Коля is the 24th bearer of his name in succession – meaning that his father, his father’s father and 22 fathers before them gave this name to their first born son. Not that it means anything in social terms, but to a Николай Николаевич Николаев, it means that he is from an ancient and honorable […]

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The Two Hands Conundrum

The events described in this article occurred last week. I am only posting this now because I didn’t have an internet connection at the time. Have you ever been in the situation where a third hand would have been really handy? You’re in the street, holding a bottle with something to drink, listening to a […]

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Russia II

I know I said I was going to write a post after I landed in Petersburg, but the past 3 days were just so full of excitement. I met my host at the airport, naturally, a very nice, good looking middle aged business woman (she actually has a daughter my age, so quit thinking I […]

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