Monthly Archives: May 2007

Holiday

My wife has gone to St. Petersburg for two weeks to renew her passport and see her family and friends, leaving me on my own. June and July are going to be busy times for all of us on Sakhalin, … Continue reading

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A Russian Training Course

Yesterday I sat from 8am until 4pm in a decrepit old Soviet classroom attending what was described as a training course in industrial safety.  In actual fact, this training course was no more than a Russian bloke very slowly reading … Continue reading

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Victory Day in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

Last Wednesday, 9th May, was Victory Day in Russia, and a national public holiday.  Although grey and overcast, the weather in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk was warm and it didn’t rain, so I decided to wander up to the war memorial in the … Continue reading

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Patriotism: American vs Russian

Americans love their country and hate those who don’t agree. Russians don’t love their country and hate those who agree.

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A Seven Mile Hole

One of the good things about being in the oil industry is that you are never far from some seriously impressive technology, and Sakhalin Island is no exception.  This article from Upstream Online:  US supermajor ExxonMobil said an extended reach … Continue reading

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