The New York Times' Ellen Barry visits communities along M10
, the Russian highway that links Moscow and Saint Petersburg, and finds a number of towns that are withering as the big cities grow
. [more inside]
At age 99, Mr. Newton still gets up and goes to work 3X a week
. The company doesn't need him to do the work, and in fact the company didn't actually hire him. He showed up at age 86 on a Monday after the property had been sold. He worked for the previous owner, and he came with the property.
Closed to the public for more than 300 years, St. Petersburg's New Holland Island
is about to get a major makeover
. The 410M USD redevelopment project, managed by none other than the power couple
Dasha Zhukova and Roman Abramovich, aims to transform Russia's first military port into a residential and commercial area
while preserving the island's historic warehouses. Take
at New Holland Island.
"..explores the everyday life and the material, political, and literary culture of St. Petersburg [..]
at the beginning of the twentieth century. It maps eleven itineraries through the city with the purpose of creating a palpable sense of life in Russia's late imperial capital on the eve of the 1917 revolution and during the subsequent decade." [About
] [more inside]
The Complaints Choir
phenomenon, started by the Finnish artists Tellervo Kalleinen and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen, has spread all over the world
since last we paid it any attention
, from Birmingham
, St. Petersburg
, Penn State
, Gabriola Island
, Hong Kong
Arizona State University
, Washington, DC
, Horace Mann School
, Durham-Chapel Hill
, Toronto theatre students
), St. Pölten
, Port Coquitlam
, Ústí nad Labem
). For more information, including a 9 step guide to forming your own complaints choir
, go to the Complaints Choir website
. Finally, here's the Singapore Complaints Choir
, whose performance was banned by the Singapore government.
"During the 1860s, several photographers based in Moscow and St. Petersburg produced series of cartes-de-visite showing Russian 'types.' These remarkable portraits
provide a fascinating record of working-class townspeople, artisans, street vendors and peasants, some staged performing an activity, such as drinking tea or gaming, and some photographed in the performance of their occupation."
doesn't strike you with quality of the pictures, but with sheer volume and coverage. I've only been to SPb once, and didn't see nearly as much as what's covered in the albums. Rather than to capture the best visuals of a site, it puts you into its atmosphere.