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Monday, 3 February 2014

3 February 2014. RIA-Novosti Presents… The Polar Bears Bag Some Zs with Winter Dreams and Other Animal News

00 The Polar Bears Bag Some Zs. 01 Polar Bear Berlin. 03.02.14

A Polar Bear sleeps in the snow in his enclosure in the Berlin Zoological Garden Berlin (Freistadt Berlin) GERMANY

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00 The Polar Bears Bag Some Zs. 02 Penguins Japan. 03.02.14

Penguins were in costumes on the eve of the Lunar New Year at Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise Yokohama (Kanagawa PrefectureKantō Region) JAPAN

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00 The Polar Bears Bag Some Zs. 03 Pope Francisco blesses Amore the Parrot. 03.02.14

Pope Francisco blesses Amore the Parrot on 29 January 2014 in St Peter’s Square VATICAN CITY

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00 The Polar Bears Bag Some Zs. 04 Hippo at the Cairo Zoo. 03.02.14

A keeper at the Giza Zoo EGYPT helps a young visitor to feed a hippo

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00 The Polar Bears Bag Some Zs. 05 pony in Beijing. 03.02.14

A trainer and a pony at a Beijing PRC equestrian club

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00 The Polar Bears Bag Some Zs. 06 Python in Colombo. 03.02.14

A man with a tame python on a beach in Colombo SRI LANKA

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00 The Polar Bears Bag Some Zs. 08 Horse New York NY USA. 03.02.14

A horse near the entrance to Central Park in New York (Borough of Manhattan) NY USA

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00 The Polar Bears Bag Some Zs. 07 Cranes in Israel. 03.02.14

Tractor scattering feed for cranes in Hula Lake Park ISRAEL

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00 The Polar Bears Bag Some Zs. 09 Puma Santiago de Chile. 03.02.14

Cops captured a puma inside a residential house in Santiago de Chile CHILE (where it’s summer, but what the hey…), but no one was hurt. The cops took the big cat to the local zoo, whilst the authorities tried to figure out how it got into the building.

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00 The Polar Bears Bag Some Zs. 10 Dog BELGIUM. 03.02.14

At Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps raceway in Spa (Province de Liège. Région Wallonne) BELGIUM, fans of Michael Schumacher held a vigil in support of their idol

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2 February 2014

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/photolents/20140202/187080004_3/Polar-bear-winter-slumber-and-other-animal-news.html

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Sunday, 2 December 2012

2 December 2012. A Photo Essay. From the Russian Web… The Coolest Métro Stations in Europe

00a Toledo Metro Station. Naples. 02.12.12

Toledo station (Line 1) on the Naples Metro (Metropolitana di Napoli). Line 1 is known as “Il Metrò dell’Arte” (The Art Metro) by Metronapoli; eight stations exhibit works of art. Napoli (Napoli Province. Campania Region) ITALY

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00b Komsomolskaya Metro station. Moscow. 02.12.12

Komsomolskaya station (Koltsevaya Line) on the Moscow Metro. Opened in 1952, it’s part of the busiest Moscow transport hub, Komsomolskaya Square, which serves Leningradsky,Yaroslavsky and Kazansky railway terminals. The station is one of the most-used in the system. Moscow (Krasnoselsky RaionCentral Administrative Okrug. Federal City of Moscow. Central Federal District) RF

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00c Solna Metro station. Stockholm. 02.12.12

Solna centrum station (T11 Line) on the Stockholm Metro. This station opened in 1975, and has a shopping mall with 120 outlets attached to it. Metropolitan Stockholm (Solna MunicipalityStockholm LänSWEDEN

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00d Westminster Metro station. London. 02.12.12

Westminster Station (CircleDistrict, and Jubilee Lines) on the London Underground. This is both one of the oldest and newest stations on the Underground. The deep station on the Jubilee Line only dates from 1999, but the other part of the station is one of the oldest in the system, dating back to 1868. This, obviously, is from the new section, which has a definite Blade Runner feel to it… doesn’t it look like Darth Vader designed it? London (City of WestminsterGreater London Region. England) UK

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00e Pushkinskaya Metro station. Moscow. 02.12.12

Pushkinskaya station (Tagansko-Krasnopresnenskaya Line) on the Moscow Metro. Opened in 1975, it linked the Zhdanovskaya and Krasnopresnenskaya Lines. Many beleive this to be the most aethestically-balanced station in the whole system. Moscow (Tverskoy Raion. Central Administrative Okrug. Federal City of Moscow. Central Federal District) RF

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00f Avtovo Metro Station. St Petersburg. 02.12.12

Avtovo station (Kirovsko-Vyborgskaya Line) on the St Petersburg Metro. Opened in 1955, this station has a 1930s feel to it, perhaps, due to the special ornamental glass used in its decoration. St Petersburg (Avtovo Okrug. Kirovsky Raion. Federal City of St Petersburg. Northwestern Federal District) RF

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00g Warsaw Metro station. 02.12.12

Station on the Warsaw Metro. This service has a single north-south line that links central Warsaw with its northern and southern suburbs. It opened in 1995… note that the cars look like those of the Moscow Metro (of course  with a different paint job). Warsaw (Masovian VoivodeshipPOLAND

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00h Stadium Metro station. Stockholm. 02.12.12

Stadion station (T14 Line) on the Stockholm Metro. Opened in 1973, this station serves the wealthiest and most chi-chi part of Stockholm. Metropolitan Stockholm (Östermalm Borough. Stockholm Län) SWEDEN

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00i Auber Metro station. Paris. 02.12.12

Auber station (Line A) of the RER. It’s not technically on the Paris Métro, even though it’s one of the largest underground stations in the world (it was the largest underground facility at its 1971 opening). It does connect with the Opéra, Havre-Caumartin, and Saint-Lazare Métro stations, as well as with the Haussmann-Saint-Lazare station on RER Line E. Paris (2nd arrondissement of Paris. Région Île-de-France) FRANCE

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00j Matterdei Metro station. Naples. 02.12.12

Materdei station (Line 1) on the Naples Metro (Metropolitana di Napoli)Napoli (Napoli Province. Campania Region) ITALY

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00k Heidelberger Platz Metro station. Berlin. 02.12.12

Heidelberger Platz station on the Berlin U-Bahn (Line U-3). Built in 1913, it’s a typically grandiose Wilhelminian construct. It’s so overdone in a ponderous Teutonic manner that it’s a bit campy today. Berlin (Bezirke Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf. Freistadt Berlin) GERMANY

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00l Slavyansky Bulvar Metro station. Moscow. 02.12.12

Slavyansky Bulvar station (Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya Line) on the Moscow Metro. Opened in 2008, it serves the residential suburbs (in Moscow, the workers live in the burbs, the bosses live in the city… go figure). Moscow (Kuntsevo RaionWestern Administrative Okrug. Federal City of Moscow. Central Federal District) RF

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00m Kievskaya Metro station. Moscow. 02.12.12

Kievskaya station (Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya, Filyovskaya, and Koltsevaya Lines.) on the Moscow Metro. The entrance to the station is in the Kievsky Rail Terminal. The three main halls were built at different times, the above image is of the Koltsevaya Line hall, built in the early 1950s. Moscow (Dorogomilovo Raion. Western Administrative Okrug. Federal City of Moscow. Central Federal District) RF

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00n T-Central Metro station. Stockholm. 02.12.12

T-Centralen station on the Stockholm Metro. This is actually two stations; it’s the heart of the Stockholm Metro system. The first station, opened in 1957, serves Lines 17–19 (Green Line) and 13–14 (Red Line); the second, opened in 1975, serves Lines 10 and 11 (Blue Line). Metropolitan Stockholm (Norrmalm Borough. Stockholm Län) SWEDEN

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00o North Greenwich Metro station. London. 02.12.12

North Greenwich station (Jubilee Line) on the London Underground. Built in 1993, it services The O2 (formerly the Millennium Dome). London (Borough of GreenwichGreater London Region. England) UK

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These transport lines are the arteries of our major cities… without them, our modern world would die. Make no mistake on it, for all the noise about bucolic rural living, the magalopolis is where most people live today. For people to live successfully and peacefully under such conditions, cooperation, not “rugged individualism” is necessary. That’s why the so-called Free Market is a dinosaur. People need means of cooperation, not means of domination… the great metro systems are a technical expression of the former… not the latter (whose symbol is choked motorways full of fumes, dirt, and confusion).

BMD

Monday, 16 May 2011

A Multimedia Presentation. A Farewell to Victory Day 2011… Memorials to the Fallen… No One is Forgotten… Nothing is Forgotten… They All Had Faces… They All Had Names…

Tiergarten. Berlin (Berlin City State) GERMANY

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Treptower Park. Berlin (Berlin City State) GERMANY

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Szabadság Tér (Freedom Square). Budapest HUNGARY

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The USSR in Our Hearts

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Wŏnsan (Kangwŏn Province) DPRK

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Svidník (Svidník District. Prešov KrajSLOVAKIA

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Svidník (Svidník District. Prešov KrajSLOVAKIA

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Lev Leshchenko sings “Victory Day

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Hulin (Prefecture-level City of Jixi. Heilongjiang) PRC

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Bratislava (Bratislava Kraj) SLOVAKIA

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Bratislava (Bratislava Kraj) SLOVAKIA

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Oleg Gazmanov gives a rousing performance of “I was Born in the USSR!”

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The Red Army Chorus performs “A Song About Dovator’s Cossacks”

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Warsaw (Mazowieckie Province) POLAND

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Riga (Riga Region) LATVIA

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Riga (Riga Region) LATVIA

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Remember the generation that fought in the 2nd Great Patriotic War…

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Treptow. Berlin (Berlin City State) GERMANY

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Bendery TRANSISTRIA 

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Pogrebishche (Pogrebishche Raion. Vinnitsa Oblast) THE UKRAINE

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Viktoriya Borisenko performs “My Moscow”, a popular song of the VOV period…

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Tallinn (Harju County) ESTONIA

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Vienna (Vienna City State) AUSTRIA

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Salzgitter (Salzgitter Stadtkreis. Lower Saxony) GERMANY

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Victory Day tribute…

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The Red Army Chorus performs “The Song of the Red Army (Invincible and Legendary)”

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Village of Chumazovo (Baryatinsk Raion. Kaluga Oblast. Central Federal District) RF

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Russian Memorial Church. Leipzig (Leipzig Stadtkreis. Leipzig District. Saxony) GERMANY

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The Mother-Motherland Calls! Mamayev Kurgan Memorial Complex. Volgograd (Volgograd Oblast. Southern Federal District) RF

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Varvara sings a modern pop version of “Katyusha”

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The Mother-Motherland Calls! Mamayev Kurgan Memorial Complex. Volgograd (Volgograd Oblast. Southern Federal District) RF

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Mamayev Kurgan Memorial Complex. Volgograd (Volgograd Oblast. Southern Federal District) RF

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Brest Hero Fortress. Brest (Brest Oblast) BYELORUSSIA

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Yelena Vaenga sings “The Sacred War”… perhaps the most iconic song to come out of the VOV… the audience rises to honour the fallen… Russians are unlike Anglo Americans, who’re nothing but shameless followers of the Almighty Dollar and obsequious worshippers of Power

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St Nicholas Church at Brest Hero Fortress. Brest (Brest Oblast) BYELORUSSIA

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Park Pobedy (Victory Park). St Petersburg (St Petersburg Federal City. Northwestern Federal District) RF

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Piskarevskoye Memorial Cemetery.The Motherly Care of the Motherland. St Petersburg (St Petersburg Federal City. Northwestern Federal District) RF

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This, I think, is a fitting way to wrap up this year’s tribute to the brave veterans who fought in the Anti-Fascist Coalition against the Hitlerite scum. There are fewer of them every year… within 20 years, they’ll all be gone from amongst us. Remember them… remember their deeds… remember what they fought against. Bear their banner of glory into the future… and don’t be sidetracked by lying and demonic rubbish such as “Think and Grow Rich”… you spit on their heritage of bravery and honour when you chase after the almighty dollar. We have better things to centre our lives around, don’t we?

Here’s a poem by Olga Berggolts:

Здесь лежат ленинградцы

Здесь горожане — мужчины, женщины, дети.
Рядом с ними солдаты-красноармейцы.
Всею жизнью своею
Они защищали тебя, Ленинград,
Колыбель революции.
Их имён благородных мы здесь перечислить не сможем,
Так их много под вечной охраной гранита.
Но знай, внимающий этим камням:
Никто не забыт и ничто не забыто.

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Here Lay Leningraders

Here are city dwellers, men, women, and children
Next to them, Red Army soldiers.
They defended you, Leningrad,
The cradle of the Revolution
With all their lives.
We cannot list their noble names here,
There are so many of them under the eternal protection of granite.
But know this, those who regard these stones:
No one is forgotten, nothing is forgotten.

There’s nothing further to add, save, “Never Again! We’ll never forget you!” May they all find repose in the mansions of the righteous.

BMD 

Thursday, 12 May 2011

A Photo Essay. Victory Day Around the World…

Berlin (Berlin City State) GERMANY

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Berlin (Berlin City State) GERMANY

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Port Louis (Morbihan Département. Bretagne Région) FRANCE

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Riga (Riga Region) LATVIA

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Bishkek (Bishkek Shaar) KYRGYZSTAN

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Bishkek (Bishkek Shaar) KYRGYZSTAN

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Tallinn (Harju County) ESTONIA

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Tbilisi (Tbilisi Region) GEORGIA

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Bucharest (Municipality of  Bucharest. Bucureşti-Ilfov Region) ROMANIA

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Kiev (Kiev Special City) THE UKRAINE

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Kiev (Kiev Special City) THE UKRAINE

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Sofia (Sofia Capital Oblast) BULGARIA

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Chişinău (Chişinău Municipality) MOLDOVA

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Chişinău ( Chişinău Municipality) MOLDOVA

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Minsk BYELORUSSIA

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Grozny (Chechen Republic. North Caucasian Federal District) RF

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