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ABBA - One Of Us

They passed me by, all of those great romances
You were, I felt, robbing me of my rightful chances
My picture clear, everything seemed so easy
And so I dealt you the blow
One of us had to go
Now it's different, I want you to know

One of us is crying
One of us is lying
In a lonely bed
Staring at the ceiling
Wishing she was somewhere else instead
One of us is lonely
One of us is only
Waiting for a call
Sorry for herself, feeling stupid feeling small
Wishing she had never left at all

I saw myself as a concealed attraction
I felt you kept me away from the heat and the action
Just like a child, stubborn and misconceiving
That's how I started the show
One of us had to go
Now I've changed and I want you to know

One of us is crying
One of us is lying
In a lonely bed
Staring at the ceiling
Wishing she was somewhere else instead
One of us is lonely
One of us is only
Waiting for a call

ABBA - Mamma Mia

I've been cheated by you since I don't know when
So I made up my mind, it must come to an end
Look at me now, will I ever learn?
I don't know how but I suddenly lose control
There's a fire within my soul
Just one look and I can hear a bell ring
One more look and I forget everything, o-o-o-oh

Mamma mia, here I go again
My my, how can I resist you?
Mamma mia, does it show again?
My my, just how much I've missed you
Yes, I've been brokenhearted
Blue since the day we parted
Why, why did I ever let you go?
Mamma mia, now I really know,
My my, I could never let you go.

I've been angry and sad about the things that you do
I can't count all the times that I've told you we're through
And when you go, when you slam the door
I think you know that you won't be away too long
You know that I'm not that strong.
Just one look and I can hear a bell ring
One more look and I forget everything, o-o-o-oh

Mamma mia, here I go again
My my, how can I resist you?

Unguided Tupolev Tu-154

The following video (actually 3 episodes) is impossible to watch without flinching.

Before viewing I want to explain some facts:

1. This video was shot last week (29/04/2011).

2. This flight for this aircraft was the first after a decade of conservation.

3. Tupolev 154 is enough big plane: three-engine, upto 100,000 kg take-off weight, it carries upto 160-180 passengers.

Mosfilm online

Mosfilm

Mosfilm, the largest and oldest film studio in Russia, has opened its channel on the Youtube. They decided that they would upload up to 5-7 films a week. You can find the Mosfilm's channel by clicking this link.

There you can find the best examples of soviet and Russian films. And what is more interesting, some of the films are in English or have English subtitles. I think it could help to those who try to learn Russian language or study soviet and Russian culture and history.

I think I should post in the nearest future some films here on the Russian diary with my explanations and comments.

Eminem - The Real Slim Shady

[Eminem]
May I have your attention please?
May I have your attention please?
Will the real Slim Shady please stand up?
I repeat, will the real Slim Shady please stand up?
We're gonna have a problem here..

Y'all act like you never seen a white person before
Jaws all on the floor like Pam, like Tommy just burst in the door
and started whoopin her ass worse than before
they first were divorce, throwin her over furniture (Ahh!)
It's the return of the... "Ah, wait, no way, you're kidding,
he didn't just say what I think he did, did he?"
And Dr. Dre said... nothing you idiots!
Dr. Dre's dead, he's locked in my basement! (Ha-ha!)
Feminist women love Eminem
[*vocal turntable: chigga chigga chigga*]
"Slim Shady, I'm sick of him
Look at him, walkin around grabbin his you-know-what
Flippin the you-know-who," "Yeah, but he's so cute though!"
Yeah, I probably got a couple of screws up in my head loose
But no worse, than what's goin on in your parents' bedrooms

Reasons to kill Gaddafi

Reasons to kill Gaddafi

World news topic number one for the last two months is NATO operation in Libya. And those who interested in this topic has their own opinion why this war has been started. Official version is what western politicians try to tell us. And they tell that the only reason is to protect civilians.

But here in Russia the vast majority of people believe that the main reason is oil. For instance, today I found picture (you can see it on the top of the post) where man looking like Uncle Sam is pictured with speech bubble which contains the next words in Russian: "Нефть есть? А если найду?"

This words resemble the everyday slang of "gopnik" (гопник), a person who doesn't have any work, don't study and whos earnings consist of occasional thefts and robberies. These words translate as "Do you have some oil? What if I will find some?"

The Unknown War - The Buttle for Moscow

The second episod of "The Unknown War" is "The Buttle for Moscow".

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

The Unknown War - June 22 1941

I have just found on youtube.com an excellent documentary about The Great Patriotic War (the war of the Soviet Union against Nazi Germany), which is named “The Unknown War”.

It has 20 episodes and was released in 1978. This documentary is famous because of big amount of footage from archives. Also this film revealed a new look on the role of the Soviet Union in the WWII.

I will be making a new post for each episode after that I will make up a common post for links towards the posts with episodes. Also you can find all episodes via tag “The Unknown War”.

This post is devoted to the first episode “June 22 1941”.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Resource for Russian language learners

I have decided to make up this post because of one reason. I want to promote very good resource for those who study Russian as second (or maybe third) language.

In order to get there just click this link.

There you can find a lot of materials and I hope work on the site will be continued. And if you have a free time and a pedagogical talent, you can help with developing the site by adding your materials.

Konzhak (Konzhakovskiy Kamen')

Konzhak

It is Konzhak (Konzhakovskiy Kamen'). It is one of the highest mountains of the North Ural (1569m).

This photo was taken in January of 2009 from the foot of Kosvinskiy Kamen' during a three-day trip to the North Ural. The summit of this mountain was our main target (destination) for the whole trip. But then because of lack of time and very cold weather we had changed our plans.

Google maps for Konzhak (Konzhakovskiy Kamen'):

 


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