Jul 142014
 

Did it yesterday for my daughter to improve her language skills. Hope it may help or entertain others too.

Because of the present political situation I often wish I wasn’t born in Russia but there is great wealth of songs here. The complex but flexible language helps. And now as always the best of songwriters oppose the regime when it goes wrong.

The songs are from 19th century to present times. More will be found and added in the future.

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Jan 062009
 

In Newtown I sometime see mothers taking kids to the Primary school swearing loudly among other parents and kids. I guess its supposed to be OK. Maybe its something wrong with me, but when I hear a person swearing I just feel like they cover themselves in horrible dirt and also are trying to spread it on others around them. I’ve heard in some places of the world you could be fined for swearing in public. Lucky them!

Today me, my kids and their friend were walking back from school when a couple of 11-13 year old boys started swearing at my kids’ friend who walked first and then at all of us. Its third time on the same spot! (awesome view of the valley BTW) The kids from our hill of the High School age must be from those families where they start teaching kids “manners” at Nursery! Curiously, every time this verbal harassment had happened I was caring my kids guitar or violin. Maybe the local children just are feeling jealous because they parents didn’t bother with they music lessons busy drinking & spending on themselves (sorry for harsh words)?

Anyway, that’s not very important. We had snow in Newtown these holidays, hurray! Its only a centimeter but its been here for a couple of days (!) and the landscape looks really great, wintry, although its so slippery to go up and down the steep hills! And the snow sounds so great crunching under the feet – just like I remember it from my childhood.

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 January 6, 2009  Posted by at 16:43 kids, legal issues, moral issues, music, Newtown, winter, xenophobia Tagged with: , , , ,  2 Responses »
Dec 102008
 
That’s what my kids are busy doing now. Not just oranges, of course, but any citrus fruit I could find in town. I think its called “making pomanders”. Smells really great. Some of them actually dry for ever like this.
Also on the picture: crepe paper garlands similar to ones my mother taught me to make back in Russia: cut two long stripes of differently colored crepe papers, put slightly narrower one on top and sew them together (better using sewing machine). Then cut the edges carefully with scissors every centimeter or so making sure you won’t cut the thread. Fluff it a bit and its ready to be hang across the room. We used to do them from four corners to the lamp shade (making sure they won’t get too hot to catch fire) and I had a real jungle for the New Year celebration.
There also some last year’s paper chains kids made and the charity shop tinsel.
A great way to recycle numerous kids drawings (I do photographs of the good ones first) is to make paper snowflakes out of them and stick with blue tack on the windows. Its a double recycling, as the kids draw on the paper my husband used at work for printing on one side…
We bought a nice tall Noble Fir Tree form a local grower who kindly delivered it to our door. This kind of tree doesn’t drop needles EVER.
Speaking of citrus fruit, almost every time I peel one, I put the peel in a potpourri bowl. Also you can try putting some of it in the hot oven or working microwave oven just for few minutes (make sure it won’t burn) to release the aroma.
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 December 10, 2008  Posted by at 11:19 Britain, cooking, crafts, kids, music, Russia, traditions Tagged with: , , , , ,  No Responses »
Nov 172008
 

I’ve promised to tell my Ebay subscribers about new music in my shop. Here is a real gem – if you have a key to open its box, that is, if you know Russian well:

There is a big collection of songs by my favorite Russian singer, philologist, poet and songwriter
Here his poetry is translated to English:

Its very clever, deep, emotional, witty, thought-provoking. I can’t say I love all his songs (the latest ones I don’t understand very well) but lots of them always are on my playlist.

Together with Mr Krivoshejev & Mr Stepanov we suspect he is a INFJ too.

By the way, I’m not actually running a business selling music. I though in the past I would, but its too complicated regarding to taxes, customs, etc. So we just sell out (recycle) our (and our parents) CDs, tapes and LPs which we don’t use any more as we went digital. Same applies to videos as we are switching to DVDs.
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 November 17, 2008  Posted by at 12:05 Ebay, music, poetry, Russia, socionics Tagged with: , ,  1 Response »
Nov 012008
 

I’m actually not opposed to mobile phones & talking everywhere – I believe its good when people communicate & can understand very well that there maybe important, urgent matters to discuss or somebody can just feel lonely. But force strangers to listen to your music on transport or on the street! Its just violation of personal freedom! I want to listen to what I want and when I want.

They say there is a “Mozart effect”, but I think there is also a “trash music effect” – lowering ones IQ & eliminating kindness & empathy. So beware what you put on when your child is around! Amazingly, some people have headphones which work just like loudspeakers… Makes you wander what they do to owners hearing & brains.

Also i don’t trust drivers putting their music very loud – they mute one of their senses & their concentration probably suffer. Some people say “well you’ve got noisy children so we’ll have music on.” We can’t switch them off! I remember my baby crying hard all the way through overnight flight once… I’ve got plenty of “looks” that nigh…

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Nov 012008
 

Guess what – we met yet another example of horrible behavior on a train between Norwich & Peterborough an hour or two ago. Two gloomy teenage looking boys with a newborn baby (?!), dirty feet on the seats opposite, put their brain- & soul- damaging music so loud that whole carriage could hear them. I complained to the ticket collector and he told them to put their headphones on. And they replied “we won’t”. And that’s it. He’s not allowed to do anything else, passengers are scared or don’t care… Something has to do be done!

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