Regular readers will be familiar with my love of Latvian desserts and so when my son Victor was born recently I decided to treat myself to a celebratory cake from Tatjana’s Sandwich Shop, run by Tatjana Jones of Leyland. I was certainly not disappointed as the pics below show!
This week the Financial Times published a superb article by Tim Harford tearing apart the lie (beloved of politicians and tabloids alike) that East European migrant workers are here only to claim state benefits (an issue we have dealt with previously – see here).
What better refutation of this nonsense than the entrepreneurial spirit shown by women like Tatjana Jones and her team at her thriving Leyland sandwich shop and cake decorating business!
Tags: Baltic Russians, East Europeans, Lancashire, Latvians, Leyland, Migrant workers, Russian speaking community
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This year’s Russian speaking family day takes place at Cheadle Hulme Methodist Church, Cheadle on 23rd March from 3 pm onwards – see programme below:
Performance by the children of the Russian speaking community in east Lancashire in celebration of International Women’s Day organised by Nastya Smirnova of the Russian Musical Playgroup. Accrington, March 2013.
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Celebrate the arrival of Spring in true Slavic style at this year’s Maslenitsa festival in Manchester.
Taking place in Cheetham Hill Cricket Club this family friendly festival promises music,dance, games, competitions and food throughout afternoon.
The entertainment is from 13.00 til 17.00 both indoors ( £3.00 adult/£1.00 child ) and outdoors (free to attend )
Tickets can be bought at the entrance to the clubhouse before the performances:
At 12.45 for 13.00 -14.00 performance
At 14.15 for 14.30 -15.30 performance
A variety of food, blini,shashlyk, sweets, are on sale for you to sample to your heart’s delight.
The Festival will end with traditional circle dances, and the burning of the maslenitsa straw Doll and a blessing by a priest of the Russian Orthodox Church for the forthcoming Lent.
To make the venue more festive and colourful, please, come wearing pieces of your traditional national dress, such as shawls, scarves or hats. For pics of the Maslenitsa festival we held at Bolton two years’ ago click here.
Our address: 26 Catherine Road
Manchester M8 4HF
Tags: Manchester, Russian speaking community
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Nastya Smirnova of the Russian Muscial Playgroup is hosting an open lesson in celebration of International Womens’ Day on Saturday 9th March at 10.00am at Maundy Relief furniture
store at 41-43 Abbey Street, Accrington (1st floor). All welcome!
For recent press coverage of Nastya’s work click here.
Tags: Accrington, Russian speaking community, Russian-speaking community in Lancashire
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All of us in the Russian speaking community in the North West have been deeply shocked to learn of the New Year’s Day murder of Yuriy Kozak, music teacher, children’s entertainer and a well known member of Manchester’s Ukrainian and Russian speaking communities.
Yuriy was fatally stabbed following an incident at an apartment on Rodney St, Salford on the afternoon of January 1, 2013. Police initially arrested two men but have now charged just one, Andrij Senechko (also aged 46 and also of Ukrainian ethnicity), with murder. We send our deepest condolences to Yuriy’s wife Helen, to his children and to his many friends in our community, which will be so much the poorer for this tragic loss.
Yuriy was a talented person who was great with kids and was well respected within the community. We often read about murders in the newspapers but when it happens to someone you know it resonates so much more. Sometimes it seems society is degenerating into a state of bellum omnium contra omnes, the English philosopher Hobbes’ “war of all against all”. As Hobbes also wrote, that “the source of every crime, is some defect of the understanding; or some error in reasoning; or some sudden force of the passions” – which alas is also very true. Vichna tebe pamiat Yuriy. Вечная тебе память, Юрий!
Come along to the Old Style (Julian Calendar) Russian-speaking New Year party in the North West. This event includes live music, quizzes, dancing, socializing and dinner.
The menu is pork, chicken or a vegetarian dish with melon for dessert with strawberry sauce. The venue, the Hotel Mercury (http://www.mercurechester.co.uk) in Chester has onsite parking and a hall that accommodates up to 170 people, with a sizeable dance floor. Price £ 17 per person.
11 January at 18:00. See the website of the the Russian speaking community in Chester -
Tables and tickets must be booked in advance and payment is by bank transfer to Mr Andrej Lavineckij – Account No: 36720070 Sort code; 543,023
When transferring money please indicate your name and choice of menu (i.e. chicken, pork or vegetarian).
Tatiana Tatarenkova (Russian Chester http://www.russkijchester.co.uk)
A big thank you to the irrepressible Nastaya Smirnova for single handedly organising today’s Christmas Yolka (party) for Russian-speaking kids in East Lancashire. Moscow-trained music teacher Nastaya is the founder of the Accrington-based Russian Muscial Playgroup which meets on Saturday mornings to help keep Russian speaking culture alive amongst the small but growing expatriate Russian speaking community in Lancashire. Nastaya can be contacted on 07891 545 091
For more pics of this event click here
Tags: Accrington, Russian children, Russian culture
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Russian language & culture:
Ice-skating lessons every Friday morning and evening. Lessons by the Russian ice-skating champions Natalia Pestova and Alexei Kislitsyn at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. An absolute bargain at just £8 per hour!
Wherever you may be, if you want to watch Russian language TV channels from around the world for FREE, all you have to do is click the links below:
ARMENIA - ARTN – Russian language TV
ISRAEL - Israel Plus TV (live broadcast)
RUSSIAN FEDERATION - 1TV (pre-recorded broadcast)
UNITED STATES - Impact TV (Russian language channel based in California)
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