Postcards – November 2014

December 1st, 2014 Sections: ianbek

During November 2014 the range of topics covered in the postcards included the following topics:

  •  How do you spell that name? – The regular weekly review of the news from here in Kyrgyzstan – 01/11/14
  • Disrupted holiday plans … thanks to the weather – The best laid holiday plans can go “aft agley” … thanks to the vagaries of the weather – 02/11/14
  • Pyrokinz – stranger than fiction? – SHC … Spontaneous Human Combustion (!?) – 03/11/14
  • Early Orthodox Bishkek – Bishkek’s earliest churches – 04/11/14
  • A “Double Take” moment – Some strange events cause me to do a “double take” – 05/11/14
  • Turdakun Usubalievich Usubaliev – Almost a quarter of a century at the helm … that’s quite an impressive record -06/11/14
  • Holiday? … what holiday? – Friday was a holiday in Kyrgyzstan … but how many know what it commemorates and how do they understand its importance – 07/11/14
  •  Remembering Victims of Oppression – The regular weekly review of the news from here in Kyrgyzstan – 08/11/14Things to see in the Talas oblast – a little known corner in the North West of Kyrgyzstan – 10/10/14
  • Summing up … on the schoty – counting on an abacus – once an essential tool for every accountant – 11/11/14
  • Unfulfilled ambitions – Who dares … ? – I’d love to … but … -12/11/14
  • Kasymaliev Dzhantoshev – it might just have been hyperbole but apparently “everyone knows him” … 12/11/14
  • Guide training – when the students gave the examiners a bit of a surprise – 13/11/14
  • A “new” legend about the origin of the Kyrgyz – A legendary account of the origins of the Kyrgyz … – 14/11/14
  •  Reuse … – The regular weekly review of the news from here in Kyrgyzstan – 15/11/14
  • Decisive factors in choosing a hotel … – there are so many factors to consider – 16/11/14 
  • Nomadic carpenters – Kyrgyz handicrafts are usually typified by felt … but there are other crafts … such as wordwork – 17/11/14
  • The Union of Artists – The Union of Artists is celebrating its 80th birthday … and is still supporting budding artists – 18/11/14
  • Tribes and Clans – What it boils to is the “Family is all” – 19/11/14
  • The Sporting Life – What constitutes a “sport” … and what sports are to be found in Kyrgyzstan – 20/11/14
  • Shahimardan – A piece of Uzbekistan … surrounded by Kyrgyzstan – 21/11/14
  • Defining moments in History – The regular weekly review of the news from here in Kyrgyzstan – 01/11/14
  • Kyrgyzstan may be known for its mountains … but … – perhaps a new slogan or campaign for Kyrgyz Tourism … there’s always a “but” isn’t there? – 23/11/14
  • A brief history of Bishkek – exactly what it says … the history of Bishkek “in a nutshell” – 24/11/14
  • White Ribbons – to commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women – support for which is sometimes symbolized by wearing a white ribbon – 25/11/14
  • Two Saints – Tuesday was a big day for Orthodox Christians here in Kyrgyzstan … not only was the Saint’s Day for one of the most important saints of the Early Church … another one is paying a visit to Bishkek at the moment (or, at least, his relics are) – 26/11/14
  • “God’s own country” – The American holiday of Thanksgiving marks the first harvest gathered in by the early European settlers when they reaped the bounty of the land which they were to call home … the nomadic Kyrgyz also had a great affinity with the land – even if they were nomads – 27/11/14
  • A “Red Letter Day” for women politicians – According to the Kenyan politician, Senator Beatrice Elachi: “It is not easy being in politics …”, and the statistics suggest that it is even harder making your mark in politics if you’re a woman. – 28/11/14
  • Pong – The regular weekly review of the news from here in Kyrgyzstan – 29/11/14
  • On the slopes – Skiing –  ideal for a day trip, a weekend break … or to take a week off  – 30/11/14

 

 

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