Postcards – December 2014

January 1st, 2015 Sections: ianbek

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

  • The first day of Winter – Here, December 1st is reckoned to be the first day of winter … but it isn’t so everywhere – 01/12/14
  • UNESCO’s List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity – Traditional Kyrgyz and Kazakh yurts have been inscribed into the list of mankind’s intangible culture and heritage – 02/12/14
  • Taxi! – no Black cabs … no Yellow cabs … Bishkek’s taxis are an eclectic mix – 03/12/14
  • A tale of two houses – both of them owned by Bishkek’s first Mayot – Ilya Terentiev …but they’ve enjoyed different fortunes over the years – 04/12/14
  • P2P – A new employment statistic … well, new to me that is … but what is it? and what can it tell us about Kyrgyzstan? … food for thought – 05/12/14
  • A Touch of Frost – Winter has definitely arrived, as temperatures plummet here in Bishkek  – 09/12/14
  • Colonial Karakol – Many of the descriptions of Karakol draw attention to the colonial heritage of the city – especially the architecture – referring the the “gingerbread” colonial type houses. – 10/12/14
  • Techosmotre – There are calls to bring back Kyrgyzstan’s version of the MOT Test – 11/12/14
  • Biometric – New Passports for the Kyrgyz – 12/12/14
  • There’s plenty of time to finish this game … – The regular weekly review of the news from here in Kyrgyzstan – 13/12/14
  • What you can’t take out of Kyrgyzstan – It’s not often that an event at the Sotheby’s salerooms in London hits the headlines in Kyrgyzstan, but that’s what happened ten days, or so, ago – 14/12/14
  • I’d like a nice cup of tea … – Since 2005, December 15th has been marked in several Tea producing countries as International Tea Day – 15/12/14
  • The Big Day … – I often say that, “Every day is a special day … for someone”… well, as every Peanuts fan will tell you,16th December is special – it’s Beethoven’s Birthday– 16/12/14
  • Is it News? – just what exactly constitutes News? – 17/12/14
  • Cookiestan … – “Out of the mouths ob babes and suckling” … Kyrgyzstan, Cookiestan – 18/12/14
  • Central Asia in “The Age of Empires” – As one scholar put it: “It’s impossible to get a grasp of Central Asian history without understanding the geography” – 19/12/14 
  • National Security – The regular weekly review of the news from here in Kyrgyzstan – 20/12/14
  • Banya – Moncho – Saunas – a feature of life in Kyrgyzstan, cleansing, invigorating and refreshing  – 21/12/14
  • Motorway – “Limited Access Highways” in Kyrgyzstan … sorry, here aren’t any … not yet! – 22/12/14
  • The Nutcracker and the Mouse King – Tchaikovsky’s famous Ballet … one of the mainstays of the local Ballet Company – 23/12/14
  • Something appropriate – When the crew of Apollo 8 learned that they would have a live broadcast from space on Christmas Eve,  1968, they were simply told to think of something appropriate – 24/12/14 
  • Bah … Humbug! – At the risk of asppearing like the Grinch or sounding miserly like Scrooge … why I am no t that fond of Christmas – 25/12/14
  • What’s the time? – A question from one of the kids taught me that – even if something looks simple … it rarely is – 26/12/14
  • Passport please! – The regular weekly review of the news from here in Kyrgyzstan – 27/12/14
  • What people look for in a holiday … – 28/12/14
  • The “Golden Man” of Issyk – Discovered in Kazakhstan in 1969, the Golden Man of Issyk evokes images of life in ancient Scythia – 29/12/14
  • How Much!? – Knowing the price of things can, sometimes, be quite a surprise – 30/12/14
  • Customs – If you are crossing the Kyrgyz border today … remember to wish the Customs Officer a “Happy Customs Day” – 31/12/14

 

 

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