For 40 Years, This Russian Family Was Cut Off From All Human Contact, Unaware of WWII

In 1978, Soviet geologists prospecting in the wilds of  Siberia discovered a family of six, lost in the taiga

 

The Siberian taiga in the Abakan district. Six members of the Lykov family lived in this remote wilderness for more than 40 years—utterly isolated and more than 150 miles from the nearest human settlement.

                     The Siberian taiga in the Abakan  district. Six members of the Lykov family lived in this remote wilderness for  more than 40 years—utterly isolated and more than 150 miles from the nearest  human settlement.            (Wiki Commons)
Siberian summers do not last long. The snows linger into May, and the cold  weather returns again during September, freezing the taiga into a still life  awesome in its desolation: endless miles of straggly pine and birch forests  scattered with sleeping bears and hungry wolves; steep-sided mountains;  white-water rivers that pour in torrents through the valleys; a hundred thousand  icy bogs. This forest is the last and greatest of Earth’s wildernesses. It  stretches from the furthest tip of Russia’s arctic regions as far south as  Mongolia, and east from the Urals to the Pacific: five million square miles of  nothingness, with a population, outside a handful of towns, that amounts to only  a few thousand people.

When the warm days do arrive, though, the taiga blooms, and for a few short  months it can seem almost welcoming. It is then that man can see most clearly  into this hidden world—not on land, for the taiga can swallow whole armies of  explorers, but from the air. Siberia is the source of most of Russia’s oil and  mineral resources, and, over the years, even its most distant parts have been  overflown by oil prospectors and surveyors on their way to backwoods camps where  the work of extracting wealth is carried on.

Read more:

http://smithsonianmag.com/history-archaeology/For-40-Years-This-Russian-Family-Was-Cut-Off-From-Human-Contact-Unaware-of-World-War-II-188843001.html

Fiddler on the Roof

Fiddler on the Roof

In pre-revolutionary Russia, a poor Jewish peasant must contend with marrying off his three daughters while antisemitic sentiment threatens his home.

Director: Norman Jewison
Writers: Sholom Aleichem (adapted from stories by), Joseph Stein (stageplay), and 1 more.
Stars: Topol, Norma Crane and Leonard Frey

Space Oddity — David Bowie — Commander Chris Hadfield

Lyrics:

Ground control to major Tom
Ground control to major Tom
Take your protein pills and put your helmet on
(Ten) Ground control (Nine) to major Tom (Eight)
(Seven, six) Commencing countdown (Five), engines on (Four)
(Three, two) Check ignition (One) and may Gods (Blastoff) love be with you.

This is ground control to major Tom, you’ve really made the grade
And the papers want to know whose shirts you wear
Now it’s time to leave the capsule if you dare.

This is major Tom to ground control, I’m stepping through the door
And I’m floating in a most peculiar way
And the stars look very different today
For here am I sitting in a tin can far from the world
Planet Earth is blue and there’s nothing I can do.

Though I’m past one hundred thousand miles,
I’m feeling very still
And I think my spaceship knows which way to go
Tell my wife I love her very much, she knows
Ground control to major Tom, your circuits dead,
There’s something wrong
Can you hear me, major Tom?
Can you hear me, major Tom?
Can you hear me, major Tom?
Can you…
Here am I floatin’ ’round my tin can far above the world
Planet Earth is blue and there’s nothing I can do.

Published on May 13, 2013

Chris Hadfield OOnt MSC CD (born 29 August 1959) is a Canadian astronaut who was the first Canadian to walk in space. A former Royal Canadian Air Force fighter pilot, Hadfield has flown two space shuttle missions, STS-74 in 1995 and STS-100 in 2001, and served as capsule communicator for both Space Shuttle and International Space Station (ISS) expeditions. On 19 December 2012, Hadfield launched in the Soyuz TMA-07M flight for a long duration stay on board the ISS as part of Expedition 35. He arrived at the station on 21 December, as scheduled, and became the first Canadian to command the ISS when the crew of Expedition 34 departed. On 12 May 2013 he turned over command of the ISS and is preparing for his journey home aboard the Soyuz spacecraft on 13 May 2013. He has been a very memorable member of the ISS and ended his time aboard the Space Station paying tribute to David Bowie by singing a rendition of Space Oddity
Кри́стофер О́стин Хэ́дфилд (англ. Christopher Austin Hadfield; род. 29 августа 1959, Сарния, Онтарио, Канада) — канадский лётчик-испытатель, астронавт ККА. Первый канадец, совершивший выход в открытый космос, единственный гражданин Канады побывавший на станции «Мир». Всего совершил два космических полёта по программе Space Shuttle общей продолжительностью 20 суток 2 часа 00 минут 44 секунды. В 2010 году проходил подготовку к участию в долговременных экспедициях МКС-34 и МКС-35
Крис Хэдфилд записал первый в истории клип снятый на Международной Космической станции. Он спел песню Давида Боуи – Space Oddity

 

 

Flashmob Moscow (Russia) : Putting on the Ritz

 

Of all the “Flash Mob” videos I’ve watched, I think this is STILL my favorite.
The weather is so miserable and gray and wet and cold and  yet those sturdy,
wonderful (Russian) folk smile and create a GOOD TIME.  A really GOOD TIME. I love it.  Today is rainy and drizzly (but muggy rather than cold) here in my home.  Hand Springs would make nice muddy splashes!!
Flashmob Moscow (Russia) : Putting on the Ritz 2012
Hundreds of dancers joined together in Moscow on 26.02.2012 to perform together a great flashmob of “Puttin’ on the Ritz”, a popular song written and published in 1929 by Irving Berlin, and introduced by Harry Richman in the musical film Puttin’ on the Ritz (1930). The title derives from the slang expression “putting on the Ritz” meaning to dress very fashionably. The expression was inspired by the swanky Ritz Hotel.