Friday, 19 March 2010

( nr 253 ) Scans going upwards: a composite picture of my friend Natalie (nee) Ikonnikova - Nov.1972, Hotel Praga in Moscow (right) and on the left - an English woman in a London house I was invited to by a group of people, who were studying Russian language (?) in 1986 or 1987.
I have shown this picture to a lady in Fareham library, who reminded me of Dr. Ada who worked in Lagos Military Hospital and later emigrated to Israel/USA with her family. They are not related.
There is at least a couple of other women I knew who have lookalikes (?) around here - Larisa Okeke, for example. It's a rather special kind of resemblance, sort of 'different'.
Next is photographs of WWII slave labourers and others from the British Channel Islands, which were occupied throughout the war - from the book "The Model Occupation" by Madeleine Bunting, 1995.
Top scans (one extra as I try the new library scanner out) are of Daily Mail article by Steve Doughty. A ROMAN CATHOLIC adoption agency won a legal right to keep its CHRISTIAN rules saying children should not be adopted by homosexual couples.
A couple of weeks ago there was smth. in front page news about Catholic Church asking or challenging TORY party to sustain Traditional Family values - all in the context of forthcoming elections. I was expecting some big news, but there was silence in return. Have I missed smth.?
STALIN .... As I try to read and trace some comments to the AIF ( article about Stalin (I lived in Kuntsevo area of Moscow), I discover that some are moderated 'out' and the sequence is scrambled (?).
Nevertheless, some facts are new and interesting to me:
- the non-denial or justification of the death/murder of Stalin (as opposed to official denial at the time);
- someone mentioning Stalin's intention to take back medals/state honors from jews in the military, if that is true;
- Zaveschanie is mentoned by many. Did Stalin write one?
In KEESING's archives there is a record of first escapes from the Soviet Union - highjackings, etc. of jewish (?) military officers (to Israel?). Yes, in retrospect it's interesting, especially because in Israel both men and women have to serve in the army.
Actually,the first African students I met in Moscow were from Frunze military academy and Timiriazev (agro) academy.
Yesterday I witnessed an amazing metamorphose in The News Boutique in Gosport High Street.
A new person behind the counter (work experience? on probation? ...) first asked me in a stern voice and frowning if I was looking for "something in particular" (while I examined the headlines as usual). While paying for two papers I selected, I asked him about his idea about buying papers and how he does it. Total incomprehension ( almost bewilderment ) made me soften my questions and to my surprise he told me he does know what he wants, and the paper he reads is ... The Independent ! When I told him that "a KGB man" is buying it and his name is Lebedev, the young man said: Oh, the one that bought Evening Standard?! He moved behind the counter following me as I moved towards the exit, and asked : they are the Russian gangsters? I did not answer that question.
IMHO, criminals per se are the easiest people to control, if only because of high-tech.
To how many people did I speak?....
Another strange omission: Russian revolution 1917 is not listed in the historic outline about modern state of Israel - in the link from RMN forum post 169296 about J.D.Salinger.
Strangely fading away are events of revolutions of 1905, 1917, Soviet Jewish emigration and dissident movement, names of Lenin, Trotsky, Shelepin, Rakovsky, etc.
Local medical: Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth, Gosport War Memorial Hospital and Haslar Military Hospital (sold !) are often in the news, but I never saw the Institute of Naval Medicine in Gosport or St. Judah's ( or Jude ?) Hospital in Portsmouth mentioned.
Hilary Clinton is in Moscow since yesterday.