Voices From Russia, Too

Friday, 30 January 2015

30 January 2015. It’s Looking a Lot Like Winter, Everywhere You Go…

00 GUM skating rink. Red Square. Moscow. Russia. 04.01.15

Ice-skating rink near the GUM on Red Square in Moscow (Federal City of Moscow. Central Federal District) RF

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00 winter storm in scotland. 0.12.14. 04.01.15

Winter storm surge in Scotland… whew… I’d not want to be in the middle of that!

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00 St Basil Cathedral. Moscow. blizzard. 25.12.14. 04.01.15

St Basil Cathedral on Red Square in Moscow.

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It’s winter, whether you’re in Russia or in Scotland or in the Northeastern USA. Frankly, we haven’t had an Old School Northeast Winter the last few years, Global Warming is no joke… we haven’t had a real sockdolager snowstorm here in the Capital District. Of course, it’s February soon, the last full month of the winter, but it’s often the most brutal, at least as far as temperatures go. We had a big snowstorm in late November 2014 here, but nothing big since. Shall we dodge the bullet? We’ll have to see…

BMD

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

8 January 2013. They Celebrated the New Year in… Scotland… the Scots Call it “Hogmanay”

00 New Years. Scotland. Hogmany. 08.01.13

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In Scotland, girls with the Scots flag stand in the River Forth during the annual Loony Dook Swim in South Queensferry. People celebrated Hogmanay all over Scotland. For many years, the Calvinist clergy discouraged the celebration of Christmas, deeming it popish frippery. Ergo, after a joyless interregnum that ended in the late 17th century, people celebrated the New Year instead.

BMD

 

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