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The Phenomenon of Success

I have always admired individuals who achieved in their lives what they wanted. My admiration has nothing in common with any jealousy of the final result which shows itself in their success and being in demand and gives an opportunity to benefit from that status. I sincerely respect people for the way they worked hard to attain their position.

Looking at them, I understand few very important things. Those who achieved success in their life are not afraid of difficulties, they are self-developing every day, work enormously hard and don’t mind public judgment.

Walt Disney was fired from a newspaper for his lack of ideas; Dmitry Mendeleev had C marks in chemistry and Albert Einstein was considered a defective by his teacher. Despite that public “diagnosis” and total distrust, these people turned our understanding of the world upside down.

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Old New Year, Really?

Whilst Britons end their holiday celebration marathon with New Year’s night, for Russians it’s just the beginning. However, despite it being almost a month since 2012 officially started, Russian people are still enjoying the New Year’s spirit. Even returning back to work they continue congratulating each other and wishing all the best.

Moreover, post-Soviet countries celebrate the New Year twice – the traditional, for the whole world New Year on 1st January and the Old New Year, on 14th January.

The background of the Old New Year goes back to the times of the Julian calendar, according to which the year starts 13 days after the New Year on the Gregorian calendar. Although, the Georgian calendar was officially adopted by Soviet Russia in 1918, the Russian Orthodox Church continued to use the Julian calendar. That is why the New Year became a holiday which is celebrated by both calendars.

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Is the Glass Half Empty or Half Full?

If someone says to you that Russia is a dejected place with dull people and a variety of problems, take a closer look before believing everything you hear. Look carefully, Russia is different.

Her critics will point to the political instability, economic inequalities and probably even throw in alcoholism (vodka is in their blood, huh?). I won’t deny, there are certain problems, but there will always be, no matter whether we are talking about Russia or any other country in the world.

But the most amazing thing about Russia is the people who live there. The people of a nation raise hope for a better future.

Some time ago I read a story about Muscovites, which ended up concluding that “Moscow is for the sad”. I do not agree with this author, as every time I visit Russia, I meet friendly, cheerful people, who are open-minded and ready to help.

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“Being Cool” Means “Being Culturally Developed”

Culture is a quality that exists in every person. We are all born with it, everyone has it to a certain extent depending on genetics, environment and education, but thankfully, culture can be developed over a life time.

Nowadays the synonym of “being cool” is “being culturally developed”. With limited exceptions, the majority of people are trying to match this requirement and expand their cultural levels in many different ways.

If we talk about the role of the mass media in the process of culturalising a personality, I (as a small screw in the huge media mechanism) should point out, that this role is unbelievably significant.

On a subconscious level people rely on the press for different reasons. Even today, despite the tendency of “I know better than anyone else!” we still turn to the media for suggestion.

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I Don’t Believe Autumn is Dull!

Autumn is usually associated with melancholia, but the editorial of RussiaMind was energetic. Discussions, schedules, full of diary notes… The work on this issue was humming to vary the autumn monotony.

You know what, despite the sudden rains (that always start when you don’t have an umbrella), wet mornings (when you feel depressed when thinking of going outside), grey days and notwithstanding the gloomy faces, autumn can be cool.

Look around, the city has started the Christmas holiday preparations already. The central streets have turned on the lights and the shops have beautiful windows decked with Christmas decorations. Cheer yourself up by participating in the Harrods Christmas Parade that will give you a feeling of the coming festivities.

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The Show Must Go On!

To observe Russian oligarchs living abroad is like reading a book with a very exciting plot where every new chapter is even more thrilling than the previous one. The only difference is that each book has its reasonable conclusion, unless the story of the super rich Russians seems to be everlasting?
It all started a decade ago when a group of rich Russians went into exile in the UK. According to the latest statistics, among the 300,000 Russians living in London, 100 are millionaires. The Russian oligarchs have settled down here very quickly, making Britain and especially the capital, not only a safe harbour to hide, but also the ideal place to live a home-like lifestyle. Moreover they constantly give fresh evidence to attract public’s attention and they never miss a chance to become heroes on the front pages!

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Qualitative Russian Humour

Amongst the huge variety of TV shows in Russia that sprout like mushrooms after the summer rains, but unfortunately more often, pollute the viewer’s minds rather than entertain, there is however, one programme worth watching. It is called KVN. For those not familiar with Russian TV, these three letters are an unknown abbreviation, but for Russians KVN is associated with the name of humour. Quality humour, I mean.
So what is KVN? It is a humorous TV programme which abbreviated can be interpreted in English as the “Club of the Funny and Inventive”. It was conceived to unite college students who can compete against each other, in giving funny answers to questions and showing prepared sketches.

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Manuscripts Don’t Burn

We live in the era of rapid technological development when electronic devises are in more demand than ever. One has the impression that someday soon gadgets will completely push out the need for printed material. Even today more and more people prefer an iPad or Kindle to read books and magazines. It does make sense in terms of saving personal space, time and strength. A tiny tablet PC fits perfectly into a handbag and can contain thousands of books on it and is far more comfortable than carrying around heavy volumes.

Despite this rapid invasion of new technologies, I still belong to those (probably the minority), who prefer printed books to electronic ones. It sounds a little old fashioned (and for the younger generation even weird), but none of these new gadgets would make me more excited than having a newly printed book.

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New Year in September

The beginning of the new calendar year in January is usually associated with a fresh start. When the clock strikes midnight most people make their wishes, plans and expectations for the next twelve months. I have always felt differently about this “January rise of spirit”, because for me the New Year starts in September. I began perceiving September as a fresh start many years ago, at school as in most post Soviet countries, children come back from their summer holidays on the first of September. For me it was always a great day, as you meet your smiling schoolmates, congratulate each other and your teachers ahead of the new school year and then sit together to plan what the year is going to be like. At university, September also had its magic power over students as there was always intrigue about what will happen during the academic year? What subjects will be added? Are there any new faces in the class? Who will fall in love with the best guy in the group?

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Summer is Calling

I am sitting in front of my computer with 10 Internet windows opened and a thousand questions unanswered. But my thoughts are already far away from the office - I am sunbathing in Spain, drinking coffee with my friend in New York and shopping in Paris! I am thinking about the holidays and the best way to spend these two summer weeks. Even though I love my job, sometimes after a long day at work, I simply don’t have the energy for anything else, except falling into bed and sleeping. That is why, going on holiday means devoting time to yourself. When there is no need to work, you can do plenty of things.