Month: Sep 2018

DICATs and Russia hive site

We had a great online meeting this week and it looks like we will have a Russia hive site for 2 of the 24 hours. Unfortunately we coincide with Mens Day on 23rd Feb 2019 which is something to bear in mind for future…

Olkhon island video – what we were up to

Old cassettes

Not a comprehensive because I gave a whole load away and forgot to list those them but the remainder – in no order: James – Gold mother Inspiral Carpets – Revenge of the goldfish Muddy waters – She’s alright one more mile Ofra Haza…

Russian update

Taking a month off formal learning to catch up on other things. Everyone thinks Siberia looks beautiful but they all say they don’t know what they expected but it wasn’t that i.e. they expect snow, ice, forest and bears. Have been talking with a…

Baikal nature

As an island with very small part of Siberian forest – some similarities, some not

Eco-volunteering with Great Baikal Trail part 2

Back to the forest A former GBT volunteer Anke who was on the Pillars of Davsha project this summer has come to Olkhon for a few days. She camped in the forest for a couple of days and another Russian biology student camped for…

Eco volunteering with Great Baikal trail part 1

I can’t remember which site I first foumd out about the project – did a search on eco-volunteering and Russia. Due to work I couldn’t make a summer project and nearly joined a moose project but then saw this amazing Olkhon Island one so…

Salisbury illusion

Craig Murray whose analysis is incredibly helpful called out the ongoing racism towards Russia and Russians in the light of new media attention. I have yet to see any evidence presented of a nerve agent poisoning. Why so many Oxbridge graduates fail to describe…

Aeroflot 4/4 flights were great

Impressed with Aeroflot all round. We had unexpected sleet this morning at Irkutsk (so got to see first Siberian snowflakes) and the de-icing took a little longer than expected. Great flights again, really comfortable and looked after well. We got lucky with transfers because…

Autumn in a Siberian forest – Irkutsk region

Everything is simply stunning – trees turning yellow, gold, orange, red. When we were heading to Olkhon 10 days ago, it was all still green. Some of our group had flights so no time to take pics – instead of blurry photos, a blurry…

Great Baikal trail hostel kitchen

Everyone friendly as always

Sanctions on Syria: the criminal, silent, killer

Originally posted on In Gaza:
In 2016, I visited the centre depicted in the linked RT news report on the effect of western sanctions on children with cancer. At the time, the director told me they were trying to help 240 children, were underfunded…