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Telegraf Glitch

Filed under: General — Tags: , — Sevan @ 7:27 PM

Looks like the system controlling the lights at The Central Telegraph has crashed.

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The well dressed busker

Filed under: General — Tags: , — Sevan @ 5:20 PM

Across the street from Telegraf on Tverskaya, Moscow

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OH, you’re English?

Filed under: General — Tags: , — Sevan @ 4:25 PM

Today has been most bizarre, I’m on my way to the airport to catch a flight to Brussels for the FOSDEM conference, I left the office early today as I had some last minute packing to do. On the way home I thought I’d best grab a bite to eat as I probably wouldn’t get a chance later so I stopped off at a subway for a quick bite. The western fast food chains retain English product titles so event though the staff don’t necessarily speak English you can at least order in English ( the universal Big Mac, not sure what they call the quarter pounder though).
So there I was ordering my sandwich when they guy waiting behind me starts talking to me, asking me where I’m from, how long I’ve been in Moscow & what it’s like in England. There was a pretty big queue so by the time we were approaching the till to pay we’d met a Brazilian who also spoke English. The guy who started the conversation then suggested if I we could take a photo together, we then sat down & talked as we ate. We discussed if it was true that the English drink tea everyday at 5pm & that I looked more Irish than English. I had heard of similar happenings in Asia when Brits holidaying out there would be approached by the locals for photos but this was certainly the first time for me. Once we finished our food we shook hands & went our own way, I managed to make it home, run around looking for things I’d misplaced after my last trip, pack & head out again.
I made it to the train station to catch the train to the airport, entering the station I was greeted by a security guard by a metal detector & a table, I placed my suite case on the table, the guard (not looking too happy) stepped forward & said something in Russia to which I replied “I’m sorry but I can only speak English” at which point his facial expression completely changed & with a big smile he said come whilst waving inwards & then pointed out the ticket office to me. Now to the airport, this will be my first time in Brussels & FOSDEM.


NYD in Moscow

Filed under: General — Tags: — Sevan @ 11:18 PM

Walked down Tverskaya ulitsa to take some photos last night at Red Square.
Uploaded the original images to a photo set on Flickr


NYE in Moscow

Filed under: General — Tags: , — Sevan @ 5:00 PM

I decided to spend the Christmas/New Year holidays in Moscow having only recently arrived here, it would be a nice change from being back in England. I attended a Chinese tea party to celebrate the new year, my timing leaving the house coincided with the elderly walking down to red square to celebrate the new year, it was like I’d walking into a OAP march with no room to move. I eventually managed to break away from the crowd and make my way to the meeting point where I would meet the others to head to the party, I was a little early so popped into a Kofe Khauz shop to drink my worst cup of coffee in Moscow to date. The tea party was great & we were there until early morning eating food, drinking different types of Chinese tea & chatting. This was definitely the first new years eve party I’ve attended where I’ve left the party in a better state than I first showed up.

Music was a mixture of ambient, techno, hip hop & various visuals mainly of people snow boarding in Moscow & Power of 10 with Gas – Microscopic as the sound track.

LADA – Smoke Machine Podcast 068


Gas – Microscopic is available as a free MP3



Old Russian bank note from 1937



Hey Santa

Filed under: General — Tags: , — Sevan @ 11:23 PM

Attended the office Christmas party tonight, santa showed up too briefly with a little helper. It was all very civilised with no one pulling on santas beard or anyone one grilling him about any bicycles from the past (I asked around afterwards about this and It turns out that not getting a bike for your birthday or christmas is not an issue here in Russia).
I was given a cuddly toy by santa for being a good boy this year 🙂

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Church in Moscow

Filed under: General — Tags: , — Sevan @ 2:12 AM

There are two chimneys in front of the church which blowing steam but because it’s so cold, the water vapor freezes, it looks quiet weird when you’re passing by, it’s as if a space ship has landed or something, there’s all this mist spraying out & the rails have frozen up.

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