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вспомнилась передача 4 канала, которые сознательно в период Рамадана крутят циклы передач образовательного назначения, рассказывающие о жизни, культуре, обычаях мусульман, живущих в стране, их проблемах и заботах.  Так, одна из передач была как раз о футболистах-мусульманах в период Рамадана. Как известно, им нельзя до заката солнца ни есть ничего, не пить. А тренировок и матчей никто ведь не отменяет.  Поэтому  белые их одноклубники, а также тренеры, в дни  Рамадана особенно бережно относятся к мусульманам, дают передохнуть почаще, обливают водой и просто морально поддерживают.  Были случаи, что на жаре они падали в обморок от обезвоживания. И это тренерам известно.

Радостно, что футбол и спорт вообще показывает пример дружной и слаженной работы, дружбы и доверия между людьми разного цвета кожи, религии и взглядов.

В общем, чемпионат этот, несмотря ни на что, удался, потому что показал народам Земли, что “спорт – ты мир”. Подарил много радостных эмоций, поменял взгляды многих наивных англичан о России, те постят великие тысячи восторженных отзывов о  России и русских людях.  […]

Хотелось бы, чтобы гимном нового человечества стала Imagine Леннона,  он все, что надо, сказал.

 Н. Таблер

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Rhyme and reason

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Вот и разница

O причинах охлаждения британской публики к тори и к Мэй, в частности:

Трудно было, однако, предположить, что не только три теракта с жертвами произойдут (а значит, настроение людей, как минимум, перестанет быть благодушным, и кого же обвинять в проблемах с безопасностью как не действующую власть)

Как кого? Тех, кто устроили террор, а не стрелочника. И в качестве защиты логичнее найти того, кто не боится террориста и будет с ним драться, нет? Нет, решает Соединённое Королевство: отечество в опасности, британцы закусывают презрительно губу и стойкими рядами идут…сдаваться предателям-лейбористам, лижущим мусульманский зад. Обиделись, зайки, и топнули ножкой.

PS.

Вот ещё. Батюшки, ну что за недоумки. Отнять и поделить, да! и найти крайнего!

Настроение жестоко испортил пожар в Лондоне. Он не сходит к экрана. И если вначале упор в репортажах делали, как после всех наших несчастий этого года, на доброте, милосердии, взаимопомощи людей, то теперь тональность меняется. Главное теперь – ярость народная, которая вздыбливается волной. Мэй и тори счастливчики, что выборы прошли, иначе не видать им в них победы ни за какие коврижки. Но и так неясно, чем все закончится. Может, и слетит Тереса, она и так на волоске висела. Но тут тема бесконечная, как бесконечный ужас думать о стучащих в окна погибающих детях. До верхних этажей пожарные не доберутся, может, неделю еще. Туда они никак не доставали, до последних 4 этажей, так что там могут найти еще с сотню тел, может быть, не дай-то бог. Большинство там цветные, небогатые люди, так что ярость направлена на всех богатых тоже.

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What kind of

twisted logic is this?

Neurotic folk, meanwhile, engaged more often in activities that are associated with helping reduce mental distress, such as taking more tranquilisers and anti-depressants.

[BBC on 5 types of personalities]

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Рассмотрим на примере одного поста на 2х языках, рус и Eng.

Прежде всего замечаем, что английскую страницу приходится проворачивать вниз на экране: текст в 2 раза длинней.

Что выпало из русского варианта? Да так,  детали:

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Simon Brett

Читаю уже третью книжку  – и нравится всё больше.

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esl…and Brits, once again, showed themselves to be condescending xenophobic snobs.
I’ve encountered this imperial-patronizing-a-colonial attitude when came on a 1-week visit 8 years ago. And here they go again. Just listen to this:

“Based on participations [sic! Dude, how about your English grammar? -ETat]- so far, we’ve already got some decent statistics. Most native English adult speakers who have taken the test fall in the range 20,000–35,000 words. Click here for a full breakdown by age (opens in new tab/window).

And for foreign learners of English, we’ve found that the most common vocabulary size is from 2,500–9,000 words.”

Just look at the choices they offer to a question “Which option best describe your English learning?”

-I am taking an English class now

-I’ve taken English before but stopped

-All my school classes are/were in English

-I’ve learned without taking a course

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Globalized Emptiness

Упал в почту email из LinkedIn-группы Design&Construction, я от них получаю новости в профессии. Мельком глянула – и глаза протёрла: сплю ли я, грежу ли?

Член группы, уважаемый человек с множеством солидных аббревиатур после имени и блестящим резюме (“worked with a New York City Top 5 Design firm (Perkins Eastman Architects PC) and ENR-Top 100 CM-for-Fee firm”) – постит линк на статью в – опять же, солидном – архитектурном журнале.
И там мелькают слова, которые не могут, никак не могут, не должны быть связаны:
Гейдар Алиев, Заха Хадид, Культурный Центр, “nimble two-layer space frame”, “supportive bridesmaid to double envelope”, “Nureyev moment”, “planned subway line”, Патрик Шумахер (ко-партнер под вывеской Захи) – и некий project architect Saffet Kaya Bekiroglu, “series of terraces interlaced with reflecting pools and waterfalls”…
И среди них – единственно понятные:
-Cost: Withheld
-“the client, DIA Holding, also served as the design/build contractor”

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J. Strange and Mr.Norrel

 

wolfhall25% read in a week. I do move through if with much difficulty. For some reason, can’t make sense of the premise and it bores me:  if it’s a satire, on what? if an honest-to-god Dickens “cover”, what for?

The style itself, which seem the be the main source of enjoyment for multiple reviewers, is too outdated, too good an imitation of long-winded methodically-descriptive  XIXc. novels.

Or, maybe, it’s just the moment. I am in love with H.Mantel’s Cromwell, can’t wait my library’ turn for the second book  (Bring Up the Bodies). I am too entrenched in 1530’s, with accompanying no-nonsense, concise, logical and consequential life- and writing- style to appreciate S. Clarke’s convoluted message? And in a different time and mood she’d delight me?

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Good morning, UK!

Congrats, Tories and their fellow travelers.

I am not one, but anyone who beats Libs and Labour gets a cheer from me. Yay!

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Saccharine Abbey

Duke (or is it Earl?)* Kuragin with hairdo of a gypsy violinist! Making eyes in a carriage in exotic Sankt-Petersburg! Ex grand-duchess, now a possible prostitute in Hon Kong! Count Rostov, pulling chair for a lady like a good waiter he is (very suitable for his new station in life, I’m sure)!

* “Prince”, – see comments

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Julian Fellowes, Past Imperfect

This author is my Discovery of the Year. Read few quotations below and you’ll see why (among others, because of his uncommon understanding of importance of and ability to describe architecture & interiors). But you should – most definitely – read the whole thing, even if at the end it strongly reminded me of the plot and sentiments of Eugene Onegin.

Update

Aargh! Now that explains it: Julian Kitchener-Fellowes is the scriptwriter for Gosford Park and “creator, executive producer and writer” for  Downton Abbey. Besides other titles.

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I wonder sometimes why people can be so anxious to share their unsatisfactory domestic situation with strangers. It must be because it is often the only arena where they have the power to say what they think of the people concerned and there is some satisfaction in that.

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FutureLearn, week 7

Hardwick Hall

Turning for a bit of dry British humor, in the writings of that famous wit Oscar Wilde. We are following professor Andy Smith, closely reading passages from The Canterville Ghost and walking stately rooms of Hardwick Hall, with its heavy draperies, faded tapestries, turned furniture and gothic-plastered ceilings.

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FutureLearn, week 2

This week’s installment is slightly improved – apart from spot of anecdotes regarding the word “spots” – which, apparently, meant “sins” in 17th century and habitually referred to Puritans as well as baby nappies – we are taken into the High Great Chamber at Hardwick Hall built by Bess of -you guessed!- Hardwick and told at length about traveling companies of actors. Some interesting information; I didn’t think, f.i., that when traveling troupe took the name of their aristocratic patron it was a form of advertizing for said patron as well as actors.

To appreciate the magnificence of the famous windows one must see them from the inside. Ceiling heights are enormous, and it is amazing how much uninterrupted glass it was possible to produce in Elizabethan England.

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Copying here the agenda I am going thru right now:
Week 1: Bolsover Castle, Derbyshire

Photograph of Bolsover Castle

This is a strange and quirky holiday home, the Little Castle was completed around 1619, after having been designed by the great English architects Robert and John Smythson. It is adorned with magnificent wall paintings and ornate chimneypieces. It was a favourite residence of William Cavendish, later duke of Newcastle, and his second wife, Margaret. Margaret was one of the most important women writers of 17th century England, and we will read a portion of a letter that she published in ‘Sociable Letters’ (1664). That letter describes a ‘hurly burly’, or commotion at a dinner party. We also will look at a significant piece of countryside, Churchdale, where local people rioted against enclosures, and we will connect those riots to Ben Jonson’s early 17th century poem, ‘To Penshurst’. Bolsover is an English Heritage property.

First several chapters of this week’s reading has been devoted to understanding what “close reading” is, using exerpts from Shakespeare’s 12th Night. As someone who lived through Soviet school with its mandated classroom analysis of classical literature I’ll tell you: the subject is all to familiar to me – and I really can do without. The reason I joined the course was to get closer to architecture of beautiful English manor houses and learn few historical anecdotes along the way, to exercise my failing memory. Not to get back to boring Q&As of the type “-What did the author wanted to say by…XYZ?” “Describe the character of female protagonist in your own words…”, “Was the last paragraph ironic, serious or comical?”, etc etc etc.

Half-way through the week’s lesson and still no mention of architecture…what am I doing wasting this valuable Saturday, on a beautiful day like this?

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Addicted!

Via casual mention by fellow courserian on Roman Architecture I came to another free online education site, this one based in UK, Future Learn.

Browsing through available courses I found one that I can’t resist:

Literature of the English Country House.

 

Say instructors, Jim and Susan Fitzmaurice @ University of Sheffield:

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New Flickr features

Thanks to esteemed C.G. Hill I just learned that Flickr had increased the amount of accessible storage for free users and that means all my photos years back are now accessible.

Yes, my famous in certain [tiny] circles  5yo reportage from UK  is now open for your delectation! Enjoy it as I do; that was the last carefree vacation I had, if only for a week. I say it almost as wistfully as my grandparents  used to say “before the War”…

 

Update

If you, like me, are curious how much storage you have already used, even if you have a free account and not eligible for Stats, do what Flickr’ Customer Care advised me to do: “Just hover your mouse pointer over your small user icon on the top-right of the page. A pop-up window with links to Setting, Flickrmail and Help will appear, along with a status bar with a number indicating how much space you have used.”

Like so:

Untitled

 

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Magic time

Evelyn the Winter Fairy

[via Vaca-Vaca]

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I have a baseball bat and a 6x D cell maglite…in black[…]
** don’t worry, enviroloons, I have fitted an LED bulb.

Tim Carpenter, Libertarian party UK, reacting to Brian M’ post re: riots in England

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Victorian splendor

This post, about opening of [finally restored] St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel, induced me to think aloud in the comments. I’m glad I saw the pictures in DailyMail, found by Irene; they made me crystallize my own vague thoughts, to formulate my unverbalized contempt for late Victorians and their rotten Empire.  I’ll copy my comment here, as a precaution (there were precedents @ChicagoBoyz when my comments were deleted by the author of the post who did not approve of them). I edited for grammar and personal notes/addresses and added few clarifying sentences. [Now with Update]

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Caucasian girls

I just learned that Katie Melua, a British star singer-songwriter, was born in Georgia. From Lady freaking Gaga (“freaking” is a correct classifier) to this astonishing artist  – it’s all Caucasus, people! The engine of civilizations…

PS

See also – this one is my favorite.

Ahahaha! “Write Xmas in Georgian!”

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Ascot, part II

Ladies, ladies! Please, you’re embarrassing!
Click on the photo for more, in Vaca-vaca’s  LiveJournal!

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Question

Vaca-vaca visited Royal Ascot and posted hilarious report and photos.

What question, do you think, came to my mind after looking at this picture?

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Find 10 differences

Sherlock Holmes' flat: R. Stutler

Isegoria links to Russel Stutler’s birds-view of 221 Baker Street’ flat, an excellent illustration thoroughly – even obsessively – researched.

Let me offer several photos I have taken in the apartment under the same address in August’08 – you can judge now how well the museum curators did research of their own.

PS. Try not get distracted by a charming young lady occupying Mr. Holmes’ favorite armchair and don’t attempt to ask me for introduction – her identity is safe with me as long as her parents did not expressly allow me to reveal it. [waves in general direction of Marylebone Station]

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Определился паттерн. Хоть и всего из 3х случаев, но выявился. Господа, дался вам этот укротитель строптивых!

В сентябре 2007, в первый раз за много лет пошла я на встречу с классикой в БАМ. До того, конечно, был усвоенный в ср. школе трепет, Смоктуновский в фильме 60х, сонеты и Пугачихина интертрепация (именно так); всё, разумеется, в переводах на русский и в прочтении Маршака, или Чуковского, или Лозинского (а, может, и Пастернака…тепрь уже не помню).

Впечатление было сильное. Описано ещё вот тут.

Второй случай, полтора года тому. (more…)

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