I’m back

Ел и пил он забесплатно
с половиною три дня.
В головёнке стало ватно
и с давлением фигня.

Но, надеемся, извлек
важный жизненный урок
из поездки этой он,-

перестанет жрать, как слон,
похудевши телом
он займется делом,
вместо сна возлюбит спорт,
волей станет тверд, как черт,
а характером добёр,
трудолюблив, как бобёр.

Также надо б перестать
глупость всякую писать.

Писано по пути из Варзуги в Кандалакшу 11 апреля 2014 г.

What do Igor and Natasha read?

pressPrompted by a question about the reading tastes of my companions I stopped to contemplate the contents of a news kiosk during today’s afternoon walk.

(This was part of a larger job to help a journalist to create a name for himself, and this little assignment is a good example of silly things I do for a living.)

3/4 of the lower half on display was children’s books. Two town papers. Three to five regional adaptations of national weeklies. A few monthlies. Two history novels. The entire back was was full of magazines on nothing but health, beauty, gardening, and astrology.

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Babushka by the porch

spring-babushka-zoomThe first scooter was noticed two weeks ago. Then a poster saying that walking over the ice is dangerous and prohibited replaced “don’t smoke drunk in bed” on the city’s main square by the T-34 tank on a pedestal. A few days ago I saw the first mosquito by the spring that supplies drinking water to us miserable wretches who get only sulphur-smelling stuff from the tap. And yesterday it was the true sign of spring – the first babushka by the apartment block entrance, an iconic small-town image during the warm season.

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Inspiration found

diana_arbusI found my role model among photographers. It is Diana Arbus, the connoisseur of things deviant and unhealthy. Black and white square photos from the fringes. At the end she did herself in with barbiturates. These, incidentally, are available in any drugstore here, and a rouble equivalent of $20 will get you a lethal dose. Codeine-containing cough syrup or headache pills are banned but not pentobarbital.. Funny I’ve never heard of Diana Abrus before. For more see Diana Arbus album ~ Review & critique

Corporate archetype

corporateThe source of my livelihood seems to be gradually shifting towards site maintenance for others, which encourages me to make a note of web projects that stand out one way or another. Today’s addition to my collection is a perfect corporate site. “Perfect” in the technical sense, like “perfect gas”. The quintessence of “we are a very serious business” idea. Here: www.cdsolutions.biz. It is hard to notice these things on sites you work with daily. I’m grateful to CDS Solutions for helping me see how music and things that slide look to a first-time visitor. Proceeding to take these redundancies out of my projects. Huge thanks.

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The Zhirinovsky of Finland


Hemmo Koskiniemi of the “True Finns” party?

I was asked to comment on a piece of news that Finland wants to join Russia. It didn’t take long to find the source. It is The Voice of Russia radio. That all the world wants to join USSR or at least live like there was a standard line in the Brezhnev days. The same idea seens to be put in circulation now. I actually know an Australian, gentle, good-natures, and and with not a hint of dimentia, who is jubilant over the Crimea invasion and West’s inability to convincingly respond. (Hi John B., I mean you!) History made its full circle, no big deal, relax, this world is more of a loop than a line. OK, a spiral perhaps, but its turns are hardly distinguishable for us short-lived mortals. No big deal that is unless you are caught in its wheels.

Questions on Russian travel (in particular to the north-west of European part of the country), working, or living are most welcomed. Write to manfriday@yandex.ru, contact me via Skype at Uncle_Pasha_2011, or use chat at the bottom right corner of this page.

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I always wanted to hop into a time machine

Suppose I would have preferred ancient Greece to middle ages but whoever runs the show hasn’t asked. America made torture legal. Russians, as always, went further and are about to introduce group liability. A bill has been very recently introduced in our Parliament to make the relatives of those guilty of “socially dangerous” crime share the blame. That’s not just middle ages but pre-Biblical times, before  “Fathers shall not be put to death for their sons, nor shall sons be put to death for their fathers; everyone shall be put to death for his own sin.”

What have I done to deserve such quality entertainment?! Only wish it came earlier in my silly life, when I was in a mood for changes so drastic.