Archive sections: ‘News’

There is an old adage that “there’s no such thing as bad news …” – but although publicists might argue the point strongly, not everyone would agree. Kyrgyzstan is not often in the news … and, most of the time, we (those of us working in tourism and eager to attract visitors to the country) […]

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017 at 06:00 Comments Off on There’s no such thing …

People often ask me what I miss about England … sometimes followed by the suggestion: “Obviously not the weather”. I come across many misconceptions about Britain and, not surprisingly – given our obsession with the topic, many of them relate to our weather. Most people I have met here in Bishkek seem to be of […]

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017 at 06:00 Comments Off on A Foggy morning here in Bishkek

I got another SMS message on my mobile phone from the Ministry of Emergency Situations the other day. It wasn’t addressed specifically to me … and, no … it wasn’t a secret message in code … it was a public broadcast giving a warning about severe weather conditions that had been forecast. The Ministry is […]

Thursday, July 14th, 2016 at 06:00 Comments Off on Gale warning

Back in September, 2010, Severelektro (Northern Electric – Bishkek’s main electricity supplier … serving about half a million customers across it’s 17 organizational districts), began installing  ‘Smart Meters’ to suscribers in the capital. A smart meter is an electronic device that records consumption of electric energy and communicates that information back by microwave wireless communication to the […]

Saturday, July 9th, 2016 at 06:00 Comments Off on Smart meters

We seem to be getting used to the image of Action Man Presidents and Prime Ministers … from Russia’s Putin to Canada’s Justin Trudeau, that it can be difficult for other, less sporting or less talented politicians to make their mark … that doesn’t, however, stop them trying. Over the weekend we were treated to […]

Thursday, July 7th, 2016 at 06:00 Comments Off on Performing politicians – Hidden Talents

It probably won’t come as a surprise to people who know me but, back in my youth, when I was a student, I was a member of the college Debating Society.  I wasn’t that I was any good at it … I was more of a spectator than a participant, but I did enjoy the […]

Sunday, July 3rd, 2016 at 06:00 Comments Off on Plastic bags …

The first Saturday in July is designated as the International Day of Cooperatives … and has been ever since 1923, when it established by the International Co-operative Alliance – a non-governmental organization founded in 1895 which represents co-operatives and the co-operative movement worldwide.  In 2014 its membership included 272 co-operative federations and organisations, international and national drawn from […]

Saturday, July 2nd, 2016 at 06:00 Comments Off on Co-operatives

A couple of ‘shorts’ caught my eye this week as I was looking through the latest issue of Obshestenniy Reiting – Public Raiting – one of Bishkek’s leading newspapers … which is definitely a Broadsheet and not a Tabloid – despite the fact that it’s Tabloid-sized. Published weekly, it’s one of the ‘heavyweight’ newspapers with […]

Thursday, June 30th, 2016 at 06:00 Comments Off on Sad stats

There have been a number of reports in the local media that caught my attention … about Anthrax. Every now and again we see stories in the media about contaminated meat being discovered in the bazaars with recommendations from the authorities to buy only from reputable sources where the meat has been probably examined, tested […]

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016 at 06:00 1 comments. »

When asked certain types of questions, my usual response is “I don’t do politics” … or … “Sorry, but that’s between me and the ballot box” … however, I suppose that the events of the last week – and today’s anniversary – are such that it is difficult to escape or evade some sort of […]

Monday, June 27th, 2016 at 06:00 Comments Off on Referenda and Plebiscites