How Russia speaks

I just love the sound of the Russian language – so rich and tragic.  This documentary –

Russian Poetry – BBC World Service Documentary: How My Country Speaks

– tells the stories of Russians persecuted  simply for writing poetry.  Not only is it fascinating, but as a bonus it includes readings of the poetry.  My favourite is at around 07:00. Here it is, translated by Fay Marshall:

Making Jam in July by Inna Kabysh

A woman who’s making jam in July

is resigned to living with her husband.

She won’t escape with her lover, secretly.

Otherwise, why boil up fruit with sugar?

and observe, how willingly she does it,

as a labour of love,

even though space is at a premium

and there’s nowhere to store the jars.

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Of Gods and Men

Tonight I went the cinema to watch ‘Of Gods and Men’.  Had time for a coffee first.  Ordered it before I realized there were no spaces in the café.  Went upstairs and took a prime spot on the mezzanine.  Permission to share the space was granted – grudgingly – by the lady with the hip-bag and (I knew this without hearing her speak) the lisp, who clung greedily to her three bags of chocolates as if I would ask for a share of these too.  The rotating door was a circle of glass below, through which I could spy on people from above.  Sat happily spying and sipping for ten minutes before the start time approached.

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A quasi-political explanation of the Higgs Boson

I was speaking to someone about the large hadron collider (LHC) at CERN and the subject of Higgs Boson came up.  I was sure I’d heard this explained quite lucidly in terms of Margaret Thatcher at a cocktail party.  Or maybe it was just a bad dream….But sure enough, it seems that back in the 90s, CERN were looking for funding from the (Conservative) government and had to put some of their ideas to the   Minister for Science, William Waldegrave in a simple, quick and easy way!

A quasi-political explanation of the Higgs Boson