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Friday, 6 June 2014

6 June 2014. Politics Through a Cartoonist’s Eyes… The Truth of the Matter

00 The Truth of the Matter. 26.04.14

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Here’s the choice facing the Ukraine… dignity and a modest prosperity in the Eurasian Economic Community or a slave existence under a EU/USA dictatorship. Which shall it choose?

BMD

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

15 April2014. The Art of the Pisanka in Moscow… A True Holy Rus Tradition

00 easter eggs in Moscow 01.12.04.14

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We’ve all heard “Ukrainian” caterwauling about  pisanki. Well, it’s not true. All the Slavs do them… Poles do them (including Hutsuls and Gorali)… Czechs and Slovaks do them… Russians, Carpatho-Russians, and Belarusians do them… Slovenes, Serbs, Bulgarians, and Croats do them, as do the Sorbs and Kaszubs (the most westernmost Slavic peoples, who live in Eastern Germany and Northwestern Poland, respectively). Not only do Slavs do them, most Northern Europeans do them… Magyars do… Romanians do… Germans do… Lithuanians do… and the patterns used are very similar, considering the distances involved. That’s not all, kids! It cuts across confessional lines… Orthodox do them… Catholics do them… Evangelical Lutherans do them.

In short, pisanki are a treasured part of Easter for MANY peoples, spread out over a large part of Europe. Ergo, for any one group to “claim” them isn’t only ridiculous, it’s downright nasty. Pisanki are all-Slavic (and more)… that’s that.

BMD

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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

Saturday, 9 July 2011

9 July 2011. A Russian POV. The Other Side of the Fence: Procession in Honour of Our Lady of Buduslav

Annually, a candle-lit procession is held by pilgrims in honour of the Catholic wonderworking icon of Our Lady of Buduslav. Buduslav is some 150 kilometres (@100 miles) north of Minsk, and this procession draws thousands of Catholic faithful from Byelorussia, Eastern Poland, and Lithuania. One of the distinguishing marks of the Christian is that they go on otpust, on pilgrimage. Note well that Sectarians not only don’t go on pilgrimage… they disparage it. This is proof positive that a Russian priest friend of mine is right, “The Sectarians are Satan‘s simulacrum of Christianity“… we should heed that. Those who wish to “learn” from Sectarians should be defrocked… but they won’t. Don’t argue with them… they won’t listen to Christ… why should they listen to us?

BMD 

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