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There seem to be two different lots of photos taken on the balcony of the Bowery Hotel; the ones Marina posted (the top two which were presumably taken by AK) and the ones the paparazzi took (the bottom two; one shows AK taking photos) which are taken from a different angle (presumably from the ground looking up).… continue reading »


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This book has been interestingly illustrated by Shaheen Razvi. Kak okean ob''emlet shar zemnoi 100 Just as the ocean curls around earth's shores 65. Pochtenneishemu imeninniku Filippu Filippovichu Vigelyu 140 To the Most Honourable Filipp Filippovich Vigel 157. Pod dykhan'em nepogody 147 Swelling, darkening waters 176. Den' vechereet, noch' blizka 157 Day turns to evening. S ozera veet prokhlada i nega 158 Coolness and comfort waft up from the lake Es lachelt der See, er ladet zum Bade 196. Sparks have scattered from the lyre and in a stream, like a divine flame, they have fallen onto the pale brows of tsars. Happy is he who with a firm, bold voice, forgetting their rank, forgetting their thrones, is born to speak sacred truths to inveterate tyrants! Why, it would scarce have time to sparkle when up thered gust a breath of iron winter to murder every tiny trace! In yourself, as if in an allegory, a menacing legend was resurrected for us, but our gaze cannot recognise you: are you a titan, whose heart is the food of the raven, or are you the raven, tearing the titan? what Olegs troops went out to achieve by the sword, what Catherines eagle covered with its wings: .......... Lord, send your comfort to him who, during summers scorching heat, like some poor beggar past a garden, along a hot road drags his weary feet, .......... Through their severe lustre, rainbow hues stroke the evenings crimson glare. It scatters golden sparks, it sows fiery roses and the current bears them down. From that company, far from foreign, in which you were the soul and the love, where today with concentrated attention they keep an eye on your illness with sincere compassion, let him be closer than ever before, part of your soul, that best of men, that purest of souls, your dear, good, unforgettable husband! Is it because, having penetrated deep into the central Asian steppes, our northern bear, our all-Russian man of the land refused to surrender his rights to defend himself, even biting back? In days of misfortune and trouble when from the Golden Horde baskaks were sent to Moscow, I'm sure that even they would choose to despatch to the capital their more civil Tartars, as far as these two words can be compatible, but certainly the best they had at their disposal, and they wouldn't have sent Durnovo, though perhaps it's all much ado about nothing. Here, within the natural framework, there is the sea-movement of Na Neve/On the Neva [172], the lush, leaf-rustling, sunny feel of so many, and the anguish of the memory of Elena's death. … continue reading »


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Will you manage to satisfy the customers and will you find out all the secrets of the salon?… continue reading »


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