Archive sections: ‘Contemporary Kyrgyzstan’

The other day I was given a jar of Peanut Butter … (Arekivcovoye Maslo). “I know it’s not your loobeemiy Marmite,” (your favourite Marmite), I was told, “but I thought you might like it all the same.” Apparently, for many people Peanut Butter seems to be a bit like Marmite … in that “either you love […]

Thursday, March 30th, 2017 at 06:00 Comments Off on Peanut Butter

It was on 27th July, 1694, that the Bank of England was granted its Royal Charter. According to some sources, it’s the oldest National Bank in the world although there is a question about the Sveriges Riksbank, (in Sweden) which was founded in 1668 – which is the also the third oldest bank in the world […]

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016 at 06:00 Comments Off on National Bank

In the center of Bishkek there’s a great photo opportunity … along Kievskaya there is a MiG 21-F fighter plane mounted on a pedestal.   (I wrote a postcard about it a few years ago). It is one of a number of similar monuments around the country; such as planes – as here and outside Tokmok, […]

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 at 20:21 Comments Off on National Guard

It’s a tradition in most societies, that students find some form of employment to help earn some money – to cover living expenses … and also help cover the cost of fees if they don’t qualify for state support and a grant. For example, as a student I worked as a Barman during the holidays […]

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016 at 06:00 Comments Off on Tazalyk – Cleanliness

I was wondering why there had been a spate of reports in the media about the construction boom here in Kyrgyzstan – or, more specifically here in the capital, Bishkek. In theory, this is all controlled, regulated, supervised and monitored by the authorities – the local authorities, the state inspectorates.  There is a grand Master […]

Friday, July 8th, 2016 at 06:00 Comments Off on Town planning

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 …

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

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

The last Sunday of June is another one of those ‘professional holidays’ here in Kyrgyzstan … it’s Lawyers’ Day – Kyrgyzstandyn Yurist Kunu. It has been ever since the day was established by Government Decree back in 1993, and, (as is usual on these occasions), the day is seen as a tiome to focus on and […]

Sunday, June 26th, 2016 at 06:00 Comments Off on Lawyers’ Day – Kyrgyzstandyn Yurist Kunu

The Kyrgyz poet Turar Kejemberdıev was born on 22nd June, 1941, (seventy five years ago … the day that Hitler launched Operation Barbarosa – the Invasion of the Soviet Union), in the village of Sary Bulak in the Kallinin region of the Chui oblast – which is now called Jayil. His first published verse appeared […]

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016 at 06:00 Comments Off on Turar Kejemberdıev