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At the back of my building, on Prospect Chui is a former shopping center, Ai Peri, that has stood almost empty for a number of years – since before the 2005 revolution – its ownership, according to rumour, being somewhat uncertain and the subject of some controversy. Unlike many of the shopping centers in Bishkek, […]

Friday, June 24th, 2016 at 06:00 Comments Off on Ai Peri – Moon Fairy

Humour is a very funny thing (pun intended!) Visual humour … such as the Mr. Bean (or, dare I say it, Benny Hill) brand of slapstick humour is recognizable, understandable and popular all over the world … but a lot of humour relies on language and, as such, “does not travel well”.  It can be very difficult […]

Saturday, June 18th, 2016 at 06:00 Comments Off on Have I just seen an elephant fly … ?

Today happens to be the birthday of one of the great artists of the Twentieth Century – Maurits Cornelis Escher, better known as M.C. Escher … or simply Escher. As a former Maths teacher, I found a great fascination in the mathematically inspired graphics that he created – woodcuts and lithographs, whether they were inspired by patterns […]

Friday, June 17th, 2016 at 06:00 Comments Off on MC Escher – Tessellations – Tiling patterns

According to one calendar website, today is Fresh Veggies Day … and tomorrow Eat your Vegetables Day. There are virtually no additional details about where these days originated … who thought of them and why … apart from the suggestion that they were celebrated in the early summer “when the tastiest new-season vegetables start to become […]

Thursday, June 16th, 2016 at 06:00 Comments Off on Veggies

George Takei, (Mr. Sulu in the original Star Trek series … and subsequent films), has a popular Facebook page (with almost 10 million likes!) where he posts interesting and humourous items … Yesterday he posted some advice, to Pay attention in school … , together with a link to an article on the ozy website, which specializes in […]

Friday, June 10th, 2016 at 06:00 Comments Off on Parlez vous … ?

Who would have thought it? … that a tree could get sunburn – although, technically, it’s actually called sun scald. I discovered this because , here in Bishkek, we’ve been hosting the Summit of the Heads of Government of the CIS countries, (the Commonwealth of Independent States, the successor organization uniting most of the former republics […]

Thursday, June 9th, 2016 at 06:00 Comments Off on Whitewashed trees – pobelennyye derevya

Today marks the first day of Ramadan – the Muslim month of fasting to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad and one of the Five Pillars of Islam. As it happens, fasting is only one aspect of the month … others include prayer and meditgation and performing charitable acts … but […]

Monday, June 6th, 2016 at 06:00 Comments Off on A taste of childhood

The other day I got a link in my Facebook feed which open a whole can of worms … I was somewhat taken aback … it caught me unawares and gave me food for thought. It was to an article in the British newspaper, The Guardian: Why are white people expats when the rest of […]

Saturday, May 28th, 2016 at 06:00 Comments Off on Expat …

Back in March, a group of youngsters from the village of Otradnoe – in the Ak Suu region of Issyk Kul oblast, about 25 kilometers to the South West of Karakol – made an interesting discovery. In the cliffs above the river Jergalan, (about 25 to 30 meters away from where they stood), they could see […]

Friday, May 20th, 2016 at 06:00 Comments Off on No longer with us …

A few years ago I was walking down the lane to the hotel early on a cold and wet morning when I was accosted by a woman who pointed at an abandoned briefcase lying on the floor, asking me if I knew anything about it … “Maybe it’s a bomb,” she said. My mind went […]

Thursday, May 19th, 2016 at 06:00 Comments Off on A policeman’s lot is not a happy one …