My life is changing rapidly.

Last night my girlfriend Yulia and I got engaged.  The smart money was on a throw-back, but the promise of a glamorous lifestyle in Sakhalin won her over.  Now all I have to do is buy a ring, but I’m fast running out of kidneys.

Tim & Yulia

Seriously, I couldn’t be happier.


Ring purchased, now scouring eBay for dialysis machines.

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28 Responses to Engaged

  1. curson says:

    That’s a great news!!! 😀
    Wish you (two) all the best.

  2. PooterGeek says:


    But I believe, at a joyous moment like this, that it is important to remember that you will need someone to record the precious moments of your wedding with sensitivity and discretion—ideally in the timeless medium of film

  3. Tim Newman says:

    Sure, PooterGeek! Does Sepial have a branch in Sakhalin? :)

  4. Magnus says:


  5. Mark Holland says:

    Hey, tremendous. Congratulations!

  6. Larry Barrow says:

    Congratulations Tim,

    Now you have someone to share your adventures with. The both of you will be talking about Sakhalin for the rest of your lives. “Who Dares Wins”.


  7. samuraisam says:


  8. secretdubai says:


    And you’re escaping the sandlands 😉

  9. George Hargraves says:

    Congratulations, Tim. Many years of happiness.

  10. safia says:

    Congratulations and best of luck… :-)

  11. nzm says:

    Congratulations – wishing you a rosy and happy future!

  12. Tatyana says:

    Wow! no, really – wow! Congratulations!
    You look positively raiant, both of you.

    Photograpns – feh. Your life should be made into a movie. Epic with moments of romantic comedy. Best kind.

    All the best to you, guys!

  13. Tim Newman says:

    Thanks everyone!

  14. dearieme says:

    Congratulations to you and felicitations to your lass.

  15. Tim,

    Many congratulations. Don’t forget to bribe the priest…


  16. IR says:


    This Sakhalin thing really works!

  17. Congratulations. May you have many very happy years together.


    ps please tell me the ring was platinum :-)

  18. Tim Newman says:

    ps please tell me the ring was platinum

    Oops! Sadly not…white gold, I’m afraid.

  19. So long as the future Mrs N is happy. That’s all that counts.

    By the way real men don’t need dialysis – they just strain the blood through an old sock.


  20. Tatyana says:

    Does Yulya has a blog?

  21. BiB says:

    ?????????? ???. (Well, somebody had to.)

  22. Keefieboy says:


  23. It seems a bit redundant now, but congrats!!!
    And I see you’re reading the Taubman book. Very good book!

  24. Ivan Su says:

    nice couple of horses;) i know this is mean, but u so much smile like a horse :}

    congratulations, heeaaaa heeaaaaaaa

  25. Tim, thanks for your comments on our site and good luck on Sakhalin.

  26. Tim Newman says:

    i know this is mean, but u so much smile like a horse :}

    That’s not the only thingabout mewhich is horse-like, pfnarr pfnarr.

  27. Marwan says:

    Congrats and many happy returns!

  28. Andy says:


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