State of the Blog Address
As to what this means for the future of the blog, I'm not really sure. Updates have obviously grown much more sporadic over the past couple of weeks, something at least partially related to this move, but they should increase in frequency once I get settled in. If you haven't already, I recommend just setting up an RSS feed and reading from that.
As far as what the content will be, I'm still not sure. I'll still be working with the FSU so I expect that there will be posts here about events in that region that catch my eye, especially in Ukraine. If I travel anywhere, I'm sure I'll post about that too.
So, that's that. Let's see how things develop.
First set of photos up on flickr from Vilnius. More later.
UPDATE: Actually, all the photos from Lithuania (Vilnius and Gruta Park) are up in that same set by now.
An Open Letter to the "Kyiv Post"
I was so happy this morning to see the front page article on Michel Querriere from your August 25th issue.
Why, just this weekend, I was standing near the new Kyiv Bentley dealership on Bessarabski, watching the “elitni” in their D&G or FCUK clothes stumble out of Arena Nightclub and Casino, with it’s promises of instant riches obtainable from gaming. Most of them were drunk on $1,000.00 bottles of Cristal, yakking away on their Vertu cell phones and being escorted into their black German SUVs by professional bodyguards.
Upon observing this spectacle, I distinctly remember thinking to myself just how lucky I was to have been able to live the past year of my life in Kyiv, a city so obviously free of the “materialistic” mindset of the West. I, too, had tired of people who can never get enough of money and Kyiv has provided me with a much needed respite from the “materialistic idiots” of the West.
As a relatively new resident of Kiev trying to avoid materialism, may I be so bold as to suggest that Monsieur Querriere spend a night or two in Grigory Surkis’ tastefully subdued Premiere Palace Hotel? I would also recommend the proletarian ambiance at one of Kyiv’s best new restaurants, Decadence House. All are welcome there, regardless of means.
Thank God that Michel Querriere has decided to grace Kyiv with his presence and towering intellect for the next five years. This city obviously needs more well traveled and world-wise individuals such as him among its residents. I truly hope he doesn’t decide to de-camp to
Oh my Goth!
Saw the above photo in this Mosnews article. Russian speakers should find it amusing.
Back From Prague
3) Thinking about, but not actually, moving to the country
4) Oh, and Eastenders.
Now, I will concede the possibility that Brits aren't actually interested in these things and they only want the rest of the world to think that they're interested in them...
I can't decide which scenario is worse.
After seeing this I shall be looking for a monument to the letter "F" somewhere in the states.
Oh, and for some reason the letter "Ё" is showing up in my browser as the letter "K" in that particular story. If ti does the same in yours, that might explain your confusion when reading it.
So yes, I've been reduced to blogging about the weather and stories about Russian pornos meant to parody Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili and Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko become news.
Thankfully, I've got a short trip to Prague at the beginning of next week for work so hopefully that'll give me some more material.
UPDATE: After listening to this week's podcast, I should mention that it's an all instrumental ska special. But they're usually a lot more varied in content. In either case, this weeks episode is still good and I again recommend the podcast in general.