DONNY and VLAD: Post Mortems of Helsinki

Content advisory 18+ The off-the-charts hullabaloo after Helsinki (Donny and Vlad) has gotten so ridiculous that I once more feel compelled to seize my figurative pen and get to work. The problem is that the folks who most need to read what I have to say here simply won’t — because the kind of American trolls who soil cyberspace with their dim-witted posts don’t know how to absorb much beyond … Read the rest

All The Cheesecake in the World

Content advisory 18+ There is a longstanding question which asks us if we -- given the opportunity -- would prefer to know when we will die or instead linger in the perpetual (until the chopping block moment) suspense of NOT knowing. I haven't taken a survey, but it seems that most people would choose not to know. Me? Well, I'm not sure.

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The pros and cons? Obviously, if we understood … Read the rest

World Cup: Great Party (but some unwanted guests)

Content advisory 18+ Although the 2018 World Cup can now be placed in the file of Yesterday's News (and what is deader than the headlines of the day before the day before ?), it is worth a brief look back simply as a way of saying goodbye-to-all-that.

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And no matter what your take on sports in general might be-- and regardless of your politics -- I think that only the … Read the rest

Women in Red. Beggars.

Content advisory 18+ Really? All these years for nothing? You are still looking for the Woman in Red? Man, look out, there are agents Smiths coming!
Welcome to the Matrix… You take the blue pill, the story ends. You wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit … Read the rest

Серый Русский

Контент 18+ Осень пришла в Москву в середине июля, проливной дождь рвется струями с бесконечного серого неба, поглощая пешеходов, машины, плитку без дренажа, не щадя ни офисы Москва-Сити, сверкающие стеклом и металлом символы власти человека над долей секунды чужой непрожитой жизни, ни старые косящиеся девятиэтажные дома, которые по ошибке названы “жильем”.

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Город дышит задыхающимися от сероводорода людьми, переваривая всё без остатка, и тем быстрее тех, кто забыл одну простую истину.… Read the rest

How I Deal with the Poor

Content advisory 18+ I just caught Adrita's article about beggars in India. I can only imagine what a nightmare it must be in places like that. Of course, the homeless and hapless are everywhere and must be dealt with one way or the other. As with the prison system, the question involves the push-pull between blame and compassion. Should we despise beggars or try to help them? I used to … Read the rest

Poverty? Beggars in India

Content advisory 14+ We encounter them every day, we see right through them as if they are invisible, walk past them silently without acknowledging their incessant calls. Yes, I am talking about the beggars on the streets of India.

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We all have mixed emotions when it comes to beggars. When I was young, I was taught to be kind and giving. When I was around eight, one day I was … Read the rest

The Only One Who Knows

Content advisory 18+ Without ever having been a surfer, I remember watching a film a long time ago about surfing. It was called ''The Endless Summer" and it showed (endlessly) the magnificent, bronzed guy surfers (Wow !-- if only I were gay !!!) as they sat on the waves, dipping and slanting at just the precise instant, simultaneously gliding, dictating terms to the sea, and then being abruptly devoured, violently … Read the rest

End of the Rainbow: Glory but no Gold

Content advisory 16+ So Russia's definitely glorious and decidedly improbable run at the World Cup came to an end last night, via the usual route in the later stages of this event: Penalties. But what can we say about it? The way FIFA has it set up, there is no other method available to conclude drawn matches , and, after 120 minutes, who will attest that they want another 30 … Read the rest

Буда или Пешт?

Контент 12+ Побывать в Будапеште это все равно, как попасть в сказочный город, выросший на берегах Дуная (кстати, очень молодой). С одной стороны самой длинной европейской реки находятся живописные холмы Буды, а с другой - равнинный Пешт. Поднимаясь на городском фуникулере по Крепостной горе, туристов покорит прекрасный вид города. На горе берет начало Старый город Буда, где существует Музей истории Будапешта, хранящий коллекции, повествующие обо всех главных исторических моментах города..… Read the rest

Where Champions Are Born

Content advisory 18+ Consumed as I am by my passion for football and the World Cup, I inevitably run into those flustered, exasperated souls who just can't understand what all the fuss is about. Usually, these nay-sayers spill from the ranks of the intellectual elite for whom Sport, like Religion and Victory Gin, is simply opiate for the masses at best, and, at worst, a slavering, blood-spurting reenactment of gladiator-style … Read the rest

World Cup 2018: The Cement Thickens

Content advisory 16+ As I write this blog (Friday 29 June), the World Cup is taking the day off, the round-robin preliminaries having been completed last night. I doubt that any football fan could argue that the action has been less than compelling; I, for one, have enjoyed this World Cup immensely, with the exception of two matches: France-Denmark and England-Belgium. The reason that these two high profile encounters produced … Read the rest