“Attempts to Establish Eider Farms in the USSR and Why These Failed”

An article on the history of eider farming attempts in the USSR, written by my mate Alexandra (and translated by me) has very recently come out in an Environmental and Society Portal “Arcadia“.

Comments that you can leave under the article are welcomed and invited.

To read “Eider Farming Attempts in the USSR and Why These Failed” proceed here.

Stress therapy for Alexandra

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.

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Polar night over in Kandalaksha

Yesterday I was dragged out to Luvenga by my mate Alexandra, who totally disregarded my profound desire to spend Jan. 1 in coach-glued lethargy, and was forced to observe the first true sunrise of the year.

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Belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Site admins Pasha and Alexandra sincerely wish you a belated (or upcoming if you are Orthodox) merry Christmass and a happy New Year, and hope to see you around these places.нг_2016_1

 

Off to Murmansk Sunday for a book presentation, back Monday

Sunday early morning we are off to Murmansk to do a presentation of two books: The Trip to Kolvitsa and A Singer from Chapoma.

kolvitsa-tripThe 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.
chapoma-singerA 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.

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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.

An article on the Eider duck and St. Cuthbert by A. Goryashko just came out

st-cuthbert-eiderPriroda (“Nature)” No. 10, 2015, pages 57-67.

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.

Help me help this fine young BLIND fellow, a mathematician, a programmer, and a religious history expert, find a job

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.

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Above: Dimitry in London

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..

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Opposition leader Boris Nemtsov killed 300 meters from the Kremlin

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.

A video from the murder scene >>

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And that’s why I dragged Pasha onto the mountain

Volostnaya Hill, about 2 kilometers from the city and 350 meters above sea level. Such incredible colours can be seen only in September.

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‘Been exploring the “Military Town” section of Kandalaksha today

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.

Fire 21 April 2013, when the building was damaged almost beyond hope. Weather and vandals will soon do the rest.

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.