Archive sections: ‘Organizations’

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

We got a pleasant surprise during the week, when it was reported that National Geographic Traveler Magazine had named Issyk Kul as one of the “top ten destinations” in the CIS: “From Peter to Kamchatka“. For the record: “Peter” is the affectionate nickname given by Russians to St. Petersburg – in the same way as […]

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 at 06:00 Comments Off on A Top Destination

The other morning a guest approached the reception desk on his way out of the hotel to go to meeting, and asked for help.  In his hand were two postcards that he had bought and wanted to send home to Europe, but he needed stamps and wanted to know where to post them. I like questions […]

Thursday, March 12th, 2015 at 06:00 Comments Off on Kyrgyzpochtasy

On 2nd March, 1992, Kyrgyzstan joined the United Nations. The UN, of course, is an intergovernmental organization with membership open to all “peace-loving states which accept the obligations contained in the present [UN] Charter and, in the judgment of the Organization, are able and willing to carry out these obligations.”  At the moment there are […]

Monday, March 2nd, 2015 at 06:00 Comments Off on Global Family

According to the Doomsday Clock, mankind is just three minutes away from annihilation … fortunately it is not a “real” clock and doesn’t measure “real time”. Actually, there is a clock – or, at least, a clock face – in the University of Chicago, in the offices of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. The […]

Friday, January 30th, 2015 at 06:00 Comments Off on Tick … tock … the Doomsday Clock … and avoiding the approaching Apocalypse

On Saturday, there was some breaking news that seemed to take everyone by surprise – well, that is, except for those “in the know” … those involved on the story as it unfolded. I wasn’t one of them … so it took me by surprise … in more ways than one.

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014 at 06:00 Comments Off on UNESCO’s List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

  On 16th November, 1934, a Union of Artists was created in Frunze … the capital of the Kyrgyz SSR  – one of the constituent republics of the Soviet Union.   It was one of a network of Artists’ Unions established across the Soviet Union … each based on a geographical region such as an […]

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 at 06:00 Comments Off on The Union of Artists

On my dirst visit to Kyrgyzstan, back in 1994, I was taken up to Lake Issyk Kul where a group of us stayed in one of the large Sanatoria that the Soviets built on the northern shore.  There were five or six of us who planned to stay there for four or five days, but […]

Monday, August 4th, 2014 at 06:00 Comments Off on SSCEC – The State Service for Combatting Economic Crimes

I was once involved in the selection panel for appointing an Executive Director to one of the Voluntary Associations to which we belong. One of the candidates was quite young but had a good CV and was favoured by some of those on the panel. As a result, his name went onto the long list for interview. In […]

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014 at 06:00 Comments Off on Social entrepreneurs