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Mladić Arrested at the Slavonic Crossroads

May 26, 2011


Ratko Mladić’s name was splashed across the straplines of 24-hour news channels today after the former Bosnian Serb army chief was detained in an area of northern Serbia. The arrest was made in the town of Lazarevo – in the autonomous Vojvodina province, a veritable linguistic spaghetti junction. Few places in Europe act as such a crossroads […]

Numbers, Planets and One-armed Deities

May 3, 2011


You use them every day of your life, but did you know that every time you write in your diary, look at a calendar, arrange a date or look at a timeable, you’re opening up a world of numbers, mythology, celestial bodies and deities? This week I was on the Tube when I saw a […]

Grammar war ahead? Twitter vs Russian

April 18, 2011


The number of Internet users in Russia isn’t massive, relatively speaking – but it recently hit 50 million (out of 140 or so million). They don’t all use Twitter, but the number is growing by the minute. As in 2008 for Barack Obama et al., the 2012  presidential elections in Russia will see the country’s […]

Has Libya’s Majnun come between Russia’s Tandem?

March 21, 2011


So it’s come to this. Fork in the road. The tiny cracks that were once so easily “paperoverable” have festered and are conspiring to part the wall apart. Maybe. Although there have been a few very, very played-down cases of ruffled feathers between Russia’s ruling tandem, this is the most public negative comment President Dmitry […]

Call a spade a spade. And a trough a trough.

March 15, 2011


One of the joys of working where I do is that you are always having to explain idiomatic expressions, and work out the equivalent in the foreign language. If I looked up the history or etymology behind each one I’d never make it to the studio, but when my colleagues asked me for a translation […]

How Japan gave the world tsunamis

March 11, 2011


Today’s events in Japan will likely ricochet around the news for the next few days: as with events such as these, the death total will never be “final” as too many people will have been swept away – never to be found. The 8.8-magnitude (MW 8.8) earthquake hit just off the north-east coast, off Japan’s […]

If it’s broke, rebrand it. Russia’s answer to everything?

March 8, 2011


On 1 March this year a new law came into force in Russia. It’s got bloggers and Twits there abuzz. Everyone seems to have an opinion about it. Russia has started implementing the much-publicised change in legislation that will see the country’s law enforcement agency renamed as the “police” (полиция) instead of the “militia” (милиция). […]