Monthly Archives: April 2008

Becky takes a GCSE exam

In America, SATs are used as one of – and, occasionally, determining – criteria for gaining admission to a higher education institution. In England, the functional equivalent is called A-levels, and they carry enough social recognition, so that college graduates habitually list which of these examinations they passed on their CVs. The main obvious difference

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Book review: The Amber Spyglass

Oh man! I feel pretty let down by how the trilogy ended! I don’t exactly agree with Becky, since her view is more specific towards the last scene, but I am rather dismayed with how the overall story and all of its plotlines ended. And the sadly ironic thing is, the third part of His

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No career in acting, apparently

So, Kimmy wanted to stage a play tonight, and as soon as I walked through the door upon my return from work, I was conscripted to play the Prince in Cinderella. Becky, apparently, demurred, so the play had only four characters, of which two, the Evil Stepmother and the Fairy Godmother, were played by Natasha.

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Cell phones are a plague

First day of spring in our neighborhood? Too early to tell, but the day was sunny and warm, not warm enough to ditch the outer garments completely, but warm enough to wear only a light jacket. I was enjoying the portion of my evening commute where I have to wait for the train at Lewisham

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Belle

Just because I like it (and have no time to write otherwise). Big kudos to my brother for showing me Notre Dame for the first time years ago…    

Various stuff 04/22/08

A lot of bloggers do it, but I’ve never tried before. Seeing that between resumption of my new work duties and catching up on the variety of internet material, I have no time to actually write a post (there is a Champions League semi-final game tonight, so I won’t have much time when I get

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Back from Holland

Simply going to the Keukenhof gardens for a few hours – which was the main point of our latest expedition – was worth the trip. There are literally thousands of varieties of tulips on display there, not counting the other flower species, of which there are plenty as well. Natasha was absolutely enchanted and the

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YouTube’d memories: Rasputin

I’ve been a bit preoccupied at work this week – moving on to a different role, frantically extricating myself from the responsibilities of the old one, thank you for asking! – to find time for a full-bodied post. I’m leaving you with another of those YouTube’d memories instead. My memory of this song is quite

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Blog measured (2)

Surprisingly, my rating has “improved” from boring G.     Do you know why? Apparently, I have used the word “knife” several times (all in a book review), and the word “drugs” once. Go figure! What’s more, the readability of the blog has matured from the earlier elementary school level.     Still, kiddie stuff!…

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Blog measured

Not that it’s important – or trustworthy, really – but here is a virtual verbiage-ometer, as applied to my blog.   Do you talk too much in your blog?   More importantly, it appears that I cussed at least once on this website. The question is – which post? (It cannot be more than one,

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More on British medical care

Basic medical help is free in the UK, we have already talked about that. You don’t need any identification to walk into a hospital emergency room or an NHS Walk-in Centre to get assistance. You may even be able to arrange an appointment with a local doctor when you need it, on availability basis. If

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Walking in the park and sleeping like a baby

The weather was not too bad in the morning, so we got together with a family of fellow Russian-American expatriates for a stroll around the Greenwich park. Becky climbed to the very top of an ancient pine tree, the younger kids rode scooters and ran around, the adults spent time acquainting with the new friends,

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YouTube’d memories: Live is Life

I’m not sure why I remember this song or what’s so great about it, but it was a famous European hit that got some playtime on the likes of Утренняя Почта (translated as The Morning Post, it was a Sunday staple of Soviet television). Which is why I remember it, I guess. I have no

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Same old topics: Driving and weather

The downside of having spring break holidays de-synchronized this year is that, while Becky went back to studies immediately upon returning from the American trip, Kimmy is now spending almost two weeks at home, with little to do and with Natasha having to come up with entertainment activities. The upside? The morning drives to Becky’s

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No longer lonely

The family is safely back with me, and the usual routine of getting up earlier to drive Becky to school has kicked in already. Kimmy is fortunate enough to have a two-week school break still ahead of her, which means that Natasha will be quite occupied with keeping her busy. Here’s a re-cap of my

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The River IQ game

Many of you may have seen this before, but it was long on my to-post list, so I figure I’d finally post it today. I came across this test courtesy of my Father some nine months ago, and I must say it took me a while to arrive at a solution. This is supposedly a

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