Xmas/Hanukkah/New Year – are we confused by the choice?

Posted by on Jan 8, 2015 in History, Polemic | 0 comments

Does it make sense when somebody wishes you Happy New Year and Merry Xmas? Of course it does! Does it make sense when somebody wishes you ONLY Happy New Year and nothing else? In Russia, or in the ex-USSR, it does. Since 1917, Bolsheviks had a hard time re-writing the culture and traditions.They could not eliminate Christmas altogether, therefore they created New Year (two in one) – New Year with Christmas traditions, without baby Jesus and...

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Leningrad/Petrograd/St Petersburg – the choice is yours

Posted by on Nov 29, 2014 in History, Polemic, Uncategorized | 0 comments

This is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful places on earth, and virtually any building in the large historic center, threaded with canals dotted with baroque bridges, can be considered an attraction—and indeed, it is a UNESCO World Heritage site. This is a magical city, with a long list of major attractions. Its Hermitage Museum, housed in the Winter Palace of the Romanov Dynasty, is both one of the world’s greatest and oldest...

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Potts Point

Posted by on Jul 24, 2014 in History | 0 comments

When I first entered the holy grail of Potts Point it was in 1994 – Holiday Inn was on Macleay street, where Icon Building is now. I was supposed to be studying Project Management course there, but instead I was studying Potts Point. For 4 days we had coffee breaks at the hotel with incredibly bitter burnt coffee, and I tried to see the glimpses of the suburb, which has taken my heart since and never let my heart go. There were tree-lined...

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My Current Affair

Posted by on Jul 2, 2014 in Fashion, History, Polemic, Uncategorized | 0 comments

The 24th of June, 7pm, Current Affair,  Channel Nine: “The Shopping Revolution Heading Down Under”. I am not a Current Affair viewer, but what the heck? The title intrigued me, since I am also waiting for the shopping revolution in Australia. http://aca.ninemsn.com.au/article/8864846/the-shopping-revolution-heading-down-under The anchor announced, that Sephora was coming to Australia and their prices were going to match US prices. Then two...

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Taipei In Style Fashion Week

Posted by on Jun 2, 2014 in Fashion, History, Polemic, Travel, Uncategorized | 0 comments

When I got the invitation to Taipei in Style Fashion Week I was over the moon. Taiwan for me, was always the land of electronics, nano technology, but fashion? Taiwanese fashion was a complete enigma. It was not something, which would come easily to my mind. From what I learnt in history – I also imagined the island of Taiwan in permanent state of uncertainty and resistance to Chinese rule. Maybe, but when 2 planes landed from Shanghai and...

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Merci

Posted by on May 23, 2014 in History, Polemic, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Merci was created in March 2009, in the heart of the historic Haut-Marais district. The founders, Bernard and Marie-France Cohen, realised that Paris lacked a place which brought together the best in fashion, design, household goods, and friendly eating options. First time I visited Merci to meet its owner Madam Marie France Cohen. I heard about the new Concept Store, cooler than Colette and “more inventive” than L’Eclaireur. We met to discuss...

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