The old brick bridge over the Venta River in Kuldīga, Latvia, was built in 1874. 

The old brick bridge over the Venta River in Kuldīga, Latvia, was built in 1874. 

That Time Lenin Played the Theremin

I brought my apparatus and set it up in his large office in the Kremlin. He was not yet there because he was in a meeting. I waited with Fotiva, his secretary, who was a good pianist, a graduate of the conservatory. She said that a little piano would be brought into the office, and that she would accompany me on the music that I would play. So we prepared, and about an hour and a half later Vladimir Il’yich Lenin came with those people with whom he had been in conference in the Kremlin. He was very gracious; I was very pleased to meet him, and then I showed him the signaling system of my instrument, which I played by moving my hands in the air, and which was called at that time the thereminvox. I played a piece [of music]. After I played the piece they applauded, including Vladimir Il’yich [Lenin], who had been watching very attentively during my playing. I played Glinka’s “Skylark”, which he loved very much, and Vladimir Il’yich said, after all this applause, that I should show him, and he would try himself to play it. He stood up, moved to the instrument, stretched his hands out, left and right: right to the pitch and left to the volume. I took his hands from behind and helped him. He started to play “Skylark”. He had a very good ear, and he felt where to move his hands to get the sound: to lower them or to raise them. In the middle of this piece I thought that he could himself, independently, move his hands. So I took my hands off of his, and he completed the whole thing independently, by himself, with great success and with great applause following. He was very happy that he could play on this instrument all by himself.

This whole piece is pretty fascinating.

Props to whoever managed to uproot this bunker in Valbona Valley, Albania. 

Props to whoever managed to uproot this bunker in Valbona Valley, Albania. 

In rural Belarus.

(Source.)

Rooftops in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Rooftops in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

In Kiev.

In Kiev.

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Mogilanska Mogila Funeral Offering.

This special armour (a knemis) with expressive eyes and partly striped face was part of funeral offerings found at the Mogilanska Mogila (Mogilanska mound) at Vratsa. Dated to the 4th century BC.

Currently located at the National Historical Museum, Sofia, Bulgaria. Photo courtesy & taken by vintagedept.

ancientart:

Mogilanska Mogila Funeral Offering.

This special armour (a knemis) with expressive eyes and partly striped face was part of funeral offerings found at the Mogilanska Mogila (Mogilanska mound) at Vratsa. Dated to the 4th century BC.

Currently located at the National Historical Museum, Sofia, Bulgaria. Photo courtesy & taken by vintagedept.

Map of Montenegro. Drawn in 1855 by German cartographer Adolph Stieler.

(See the entire map at the source.)

undertheteacup asked: Hi there! Love your blog, and I am especially thankful for you posting stories about what's going on with Roma in Eastern Europe. I do have one request though - I think the word 'g**sy' has historically been used as a slur and is perceived as such by many Roma, so would you mind not letting it stand completely unedited when you post or reblog stuff? Perhaps you could replace it with what I did above, or 'g-slur' or even put '[slur redacted]'? Thanks so much!

Absolutely. Thanks for correcting me, I’ll make the change right now.

A surprising verdict: the G**sy are the racists, not the members of the Hungarian Guard

Sajóbábony, a small town of 2,000 inhabitants 13 km from the city of Miskolc, has been in the news off and on since 2009, shortly after the random murders of G***ies in several towns and villages. In the aftermath of these murders the Hungarian Roma population was not surprisingly jumpy and fearful. Intensifying their fear was the activity of Jobbik and the Hungarian Guard, its paramilitary unit. Guardists often appeared in towns with a large Roma population, almost as if they wanted to provoke some kind of conflict with the G***ies.

In November 2009 the Hungarian Guard decided to move about 600 of their members to Sajóbábony, and Jobbik organized a political gathering in the town. The local Roma community felt threatened and unprotected by the police. Some of them decided to defend themselves, apparently armed with axes, swords, and canes. When they saw a dark car going through their neighborhood, at least nine people attacked it. The two people in the car, who were members of the Hungarian Guard, received minor injuries.

As a result of this incident the nine people involved in the incident were arrested. Last May the Miskolc court found them guilty. According to the prosecutors, in the course of attacking the car the Roma threatened to kill “the stinking Hungarians.” All of the accused denied the charges and claimed that they simply sent “the filthy guards back to where they came from.” Notwithstanding their protestations, all nine were found guilty of a hate crime directed against a distinct community, in this case against the Hungarians. Each received between two years and six months and four years in jail.

Thanks to slepaulica for bringing this story to my attention.

ETA: Slur redacted by me.