Sunday, November 20, 2005

John Peel


In memory of John Peel

This is a very short note about John Peel, the man who spearheaded the search for raw music talents, who succeeded where A&R managers failed miserably, who was The Ears of many Generations …

And now, when that so familiar Thursday night slot is occupied by lucky Rob Da Bank (and now he needs luck more than anything else!), BBC1 won’t sound the same without John Peel.

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Friday, November 18, 2005

A morning after a night before ... Posted by Picasa

Coal mining. Open pit. Mezhdurechensk. Posted by Picasa

Piter & Zenit... Zenit & Piter Posted by Picasa

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Last orders...

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People around us (night at The Phoenix)

Quick glance- Amanda is in the centre of the picture, Micky (not to be mistaken with Micky M., who is on my t-shirt) is the bloke on the left in blue t-shirt and 3 very dodgy characters are standing at the back (behind red sofa)- Paul, Jason and Brad. Posted by Picasa

Juls and sober Proka

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No sun- no sunglasses ...

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Bishop's Park

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Primrose Hill

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Wednesday, November 16, 2005

At the office

My lovely wife at work - good example of corporate culture. Posted by Picasa


It all started rather well: proper kitchen tools, good food, my super-sharp cooking skills... Posted by Picasa

... and AFTER

... and this is the result. Posted by Picasa

Mark, Juls and DJ Alex at the back at The Phoenix

Juls & Mark. Posted by Picasa

Juls, me and Micky M.

Later that day... Amanda's birthday at The Phoenix (Danmark Hill). Posted by Picasa

Those shades...

London. October. Sunny. We are happy ;-) Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Today was a good day

“…today was a good day…”

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That’s right, today, actually, was a very good day. Today Tony Blair, British Prime Minister, suffered the hardest political defeat and humiliation within his entire political career. His proposal to extend a period for terror suspects to be detained up to 90 day without charge was trashed at Commons, as the majorities of MPs voted against it.

So what’s the fuss, another minor defeat for Labour in Commons, who cares? Admittedly, I’d like to see more of it; the actual subject itself makes very little difference for me personally. When I moved to London 6 years ago I though it would be one of the safest places in the world, now it turns into a bad-day Bosnia. The nation of merchant bankers, accountants and musicians didn’t piss anyone off (Argentineans don’t count) and the rest of the world was relatively happy with them. Police was unarmed and it worked really well, general public was assured that safety and stability in the society were strong and solid, just like British Pound.

Since Mr Blair & Co moved into Nr10 eight years ago, we had everything changed. Good Lord, we were lucky that Gordon Brown, the real leader by far, managed to keep the economy in a pretty good shape. However, the rest turned into disaster- all that spending on NHS didn’t do much to its quality

Sorry, drifting away from the main subject. What brings the huge smile on my face is not the fact that 49 of Labour backbenches (who supposed to be Tony’s mates and do that they told) voted against their leader. What made my day is the fact that Mr. Blair got a really good kick in the teeth, a nice wake-up call.

Yuri Vlasov
SW19 6EN