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The English year is punctuated by national calendrical holidays: some are mere commas, others are more important semi-colons; the Christmas holiday and New Year’s Eve are the final full stop. Most calendrical rites were originally religious events, often ancient pagan festivals appropriated by Christianity, but the Christian significance of many of these rites is largely ignored.
Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it. ~ Confucius
Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months. Oscar Wilde
Experts say it's time to embrace middle-of-the-road tastes (so you can stop pretending to love opera!)
Science-fiction author Robert A. Heinlein once wrote: "A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, con a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying...
The other day, on the short walk to my office from the car lot where I park, it struck me that both Quentin Tarantino and Martha Stewart are twenty-first-century Frankenstein monsters.
How many times have you asked yourself ‘what are they doing here in our poor, uncivilized, god-forsaken country’, a country with a chaotic economy, as they call it? I am not taking about occasional businessmen who after a portion of borshch and a few shots of vodka will be burning to ask you ‘do they have tours to Chernobyl?’ Nor even about happy-clappies, the guys in white shirts and black trousers with backpacks full of Bibles who wander about on a mission...