BADEK’S NEWS 2

One. Eva Vogelsang, 80, became the U.S. race walking champion in her age category at the National Seniors Games in early August at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. “It felt good when I crossed the finish line. I thought here I am in the U.S., racing 1500 meter distance for Canada”, said Eva. Two….

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BADEK’S NEWS I

One. Brazilian soccer legend Pele (C) makes an Olympic pitch as a Canadian space tourist prepares to blast off in Russia. Two. On Wednesday when the Dalai Lama arrives here, Mayor Dave  Bronconnier will plant a white cowboy hat on his noggin, but the world’s famous monk won’t have to recite the white-hat oath. Three….

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“Now About Those…” by Bella Akhmadulina, “the Best of the Living Poetesses” (Joseph Brodsky)

Vitas- reads a poem Such a comment I got last night from Kseniya and today I am putting  it into my post. Here it is a portrait of Bella Akhmadulina.                                                                                                                                            Dear Valentina! First I would like to thank you for your warm reception, for your hospitality and openness. For that energy and fullness of the…

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Mark Twain or Dostoevsky? Parallel Lives of Great Nations

My interlocutor today is Ivan Semyonovich, a big politics fan and literature admirer and we are talking about   Mark Twain (1835-1910) and Dostoevsky ( 1821-1881), about America and Russia. I.S. A cosmic Plutarch writing “The Parallel Lives of Great Nations” could not find a more rewarding subject. Perhaps it could be called Mark Twain or…

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