Monthly Archives: February 2006


Konstantin has tagged me with this, so here goes. Four jobs I’ve had: – Farm labourer – Product Adviser in Toys ‘R’ Us – Window fitter on a tower block – Rental car delivery man Four movies I can watch … Continue reading

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Commemorative Kazakh Stamp

Courtesy of Wikipedia, a Kazakh stamp dedicated to the biathlon.  Judging by the date it was issued for the 1998 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer Nagano.

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Does Denmark have deserts?

Does Denmark have deserts? was one of the search engine queries which brought somebody to my site today.  I wonder who it was?  Possibly a poorly educated jihadist who is wondering if his camel will be inconspicuous if parked in … Continue reading

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Sex Survey

This via Emily: Most surveys about sex find impossibly that men have had far more partners than women, typically two to four times as many. Either there are a bunch of phantom females out there, or somebody is lying. Not … Continue reading

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My Photos

Eagle-eyed readers will notice that I have put a new category on my sidebar called My Photos which, funnily enough, contains links to my photos of various places. So far I’ve uploaded some of Moscow (x2), St. Petersburg, and Kazan.  I’m … Continue reading

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Mysteries under Moscow

For anyone interested in the City of Moscow, this is a must read:  What is hidden under Moscow? This question has intrigued Vadim Mikhailov since he was a child in the early 1970s, when his father, who drove a train in … Continue reading

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Coast Road at Night

Taken near the Al-Aqqa Beach Resort, Fujeirah, UAE (click photo for larger version, which is much better).

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Caveat Emptor

Oh dear.  A letter to the editor of 7 Days (only temporarily online): Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of Dubai Roads and Transportation Authority seems about as aloof as it is possible to be when he claims that the roads issue is “none … Continue reading

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Depressing and Encouraging

This story is both depressingly familiar and encouraging at the same time.   First the depressing bit: The crash occurred on a beautiful morning Aug. 7 in the Altai region of Siberia. Shcherbinsky, 36, his wife and 12-year-old daughter, along with … Continue reading

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Ice Sculptures in St. Petersburg

See here for pictures of ice sculptures in St. Petersburg, including a copy of the one built in the city in 1740 for Empress Anna Ioannovna.

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