Friday, October 30, 2009

Another Reality: the Forgotten World

This post at English Russia is typical of much of the most striking material at that photo-blog, which covers 1/6 of the Earth's surface.

Have a look.
It might prove to be a philosophical moment. It certainly is a philosophical title.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Scenes from the last Afghan war

...done in ballpoint pen by a Russian soldier. From English Russia.

Russian soldier in Afghanistan draws pictures

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Saturday, August 29, 2009

"A sad cemetery of depressing clutter"

A modern Russian characterizes Soviet-era "interior design" AKA "dying for the unavailable K-Mart."

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Friday, August 14, 2009

The realities of space travel today

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Our modern world

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Is it rural Russia, or "I survived a Japanese game show?"

I laughed out loud at this video from English Russia, but once again it reminds me of off-the-beaten-track Canada. Especially with all the rain my area has got this year.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Traveling across Kazakhstan

Another one of those wonderful postings from English Russia that gives you some idea how many vast, largely unknown landscapes there are on this Earth.

Image: not particularly vast, but I could not resist the heron.

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Saturday, May 30, 2009

A re-created medieval battle in Russia

When I got involved in medieval re-creation in the early 70s, Russia was a faraway and generally inaccessible place where the kind of fun we were having would not have fit in. Now, however, an energetic and classy re-creation (Alexander Nevsky versus the evil German Crusaders? English Russia saith not) looks much the same there as it does in North America.

Images: Love that fort!

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Alex Andreev's "Hermetic Art"

So much for "an armed society is a polite society."

Gunfire for fun in the streets of Moscow. You have to be a bit patient see the point of this video.

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Monday, March 23, 2009

From English Russia: a variety of Russian women


Image: World War II veteran.

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Monday, March 02, 2009

Scenes from the Russian Antarctic station

Tuesday, January 20, 2009


Yes, the Obama inauguration was special, but I will let everyone else on the web talk about that. If you want a break, see English Russia for this stunning array of beautiful, grim, gritty pictures by Aleksey Petrosian called Life in Russia. Your jaw will drop.

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Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Hats off to Lvov, Ukraine

The people in Manchuria behind the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival have my great respect. Now joining them in my personal pantheon are whoever in Lvov were behind this unusual urban amenity (see English Russia for the explanation).

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Sunday, December 21, 2008

(Non-)Holiday music

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Russian Muslims pray in downtown Moscow!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Sports fans in Toronto, Russia

Russian immigrants celebrate a sporting win in Hogtown. Hey, at least they have a winning team! From English Russia.

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Saturday, November 01, 2008


Ever wanted to know more about Kamchatka than where it is on the Risk board?

Here's where you go.

Image: Can't say it's a particularly remarkable example.

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Thursday, October 30, 2008

English Russia goes wild!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Views of the Georgian-Ossetian crisis

An article by a Washington Post correspondent with extensive background in Georgia.

Amateur photos showing the results of the fighting from English Russia.

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Sunday, July 06, 2008

Russia's steampunk future

English Russia says:

"Some say that Russian Post Office is considering on using special Postal Dirigibles on the distant Siberian parts of Russia and those are leaked project drawings for this project."

The designers seem to have taken the whole steampunk aesthetic to heart, as these pictures indicate.

Steampunk is a retrospective futurism: stories featuring technology as it might have developed with airships rather than airplanes, in a world that hadn't yet gotten to the First World War, or never did. The movie The Wild, Wild West is a good example; League of Extraordinary Gentlemen a not so good one.

Note in this picture the Golden Compass in front of the building?
That movie, too, has steampunk elements.

Homage, I believe that's called.

Update: Eventually steampunk turned into this. Ah, nostalgia.

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Sunday, April 13, 2008

Holy Lance Church in Armenia

Many people know that the discovery of the Holy Lance in Antioch saved the First Crusade. Today English Russia posted several pictures of an alternate site for the Holy Lance, at a church in Armenia. I've also heard the Lance was at Constantinople (which led some churchmen at Antioch during the crusade to doubt the reality of the just-discovered one).

This rather odd art looks strangely familiar to me. What am I thinking of? Readers?

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Friday, April 04, 2008


English Russia has some appalling pictures of an abandoned library. I wonder what the story behind this is?


Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Don't believe in miraculous visions seen by famous dictators?

Like, say, Constantine?

In addition to the example above, taken from English Russia, see more here.

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Friday, March 28, 2008

This could be Canada

This could be my township! But it's ice fishers in Russia rescuing cars and snowmobiles that went just a little too far.

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Thursday, January 31, 2008

More from English Russia

The amateur photojournalists (meant as a compliment) of English Russia continue to present us with great images of "1/6 of the Earth's surface." Today I went back to the site and found two treasures: a portfolio of views of Northern Russia (region unspecified) and a group of pictures from Nazi-occupied Russia.

In connection with the first, I was struck by how little this cold landscape looks like my cold part of Canada (though we had clear blue skies today). In connection with the second, I found it interesting to see how many people used the German presence as an opportunity to hold religious processions.

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Saturday, December 29, 2007

English Russia -- still at it, still astonishing

Sometimes I go for quite a while not reading the English Russia site -- motto: "just because something cool happens daily on 1/6 of the Earth surface" -- probably because there is only so much raw astonishment I can take.

Today I had a look and found a recent post featuring ice sculptures (which I love). To be specific, an Ice Kremlin.

Follow the link for more images.


Monday, July 23, 2007

There really is nothing new under the sun

Except maybe the chainsaws.

Christian vs. pagan in Russia, today. From that amazing site, English Russia.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

The complexities of World War II

Monday, June 11, 2007

The last two centuries as seen by a tree in Kaliningrad

Thursday, May 31, 2007

One small incident in the conversion of Europe

From the blog English Russia, a piece of early history: the pagan Horse Stone on Horse Island, the site of horse sacrifices, turned into a Christian church. More detail at English Russia -- one of the best of blogs.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Yurts from Russia invade Ontario

I know a lot of people who do historical re-creation of various eras and various levels of seriousness. Thus when I saw yesterday a yurt by the side of Highway 11, in a boat dealership, I had this feeling that I probably knew the owner/builder.

Well, probably not. Today's English Russia features pictures of yurts made in that country which, according to that blog, are now being marketed commercially as cheap housing and (I guess) in Canada as camping gear. The many pictures of yurts in the English Russia post look quite like what I saw, including the decorative wooden door spotted by my companion.

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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Why I love English Russia

English Russia is a site which gives you some extraordinary picture of life in Russia today, every day. Many of the pictures are astonishing or hilarious.

I mean, Stalin himself is not funny, but who could not laugh at this? Granted, if you knew either Stalin or the car's owner, you might have a different reaction.

Why do I link to this site from an "early history" blog? The world historian in me has to love a site whose premise is: "just because something cool happens daily on 1/6 of the Earth's surface." Even the in the "sixths" we hardly ever think about.

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