I have just finished reading the November issue of Vanity Fair and while most of the articles left me indifferent, the one about beautiful and expensive (!) boats caught my attention,[...]
Today was a very special day for all the Russians, the day which we have been celebrating in my family for as long as I can remember. The day that brings tears to my eyes and makes us, Russians, be[...]
Even if you haven’t been travelling lately it’s been impossible to escape the news about Icelandic volcano eruption, ash in the atmosphere and closure of the airspace across Europe.
It wasn’t just the fact that Sandra Bullock (who I have never met but seem to adore) has won an Oscar for her role in the Blind Side, it’s the fact that my friends[...]
We live in unsteady times. Every time you turn on the news you see sadness, brutality, hunger, devastation or human suffering. Those events became so regular we are almost used to them, almost immune,[...]
The hot subject of this week was the size of bankers bonuses and the decision of the Chancellor to tax the bonuses above £25k. The more I listen to those discussions the angrier it makes me because[...]
In the last few days I cannot bear to watch the news talking about the floods in Cumbria and other parts of England. Rescue teams have been absolutely wonderful but my heart breaks seeing people re-enter their homes that are all but ruined. It’s not just the furniture, the walls, the carpets etc., it is the memories, the photos, the feeling of home that those families lost. I cannot even imagine how they must be feeling. Some people haven’t lost their sense of humour in those dire circumstances saying that their kids thought this to be the best adventure of their lives. The innocence of youth is wonderful but it will be down to adults to deal with the aftermath and I hope that the government will make sure that that families are temporarily re-housed and that the insurance companies pay fully the claims, without the usual delays, so people can get on with their lives.