медведи – bears

Russia is in the quarter-finals! The ‘Northern Bear’ was, according to The Wordsworth Dictionary of Phrase & Fable, an old nickname for Russia. And it is still true that Russia (in political cartoons) is usually depicted as a bear, even though only very few cities have the bear in their coat of arms, the Country’s coat of […]

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It sounds prettily enough

I (almost, because I do love a lie-in) welcome being woken up at dawn by the chorus of blackbirds, robins and other birds in our garden – this morning music tells me that surely, Spring is finally here to stay. And don’t we all look forward to that after the winter? BUT I also treasure […]

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