The son of an African-American émigré to the Soviet Union and a Russian mother, Jim Patterson played an iconic part as a toddler in the legendary 1936 Soviet film “The Circus” before going on to a career as a Soviet naval officer and a well-known poet. Together with his mother, he emigrated to his father’s homeland in 1994 following the Soviet collapse but became a virtual recluse after her death in 2001. After spending around 18 months in the hospital, he returned home to his apartment in downtown Washington last year, where he continues to write and hopes to publish a collection of his poems in Russian and English.Photo: Jim Patterson as the child of an American performer who finds racial harmony in the Soviet Union in the 1936 movie “The Circus.”
Russia Day is the national holiday of the Russian Federation. It is celebrated on June 12th . On such a day joy and politics go together. Some people will take part in the shows, carnival and concerts on the occasion, or will watch them as viewers, while others will go to meetings and demonstrations. And so that all people can feel comfortable, the majority of central streets in the Russian cities will turn into pedestrian zones for several hours.
Russia Day is the holiday of a young and new country. True, before 2002 it had a cumbersome name – Day marking the adoption of the Declaration of State Sovereignty of the Russian Federation. This Declaration was signed at the First Congress of People’s Deputies of the former Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic (RSFSR) on June 12th, 1990.
Initially, this holiday had a strong political colouring but gradually this was lost. And Moscow is setting the fashion here. A historical carnival will be held in Moscow this year for the first time. Actors will perform on open-air stages, showing the Moscow Kremlin, the Peter and Paul Fortress, and Cruiser Aurora. The press secretary of the Prefect of the Central Administrative District of MoscowPavel Bolshunov says:
"A historical parade that will be held on June 12th includes 12 landmarks dealing with Russia’s history, beginning from the creation of the Russian State System to modern times. Each of the Moscow districts will represent one historical period. Both people and actors standing on the stage will be dressed in period costumes."
The Central District will demonstrate Kievan Rus, the South-Eastern District will demonstrate Moscow in the making. The Southern District will show the establishment and strengthening of the Moscow Tsardom. The North -Western District will show the troubled times, the Eastern District - the Age of Peter the Great, and the South -Western District – the Age of Catherine II (Catherine the Great). The other districts will show the year 1812, the October Revolution timeline, the Second World War, and modern Russia," - Bolshunov says.
Besides the historical parade, concerts will be held practically in all parks and theatres in Moscow. In Neskuchny Sad, which is one of the cult places in Moscow, preference will be given to the classics, Press Secretary of the Gorky Park Irina Alekseyeva says.
"A concert of classical music will be held in the rotunda built in Neskuchny Sad in honour of the 800th anniversary of Moscow. Well-known musical pieces by Bach, Mozart and Strauss will be performed. Besides, there people will be able to hear popular songs about Moscow of the 40s to the 50s years, which our parents loved so much. Jazz music will be played at the very end of the concert. We hope that the people of all ages will be satisfied and will be happy."
Concerts, show programmes, and thrilling aqua shows will be held in many Russian cities – from Vladivostok to Kaliningrad. Several marches and rallies are planned to take place in St. Petersburg.
And one more thing here. Nearly 60 million roubles have been allocated in Moscow for meteo protection against unexpected rain.
Dartagnan: The movement of this egyptian statue remembers us the movement of a compass...
An ancient Egyptian statue has left staff at Manchester Museum puzzled after it started slowly rotating inside its glass case. The 10ins (25cm) high stone statue, which dates back to 1,800 BC and was donated to the museum by a private collector in 1933, has been caught moving on time lapse video.
The phenomenon was only noted after it was moved to another display area a few months ago.
Egyptology curator Annie Garnett said various theories have been advanced ranging from vibration caused by nearby traffic to visitor footfall.
"Professor Brian Cox thinks it is due the differential friction between type of stone and the glass shelf it is on," she said.
To their shock, the time-lapse footage clearly shows the statue doing a slow 180-degrees turn – so slow in fact, it is invisible to the naked eye. Even more mysteriously, it does not appear to rotate any more than 180 degrees and only spins in daylight hours when visitors are passing.
Writing on the Manchester Museum blog, curator Campbell Price said: ‘The cause may be subtle vibrations from football or traffic outside, but the statuette has been on a glass shelf in about the same place in the gallery for decades and has never moved before – and none of the other objects in the case move in any way. A mystery? See for yourself.’
He hints the museum may have been struck by the infamous 'curse of the pharaohs', which is said to affect anyone who disturbs a mummy or pharaoh’s tomb.
"I noticed one day that it had turned around," he said. "I thought it was strange because it is in a case and I am the only one who has a key."
"I put it back but then the next day it had moved again. We set up a time-lapse video and, although the naked eye can’t see it, you can clearly see it rotate on the film. The statuette is something that used to go in the tomb along with the mummy."
"In ancient Egypt, they believed that if the mummy is destroyed then the statuette can act as an alternative vessel for the spirit. Maybe that is what is causing the movement."
Others believe footsteps of passing visitors makes the statuette turn on its glass shelf.
Either way, it’s a mystery that doesn’t look like it’s going to be solved soon.