The eider book announcement

It is a pleasure for me to announce that my mate Alexandra’s mega-project of the last four or five years, the book on the relationship between the Common eider and Man, has its end in sight. My role was that of a translator and occasionally a lightning rod for the outbursts of the author’s anger at the world dearing to interfere with the process.

Below is a letter from Alexandra to all those interested in acquiring the book or perhaps helping financially in its printing.

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Kandalaksha Aluminum Smelter

Stumbled into this aerial view onto the smelter, one of the three (along with the railroad and the sea port) economic hubs of the city. Sharing it with those who ask what makes Kandalaksha tick.

From today’s crawler race..

A race of these simplistic devices took place in Kandalaksha today. And I’ve even attended the competition as a spectator. 

A cute dog on the race track

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The source of potable water

Local tap water will not kill you. At least not immediately. And if it does its destructive power will be in its taste rather than chemical content. It is a proven fact that tea and coffee taste better from water obtained from one of several springs around the city. Here is how it is done at the City Park on the left side of the Niva river..

A souvenir that kind of captures the Zeitgeist

“Russia is a country that fears nothing”

V.V. Putin

And I’m afraid this does capture the growing feeling among the populace. The mug was noticed by Alexandra, who has a good eye for crap of this sort, in the local Yablochko (“little apple”) supermarket. The cost, after a discount, was 200 roubles (~$3US).

Crawler mini snowmobile (“motordog”) competition in Kandalaksha on March 3 2019

A competition of these minimalist snow vehicles – poor man’s snowmobiles that can be bought new for an equivalent off just over $1000 – locally called “motosobaki” (“motor dogs”) is taking place on March 3rd 2019 in the “Penki” area of the abandoned military section of Kandalaksha. The event starts at 1 pm.

A cloud of coal dust over the Kandalaksha port

A cloud of what is probably coal dust over the Kandalaksha Sea Port. Then it settles over the village of “Japan” (Old Kandakasha), the beginning of the so-called Eco-trail

The cloud is particularly conspicuous on an otherwise sunny day..

Snow Figures Festival in Kandalaksha

Snow Figures Festival is to take place in Kandalaksha from March 1st to March 3rd. Location: in front of the City Administration building. The Department of Culture is currently accepting applications from those who wish to participate. The winners are to be announced on Sunday, March 10, the end of the Shrovetide week. 

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Black, white, and pink

Somewhat belated Season’s greetings!

After a long grey fall, the real winter has set in, with short days and lots of fluffy snow. As to the color scheme, it has been reduced to just three: black, white and, in the brief hour or less the sun is up, pink.

 

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