the preface to “Kolvitsa” I have nothing to do with lofty literature and am off to Murmansk in the capacity of a humble driver for Alexandra &Co.
The widely circulating legend that St. Cuthbert patronized the Eider and wrote nature protection laws is analyzed and refuted as not being based on any documented sources.
Here is the pdf of Alexandra’s article >>
Let me use this opportunity to remind the world that Alexandra can be hired for any job requiring information search and processing, including archive work.
Introducing Dimitry Lapa, a translator, a religious history expert, and a programmer. He has greatly helped Alexandra by consulting her for her article on British church history, and I’m trying to return the favour. Here is a summary based on his resume and our correspondence:
Education: Two degrees, one is mathematician-programmer, and another religious studies.
Native Russian, fluent professional English, some German.
Over 100 publications.
But he is out of work. He is blind.
It is Alexandra’s and mine idea to tell the world about him. Please read the text below that consists of fragments of his resume and correspondence with Alexandra. Just read and make a note there is such a person. Who is not asking money from anyone nor shouting around about his situation. He is just a well-qualified expert who wants to find a job to make a living. Perhaps one of you happens to be in a position to help, thus..
I can’t invite you into this country. I can’t tell you how beautiful here. I do not agree with the policy of Russia, and I’m terrified of what’s happening here. I can not change what is happening in Russia. But I was born here and I am ashamed for this country.
We are still ready to provide our services if you decide to visit the north-west Russia. But I have no moral right to actively invite you here.
Volostnaya Hill, about 2 kilometers from the city and 350 meters above sea level. Such incredible colours can be seen only in September.
Most of the photos below are of the “Officers House”, built in the late 1930s, served as the town’s major concert hall till 2010, then the army was unable to maintain and closed it after which the best building in Kandalaksha went through a series of fires that damaged it beyond repair. The last one was in March or April 2013.
Now the building is used as a dangerous playground for tough Russian kids. Towards the end of the series of photos you’ll see some looking down from what remains of the roof. Stairs lack railing and invite anyone with a suicidal tendency or just a dizziness spell to a 30 foot drop.
The one next door (6-8 photos at the very end) is what’s left of the military hospital. Lots more ruins, especially in this part of town, but the Officers House is the most spectacular of them all.
Nataliya A. Goryashko, Sergei I. Fokin. Konstantin Karlovitch Saint-Hilaire (1866-1941) and His Biological Station at the White Sea (1911-1940) // Groeben Ch. (ed.). Places, People, Tools: Oceanography in the Mediterranean and Beyond. Proc. VIII Intern. Cong. History Oceanog. Pub. Staz. Zool.Anton Dohrn. 2013. T.IV. Read article>>